Ali McLaughlin Photography bio picture

    Hi! I'm Ali, a natural light, on location photographer in the Northern VA/ D.C area specializing in portraits. I love seniors, families, and children. I also take on a limited amount of intimate weddings a year. When I'm not working I love traveling, antique shopping, wineries and spending time with my family.

    I think each individual is unique and beautiful in their own way. I try and capture that in your photographs and let your personality shine.

Stephanie & Mark { Oatlands, Leesburg, VA Maternity Session}

Last week, I had the pleasure of shooting this sweet Maternity session for the Heller family. They are expecting a little girl very soon and wanted to document this special time in their lives. A first child is always so exciting!

I knew Oatlands would be such a beautiful location. It’s times like these where I feel so lucky to live in VA with all the beautiful old Historic Mansions and beauty all around us. It was a perfect setting for their shoot. This sweet couple braved the extreme heat and humidity and we got done just in time before it downpoured!

Congrats again you two! I can’t wait to see photos of that sweet little girl! XO


Jasmine & David { Morven Park, Leesburg, VA Wedding Photography}

I still remember the first time I met Jasmine and David together for the first time at their engagement session. They were so warm and welcoming and the kind of couple that just makes you feel right at home being with them. You can see just how much they love each other and really compliment each other. Jasmine is so gorgeous, but she has the most humble, sweetest spirit, like her maid of honor said during her speech, she would never think it about her self, she’s that genuine. David is a true gentleman, and you can tell both have been brought up well!

I was so excited for their Morven Park Wedding for months! The venue is such a dream to photograph at, if you love Old Mansions, Magnolia trees and vintage inspired building with Old clocks. The gardens are just gorgeous here as well!

It was such a beautiful day, despite thunderstorms in the forecast. We made it through the ceremony, to the portraits, to the Reception just in time before the sky opened up and downpoured for hours. Thank you Jesus! Good thing they changed their reception to the museum instead of the carriage house so we all had cover. The party lasted all night long and I don’t think I ever heard such touching speeches from the best man and maid of honor. The guests were having so much fun. It was a perfect day! Thank you to my fabulous second shooter Melinda Snyder for woking along side me!

Congrats Jasmine and David! I wish you a lifetime of happiness! Have fun on your honeymoon in Cancun! XO.



David reading his note from Jasmine before the Ceremony started.Sb24Sb53Sb1SB2Sb37Sb40Sb42Sb8

Sb3Sb45Sb46Sb25Loved the Ceremony site, they said their vows under the Magnolia Trees.Sb47Sb76Sb79Sb78Sb26Sb49Sb27Sb28Sb52Sb33Sb65


The Beautiful couple!









Such a fun Bridal Party!


Sb75Sb50Cocktail hour and Reception time…Sb14Sb15Sb16Sb32Sb55Sb70Sb54Sb67Sb68Sb66Sb74Sb61Sb62Sb63Somehow my second shooter got pulled up to dance! lol.. love it!Sb71Sb73Sb64Sb59Thank you to the vendors who helped make the day beautiful!

Venue- Morven Park. Leesburg, VA

Photographer- Ali McLaughlin Photography

Second Photographer- Melinda Snyder Photography

DJ- Greg Haynes- Above and Beyond DJ’S

Videographer- Sebastian of Image Quality One

Makeup Artist- Pauline Medrano

Dress- Global Bridal Gallery

Flowers- Affordable Arrangements

June 23, 2015 - 11:07 am

Petra - beautiful photos, Ali!!!

June 25, 2015 - 8:41 pm

Sharon Lasher - Beautiful pictures, every moment caught.

Shauna & Brandon { Heritage Hunt, CC Wedding, Gainesville , VA wedding Photography}

Shauna and Brandon were married this past Saturday at Heritage Hunt Country Club. It ended up being such a beautiful day, despite threats of rain all day. God really answered my prayers for sunshine and a perfect day for Shauna and Brandon.

I arrived at the venue, and Shauna was a calm as could be. I was in love with her lace dress and all her cute details. She looked amazing! So may friends and family did such a great job bringing all the details together, from her sister, Terra making all her invitations and place settings to the bouquets and cupcakes.

I love how Shauna really loves the Lord and puts him first in her life. In fact, I met her at Grace Life and on any given Sunday you can see her raising her hand in worship. My favorite part of her ceremony was the feet washing, showing a picture of how Jesus washed his disciples feet as a display of humility and servanthood. As a married couple, I believe a servant’s heart is what God wants us to have for each other. Not looking out merely for our own selfish reasons, but to serve our spouse. This was such a beautiful picture of this, as the officiant John Stroud explained.

The reception was hopping, and Shauna’s son Andrew had some moves! All the guests has a great time dancing and taking pictures in the photo booth. My second shooter, The Hill Studio and I even joined in on the fun! It was a perfect day.

Congratulations Shauna and Brandon. I wish you years of happiness and I hope you are enjoying an amazing time in Greece!!!





Shauna’s Bridal Portraits are my favorite.. she looked stunning! Sb9Sb10Sb14Sb49Sb50


The Handsome Groom and his Groomsmen… thank you to my second shooter, Jeanne for getting all these shots!


Shauna’s gift to Brandon made me laugh out loud! What a great wife!:-)Sb52Sb63Sb41Ceremony time…

Sb25Love this sweet moment between Shauna and her dad before walking down the isle..Sb26My favorite part of the ceremony..Sb21Sb30Sb24


Officially married!Sb38


I loved this moment of Shauna’s son Andrew helping her with her dress..


Portrait time… they make the sweetest couple!







Beautiful Ceremony Details..
Sb35SB5I love this show of Shauna dancing with her stepson, such a cute moment!Sb56Sb72Sb54Sb79Sb76Sb73Sb60Sb80Sb74SB75Sb82Sb81Sb59Sb29Thank you to all the vendors who helped make the day beautiful!

Venue- Heritage Hunt Country Club, Gainesville, VA

Wedding Coordinator- Kimberly Esteban at Heritage Hunt

Photographer- Ali McLaughlin Photography

Assistant Photographer- The Hill Studios

Dress- David’s Bridal

Mens Suits and Shoes- Men’s Wearhouse

Flowers- Robin Suda

Makeup Artist- Kristin Mastrangelo @ BristinArtistry

Hair- Lexi McLaughlin Hair & Makeup

DJ- Incredible DJ’S

Invitations and Paper goods- Terra Gilley, Bride’s sister


June 19, 2015 - 2:42 pm

Jackie Phillips - What a beautiful wedding! I LOVE her dress!

June 20, 2015 - 8:47 am

Jackie Crawford - Such a beautiful wedding! Pictures are wonderful to look at. Shauna and Brandon are going to enjoy the looking at the memories captured that day.

Thomas Family { Sky Meadows State Park, Family session, Delaplane, VA}

Last week I discovered this amazing location through my clients, the Thomas family. I had heard about Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, I’ve always loved this part of the VA countryside, I’ve been down several times to visit various wineries, in fact my husband and I made a fun winery day out of it!

This park may be a new favorite location of mine! With the beautiful barns and lovely mountain views, it’s just stunning! Add in this beautiful family and you have a great session! Isn’t their little girl adorable? I just wanted to squeeze those little baby rolls!:-)

Thanks again Erika! It was so nice meeting your beautiful family and that sweet little girl of yours! XO


June 16, 2015 - 3:13 pm

Petra - aww! Sweet baby! Great photos, Ali!

Megan & Hunter { Winery at Bull Run Wedding, Centreville, VA}

In April I had the pleasure of second shooting this beautiful wedding with Bridgette E. Photography, I feel so blessed in this season with all the second shooting opportunities God has given me and  Oh how I love the Winery at Bull Run with all it’s rustic details and gorgeous scenery!

 Megan’s lilac color scheme was so gorgeous! I loved all the hues of purples and that she walked down the isle in her lace Tom’s! She is such a natural beauty and you could see the love between her and Hunter.

It was a beautiful flawless day, so laid back and easy going. What a fun party they had, I had to say too I was a little obsessed with her cake on the vintage barrel with the twinkling lights draped around it. Beautiful.

Wishing this beautiful couple a lifetime of happiness!



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