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  • WELCOME!

    I'm a natural light photographer in the Northern VA/ D.C area specializing in portraits. I love Seniors, families, and children. When I'm not working I love traveling, antique shopping, wineries and spending time with my family. My dream is to get into styling sessions and making them fun to fit your personality and vision.

    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.

Palm Springs & Laguna Beach { Travel, Personal}

Sometimes in the middle of it all, it’s just nice to get away. Since I grew up in Southern California it’s always nice to go back, there’s always a little piece of your heart where you grew up. There’s always familiar reminders of things I once loved, like the trips we did to Palm Springs when I was a child. I was also able to see the house I grew up in. I could still remember my dad with a hose in his hand watering the grass. It was nice day remembering him.

I love driving into Palm Springs and seeing all the Windmills as I call them.:-)Oh and the dinousaur. It’s just one of those fun tourist traps you need to stop at.

Thanks to my childhood friend, Michelle, who we had such a fun day with, lunch, shopping,the design district and visiting all the fun 60’s inspired hotels.The Parker was my favorite. I plan to stay here if we go back!;-)It was nice soaking up the 90 degree sunshine! We could have lounged in the Hammocks all day…

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So long desert.. we were on to Laguna Beach. It was awesome spending time with my mom, brother and his wife Nicky.. and my niece and new nephew. It didn’t hurt either that they got us a condo right across from this beach view at Heisler Park! One day we just sat in the sun for hours and just took the beautiful view in!

I love Laguna. Love all the Art, cute boutiques and great restaurants.

Until next time California!

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Melanie { Fall portraits}

I met Melanie through her mom, Kim at my small group. Kim, and her husband Dave host our bible group and it has been a great thing for my husband and I to grow in our spiritual walk .I needed to push myself out of my comfort zone and I’ve been feeling God calling me to do more, and this is just one step.:-)Kim & Dave are such a sweet couple and when I told her I was a photographer, she ┬ámentioned she needed updated portraits of Melanie. I was excited! I love Fall, and we talked about waiting for the leaves to change. What a beautiful day it was and I even found a mini cotton field. I mean it was almost dead, but whatever!;-)

Melanie was such a natural beauty.. and so easy to photograph!

I love this location.. it’s one of the trails in my neighborhood. Beautiful streams and the trees of different shades of Fall color. I can’t believe I haven’t used this location sooner. It might be a new favorite!

Enjoy.

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November 3, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Laura - These are so pretty and I love how you made her brown eyes pop!

November 4, 2014 - 12:24 pm

Caitlin - she is absolutley stunning!

Emma & Nate { A romantic Farm inspired Style Shoot}

Ahh, I  love farm inspired weddings.

Something about the rustic barns, laid back atmosphere , and fun details that make a Farm wedding so appealing.

A few months back I was able to practice wedding portraits at a Farm inspired shoot with Emma and Nate. Such a cute couple! I love that she even wore chucks with her bridal gown. It was a scorching hot day, but this couple powered through it. They never had a formal wedding so they loved us capturing some fun shots of their love!

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Models : Emma & Nate

Gown: Formal Envy

Hair: Samantha Wood

Makeup: Allison Barlow

Florals: Eight Tree Street

Jewelry: Funky Tangerine

Venue: Belvedere Plantation

Planners: Allison Hopperstad Photography, Lee Rorhbaugh Photography, Melissa Salinas Photography

Tate Alexander { Alexandria, VA newborn Photography}

I love all kinds of sessions, but lately I’ve been on a roll with newborns.

I’m not complaining. I love their sweet smell, holding them. Admiring their small fingers and toes. Sometimes wishing my kids were not so grown up. Remembering this special time.

Meet Tate Alexander. Brother to three. A sweet button nose. I’ve photographed this family three times so far. I love them… I love my repeat clients. Congrats again Berger Family!

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I just love this photo! Love Tate’s expression.. and big Brothers too.

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