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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.

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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Cape Cod & Nantucket { Summer, travel Photography}

This Summer has been full of Highs and Lows.

I had started writing down a list of things I wanted to do last year and New England was high on my list. It’s funny how when you write things down they seem easier to make happen, and so when my husband had some paid travel time for us together ( a work perk) we made it happen. It was just as Idyllic as I had imagined it in my mind. Some places we travel are not how I picture them to be in my mind, but Cape Cod was everything and more and I can’t wait to go back and explore more of it someday.

What I didn’t know during this time is how fast my dad’s health was failing at this time. Looking back if I had known just how bad it was I would have spent the few days on the Lake with him with the rest of my family.. I was so glad to be able to hold his hand through those last few days. I know he heard us and how important that was to him and me.

I felt like I’ve lost some desire since he passed away to be on social media, or edit, or pursue my photography and I know that is ok. I know that in time it will get better. I’m at peace that my dad is in Heaven and I have hope to see him again one day.

So slowly but surely I am getting back to the things I love. Experiencing life,  living it, sharing it.

I love seeing the world and travels through my camera.

I want to take in as much of it as I can. 

Peaceful. Serene. Sailboats everywhere. Beautiful Cape Cod houses with roses all over the Arbors. Biking through the town, delicious seafood, were just a few of the things I love about New England Life. A slower pace of life. I could get used to that someday.

I know my dad would have loved it. He always loved water and peaceful places. If I could get back one more thing it would be to experience more together. Never take time for granted. It’s a precious thing. If there’s one thing I have learned is you can’t wait for things to happen, you need to go out and make  them happen. Experience Life to it’s fullest. Life is always good.

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Shoot & Share Headshot swap { 48 Fields, Leesburg, VA Photography}

I love the girls in my Northern VA shoot and share meet up group. They are all so sweet, warm and welcoming.

It’s rare you find a group like this. Once a month we meet up for different events.. last month we swapped headshots. It was so much fun, even if we did get a torrential downpour in the middle of it. Luckily we took cover in Kelly’s barn. 48 fields is an amazing location. Photographer, Kelly Ewell is renovating the land and eventually it will be a beautiful, rustic wedding venue. I can’t wait to see it come together!

I wish I had time to photograph all the girls. It was so great meeting some of you for the first time, and others that I know and love already. If you are a photographer in the Northern VA area, you should definately come join us!

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Eli & Family { Newborn} Reston, VA family Photography

I love this sweet family! I shot their session last Winter and Mary contacted me about doing  newborn photos of their newest addition Will, and I was excited to head  back to the same location and do another session for them, although this time it was so much warmer!. I love this location in Reston with the stream and rocks and boat dock. I thought it would be perfect location for a basket and sailboat! Oh and Will and Eli’s matching Gingham outfits? So adorable!

Isn’t Eli so sweet? He was a tiny thing, born six weeks early at 6 pounds. He was so happy at his session, even with big brother Will, steamrolling him in a few shots.:-)What a great big brother. I love how two year old’s  just don’t know any better, but they just love to squeeze on their new sibling.

Congratulations Hamrick Family! You have such a beautiful family. So happy to capture this special time in your life.

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July 21, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Isabelle - Awwww, soooo lovely! Those tiny tiny hands and feet are just adorable.

July 22, 2014 - 8:10 am

Natalie - Such a sweet family! Beautiful session!

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