Alex & Craig { Walter’s Overlook Wedding, MD}

This month has been off to a crazy start. I had so many plans to implement to my business this month, but the flu hit me hard and so I’m a little behind in blogging and sharing this month, but I’m looking forward to several Spring weddings coming up and hope to share more soon. I’m also looking forward to a trip down the CA Coastline in early March to Carmel, to Big Sur to Napa and plan to share those travels as well.

This past Fall I second shot for one of my good friends, Daisy of Daisy Saulls Photography. It’s always so much fun to work together, I think having someone you trust and know as a friend makes working together so easy and fun. I was able to second shoot with several of my photographer friends in 2o17, which is always nice when I don’t have a wedding of my own to be able to fill in and do what I love! It’s also nice to bring a different perspective to the main photographer as well.

I had never been to this lovely venue in MD, but wow, is it gorgeous! I loved the big Oak tree with the wheat fields in distance. The Bride, Alex’s attention to her ceremony and reception details were stunning! I love how she meticulously strung all the flowers from the ceiling, when we walked into the reception we were just in awe of how pretty it was! Also doesn’t the bride remind you a bit of Jessica Simpson? Hello Gorgeous! Her peony boquet with the soft wispy flowers may have been one of my favorites!

I mostly hung with the guys to capture them getting ready until the ceremony started. What a fun group of guys! I loved their sense of humor with the cardboard cutout of FUN Craig! Lol! Here are some of my favorites shots from the day. Thank you Daisy for letting me be part of it and allowing me to share!

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2018 Personal & Business Goals

I can’t believe we are already a month into 2018! One of my goals is to be more present on my blog and share more of my life this year, so here are some of my goals for the New Year…

Personal Goals:

  • Take more personal photos. As a photographer I find myself never wanting to pick up my camera if I’m not shooting professionally. Unless we are traveling, I love documenting.. but I have been really bad at this and will strive to be better this year.
  • Share more of my personal life on this blog. I love reading and knowing what makes other unique. So why not share more of myself as well? I love documenting travels but would love to share another big passion of mine, which is home design and decor. If you have something you would love to see feel free to leave a comment below.
  • Travel to one new place I haven’t been. I did this the last few years as well, and It’s been amazing! I tend to be a beach person and always pick the beach almost every time. While I do have a beach trip this year to one of my favs, Seaside, FL, this Summer, I’m also going to plan one non beach related trip. Iceland, Banff, and Maine are high on my list! Our next trip up is Carmel, CA and back to Napa. So excited to spend some time with good friends and experience  the beautiful CA coastline.
  • Continue working out 5 days a week and eating healthy but also having balance and eating what I want without feeling guilty. I have found it’s not always what you eat but portion control and daily exercise. I love waking up and putting myself and my health first.
  •  Be a do’ er and not just a dreamer. I recently met up with some photography friends and we discussed that this is an easy pattern to fall into in both our personal and professional life. Personally, home projects are next up. We decided Winter is perfect to get projects around the house done. We finished shiplap in our eat in kitchen and next up is framing our bathroom mirrors. It feels good to feel accomplished and mark those things off your to do list.


Business Goals:

  • Learn something new in this off season. It’s always good to never stop learning. Whether its an online course, workshop or for me learning more about off camera flash. I’m going to push myself to keep learning.
  • Blog at least a four times a month. I think it would be too much to even say once a week, but 3-4 times a month is an acheivable goal!
  • Capture more real moments for my clients. It’s not just about the perfect shot, but the moment behind it.
  • Create more of a work schedule. It’s so easy owning your own business to get distracted. I found myself scrolling way too much on social media..before I know it hours are gone from my day.
  • Keep networking and getting to know other creatives in this industry. This past year, I made several close photographer friends and its so nice being able to share life, second shooting for each other or just bouncing ideas off each other. It’s so invaluable to network. My faith was strengthened so much this past year finding other like minded business women with similar interests.
  • Most importantly, keeping God first in my business and personal life. At times it’s easy to look around and think I need to book X amount clients or weddings but I have faith that God will give me the clients I am meant to have and to serve them well.

Hope your 2018 is an amazing year and you push yourself to be even better than you were last year! XO…


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St. Simons & Jekyll Island { 2017 Travels}

At the start of each new year I like to take time to reflect on the past year and be thankful for the lessons, the memories, the amazing repeat clients I had and the new ones I gained. I feel grateful God gave me health and happiness this past year, and the gift to be able to share my talents with others. I believe all of us have them, we just have to find what those gifts are. 2017 was a great year. I felt like I really learned to trust God more and saw him doing amazing things in my business and personal life. It’s easy to look around and compare your life to others and when I do that I realize that my life looks a lot different. I tend to get overwhelmed easily so when I find myself wishing to be more and do more I hear God whisper what he has for me is enough so my word on my heart for this new year is Trust. Trust that what he has for me in 2018 is enough.

Some of my favorite memories this past year were experiencing new places, from Napa, to the Outer Banks to Turks and Caicos, a couple FL trips along the way to ending the year in St. Simon and Jeckyll Island. Travel always makes me feel alive and renewed. I’m already thinking of a new place to visit in 2018 and it’s going to be something very different than the beach!

We ended 2017 taking one last road trip on our way to visit family in Florida and made a quick overnight stop in St. Simons Island. St Simons Island is the kind of small town that if you blink when you drive through you might miss it.. but it’s filled with so much beauty and southern charm. Coastal towns make my heart happy. There’s just something about the sea air, Island Moss and my feet in in the sand that I never get tired of. When we arrived we had lunch at Palm Coast, the cutest little Coffee and sandwich shop. We explored the town and I found the cutest beach shop called Simons for antique home beach decor while the kids enjoyed the local fudge shop. We stayed at the Inn at Sea Island which was so cute and affordable off season. It is a sister hotel to the famous Cloisters ( Which I never did end up visiting, next time! ). We ended the day with seafood at the King and Prince Hotel and made plans to visit Jekyll Island the next day. This was a highlight of the trip. The beach is covered in huge, amazing pieces of driftwood and shells. It’s a photographer’s dream. You just have to go and see it to experience it for yourself! I would love to go back to Jekyll Island again. You feel like you stepped back in another era. It’s full of so much beauty and history. We finished the day having lunch at the Wharf on the water and exploring Jekyll Island Club Resort. Beautiful!

If you are ever heading through GA to Fl make a pit stop in St Simons Island, you won’t regret it! Here’s to an amazing 2018 filled with new memories and experiences!


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Natasha & Ray { A Cozy, Intimate Fall Highholdborne Wedding, Bluemont, VA .}

I first met Natasha & Ray at their engagement session at the Beautiful Highholdborne Estate in Bluemont, VA. They picked the location for their engagement photos and wedding and you can see why! It’s stunning! The owner June and her family are always such a joy to work with as well. Natasha is so gorgeous with such a sweet spirit, she made such a gorgeous bride, literally jaw dropping! I was so impressed how she pulled off the wedding planning herself! She DIY’D everything from her bouquet to the reception decor. Impressive!

I loved getting to know Natasha and Ray during their engagement session as we walked the grounds that Spring Day. I can see why these two fell in love, they are so sweet together. They share a love of quiet moments at home with their pup and spending time with friends and family. They are that type of couple you can tell can be happy just curled up inside together knowing they have their best friend by their side.

I was so excited as I pulled up to the venue on their wedding day, this was my first time at the Estate in the Fall and the leaves were a golden shade of orange and yellow. I just love this time of year in Virginia! It made for the perfect backdrop for their Fall Wedding. Originally the wedding was going to be outdoors, but it was a cold, 40 degree day which made for a lovely ceremony inside by the warm fire. It was so cozy and intimate! I loved that they both just wanted to celebrate with their closest family and friends. No dances, speeches or all extravagance which is not them at all.. just the love between the two  and spending the time with those closest to them. Thank you both for being amazing and braving the cold temps outside for portraits!

Wishing you both an amazing future together! XO…


Venue- Highholdborne Estate, Bluemont, VA

Catering- Ashly Kaye Events

Second Shooter- Brooke Danielle Photography

Decor- DIY by the Bride

Makeup- Axel Vasquez

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Olivia & Mike { A Beautiful Fall Wedding, Shadow Creek, Purcellville, VA}

Olivia and Mike had the most Beautiful Fall Wedding Day at Shadow Creek in Purcellville, VA. I love all weddings but I think Fall weddings may be my new favorite! As I walked in the venue I immediatly noticed her bouquets with pops of blushes, burgundy’s, pinks and orange, so gorgeous! Their wedding had all the fun elements of Fall, a Smore’s Bar, outdoor fire pits, and cozy blankets to wrap up in! So fun! They even had a horse named Gus that greeted guests at cocktail hour. He was a big hit with guests!

I still remember how much I loved Olivia from the moment I met her. She just has the kindest, sweetest spirit about her you just can’t explain until you meet her. As a photographer it’s always nice to connect with your clients in a personal way! As I sat down with Olivia she told me about their love story, how much Mike meant to her and how he proposed in the sand at one of their favorite vacation spot- the Outer Banks and all about their Bichon Beau.. once I met Mike at their engagement session, he was just the nicest guy as well! Truly one of my most enjoyable engagement session last Fall and I got to meet their cute Bichon as well! Something we both have in common. 🙂

One of my favorite part of their day was Olivia’s first look with her dad. They were both emotional, such a sweet moment! I loved the special gift she gave her dad for his tie. Then when Olivia was walking down the isle to see how emotional she was seeing her groom for the first time and vice versa. I know these two will be so happy together! They were made for each other and like her dad quoted at the reception.. ” You don’t have to find the most perfect person, you just have to find the person you can’t live without.” So true.. and these two just knew when they found each other.

I am so happy for you both! I hope you are having an amazing honeymoon on Marco Island and Disney! XO…you both were such a joy to work with and I wish you a lifetime of happiness! XO.

Thank you to all the vendors who made the day possible!

Venue- Shadow Creek, Purcellville, VA

Florist- Growing Wild

Wedding Planner- Laura Dee Events

DJ- MSE Productions

Videographer- KB Photography

Cake- Sweet From Scratch

Catering- PIGS Catering

Bridesmaids Dresses- BHLDN

Bride’s Gown- Maggie Sottero Designs

Groomsmen Attire- Jos A Banks

Makeup- Valerie Hammer Designs

Hair- Kirsten Marie Designs

Second Shooter- Norman Photo and Paper


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