Category Archives: Engagement

Kristina & Jason | Fredericksburg Engagement

I don’t think I have ever laughed so much at an engagement session!  Kristina and Jason reminded me so much of me and David.  Jason with the sometimes inappropriate humor and Kristina acting shocked but still laughing while trying to rein him in.  Seriously that is classic David and Melissa behavior! Kristina and Jason have...

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Christa & Patrick | Alexandria Virginia Engagement

The dreaded R word was in the forecast.  We were both emailing back and forth and checking the radar.  I told Christa they could make the call on what they were comfortable with and they decided to go for it! This Old Town Alexandria Va engagement session has to be the quickest on record I...

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Kelsey & Andrew | Richmond Engagement

Guess who got married last weekend?!?!?  Yep Kelsey and Andrew!!  Since I’m going to make you wait till next week to see their wedding photos I thought I’d tide you over by sharing their Richmond Virginia engagement session.  We shot this session last fall at Belle Isle and it was perfect!  There was water and...

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Jena & Matt | Alexandria Engagement

It all started with a party at college, he asked her to dance and she said yes.  That dance led to the first of many late night talks and eventually a heart shaped dog tag with the words “Will you marry me Jena?”!  I have been so excited for Jena and Matt’s wedding especially after...

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Cate & Adam | Inn at Willow Grove Engagement

“It’s Adam not Matt”, I felt my face flush as he gently corrected me with a smile.  It’s every photographers nightmare, calling your clients the wrong name.  Sometimes on my way to sessions I’ll say their names over and over to stop myself from calling them the wrong names.  I asked him if I had...

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