Category Archives: Engagement

Samantha & Caleb | Fredericksburg Virginia Engagement

One reason I love to live in Virginia is that we actually get 4 distinct seasons!  With each season comes a different look which makes my job a bit easier when using a location more then once for my shoots :).  Of course I try to use different spots for different couples so they don’t...

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Mary & Carrie | Luray Engagement

I’m so excited to share this engagement session with you!  It included an adorable puppy, an antique tractor, a vintage tandem bike and two beautiful ladies, Mary & Carrie, who are tying the knot this weekend!  Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Carrie’s parents farm I couldn’t have asked for...

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Kelly & PJ | NYC Engagement

Oh my goodness I cannot believe I have not blogged this engagement session!!!!  I posted images to Facebook, I sent my beautiful clients their gallery of images and I totally spaced on blogging.  They are about to get married this month so better late than never! David and I flew up to New York right...

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Caitlin & TJ | Rustic Virginia Engagement Session

Ah, I love that warmer weather is finally upon us!  Caitlin and I had been watching the forecast and crossing our fingers it would warm up soon so we could get out and take her and TJ’s engagement photos.  Finally, Mother Nature decided to oblige with a day that was not freezing!  When I asked...

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Katie & Jimmy | Richmond Virginia Engagement

I was so happy that when Hurricane Sandy came through town she left our gorgeous fall leaves still on the trees!  I had engagement sessions to shoot and we had purposely waited for the leaves to turn so we could capture the beautiful fall colors Virginia has to offer.  Katie and Jimmy lucked out that...

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