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Mary & Mike | Fredericksburg Virginia Engagement

Mike and Mary have been one of my most unique engagement sessions so far!  Between the cool location of their favorite store Little Fish Comics and their sweet and silly banter I had a blast photographing them.  They had me cracking up for most of their session!  It’s been awhile since I’ve read any comics…

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  • Martha SmithOctober 10, 2011 - 10:21 am

    Melissa captured the essence of your personalities. This is an awesome collection of photos. Can’t wait until the wedding.

  • Fox ThompsonOctober 10, 2011 - 3:20 pm

    I’m amazed at how well these still shots have captured the personalities of these two friends that I’ve known for years. The composition is top notch, these are fantastic shots.

  • Aaron Smith-WalterOctober 10, 2011 - 3:42 pm

    Which caused more brain swelling? The massive number of comics you had to read while posing for photos, or the ram-esque head-butting session? Inquiring minds want to know!

  • Angela KOctober 10, 2011 - 4:46 pm

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite picture. It looks like it was a fun photoshoot.

  • Kat SpoonerOctober 10, 2011 - 4:52 pm

    Best engagement photos EVER! So happy for you Mary! :-)

  • LeahOctober 10, 2011 - 7:40 pm

    Wow… just wow! I am laughing so hard. Ya’ll are just too darn cute! I hope you two stay married forever and keep doing photo sessions together. Hilarity!
    How hard did Melissa have to twist your arms to get some of those serious photos out of you?

  • Kristine ChesterOctober 10, 2011 - 8:19 pm

    It’s been said by a lot of other people, but you two are so cute together! Congratulations on the engagement!

  • ShawnOctober 12, 2011 - 8:23 pm

    Absolutely fantabulous

  • Mike WalterOctober 17, 2011 - 8:26 pm

    Mary and Mike,

    You chose the wrong comic books to pose with. Superman and Wonder Woman would have been much better choices. Or maybe just both of you holding a single copy about the Dynamic Duo.

    Great pictures!

  • Little Fish ComicsDecember 13, 2011 - 10:25 am

    Thanks for coming out to the store! You know it’s always great to see you guys. Thanks for letting us share in the moment.

Planning to Propose?!?!

It’s Thursday and your probably wondering where is today’s wedding!  Well we are taking a break this week (aka Melissa had a Saturday off), but no worries there are two fabulous weddings coming up on the blog very soon!  Instead we are going to talk about proposals and give me an excuse to show off…

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  • SarahNovember 1, 2011 - 5:32 pm

    Melissa! How am I just running across your site, being a fellow VA gal :) Your work is gorgeous, lots of talent & passion there! Your ringshots are amazing too – are they with the help of a dreamy 100 macro by any chance?

  • melissaNovember 1, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    Hi Sarah! Yes they were shot with the original 100mm macro, I will be honest though I usually have to shoot 20+ and I’ll have at least 1 or 2 that are crisp. I tend to sway when I shoot and that is not so great with macro ;) I should try a tripod but I hate carrying extra gear :)

Ashley & Jeff | Middleburg Virginia Engagement

We were driving to Charleston when I checked my email and saw her message that she was getting married!!  I recognized her last name from photographing her brother’s wedding several years ago and I immediately remembered a photo I snapped of her on the dance floor having a blast with her sister!  There was something…

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  • Abby GraceSeptember 12, 2011 - 8:28 am

    Oooh, I love her ring! So pretty! And I’ve been itching to shoot in Middleburg- I love driving through and seeing all the open fields and low stone walls. Sigh. Beautiful images!

  • Dina EzzatSeptember 12, 2011 - 12:35 pm

    Shmoe and Jeff–

    Your love, respect, and caring for each other truly shines in these pictures. They make me smile so much when I looked at them. Thank you for letting me a part of what will be a beautiful day celebrating you two! I can’t wait for June!

    Melissa- Thanks for capturing the love my two friends share for each other in your beautiful pictures. They are perfect.

    All the best,

  • Tara KymanSeptember 12, 2011 - 8:28 pm

    Ashley and Jeff, what beautiful pictures of an adorable couple. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. Ashley, that ring is stunning!!! Good job Jeff! Love, Tara Kyman, LA CA

  • Tom MarusakSeptember 12, 2011 - 9:32 pm

    What a beautiful couple! Jeff, I love the way Ashley makes you smile, even when you’re not smiling. Dad

  • AnnMarie MarusakSeptember 12, 2011 - 10:18 pm

    WOW, ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS!!! The photographer captured you exactly as you are… happy and in-love! It warms my heart to see you having so much fun during your photo session… your love for each other is transparent!
    I love both of you very much, xoxo always & forever ‘the mama’

  • Richard NavarraSeptember 14, 2011 - 11:31 pm

    Well, it has been a pleasure getting to know you Jeff. I must say Ashley chose wisely… as did you! The pictures are beautiful and I am so looking forward to the day before June Tenth! (an inside joke that I will gladly share on June Ninth with those of you not on the inside) You guy’s really look great and so happy, what a celebration it will be!

    On a side note Dina, you looked beautiful on your wedding day.! I wish I could have made it. My best to you and Bill… ( another inside joke). Luckily ” Grandma” does not have a computer!

    … now if you guy’s are free this Sunday…

  • Diane FoleyJune 9, 2012 - 12:13 pm

    I’m so very happy for you both!
    Jeff, you look great in love!
    Ashley, you’re a beautiful woman!
    Best wishes for a lifetime of health and happiness!

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Jill & Paul | Fairfax Engagement

Client meetings always make me nervous, I’m not a great salesperson and I tend to talk to much and too fast.  Meeting Jill and Paul though was a breeze!  They love the outdoors and like to do a lot of the same things David and I do.  Oh and they have a boat!  As soon…

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  • KorieAugust 22, 2011 - 10:04 am

    Luuuurve these! Especially the last few with the fishing poles :)

  • CarlaAugust 22, 2011 - 3:25 pm

    I absolutely LOVE all of these! There is not one bad shot! The lighting and scenery are fabulous! You are an incredible photographer and they make an adorable couple!

  • Katie DugganAugust 22, 2011 - 6:43 pm

    These pictures are absolutly beautiful! Jill and Paul look amazing in all of them!!

  • grandma 8/22/11August 22, 2011 - 8:17 pm

    wow — two beautiful people — the photography was great !!
    I loved the last one of you guys looking out at the water !!!

  • grandfatherAugust 22, 2011 - 8:31 pm

    looks like loooooooove !!!!!!!!!!

  • Cindy BlalockAugust 22, 2011 - 8:59 pm

    I very much enjoyed the slideshow. The pictures were phenomenal! You definitely captured a beautiful couple in their element and their love of nature really shows.

  • JeremyAugust 22, 2011 - 9:45 pm

    Hey Jill and Paul. Pics came out great. Great to see you last weekend

  • Mary Kay EatonAugust 22, 2011 - 10:14 pm

    amazing pictures. I love all of them. You two look so cute and so much in love!

  • BethAugust 23, 2011 - 6:14 pm

    Love the pics!

  • Sarah EatonAugust 23, 2011 - 7:55 pm

    wow these are gorgeous!! i love the ones on the boat! and in the water where the background is all blurry. haha so cute!

  • KatAugust 25, 2011 - 12:45 pm

    These are fantastic!! Can’t pick a favorite; they all are awesome!!

  • LauraAugust 31, 2011 - 12:54 pm

    Oh my gosh these pictures are amazing! I can’t wait to meet Melissa at the wedding- her work is awesome!


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