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A vibrant tented summer affair inspired by the lush, colorful Mediterranean and overlooking Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. 

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Carling & Dakota

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A sunny anniversary session in Old Town Alexandria's waterfront park and historic cobblestone streets.

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Meridian Hill

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An early spring bridal session with soft rainbow pastels in Washington, D.C.'s Meridian Hill Park. 

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Our Fall Family Pictures in the Mississippi Cotton Fields

Personal

These cotton field family photos had been in my short-term plans for a couple years now. Last month Michael and I flew home to Mississippi to visit family for a few days before going to Mexico for vacation. We had never stayed gone to Mississippi that long since living in Maryland. Usually we go for […]

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Great Marsh Estate Winter Wedding Inspiration

Editorial

The images for today’s Great Marsh Estate winter wedding are from my time at the Nicole Colwell Workshop last February. During my time there I was lucky enough to meet wonderful new friends, gain expert photography knowledge, and curate new photos for my portfolio. We did three shoots in total, and this was my favorite […]

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Lincoln Memorial Engagement | Mikaela & Bryson

Engagements

Mikaela and Bryson’s chemistry was off the charts during their sunrise engagement session at Lincoln Memorial earlier this month. I love that there were still a few colorful leaves on the trees to add to the Fall feel. The early morning light also created a beautiful soft orange glow that makes film images so dreamy. […]

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Black Tie Anderson House Wedding | Rykia & Dennis

Weddings

Last year I was hired as second photographer for Elizabeth Austin for a lovely Anderson House summer wedding. The bride and groom were an absolute dream to work with and I have to admit, they are one of the coolest couples ever! The day started with Dennis at the Grand Hyatt. I photographed the men getting […]

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What I Look For in a Second Photographer

For Photographers

What I Look For in a Second Photographer If it’s your first time shooting a wedding as a second photographer, it can be stressful to know what your primary photographer needs in a pinch. On the flip side, if you’re a seasoned primary photographer, you know how difficult it can be to communicate your needs […]

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Delicate Lace Green Door Gourmet Wedding Inspiration

Editorial

This delicate lace Green Door Gourmet wedding inspiration was a highlight of my trip to Nashville last Spring. With bright pops of yellow, orange, and blush and soft touches of lace, I felt so inspired after leaving the property. This was my first of three total shoots I enrolled in for The Hybrid Collective, and it […]

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