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If you're looking for a wedding photographer who values prints over jpegs and moments over poses, you've come to the right place. If you're ECSTATIC to be getting married, you're also in the right place! 


Book Reviews xiv: Best Books of November 2017

Filed in : Book Reviews

November was less of a reading month and more of an editing month!  The good news?  I am DONE with my photography work for the year!!  Of course, I’m still responding to inquiries, finishing up some client gifts, Instagram-ing, etc, but I am DONE with edits!!  I delivered Sam & Reilly’s engagement session this morning […]


Samantha & Reilly’s University of Richmond Engagement Photos

Filed in : Engagements

Can you believe that after shooting in Richmond for 5 years, I had never shot at the University of Richmond??  Luckily, this gorgeous campus is where Samantha & Reilly met during their sophomore year.  Samantha was actually one of Lindsay’s bridesmaids, so it was extra fun to catch up with her and her new fiance […]


The Weekender

Filed in : Personal, Sneak Peek

Hellurrrrr friends.  Here we are in the final days before my favorite month!  Confession: I started decorating before Thanksgiving.  I couldn’t help it!!  I have a blue Christmas tree, and it needed to go up.  It’s a little tabletop tree, and it never fails to make me smile.  There isn’t a more “Shalese” tree in […]


Chelsea & Nick’s Downtown Richmond VA Engagement Photos

Filed in : Engagements

Sometimes I get couples who have “how we met” stories that are straight out of the movies.  Sometimes I get couples who have the cutest proposal stories.  Chelsea & Nick, however, have BOTH!  They were both living in Boston but had never crossed paths.  Fate brought them together at the Richmond airport where they were […]


Rachel & Paul’s National Gallery of Art Engagement Photos

Filed in : Engagements

I think my favorite part of being a wedding photographer is when you get to shoot a wedding for friends.  I mean, all of my clients become friends, but in this case . . . Paul & I were friends before he & Rachel were clients!  We met in photography class at JMU.  That was […]



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