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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! 


Mike & Lisa’s Intimate Orange, VA Wedding

Filed in : Weddings

Mike & Lisa were originally set to get married in what I like to call The Big Snow of 2016.  I had all kinds of contingency plans in place to make this sweet, snowy elopement in my hometown of Orange, VA work, blizzard or not!  I also had BIG plans for how we were going […]


Tina & Graham: A Downtown Richmond VA Jefferson Hotel Wedding

Filed in : Weddings

I know y’all remember Tina & Graham from their engagement session in the Fall!  I couldn’t wait to see Tina turn into a bride, and I was not disappointed.  I was also NOT disappointed by Graham’s reaction to his beautiful bride.  Just wait until you see him at the front of Monumental Church watching her come […]


The Weekender

Filed in : Personal, Sneak Peek

It’s Monday again.  I skipped a few Weekenders this month, and I explained why on Friday on the blog.  It feels good to be back, and it feels GREAT to be bringing some gorgeous wedding sneak peeks to the blog, too! This Friday, I took off work to shoot Tina & Graham’s wedding at Monumental […]


Radio Silence

Filed in : Personal

Lately, I’ve been quiet.  On the blog, I mean.  There was no Weekender this week, no tips on shooting in the rain like I’d planned, nothing.  Radio silence.  And I feel badly about that, I really do!  A wise woman once told me that that your readers have no reason to invest their time into […]


Meredith & Ryan’s Downtown Richmond, VA Ivory & Gold Wedding

Filed in : Weddings

It’s WEDDING SEASON!  I am so excited to be blogging the FIRST SDP wedding of 2016, and I just love that the year started with Meredith & Ryan.  I shot their engagement session last Spring, and Meredith & I had been in touch about her wedding ever since.  I felt like I was coming to […]



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