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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! 


Jennifer & Jake’s Virginia State Capitol Engagement Photos

Filed in : Engagements

After days of checking the weather and rescheduling our first session due to the monsoons, Jennifer & Jake and I FINALLY got to do their engagement photos!  We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to be at the Virginia State Capitol in downtown Richmond.  It’s becoming one of my absolute favorite places to […]


Ellen & Warren: Libby Hill Richmond VA Engagement Photos

Filed in : Engagements

I get excited when my clients ask me to shoot in places that I haven’t before, but I also love visiting old favorites!  Ellen & Warren and I met in front of Millie’s, a Richmond diner famous for their brunch.  I still haven’t eaten here, so that’s definitely going on the restaurant bucket list!  Ellen also […]


The Weekender

Filed in : Personal, Sneak Peek

Any weekend where I have an entire day of nowhere particular to be is my idea of a good weekend.  Currently, it’s Sunday, and my engagement session was rescheduled because of the rain.  While I hate having to reschedule, I am taking full advantage of a day of no makeup, bad hair, M&Ms, and reading.  🙂 […]


Book Reviews x including Eat Pray Love

Filed in : Book Reviews

First of all, HOORAY for the 10th Book Reviews post! On The Weekender last month, I admitted that I did a nerd thing that I was SUPER excited about: I joined the Book of the Month Club.  I was thinking about joining, but then Hannah did a whole InstaStory about it, and I took it […]


Aleah and Alex: Downtown Richmond VA Engagement Photos

Filed in : Engagements

I hadn’t seen Aleah & Alex since our initial meeting, so I was SO excited for their engagement session!  What I remembered most about meeting these two was their enthusiasm about getting married.  That’s really fires me up the most — couples that are EXCITED for the whole process.  And I’m very lucky because all […]



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