my name is shalese

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and I've always loved to write things down.
I'm a writer, photographer, wife, and dog mom.
I run a wedding venue in Orange, Virginia, and whenever I have free time and a cheap plane ticket, I'm planning our next trip.

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Richmond VA Engagement Photos: Marissa & Jordan

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Marissa & I have been friends for aaaagggesssss. Eighth grade sticks out in my mind. I’m pretty sure we were those friends who had a special notebook that we passed back and forth with all of our boy gossip. If I looked, I MIGHT find that notebook in my closet. Marissa & Jordan have been […]

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Barboursville Vineyards Engagement Photos | Meredith & Chris

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Meredith & Chris have the most romantic Richmond love story.  If you’ve lived in Richmond, you’ve probably either lived in or visited the split houses: one apartment downstairs, one apartment upstairs.  We had an apartment like this — it was the last one I lived in on West Grace!  I used to think, “How funny […]

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University of Richmond Engagement Photos

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I don’t often shooting engagement sessions if I’m not shooting the couple’s wedding.  I think it’s so important to work with the same photographer for both so you’re comfortable!  But sometimes . . . there are special circumstances!  🙂 Ashley & Brent met at the University of Richmond.  Brent was a senior, and Ashley was […]

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King Family Vineyards Engagement Photos | Heather & Aaron

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Thanks to Heather & Aaron, I checked something else off of my shooting bucket list: King Family Vineyard engagement photos!  I got to shoot here years ago with Stephanie, so I was excited to meet this sweet couple here for their engagement photos! Heather & Aaron met on Bumble, and they’ll be getting married this […]

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Ash Lawn Highlands Engagement Photos | Sarah & Anthony

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I feel really lucky in that whenever I meet a new SDP couple for the first time, they feel like friends.  I’m also really lucky that Sarah & Anthony took my engagement location bucket list and chose Ash Lawn Highlands!  Shooting in a new place always gets me excited!  And of course, anywhere is Charlottesville […]

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