Matt + Karyn | Married

I love Karyn’s smile! She crinkles up her nose and her entire face lights up. No wonder Matt fell in love with her! I mean, really… she’s adorable. It was such a pleasure to meet Matt and Karyn last month while second shooting their wedding in Martinsville with my friend who also happens to be named Karen :) They were so sweet to work with and their wedding was incredible!

First look!

Such a fun wedding party!

We did some portraits under these golden yellow trees… it was so gorgeous!

We couldn’t keep Karyn’s veil from floating!

Ceremony time!

Back outside for portraits! The town was getting ready for the Christmas parade so we had quite an audience!

The Hokie Shuffle:)

What’s under there Matt? Toe socks of course!

A Feature, Some Sneak Peeks, and What’s Coming!

What have I been up to lately? Well, I have been a very busy lady to say the least. The most exciting thing I’ve been up to is rebranding my business. I’ve spent the last year collecting little tidbits of design that I think represent myself as a photographer. It’s been incredibly fun, but I must admit… I am so impatient about it! I am on the edge of my seat just ready to show everyone my new website and logo! Ahhhh… but until then, I have some things to distract me. Like the fact that it’s my favorite season. Today, the leaves are the perfect color, I’ve had chili in the crock-pot all day, and tonight we are carving pumpkins! Good times. Good times.

My new site will be up soon, but in the meantime here’s what I’ve been up to.

A gorgeous Richmond wedding that I second shot with my pal Lauryn

A sweet fall engagement session at Montpelier

And little Mr. Chandler’s One Month Session was featured on The Wise Baby!

Wedding Albums

I received this sweet little album just the other day for Angela and Travis and I wanted to share it with you! I love these albums and all of the options there are to choose from like end paper and cover treatments… just another way to make your wedding fit your personality as a couple!

Lindsay + Nathan | Married

I think weather is a worry to almost every bride and groom, especially if their wedding is supposed to be outside! Not for Lindsay and Nathan. Driving to the top of Skyline Drive on the afternoon of their wedding, the skies were darkening, there was thunder and lightening, and I started to worry about my bride and groom. As I drove up to the location of their wedding, there were people scampering everywhere with umbrellas. There were people outside deconstructing the arch and chairs for the ceremony that had been set up with a breath taking view of the mountains. I started to worry more. I then entered a small room where they had moved the ceremony. There were people on top of people. Lindsay and Nathan were bright eyed and excited to be getting married. They didn’t care about the weather. They were in a room with all the people they loved the most (including their dogs) and they were about to become husband and wife… and this was the most important thing to them! Their ceremony was fun and loving. People were laughing, smiling, and happy to be part of their day. I loved being able to be there to capture it all…

Angela + Travis | Married

I had the pleasure last weekend of capturing Angela and Travis getting married! They decided to have just family at their intimate ceremony at Blessed Sacrament Church in downtown Harrisonburg. Angela looked absolutely stunning and the ceremony was beautiful. It was an honor to be a part of their wedding day and I wish them infinite happiness in their journey as husband and wife!

Venn Workshops | The Southern Experience

I shared with you before that a couple of weeks ago I got to be a part of the amazingness that was Venn Workshop, hosted by Kellan Studios and Jodi Miller Photography. I had such a good time, and am now ready to unveil the images from the workshop. Kelly, Ryan, Jodi, and Kurt made an awesome team, and it helped that the location was insanely gorgeous! It was held at Pharsalia Plantation. This place is a wedding photographer’s dream! The property is stunning and the staff made the workshop so easy for us to enjoy by providing good ol’ southern hospitality (the snacks and constant supply of lemonade helped too).

The workshop covered all the areas of question and uncertainty that trying to run a photography business may bring. They covered vision, equipment, customer service, branding, and shooting, and more! It was such a helpful, valuable day for me as a photographer and I highly recommend it to any professional photographer, old or new. And if you happen to be able to take it from these amazing photographers, do so!

At the end of the day, the team set up two mock sessions for us to shoot. The first was a Bride and Groom session featuring Kristyn and John. They were amazing. Kristyn is stunning and John knows how to work a good smoulder! Then, we moved on to an Engagement session featuring Sara and Todd. They have so much fun together and they are quite the gorgeous couple. The final pictures are of our dinner and reception area. All of the food and details were put together by the Pharsalia staff and Lynn from Sunshowers and Rainshine who also styled the details for the entire day. Amazing work by everyone involved! Enjoy!

Weren’t they gorgeous? Now for the garden engagement shoot…


Our wonderful, amazing, delicious dinner… and all the details…


Venue and Food: Pharsalia Plantation

Styling and Details: Sunshowers and Rainshine

Bouquets and Florals: Petal Flower Company

Hair Accessories: One Little Dove

Cupcakes: Taste Selects

Hair Styling: Fusion

Makeup: Body Works





Flowers and Faith

Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity of attending Venn Workshops – The Southern Experience. It was hosted by two of my absolute favorite husband and wife photography teams, Kellan Studios, and Jodi Miller Photography. It was an eye-opening experience that really taught me of the areas of my business I need to work on. I had the pleasure of meeting lots of new photographer friends. I feel like we all walked away from the workshop as better, more informed, well-rounded photographers. As many of you already know, I haven’t felt the best lately, and it was up in the air if I could attend the workshop pretty much until the minute I left for it. That, and learning about my business, and realizing how much I have on my plate really made me turn to God this week. I’m so thankful for all I have and the things I was able to experience through this workshop. My heart is very full.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

I will have pictures of the workshop to post later. Until then, here are a few of some flowers I bought myself last week. I wrapped the vase with wicker wire that I had left over from my wedding. It gave it a very rustic feel. I thought it might be a cute idea for a wedding centerpiece too.

Grasshopper Cupcakes | The Cupcake Company

I’ve had a new obsession with cupcakes in the past year. I’m not sure what has triggered it… maybe all of the cooking shows, or the recent trend for brides to serve cupcakes at their weddings instead of the traditional three-tier wedding cake. I’m intrigued by the different varieties and flavors that can be packed inside these personal sized treats, and the boundaries that people are crossing with them.

A few months ago, there was some buzz about this small cupcake place, and I was more than surprised to learn that it was located less than a mile from my house in the small town of McGaheysville, Virginia. It’s called The Cupcake Company. Tonight, my husband brought home a box of six of the Grasshopper cupcakes from this shop, and they were delicious! Not only do they taste good, but they are stunningly gorgeous, and come in adorable packaging. One look at them, and I knew I had to take some pictures! We can’t wait to try some other flavors!

If you are interested in checking out these cupcakes for yourself, here is The Cupcakes Company’s website! For all the brides out there, they do weddings!