I live on five tree-filled acres just outside of Charlottesville, VA, so Shenandoah National Park is my home stomping grounds, but I include travel within three hours of Charlottesville, so that covers pretty much all of Virginia, including Richmond, Norfolk and Blacksburg, and adjacent places (like Washington DC, eastern West Virginia, much of Maryland, and upper parts of North Carolina).
Most days you can find me at my kitchen table with a lukewarm cup of tea working on my laptop with a few (or all) of my four dogs sprawled nearby.
On my non-work days, I may head out for a hike, with kids and a couple of dogs in tow. Or my husband and I will head into Charlottesville to try one of the many amazing local restaurants.
I was a four-year varsity athlete and being fit remains a huge part of my life! But I also really love food and dessert and will probably always carry extra pounds as a result...I'm good with it, especially since I can still out-hike most folks I know :).
Regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity, I am here to capture your special love, and believe love should never be discriminated against.
I practice Leave No Trace principles, try to live sustainably and minimize my impact on the earth, shop local when possible, believe in climate change, and try to vote for policies that will leave the planet a healthier place to live.
My house is never going to be hip, my clothes are largely secondhand (which is also a bonus for the planet!), but I invest deeply in travel and time with my family. When at home we slow down, make dinner from scratch and sit on the porch to watch a storm roll through.
First of all, a BIG shout-out to my husband Austin, who handles girl-dad and dog-dad status with grace and laughter (and a lot of coffee). Austin is the easy-going to my type A. He makes me take breaks and LOVES to plan trips – which is always slightly funny to me because he doesn't really plan ANYTHING unless it's a vacation or date or excursion and then he will buy the guidebook, make the itinerary and book the reservations with gusto. But making sure that there is food in the fridge or that regular appointments are attended? That's me.
Austin and I met in college in 2014 when I almost hit him with my car while he was long boarding (whoops) and we've been together ever since. We got married in 2016 and over the past seven years our family has grown from just the two of us to us + one dog, to us + four dogs, to us + four dogs + two kids. We kind of live in a zoo and wouldn't have it any other way.
Annnnnd meet the pack. Leo, Lucy, Bo and Honey. Owning four dogs is not for the faint of heart and I don’t think we’ll do it again — it makes travel reallllly hard, but we love these guys to pieces and are all in for their whole lives. Conspicuously, you’ll notice there aren’t any photos of my daughters on my website or social media pages. It’s kind of a crazy thing for a photographer to do, but we are trying to keep them offline until they are old enough to choose for themselves how they want to show up. It’s honestly really, really hard, because I am making a conscious effort to document them on an almost daily basis and, damn, do I think they are cute. But besides having to check my own ego at the door, there doesn’t seem to be any downsides to the decision, and we can always change our minds in the future :smiley:. But be forewarned, if we meet for coffee, and you ask about my kids, I may make you scroll through a few of the several thousand images I have on my phone.
Kara is from the area and knows it like the back of her hand. She knew the exact spot we were getting married, where the sun will be at what time, what we needed to bring and keep in mind…I suggest getting as much time with her as you can. Between the detailed shots, family, individual shots... there is just so much to capture…If we could do it again we would do it just the same.
Kara’s presence throughout the day was calming, supportive and fun! Kara will capture the raw emotions of your wedding while leaving space for you to soak in every sweet moment with your person. Afterwards, a family member asked if some of our photos were posed or prompted (us crying together during vows)… nope! Kara has such a special talent and unique eye for capturing these memories so beautifully.
We’ll always be able to look back and remember how we felt in those moments, something that is truly invaluable.
Kara made my wedding day happen! Everything from finding the location, helping me find a florist, and pick out an airbnb. If it wasn't for her the day wouldn't have happened so easily. Through the entire process Kara hung in there every time I changed my mind (67 times to be exact, including my wedding date!) and handled all of it so kindly. She builds a quick relationship with you and brings out the most real emotion in the pictures.
Kara shot our wedding and put together the most beautiful wedding videos that we will cherish forever! Her adventurous personality shined through all of her creative ideas. Kara was a joy to work with and I’ll never forget our wedding day splashing in the creek thanks to her!