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Roanoke and its surrounding areas are one the best places in southwestern Virginia for engagement photos. You can find everything – gardens to industrial/urban backdrops to mountain views to waterfalls – all within an hour of the city.  Below I’ve listed ten places that would be stunning backdrops for engagement photos near Roanoke. Some will […]

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Buffalo Mountain Natural Area | SWVA Engagement Session Location

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If you want a hidden gem for your engagement session in southwestern Virginia, consider Buffalo Mountain Natural Area. This nature preserve is one of the best places for engagement or couples photography in the region. Buffalo Mountain sits on what used to be Cherokee land about 20 minutes outside of Floyd. It’s a popular hike, […]

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Hanging Rock Overlook Trail | Roanoke Engagement Photography Location

Adventure Session Tips

Hanging Rock Overlook Trail is a little-known trail almost exactly equidistant from Roanoke, Virginia, and Lewisburg, West Virginia. The overlook is only about a half mile from the parking area and it’s a very easy half mile. There is almost no elevation change.  But as of midsummer 2022, the trail could use a little maintenance […]

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The Best Water-Based Locations for Engagement Photos in Virginia

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Virginia is known for its vistas in places like Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains, but it also boasts lakes, rivers, watersheds and coastal shorelines.  Interested in Mountain Views instead? Check out this round-up.  So if waterside (or on the water) photos are more your style than mountains, this article is for you!  […]

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Four Tips for an Amazing Engagement Session

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It’s probably the phrase I hear more than any other – “we’re a little bit awkward.” Like maybe 9 out of 10 couples says it at some point. And here’s the thing – all of the couples on my website are real couples. So if 90 percent of them say they’re awkward and 100 percent […]

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Five Hikes to Consider for your Shenandoah National Park Engagement

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Shenandoah National Park contains more than 500 miles of hiking trails, including a section of the Appalachian Trail. They connect and sprawl, leading to almost endless possibilities for exploration. A few are both easy to access and yield stunning views. These are generally the trails I suggest for engagement and adventure sessions or even elopements.  […]

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Planning Your Shenandoah National Park Adventure Engagement

Lifestyle

Almost all of the engagement and couples sessions I photograph in Shenandoah National Park are sunrise sessions. Even when clients aren’t “morning people” (because, really, who LOVES to get up at 3 a.m. to get ready, drive to a trailhead and hike, all before the sun comes up), I encourage couples to consider that time […]

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