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Annie and Ben dance at Moss Vineyards after their intimate wedding

Experience has given me this little secret when it comes to picking a micro wedding venue. The best venues are often not venues! At least, that’s not their primary role. That’s because dedicated event venues tend to be designed to accommodate large groups of people and can feel overwhelming for a smaller group.

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How to Get Epic Mountain Views for Your Engagement Photos When You Don’t Like to Hike

Engagement Session Inspo

If you want epic mountain views, but aren’t big hikers (or are worried about makeup melting off in the summer heat), a Skyline Drive or Blue Ridge Parkway tour is definitely the way to go.  A tour is basically my term for when we tackle a section of Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway […]

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The Best Water-Based Locations for Engagement Photos in Virginia

Engagement Session Inspo

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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Deb + Travis’ Sunrise Stony Man Engagement Session

Lifestyle

If you’ve never had your photograph taken professionally, the idea can be a little intimidating. You are investing a lot into the photographs, but like anything new, oftentimes people feel nervous about looking and feeling awkward, or about disliking the results.  Which is why I think engagement sessions should be an experience — not a […]

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Annie + Ben’s Blackrock Summit Engagement Session

Lifestyle

The vast majority of my hiking engagement sessions or couples adventure shoots start either on Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway. Skyline Drive is a 105-mile road that runs the length of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. It starts in the north at Front Royal and ends at Rockfish Gap in the south, which […]

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Samantha + William’s Staunton & Blue Ridge Parkway Engagement Session

Lifestyle

Sunrise or sunset is usually the best time of day for your engagement photo session. At these times of day, the light is less harsh and more flattering, often suffused with golden, dreamy colors. When shooting in Shenandoah National Park or at the more popular hikes in Central Virginia, I generally recommend my couples consider […]

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Jessie + Juan-Miguel’s Humpback Rock Engagement Session

Lifestyle

The thing about the Blue Ridge Mountains is you never know what you’re going to get when it comes to weather. So planning a session in Shenandoah National Park or off of the Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive requires a good bit of an adventurous spirit. Jessie and Juan-Miguel chose to hike Humpback Rock for their […]

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Baltimore, MD At-Home Engagement Session | DC Wedding Photographer

Lifestyle

Learn more about booking your in-home session Abby and Zach are getting married in Charleston, West Virginia, but live in Baltimore, Maryland, where they recently bought a home. Baltimore is a little farther than I’d normally travel for an engagement session, but it just so happened that I was enrolled in a spring conference in […]

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