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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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Jess + Sam’s Adventure Engagement Session in Shenandoah National Park

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Spring generally starts showing its face in earnest by early April around here. At lower elevations like the cities of Charlottesville or Harrisonburg, by the middle of March some trees are starting to bud and early flowers bloom, but in the mountains it is still very much winter and bare.  Fortunately the Blue Ridge Mountains […]

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What Happens When it Rains During Your Engagement Session

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When it’s calling for rain, a lot of photographers will reschedule the session. I don’t, unless that is something the client really wants.  There are a couple of reasons for this.  Primarily I don’t really believe in the concept of “bad” weather. Weather is simply a part of the adventure and mood of the shoot.  […]

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The Best Locations for Mountain Engagement Photos in Virginia

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Most of the adventure engagement sessions I shoot are in Shenandoah National Park (SNP). It’s actually the closest park to my homebase, so I know it SUPER well. If that’s where you want to take your engagement photos, I will help you find the perfect spot that fits how far you want to hike (or […]

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The Best Shoes for Your Adventure Engagement Session

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Blackrock Summit is one of those hikes in Shenandoah National Park that is super popular because it’s short, easy and the payoff is amazing. When you get there, you scramble on top of this huge natural rock pile and have something like 270-degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s really popular with locals and […]

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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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Best of 2019: Engagement, Adventure & Portrait Sessions

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Best of 2019 Engagement and Portrait Sessions I had a terrible time this year with hard drives — I think I had three crash from January to December. Fortunately it was more of an expensive, annoying problem than a data loss problem.  That’s because part of my workflow is that I never delete images off […]

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Deb + Travis’ Sunrise Stony Man Engagement Session

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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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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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Annie + Ben’s Blackrock Summit Engagement Session

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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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Sami + Joe’s Shenandoah National Park Maternity Session

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I don’t shoot a ton of maternity, family or newborn sessions, but occasionally I’ll take them on with the caveat that I still won’t do a lot of posing. Instead, we focus on what I always try and focus on — relationships, environment and drawing out authentic interactions.  Sami and Joe are trying to visit […]

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