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A couple stands and looks at the view on Cole Mountain

One of the best spots in the Shenandoah Valley for mountain engagement photos is Cole Mountain. Cole Mountain is one of those spots that is kind of a local gem. I wouldn’t call it “hidden” since there always lots of people there, but the space is so wide open you feel like you have it […]

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Best of 2020 – Year in Review

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January 2020 seems like a different decade. It’s honestly kind of shocking to look back and realize the events that happened over the past year are all…in the same year.  Beyond what happened in the wider world, my personal experiences felt extraordinary and overwhelming. The only way to survive it was to keep my head […]

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Five Ideas for Printing and Displaying Your Photos

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I want to talk a little bit about something I’m super passionate about: printing your photos. I cannot emphasize this enough: A digital file should NOT be viewed as the end-product of your session.  A printed photo or album needs to be.  Here’s why: A couple of years ago when I was working as a […]

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How to Include Your Family in Your Elopement

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A common misconception is that eloping is just two people, an officiant and a photographer. And it CAN look like that! About a quarter of my couples who elope choose a “just us” experience. But most of my couples who choose to elope actually invite a handful of guests to be with them. Often, it’s […]

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Best of 2019: Weddings and Elopements

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WHAT a year y’all. I went through more than 15,000 edited photos for this blog post ALONE (and this year in review post is just focused on weddings and elopements!) Total, I think I took something along the lines of 50,000 images that documented 20 weddings or elopements in five states (Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West […]

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Hilary + Garret’s Wedding at Snowshoe Mountain Resort

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This summer has been one wild and crazy ride — mostly because it was my busiest wedding season ever and, simultaneously, I was in the final months of pregnancy.  I’ve been really lucky with my pregnancy in that I’ve been healthy, had relatively few symptoms, and have been able to remain active for its entirety. […]

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Haley + Allyson’s J.Q. Dickenson Wedding

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Haley and Allyson’s Charleston, WV October wedding at J.Q. Dickenson Salt-Works was my last wedding of 2018. But goodness it was the perfect way to close out the 2018 season. They got ready in separate suites at the Embassy Suites in Charleston and then headed to J.Q. Dickenson for their first look and family photos. […]

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Miguella + John’s Destination Wedding in Tobago

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Miguella and John were married in the Caribbean on the island of Tobago. John is from West Virginia and Miguella has lived in Charleston for several years, so we got to do their engagement session at Babcock State Park along the New River Gorge before heading to the beach for their wedding several months later!  […]

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Miguella + John’s Pre-Wedding Festivities in Tobago

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Miguella and John got married on the island of Tobago in the Caribbean (of Trinidad and Tobago). Before their wedding day, they invited the bridal party on an extended afternoon of shenanigans on the water, including a glass bottom boat tour, beach bbq, snorkeling and lots of dancing. Miguella was born in Trinidad and she […]

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