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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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Blackrock Summit Engagement Photography

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Blackrock Summit is one of the best spots for engagement photography sessions in Shenandoah National Park. It’s only about half a mile from the parking area and is beautiful at either sunrise or sunset. The rocky summit features 360 degree views from the very top of the rocky overpass or you can walk down the […]

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Frazier Discovery Trail Adventure Engagement Session

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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 […]

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What Happens When it Rains During Your Engagement Session

Lifestyle

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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Blackrock Summit 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

Lifestyle

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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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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