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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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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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Skyline Drive Engagement Session

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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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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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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 Skyline Drive 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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Mary’s Rock Engagement Session

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Shenandoah National Park is full of beautiful hikes, but Mary’s Rock is one of my favorites. It’s beautiful for both sunrise and sunset, but you don’t have to get on Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway to access it so it’s a great option for late fall-early spring engagement or couples sessions. (Skyline Drive […]

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Blue Ridge Parkway Engagement Session | Charlottesville, Virginia | Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

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The central district of Skyline Drive is my jam — I know it intimately and so it’s where I take most of my couples for engagement sessions. But in the winter, Skyline Drive closes often for snow and ice, while next door Blue Ridge Parkway can be open. So I always warn my winter/early spring […]

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