Casey | In-Home Birth | Black and White Documentary Photography | Suffolk, Virginia

I’m pretty sure that every photographer has a photography bucket list. Something on my list was to document a birth. In-home, hospital, didn’t care. Documentary photography is something i’m passionate about and what better way to experience that than with a birth. Birth photography is something that was new to me. I didn't know truly what to expect I just knew that being on call meant, at any time, anywhere, I’d have to stop what i’m doing, grab my packed up camera bag and haul my ass over. When I received the text that it was time, my adrenaline started pumping, I quickly took an exit on the interstate and made a U-turn to head to Suffolk.

When I arrived midwives greeted me as they took notes and I just started documenting. About an hour passed when we heard “she’s coming” and it all happened. So quickly. So beautifully. A baby girl was born.

I don’t think I can ever forget this experience. I’m in awe of the strength women have. As a woman who’s had children herself, I felt her pain, I felt the love and I wanted to document just that.

Welcome to the world, sweet girl, Talullah Moon.

Shenandoah Valley Wedding | Raspberry Plain Manor | Leesburg Wedding Photographer | Northern Virginia Wedding

This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to associate photograph a wedding for Lia Everette Photography at the stunning Raspberry Plain Manor in Leesburg, Virginia. The whole entire day was beautiful, even with the rain. A first look took place in a secret garden gasp! Yes, a secret garden!!! It was AHH-mazing and the couple’s excitement and love for each other was swoon material! The rest of the day was filled with so much laughter, drinks, kick-ass dance moves and a huge sparkler exit.

Orrey + Molly | Waverly Estate | Lunenburg Wedding Photographer | Virginia Documentary Wedding Photographer

This past weekend I went to Lunenburg to capture Molly and Orrey’s big day at the Waverly Estate. The weather was perfect and the venue was a dream! Waverly Estate is charming, colorful and the land is just absolutely perfect! When I entered the house, there was nothing but happiness, excitement and hip hop from the early 2000’s (WIN WIN) playing.

The ceremony took place under a tree (UMMM…DREAM COME TRUE), was short, oh, so, sweet and filled with many tears and laughter. The reception was ALIVE! The dance floor was NEVER empty and they served pizza for dinner. COME ON!!! DREAM COUPLE!!!!!

Thank you Molly & Orrey for being such amazing souls and having me document your day!

Franz Family | In-Home Family Session | Seaford, Va.

While most of my sessions take place outdoors, I absolutely love those times I get in-home sessions, too! Especially when the summer temps reach 90+ degrees.  With that being said it was SO awesome to be welcomed into the Franz family's gorgeous home and get to know them. Our time from beginning to end flowed effortlessly as the children guided the session.  We first hung out in the living room where sweet little princess Liv showed me a book that she was really proud of... as well as her favorite dolls and toys. Then we made our way to her room for more toys, tiaras and dolls and wrapped up our time in baby Julian's nursery.  I enjoyed every minute with the Franz family.  They are so incredibly sweet and welcoming.  Along with natural light, love also radiated through their home.

Mr. + Mrs. Flavin | Country Villa Inn | Virginia Beach, Va. | Virginia Beach Wedding

Art Museum Wedding | Mr. + Mrs. Dorswitt | Virginia MOCA | Virginia Beach, Va.

Susan and Kenneth had 25 of their closest family and friends gather at MOCA to celebrate them getting married.  Susan wanted her day documented in a way that captured love and family most.  They had their ceremony at the art museum and following it was a small gathering at their residence. The ceremony was officiated by Susan's brother in a simple, sweet and untraditional way. 

Virginia MOCA was chosen as their place for ceremony because of their love for art and music.  The museum was simple yet so beautiful. After the ceremony, Kenneth, Susan and I strolled around the exhibits for pictures and we couldn't help but stop and admire every painting. I myself am a fan of modern-contemporary art and often enjoy viewing art with my husband so this was just a perfect day! 

Mr. + Mrs. Cameron | Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club | American + Australian Wedding | Virginia Beach, Va.

"We knew leading up to the big day there were a lot of details that were out of our control. Our prayer was one that all the details big and small would be worked out and that the day would be incredibly special. Anne's mom has been battling cancer for the last 8 months and having her at the wedding and feeling good was a major desire for each of us. A few weeks prior to the wedding Monica received great news and was able to participate in all the planning and festivities in the days leading up to the wedding. The weather was another detail we knew we had no control over. The forecast on the Monday prior to the wedding predicted rain from Wednesdaythrough Sunday. We were forced to forfeit our plans for an outdoor ceremony and reception. Although disappointing, we felt complete peace about the decision. Come Friday, just before the ceremony, it began to rain. It sprinkled as the ceremony began and by the ceremony's end, the rain was finished. We were able to gather outside on the lawn for photos and throughout the reception. The rain even cooled down the temperature! We are blessed beyond words and truly feel like May 18th was the perfect day!"
-Anne and Johnny

The moment I met Anne I instantly knew that she and I would be an amazing fit.  Even with everything going on with her mother, she was chill and sure of how she wanted her wedding day documented. She wanted people laughing, dancing, drinking, eating and enjoying the moment with her and Johnny. There was no bridal party, just her sister and Johnny's brother that would be standing by their sides. Leading up to the wedding they received great news about her mother, Monica, who's been battling cancer. At that point, rain or shine, it was going to be an incredible day and that it was. 

On their wedding day, Anne was gathered by her sister, parents and closest friends at the Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club as she got ready for the day.  There was nonstop laughter, smiles, champs and jokes.  You could feel the history between them all!

Johnny spent the time leading up to the ceremony drinking beer with his dad and brother. 

Anne and Johnny wrote letters for each other before the ceremony.  Anne wanted to exchange the letters but wanted to save the big moment of Johnny seeing her in her gown for the ceremony. So a door was found and we made it happen!  Immediately after she shut the door, she asked everyone " Does he look handsome?!?! I know he does!!" Her excitement, love and admiration for Johnny is just there. There is no denying it. She just knew her groom was looking handsome! 

As guests started to arrive and be seated, Anne and her father, George, made their way down. We had to go through the clubs gym to get to the exit that Anne wanted to enter the ceremony from. We couldn't help but laugh the entire time! As Amazing Grace was played on the trumpet by Jeremy Mangrum, parents and grandparents were sat. Then the music changed to Canon in D and it was time.  The ceremony was cheerful and filled with sooo much love. The rest of the day was live. The Janitors played and EVERYONE danced! I've honestly never seen dance moves like this before. The dance floor was never empty. I couldn't be more grateful to have such an intimate invitation to Johnny and Anne's wedding day.

Tommy Joe + Stephanie | Forest Hill Park | Richmond, VA | Engagement Session

This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Tommy Joe & Stephanie.  I loved hearing about their story as we strolled through Forest Hill park.  These two love birds met while studying abroad in Copenhagen! UMMM ... COOLLLL!!! Copenhagen is somewhere I've always wanted to go so this was exciting for me.

Their proposal story - "After four years together, we decided in the fall of 2017 to get married. Tommy Joe proposed at the Devils Backbone Base Camp in Roseland, VA, where we attend the Hoopla Music festival every year. The festival is a celebration of craft beer, great music, supporting local businesses, environmental stewardship, and contributing to the local food pantry- all things that are of interest and importance to us. It was a beautiful and special place to commit to spending the rest of our lives together."

Their love was so natural! They joked around and really used our time together to live in the moment. 

Trip to the Virginia Zoo | Norfolk, Virginia | Mason

The weather has been a hot mess this past month. We have found ourselves spending more days indoor and I can't lie... it's been making us a little cray!  I was invited by a couple other moms to go to the zoo and we couldn't turn it down!  The weather was amazing! It was the perfect balance of overcast(my favorite) with sunny moments. We started out at the barnyard where we saw cattle, sheep, sleeping pigs and more.  We traveled through Africa, Asia and Australia ending our trip with a perfect, calm train ride.  We had a great time, ate popcorn and pretzels and explored!