Alexandria VA photographer- Dave and Amanda’s Engagement Session!

Old town Alexandria VA photographer

There are just some couples that when you meet, you feel like old friends. I immediately felt like that with Dave and Amanda when we met for their engagement session in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.  It was the warmest day of the weekend, so we got pretty darn lucky!

These two made it so easy for me. Not only are they gorgeous, but they are funny and so sweet together and with me. Their new little buddy, Oliver joined in on some of the fun towards the end of the session and basically stole the show…..sorry, guys :)

I am overjoyed to have met these two and to be photographing their wedding in Charlottesville next August, they really are just the sweetest couple and I am so lucky to be their photographer.  Enjoy these warm and cozy engagement photos of the beautiful Amanda and Dave and be sure to leave them love in the comments!





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This Christmas store is one of my favorite little spots. So warm and cozy

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And this….I love this so much!


And this one! My favorite




Amanda, you have the most beautiful eyes and smile….just radiates off the page.

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And Dave, such a thoughful and sweet guy. You can so easily see how smitten he is with Amanda.




Oh Oliver, you little furry show-stealer! He’s only four months old and he was so well behaved





hello, Gorgeous!



Cannot wait to see you both again! Thanks for being so amazing :)

Our (quick) Disney trip- Personal- southern maryland photographer

Disney Trip

Two weeks before Thanksgiving this year, we decided to take our son Luke to disney.  I LOVE this time of year here, but I love the magic of Disney when it’s lit up and decorated for Christmas and I knew it would be the perfect time!  For my birthday this year, Brendan bought me tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party which takes place after park hours for those who have tickets and we had SO much fun there. I didn’t take any pictures then because with the limited time for the party, and the fact that we didn’t know how long Luke would last, I wanted to be sure to enjoy it with my eyes instead of through a camera.  I am happy to say though that I did take photos at the park the day we went to get some memories frozen both in my mind, and on paper/film and I am sharing them with you today!

I honestly cannot wait to go back, this time for longer, but we had a great time and Luke is talking about it everyday, which means we succeeded in making it memorable for him! High five!


The day we got there, I had a shoot with friends of ours and Luke played in the sand with daddy. His pants got wet, but that didn’t stop him from trying to walk in dad’s shoes. It was so cute.


Taking selfies after breakfast!

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We walked around The Art of Animation resort which was right across from ours and Luke loved all of these big sets and characters

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I’m not sure what this face was, but it was pretty funny.


Luke wanted to meet Minnie (or Mimmy as he calls her) so badly. We almost didnt because she had to head to a parade, but we got in just in time and he didn’t want to let her go!






He loved hugging all the stuffed animals



When he saw the characters he recognized coming down Main street for the dance party parade, he was in awe and this face says it all.


Then, the kids got to go out and dance and it was the sweetest and most fun thing. This boy LOVES the dance and sing.

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Luke and Daddy rode the teacups because I was afraid the spinning while pregnant might not be the greatest, but I was happy to spy on them as they went round and round


Hope you enjoyed this little peek into our time at Disney, and while it was all too short, we are looking forward to future family vacations there, but next time….as a family of four! Ahhhhh, exciting!

Southern Maryland Mini Session-The Lancaster’s

Southern Maryland Mini Session

Love this family and how sweet they are. You may recognize two of the faces in this photo below as Sarah and TJ (and Bumble) from the last blog post and the other three are Sarah’s mom, dad, and brother and of course, their dog Charlie. I loved walking around Greenwell State Park with these guys and talking to Wes about future plans for college. It’s really very flattering to be asked by friends or family of past clients to photograph them as well. Truly a blessing as a photographer to be trusted with such a wonderful time in their lives.

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couple married 25 years


Family session in the fall


Wes is 16 and is a very smart and laid back guy. The camera loved him and I think he loved the camera, too!


just because couples session

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25 years of marriage looks like this and I love it

dog portraits

Charlie is such a stud

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Such a gorgeous family. Thank you all so much!