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Cordell Crew: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia Family Session

“That was the quickest forty-five minutes of my life,” was what I told Lindsay at the end of their family session. In that short period of time we experience all emotions. Laughter with Daddy while the kids tickled him, tears when someones Lego creation broke, and hunger as we consumed Vanilla Wafers on the ride back to their house.

We took their photos on a crisp and beautiful fall evening in Harpers Ferry, and it was the most fun I’ve had in a long time! Continue reading “Cordell Crew: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia Family Session”

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Cosplay Photography: Leesburg, Virginia

I’ve always loved fantasy novels, games, art, anything really. I’m obsessed with Brandon Sanderson novels, Zelda, and mythology. I found out about the world of cosplay after watching a short-lived show on the SyFy network called “Heroes of Cosplay.” I think they brought something similar back recently, but I haven’t watched it.

Anyways, I was amazed by the level of skill and artistry that went into these pieces of art people created. I love that they are everyday people who work normal jobs and then transform themselves into characters from beloved series, movies, and games. I started fantasizing about all the things I could create. It was part of the reason why I wanted to learn to sew. (I still haven’t gotten very far with that endeavor.)
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Iron Musket CrossFit: Kearneysville, West Virginia, Family Session

I went to Iron Musket CrossFit until I was about seven months pregnant. The people there were always welcoming, and the workouts always kicked my ass. If you’re looking for an affordable and fun crossfit gym, Iron Musket is the place! I was pretty excited to go back for a day and catch the kids in action.

Now, I just need to get my butt back into working out.
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Mary + Sophie: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Pet Session

Mary and I met through Instagram because we share a love of two things: hiking and dogs.

Early one spring morning, I met the pair for some photos in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. We talked as Sophie had free reign of the trails since no one else was around.
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Everyday Makers: Anne Rule-Thompson, Ceramicist

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“This is your ten-minute warning,” Anne shouts from downstairs at her two boys.

As the boys race from bedroom to bathroom to get ready for school, Anne and her husband make breakfast, feed the dog, and get the boys out the door.

The school-day scramble is in full swing and is the storm before the calm of Anne’s quiet downtown Bolivar, W.V., ceramics studio.

“There was a long time when the kids were little when I didn’t really have a place, and it was a struggle,” Anne said. “I guess that’s why I am here.”

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Laurie & Jamie + Calvin: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Family Session

If you go a little bit deeper into the blog, you’ll see that I did maternity photos for Laurie and Jamie. I loved that they asked me to come back and take photos for their life after bump, and I had a great time getting to know this baby boo.

It was a special session for me, at the time, because I was seven months pregnant, and I was anxiously awaiting my life after bump. It was great to see all the love and giggles that were in store for me.

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Northern Virginia ​​Family Photography: Melinda and Jared’s Spring Session

It’s a warm spring day. A cute little family of four and I set out to take some spring family photos in Northern Virginia. Before the session, Melinda and I chatted about what her family likes to do together. Spending time at Morven Park was on the list.

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Let’s Travel: Holland

My husband and I are expecting our first baby in May. So, I wanted to do one last hurrah trip before my life became sleeping, eating, and poop for a couple of months. Apparently, they are called baby moons. Although, when I see the word “baby moon” it’s usually tied to a pretty woman looking awesome in a bathing suit. The last thing I wanted then, and especially now, is to be in a bathing suit. So, off to Europe we went in mid-February sans swimwear.

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Beyond the “About Me” Page: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Photographer

Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down. Just kidding, but if you want a good laugh this comic still makes me giggle over a decade later. It was created in 2004. Which, happens to be the first time I picked up a camera with the purpose of storytelling.

Storytelling has been ingrained in my photography since the beginning because when I first started it was tied to journalism. Finding photos that could stand on their own, in a series, or expand on the story was a hunt I enjoyed. Everything I loved about journalism: interviewing, getting to know people, finding out their personal story and why a subject matter means so much to them is what I’ll bring to the table when I photograph you.
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Laurie + Jamie: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Maternity Session

I am a little late posting these pictures! Laurie had her cute baby boy late October, and I am finally getting around to blogging her maternity photos around Christmas time.

Laurie and I became fast friends at work the moment she joined my team at my day-job. We work closely together on a number of projects and use each other as a daily reminder that sometimes work is just work.
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Shannon + Gilbert: Charleston, South Carolina, Pet Session

Shannon had been thinking of getting a dog for quite some time. Her and I discussed breeds, when she would walk him, who would take care of him if she ever was deployed (I volunteered, of course). Finally, she decided to go with a rescue dog.

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Virginia Beach Engagement Photography: Michelle and Spencer

This Virginia Beach engagement is probably my favorite session so far. Granted, I am VERY biased since the lovely woman is my sister.

My sister is one of my best friends. There is no one else who understands our crazy family or gets every obscure Spongebob quote. Who remembers the turmoil of hearing Dad’s alarm clock in your dreams at five in the morning. I am so glad of our incredibly special relationship.

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