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In Engagement, Family, Personal, Portrait on
February 15, 2019

BAHAMAS | BECCA + LUKE

Oh, the Bahamas. It feels like such a lifetime ago that we went on the most fun trip to Nassau, when in reality, it has only been a short two months since we returned. My best friend, Becca & her mama, WON THE TRIP on Ellen’s 12 Days of Giveaways. Isn’t that nuts!? Who gets to say that Ellen freaking Degeneres gifted them a trip to a tropical island and ten thousand star resort?!! My bestie, thats who! My husband and I were the luckiest of all people, because Becca’s sweet and generous as heck mother gifted us her trip. WHAT?!!!? I don’t know what I will ever do to repay her for her generosity, but I have a few ideas on how to start. Anyway, we stayed at the most beautiful resort, which is pretty new, called Baha Mar (linked here). They had about 1000 pools, a casino, 364312 restaurants, and really gorgeous accommodations. I am exaggerating a bit on the pools and restaurants, but it was really a lot! The resort has converted a bunch of airstreams into the cutest food trucks on the beach, has FLAMINGOS for you to admire, and even a sanctuary with a grotto where you can also admire sting rays, nurse sharks, and sea turtles. I can’t even describe how cool that was. We spent our days by the beach and pool, and our afternoons walking next-door to the Daiquiri Shack, which was always well worth it. Who knew that a plum daiquiri was the best flavor ever? You are welcome. Our bahamas dream trip lasted from Sunday to Friday, and I really wanted to gift Becca + Luke a nice set of portraits from our trip, so by Wednesday evening, we had been around the resort enough for me to pick out some lovely portrait locations, and we set out to create some beautiful images. I loved how many different natural backgrounds we were able to get – it really looks like we were at at least 4 different locations, but these were all taken on resort. Here are a few of my favorites!!!

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In Engagement, Portrait, Uncategorized on
May 20, 2018

ENGAGED | AMANDA + ANDREW

I met up with Andrew + Amanda at my favorite location of all time last weekend for a sweet engagement session. I always say that Silver Lake Regional Park is my favorite location, and aside from my front yard,  it really really is.  I mean, its got everything – forestry, a lake, a bride, long romantic grass, big open fields, cool and interesting trees…you name it, and Silver Lake has it.  I just love that I can have a single 1-2 hour portrait session in ONE location and get so many different settings and varied scenery.  Also, its so beautiful year round…in the spring it is green and there are so many florals throughout the park, and in the summer everything is so GREEN.  In the fall….its like a freakin painting with all the gorgeous foliage.  I can’t even adequately describe how beautiful the backdrop of the wooded areas are when the leaves peak each year…it is really unbelievable.  Needless to say, I was so excited when Amanda reached out and said that she didn’t really have a set location in mind for their engagement portraits and asked for recommendations. I was so happy to recommend my fave place, and was excited when she agreed that it would fit her vision for her engagement portraits.

Amanda + Andrew were the sweetest couple.  They were so clearly in love and excited about starting their future together.  They are getting married in Andrew’s home state of Illinois next summer, and I am sure that everything will come together beautifully.  Amanda & Andrew both are from out of state, which is so common here in the DC Area. They met here and have started to put down roots and build a life together. I was honored to be able to capture this very important time in their lives, and am SO excited to share some of my favorites below!

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In Engagement, Portrait on
August 29, 2017

ENGAGED | TREVOR & MARYJO

Recently, I was able to meet up with Trevor & MJ at one of my most favorite locations here in Northern Virginia to take some engagement photos! We lucked out and not only had stunning light and sunset for the portrait session, but also had an unseasonably GORGEOUS day, with temps in the upper 70s and basically no humidity, which for Virginia in August is pretty much unheard of! Trevor & MJ are recently engaged, and plan to be married in 2019 – they are both students at George Mason University, finishing up degree programs (MJ is earning her PhD – smart lady!), and are settling into life as an engaged couple. Trevor brought his pickup truck with him to the shoot, as it is really special to him, so we had some fun setting up some shots with the truck as well! These two are so sweet with each other, and I was honored to try and capture some of the love and emotion that is so clearly apparent between the two. Here are a few of my favorite images from our time together:

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In Engagement, Wedding on
October 25, 2016

ENGAGED | Kyle + Kaylin

Kyle + Kaylin are some of our oldest and besets friends! They are planning an AMAZING destination wedding in Playa Mujeres, Mexico for the upcoming summer, and we CANNOT WAIT TO GO! I talked (forced) Kyle + Kaylin into some engagement photos, and met up (kidnapped) with them at a local park that I love.  Here are a few of my favorite shots:

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