I have had my portrait photography business for five years, but one of the first things I remember playing with as a child was a toy camera. From there, I got my first DSLR as a birthday gift in middle school, took film photography in high school, and went on to major in media arts and design with a concentration in photojournalism in college. I had some really awesome photo internships (one with The Discovery Channel and one with a gallery in London!), and learned on my own from second shooting, photo conferences and many, MANY online webinars. I decided in 2014 to go all in and start my own company - and never looked back! Since then, I have photographed hundreds of family portraits and have recently started taking weddings.
In my camera bag I have two Canon 5D Mark IIIs. I LOVE my prime lenses - I have a Sigma 50mm f/1.4, Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4, Canon 24-105mm, and the most recent addition, the Canon 100mm f/2.8. I use natural light whenever possible, but I do have an on-camera flash for receptions and other indoor events.
Different seasons are busier than others! Typically, I recommend sessions be booked about one month out. For lavender portraits, if you are in need of a weekend date, I recommend reserving a spot on January 1st or as close to the start of the new year as possible. Fall portraits in October weekends also fill fast, so 1-2 month's notice is recommended. For at-home newborn sessions, you can get in touch as early as you like, that way we can put your estimated due date on the calendar and I keep my schedule flexible around baby's due date!
The editing is where the magic happens! I edit all of my photos before putting them in galleries, I do not give out RAW images. My editing style is light and airy, but bold. I like my lights light and my darks dark! This creates milky skin tones, deep colors and makes my subjects stand out from their backgrounds.
My shooting style is relaxed & spontaneous. I do a mix of posed and candid shots during sessions. While I offer posing tips throughout our time together, I also like to sit back and stay quiet in order to document your family's authentic interactions. I am not one to wear cute clothes and dresses to my sessions because more often than not, you will find me laying on the ground before our time is up in order to get eye-level with some of the younger members of a group :)
Field & Farm portraits are my most popular portrait sessions located at Seven Oaks Lavender Farm during the month of June. Seven Oaks is a gorgeous pick-your-own lavender farm near Gainesville, Virginia. I have worked alongside owners, Deb & Edith, for five years now and serve as their farm photographer during the season. It is one of my all-time favorite portrait locations - if you've taken a look at my gallery pages, you will see a lot of sample images!