I've had my portrait photography business for eight years now, and 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 (with The Discovery Channel and an art gallery in London!), and learned on my own from second shooting, photo conferences and 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 portrait sessions and I take on a handful of weddings each year.
I am a Canon shooter! I currently have two Canon 5D Mark IIIs. I love my prime lenses – Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4. I also have a Canon 24-105mm, Canon 100mm f/2.8 and Canon 70-200mm. I use natural light whenever possible, but have an on-camera and off-camera flash and stand for receptions.
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Some seasons are busier than others. Typically, I recommend booking portrait sessions at least one month in advance. For lavender portraits, if you are in need of a weekend date, I recommend reserving as early as January 1st. October fills fast, so at least 2-3 month's notice is recommended. Weddings are typically booked about one year out. For at-home newborn sessions, you can get in touch as early as you'd like, we will put your estimated due date on the calendar and I will keep my schedule flexible around baby's due date!
My shooting style is relaxed, fun & spontaneous. I do a mix of posed and candid shots during sessions, and love shooting the landscape we are in just as much as the portraits. While I offer posing tips throughout our time together, I also like to sit back in order to document your family's authentic interactions. I will not be wearing cute clothing because more often than not, I will be on the ground before our shoot is up in order to get eye-level with the younger (and sometimes four-legged!) members of the group.
Field & Farm portraits are my most popular sessions located at Seven Oaks Lavender Farm during their peak lavender season in 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 seven years now and serve as their farm photographer, shop worker and product maker. It is one of my all-time favorite portrait locations - if you've taken a look at my gallery pages, you'll see a lot of sample images!