I've had my portrait photography business for seven 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.
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 my most recent additions – Canon 100mm f/2.8 and Canon 70-200mm. I use natural light whenever possible, but have an on-camera flash for receptions and other indoor events.
Please get in touch with me via my contact page. This ensures your message gets to the proper place and helps me gather the necessary information to begin the booking process.
Different seasons are busier than others! Typically, I recommend portrait sessions be booked at the very 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 a 1-2 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!
The editing is where the magic happens! I edit all of my photos before putting them in your galleries, I do not give out RAW images. My editing style is light but bold. I like my lights light and darks dark. This creates milky skin tones and deep contrasts that make my subjects stand out from their backgrounds.
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 our sessions :)
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 six 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 will see a lot of sample images!