Category: Personal

Happy New Year!

Posted in Personal

Where did 2013 go?!  I am thankful for each and every one of you who helped make this past year truly great.  2014 is already shaping up to be an adventure; here’s a little peak at what’s coming up!

1.  Going back to school.  That’s right, I actually signed up and paid for a class.  I’m excited to start the last two years I need to get my Bachelors.

2.  Capturing what I love.  I love photographing everything so sometimes I feel like I can take on more than what’s actually possible.  Because I will be in class I know I need to pass on more referrals and shoot only what I 100% love.  I wasn’t expecting to shoot my first birth until next month but was on back up for a friend and ended up getting the call.  Being present at a birth and capturing such precious moments filled me with such joy that I know 100% this is what I am supposed to be doing.  That means I won’t be taking any weddings for 2014.

3.  Shooting more film.  I picked up film for the first time in six years this past summer and fell back in love.  My first portrait session on film happened this winter and is one of my favorites.  The colors and tones were perfect and I felt so much more alive shooting it (that sounds cheesy but it’s true.)  I really slowed down and got more usable shots because of it.  My goal for this year is to incorporate more film into portraits and eventually switch over completely (hopefully by summer.)

And of course a post isn’t complete without a photo so here’s a sneak peek from the first birth story I had the honor of capturing.

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Travis + Rachel | Alexandria VA Portrait Photographer

Posted in Couples, Film

A few months ago I decided to take the plunge and move back to film.  I was feeling burnt out and not really loving what I was capturing so I bought a Pentax and some film and just started shooting.  It was as if a light bulb came on.  I was suddenly loving what I was getting and I couldn’t stop.  I also felt like I was becoming a better photographer; I could only take ten shots per roll vs. the nine hundred I got on a 16gb card in my digital so I really wanted to make them count.

After familiarizing myself with my new camera and putting a few rolls through it I knew I wanted to shoot a session with a couple so I emailed Travis and Rachel to see if they would be interested in modeling for me.  Luckily for me they were more than willing so we set up a date to go to Great Falls.  Unfortunately the government shutdown happened the week of our scheduled shoot so we postponed.  As luck would have it our back up date got rained out so we had to reschedule again.  Finally we were able to get together this past Saturday and it was nothing short of amazing.

Travis and I went to high school together and has always been a really caring person with a huge heart so it was no surprise that he chose an equally caring and amazingly sweet partner in Rachel.  The love and tenderness they have for one another is beautiful and real and it was such a joy spending the morning with them.  These are my favorite images to date, not because they are technically perfect (they aren’t) but because I feel like I captured the essence of who they are together and I LOVE that!  This right here is what makes me tick as an artist and why I do what I do.

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Featured | Entouriste | Grenada

Posted in Film, Personal, Travel

So beyond thrilled to have our recent trip to Grenada featured on Entouriste today!  I’ve had the travel bug for quite some time and love looking at all the gorgeous imagery from around the world on their blog.  Here’s a sneak peek but be sure to visit Entouriste for the full story!

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Grenada On Film

Posted in Film, Personal

The first of September Rog and I went to Grenada for our honeymoon.  Grenada is one of the southern most Caribbean islands just off the coast of Venezuela and is most well known to Americans for the invasion in the 80’s.  We had an amazing time exploring the island in our little red Suzuki and drinking in the culture.  We stayed at a cute, private cottage north of St. George called Mango Bay Cottages and it was heaven.  Everyone was so nice and the fresh mango lime juice is pretty much to die for.  I just can’t even put into words how beautiful it is there so enjoy looking at some photos from our trip.  If you’re interested in getting married in Grenada, I’d love to go back so send me an email!

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Our wonderful hosts!

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Cannons at Fort George.

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View of the city from Fort George.

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Sendall Tunnel built by the French in the late 1800’s.  Still used today by cars and pedestrians.

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Church of England.

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The Carenage.  Loved all the boats and colorful houses on the surrounding hills.

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Three Years

Posted in Personal, Uncategorized

Three years ago on Thursday I married my best friend.  While there have been ups and downs we have most definitely been blessed beyond our wildest dreams.  In the past three years we’ve seen each other through job changes, suffered the loss of both of my granddad and Papa, moved twice, bought a house, made wonderful new friends then not quite one year later wished them farewell, adopted the Hunter Bear, demoed our basement, and walked many blocks of Old Town just enjoying each others company.  I am so thankful to have such a wonderfully supportive, sweet, funny person to share this crazy life with and can’t wait to see where this next year takes us!

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