• The England Family in Gloucester, Virginia (January 2015)

    On: January 24, 2015 | In: Lifestyle |  Like

    I don’t do many family photoshoots. I don’t mind them, but they aren’t really where I’m the most comfortable behind a camera. I’m happy to do them for close friends, though! Ben and Brittany England have known me for a long time. I was honored that they asked me to document their family. Since this was in January, outside wasn’t an option. I decided to light everything using a window in their bedroom and the kids’ room, and then a strobe mimicking a window. Check out some of the pictures! (more…)

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  • My trip to New York City (November 2014)

    On: November 29, 2014 | In: Lifestyle |  Like

    Earlier this month, I got the chance to travel to New York City for the first time. My good buddy and mentor Rich Coleman, Ryan and Rach Photography, Sarah D’Ambra Photography, and Rich’s friend Ramone. We were only there for a couple days, so we made sure to pack them full. Friday, we got breakfast in Columbus Circle, and then met up with a model we’d hired to have a session in Central Park. Keep reading for details! (more…)

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  • Louie and Chelsea just got engaged in Williamsburg, Virginia!

    On: October 14, 2014 | In: Lifestyle |  Like

    My good friends Louie and Chelsea are engaged! I’ve known both of them for around 10 years, so I was of course thrilled to shoot their engagement photos. I’ll be a groomsman in their wedding, so I won’t be shooting that (well, I’ll probably try to at least shoot some pictures of the two of them, I don’t know if I can just attend a wedding as a guest). We wandered around Colonial Williamsburg for an hour or so, and I experimented with a few portrait methods I’ve been workshopping this year. I’m really happy with the results! (more…)

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  • Olivia and Jayson are engaged in Gloucester, Virginia (April 2014)

    On: April 15, 2014 | In: Lifestyle |  Like

    I (sometimes) fondly remember the mad dash every weekend I was home from college. There were friends to hang out with, family to visit, and two days to make it all happen. I can’t imagine planning a wedding at home while hours away at school, but that’s what Olivia and Jayson are doing! Each weekend they can make the 6 hour drive home, they have been visiting venues and meeting with everyone that goes into making a beautiful wedding happen. Our first engagement session was rained out, so it took a few weeks before Olivia and Jayson could make it back home again. I’m glad they did, because we had a great time. Some of my favorite engagement pictures came from this session, and I even have the cover image hanging on my wall now. I’m excited for their wedding this fall! (more…)

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  • The Brizendine Family in West Point, Virginia!

    On: November 23, 2013 | In: Lifestyle |  Like


    Adam and Kristen are becoming a regular fixture here! They were one of the first weddings I ever photographed, back in 2010, and we had a maternity session last year. Well Baby Lily has been born, and it’s time for Christmas card pictures! I know that I have a bias because she’s my niece (cousin-once-removed, technically), but Lily is one of theĀ  cutest babies I’ve photographed. She also likes me, so that’s always a plus! We picked a harvested corn field in West Point, Virginia. This late in the year, the light is only good for around an hour each evening. That’s not bad, but that isn’t always enough time to get a couple kids to sit still! Fortunately, Josh and Lily were very easy and pleasant the entire time. (more…)

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  • The Thornton Family in Gloucester, Virginia!

    On: November 17, 2013 | In: Lifestyle |  Like


    The Thornton family contacted me to have a family session with them. I typically don’t do many family sessions. It requires a different skillset than weddings and portraits, and while I can certainly do it, I usually prefer to refer families to awesome local family photographers like Happy Acres Photography or Melanie Chattin. I’ve known the Thorntons for many years (I actually used to work for Jeremy Thornton as a landscaper), so I was happy to have the opportunity to take their pictures! You might also recognize them from another session I did at Yorktown Beach with the Lewis family earlier this year. The Thornton’s two boys are incredibly energetic, so I spent most of the session just trying to keep up! I’m a little ashamed to say that they completely wore me out. And I shoot weddings! (more…)

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  • The Clark Family in Mathews, Virginia!

    On: November 10, 2013 | In: Lifestyle |  Like


    The Clark Family (who you might remember from their session in 2012) wanted to take a few pictures to put on a Christmas card. Last time we took pictures in the summer, so we tried November this year. The fall has beautiful trees, leaves, and lighting, but you have to work around cold weather and much shorter days. We found a great-looking soybean field in Mathews, and had a great time! The Clark family is a joy to be around, and I hope to take their family portraits for years to come. (more…)

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  • Matt and Lauren are engaged in Richmond!

    On: August 18, 2013 | In: Lifestyle |  Like


    The recently engaged Matt and Lauren picked the beautiful Forest Hill Park in Richmond, VA for their session. I’ve been to Richmond dozens of times, but never to Forest Hill. It’s amazing that such a large lake can hide so well in such a busy city! We walked along the shoreline as the sun was setting, and got to know each other. I’m excited to be shooting Matt and Lauren’s wedding in May. They’re a very relaxed couple that are incredibly in love with each other and a pleasure to be around. Update – Check out their wedding here! (more…)

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  • Daniel and Ashley’s Anniversary in Yorktown!

    On: July 22, 2013 | In: Lifestyle |  Like

    You might remember Daniel and Ashley from their gorgeous wedding at The Tides Inn last year. They contacted me recently and wanted to have a session celebrating their one-year anniversary. This is the third session I’ve had with them, and it was awesome. I love an excuse to catch up with people who aren’t just clients, but friends! We went to one of the prettiest spots around, Colonial Yorktown Virginia! We started in the historical section, and worked our way down to the beach as the sun was setting. They even brought their new puppy out to play. (more…)

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  • The Lewis Family at Yorktown Beach, Virginia!

    On: May 25, 2013 | In: Lifestyle |  Like

    I’m proud to announce some new lighting gear! Usually, good portraits in the middle of the day are hard to pull off without a blown-out sky or bad shadows on everyone’s faces. When Mandy contacted me to photograph her family at Yorktown Beach, we were limited by the times that everyone was available. I just got a new strobe, which is the only thing powerful enough to light a group of people at 4 in the afternoon! I was a little nervous, but the lighting turned out well. (more…)

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