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Laura and Stephen’s wedding at the Patrick Henry Ballroom in Roanoke, Virginia was absolutely gorgeous! Wait until you see the beautiful floral centerpieces and lovely wedding cake decorated with white and pink peonies.bride and groom photo as husband and wifeAhhh! It was simply stunning! Their outdoor ceremony was held at Laura’s family’s private estate with amazing mountain views that will take your breath away! The bride and the bridesmaids enjoyed a quiet morning at the bride’s family’s farm. The groom and the groomsmen joined them later in the day, before the ceremony started. Laura and Stephen had a few quiet moments to themselves during their first look, followed by some portrait time before the ceremony. After the ceremony was over, the guests headed to the Patrick Henry Ballroom for the reception. The bride’s sister, the maid of honor, surprised the couple with a song she had written for her toast. The song was called “Hey Stephen” (adapted from Taylor Swift’s song) and got quite a few laughs from the guests. View full post »

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Chris and Mackenzie’s wedding day at Sorella Farms in Evington, Virginia was absolutely stunninsunset photos at Sorella Farms of married coupleg from start to finish! These two didn’t let a little bit of rain in the forecast scare them and as a result, they were able to enjoy the most beautiful reception together with their friends and family. We started the day at the Hampton Inn Hotel in Lynchburg, Virginia where Mackenzie and the bridesmaids had their makeup and hair done. Chris and his groomsmen were getting ready three floors above the girls’ room. From Hampton Inn, the bridal party all left together for the church in a beautiful limo that waited for them right outside the hotel. The ceremony at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church was heartfelt and sweet and the bride and groom exited the ceremony with a lavender toss. View full post »

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When Kelly told me that she wanted to have her engagement photos taken at Sierra Vista in Bedford, VA I knew it was going to be amazingengagement photos at sierra vista! Sierra Vista has one of the most spectacular mountain views I have ever seen, and the sunsets are simply breathtaking.

Kelly and Perry are such an awesome couple to work with and, after meeting them for their engagement pictures, I cannot wait to photograph their wedding at the beautiful Glencliff Manor next year! Their happiness is simply contagious. I loved the way they looked at each other the entire session. Their love for each other is one of a kind, so unique and beautiful to witness. Have I already told you how excited I am for their wedding next October?! It’s going to be amazing! View full post »

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Meeting future brides in person (or online via video chats) is the first step towards convertingwedding details and teal wedding shoes  an existing lead into a booking. If you are wondering how to successfully conduct a client meeting, I am excited to invite you to learn how I treat each wedding photography consultation, and how you can improve yours as well!

If you are struggling with what questions to ask, and how to get booked by engaged couples, this post is for you!

First things first, and I can’t stress this highly enough, HAVE A PLAN! It is important that you handle each and every client consultation with confidence and care. Follow the same pattern, whether your consultation is via video chat or in person. Here’s the pattern I follow: View full post »

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  • October 12, 2016 - 3:02 pm

    Kate - Great post. I am also a wedding photographer and this is exactly how I do my consultations! Great minds think alike. 🙂ReplyCancel

Mindy and I have been planning her maternity session for months! Knowing that she and Derek were coming to Lynchburg to visit her family, we figured it was the perfect time!maternity photos lynchburg

The Brooks have been one of my all time favorite people to work with! I had the honor to photograph Mindy and Derek’s wedding at Sierra Vista in Bedford, Virginia last year and I cannot tell you enough about how wonderful Mindy’s parents are. Dr. Brooks, Mindy’s dad, officiated the ceremony. I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t usually cry at weddings, but this time I had to keep wiping my tears away, that’s how beautiful and heart-felt their ceremony was.

Mindy chose to have her maternity photos taken at one of the most gorgeous locations in Lynchburg, the Old City Cemetery. Seriously, this place is incredibly beautiful all year around, even more so in the fall. But you don’t have to take my word for it, keep scrolling down and you’ll see what I mean! View full post »

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This weekend we were back at Sorella Farms to photograph Jordan and Bryant’s beautiful wedding! From the gorgeous florals by Fleur-De-Lis to Jordan’s stunning dress bybride and groom laughing  Celebration Bridal, we’re simply in love with this amazing Sorella Farms wedding! After weeks of rain in the Lynchburg area, the sun shined the entire day for this wedding. We could not have asked for better weather! Just wait until you see the gorgeous light in these bride and groom photos. I’m telling you, that light was out of this world!

Yet again, we were fortunate enough to work with an amazing team of local vendors that made the wedding run smoothly. I love meeting new vendors and I have to give a big shout out to the amazing DeVries Productions who were a dream to work with! View full post »

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  • June 4, 2016 - 2:28 am

    Myra Mötley - Absolutely Beautiful PicturesReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2016 - 2:29 am

    Myra Motley - Pictures are absolutely beautifulReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2016 - 3:32 am

    Jenni LO - ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2016 - 4:14 am

    Ann Rice - So pretty. you two look very good together. wish I could have been there but was laid up with my back again.Always remeber , do not go to bed mad always make up before bed time, and some times you have to be the bigger person and say sorry. LOVE YOU TWOReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2016 - 2:31 pm

    Chandra Mcmoore-Washington - Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2016 - 7:38 pm

    Deanna Hylton - Beautiful! !!!!!!words are not enough.ReplyCancel

newborn photosI was sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office when Sherry texted me. One thing led to another and she asked if I was going to have newborn pictures taken. Now, I had thought about the possibility of doing a newborn session before and kept putting it off, but in that moment it just clicked, and I booked my session immediately. And I’m so glad I did! You see, two years ago when we had Kenneth, the photographer side of me thought she could take his newborn photos. I even bought him a cute newborn outfit. But guess what?! This momma was WAY too tired the first couple of weeks postpartum to take any photos. Do I regret not investing in a newborn session back then? I totally do. So this time I knew better and hired someone to take Emma’s newborn pictures.

If you’re curious to read more about Emma’s birth story, here’s how it happened! View full post »

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  • September 14, 2016 - 10:28 pm

    Kathleen - OMG…these are so precious!!!! What a beautiful little bean! <3ReplyCancel

flower wedding hair pieceDear Brides-To-Be,

You are in for a major treat today! Our friends from Bridal Style Inc. are talking about trends in wedding accessories on the blog today. From bridal belts to hair pieces, here’s everything you need to know when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding accessories for your big day.

In the past few years, bridal accessories have evolved to a must-have collection of choices for every bride.  No longer simply a blue garter and a veil in the length that best suits your wedding gown, the humble wedding accessory becomes part of the overall theme of the day and enhances the look of the bride and her bridesmaids.  Beautiful metallic hair combs and embellished wedding gown sashes can make a simple look stunning. View full post »

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This Saturday we had the privilege of photographing Maggie and Sam’s wedding at the Bedford Columns! Located in Bedford, Virginia, The Bedford Columns is one of the mostbride and groom smiling bedford columns
exquisite wedding venues around. As you scroll through the photos below, you’ll see what I mean!

Maggie and Sam are one of the sweetest couples you will ever meet. Believe it or not, these two were born on the same day and year, only hours apart. To make things extra special, Sam proposed to Maggie on their birthday.

Their wedding day could not have been any more perfect! From the little details, to the gorgeous mansion that served as their wedding venue, everything was flawless. On a side note, I may or may not have fallen in love with Maggie’s bridal shoes!!! I sure need to get me a pair! View full post »

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I can’t believe we’re only 4 weeks away from our due date!! Baby girl is doing great and mommphotographer pregnancy photosa is getting all the rest she possibly can during this maternity leave. I haven’t taken on any weddings for the two months leading up to my due date so I can focus on my family and babies during this time. It’s been great spending time with my 2 year old without feeling the pressure of work that has to be done, or weddings and sessions that have to be edited and delivered to clients. I’ve been experiencing what it truly feels like to be a stay-at-home mom!

However, I did make an exception to photograph my little nephew who is turning one this month. We met at Glencliff Manor to snap a few quick photos of baby James and his parents. When I uploaded the photos to my computer and saw how amazing the light was in this new spot I discovered, I told the hubs that I really NEEDED to have some maternity photos taken there. So I emailed Mrs. Teresa, the owner of Glencliff Manor and Events, and asked her if I could use the Glencliff Manor grounds for another quick session. She was kind enough to say “yes!”  View full post »

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