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THE TRIVIUM ESTATE IN FOREST, VA | SNEAK PEEK

THE TRIVIUM ESTATE IN FOREST, VA | SNEAK PEEK

I am happy to share one more snow session with you all that took place at the Trivium in Forest, VA. I know, I know… we’ve had a week full of photoshoots in the snow, and we are all probably ready for summer instead of this cold weather, but I had to take advantage of the awesome atmosphere while I could. I couldn’t help but photograph some sweet couples when we got all that pretty snow around Lynchburg. Meagan was one of the first ones to show interest in a snow session and she was so great to work with. She decided to wear this pretty satin dress because, in her own words, she knew that she was going to get cold anyway, so why not look her best? I have to tell you, I’ve never seen a girl as determined as Meagan before. But she had a point, right? I promise I did not keep her out very long, the whole session was probably like 15 minutes. read more…

SIERRA VISTA SNOW SESSION | SNEAK PEEK

SIERRA VISTA SNOW SESSION | SNEAK PEEK

I am so excited to share this session with you all! We’ve had quite a few snow days in the Lynchburg area this week and I knew that I had to take advantage of this amazing opportunity and photograph a lovely couple at Sierra Vista. Just like with our last snow session at Sierra Vista, this wasn’t a planned session. I had talked to Chelsey a few days before it started snowing about possibly doing a photoshoot in the snow. read more…

THE TRIVIUM, FOREST VA: ASHLEY+MIKE

THE TRIVIUM, FOREST VA: ASHLEY+MIKE

We don’t usually get a lot of snow around the Lynchburg – Forest area, but when we do, it’s amazing! I mean, you’ve got to get out of the house and take some pictures.

When I saw that it had started snowing, I immediately called my husband and told him that I would love to do some snow photoshoots. The Trivium in Forest, VA was kind enough to let me use their wedding venue as my photography background. I quickly posted a Facebook status asking if there were any couples willing to brave the cold snow and let me photograph them. read more…

SIERRA VISTA SNOW PHOTOS | SNEAK PEEK

SIERRA VISTA SNOW PHOTOS | SNEAK PEEK

We did a last minute snow session at Sierra Vista last evening and I am so happy that we braved the cold weather to get some killer shots. The scenery at Sierra Vista is just out of this world… breathtaking! I have an ah-hah moment every time I go up there. I am so thankful to my sweet couple, Emily and Ian, for coming out to model for me. We don’t get snow very often here in Virginia, but when we do, it’s pure gold.  read more…

VALENTINE’S DAY WITH THE THOMAS’ | PERSONAL

VALENTINE’S DAY WITH THE THOMAS’ | PERSONAL

Happy (Almost) Valentine’s Day, friends! At the Thomas’ house, we celebrate Valentine’s Day all throughout the year. We don’t usually make any kind of sophisticated plans for February 14th, but we do like to celebrate the holiday in our own way. For the past 3 years, we’ve enjoyed a nice, romantic, candle light dinner at home (hubby is usually the chef on such special occasion), while trying to avoid the restaurant crowds in the city. We like it this way and wouldn’t change it for anything!

This year is different though, it is the first year that we celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family of 3! Our precious K, who is 10 months now,  is such a blessing to our family and we can’t wait to see how this year will play out. While trying to come up with cute Valentine’s Day ideas, we decided to do a fun photo session of K and mommy, to celebrate his first Valentine’s Day. After all, I am the one who loved him first! Enjoy his first Valentine’s Day pictures!

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RANDOLPH COLLEGE ENGAGEMENT SESSION | SNEAK PEEK

RANDOLPH COLLEGE ENGAGEMENT SESSION | SNEAK PEEK

We couldn’t have asked for better weather at yesterday’s engagement session! Who knew that you could have this beautiful sun light in February? It was so lovely outside, that before we met with Amanda and Ben for their session, Timothy and I decided to enjoy the fresh air and go for a walk. Randolph College makes for some great strolls. We haven’t done this in a while, and it was so refreshing! I am looking forward to more days like this.

If you are looking for engagement photo ideas, pair a lovely couple and their adorable puppy (seriously, he’s only 8 months old) with a plaid blanket and lots of love… and you’ll get the most amazing engagement photos. Amanda and Ben (and Theo) were the perfect way to start off this  year’s engagement season. If you are looking for inspiration for your own engagement photos, keep your eyes open for Amanda and Ben’s engagement session coming soon on the blog!

COPYRIGHT VS PRINTING RIGHT

COPYRIGHT VS PRINTING RIGHT

Disclaimer: This article is designed to provide information regarding the misconception between copyright and printing right, and help my customers understand the difference between the two.

“Do I get the copyrights to my wedding pictures?”

 

The term copyright is often misunderstood. I have realized that when most couples ask if they will receive the copyrights to their wedding images, they actually mean printing rights. As a bride, I know that I would like to be able to print my wedding pictures anytime and anywhere (of course, I would encourage you to invest in HIGH quality prints since you have already invested in HIGH quality photography, but more on that another time). As a photographer, I strongly believe in printing your images and keeping them as a legacy to show your children and grandchildren down the road. So, the answer is YES!, we always give our couples a print release form, that allows them to print their pictures, post them on social media and share them with family and friends, but they do not get the copyright to the images.

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ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS | SNEAK PEEK

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I’ve been waiting for so long to post these amazing engagement photos from this styled session we did back in the fall with Addison and Chad! But guess what… the wait is over. Addison and Chad will grace the blog later tonight and I couldn’t be more excited about it!!! I love these two, and I am so honored to have been trusted with taking their engagement photos. This session was styled by Amy from I Do Events. She is SO talented and I am really looking forward to working with her this wedding season. Make sure to stop by later if you want to be inspired by some great engagement photos, concepts and ideas.

GOODBYE JANUARY. HELLO FEBRUARY

project 365I can’t believe it’s February already! Where did the time go?! If you’ve been following the blog, you might remember that at the beginning of this year I decided to embark on a new project, the 365 project. This is a photography project where you take a picture a day for 365 days, and it can be so rewarding in so many ways. Here are some of the reasons why, although busy with my little one, I decided to add another little project on my to-do list: read more…

FEATURED WORK

It is always so humbling and such a great honor to have my work featured by different blogs and publications. I went full time into the wedding photography business last year and it’s been such a great encouragement to see some of my sessions published online as well as in print. I’ll have to admit that nothing compares with flipping through the pages of a magazine and seeing my images beautifully displayed on a full spread.

All of this would not be possible without the support of my beautiful couples. They are all so dear to me and I love each and every one of them so much! I am always excited to share with them the great news of having their engagements and/or weddings, featured and their reactions are always priceless! They feel like celebrities, and they truly deserve it. I seriously get to work with the most wonderful couples around and their love is simply contagious. I could not imagine doing anything else for a living!

Here are some of the 2014 sessions that have been featured on different blogs: read more…