Alina Thomas Photography: Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer » Virginia Wedding Photographer

how linktree works Are you struggling with having to change the link in your Instagram bio every time you want to share something new with your followers? I feel you! For the longest time I had to go back and forth between linking to my wedding portfolio and photography educational content. When I heard Natalie Franke talk about Linktree, I was like Yesss!! This is exactly what I needed.

Want to know how you can add multiple links to your Instagram bio? This amazing new tool is my new favorite thing! And it’s super easy to use. Here’s how it works! View full post »

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Today you turn three! Three!! You are no longer a baby, you are a little man now. Where has time gone? It feels like yesterday we brought you home from the hospital and started our journey to parenting. I still can’t believe they trusted US to leave the hospital with you. I remember that feeling quite vividly. The feeling that we were now responsible for a little baby boy’s well being. We were responsible to nurture you and keep you safe. Oh, how we cherish those moments as brand new parents! Being your parents has been one of the most rewarding things we have been blessed with. View full post »

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blue ridge mountain view engagement photosSierra Vista is one of my favorite wedding venues in Bedford, VA. When Hoa asked me to photograph her engagement session at Sierra Vista, I couldn’t have been more excited.

Although the weather had been pretty cold in the days leading up to the session, the day of the shoot was unbelievably warm, and the light was amazing too. Needless to say, the mountain background didn’t disappoint this time either. The Blue Ridge Mountains make the views at this outstanding wedding venue in Bedford to die for! View full post »

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I am so excited to have Angelaangela hudson cakes
Hudson Cakes on the blog today! She is always such a joy to work with at weddings, and personal projects alike.

Her wedding cakes are not only stunning, but very delicious too. Trust me, with the amount of weddings I photograph in the Lynchburg, Virginia area each year, I get to taste a lot of her cakes.

If you’re curious to learn more about Angela and her passion for baking, make sure to keep on reading. Below is an interview I did with Angela of Angela Hudson Cakes. View full post »

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We are selling our cute little house pictured on the right, and moving to Northern Virginia!!

It’s crazy! We are days away from packing up our lives and moving across the state. It still hasn’t hit me that by the end of the week we’ll be living in a whole different city, a few hours away from Lynchburg. While we are excited about the move, this is a huge step for our family!

It hasn’t been an easy decision to make, but we feel that this is where we are supposed to go next. Tim has accepted a job as a youth pastor at Heritage Baptist Church in Ashburn, VA. We cannot wait to meet the teens there and get to know them better and serve them! 2017 is going to be a fun year! View full post »

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vintage cars for weddingsAshley Grace is one of my favorite bridal shops in Central Virginia, no doubt about it!! You can only imagine my excitement when they asked me to help out with their photo session. I mean, they had me at vintage red car and lace wedding dress. Yes, please!! The gorgeous bouquet made by Carla Bruce at Bella Rose Floral and Designs was to die for. I can’t wait for you to scroll down and see more!

This photoshoot put together by the Ashley Grace Bridal staff turned out beautifully. Of course, having gorgeous real life husband and wife models helped too. Kenzie wore a delicate lace wedding dress by one of the top designers this exquisite wedding salon offers in their store. If you are not familiar with this brand new Central Virginia bridal shop, feel free to take a few minutes to read our blog post about Ashley Grace Bridal. View full post »

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romania oradeaA letter from my husband:

If I could sum up what being married to a photographer is like in one word, it would have to be blessed. I am not going to lie, there are a lot of words that come to mind, but this one is true to the heart. I am blessed to be married to my awesome wife, who has taken her incredible, creative gifts and used them for the benefit of others. She literally gets joy out of capturing other people’s most-precious moments and that speaks volumes about the kind of lady she is and the character that she possesses.

To be straight-forward, I never really thought much about the work photographers do when I saw them at events throughout my life. Not that I had anything against them, I just simply never stopped to think about how much effort really goes into their work. It was not until my wife started doing photography at a professional level that I saw View full post »

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Happy February, friends! With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I know there are going to be many proposals coming up soon. Some of you may have already gotten
a ring over Christmas. If that is the case, congratulations!! How exciting!

I know there must be a million things on the horizon when planning a wedding, and your to do list is never ending. For that reason, I am here to help! I am giving away a FREE wedding dress! Yes, you read that right. Whether you are a bride or a photographer, and plan to use the dress for your own wedding or a styled shoot, make sure to enter the giveaway! For further instructions on how to enter, visit my Instagram and Facebook Page. I’ll see you there!

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designer wedding dresses virginiaAshley Grace is one of the most exquisite bridal shops in the Lynchburg area. Their designer
wedding gowns are absolutely amazing, it makes me want to try them all on!! They are literally some of the most beautiful wedding dresses I have ever seen… and, as a Virginia wedding photographer, I have seen a lot of wedding dresses so far.

What I love the most about Ashley Grace Bridal is the that they work exclusively with some of the most amazing wedding dress designers in the industry. They are amongst the very few wedding dress stores in Central Virginia that feature dresses from well known designers, such as: Justin Alexander, Lillian West, Stella York, Maggie Sottero, and Rebecca Ingram. View full post »

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One of the questions I get asked the most is what kind of photography gear I use. I remember when I was first starting out, I looked and asked for guidance from otherphotography camera gear photographer friends. As I got more established in my photography business, I was able to figure out the kind of camera and lenses I needed for my style. Below is a list of some of my most trusted camera equipment!

CAMERAS:

Nikon D810– If you are shooting weddings, this camera is a beast in low light situations. The only negative is the size of the files. They are huge! However, this is my all-time favorite camera and I would recommend it to anyone looking to invest in a higher grade professional camera. It has a dual card slot which requires a SD + CF card. View full post »

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