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If you are working on your Pinterest strategy and want to learn how to pin hidden images from your blog, you’re in the right place! I have an amazing tip to share with you today.

As you probably already know, the images that get pinned the most are the tall, vertical ones that often times have a text overlay that displays a catchy title. If you click on the image, you will most likely be directed to a blog post that will offer value around the topic you are interested in.

If, by any chance, you landed on this post from Pinterest, you most likely clicked on a tall, vertical image that said “How to Pin Hidden Images from Your Blog”. You are going to notice that the image you clicked on is nowhere in this blog post. View full post »

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great falls park engagement photos

Carla and Michael’s Great Falls Park engagement photos are beyond what I could have imagined. I mean, the Great Falls National Park is simply breathtaking! From the moment you drive in, to actually visiting the three overlooks, every step of the way gets better and better. To be completely honest, I had eyed this stunning location for a couple of weeks before Carla mentioned that she wanted to have her engagement photos here.

Michael and Carla met at Shenandoah University where he was her pharmacy mentor. Michael proposed on their four year anniversary at Great Falls in front of all their friends. They wanted to have their engagement photos taken here since this spot held a special place in their hearts. And… who knew this gem of a location was hidden only 30 minutes away from our house?! I seriously cannot wait to take my whole family back with me soon. View full post »

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bride and groom smiling in the field

I am so excited to share these beautiful Manassas National Battlefield Park Engagement Photos on the blog today! Lorenzo and Catherine were so great to work with and I am so excited about their wedding next year!!

They met on an online dating site at the beginning of 2014. He is in the Navy and was on deployment overseas when they first started talking online. They maintained their online relationship for three months over chat and Skype and finally met when he arrived home in May 2014. Things have only gotten better from there. Lorenzo proposed at the end of May 2017 in the Bahamas, and the rest is history. View full post »

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unplugged weddings

Unplugged weddings are always a hot topic in the wedding industry. Some love them, some don’t. As a photographer, I believe that guests should be more present during the ceremony instead of hiding behind their devices. There’s nothing more obstructive than blocking the groom’s view of his future wife walking down the aisle with phones, cameras, etc. Today, I am happy to have Jenna from Nations Photo Lab talk about this subject on the blog. If you haven’t heard about Nations Photo Lab before, they are a full-service, high quality printing resource based in Baltimore, MD that specializes in photo prints and gifts. Make sure to check them out! View full post »

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morven park engagement sessionMackenzie and Josh’s Morven Park engagement photos were everything I could have hoped for and more! They are such a sweet couple and working with them was an absolute blast. After days of pouring down rain, the sun came out for their session and we had the most beautiful evening at the Morven Park.

I want to back up just a bit to introduce you to their story as it is truly beautiful! Mackenzie and Josh met during freshman year of high school at a Friday night football game. They briefly talked, and started dating three weeks later. They dated throughout high school and college, although they attended different universities. Looking back, Mackenzie says that they would have never guessed they had met their future spouse at the age of fourteen! View full post »

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rust manor house and nature sanctuaryRust Manor House is an incredible wedding venue in Leesburg, Virginia! I recently had the opportunity to tour this gorgeous venue and I was amazed! If you are a photographer, you are going to love the beautiful white walls… every photographer’s dream, right?! If you are a bride, you are absolutely going to swoon over the bridal suite Rust Manor offers. It’s light, bright and spacious with a floor to ceiling mirror that is simply spectacular.

I am so incredibly honored to feature an interview I did with Rust Manor House below! So keep on reading if you want to find out more about this gorgeous wedding venue in Leesburg. View full post »

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JMU engagement photosI am so excited about these JMU engagement photos! Kendall and Nathan’s story is one of a kind. They became friends during their junior year of high school and started dating during their senior year. Afterwards, they both ended up going to James Madison University, where Kendall is currently completing her Grad School. When I asked Kendall to tell me how Nathan proposed, she said that he proposed in the best way! He had her go on a scavenger hunt through their home town that led her back to the football field of their high school where he got down on one knee and popped the question. It doesn’t get much better than that, friends!! View full post »

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groom nuzzles in brideAdriane and Patrick’s navy blue wedding at the beautiful Glencliff Manor last weekend was simply a dream! They sure picked one of the most beautiful summer days to get married! The couple met at the Blue Ridge Community Church where they served together at the Welcome Center. They became friends and started talking every Sunday until one day Patrick asked Adriane out. He told her how he felt about her at the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, while overlooking Lynchburg.

They had been dating for two months when Adriane moved to Colorado for the summer. View full post »

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birthday girl playing in her white nurseryEmma’s floral birthday party last weekend was amazing! We loved celebrating this cutie who turns ONE today. Seriously, how did that even happen?! It feels like just yesterday I was on the way to the hospital to welcome this sweet baby girl into the world. Her birth story was pretty incredible. She arrived about an hour and a half after we got to the hospital. Talk about fast!

She is full of energy and brings so much joy to our lives. We literally could not imagine our lives without her! We love you so much, sweet baby girl! View full post »

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family of three smiling at camera at the airportI had a blast taking these family photos in Loudoun County for our sweet friends, Angel and Kevin! When we moved to Leesburg, Va a few months ago, Angel talked to me about how she would love to have some photos taken of her little family. I was, of course, excited to help out!

Kevin is a flight instructor so it goes without saying that we had to incorporate planes in their session. We were able to use the Leesburg Airport for their session and I absolutely love how the pictures turned out. Photographing a gorgeous family is definitely an added bonus :) View full post »

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