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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!


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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AHHHH!! I am SOOO excited to share with you a huge project I’ve been working on behind the scenes lately, my very first e-book. This has been on my to-do list for quite some time now, but with two little ones around the house, I never actually got around to it… until today!! Today I finished my first e-book (“20 Tips for Creating the Perfect Wedding Album”). And the best part?! It’s FREE!!

If you have come across my infographic “15 Tips On How To Choose The Perfect Pictures For Your Wedding Album” on Pinterest (pictured below), you are going to LOVE this e-book!! What makes the e-book even better is that I have created 5 additional spreads that your couples can choose to include in their wedding album. Once you educate your couples on how to choose the perfect images for their wedding album, the designing process should take less than 10 minutes total.  View full post »

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  • January 25, 2017 - 2:18 pm

    Laura Thomas - Wonderful tips! I will have to refer back to this next time I design an album!ReplyCancel

  • March 22, 2017 - 5:59 pm

    Alex - What a wonderful resource! And so pretty, too!ReplyCancel

  • March 22, 2017 - 7:04 pm

    Aida - These are super helpful tips! Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2017 - 10:50 am

    Penelope lamore - So helpful and Intuitively creative!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2017 - 11:00 am

    Johanna - I love this! I always take way too long to design wedding albums so they are absolutely perfect. This flow will help me decide what to put where!ReplyCancel

couple in the woods laughing at camera I shot Shelby and Josh’s engagement photos at Glencliff Manor a few weeks ago. Between our move to NoVa, selling our home in Lynchburg and buying a house in Northern Virginia, I did not get a chance to post their engagement session until now.

I absolutely loved hanging out with Shelby and Josh! They are the sweetest couple and they braved the cool temperatures like champs. Even though it was cold that day, we had one of the most amazing sunsets and gorgeous golden light! This made my photographer heart really, really happy :) View full post »

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weddings at sorella farmsWhere do I even start?! Sorella Farms is one of my absolute favorite barn wedding venues around and I love, love, LOVE working with the staff there. I always refer to them as my Sorella family because I’ve grown to love them so much that they have become more than just industry peers to us. This past year I had the privilege of photographing five amazing weddings at Sorella Farms and all of them have been picked up for publication. I couldn’t be more thrilled!!

What I love the most about last wedding season’s weddings at Sorella is that none of them are alike. They are all so different and unique, yet beautiful in their own way. I have compiled a slideshow of some of my favorite photos I took this season and I cannot wait for you to see it. View full post »

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glencliff manor pricingThis year I had the honor of photographing not one, not two, but three weddings at the beautiful Glencliff Manor in Rustburg, Virginia! And they ALL got to be published on one of the leading blogs in the industry!

I get so excited every time my couples are featured on a blog or in print. I’ll have to admit that this year I have been a little behind with submitting weddings for publication. I was also pregnant for most of this year, so time just got away from me and wedding season was so full and busy that I never got around to doing it.

However, a few weeks ago I got an email from one of the leading wedding blogs asking to feature not one, not two, not three… but ELEVEN of the weddings on my blog. Needless to say, I was stoked when Borrowed and Blue reached out to me!! Today I am going to share the first three weddings that got featured on Borrowed and Blue: View full post »

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2016 has been a great year for us as we have had an amazing wedding season and got to work with even more amazing couples. Thank you, thank you for sharing your wedding day with me and allowing me to document your special day on my camera. It’s been truly a privilege!!

It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by! Here we are, at the end of December, the last month of the year. I am in awe as I am typing this post because this year has truly flown by in the blink of an eye.

At the end of every year, I like to really take the time to look at what has worked and what hasn’t worked for my business in the past year. I also like to set goals for the new year, just to keep me accountable and have a constant reminder of what I am trying to accomplish in the new year. View full post »

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I’ve been looking forward to sharing this blog post the whole year! The year in review post is one of my favorite things to share on the blog. It’s so much fun to look back at all the behind-the-scene moments that happened throughout the wedding season. Last year’s post was a big hit, so if you’re dying to see why, you can take a look here.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my 2016 couples for trusting me with capturing their special day! I am truly honored!! 2016 was an amazing year and I got to work with some pretty amazing brides and grooms, if I may say so myself! To all my sweet #ATPCouples, YOU are the reason why I love doing what I do. Here’s to another great wedding season ahead! Now, let’s take a look at how this year unfolded. Fair warning, some of these behind-the-scene shots are pretty epic! View full post »

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  • December 28, 2016 - 8:55 pm

    Jared Ladia - Great work! i love the behind the scene shots! I need more of those from my seconds!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2016 - 9:04 pm

      Alina Thomas - They are my favorites! They are the most awkward, yet funniest photos of the season.ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2016 - 8:58 pm

    Jennifer - Ha, these are awesome! I love your take on the year in review. Well done.ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2016 - 9:03 pm

      Alina Thomas - Thank you, Jennifer! They are always so much fun to post :)ReplyCancel

Happy Christmas Day, friends!

This year we are celebrating Christmas as a family of FOUR! How crazy is that?! Last Christmas we were announcing that we were pregnant with sweet baby Emma and now she is here. She was born in August and is now 4 months old. She is such a blessing and brings so much joy to our family this Christmas!

What does a typical Christmas Day at the Thomas House consist of?

We usually do our Christmas in the morning. Timmy reads the Christmas story, and then we open our gifts. Typically, after having our Christmas time at home, we head over to the grandparents house, either late morning or early afternoon, and spend the rest of the day with Timmy’s parents, siblings, and their families. It is always such a fun time! View full post »

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christmas gift ideas for photographersHappy (almost) Christmas Day! I can’t believe I am actually typing these words. It feels like it was yesterday that we celebrated Christmas 2015. This year flew by in the blink of an eye!! Although Christmas is NOT about gifts, picking the perfect gift to go under the tree for your spouse or children is always a fun activity.

Unlike myself, my husband always, always surprises me with the BEST gifts. Majority of them are photography related because… well, as a photographer, there’s always something on your wish list. I love capturing the milestones in my clients’ lives, as well as my own. With two little ones around the house I know that I will cherish the little things I document on my camera every day. To be completely honest, I think I make Timmy’s job pretty easy since I talk about photography all.the.time!! View full post »

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maternity photos christmas tree farmThis was my first time visiting the Green Needle Christmas Tree Farm in Coleman Falls, Virginia and I am in love! I grew up with real Christmas Trees for years, but slowly transitioned to the convenience of the pre-lit, artificial ones. After taking Danielle’s maternity photos at the Green Needles Christmas Tree Farm, I am seriously considering buying a real tree next Christmas.

Timmy and I loved spending time with Danielle and Brian and getting to document this milestone in their life. Danielle and I worked closely this wedding season at Sorella Farms. I have had the privilege to photograph six weddings at Sorella Farms this year alone, and Danielle did an outstanding job coordinating all of them! View full post »

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  • December 15, 2016 - 5:15 pm

    Steph - These are stunning! Their clothing choices with the setting makes for really great photos. You really captured their happiness, I love it!ReplyCancel