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The number one question I hear at bridal shows and other things the Knot won’t tell you...

August 20, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
The number one question I hear most often at bridal shows… …and other things I guarantee you the Knot won’t tell you when asking, “How do I pick a wedding photographer?” So, you’re engaged and planning your big day. First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Welcome to one of the most exciting times of your life! It’s time to unleash that Pinter...
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5 reasons the Inn at the Old Silk Mill is one of my all time favorite wedding venues

May 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
There are so many beautiful wedding venues to choose from for your special day. Ranging from rustic to more urban settings the choice can be overwhelming. This blog series is designed to help you determine the best choice for you by highlighting some of the venues I love working at and showcasing their features from an artistic yet practical perspe...
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Inn at the Old Silk Mill Wedding // Christina + Aaron

July 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Inn at the Old Silk Mill Wedding I absolutely loved this wedding day! It was just one of those days when things come easy. Of course, photographing such a beautiful couple on the best day of their life is always a recipe for success and this day certainly did not disappoint. This Inn at the Old Silk Mill wedding was gorgeous! Christina and Aa...
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Downtown Fredericksburg Engagement Session // Shannon and Will

June 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
A downtown Fredericksburg engagement session is always a fun, beautiful time. Shannon and Will were absolutely adorable during their session and had me cracking up so often I had to ask them more than once to do the “cute little thing” they kept doing on their own in between setups and me adjusting their natural pose. It was really quite incredible...
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Braehead Manor Wedding // Diane and Danny

June 14, 2017  •  1 Comment
Braehead Manor Wedding Diane and Danny Fredericksburg, VA A Braehead Manor wedding is always special for so many reasons. Not least of which being because it’s the venue Peggy I were married at a few years ago but even more still because of the rich history and simply beautiful grounds. They chose Camelot Classic cars as their method of transp...
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Fredericksburg Wedding Photographer // Megan and Jordan // Downtown Engagement Session

June 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Megan and Jordan I was super excited about Megan and Jordan’s downtown Fredericksburg engagement session for a few reasons. One of the biggest ones was because we planned on stopping by Carl’s Frozen Custard. Not for a treat, at least for me anyway #fitby40, but for night photos, my favorite! We started the session at Old Mill Park and moved...
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Inn at the Old Silk Mill Wedding - Sarah and Chris

May 03, 2017  •  4 Comments
I’m so excited to share these and Sarah’s photos from her bridal session that I’m having somewhat of a case “bloggers block” thinking of a way to begin this post. So, I’m just going to dive right in. This wedding day was awesome! Looking at the photos I feel the same joy I felt during the day from everyone there. There was so much sincerity, camara...
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Shenandoah Park Engagement Session // Claudia and Thomas

April 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Thomas and Claudia’s engagement session was epic for a lot of reasons. I always say that engagement sessions themselves are my favorite way to get to know my couples so I look forward to them for more reasons than just photos. It’s definitely the best way to see how they interact with one another and to help understand my process as well. On weddin...
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The Osprey's at Belmont Bay Wedding // Paul and Heather

March 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Heather and Paul are definitely going down in the books as one of the cutest couples ever! So much so that their Pastor broke from his planned oratory and asked the audience himself, “aren’t they just the cutest!?!” It’s not necessarily the type of personality trait you’d expect to see in a Marine but after having photographed a fair number of Mari...
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Stevenson Ridge Wedding - Jennifer and Vincent

March 22, 2017  •  1 Comment
Jennifer and Vincent’s pre spring wedding kicked off my 2017 with a bag! Their venue choice of Stevenson Ridge provided the perfect backdrop for their big day complete with a rain-enhanced sparkler send off and a beautiful bald eagle fly over. Jennifer was not to be out done by her surroundings and looked absolutely stunning and Vincent, with studl...
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Full Time Photographer... Part Time Photographer, Full Time Dad

February 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Full time photographer … Part time photographer - Full time dad What a difference a few years can make, understatement of the decade! There I was ironing my shirt getting ready for work on one fateful February morning when my phone rang. On the other end was a messenger who changed my life, or at least accelerated my plan for it, considerably. I h...
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Jinger Duggar Wedding Dress - Ava Laurenne Bride - Renee's Bridal

January 16, 2017  •  1 Comment
Super friendly, totally down to earth and really nice… That’s the answer to the first question everyone asks when it’s mentioned I met Jinger Duggar, her mom, her now mother in law and several of her sisters, “what were they like!?!” I guess that’s kinda normal right? Kinda… When I heard Jinger Duggar was coming to Fredericksburg and visiting Ava...
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The Boathouse at Sunday Park // Madison and Nathan Wedding

July 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Best.Day.Ever. Even if no one said it I'm certain everyone was thinking it. Madison and Nathan's wedding was one of the most joy filled celebrations I've ever photographed. I'm not sure if I've seen a bride and groom so overwhelmed with excitement and happiness. There we're so many smiles, hugs and laughs during the day it was impossible not to get...
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Fredericksburg Square Wedding // Tabatha and Ryan

June 20, 2016  •  1 Comment
Tabatha and Ryan's wedding was a stunning event. Hosted at beautiful Fredericksburg Square, the weather played a part of the ceremony location but in my opinion made it even more beautiful! The ballroom was the perfect background for them to exchange vows. And while they wasted no time getting to their first kiss the moment was one to savor for all...
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Inn at the Old Silk Mill Wedding // Kaitlin and Thomas

June 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
The Inn at the Old Silk Mill is one of my favorite venues in Downtown Fredericksburg and Kait and Tom's wedding quickly became one of my favorite weddings to date. I met them months ago at the summer bridal show at the Silk Mill and hit it off with them. We later met for their consultation and then again for their engagement session and had a great...
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