Hillary & Mike | A Holland Michigan Wedding

I remember as clear as day, Hillary and I sitting on the beach in Virginia talking about our ‘one day’ weddings. At the time, Hillary was single and I remember her always saying “I’ll never get married!” - Fast forward to the day she met Mike. We all knew he was the one long before a ring. We all not-so-patiently-waited for their engagement so when it finally happened, my excitement stretched the entire eastern seaboard. When she asked me to photograph her wedding (knowing that it would be in Michigan) I said YES before she could even finish.

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Macie & Brian | A Mountain Lake Lodge Engagement Session

Our session was supposed to happen in April but Mother Nature made us reschedule. We pushed their date back a few months and hoped for the best. We also changed locations and they requested “mountain views” and so I scoured Google Maps and found a little parking lot off the side of a back country road and boy did it pay off. The sun set and painted the mountains all sorts of colors, the golden hour draped us in warm summer light, and yeah, it was MAGICAL.

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Samantha & Jason | A Corolla, NC Sound to Sea Beach Club Wedding in the Outer Banks

Samantha and Jason’s much anticipated wedding day in Corolla didn’t disappoint any of the 120+ people that travelled from all over the country to witness it. Nestled behind the Outer Banks sand dunes was an amazing 16 bedroom event house called the Sound to Sea Beach Club that felt more like a boutique hotel than an actual event home. If you’ve ever been to the OBX, you know how naturally beautiful it is but for whatever reason the ocean really showed off while we were there. The most beautiful shade of blue/green I’ve ever seen in that area!

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Bryn M. | Greenbrier Resort Bridal Portraits

My beautiful best friend got married last month but before she said “I Do” we took her dress up to The Greenbrier Resort for bridal portraits… and lots of wine. The Greenbrier is an world renown hotel known for it’s whimsy and elegant decor and it’s honestly a photographer’s dream. I could have photographed every corner of this place and still not have run out of places to shoot. Speaking of photographer’s dream, the team we worked with for this shoot was top-notch. Florals by Kimberly gave us a stunning bouquet to play with and the entire staff at The Greenbrier we kind, courteous, and extremely accommodating. I can’t recommend this venue enough for a wedding day!

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Rachel Nicely | Fitness & Commercial Photographer Charlotte NC

Rachel Nicely is a CPT and wanted headshots and fitness / branding photography for her training business. We got together on an unseasonably cold day to hit the gym. I’ve known Rachel for just about her entire life. Her entire family is full of sweet wonderful people and Rachel is no exception. Watching her grow up and become an incredibly successful and ambitious adult has been so humbling. This girl’s got hustle. Check out just a few highlights from our fitness & branding photo shoot from April!

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Laura + Dustin | A Blacksburg Cascades Waterfall Engagement Session

Laura and I went back and forth on where to take these photos and she told me that Dustin actually proposed at Niagara Falls - SO COOL. We knew we couldn’t go there but then I realized that Virginia has our own little version of Niagara. Although I haven’t been to The Cascades in over 10 years, I could never forget the beauty of this spot no matter how many years pass. When I mentioned this idea, she told me this was their first date together.. PERFECT.

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Menu & Food Photography: Levante's Pizza

When I started my food photography business in Charlotte, I always hoped that I would get to work with clients like Levante’s Pizza! As experienced restauranteurs, these guys had a vision for what they hoped to see in their menu and website photography and I helped bring it to life! Since their website was already built, we knew we needed this shots on all white for clean and crisp branding.

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Pam P. | A Fashion Blogger Session in Uptown Charlotte NC

I’ve known Pam for years but it took us forever to finally work together! We met up on an abnormally warm winter day and walked MILES in Uptown Charlotte for this spontaneous fashion shoot. I’ve done this twice now, walked aimlessly around the city taking photos, and I don’t think I can ever get tired of it. There are countless places to photograph in the Queen City. It’s been a year since we plopped our lives here and I am so thankful for every second. This place has truly been what I needed to blossom both creatively and personally.

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