I live in Central Virginia and shoot weddings & engagements in Charlottesville & surrounding areas, but I'm always willing to travel!

I grew up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania and I'm a great believer in  the value of hard work, family, and community, and time away from screens :) I also go barefoot as much as possible, love to laugh, eat ice cream, spend time in the great outdoors, and read a new book on a regular basis.

 I moved from PA to Virginia when I got married in 2016! My husband Steve is my best friend, does construction, and doesn't do social media in any form :) However, he does show up on my Instagram feed from time to time; follow along here! 

Art in any form has always been a passion of mine; as a kid I was obsessed with drawing, painting, and playing music, and when I picked up a camera at age 16 a new passion was born. I love the way photography combines art with real life memories, and I'm constantly looking to improve and perfect this art.

I love hosting people and spending time with them over dinner or coffee. My home and studio are always open, and I'd love to meet you!

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my big, crazy family

mint chocolate chip ice cream

classical music

Wide open spaces

 things i love

This is me running through a hay field on my family's dairy farm in Pennsylvania. Growing up here shaped my character in so many ways and saying goodbye to the farm when I moved to Virginia in 2016 was so hard for me!

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I've been playing classical violin since I was 10 years old, and I listen to Bach & Mozart when I'm cleaning my house, going on a long road trip, or just want to relax. 

Mint chocolate chip is really the only flavor of ice cream that needed to be invented. When I say I could eat this every day I'm not kidding! 
And what is it about the green kind that just tastes more minty??  

I'm the second of 7 kids and if you think it sounds crazy, it is! But there really is nothing better than family, and my siblings are my best friends in the world.  Our times together are a mixture of inside jokes and deep discussions about life/world issues.

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what percent of my closet comes from goodwill :) #thrifting

the approximate number of times I will  take my shoes off During wedding portraits- shoes are so constricting!

How old I am, although sometimes I'm told I look 18! eye roll.

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