Monday, November 25, 2013

What size should I print for what? ~ Short and simple Gallery Wall sizes ~ Harrisonburg Virginia Photographer

So its that time of the year. Your fall photos are just about done and you want to share your cute little kiddos with your family and who doesn't LOVE photos for the holidays. I know I do. There is absolutely nothing better. I eagerly anticipate the arrival of my first holiday card and proudly display my collection amongst the clutter in my kitchen. *yes clutter, I have nothing to hide*

ANYHOW, here is a little template to help you decide on what would be the best size for your images. Notice the proportions to the couch and how the 5x7s and 8x10s are small. We may think in our heads that they are large, usually we mistake 8x10s for being these large photos, but when they are on the wall it really does just look like you hung a piece of paper. So hopefully this will help a little when trying to figure out what should go on the walls in your home and what the best size for gifts for the grandparents, aunties and uncles. 

Happy Holidays!!! 

Much love, 


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Intimate Wedding ~ The Inn at Little Washington ~ September 28, 2013

Stephanie and James 
Venue: The Inn at Little Washington
September 28, 2013

When Stephanie contacted me to photograph her intimate vows with her then fiance, James, I was pretty excited to say the least. Especially since it was going to be such an intimate event I was so humbled that she actually wanted me to be there to capture it. 
I have been to Washington, VA a few times with my previous job but I had never been to the infamous Inn at Little Washington.  It truly is the quintessential bed and breakfast and world famous restaurant that it claims to be. It did not disappoint. At ALL. The rooms of the inn are so elegantly rustic and the cottage that Stephanie and James stayed in was definitely top notch, but you didn't feel like you were going to break everything just by looking at it. The attention to detail at the Inn at Little Washington is like no other. The staff holds impeccable professionalism and are spot on in catering to each guest. I quietly watched them work as I photographed the outside of the building and I was so impressed. I worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry for over 10 years, including several fine dining establishments and well sought after B&Bs. The Inn was like nothing I have ever seen before, as either a guest or working. It was simply jaw dropping and as soon as I stepped foot onto the property I knew that this intimate wedding would hold a very special place in my heart. 

As soon as I saw Stephanie, her eyes filled with tears of joy. The raw emotion of love mixed with shear happiness radiated from her and of course it didn't take long for me to grab a tissue for myself. This doesn't happen that often anymore, I have been a part of so many weddings and each one is special in their own way but this was different. This was not the over the top centerpieces and hundreds of people to tend to type of wedding. It was simply about the love of two people and the intimacy of that alone was one of the most profound exchanges of vows that I have ever been a part of.  

Stephanie was gorgeous as usual (please see below, hehe) and James was just as I had imagined he would be. Kind, thoughtful and looked at Stephanie that day like she was the only person that existed on this planet. I cried like a baby during their ceremony. No really. It was close to embarrassing.  Luckily I had a big fat camera in front of my face or it would have been bad. I think at one point the viewfinder fogged up but I don't think I missed a single shot. I was mesmerized and in tune to this perfect union of two very wonderful people. I could continue writing and writing but I will let the photos finish this post :). 

Thank you so much for including me in your day, Stephanie and James. It was unforgettable. 

Much Love, 

Please feel free to leave comments below for Stephanie and James! 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday Mix Vol. 3 - October 14, 2013

 Here is my snazzy and totally rad playlist I conjured up for you all this week. You can probably tell my taste in music is ALL over the place. I rekindled my love for Tracy Chapman and Fiona Apple this week.... love them and almost all of their music.  

It was a quiet weekend around here as I am preparing for the craziness that will become my life until after the holidays. The rain has been relentless here in Virginia, or should I say the "mist" lol. I think its been like a week straight of cold. wet. rainy. days. 

I hope you all had a super fab weekend! 
Much Love, 


Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday's Music Notes and Weekend Review ~ October 7, 2013

The past. It's what most try hard to store in the back of their conscience and render any feeling of hurt, pain, broken hearts and unsought after dreams. I decided to pull off the band aid that has been covering some deep wounds and just start to feel something. I thought that maybe facing the pain straight on would somehow alleviate the anxiety that has been held up in my subconscious. I think I was looking for something that would rectify my current feeling that something is missing. In reflecting on your own life, this could be relevant to any of your past life events whether it be the loss of a loved one, the loss of a child, the heartache that you could physically feel. The one where your heart is screaming from the inside, broken, longing and wondering. So what if we took all that painful energy and just pondered on it for however long and start to feel again something that once hurt so bad. Sounds ridiculous I know.

 I tried it and I found myself feeling exactly the way I felt at some of these times in my own crazy life. The subconscious of my inner most thoughts and pain. Somehow, I brought this to the forefront of my current existence and soon thereafter the tears streamed down my cheeks. I cranked the radio up in my vehicle and just cried (don't worry I was parked).... So throughout the week I decided that I was going to somehow try to bring peace to the unmentionable pains that have haunted my existence. And so there I was sitting on the side of route 50 and watching the cars whizz past me on what was one of the most beautiful days I have seen in some time. See I was trying to resolve some inner turmoil by just taking a moment for myself to reflect on the not so wonderful memories of my life. It's so easy to remember all the really good parts, the highlight reel if you will.... But for some reason we don't seem to remember the hard times or difficult times as well. I guess we just don't want to. I mean who really wants to walk down memory lane remembering the pain we try so hard to forget. 

I am not encouraging everyone to go out driving around, thinking about Joe Bob your 6th grade boyfriend and remembering how he broke your heart. I am encouraging you to reflect on the things that have made you the person you are today. Whether it is hurtful, wonderful or somewhere in between, just to revisit some of the things that have led you to the very place you are now. How much wiser and stronger have you become? Maybe you are nicer, or more tolerant of others. We can hide our faults and live out a life, pretending that we have reached perfection or we can take the time to look back at the moments we are not so proud of and realize that without those times our lives would be very different. Sounds cliche? Yes maybe. Heard this somewhere before? Yeah, that too. The obvious factor in all of this is that it is true. 

I think that happiness is a universal goal of life. No one strives to just be miserable. We all want to appear to have the greatest lives and social media is an instigator of this unrealistic persona that most portray. It's either whining about the monotony of life or stepping up on a soap box of uneducated views of politics and religion. Why? Why do we have to we go to great lengths to put on a happy face just to have others believe that everything is peachy keen, when its not. I hope that you can find the strength in yourself to understand that life isn't all about the humans around you or the things around you. Everything is erroneous in their own time. Whether the mistake is minuscule or catastrophic, it is within that fault that has brought you to this very moment of your life. Are you happy with where you are and who you have become? I hope so. If not I think that you may need to start with peeling back the symbolic band aid and start letting your hypothetical wound air out. Healing on its own with or without Neosporin. Find the courage inside you today to embrace the erroneous human being that you are put on this Earth to be. Love yourself for all your faults and whether you are a God seeking person, God fearing person, or just a person who happens to just want to forgive them self. Be wise enough to know that you are the one that has to live your life, not your kids, not your husband, not your boyfriend, not your mother, or your grandfather..... you. In the end that is what it is all about.

In time I hope that I find peace, and learn to recognize all the things that are a person, not just their highlight reel.

Much Love,


I have been researching some things to help alleviate some stress and anxiety, and came across this blog. It has some great information and resources to help heal and deal with anxiety. This post is great for the full-time working mom ...  Tiny Buddha

Here is Volume 2 of my Monday Mix series.... Totally frustrating though that spotify doesn't have some of my favorite artists and albums!!! I mean ONE yes ONE, De La Soul album? And not even the one I want? Grrrr. But I think its more the artist rather then spotify. But at any rate.... add some jams to your daily song list :)

Here is one of my favorite quotes from one of my kid's favorite movies The Lorax! Or as Mads likes to say..... Da OARAXE. 

This weekend was somewhat quiet I had Miss Kyla's 6 month photo shoot and another that  was rescheduled for later this week. Pretty calm for the most part catching up on the previous weddings and things on my list. 

These are just a few of the sneak peeks. I will have many more coming up on the blog later on. 

I hope you have a wonderful week!! 


Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday's Music Notes and Weekend Review ~ September 30, 2013

I have been struggling lately with many things one being balance of work and family (the usual in photog world) and the other relearning how to be myself again. Sounds silly maybe but true, for me at least.  It's easy for some to plan a family and slide right into the role of being a mother and some are perfectly content which is great for those people, it just wasn't me. I had a hard time adjusting and I am not going to pretend that I didn't. Don't get me wrong, being a mother is the greatest thing that ever happened to me...... I am simply saying that for years and years before children and my photography business, it was different, I was different, which everyone changes yes .....  I think it is so important for women to embrace whatever role that they have manifested into, be actively and emotionally involved in whatever your passion may be.

Here comes the BUTTTTTTT....... (I like it with multiple TTTs)

Do not loose who you are in the midst of who you think you should be. I told myself once or twice that no matter what circumstances may arise that I would always be true to myself. Granted when you have a family, other things start to come first. However, there should be some sort of way for us to be able to extend the part of ourselves that made us who we are and positively promote that love beyond the roles of daily life.  We should not be afraid to find something that makes us happy beyond being  mothers, wives and careers.

 Hopefully this is not just some endless ramble and  will make sense to someone .... lol.

This brings me to my ultimate goal of this post and that is to share with you, the new hot jams on my editing playlist.... they may not be your style, they may not be your taste, you may hate them all..... or you might find something that you love. I have found that it makes me super happy to listen to music pretty much the entire time I am at my computer..... which is like usual 8+ hours a day. (yeah crazy lol)

You can find all of these on Spotify or wherever you listen to your tunes! 

One of my good friends posted this today.... and I wanted to share. Thanks T!

And now for a quick weekend review of my favorite photos.......

I was so lucky to see this family on Friday evening. I heart these girls! (and their parents too)

Then Saturday I ventured over to Washington, VA and got to be a part of this special day......

Congratulations Stephanie and James!!!

THEN...... I was up in Herndon, VA getting my baby snuggles in with this little sweetheart....

Then I was out in Middleburg with a former US Olympian Horseback rider, which was a special project and has yet to be unveiled.

 It was a crazy weekend nonetheless! 

If you have any music that makes for a good share.... please send it my way! 

I hope you all had a super duper weekend!!

Much Love, 


Friday, September 27, 2013

Amazing Wedding at the Apple Blossom Plantation ~ September 1, 2013 ~ Virginia Wedding Photographer

This wedding was very very near and dear to my heart. Ashleigh and I have known each other since back in THE day, lol, and we were pretty much inseparable for years and years. We played guitar and sang together in various bands and an acoustic duo that we so creatively called "Far From Virginia." When are dreams of being rockstars started to fizzle  and the weight of the world grew heavy on our shoulders, it was time for us to find our niche in this crazy world.

That we did. As we reconnected after some years, it was like time just picked up where we left off. We both still had the same sense of humor and the laughter immediately filled the Apple Blossom Plantation. You could feel the vibe of the wedding from the moment you pulled into the gravel driveway up to the plantation. Fun, love and happiness. My husband joined me at this wedding, Ashleigh and Will had a room reserved for us so we could hang with them and of course get down a little on the dance floor..... and enjoy a few adult beverages. I could probably write a book about how much I loved this wedding, how great it was to meet Will, how grateful I am that Ashleigh is back in my life and how much I love her!

As you can see from the photos below, love radiates from these two. It is a such a blessing to not only find your soul mate but to marry that person surrounded by your family and loved ones. I am so so so happy for Ashleigh and Will, it was such a great weekend. Love you all!!!