Justin & Liz | Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer

I met up with Justin & Liz last weekend for their engagement session in downtown Fredericksburg. Shooting in the cold is always a little bit of a challenge, but these two were such great sports about  it. We were able to take a break from the session halfway through to warm up while also grabbing a bite to eat. Then we went back out to the streets of downtown Fredericksburg for an available light session. I love it when clients are willing to go for the available light shoot after dark! I think the low-light feel adds the perfect touch of romanticism to the whole session. :)

Here are a few of my favorites from our time together. I am so looking forward to their wedding this fall!

Sneak peek: Tyler & Alex | Montross Engagement Photographer

I absolutely love this time of year. I am doing engagement sessions left and right with my 2011 wedding clients and I LOVE it. 'Tis the season for portraits of love! It's so fun getting to know my clients and learning how each couple interacts both in everyday life and in front of my lens. My time with Tyler and Alex was no different. I'm not gonna lie - the location may have had me giddy as soon as I turned the corner to pull into the driveway (we did the session at Alex's childhood home). But then add in Alex's beautiful smile and Tyler's willingness to cuddle and kiss his lady as many times as I asked... oh, friends, that makes for one awesome session. I was so excited throughout this entire session and I had a hard time narrowing down my favorites for their sneak peek. But... I did... with plans to post their entire session in a few days.

So stay tuned for more from this fun couple!

Matthew and Shannon | Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

I have been asked on more than one occasion "How do you get your clients to look so natural?" The truth is - I allow them to "be natural" and it is my job to simply capture that. I don't do too much directing during sessions unless I can tell that the people being photographed need or want direction. I am blessed to have a number of couples that simply have great chemistry together in front of the camera. These two? TOTAL naturals.

Matthew and Shannon have the sweetest story. They were friends for a long time, began dating, and were engaged very quickly. I have a soft spot for those stories that involve "just knowing," and wasting zero time making it official! (My parents met and were engaged one month later, married just one month after that and are still married to this day.) Matthew is probably the most transparent person I have ever met - it is no surprise to me that he wasted no time after he had made up his mind to ask Shannon to be his bride. These two love children, serving the Lord, and being with each other. I am honored to have been invited to capture their big day and can't wait to see what God has planned for their lives together!

Here are just a few of my favorites from their engagement session:

I can't wait for their wedding in June!