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2017 Recap

With only 4 more days left in 2017 I feel like now’s the best time to share the biggest blog post of the year– the 2017 recap! With each year I’ve been amazed at the number of people I’ve gotten to meet and work with, the beautiful venues I’ve gotten to visit and the growth I’ve gotten to seen in my photographic abilities. Three years ago I was nervous to even make my business a page on Facebook. I would have probably laughed at you if you told me just a few years later I would have shot over 60 sessions and weddings in one year!

My goal at the beginning of the year was to grow my business above all else. It meant lots of nights of little to no sleep (ask my one friend about me sending her gallery to her at 3:30am), upgrading to a full set of professional equipment, and investing in a ton of education. At times it was extremely difficult. After starting a full time job in September I wondered how I was going to do it all. I’d already given up a lot of my favorite hobbies while in college to have time for business. Now I found myself sacrificing time with people I cared about to make things work. Luckily, during the fall I’ve been able to create workflows and systems that help things run smoother. I’m looking forward to a much more calm and organized year as I head into 2018!

2017 had some of my favorite photos ever. Scroll down to see all the highlights!


Weddings this year took me all over Virginia, as well as out of state to Maryland, Pennsylvania and D.C.


Besides weddings I also got to capture a huge number of couples and engagements!

I’m so excited to see many of those faces again next year to capture their wedding!


One of the biggest jump this summer was launching a senior spokesmodel program and getting to focus on more senior portraits. I’ve loved getting to know these girls and guys and can’t wait to see where they head to school next fall!


It’s rare that I do something other than weddings and seniors, but this year I also had two families. One a snowy session in January and then another in some warmer, fall weather!


Back in the spring, I took a big jump and headed down to North Carolina for my first workshop. Kayla Coleman’s workshop was incredible and I left with so much inspiration for my business and photography– and new portfolio images!


No only did I graduate in May, but so did a bunch of my friends and classmates! In between final exams and capstone projects I had the chance to capture over twenty different sessions for JMU grads. It was an crazy way to wrap up the year!


In April I got to cross shooting at Swannanoa Palace off my photography bucket list. The beautiful grounds were the perfect backdrop for my first styled shoot. A huge thanks to The Faded Poppy for helping me bringing my ideas to life!


After the first I was excited to do another another styled shoot as soon as possible! Planning a shoot entirely for your own creativity gives you so much more freedom. I loved working with a team of vendors for my second of the year at Goodstone Inn. Lots of dahlias and a black dress made this super offbeat and fun to capture!



As always my business would never be able to grow without the amazing couples, seniors, families and vendors that I’ve been lucky enough to work with. You all have made this my biggest year (both in growth and number of sessions). Thank you! I’m so incredibly grateful for everyone who’s placed their trust in me to capture their memories during 2017 and can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!


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