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Shenandoah National Park Wedding | Nick and Jocelyn
Shenandoah Wedding Photography

In early March, Nick, Jocelyn, and I took to the Manassas Battlefield for their engagement session. Our goal was to explore the local trails to showcase their love for each other and for the outdoors. But this couple isn't just up for simple park trails, this is a couple who's first date was hiking Old Rag Mountain in the Shenandoah. For those unfamiliar with it, Old Rag is a strenuous 9-10 mile hike, it's no quiet first date stroll through the park! 

Enjoying the outdoors together has been a part of their relationship ever since the beginning, so it made perfect sense that they chose to have their wedding in the Shenandoah at Skyland Resort. Skyland is situated right along Skyline Drive, just minutes away from a number of terrific views of the valley on either side of the mountain.

But the closer I got to the resort, climbing up to the top of the ridge, the less and less I was able to see. No views were visible, Nick and Jocelyn's wedding day started out with enough fog that you could not see for more than an eighth of a mile. This lasted through the ceremony and into the reception just until we went out to capture portraits. As we drove to Big Meadows the skies began to clear and the sun even appeared! It made for an incredible ending to the day. Enjoy my favorites from their day below!

Congrats Nick and Jocelyn, I wish you all the best in your life together!

One Month Old Baby Photos | Family Session With the Castros

Becoming a father last September gave me a new appreciation for baby and family photos. I enjoyed capturing families before, but now I see those images not only as beautiful art around the home but as the start of a child's history and the continued story of a family legacy.

When Heather and Joe asked me to be the photographer to capture their one-month-old son Jake, I was excited! I personally love images that feature the family and the baby in the home and in spaces around the home. It's a lifestyle approach, one that shows real life and the things that happen in a family, such as the dog licking the baby's feet!

The session started inside their home with Joe holding and playing with his new son Jake. Joe is a fitness coach; he's no small dude! But how cute it was to see this strong father tenderly holding his tiny little boy. We took to the areas just around their home to finish up the session at the best time of the day, right before sunset. It was a beautiful time all around and I'm excited to see what the future holds for little Jake and his family!

Jefferson Memorial Wedding Portraits | Steven and Vanna

I always love to photograph a family where two cultures are coming together. In the case of Steven and Vanna, two people in love with each other and in love with DC, we took to the Jefferson Memorial to commemorate their families joining as one.

Vanna's heritage is Cambodian so she wore her beautiful gold and white wedding gown from Cambodia. Steven wore a classic bright suit with a vest and together they were perfect set against the marble of the Jefferson and the lush greens around the Tidal Basin.

We were capturing images just a day after their small courthouse wedding in DC. It was rainy and overcast, but there was still beauty all around. I wish Steven and Vanna the best in their life together!

Enjoy the highlights below!