What I do
I'm a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Charleston, West Virginia and Charlottesville, Virginia, specializing in intimate weddings and elopements.
How can I be based in two places? Austin and I live in Charleston, but both sets of family are in the Shenandoah Valley - his towards Staunton, mine towards Ruckersville - and my grandmother lives right outside Shenandoah National Park, so I split the business between the two places. Getting married in Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond, Luray or pretty much anywhere in the Shenandoah Valley? I travel there for free for both weddings and engagements - and we're in the Valley enough that we can often meet in-person for consults too!
When I'm not shooting weddings, I love documenting adventures for couples and shooting in-home sessions. Sometimes adventure or in-home sessions are engagements, but often they're "just because" or anniversary sessions. I believe in documenting life frequently and love working with couples from all walks of life.
Occasionally I also shoot families - either through a family adventure session or at clients' homes. I don't believe in forcing kids to pose, but look for authentic interactions, funny faces, tears and genuine moments of affection.
I'm married to Austin, a nurse, and we have three dogs who are more than a little adored. Right now they are all poodle/doodle mixes, but one day I'd love to have a big farm and a small dog rescue. If you bring your dog to your session, I'll be ecstatic and they will be well petted.
I workout daily - mostly by boxing, but on the weekends we try and hike as much as possible. The oldest dog is almost ten and it kind of limits how far we can go, but 4-6 milers are our jam right now. I try to practice yoga a couple times a week, but my commitment to it goes in waves...I LIKE practicing yoga - just finding the time and motivation is difficult.
I'm a lifelong vegetarian - when I was five I found out meat came from animals and haven't been able to eat it since. We cook from scratch most nights and I like to think of myself as a good cook. At least that's what my husband tells me - smart man. I love bread, barbecue kettle chips, Ben & Jerry's and real whipped cream, but also kale, broccoli and brussel sprouts in equal measure. My favorite fruits are strawberries and mango.
I love to read, but only have time right before bed these days so most of my "reading" comes from books on tape and podcasts. Usually I have a book on tape and a regular book going at the same time - right now it's a detective novel on my bedside table and a fantasy novel on my phone. As for podcasts I love How I Built This, The Ted Radio Hour, Hidden Brain and occasionally Goal Digger.
Besides running the photography business, I work as a journalist writing about health. Because I'm trained as a writer, I also offer copyediting and ghost writing services to other small business owners. Hate to blog? I'll do it for you. Need help with grammar? I can fix it.
Austin and I love to travel and have taken three international trips together over the past four years. Next up: the UK or New Zealand. I also love to travel for weddings and elopements and include travel expenses in my packages within a five hour radius of Charleston, WV.