I photographed the sweetest family this morning, and it reminded me of how much I love real life family work. I’ve always enjoyed documenting families in their rawness, but my heart for it has grown since having a baby of my own.

We spent the morning doing all of the things boys do…wrestling, searching for bugs, climbing. Somehow their little sis embraced the chaos and napped quietly while we ran around outside.

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I don’t get the chance to share a lot of my boudoir work, out of respect for the privacy of the beautiful women I get to photograph. Thankfully, B let me share a small glimpse into her session.

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Brittany and David are the best kind of people. They are the types of people that care deeply for others and change the world in their work. We hiked Craggy Gardens on a warm summer night, one of the few days they get to spend together (Brittany is wrapping up med school). We waded through tourists but found a quiet sanctuary at the base of the lower pinnacle. We all took in that magical pink sky (yes, it really was that pink) as the sun set behind the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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I enjoyed getting to know Haley + Matthew over a cup of coffee before their engagement session. We talked about their upcoming wedding, plans for finishing their tiny house, and dreams for a life together. We spent a splendid summer evening at Black Balsam Knob. The nearby thunderstorms brought incredible light + skies that looked straight out of a movie.

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In 10 years of photographing weddings, I’ve never had a weekend quite like this one:  experiencing ghost stories, taking engagement photos in caves, celebrating ceremonies under a natural bridge. It was all spectacular. Congrats to Felicia + Jon! Can’t wait to share more of this beautiful couple.