An Intimate Holiday

January 4, 2016


Every year Dre & I go up up to Cleveland or down to Blacksburg to see our families for the holidays – – this year was different. I spent a lot of time with my best friend & had an intimate Christmas. Since we started dating we have tried to split the holidays between his family and mine and we kind of did that this year – Thanksgiving with his, the day after Christmas at mine. I’m sure you understand, the Holiday Limbo? Although Christmas Day was different, it was just him & I and boy was it special. We spent the days leading up to Christmas together. We baked fudge, we went on the Tacky Light Tour with his work,  and we volunteered at church. Dre took me to the Jefferson for a Christmas Eve breakfast (a new tradition might be starting!). We went back and forth asking each other if we were making the right decision about staying home for Christmas and we kept coming back to YES. Traveling for the holidays is BEYOND tough and kind of exhausting. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW RELAXING AND PEACEFUL IT IS TO JUST STAY HOME. Christmas day started with sleeping late (woohoo!) and we made some tea and homemade cherry turnovers. We didn’t have anyone to please or anywhere to be so we just took our time. We exchanged presents and even gave Hokie some! We relaxed and watched a little bit of The Christmas Story. We realized, “Well it feels like summer, we might as well take a walk.” We took the longest walk of our lives to Starbucks (ignoring every flower that was budding, yikes). We talked about life, Christmas, family and more.  We came home and prepared for Christmas dinner and set the table as if we were going to have a huge family gathering. It may not have been a huge family but it was OUR FAMILY – – Dre, myself, Hokie and the Lord. We lit the candles, put on some Christmas music and enjoyed our intimate Christmas. We were present, we enjoyed each other more then ever. Were there aspects of loneliness and thoughts about the rest of our family? OF COURSE! We totally missed everyone, but being together was beyond special. We weren’t distracted by the traveling, our outfits or family stress. We took our time and for once in my life I was probably more present in the moment than ever. I looked up at my husband during dinner and just thought “Wow, this is special. Thank you God.”

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Virginia Family Christmas-26The face of someone who got the gift he wanted!

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That moment when you realize everything you want and need is right in front of you.

Virginia Family Christmas-50Cheers to not getting dressed up, being present and having an intimate Christmas.

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Hokie’s new best friend he received on Christmas.

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I see the beauty in imperfect things. As a Christ-follower, faith is central to my life, work, and connections. I am fueled by joy, known for my bubbly and sunny disposition, and always with a warm hug. Imperfect beauty inspires my love for all things vintage, abstract art, and real love stories. I love moments full of grit and emotion; life off the beaten path; stunning views along the shore; and the juxtaposition of New York grunge and laid back Cali-vibe. 

As a mother of two, I am very familiar with how quickly life’s most important moments fly by too quickly. I will calmly and seamlessly guide you through frames that will endure. I strive to capture your memories with one-of-a-kind images full of meaning. I cannot wait to connect with you! 

I bring all of these elements to my time with my couples. With over a decade of experience in the industry, I know how to gently guide you through poses that are natural and beautiful. The transition into this sentence doesn’t make sense. Throughout your day, you will feel the love from those there to celebrate
 you two. 
When I’m not photographing weddings, I enjoy long walks in the neighborhood with my husband, my kiddos Tuxie and Sunny, and my labradoodle Hokie.. Also, I am a huge dog-lover! I’m pretty sure heaven is full of dogs. I can’t wait to connect with you, and yes, your pup is always welcome here! 


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