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I'm a wedding, portrait, and elopement photographer originally from Roanoke, VA. Nowadays I'm based in Charlottesville, but on any given weekend I can be found in a different part of the state (or country) photographing weddings.

I'm a firm believer that there's no such thing as "too adventurous" when it comes to weddings, elopements, or photo sessions. I once hiked 7 miles with a couple to an alpine lake for their engagement portraits and it was awesome. Photographing a couple eloping in the woods beneath Mount Rainier has always been a dream of mine.

I'm also a firm believer in impromptu road trips all over the world. Elli and I typically take at least one trip that sounds totally insane every year. We plan it two weeks beforehand. We drive absurd distances every single day. Half the time I'm hanging out the passenger window with a Polaroid camera. It's always awesome. 2017 was the Scottish Highlands and an unexpectedly awesome adventure through Zion and Death Valley (go check it out!).

So give me cool road-trip ideas and we'll be best friends!

I think this job is really, really freaking awesome because I love getting to hang out with awesome couples and unique people at their giant (or intimate) love celebrations, telling their stories through photos. I'd love the opportunity to tell yours.

So you be you. I'll bring the cameras

How I'd describe my style: Genuine, cinematic, & adventurous

Favorite lens: 35mm f/1.4

Favorite film: Portra 400

Favorite film(500) Days of Summer

Favorite city: Seattle (and Chicago)

Stuff I love: espresso, instant film, Bon Iver, traveling, indie rock, prime lenses, plaid shirts, Ryan Adams, golden sunlight, the Pacific Northwest, this cat gif

Photo inspiration: Alexandra CeliaJordan VothMike GrittaniCarly Romeo

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