Small Steps in the Right Direction

So I am realizing that slowly over the past year I have been moving in the right direction. Not just on a personal level, but also with my business. The steps that I am taking are leading me where I want to go for the most part. I know that I still have a lot to work on and will continue to push myself, but it has been good and I am pleased with where I see myself.  One of the things that I have changed is my website. When I first began doing photography for more than just the joy of taking pictures, I started a blog. Eventually I knew I needed to showcase my best work through a website, but I was “broke” and couldn’t afford to have a decent portfolio site to use. Finally I realized that if I really wanted to bring in business and professionally market myself, I was going to need to bite the bullet and invest in my advertising in this way. That’s why I recently joined Showit. I knew it was what I wanted for a while, especially after playing around with trial sites. It gives you the freedom to do what you want with your website without having to know all of the coding behind it! So here is my plug for an amazing web design/hosting program if you want a great site to professionally showcase whatever you have.

My next step is this blog of mine. This is my public proclamation that I will make my blog better. Not just better, but the best I can create. Hopefully it will be a successful change and leave me happy with my sites for a while. So here’s to hoping that this will be my last week with this old blog!

If you haven’t seen my site, go check it out of course!


Wanna Get Away?

As I sit in my office today, with the heat continually growing as it does so often during the brutal summer months, I find myself fighting a desire to want to be elsewhere. As anybody who works in the business world and has a full time job, it can get a little boring sometimes. Yeah, work has its pros and there definitely are some good times that make me appreciate what I get to do at work, but sometimes I just want to get away. With today being a Friday, it is hitting me a lot sooner and definitely a lot harder.

My dad and cousin decided sometime last year that they wanted to get together and buy a boat.  So, they made it happen. Now I have not yet been able to go out on the boat yet, much to my displeasure.  I am dying to get out on the boat with a fishin’ pole and just enjoy the weather and the water. Maybe by writing this my dad will catch the hint and take me out soon! I’m sure I’m not the only one who just wants to get away sometimes.  It always is such a treat when you can take a break from the daily life and just kick back and relax. However you choose to get away, make sure you take some time to enjoy yourself! Hope you have a great Friday!

Jansen and Michelle | Front Royal Wedding

Okay, so I am going to apologize to start this blog post off.  I had such a hard time narrowing down what pictures to post, so naturally I posted wayyyyy too many. Like, my computer was struggling to upload them all last night. The past two weddings that I have shot, I have had just the most amazing couples and they make my job so easy and rewarding. So thank you to my brides and grooms! Anyways, that is not the point of this post. Last Sunday, Jansen and Michelle got to express their love for Christ and each other in front of some of the closest friends and family they have.  It was such a great ceremony and you could really tell that they wanted to honor the Lord in their ceremony, as well as their future marriage.

Throughout the whole day they both remained calm, but something was telling me that Jansen was ready. He knew from the beginning that he was ready and once Michelle finally “gave him a chance” as many people were pointing out, they became a powerful couple who promised to serve each other and the Lord in their lives each day. I had such a good time getting to know you both and hanging out all day. It definitely got me excited about my own wedding in just a few short months. I wish you both the best and I know we will be sure to keep in touch for some time to come.

Enjoy their day below!

They started by getting ready at the Holiday Inn.

We headed to the Golf Course for a beautiful first look!
I thought it was awesome that they wanted to thank all of their guests in this way!The bridal party was so much fun to be around all day.I love that they started their ceremony out with two worship songs.During the ceremony it was pouring, but let up right after for some more portraits!
Rather than a conventional cake, they decided to go the cookie bar route.Little did they know they would have a giant cookie to cut! 

Hope you enjoy this Wednesday full of images!

Is It September Yet?

Does anybody know if September has any plans of getting here any faster? I sure hope so. I got things that I need to do! Most important on that list being marrying my best friend. As I was thinking about what to blog about for Monday, I was wanting to do something personal and meaningful.  What could be more meaningful than the preparation of my own wedding. Each time I attend or shoot a wedding leading up to my own, it makes me more excited to think about my own day coming in just 2 months!  I know that if Sarah reads this she will probably give me  hard time for writing about her. I blame her though for giving me a hard time about not blogging about our engagement. Hopefully I can make up for it with this post by sharing a ring shot of her engagement ring. As we continue to finish up all the details of our wedding (well I really just do what I’m told), and we count down the 68 days, I can’t help but realize how blessed I am to be marrying my best friend Sarah.  I am so excited to be able to share life with her and walk through whatever comes our way.

I hope you all can enjoy this Monday and make the best of it!

My future bride makes the most beautiful model 🙂

Anddddd…here is her ring. You like?

Eric Seo | Yorktown Portraits

So I have heard from many of my trusted fellow photographers and through the reading of blogs that you are supposed to get in to a routine when you are trying to blog more consistently. Well apparently my blog routine is at 11:15PM when I am really tired and not looking forward to waking up at 6:30 the next morning. I probably should be asleep, but I need to write this!

For a while now I had talked with Eric about wanting to go shoot each other. Photographically of course. Eric is a fellow photographer friend who’s work I enjoy. So we set up a time that finally worked, and after convincing him that his nice car would not be towed if we parked at a no parking curb, we managed to spend some time exploring. This patch of Yorktown is one I pass every day to work and have wanted to explore for a while. I am glad I did because I knew I would find great portrait locations for clients!

Well, I had a blast, got some good images of him and in return was blessed with some images myself to use for my new website and blog. Hope you all enjoy the pictures! Happy Friday!

Paul + Erin | Blacksburg Wedding

So this post is REALLY long over due. I mean, it should have been posted sometime about a month ago when I finished editing these pictures and delivered them to Paul and Erin. I know you might be thinking that I am a horrible person, and part of that is true! I am somewhat ashamed that I had not posted these yet. It wasn’t that I forgot, I just hated my blog so much that I didn’t want to send anybody to it, regardless of what I needed to post. Anyways, thats in the past.

Paul and Erin mean a lot to me as a couple. Probably more than they even know. You see, when I was just starting out with trying to become a business as a photographer, I didn’t have much experience.  Not only did I lack experience, I also lacked clients. So when Erin contacted me as asked if I would shoot their wedding, I was blessed beyond belief. Lucky for them (and me) I grew so much in my photography skill and knowledge from the time that they took a chance on me and booked me as my first real wedding. I had second shot some and shot my cousins wedding alone, but it wasn’t the same. So when June came around I had to make the best of it and really show them how appreciative I was. At the same time I wanted to really wow them and leave them with images they love for the rest of their lives.

Their wedding was held on the campus of Virginia Tech and it was a great day with perfect weather! Hanging out with these two and all of their friends was so much fun. It definitely didn’t hurt that they loved Jesus and were even trying to serve me throughout their big day. Paul and Erin, I wish you the best in your marriage and I hope you know how thankful I am for you to give me a chance to document your big day. I hope you love the images! Congratulations!

Starting Fresh

So as many of you know, my blogging skills have been….well I will just say sub-par for lack of a better term. I basically have been terrible at showing any new work that I have been doing, and for once it isn’t because I don’t have anything to show. I am going to try to get into a better schedule of starting to blog my work, my life, and anything that is me or that I feel like sharing. So I hope you enjoy what you find and will get to know more about what makes me who I am.

I do have to let you know that it’s not all my fault. A big reason I have not been sharing is that I really have a strong dislike for my blog design. I do love my new website, which I strongly urge you to check out over at . However, my blog has been a struggle that I have not taken the time to sit down and really work out what I want it to be. I have spent a lot of time getting my portfolio as well as my new website up and running, but I have not given my blog the attention that it needs. Along the way during the transformation of my website and blog to a new host, I lost a lot of my blog images, and frankly it is just a lot of work to repost all of that from the past year and half.

This brings me to today, here and now. I am starting my blog kind of from scratch. Just a side note, the design you see right now is not what it will end up being, sorry. So if you like it, great! But don’t get settled in just yet, there are changes to come. I hope you all will stick it out with me and I will promise to deliver some life, images, and fun stuff to keep you coming back. Until I can get my posts together and entertain you, here are a few images to hold you over of my random past few months.

Happy Friday!

I love getting to attend weddings with Sarah as a regular guest!

A preview from the wedding I shot early in June. Loved this couple!

Got my newest addition to the gear list. Sarah gladly shared her modeling abilities.