my why

My why is very simple, very personal, and incredibly fulfilling.
It's rooted in human connection. In love. In marriage.

My work is rooted in cultivating new beginnings, nourishing the wisdom of years together, and evoking the excitement of future adventures. It's rooted in nourishing love. If you're looking for a photographer who inspired by connection and emotion and wants her work to make you fall in love all over again, you've come to the right place. 
Over the last near-decade of photographing love stories, I've found that the relationships I've created with my couples simply don't end at the delivery of a wedding gallery. My couples are buying new homes, starting families, and celebrating milestones. Or they're just plain in love and don't need an excuse. 
I want my work to tell your stories and to capture the connection that is your legacy. To let you live in your moments and to truly allow my work to showcase who you are, together, with emotional, authentic photographs.
 
Where does this passion for life's great love stories come from?
The crazy, cheesy love my husband and I have for each other even 14 years later. The really tough bumps in the roads, the growth in our marriage, the adventures, and the dreams for our future. 
It comes from a place of gratitude.
It comes from deep within my heart and soul.

Flashy Mama Photography

I'm a boho, island-BORN, Mountain-rooted soul who loves a flowy sundress and a big, comfy sweater, bare feet and a great pair of riding boots, wildflowers and palm trees, and crisp mountain air and salty sea spray. And THIS great, big adventure.

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I am an 80s baby, born in the Florida Keys, who lived on the coast until 2004, when I found my way back to the mountains I camped in as a child. What I didn't realize is that I found my way back to what really makes my heart explode. I love my deeply rooted mountain life in Virginia, but I just can't let go of my island beginning. I've been married since 2006, and we have two incredibly bright, beautiful little girls. I'm a military brat with ocean water in my blood and the mountain air in my soul. I’m a UCONN and Northeastern Husky! I balance my inner foodie with my love for running and yoga. I love a great pair of shoes (give me all the boots!), freshly painted toenails, a gorgeous eyeshadow palette, and being cozied up in a giant sweater. But man do I love my bare feet in the sand, being face-to-face with a coral reef full of life, and a good, breezy day on a boat. I obsess over calligraphy and anything that keeps my creative heart aflutter. My heart truly beats for the arts and for the sciences, so I'm always driven to nurture the artist and the scientist. I’m a hopelessly romantic sap who cries over every little joy in life…including yours. (And don't get me on commercials and rom coms.) So heads up - we'll be crying together! 

Flashy Mama Photography

Because no matter what season in life you find yourselves, what it all comes down to is the two of you. Marriage is an adventure. No matter where you were then, now, or in the end, life will be experienced together. 

So, if you plan to begin your forever with an adventure, contact me. Let's dream together. Let's make some plans.

Destinations

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1. Ireland
2. Rocky Mountain National Park
3. Yosemite
4. Hawaii
5. The Galapagos Islands
6. Scotland
7. Banff
8. The Alps
9. Patagonia
10. Norway
11. Greece
12. Iceland
13. The California Coast
14. The Pacific Northwest
15. Australia + New Zealand

if you're up for the adventure, come say hey...

Born in the Florida Keys and rooted in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. I'm drawn to their vast views, their gorgeous wildlife, and just how grateful I am to be a part of this planet.
A small, humble part. 

my soul is in
ocean + ridge

Anyone who knows me, knows I'm always dreaming and always chasing a goal! List making gets me there, and I'm slightly obsessed with checking things off. 

daydreaming. goal setting. list making.

My educational background is in nutrition! I have a Masters of Science in Nutrition with a concentration in Nutrition Education.  And yes. There is a BIG project in the future!

nerding out over nutrition

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