Whitney + Nathan // Blue Ridge Parkway Engagement Session - Black Balsam Knob - Asheville, North Carolina

Whitney + Nathan, Blue Ridge Parkway Engagement Session

I’ve known Whitney what seems like forever! Although we hadn’t seen each other in about 6 years, we picked up right where we left off with our weird sense of humor and speaking in memes. Its great to have friends like that, isn’t it? The kind of friendship that passing time can’t change. I remember Nathan from back in the day, with far less hair and a bird on his shoulder every time I saw him, haha. Whitney and Nathan are made for each other. They don’t take life too seriously, they know how to have a good time, and they love each other without question or fear.

These animal and plant lovers are forever in my bubble. Whitney and Nathan are made of the same stuff I am. We share the same humor and love of nature. They are my people. I can’t wait for their wedding this October!

Alex + Leland // Summer Mountain Adventure Maternity Session - Roan Mountain, Tennessee

Roan Mountain, Tennessee Maternity Photographer

I met Alex around 8 years ago (wow!) when we worked together at a frozen yogurt shop in college. What I remember most about her from back then was her kind spirit, warm smile, fun sense of humor, and bold lipstick. Let me tell you, she hasn’t changed a bit! She’s just as kind, smiles just as often, says corny jokes, and still wears some rad lipsticks. She and her husband, Leland, announced their pregnancy in the best way: with a recreation of one of my favorite moments from The Office.

I was so excited when she contacted me to do their maternity photos, and even more excited when she said she wanted to do them in the mountains I love most. We took our time climbing elevation to the balds of Roan Mountain and could not believe our fortune when we were gifted with the best light I’ve seen up there this year. Beams of warm light and cool weather made for a lovely afternoon of exploring.

When I asked Leland and Alex what their greatest hope for their son is, they really thought through their answers. Good health for Wilder was their first answer. Secondly, they hope that he remains grounded in the real world and not live so much in the social media world. I have the same hopes for my daughter. There’s nothing like a new unspoiled life to remind you of what really matters, and what doesn’t. These two are already wonderful parents. Wilder is one lucky little guy!

Here are a few of my favorite images from their maternity shoot.

Drew + Missy // Virginia Beach Engagement Session

Also featured in Tidewater & Tulle here!

Drew + Missy have been long distance the majority of their relationship. They met in middle school (I know, too cute) but didn't start dating until just before high school ended. They're both from Texas and Drew is in the military stationed here in Virginia. Missy flew out for the week to spend some time with Drew and we managed to get a gorgeous day for their engagement session! The wind was a little strong and it was much chillier out than these sun kissed photos appear, but Missy and Drew were so excited to just be together that they ignored the cold. We started the session by hanging out in an interesting wooden fort along a path in the woods. Drew and Missy said that playing Uno is their thing when they see each other, they even have a little scrap piece of paper on Missy's fridge at home with a tally of wins and losses. There is much debate about who the all-around winner is, but this day in particular Drew was the victor. We wandered around admiring the gorgeous marshland while the couple shared visions of their future and revisited warm moments of their relationship. Missy recounted their engagement story and it sounded just like a rom-com script. Drew took Missy to the restaurant where they had their first date, The Pearl in San Antonio, TX. Normally cool and collected, drew was sweating bullets that night and Missy noticed. He was acting so out of character in fact that she was worried he was going to break up with her that night! At the end of the session, the weather had really taken a turn for the worse. Dark clouds were moving in, the temperature dropped, and the wind picked up to a steady roar. I am an adventure photographer and I often attract adventurous couples. These two were no different! Despite the change in weather, they took a little dip in the water just before our session ended.