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bride and groom holding hands and walking through a meadow at sunset for their outdoor elopement with Charlottesville wedding photographer

Elopements

Kaaterskills Falls Wedding

As a Charlottesville wedding photographer I love getting out of state and adventuring to new elopement locations. I especially love traveling up to New York for luxury elopements! This Kaaterskills Falls wedding was the perfect fall ceremony on a the natural landscaping of the falls for a truly intimate and romantic day. Kaaterskills Falls Wedding […]

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Best Places to Elope in Virginia

While I work closely with each of my couples to find unique locations for their elopements, here are a few of my favorite places to get elope in Virginia as a Charlottesville wedding photographer. Where to Elope in Virginia Virginia offers an abundance of stunning locations for intimate wedding or elopements, so you can choose […]

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Wedding at Bowling Brook Mansion

Autumn and Nick celebrated their forever with family and friends in a beautiful wedding at Bowling Brook Mansion. With the golden glow of the sunset, the couple celebrated in a big way complete with their Harley and dancing the night away. The bride was on sight with her ladies in the bridal suite, while the […]

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Isle Of Palms Couples Session

Kelly and Phil fun at the beach in South Carolina Kelly and Phil met me at Isle of Palms for a fun and flirty couples session. While I was hanging out with my brother and his family in Charleston SC, I got a hold of a couple that was more than ready and willing to […]

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Adventure Couples' Session

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Ashley and Ty’s Beach Adventure Couples Session

Ashley and Ty’s beach adventure couples’ session took place at Westmoreland State Park located in Montross Virginia. Just under an hour from my home location. The couple is so adventurous and amazing that a traditional park or monument location was not something that I wanted to provide. I wanted something that matched their personality and […]

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Samantha and Hunter’s Engagement on Sullivan’s Island

When I left the mainland for Samantha and Hunter’s engagement on Sullivan’s Island, there was a huge storm in the forecast. Luckily, when I crossed over the Ben Sawyer Bridge to Sullivan’s Island, the skies cleared up and we had a gorgeous soft light morning beach engagement session. Samantha & Hunter are getting married in […]

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Virginia Wedding at Lydia Mountain Lodge

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Lydia Mountain Lodge Intimate Wedding

Emily & Garrett’s intimate wedding at Lydia Mountain Lodge was sweet and filled with love. The deep woods feel, the rustic amazing feel of the entire location, the old wood and rustic style cabins selectively located in lots within the woods is just an amazing location for your wedding. The main lodge has ample windows […]

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Shenandoah Moutain Elopement | Raven’s Roost

Romantic Mountain Overlook Elopement at Raven’s Roost, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia Alejandra and Jose’s romantic Raven’s Roost elopement was picture perfect. A gorgeous and sentimental With a Spanish flare, the couple had their elopement at Raven’s Roost Overlook in the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia. Raven’s Roost provides the landscape and scenery, with views of the […]

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Maryland Wedding Venues

Maryland Intimate Wedding

Maryland Wedding Venue

Historic St. Mary’s City is full of history and beautifully located right on the bank of the Potomac River. Arguably one of the best locations for an elopement. In the middle of 2021 I had the pleasure of providing elopement photography for one of the sweetest and cutest couples, Michael + Leona, right here in […]

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Mini Adventure

Condrea & David’s Shenandoah Elopement

Condrea & David’s Shenandoah Elopement was something that was out of this world! Perfect for a couple who wants to leave out the fuss, and truly have an experience that is one of a kind. Shenandoah offers so many options for great places to have an elopement. One that I love is right on Skyline […]

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BEHIND THE LENS

Hey I am Debbie

A self proclaimed badass photographer

No elegant or amazing story to tell here. My life consisted of growing up in the military from the age of 2. Settling in North Carolina, and marrying a Navy Corpsman. Three kids later, and two masters degrees into a career in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis, I decided that it was finally time to pursue a lifelong dream of mine, photography.

I started out as wanting to become a Marine Biologist/Oceanographer, and working for National Geographic, swimming with the sharks! Choices made led me down a different path and led me to where I am today. Sitting here, at the computer, writing a mini novel about my life to you.

I started my business in 2019 realizing as my oldest son graduated high school that I missed photography, I missed the interaction I could have with others, and the different lives I was able to be a part of. So, I did as allo beginner photographers did. I dusted off my only old camera, and started using my friends and family as models. Charge next to nothing for sessions, and was able to purchase mentoring sessions, business courses, posing class, 1:1 workshops, and I have learned so much and have grown tremendously within my skill and knowledge. With the help of amazing photography mentors such as Katelyn James, Alina Thomas, Joy Michelle, Megan MacPhail, India Earl, Anni Graham, Jai Long, Maddie Mae (Adventure Instead), and many more, I have been able to create an experience for my couples that is comfortable, relaxed, and crafted specifically to their style and personality




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