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Zoe and Tim's engagement shoot at the Allendale Mansion

July 21, 2019

A few years ago as I was wrapping up my stay in TN, I met a young couple in the heart of the city at the local bakery. By young couple I mean that their relationship just started. They came out for photos but I never thought they would call me back to take care of them for their wedding a few years later. 

So when I got the call and was in town again for another wedding, we took the opportunity to photograph at the location where their wedding would be in a few months, the Allendale Mansion in Kingsport TN. 

We traveled to the pond, outside the mansion, took a tour of the grounds, and really made the trees and field our own. My personal favorite part was the fact that the grounds were so well kept, and were kissed by the warm, golden sun on every inch of the grounds. 

I hope you guys enjoy the photos and are excited to see their wedding in October 2019 as well! It will be the month of many plane trips. Eight in total.

To book, get in contact, or expand on the last time we shot together, please feel free to get ahold of me via the contact page, or by email at

I hope to see you at your wedding, and remember, each wedding booking comes with a complimentary engagement shoot.

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Corrie and Davin in DC. Surprise proposal photography

June 01, 2019

Some dear friends are getting married


Corrie and Davin and I have a significant history together. I left the original TN area right as their relationship began. In my visits back to the area I got to know davin just a little more each time. And Corrie and I have always had the the kind of sibling relationship that goes from close friends, confidant, to saying mean words to each other that only the other can understand as loving banter. 
    Their incredible hard work in both their lives and and professional relationship has always been an inspiration to me in my life working in wedding photography, specifically my time in portland wedding work. Long hours, personal sacrifices, and resilience. 

    Their wedding proposal was wonderful journey. Davin contacted me in secret and we had been planning the proposal for the last year before their vacation to the D.C. area. Corrie calls me occasionally and for the last year I have just had to lie to her and tell her that I have not known anything about the their wedding. But I shaved my head to complete my disguise, flew across the united states in secret, and brought the team together to get the surprise proposal at the lincoln Memorial at D.C.
    Now they are working towards that dream of an indian fusion wedding fall 2020! 

Enjoy their photos and if you have any questions about your own wedding photography, please reach out on the booking page!

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Shooting at Sunset on Grayson Highlands

April 12, 2019

What is Grayson Highlands?

Grayson highlands is located in Grayson County, Virginia, United States and is a favorite hike of mine. As far as I know the park was established in 1965 and it is part of the appalachian trail. I personally first heard of it when there was talk of a location that had ponies at it. Wild miniature ponies. Any one else coming to the area would be interested in hiking, horseback riding, and backpacking but I came for the sights and a chance to take the best sunset photo I have done up to date. If you have never experienced hiking to such an elevation that you reach mountain meadows or balds, then you are missing out on an experience of reaching a hight that feels seperated from easy travel. Your lungs start to work harder and the only cathardic release that you get is the sights you take in.

My couple walking out on the Bald of the mountain

Who were the couple?

Rachel and Evan are a mix of new and old to me. I knew Rachel in college, she left for her own reasons, and we met again after I had already finished my photography degree. Rachel met Evan after we finished a photo project to gether and I was already on my way to Portland. Three years later and one instagram message as well. We planned a photoshoot on the mountain.

I though the blanket was a great idea. Even with the sun out, it was cold.

What was the point?

I wanted to take on the challenge. How difficult can I make a photoshoot? Where can I draw the line of safely having a couple model for me, make the images aesthetically pleasing, and give the couple a result that was unforgettable. In everything we do there is a little bit of us there too. I said goodby to this side of the mountain years ago. I even made one last trip to do it on my own, never wanting to come back because of the memories I needed to leave behind. But I did come back, and I saw the whole area differently. It wasned a trail to me anymore. It was a fresh mixture of colors and textures that I could make my own.

Thank you

Thank you to Rachel and Evan. Thank you to the park. And thank you to you for reading. This Journal in particular is very good at showing what I can do on location, in an elopement style setting. Please check out the booking page if this interests you for your own wedding day.

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