photographing weddings

Bridal Party Poses

I survived photographing two weddings this month! I had the opportunity to second shoot a wedding in Alexandria a few weeks ago and absolutely loved the classic feel. Then, I photographed an outdoor wedding at a fruit farm in Berryville, Virginia over the weekend. It was a rainy and chilly day, but luckily the rain let up just in time and the clouds made for some wonderful shots. It’s crazy how lighting can give photos a totally different feel. Here’s a peek at some of the images. And the rustic/country wedding: What have you guys been up to lately?


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recent photography sessions

Portrait Photographer

I figured I’d share some of my favorite pictures from recent photography sessions since I’ve been so MIA lately. Not only has business been picking up finally since moving to this area, but I’ve been able to double my lens collection with photo shoot funds. If you’re into photography, you know how exciting that is. Especially since I was able to pick up a macro lens before the weddings I’ll be shooting this month. Creative ring shots? Check. It’s like Christmas in September/October! I also invested in a larger camera bag for all of my wedding gear. This Epiphanie Brooklyn Bag will carry most of my lenses and my speed light, and then I’ll keep my ONA Bowery Camera Bag for travel. The Brooklyn Bag is really massive so when I leave on Saturday for Alexandria, it’ll look like I’m heading off to my first day of school. I’ll make sure Brandon snaps […]


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photography session in dc

Photography Session DC Capitol

After we moved abroad for my husband’s job, we had every intention of coming back to the DC area. I started my career on Capitol Hill, my first “real” apartment was located on the trusty red line, Brandon drunkenly confessed his undying love to me after meeting at a bar in Dupont Circle, and we made many other memories here. Plus… the monuments are a good enough reason to live in this area. Have I ever mentioned my obsession with the Capitol building? I used to get lost in those tunnels, yo. And not because I was exploring… I was legit lost trying to find the flag office as an intern. Anyway… The Capitol Building and Lincoln Memorial took this photography session to another level. It also helped that Christa and M.V. are a completely adorable and sentimental couple. Christa brought her wedding shoes to this shoot and M.V. had his wedding socks, bow tie, […]


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imo camera strap giveaway | 2 winners

I know you’ve seen my iMo camera straps floating around on Instagram and this blog, so why not give out a few to my readers? The good people at iMo offered me the chance to give away two of the handmade neoprene straps and I couldn’t resist since I know you all will love these babies — especially if you’ve been using the camera strap that was included with your DSLR since that thing sucks. iMo camera straps are thick, comfortable, stylish, and they come in tons of different patterns. I already have two of them and you can bet I’ll be expanding my collection since I clearly need different straps for different outfits. Follow the Rafflecopter instructions for this iMo camera strap giveaway and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway Giveaway Rules: + Giveaway will be live from July 17 – July 24 + Must be 18+ or have parental […]


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professional photographers of america

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of PPA – Professional Photographers of America for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Since starting my own photography business this Spring, I’ve been searching for ways to become more business saavy, expand my studio’s reach, and increase profibility — all while protecting my assets, of course. And that’s exactly why I’m so excited to tell you all about the Professional Photographers of America! PPA is a non-profit international photography association that helps those serious about photography follow their dreams. Around 27,000 photographers rely on PPA for useful information and guidance, and although I’m not yet a member, I plan on joining soon because I’m convinced that PPA’s helpful tools would improve my business. By joining PPA today, you’ll have access to a community that helps photographers in various ways. Some of the benefits include professional development, copyright tools and copyright […]


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ways to advertise your photography business

Ways to Advertise Your Photography Business

Today I want to talk about ways to advertise your photography business. Or any business, for that matter. I had a fellow blogger contact me and ask about this, so I figured I should turn the tips into a blog post in case anyone else was wondering the same thing. 1. Free photoshoots. I did this a lot in Boston when I was first starting out. I offered to take bloggers’ headshots for free, and they usually spread the world on their blogs or with family and friends. Plus it was wonderful practice since posing people is a lot different from landscape shots and street photography during travel. I highly recommend practicing as much as possible! 2. Google Adwords. I get most of my inquiries through an ad I purchased with Google Adwords. The nice thing about this option is that you’re only charged when people actually click on your ad. […]


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lifestyle baby photos

Newborn Photography

It’s kind of funny. When I was bored and we were moving around every six months, I posted on this blog every day and felt completely caught up with everything blogging-related. Now that we’ve settled in Northern Virginia and I’m actually growing my photography business, I feel like the shittiest blogger ever. I’ve temporarily suspended sidebar ads, I’ve been ignoring emails regarding sponsored posts from random companies, and I just don’t have anything to say. I’m sure this will change when we go to NYC, Panama, and Peru and I feel the need to share a million travel photos and sightseeing tips, but for now, my posts will probably be a bit sporadic. But here are some cute baby photos to make it up to you. Although I really like posed photos involving buckets, hats, and faux fur, there’s something about lifestyle baby photos… they’re so sweet and natural. And […]


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family photographer in reston

Family Photographer in Reston

A few nights ago, I photographed a lovely couple and their dog at their home in Northern Virgina. They’re moving to Texas soon and wanted to find a family photographer in Reston to remember their neighborhood and the golf course they live on. Such a sweet idea! This was an easy photoshoot because the area was completely gorgeous and had lots mature trees and stunning views, and their dog Ranger was calm and cute. The last time Brandon and I had family photos done (in Florida), our dogs wouldn’t look at the photographer and tried to bolt after small animals every chance they got, but Ranger was a trooper and ended up being very photogenic. I even had the chance to take some portraits of just him and they ended up being some of my favorites. Yay for sweet pups! (Malcolm and Ollie… please take lessons from Ranger). If you need your own […]


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moments | july instagram photo challenge

July Instagram Photo Challenge

Even though we still have a whole week of the June Instagram photography challenge left, I’m already planning prompts for the month of July. This challenge has given me the excuse to post something each day, and I definitely think it has helped to improve my photography because I’ve been thinking about lighting, leading lines, texture, and objects that seem out of place. With Instagram becoming such a huge part of  the social media world, why not work on your creativity, too? You can find the July Instagram prompts below and I really hope that they spark your interest in this challenge. I’d love for you all to join me in this Instagram project. All you have to do is follow me on Instagram, pay attention to the daily prompts, and use a few hashtags so other Instagram addicts can participate. Let’s have fun and work on our photography together! DETAILS When: The […]


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what i’ve been up to | newborn photography

Newborn Photography

I’m usually fairly regular when it comes to posting on my blog, but this week I’ve been working on everything photography-related and my little website has been placed on the back burner. I’ve quickly realized that a lot goes into owning your own business so kudos to all the ladies and guys out there making stuff happen. It’s hard! I was contacted by a wonderful family wanting photos of their 3 month old son and I happily obliged. This was my first baby photoshoot ever so naturally I was a bit nervous and worried the baby would absolutely despise me, but everything went well and I’m happy with how natural the photos look. I never want my photos to look uncomfortably staged so this was super important to me. Anyway, here’s a little peek at what I’ve been up to lately. I have a feeling newborn photography is going to […]


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the best camera straps for travel

Best Camera Straps for Travel

Whenever I bring my camera with me during our travels, the thought of someone stealing all of my stuff is constantly in the back of my mind. My camera and all the gear that goes along with this very expensive hobby/profession is worth a pretty penny and it would take me a while to save up enough money to replace everything. Like, a really long time. That’s why I think it’s important to follow a few steps to ensure your gear is safe, and do simple things like switch out the camera strap you’re currently using. There are a few issues with the strap that comes with your camera body and here’s why (and why I think that iMo has the best camera straps for travel): 1. Uncomfortable. Have you ever walked hours on end with a camera digging into your shoulder? It’s not pleasant. That’s why I’ve made the […]


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minted | business cards for photographers

Business cards for photographers

Before I started researching where to design and print business cards for photographers, I knew that I wanted something simple and chic, and of course, my cards had to leave a lasting impression on clients. Starting a small business is difficult, but it’s easier when you have beautiful things… kind of easier. I had used Minted in the past for Christmas cards and invitations, and decided to check out their business card selection, too. That’s where I found that “big picture” cards and completely fell in love. I could show off my company logo and my work on the same card! Designing was extremely simple and customer service even helped me out when the photos I added were pixelated — and best of all, shipping was fast. I’ve been handing out these cards everywhere and people always comment on the TripleThick™ Paper paper. I’m so fancy. Do you think business […]


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moments in june | an instagram photography challenge

Instagram Photography Challenge

Instagram is my favorite social media outlet and I’m constantly working on perfecting my photography there. I’m obsessed with following travel, lifestyle, and photography accounts, and I love a creative shot. I’m also convinced that Instagram has helped me when it comes to using a DSLR because finding patterns, unique objects, and different poses has become second nature. Who would have thought a smartphone app could be so helpful? Because of this, I’m participating in my own June instagram photography challenge. This challenge will be all about little moments, lighting, leading lines, and other creative photos. So instead of the usual photo-a-day challenge, this one will be based more on improving photography skills. Being excited is an understatement! I’d love for you all to join me in this Instagram project. All you have to do is follow me on Instagram, pay attention to the daily prompts, and use a few […]


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photography website redesign | voyage photography studio, llc

Does anyone else have issues focusing on their blog when the weather improves? I enjoyed writing in the warmth of our Boston apartment since the ground was usually covered in a foot of snow, but now that spring weather is finally upon us, I want to frolic around the yard and plant flowers… and avoid the ginormous mutant bumble bees that seem to stalk my every move. Those are no fun. With the nice weather comes spring cleaning and running lots of errands, and I’m happy to report that my photography business is official. Official as in I just received a bunch of paperwork from the State of Virginia that I don’t quite understand yet — But Voyage Photography Studio, LLC is alive and well! And thanks to Amanda, I have a new website design to go along with this great news. I’m completely obsessed with triangles right now (please see my mousepad […]


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photography concentrate’s incredibly important composition skills

I haven’t been as active with blogging these couple of weeks because we’ve been brainstorming for my photography business. Our days have been consumed with fun legal paperwork for the state of Virginia, reserving a small business mailbox, creating business cards, finding photography props, and coming up with a marketing plan. I also sent my camera to Nikon to be cleaned and fixed so I feel pretty naked without it, but it had to be done. Although all of this is a bit nerve-racking, I can’t explain in words how excited I am. Everything is finally coming together. Woo hoo! (That’s how you know I’m excited, I suppose). In honor of this photography-filled month, I’m here to tell you about an amazing offer from Photography Concentrate, the creators of Extremely Essential Camera Skills — a wonderful way to learn all about your DSLR, and a great way to feel comfortable enough to forget about that […]


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travel essentials | in my camera bag

Travel Essentials Camera Bag

I always love hearing about blogger’s favorite photography equipment so I figured I’d give you all a peek of what’s in my camera bag… because being snoopy is fun. 1. Joby GorillaPod Hybrid Gray. While we were traveling across Europe, I used this mini tripod all the time. It was sturdy enough to hold up my DSLR while taking night shots of the Colosseum in Rome, and small enough to fit in my camera satchel. Because the legs are flexible, we were able to attach it to different surfaces and adjust the height while it was sitting on the ground. I highly recommend picking up one of these! 2. Nikon D600 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera. This is my baby. Like I’ve stated in my FAQ section, I started on a Canon EOS Rebel T2i but switched to the D600 when I returned to the States and wanted […]


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shelby | senior photo session

My sister wanted a few more senior photos (in addition to the ones she had taken last fall), so we decided to find a brick wall and a field while I was in town. Because that’s what you do when you’re in Iowa… find a cornfield or something. I have to say, the field photos might be my favorite out of the entire senior photo session! I love her bright red scarf and lipstick against the pops of yellow in the background. Which photograph is your favorite?


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10 travel photography tips | read this before your next vacation

Travel Photography Tips

After you’ve booked flights and reserved a hotel room in that city you’ve always wanted to explore, the next thing you need to consider is vacation souvenirs. How will you choose to remember these special moments spent with family and friends? Instead of packing an extra suitcase for trinkets you’ll probably forget about in a few years, why not focus on the photography? Create a travel gallery on a wall in your home, scrapbook, send extra photos to family members – the possibilities are endless when you bring your camera. For those of you planning your next big adventure, enjoy these 10 travel photography tips: 1. Always format your memory card before a trip. Repeat after me: Erasing the old photographs on your memory card by hitting that button on your computer isn’t enough. You need to choose the “format memory card” option on your DLSR while the memory card […]


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colleen | portrait mini session in boston

Before we left Boston, I had a portrait mini session with Colleen of Sophie’s Talking Sports and let me tell you, she’s one photogenic lady! After attempting to take photographs in the very busy Boston Public Library, we made our way to Beacon Hill — because everyone loves quaint streets and brick buildings with lots of character. If you would like to schedule your own blogger mini session, I’m now in the Northern Virginia area. :)


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photography books | spark your creativity

Photography books to spark your creativity: After completing a few photography classes and really getting to know my DSLR, I began looking for photography inspiration in different places. I spent a lot of time researching websites and books and came to the conclusion that I no longer needed instructions and a ton of boring text because I had already mastered shooting in manual — woo hoo! No more snooze-fests for me! Needless to say, I wanted something more visually pleasing. I found that Pinterest was a great resource for posing subjects, photography props, and even photoshoot outfit ideas, but I also wanted something that would inspire me to try new things for my blog because I love looking at other bloggers’ lifestyle photos and home photography projects. Here are the five books I’ve really enjoyed these past couple of months. 1. A Beautiful Mess | 2. Creative Photography | 3. 50 Photo Projects 4. Photojojo! […]


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caroline | photographs in beacon hill and boston common

Caroline is in the process of completely rebranding her blog. Since she’ll have a shiny, new website design at the end of this month, she wanted some portraits taken, too. Everyone needs pretty photographs for their blog, right? We decided to snap photos in Beacon Hill and Boston Common — two of my all-time favorite areas in Boston! Isn’t she gorgeous? If you need photographs for your own website, I’m now offering blogger mini sessions! I’d love to work with you. Blog | Instagram | Facebook What you should be reading: The Single Girl Diaries – Breakup Warrior Plan B Blog | Bloglovin’ | Twitter What you should be reading: The Ladies Social Circle Do You Believe in Marriage?


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tips for traveling with an expensive camera

Tips for Traveling with an Expensive Camera

Today I want to discuss tips for traveling with an expensive camera because it’s something that has always made me nervous. I want to get great shots while on vacation, but I also don’t want to lose or damage my gear. Decisions, decisions… We have a Canon Rebel T2i and a Nikon D600 and even though they both took a while to save up for, the Nikon is obviously the pricier camera. Because traveling with our Nikon used to make us nervous, we would usually leave it at home and grab the Canon. Sure, we could have continued to do this, but I love my Nikon and it takes better shots. By following the tips below, I now feel comfortable traveling with an expensive camera and lenses! 1. Invest in a bag… that doesn’t look like a camera bag You’re traveling with an expensive DSLR, lenses, lens filters and other equipment. Do […]


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create matte effect without lightroom presents

Creating a matte look in lightroom

Today I’m going to teach you how to create a matte effect in Lightroom. I have Lightroom 4 and I believe this tutorial will work for anyone using Lightroom 3 or higher. I think the matte effect looks creative when applied to certain photographs but I understand that some photographers think it ruins a perfectly good picture (I’ll let you be the judge of that). I don’t use it a lot, but my personal favorite is applying it over a black and white shot. This tutorial only has 4 steps because the look is extremely simple to achieve: 1. After you’ve chosen a photo from your library, switch to the develop mode and find the tone curve on the right sidebar because this is the only thing you’ll need to manipulate. You won’t need to mess with any of those sliders so click on the small box in the right bottom corner. 1. […]


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z | portraits in boston common

Portraits in Boston Common

I met up with Z from Sometimes Z Takes Pictures to take some portraits in Boston Common today and wow, she’s a photogenic lady! She was completely relaxed in front of the lens and we got some awesome shots among the beautiful New England leaves. I think the pops of color are perfect. We also found a pier in Boston Common and decided to use that for some of her portraits. Isn’t this park a great location for photographs? That’s probably why we stumbled across so many Boston photographers there! Thanks for meeting up with me, Z!


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jodi | portraits in boston

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was able to meet Jodi from Jodi Bean’s Blog over the weekend. We talked over a beer at Tia’s and then she allowed me to take some photographs of her. We had a great time walking around the waterfront, except that it was freezing cold and the wind was strong. When did Boston’s temperature drop so much?! Jodi even met a drunk Waldo during our outing (yay for Halloween costumes). Here are a few of my favorites from her portrait session in Boston: Have you ever met a blogger in person before?


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