Focus & Composition Tips for the Perfect Ring Shot

Details are an important part of an elopement or engagement session, and shots of the ring(s) are a must-have to complete these galleries! My sessions are all outside using natural light, and it’s so fun to get creative and use whatever is available for your composition. Here’s what I’ve learned to create gorgeous ring shots – I hope it will be helpful! This is a given, but use a macro lens  – mine is the Canon 100mm 2.8. It does not have image stabilization, so I have to have an extremely steady hand and can’t always rely on auto focus.


Shenandoah National Park Family Session

Last weekend’s session was a dream because I got to kick off spring with a styled shoot in the Shenandoah with 4 other Virginia photographers! Sara Thom, Lauren Newman, Emily Heskett and I collaborated to come up with the location and styling, and we got to work with Meredith White and her family. The first piece we chose was a gorgeous Reclamation rust-color dress for Meredith. We knew the color and movement of the dress would be perfect for the location, and complement the blues and greens in the background. Weather can be tricky in early spring, but we had


Tips for Photos With Toddlers

I love working with 2-3 year olds!! This session was so awesome from the time I met up with this family to the time I finished culling and editing their photos. Here are my five top tips for a successful photo session with toddlers: Plan where you are going to take the photos beforehand and don’t stay too long in one spot. You can tell when it’s time to move on to the next one! Give them something to do with mom & dad. Look for flowers, rocks, anything to keep them entertained. Bring snacks. Sometimes a little break is


Winter Alexandria Family Session

We had a couple of warm days last week after 10+ days of rain and snow and I couldn’t wait to get out and feel the sun again. These family photos were so fun and if you love golden tones like I do, you may want to consider a winter session!



Hello, I’m Sarah! Nothing would make me happier than documenting your family in my Old Town Alexandria studio or in one of the many gorgeous locations in northern VA or Washington, DC.