Ashton & Madison

An engagement session at the First Landing skate park in Virginia Beach. 

Ashton and Madison were the much deserved winners of my engagement session giveaway! They told me about how their first engagement session didn’t completely go as planned so I was excited to deliver Madison her dream photos. 

Their session was in First Landing state park in Virginia beach. The forecast a few days before had us a little worried about rain but my instinct to not exactly trust the weather report didn’t let us reschedule the session. The weather ended up being incredible. We were blessed with sunlight, some cloudy weather, and a sunset throughout the engagement shoot. Once we got there, we took a long walk to get to the area that Madison and Ashton envisioned in their head. From there, we took photos as we made our way back to our cars. I like to start far and slowly make my way back to where we began, it really helps with our we use our session time. I also took this time to get to know Madison and Ashton, getting to know my couples is honestly one of my favorite parts about being a photographer. Every client is so unique and has a totally different story.

Ashton and Madison told me they met through mutual friends and the rest is history. 

They took a vacation overseas a while ago and Madison told me that she was sure Ashton was going to propose to her. She even got a manicure to make sure she was ready! Luckily, Ashton had something even more romantic in mind. 

He ended up not proposing during that vacation which completely threw Madison off. BUT Ashton took her camping in the mountains and popped the question. Instead of roughing it in the woods, he took her to a charming resort to celebrate. That sounded like the perfect surprise to me! I loved hearing about it. Everything they told me about their relationship is so sincere and is close to their roots.

Congratulations Madison and Ashton, I can’t wait to see how your wedding day comes out.

Madison & Alec

A Couple’s Mini Session at Red Wing Park

Madison reached out to me a little while ago saying she wanted to do a couples session with her and her boyfriend. I was so excited because 1. I can’t get enough of Madison and 2. I was excited to meet her boyfriend finally.

They drove down to Virginia Beach from Yorktown that day and met me at Red Wing Park. It’s been so long since I had a session there so I was glad to be back!

Madison and Alec met during high school. He used to wrestle and she would attend meets to see her brother, so she always knew of him through that. They didn’t officially meet until Alec took her on a date to see Christmas Lights.


“Our favorite date night is to get dinner and see a movie. I also save all of our movie tickets and my pile is slowly getting out of hand.”


“One of my favorite funny stories is when Alec and I were making breakfast one morning and he offered to cook my omelet. I told him to only put a little bit of salt because too much could ruin it. After finishing up we sat down to eat and I took a bite of my omelet and immediately spit it out. He thought I told him to put a lot of salt, not a little, and put waaaayyyy too much in there. He offered to make me some more but I told him he’s never in charge of eggs again.”


Alec and Madison have so much in common too! It’s amazing when you’re able to find someone with the same life goals and humor as one another and that’s exactly the case for them. Madison said there’s not a day that goes by that they don’t make each other laugh.