Morgan Elizabeth

Meet Morgan. She’s one of my darling, gorgeous, close friends at CNU. She loves sports, Phi Mu, running, and Jesus (just to name a few). She’s awesome at doing any kind of makeup; she’s a goofball who loves to get crazy; she has IMPECCABLE style; and she adores Duke-anything (something me and my UMD upbringing will never understand). When I first met Morgan our freshman year, I had THE biggest friend-crush on her. I wanted to know her so badly! But Freshman year passed without much happening between us, besides the quick smile and “hello” when we saw each other around campus. However, I don’t know what changed sophomore year but through a series of hangouts we ended up becoming fast friends (and I found out she’d had a friend crush on ME too! who’da thought??).

Morgan is someone I can be totally crazy with and not have a care in the world. She’s someone I can have deep conversations with and walk away feeling so encouraged and understood. She carries a peace and joy about her that radiates to those around her.

Morgan was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Since her diagnosis, she’s had surgery to remove her thyroid and this Christmas break will begin radiation. While most 20 year olds would respond to this illness with anger, frustration, confusion, and fear, Morgan has done nothing but run to God and trust Him during this trial. Morgan describes having cancer on her blog as “the best thing that has ever happened to her.”

“My scar [from the surgery] is now my favorite part of me. It’s a battle wound that is a daily reminder of God’s love for me. A daily reminder that I can be strong. A daily reminder to be thankful for all that I have been given. A daily reminder of the new person I am.”

Morgan, thank you for teaching me about what true strength, love, gratefulness, and joy look like. Thanks for being such a shining example of someone trusting God with every day, rejoicing in the blessings He’s given that so many people ignore. You are such an inspiration to me and I love you forever. (And thanks for modeling for me and being so fun and easy-going during the shoot.) xxoo girly girl

SOOO BEAUTIFUL!!

Goofy girl 🙂

Stunning….

LOVE.

Holy guacamole….. STOOOPPP….

Love this Morgan face …

Perfect end to the shoot….

Senior Session: Stephanie

A few months ago, my boss at the gym approached me and said she had heard I was into photography, and didn’t know if I’d be interested in doing senior portraits for her granddaughter in High School. I was so excited when she asked me, but also nervous (this is my boss we’re talking about here! she’s the sweetest thing and so kind, but I was so worried I’d mess up!). The nervousness melted away however when the afternoon of the shoot arrived, and I met her granddaughter (Stephanie) at Lions Gate Bridge in Newport News. Stephanie made the shoot SO easy, with her laid-back personality and incredible model face. The afternoon went really well! Enjoy these following few photos from the shoot….

Brent – Senior Session

During Thanksgiving break last week, I had the pleasure of photographing this handsome fellow. Brent is the brother of two of my best friends, and he was a trooper as we walked around Downtown Fairfax (he never once complained in spite of me continually changing my mind on where I wanted him to sit, stand, etc.). Enjoy a few of my favorites…

FAVORITE !!