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YOUR LETTER FROM VICTORIA

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Hello and welcome. The coolest thing about you reading this right now is that you are here on this Earth; surrounded by people you love and people who love you. Not to, (but totally also to), get a bit existential, but that is fucking amazing. Your existence on this Earth is magical enough, let alone finding someone to call your partner to live it all beside you during this this one crazy, beautiful, layered, poignant life you have here. We all desire to live a life where we can feel passion, embrace our dreams, and make sure we hold onto the feelings of our greatest experiences on this planet for as long as we can. And you know what? That’s why you’re here. You value and treasure the time you have here, and that’s why you want to document the second coolest thing about your life right now: that you’ve found your person to share this one shot at life with. And I’ll get back to that in a minute...

So why am I here? I am fascinated with what we choose to do with our lives and our time on this planet. I’m in awe of the natural world and how people interact with it, and express their experiences as art. This passion for the relationship between humans, art, and nature has led me to educate myself in each subject extensively in college especially through my favorite artistic medium: documentary films. Thinking I would eventually be a documentary filmmaker for organizations like National Geographic, the BBC, PBS, Discovery, you name it, I became obsessed with the idea of visual storytelling and impactful memory-making.

As I dreamed about traveling around the world, I found myself honing my skills as a photographer at home in Virginia by documenting my friends’ lives: those of dancers and all sorts of stage performers, bands, fashion models, young couples in love... and then, somehow, I was trusted to document my very first wedding when I was only 18.

That trust meant so much to me, and while I was (surprisingly) unphased by the photography aspect of documenting a wedding, I found that the most addicting part was the connections I was forming by sharing my skills with these couples. I was learning about their lives and digging into their reason for wanting to spend life with one another. The more we built trust together, the more I felt like I could share my passion with them, found in my love of nature (and this whole romantic existential thing I explained above). So from the first time I asked a couple to stand on a rock next to a waterfall, and they did it, no questions asked, I was hooked. I had opened a hidden door to wedding photography, where all of my passions - nature, art, and humans - came together harmoniously.

Over the years, I’ve learned the art of memory-making and how to not only capture, but create meaningful memories. My role as a photographer is more than someone with a camera who takes pretty pictures: I want my couples to remember exactly how they felt when they look at their photos. The invitation to photograph some of the most significant and pivotal moments of two peoples’ fragile and beautiful lives has moved me to relentlessly pursue my role as a maven of memory-making with deep reverence, vibrant attention, and an unmatched enthusiasm. Meaningful memories are bound to manifest when you feel comfortable enough to be your true self in an environment where you can intensely focus on the senses around you - and that’s what I want to give you. 

I want you to know that I didn’t just pick up a camera yesterday. This isn’t something I do for fun on the side. Being a wedding photographer is my calling and my passion. And don’t ever want to stop. I’ve found and followed my dream, and I am grateful for people like you who indulge in their dreams and romantic ideas too.

So, hello and welcome. It’s an honor you’ve stopped by. Explore all you’d like around here, and I hope it brings a little beauty to your already beautiful life.

Hello and welcome. The coolest thing about you reading this right now is that you are here on this Earth; surrounded by people you love and people who love you. Not to, (but totally also to), get a bit existential, but that is fucking amazing. Your existence on this Earth is magical enough, let alone finding someone to call your partner to live it all beside you during this this one crazy, beautiful, layered, poignant life you have here. We all desire to live a life where we can feel passion, embrace our dreams, and make sure we hold onto the feelings of our greatest experiences on this planet for as long as we can. And you know what? That’s why you’re here. You value and treasure the time you have here, and that’s why you want to document the second coolest thing about your life right now: that you’ve found your person to share this one shot at life with. And I’ll get back to that in a minute...












So why am I here? I am fascinated with what we choose to do with our lives and our time on this planet. I’m in awe of the natural world and how people interact with it, and express their experiences as art. This passion for the relationship between humans, art, and nature has led me to educate myself in each subject extensively in college especially through my favorite artistic medium: documentary films. Thinking I would eventually be a documentary filmmaker for organizations like National Geographic, the BBC, PBS, Discovery, you name it, I became obsessed with the idea of visual storytelling and impactful memory-making.

As I dreamed about traveling around the world, I found myself honing my skills as a photographer at home in Virginia by documenting my friends’ lives: those of dancers and all sorts of stage performers, bands, fashion models, young couples in love... and then, somehow, I was trusted to document my very first wedding when I was only 18.

That trust meant so much to me, and while I was (surprisingly) unphased by the photography aspect of documenting a wedding, I found that the most addicting part was the connections I was forming by sharing my skills with these couples. I was learning about their lives and digging into their reason for wanting to spend life with one another. The more we built trust together, the more I felt like I could share my passion with them, found in my love of nature (and this whole romantic existential thing I explained above). So from the first time I asked a couple to stand on a rock next to a waterfall, and they did it, no questions asked, I was hooked. I had opened a hidden door to wedding photography, where all of my passions - nature, art, and humans - came together harmoniously.

Over the years, I’ve learned the art of memory-making and how to not only capture, but create meaningful memories. My role as a photographer is more than someone with a camera who takes pretty pictures: I want my couples to remember exactly how they felt when they look at their photos. The invitation to photograph some of the most significant and pivotal moments of two peoples’ fragile and beautiful lives has moved me to relentlessly pursue my role as a maven of memory-making with deep reverence, vibrant attention, and an unmatched enthusiasm. Meaningful memories are bound to manifest when you feel comfortable enough to be your true self in an environment where you can intensely focus on the senses around you - and that’s what I want to give you. 

I want you to know that I didn’t just pick up a camera yesterday. This isn’t something I do for fun on the side. Being a wedding photographer is my calling and my passion. And don’t ever want to stop. I’ve found and followed my dream, and I am grateful for people like you who indulge in their dreams and romantic ideas too.

So, hello and welcome. It’s an honor you’ve stopped by. Explore all you’d like around here, and I hope it brings a little beauty to your already beautiful life.

dear friend,

"That’s why you’re here. You value and treasure the time you have here, and that’s why you want to document the second coolest thing about your life right now: that you’ve found your person to share this one shot at life with."

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Victoria utilizes a unique blend of hands-on behind-the-camera artistic direction, photojournalism, powerful lighting, striking environments, and her deep knowledge of artistic principles to produce rare and extraordinary images that glow with warm, rich color and intense, romantic emotion.

A day with Victoria is set apart by the seamless nature of her empathic method: Her guiding principle is the preservation of how the couple experiences out their day without contrivance on the part of the photographer. Her commitment to excellence not only shines in her heart-stirring photographic collections, but also in maintaining her high-standards of quality and unmatched passion. 

Victoria insists on providing the most exquisite albums, prints, and keepsakes in the industry, and chooses only the top of the line equipment. She embraces her couples, their families, and their chosen guests with heart and enthusiasm and includes a guidebook for each couple that prepares them completely for capturing gorgeous photos of their wedding day.

Attracting couples with discerning taste, big dreams, emphasis on their romance, and a passion for exploration, Victoria has provided her clientele with an exclusive wedding photography experience over the past decade, centered on what matters most: the splendor of finding love and making that feeling last forever.

THE ARTIST

About

After a lifetime of artistic training, stage performance, and years of classic and modern art education, photography has been Victoria's professional craft for nearly a decade. 

"Attracting couples with discerning taste, big dreams, emphasis on their romance, and a passion for exploration, Victoria has provided her clientele with an exclusive wedding photography experience over the past decade, centered on what matters most: 

the                     of finding love and making that feeling last                ."

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BEHIND THE SCENES

Here’s the thing, I’ve always loved little surprises that I feel like I’ve discovered all on my own. It makes me feel special and I’ve found something secret and tucked away that only I know about and have all to myself. Hence my profound love for secret gardens, old-world manor homes, vast rugged landscapes, Frances Hodgson Burnett stories, and 1920’s style speakeasies. So now that you’ve discovered you can click on my logo to find cool, secret pages, I hope you are filled with the same giddy wonderment I feel when I am alone in a place I’ve discovered and rarely want to leave.

So why do I include this “doorbell” is this an important part of my website? ... It’s because that lovely feeling of finding something special and secret and yours is what romance feels like to me. This feeling is what drives me to create my art and those places (secret gardens, sweeping vistas, etc) trigger that feeling. Whatever your idea of romance is, it’s how each one of us ultimately sees the world. Seeing is my passion and my profession. Therefore, people who are obsessed with their own, unique idea of romance and their romance itself are people I click with.

If we’re gonna connect and create imagery together on the day that you’re celebrating your most romantic moment ever, I feel like you should at least know a little bit about my take on Romance as a concept, as I’ll be the third wheel to each and every intimate moment of your day, and we’ll all just be cool with it knowing that we’re all in it for the right reasons: to make damn good photos so you can remember this ridiculously awesome feeling.

AND THE WHOLE Doorbell Thing

OH HEY, YOU FOUND ME!

My Philosophy

now for the v. important fun facts

If I'm going to be your pal and trusty capturer of your once-in-a-lifetime romance, we gotta be vibin' as humans. So here are some random things about me you may care to know:

Look, I know we are complete strangers right now. Since you're considering having me along to artistically capture the most intimate, personal, subtle, poignant, and meaningful moments of your life, I feel that giving you a flowery description of myself detailing my love of coffee and traveling would be completely useless to you.

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I’M A SUCKER FOR SPEAKEASIES

Holding a fancy cocktail in a delicate glass in a secret room that transports you back in time… the blend of nostalgia and indulgence simultaneously… I could write a book about that feeling. My favorite cocktail is the Aviation, because it’s a lovely shade of purple and always comes in the most darling little glass.

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I’M twenty nine

Everyone always wonders how old their photographer is, so to get THAT out of the way, I’m 29 and a proud Pisces! Thanks to my awesome facialist, I feel like I look a bit younger ;)

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I HAVE THE MOUTH OF A SAILOR

...and while I am totally profesh at your wedding, (duh), when we are one-on-one I hope you don't mind me saying, "AH! That's fucking amazing!" When ya’ll are killin it in front of the camera. Because I'm a human.

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WE ELOPED!

Yes, I know! I feel like it’s blasphemous as a wedding photographer, but my husband, Chester, and I had a long distance relationship that got serious real fast, and we decided to elope to Charleston, SC right before we moved to Guam for his submarine tour in December 2014!

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I GREW UP AS A PERFORMING ARTIST

I was a ballerina for ten years, first chair flute and piccolo player, singer, high school musical choreographer, drama nerd, costume designer, and even performed on the Kennedy Center Stage in Washington DC! My performing art background has helped greatly in naturally posing my subjects, timing my shots to motion, and giving informative directions while composing a photo.

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I AM A STAND-UP COMEDY FANGIRL

I can talk stand-up like an indie kid talking about all the obscure bands they know. I think I’ve seen almost every stand-up special on Netflix, Hulu, and HBO. If I had to name a favorite comedian, it’d be Dylan Moran, but I’m a sucker for so many different styles of comedy. A perfect date with my husband would be going out to see stand-up, especially a real hole-in-the-wall club in NY or LA. I frequented Bar Lubitsch when I lived out in LA, so go see the Josh & Josh show on Thursday night if you’re ever out there, you’ll be in for a treat.

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I GET REALLY INTO NATURE DOCUMENTARIES

....and sometimes my husband catches me crying while watching or waving at the animals. David Attenborough is my homeboy. And if you haven’t binge-watched Planet Earth, you must do so immediately.

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I have one, nerdy tattoo 

It's hidden under my wedding ring, aaaand it's a Shakespeare reference. Yep. It’s a Roman Numeral five, which is also a V, and so yes, it seems like I got the first letter of my name on my ring finger… *facepalm* But my husband has the same tattoo on his ring finger. We got them from a super sketchy place in Guam on our one year anniversary. Wanna know what it means? I’ll tell ya when we chat. Don’t wanna give away all my secrets ;)

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