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While I’ve always been interested in photography, it was my own journey into motherhood that really solidified my passion for documenting families in the early years. The moment I became a mother, I had an overwhelming desire to preserve all the sweetness that comes with motherhood. The tiny toes, the soft ringlet curls, the pitter patter footsteps - all the little details are my absolute favorite. I carry this same passion into each session as I believe every family deserves to have tangible, beautiful memories to hang on your walls, print in albums, and cherish for years to come. 

I reside in our beach inspired home in Virginia Beach with my loving husband, two beautiful daughters (ages 6 and 8), and fur baby Sonny (no seriously, he is SO furry!!) We value quality time together and find ourselves going on bike rides together, exploring local parks, and enjoying sunset picnics on the beach whenever we can. I describe myself as a sentimental mama - always wanting my children to stay small, yet love watching them blossom and thrive. It’s truly a bittersweet and beautiful journey!

Hi, I'm Shawna!

Behind the Camera

Hi, I'm Shawna!

I grew up in Northern Pennsylvania and only had been to the beach a handful of times before moving here.  I've found it to be my calm, happy place - just as I always dreamed it would be! 

Beach inspired

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Watching them grow (way too quickly I might add!) has me endlessly trying to capture all their youthful beauty in the most timeless of ways. 

100% inspired by
my children

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Some call me a baby whisperer and some call me a dog whisperer, I’ll answer to either! Fur babies are always invited to family sessions!

UNAPOLOGETIC DOG LADY

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The beach

preferred office

Soft neutrals and gorgeous light

inspired by

Studio McGee 

TAKE MY MONEY

Lava cake with vanilla ice cream

GUILTY PLEASURE

Rosé All Day, of course!

Favorite cocktail

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