Cat + Nick | Engagement

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Cat + Nick | Engagement

And I'd choose you,
in a hundred lifetimes,
in a hundred worlds,
in any version of reality,
I'd find you and
I'd choose you.

- The Chaos of Stars


Cat and Nick are a delightful pair. Their love is so luminous, it could light up a room. They're sweet and kind and the admiration they have for each other is beyond inspiring. Shortly after Christmas, they will join hand-in-hand to make their vows to one another; and I'm so excited to be a part of their big day. Photographing them for their engagement celebration was a beautiful experience. We got to know each other a little better and I got to witness just how perfect they are for each other.

Congratulations Cat and Nick! I wish you both the best until we meet again for your beautiful day.


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DECEMBER 30TH
2016

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Gretchen + Ryan | Engagement

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Gretchen + Ryan | Engagement

The most beautiful thing
about young love
is the truth
in our hearts
that it will last forever.

- a t t i cu s


In less than a month, Gretchen and Ryan will be taking a vow to one another; in a bond of marriage. Their hearts have belonged to each for years and will continue to do so with every sunrise and sunset. I cannot wait to capture their big day. It will be such a beautiful moment and I'm sure I'll tear up a little.

Photographing them for their engagement session during the summer was such a fun experience. I get a lot of joy from photographing couples in love. You get to see them interact naturally; the complete admiration in their eyes. It was as if I was watching a fairy tale book take place right before my eyes with lots of laughs thrown into the mix. This is one of the many reasons why I love my job.

Gretchen and Ryan, you two are amazing. See you soon! 



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Surber Family Lifestyle Portraits | Winchester VA Photographer

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Surber Family Lifestyle Portraits | Winchester VA Photographer

Lifestyle sessions are definitely one of my favorites for portraits. I specialize in portraits, but there's so many different approaches to them. I've always identified myself as a natural photographer, but lifestyle takes it another step further. It's a style that has been around for decades but I feel as if it went dormant for a while and now it's alive again. What is lifestyle, you may ask? Long definition short, it's a photo-documentary. It's photographing someone in their element - whether it be at home, in their office/studio, at their job, or at their favorite hang out spot. At-home sessions are my favorite of the bunch. That's everyone's comfort zone! Fortunately, Lacy and Trey were kind enough to let me photograph their family in their comfort zone.

I can't express how excited I was to finally meet this family and photograph them. From our communication over the past few months, I felt like I knew them before I had even met them. They're so sweet and kind, so is their new little bundle of joy. This is their session. Enjoy! xo

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and you can't forget their fur babies!

and you can't forget their fur babies!

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you've got to have one crying photo.

you've got to have one crying photo.

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"this is how it always goes. they have a little bed in there now." oh fur babies. haha.

"this is how it always goes. they have a little bed in there now." oh fur babies. haha.

Thank you, Surber Family, xo.

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Ethereal Woodland Styled Wedding | Blandy Farm

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Ethereal Woodland Styled Wedding | Blandy Farm

BLANDY FARM STYLED WEDDING
September 26, 2015

I have put so much into this woodland forest session. I have been planning for a little over a month with a vision, research, finding the perfect dress, making the flower bouquet and boutonnière, and finding the perfect couple. It was no question that I was going to use Blandy Farm in Boyce, VA as the venue for my project because it never ceases to amaze me. Kelsey and Ryan are such a sweet and fun couple. I've photographed them before for my book and I knew I needed to use them again for an extended photoshoot. They brought their A-game and did a beautiful job - they even danced for me. <3

This is a romantic, whimsical wedding styled session filled with laughs, smiles, and lots of kisses. The couple may not be married in reality, but they pulled off newly weds very beautifully. We were even congratulated by a stranger (haha). The weather was kind and we didn't have any issues. It was the perfect day - especially for a real wedding! I highly recommend using this location if you're in the area and engaged. 

The next time I do a styled session, I would love to use local vendors to create a full wedding experience, but this time, I made due with what I had. I'm very, very proud of this session. I love seeing a vision of mine in my head and then making it happen for all to see! It makes my job so much more special to me. I hope I have caught your eye! Enjoy the rest of the images. <3

Photography | Taneisha Marie Photography
Models | Kelsey & Ryan
Makeup & Hair | Taneisha
Assistant | Matt (wonderful boyfriend)
Location | Blandy Farm - Boyce, VA
Dress | Amazon
Flowers | Made by Me via Michael's Supplies
Groom's Attire | Kohl's & Own Wardrobe

<3

Taneisha Marie Photography specializes in portrait, lifestyle, and wedding photography in Winchester, Virginia and surrounding areas including but not limited to Martinsburg, West Virginia and Washington, DC.

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Winchester VA Photographer | Lilly, "the looking glass"

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Winchester VA Photographer | Lilly, "the looking glass"

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph a dear old friend of mine. Lilly and I were best friends in middle school and we haven't seen each other in eight years! A lot can change in eight years and while our lives are different now, catching up and laughing about the past felt the same. The most beautiful thing about this experience is that now we've reconnected as friends and will definitely see each other more in the future. That's another thing about my book that I love. It has given me the opportunity to sit down with old friends, catch up, and reconnect - but also seeing how beautiful my friend's are.

While I knew Lilly when we were preteens, I got to meet a version of Lilly that I've never known - a wife and a mother. She's still the same person, but now her life revolves around the people that are so near and dear to her. I met her precious daughter, Vivian, and I can see why! The love between them was a sight to see and I'm so proud of my friend. As always, I can't wait for you to hear her story in my book that will be available in two weeks! <3  

Being a mother is the best thing that ever happened to me. I love being someone’s everything.
— Lillian Titus

Taneisha Marie Photography specializes in portrait, lifestyle, and wedding photography in Winchester, Virginia
and surrounding areas including but not limited to Martinsburg, West Virginia and Washington, DC.

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Winchester VA Photographer | Sarah | "the looking glass"

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Winchester VA Photographer | Sarah | "the looking glass"

Sarah has a beautiful soul. Primarily, I have known her as an artist over the years. She's the first person that I've met that loves fashion photography as much as I do, but also hates the industry. We both agree that the beauty in women should not be altered or modified to meet societies standards. A few years ago, I had the honor to be a part of her senior gallery exhibit focusing on said views. A few years later, I've asked her to be a part of mine and to be a part of something that focuses on how beautiful and inspiring woman can be - not who society wants them to be. 

I was so ecstatic when she agreed to be a part of my project! She's so passionate about art and how it matters in the world. I always looked up to her when we were in school together. She was a role model to me through academia and as a person. I can't wait for you to hear her story, amongst the others. <3

and thank you Shelby for being an extremely photogenic pup. <3

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Winchester VA Photographer | Gretchen | the looking glass.

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Winchester VA Photographer | Gretchen | the looking glass.

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Gretchen is a very caring person, a loyal friend, future wife, and fashionista. Talking to her was so much fun and such a fascinating experience. A lot of the women I have interviewed thus far have had one or two people in their life that have inspired them, but Gretchen finds everyone in her life to be an inspiration to her! The people that have supported her, helped her, have been there for her over the years have made her more open-minded in life, especially her fiance, Ryan.

This past year has not been easy on her, but what I saw before me was a woman that held her head high with her feet on the ground. Her late mother's words have pushed her through these past several months --her mother admired her bravery and how strong of a person she is. Being someone that has also lost their mother at a young age, I truly admire Gretchen's bravery and can easily see her mother's words carry on with her. She's a beautiful, inspiring, and strong woman. I'm so proud of her and so honored that she was willing to be a part of my book.

Taneisha Marie Photography specializes in portrait, lifestyle, and wedding photography in Winchester, Virginia and surrounding areas including but not limited to Martinsburg, West Virginia and Washington, DC.

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Winchester VA Photographer | Molly | Mini Session

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Winchester VA Photographer | Molly | Mini Session

Hello again, friends. As you may have been following, this is continuation of the updates I promised for photo book that I'm working on. Now, I won't post from every session that I have with these fabulous ladies, but I will post as much as humanly possible. If you don't know what I'm talking about, my previous blog post talks about it. Keep a look out because once I've chosen my final book cover, I will post the details of the book, information about how to order one when it's completed, and about my solo exhibition soon to come this September!

Once again, in the meantime, please enjoy this mini session with this wonderful and beautiful woman, Molly! I have known her since grade school and she's blossomed into quite an inspiring person.

"We shall pass through this world but once; therefore, any good thing I can do for any living being, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again."
-Molly R-

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Winchester VA Photographer | Valerie | Mini Session

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Winchester VA Photographer | Valerie | Mini Session

Hello friends. As you may have seen floating around Facebook and Instagram, I am currently working on a new series that will turn into a book. I'm very excited to share my process with all of you and present the final product. I'm also working on the book cover, so once I have the finalized, I will have a post solely dedicated to the book.

In the meantime, please enjoy this mini session with my beautiful friend, Valerie! She will be featured in my book with a beautiful story to tell the world. <3

Taneisha Marie Photography specializes in portrait, lifestyle, and wedding photography in Winchester, Virginia and surrounding areas including but not limited to Martinsburg, West Virginia and Washington, DC.

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Winchester VA Photographer | Eileen | Headshots

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Winchester VA Photographer | Eileen | Headshots

I had the pleasure of photographing this lovely woman recently in the beautiful Shepherdstown, WV. She is taking a step into the world of theater and performance and asked me to take some headshots of her. I mean, how can anyone say 'no' to that? She is such a treat to work with and she has this beautiful energy about her. We tried about six different locations and her surroundings complimented her in every way, no matter where we were. It was a very sunny day and I was nervous that we would have issues with lighting. Ha! I was proved wrong.

She's a very talented individual. Eileen is a great writer and a brilliant romantic. I know that whatever she does, she will succeed at it. That's just in her nature. In this session, I didn't want to just take your typical, cliché headshots that you see on a playbill. I wanted to capture her romanticism so that her future employers will know who she is. I will say, I'm very proud of my final product and I can't wait to hear about all of her great accomplishments with it. <3

Thank you Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery in Shepherdstown, WV for allowing us to invade your space for this photo session! :)

Taneisha Marie Photography specializes in portrait, lifestyle, and wedding photography in Winchester, Virginia and surrounding areas including but not limited to Martinsburg, West Virginia and Washington, DC.

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Winchester VA Photographer | What to Expect When You Hire Me

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Winchester VA Photographer | What to Expect When You Hire Me

hello. this is me.

hello. this is me.

Have you worked with me before? Well, if you haven't and you're thinking of hiring me, I want to take the time to go over what to expect during and after our photo session.

There are two primary sources that I use for my portfolio and advertising, the website that you're currently on and Facebook. My website is the best source to view my work and where you can get a good sense of my style. On my website, you will find my most recent work, an excerpt about myself, my blog, and all of my prices and packages. This is a great start in your process when inquiring about hiring me. On Facebook, that's where I make all of my announcements and share all of my blog posts. This is where you can find all of my old work, but I do not post full galleries on there because my website gives better quality and capabilities.

Next is how to contact me! Under my tab "Investment", there's a contact form where you can fill out your inquiry, your name, and email. I will get in touch with you within 48 hours! My business number is also posted on the page and you may text or call me as well if that is something you prefer. When I get back in touch with you, I will offer a free consultation over coffee to meet with you! I believe that it is best to meet with each other in person so that we can get a sense of each other's personalities and get to know each other. This way, we will know if we're a good fit.

Great! Now that we've met or discussed your goals and mine, what is going to happen during our session? I like to make all photo sessions as stress free as possible. Each photo shoot has a unique experience! We may grab coffee beforehand because...well, coffee is absolutely wonderful. I may play some 90s classics during our session (gotta love the 90s). I'll tell jokes, share stories; it'll be just like spending time with a friend. This doesn't mean that I don't take my job seriously. The beautiful part about being a photographer is that your job is challenging and serious work, but it's also a lot of fun. Doing these things are not a distraction to me but it helps both of us get into the groove of things and create natural shots. There will be some business formalities that will take place to finalize our session, but 98% of the session with be fun.
I promise. :)

For portrait sessions, all final products will be delivered to you within two weeks. For weddings, all final products will delivered to you within 30 days. I don't like to rush through the editing process. Every session is very important to me and I devote all of my time to your session before taking on another job. During this time, I edit your images, review them, add finishing touches, create personalized gifts, print in-house, cut them down to size by hand, prepare all final documents, then gather all materials to ship them to you! It's a lot of work and I love every minute of it. Seeing your final product is equally as exciting for both of us!

 I love seeing my work completed, knowing I did all of it by hand with a personal touch. I love the anticipation of your final product getting to you and hearing of your reaction. This isn't a hobby for me and it's not just a job. This is my life and my passion. I take it very seriously and professionally, all while enjoying every moment. I hope this gave you a good idea of what to expect when you hire me. I truly hope to work with any of you in the future!

Taneisha Marie Photography specializes in portrait, lifestyle, and wedding photography in Winchester, Virginia and surrounding areas including but not limited to Martinsburg, West Virginia and Washington, DC.

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