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PORTRAITS : On the James with Peyton || Richmond, VA


I always wanted red hair.

My daddy has red hair.
But instead of getting a full head like he had,
I inherited his fair skin.
That and freckles.

Which I love…but I still find myself kind of vicariously living through friends who have red hair. They just have that insanely cool factor, you know? Mix that with curls and you got a double whammy of gorgeous!

Meet Peyton.

A freckle-faced, red head who’s every bit of a creative & kind-hearted-human you can ever imagine befriending. She’s also a photographer. A dreamer. A go-getter. An adventurer. And yeah, she’s got that cool-factor…

As two fellow creatives, we both understand the good in the-just-for-fun-and-I-want-to-challenge-myself-shoots. This was one of those.

I gave myself a blank wall,
and a pop of lipstick to work with.
The result? Images that have become new favorites.

Ugh, Peyton. So. Good.

This gem of a spot – overlooking the Richmond skyline – has become a new favorite. It had it’s challenges (read: dodging people in my background, a bit of a walk, secret trails, and balancing myself on uneven rocks), but isn’t that what makes something worthwhile? 

Straight outta a magazine…

So here’s to an inspirational Tuesday.
Do what you love.
Be Young & Free.

P.S. I’d love to do a portrait session with you – drop me a note if you’re interested! xoxo

–Tara M.


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As a young girl, I kept a journal and then when Stephen and I got married, we wrote our vows into a journal we shared as a couple. On this lil’ corner of the internet, I want to invite you into our virtual journal’s stories and musings.  I hope you’ll find encouragement and inspiration along the way. You can expect a mixture of our recent photography work & adventures, lifestyle tips, current obsessions, and personal stories of us behind the scenes too! I’m so glad you’re here!

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