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here are a few snaps from a heavenly weekend spent in charlottesville with my best guy.  couldn’t have asked for a better two days.

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ace biscuit and barbeque.  HOLY MOLY.

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a lush hike through the foothills of monticello.

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blue mountain brewery: delicious beer and delicious pizza in the most beautiful setting.

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hello, romance: veritas vineyards.

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UVA campus.

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question: should i become a bug photographer?

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#facesinplaces

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not only is he the cutest, but he’s the best sport.  thank you for indulging me and posing without (too many) complaints.

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carter’s mountain orchard.

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talk about a view!

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fresh peach ice cream, for the win.

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thomas jefferson’s killer digs: monticello.

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beautiful gardens growing anything and everything under the sun.

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kale.

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an exciting thing happened today…

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this photograph, which is one of my most favorite that i’ve ever taken, won 1st place in the category of food in the 2014 iphone photography awards.  i am completely humbled to be chosen, and totally psyched!  i originally posted it on instagram, and here.

it is often lamented that people never put down their phones these days, and i can absolutely be guilty of that, but i like to think that’s because, most of the time, i am taking pictures with mine.  the ease and convenience of my iphone camera, coupled with the high quality photos it produces, qualify it as an irreplaceable tool for me!

the contest has been getting some attention around the web, which is pretty cool:  mac rumorsthe daily mailgeek sugarimorevanity fair italia; inside mobile apps; yahoo! news; the verge; business insider; the independent; buzzfeed; bored panda; huffpost; american photo magazine; the washington post.

a HUGE thank you to the judges at IPPA, and to all my sweet friends and family who have reached out.  like i said — totally psyched!

p.s.  (this photo, another favorite, received ‘honorable mention’ in the nature category, too, so i feel like i should give it some love):

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skyline drive: shots of the shenandoah.

admittedly, i knew nothing of skyline drive until my boss mentioned it during a discussion of d.c.’s gorgeous fall foliage.  just over an hour outside the beltway, this 100+ mile road snakes through shenandoah national park with over 75 scenic overlooks facing east and west.  matt and i set out for the northern entrance in the early afternoon this past saturday, made it about one third of the way south, and turned back to watch the sunset on our way home.  while i wish we’d made it out about one week earlier (some of the trees were looking a little bare), all in all, it was absolutely spectacular.  the blue ridge mountains lived up to their name, and the countless shades of red, gold and orange were a perfect final autumn fix as we head into a crispy winter.

we even caught some sort of photo shoot at our final stop and boy, did i NOT envy that model — let’s just say her ensemble was not fit for the temperatures we experienced at that altitude.

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#colorsorganizedneatly

#colorsorganizedneatly

it is safe to say this is my new favorite hashtag to follow on instagram because of the amazing formations people put together with just plain old stuff. inspiration struck while taking a long walk on a sunny and chilly afternoon last weekend, so here is one of my attempts to join the ranks of @thuglifeforevs, et al.