northern virginia

Van DER Hoven.

What's it like to live with a photographer?

You should ask my roommate. I essentially force her into a lot of my photographs. But she doesn't seem to mind too much because I let her dog be in most of them. Yep, she's the one with the adorable Australian Shepherd I constantly photograph. He's got the prettiest blue eyes and the most genuine, tongue-out smile.

I took Janna's graduation photos this past May, and let me just say- they turned out amazing. She is such a beautiful and strong person, and I am privileged to call her friend.

Janna woke up at about 5am and I woke up around 5:45am to be sure to get to campus early enough to catch that perfect morning lighting. Originally, we were going to do these laissez-faire, without Rhaegar the pup, and hope for the best. What actually happened was the dog conned us into bringing him along- and as a result the happiness in her photographs is about as genuine as it gets.

They say our pets are often a reflection of us. Rhaegar and Janna are pretty much in sync 99% of the time, so I'd say that phrase rings true.

Check out her entire shoot in my portraiture.