Choosing Ali as our photographer was the easiest and best decision my husband and I made throughout our entire wedding process. It was extremely important to us that our wedding reflected our true selves, with every detail being completely unique to us. Ali has an amazing talent for capturing people’s true souls and showing the inherent beauty in those things that make us unique. Instead of forcing the “perfect” shot, she acts simply as an observer, seeing you as you really are and in effect creating images that are more perfect for their natural, raw emotion than anything staged. Ali’s unobtrusive style encouraged us to focus only on our love for each other, and in return we received a beautiful story of our wedding told through her amazing images. When we look back we see ourselves as we really were that day, in that exact moment, and can feel the exact emotions we felt at that moment in time. She is an artist, a creative soul, and captures the truth and beauty within everyone.
-Allie, Engagement + Wedding Client
I almost choke up thinking about the picture you took of my hand holding Julia’s and the intimate details like those. That’s what draws me to your photography the most – your attention to not only the subjects within but the tiny beautiful details that leave people breathless. Once we got in that canoe and crossed the river, I was wrapped back up in my old friend the trail, my snuggly family, and you the artist soaking up our seconds. You have such a happy but calm aura – your presence added to the already wonderful experience of going out for a family trail walk. Our shoot was so easy! I had such confidence in your abilities to produce mind-blowing photos that there was never any worry or pressure about posing. We just found natural props along our walk and let you do your thing, and the results were nothing short of amazing. The pictures of Julia and I nursing are priceless. I will always treasure them. These are the pictures that I want to share with my great-great-grandchildren, so they can see how much love and care flowed through us to our little Julia, their grandma. How cool is that? What an opportunity. Thank you for being so open with us. I look forward to another shoot with you!
-April, Family Session Client
It’s difficult to know where to begin when describing Ali and her work. We’ve worked together both professionally and personally and from the moment I met her I knew that she has a rare gift. At first glance, it’s obvious that her work is amazingly beautiful, natural, and organic… but what makes Ali such a rare gem is the person behind that camera and how her love is stitched into the fabric of each and every shot. Ali is an incredibly warm, empathic, and calming person who has a way of discreetly capturing the beauty of life without directing or making anyone feel uneasy. She’s completely unobtrusive so as to hold a space for others to ‘just be’ while making everyone feel completely at ease with themselves and comfortable having their lives being captured by her artful eye. She sees the beauty in every moment and is able to catch it quickly without awkward poses or phony smiles. The beauty is in the balance and when I saw this in her as we worked together professionally (I am a birth doula and she has photographed my clients’ births), I knew that I had to have her at the birth of my own baby. When Ali photographed my son’s birth her presence was perfect. She was quiet, discreet, and calmly captured hundreds of photos as his journey into this world unfolded, while simultaneously encouraging me, loving me, and offering the extra support (much like a doula!) that I needed to get through childbirth. I love looking back (with tears in my eyes of course) at our most intimate and life altering memories as time flies and our family ages. Ali doesn’t take photos of posed people pretending to be perfect (say that 5 times!), but rather sees the beauty in life’s perfect moments and somehow makes time stand still for you.
-Juli, Maternity, Birth, Newborn, + Family Session Client
My family has had the pleasure of working with Ali for some of the most important moments in our lives. In searching for a photographer to celebrate our daughter Ainsley’s first birthday, I really wanted to find someone who could both capture the unspoken love within our family and display a true representation of who we are.
Without writing a novel, I will just say that Ali provided this and so much more! Obvious talent aside, Ali has an amazing sense of humor, the most beautiful soul and a very calming personality. Our daughter, who is normally resistant in unfamiliar situations, was suddenly full of personality. After spending five minutes with Ali, I felt like I had known her for a lifetime. Our session was full of smiles and laughs and I knew that she would be the photographer to capture all of our special moments.
She was so receptive to all of my crazy ideas and my car full of props when we showed up for our first session (: Each time Ali photographed our family, it felt relaxed, natural and fun, which isn’t at all how my husband and I normally feel when a camera is nearby.
Fast forward three years and many sessions with Ali later, and I feel extremely blessed to be able to say that not only have I gained a house full of perfect pictures that bring me back to so many beautiful moments in my life, but I have also gained a lifelong friend in the process. We will be forever grateful for Ali’s warm heart and dedication to her clients.
-Ashley, Family + Wedding Client
Sometimes you meet someone you just click with. And while that’s important in so many areas in life, it couldn’t be more true when hiring a photographer. Ali has the most graceful, calm demeanor – perfect for photographing my two energetic little boys. A photo session with her feels as natural as spending time as a family on a Sunday afternoon – full of joy and capturing everything that is US! She truly has a gift – and our family is so lucky to have photos that capture our dynamic. I will be forever grateful for her vision and artistry – she really is amazing.
-Kelly, Family session client
I wanted to take a moment to share my experience working with Ali Caudill photography. She took my husband’s and my engagement and wedding photos, and it was an awesome experience. Ali has this sweet, fun, bohemian vibe going on that instantly makes you feel comfortable. The shoots were easy and never felt forced. And the pictures… were gorgeous! She captures the moment in a very raw, organic, and romantic light. Don’t know how she does it but she’s amazing! Would 100% recommend her to others and we will def be using her for our future events.
-Ashley, Wedding client
Ali just has “the eye” – I could tell from the first time I stumbled across her website and kicked myself for not finding her before my wedding ;) We’ve been lucky though to have her capture bellies and babies and I’m always in tears when she sends me the pictures from our shoots. She’s that fabulous.
Ali quietly captures the most magical, fleeting moments and now they’re treasures that will forever live on our walls – reminding us of those periods in our lives that were over in a blink. Nothing is posed or stiff or rushed with Ali – the moments just flow naturally.
Couldn’t feel more grateful for finding this wonderful, sweet, and amazingly talented photographer! Looking forward to her capturing many more moments for us – big and small :)
-Erin, Maternity, Newborn, + Family Session client
When I first met Ali it was over the phone and just the sound of her voice put me at ease. I realized months later at the wedding that that was a key factor in a successful photographer. You want someone like Ali, who captures the day without stress, worry, or by asking you a lot of questions. Ali’s style is unique and natural, something that’s hard to find with all the Photoshop work that’s too easy to mirror a moment or day that you were not even in. She is independent and creative, using light to create unique lines and frame people.
Ali was very accommodating to us and switched engagement photo shoot venues due to rain from the downtown streets of Alexandria, VA to the breathtaking Great Falls National Park, MD. I only spoke with her a handful of times, yet she understood the theme of the wedding, which was rustic yet classic and fit her personality very well. Nestled in the Shenandoah Mountains, she was able to use the setting to her advantage, taking sweeping shots of the mountains using a wide-angle lens and letting the light pour in naturally behind us. The wedding included a lot of personalization and DIY which she was happy to include. She is gifted at portraits as the shots of my husband and I were the best I’ve seen out of all my friends. If I ever have a child, I hope Ali is there to catch the beauty of that period in my life.
-Lindsey, Engagement and Wedding client
My husband and I stumbled upon Ali over 2 years ago when we were engaged. Knowing nothing about the whole wedding process, we both agreed on one thing: we wanted amazing pictures. Ali didn’t disappoint.
I am a complete goofball in front of a camera, but Ali made us both feel extremely comfortable. Not only did we have fun, but she was able to capture both of our personalities and our relationship in her shots. We were blown away with our engagement photos, as well as our wedding photos.
Ali was a complete joy to be around on the day of our wedding. She had worked with us up until that point, and it felt like I had another friend in the room when we were getting ready and during the ceremony. She was originally told that she would be photographing us outside, but when Mother Nature did not cooperate, she adapted amazingly. She put me completely at ease, and I actually enjoyed my picture being taken. We are STILL getting compliments on our wedding pictures and how amazing our photographer must have been.
Since I agree with all of those compliments, my husband and I are looking forward to our maternity shots for our first child due at Christmas. We also can’t wait to see how Ali will inevitably capture the personality of our little one. I can’t say enough about how positive our experience working with Ali was, and I will have to continue to dream up special occasions so we can use her again!
-Katie, Engagement + Wedding Client
Ali was such a joy to work with and it was one of the best decisions we made during our wedding planning process. It was really important to us to hire someone who loves photography and can really capture the emotion of the wedding day. It’s obvious that Ali is passionate about her job and really cares about what she does and the people she works with. She had a very personal touch and is so sweet and laid back. She was so easy to talk to and made us feel comfortable and at ease on the wedding day. And her photographs speak for themselves, they are gorgeous and we will treasure ours for a lifetime. We’re so luck to have such beautiful pictures from our wedding day. Also, Ali and her second shooter were virtually unseen and unheard from the ceremony onward – I have been to some weddings where the photographers seem to be in the way or you hear their cameras going off all night – so their low profiles were appreciated! Ali provides a strong personal touch – she appreciates the importance of the day and gives special attention. I would work with her again and again!
-Kim, Wedding Client
So here’s the deal – photographers are a dime a dozen. Good photographers, however, are hard to find. And photographers like Ali, who make you feel beautiful and confident, while producing high-impact images at a decent price, are like designer jeans at the Nordstrom Semi-Annual Sale – you better snatch ‘em up while you can. With her completely laid back, easy breezy personality and innate ability to see the best angles, lighting, and perspectives, Ali beautifully captures images that accurately reflect you, your loved ones, and life’s most precious moments. When working with Ali, all you have to do is be yourself. She’ll take care of the rest. Trust me.
-Sara, Maternity, Family, and Portrait Client
We LOVE Ali! She is a gem! From the moment, Rob and I met her, Ali exuded professionalism and a passion for capturing special moments. Ali made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera, and as a result we have gorgeous engagement photographs that capture us in our true element. Her work is amazing and very detailed. I am so excited to work with Ali again on our wedding day!
-Stephanie, Engagement + Wedding client
-Lindsay, Engagement + Wedding Client
Ali was such a pleasure to work with for our wedding. She made it really easy to get what we were hoping for out of the pictures-we didn’t actually have a clear idea of how we wanted to do the pictures or what we wanted the end result to look like, but Ali is so talented and has such an artistic eye that she captured our wedding in a way we couldn’t have imagined ourselves. She really listened when we had our first meeting, and got to know us as people, so that the end result was a true reflection of us. She was able to manage our ideas and wishes, while maintaining her own vision-she seemed to know what we wanted without us being able to express to her what that was!
It’s obvious that Ali cares about the people she works with, and it was more like collaborating with a friend than just being a client. From our initial discussions through the wedding day and getting the photos back, Ali was professional without being cold or distant. During the wedding, the picture-taking was such a smooth process, it went by quickly and we didn’t feel like we missed out on the cocktail hour. We never felt rushed, but really appreciated the efficiency of the family and group photo session. She facilitated the picture-taking really well, so that we never felt like we were being ordered around, but she got things done. She managed the whole day very well, and took a lot of pressure off of me because I knew that was one less thing I had to think about!
I just can’t say enough good things about working with Ali-she is such a sweet person, and really cared about how our day went and how our pictures turned out. We are beyond happy with our wedding photos, and they are more beautiful than we could have hoped for. But more than that, the pictures were the least stressful part of the whole wedding planning process, because Ali was competent and friendly, and was such a positive presence on the wedding day. Thank you Ali for a truly beautiful documentation of our wedding that will always bring back memories of the love and joy of the day!
-Courtney, Wedding Client
I probably spent eight hours pouring over every single photo Ali posted on her blog. I fell in love with her work instantly, but mostly it was her sweet words about every family/couple that she’s worked with. It was obvious Ali was more than a photographer. One particular blog post had moved me to tears. I knew I wanted Ali to document my wedding and every life event to come! Right from the engagement photo shoot Ali made it comfortable to be behind the camera – something I’m normally not crazy about! Our photos came out absolutely gorgeous and even our wedding guests complimented how sweet Ali was to them and equally loved the photographs. My husband and I now have a baby girl and cannot wait to work with Ali again. We HIGHLY recommend her!
-Sarah, Engagement + Wedding Client