Deb + James | Peaks of Otter Elopement | Blue Ridge, Virginia

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Deb and James had a ceremony with family planned when they decided to take a trip to the mountains to say their vows, privately - without a minister, at Sharp Top in the Virginia Blue Ridge mountains.  The parkway was fickle with us, sprinkling rain at times and billowing in fog.  Then suddenly, it was sunny.  You really never know what you're going to get in the mountains , but these two kept an open mind and for that, they were rewarded.

Big thank you to Jessie, who accompanied me there and back.  There are a few of her shots mixed in here.

Stanek Family | Newborn Session at Home | Norfolk, VA

I don't photograph a ton of newborn sessions, but when I do, they're instantly my favorite.  Maybe partly because I'm getting so close to having another squishy babe in my own house.

My sweet friend Bethany is friends with the Stanek Family and asked me to take her place for their newborn session at home.  They were such troopers not having tons of information on what to expect from me (we met the day of their session and only texted back and forth a few times), but they were absolute naturals.  They are so taken with their first born little boy and it made my job so easy.

I dare you to look at these and not want a squishy little one for your home too. :)

Katie + Adam | Heritage Park Engagement | Blacksburg, VA | Lynchburg Wedding Photographer

Katie and Adam's engagement session was so much fun.  We were supposed to go to Wind Rock, not terribly far away from where our session ended up, but because of the snow and the roads to get there not being maintained - we had to find ourselves a new location - one that would speak to the beauty that Katie and Adam get to experience every day while they live here.

I can't believe I've never been to Blacksburg!  So many of our friends are Hokies, but since we are not and often find ourselves in the mountains going only as south as Roanoke, we had never seen the expansive beauty of Virginia Tech and how amazing the surrounding area is.  The New River comes through Virginia so close to here and the scenery was especially beautiful because of all the snow that began to fall the night before we were to arrive.

They were such troopers, even in the wind that chilled the air.  I can't wait for their wedding in Pembroke in July.

Shiela + David | Commune Neon District Wedding | Norfolk, VA | Richmond Wedding Photographer

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I feel like I've waited my career to book a wedding at Commune in the Neon District of Norfolk.  That's not entirely fair, since it hasn't been Commune in that building for very long, but when you're talking about farm to table food and amazing lattes, time stretches out.  I couldn't have asked for a better wedding with which to kick off the 2018 season.  Good food - good company - an amazing couple like David and Shiela - what more could you ask for?

Shiela and David were most excited about eating yummy things and dancing with their friends and family and everything about their day was about having a good time with those closest to them.  They got ready in the home that they share together and had their first look at The Hermitage Museum not far away.  As a military couple, you're often moving around and not incredibly close geographically to friends and family.  It's quite an event - maybe even a once in a lifetime one - when everyone that you care for and love the most comes together in the same room to share a meal and party together.  I'm not sure that these two ever stopped smiling the whole day.  A semi-secret detail is that the sword that David is wearing belonged to his father and his grandfather before him.  Quite an honor to have such an heirloom by your side on such an important day.

This was the first wedding that Andrea, my intern this year, has attended.  There's one or two of her images thrown into this mix. 

Ceremony/ Reception Venue/ Caterer : Commune
First Look/ Family Formal Location : The Hermitage Museum & Gardens
Dress : David's Bridal
DJ : Astro Entertainment
 

Romantic + Industrial Elopement Inspiration | Richmond Virginia Wedding Photographer

If you would have asked me last year at this time what 2018 would look like, I would have given a very different answer than I do now.  I would have told you that I wanted to book twice the amount of weddings that I've laid out and given you a very full list of personal and business goals that I've now reduced.  The Fall of 2017 changed our plans when we decided to try for another child and we were blessed by the realization in October that we were expecting.  I like to think of myself as a flexible person, but I do find it difficult to cram all of my goals and to-do items into a reasonable time span.

I planned this inspirational shoot while turning the room that was my office into a nursery.  The freshly painted walls and the beautiful light that comes in made me want to explore something different - something that I don't often get to do.  I love being in nature, and I'm sure anyone who views my portfolio will attest to that, but I also love to work in the city - in the grit on the streets with intense shadows from buildings.  I spent my college years a few after living in Philadelphia and I so miss riding my bike through the city streets. 

This entire shoot takes place indoors, in a private home and at a local warehouse location, with the dim winter light as my guide.  The models didn't have their hair and make up done - I wanted to create a look that was more natural and ethereal.  The dresses come from a vintage clothing store in downtown Edinburgh from my trip to Scotland last July.  I bought them imagining the beautiful scottish ladies that must have worn them decades ago when they promised themselves to their charming, rugged beaus.  The tablescape items are from Target and the florals by Forbidden Floral CoCollectorNorfolk was gracious enough to host half of our shoot - a warehouse location that hosts many types of events, including weddings.

Jess + Kwiesi | Libby Hill Park Engagement Session | Richmond Wedding Photographer

These two were an absolute dream to spent time with during their engagement session at Richmond's Libby Hill Park, just down the road from their home.  I don't remember the last time I was with a couple that laughed so much and so hard and likewise, loved just as much.

It was wonderful spending the afternoon with these two.