Tamera, Brianna, & Keelie: Christopher Newport University, Senior Portraits

Oh man… just wait til you see these ladies. Waltzing them to and fro around Christopher Newport University for their senior session was making me fall in love with my alma mater all over again! And capturing their friendship in front of my lens was such a treat!!! With graduation right around the corner, spending time with these almost-grads reminded me of the special season April is for seniors… the anticipation of finishing something you’ve been working towards for years, the bittersweetness of all the special insanities that only college offers coming to a close, the excitement of what the next chapter will hold… such a fun, weighty time!!!

It has been so fun to walk with my friend Tamera through her CNU experience. She, Brianna, & Keelie met through various clubs & classes on campus, and their joy together has been so fun hear about and now to capture with my camera. These seniors brought the sass and sweetness for their photos together, and I couldn’t fit their session into ONE blogpost… part two coming next week!

My stunning girl, Tamera!!
The beautiful Brianna!!!
Model Keelie over here, rocking it!
Luter Ladies! Both graduating from the Luter School of Business.
My beautiful friend! So proud of you, Tamera!!!!

Smith Family: Ft. Story Beach, Family Session

The beach, these beauties, and braving boisterously cold temps… These are who shower the blog today! I loved my time on Ft. Story military base with the Smiths, and they were such troopers in the 40 degree wind chill! Their images leave me smiling and thankful for the beautiful people I get to capture!

Hoping to snag some family photos like theirs? I still have spots left for my May Minis on Saturday, May 1st at Ft. Monroe in Hampton VA! Twenty minutes, $89 ($50 to reserve your spot). Sign up here!

Day Family: Hampton Homestead

As we hit the one year anniversary this week of covid descending on our nation and changing all our lives in various ways, I have been thankful as I reflect on the people God knit around me in my life as a single lady, so that even in the changes and ebb and flow of covid isolation, I have not felt alone! The Days fill me up and hold a special place in my heart as wonderful, dear friends from my church who have the most crazily wonderful growing herd. Their family has been built through foster and adoption, with eight kids and counting, ranging from 1.5 to 22 years old. Katie & Steve are people I want to be like, embracing dreams and pressing into the hard by God’s strength, going after good works that display His beauty and love to others. I have loved watching how covid has brought GOOD on their homestead, as they’ve done immense work to their property and their familial relationships, and also brought others of us in, throughout covid, in safe ways, to be blessed by their land and animals and food. Enjoy some of my favorite images of their wonderful crew, including some extended family as well!

Baby Nae had just turned one at the time of our session last November… isn’t she the cutest???
A total Momma’s girl!!!
… And sassy as ever!
The Day crew: Steve & Katie with 7 of their 8 kiddos!
Sister sister…!
Look at these handsome dudes!
Brothers!
I just adore these two so much!

Noah & Amber: Sandy Bottom Nature Park Wedding, Hampton VA

Covid weddings might make gatherings smaller in size but definitely not in joy, sweetness, fun, and the multitude of memories made! Noah & Amber were a last-minute addition to my 2020 wedding year (as in, they contacted me the day before their wedding!!!), and I adored their intimate gathering at Sandy Bottom Nature Park, last November. Their parents, siblings, and a few friends surrounded them for a sweet celebration at the park, with colorful leaves still blessing us with much bright scenery. Then we headed over to Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery for a fun reception dinner.

Noah & Amber were so kind, flexible, and just excited to be married! They made wandering the park fun, and they were one of my most laid-back couples… just happy to be together!!! I adored getting to capture their wedding day. Enjoy some of my favorites!!!!

The Father-Daughter and Mother-Son dances had us all tearing up!

Then we headed to the Vanguard (brewpub and distillery) in downtown Hampton for an intimate reception!!

Missick Family: City Center, Newport News VA

Last night, I got to meet and hold the little newborn man who is one of the stars in today’s photoshoot… how fast time goes!! (Though for preggo Mamas, I know things can often seen slooowwww… that was Sen during this session, just eager and waiting for baby Judah to get outta her belly!) This family is one that makes me thankful for life, laughter, rawness, and being real a humans and Christians. They teach me so much about the power of prayer and the power of a good meal (preferably Puerto Rican cuisine!!). I loved capturing their growing crew last month and am so thankful that I don’t only call them clients but dear friends. 🙂 Enjoy a few of my favorite images from our holiday-y shoot in Newport News, VA!

Alimentary Roots: Portrait Session

There are moments in photography when you pull your camera from your eye to look at the shot you just captured and can’t help but grin exuberantly, shriek with glee, and freak out your client in the excitement their beauty gives you. I consider it such a privilege to capture people in all their differences and loveliness, and I especially love doing so with people I know deeply.

Shooting the below photos for my bestie and roomy Ruby (some people call her by her actual name… RACHEL….. but not I!) was one such session full of those “oooooooooo!!” moments. She is a beautiful soul!!! Living with her and walking through life with her, I know well her compassionate heart, her stunning face, and her eagerness to help others when it comes specifically to cooking and eating in ways that help, heal, and give happiness to the tastebuds and body! She is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, passionate to show others how powerful food is and how much it matters what we put in our bodies. I have learned so much from her, and continue to pester her for cooking wisdom as I’ve become more accustomed to the kitchen in 2021 through my keto journey!

Ruby has big dreams, big goals, big plans in how to bring hope and healing to bodies and souls through food and farming. She uses her blog, Alimentary Roots, to share thoughts and wisdom as she walks towards these passions, hoping simply to serve others well. Please head over and give her writings some attention! They’re fascinating and fun to read!!!

Rubes, I love you and am so thrilled for what is to come. You and your beautiful self inspire me daily and I love getting to show you some love in this blogpost today!

Favorite Wedding Moments of 2020

“God creates the beauty. My camera and I are witness.” (Mark Denman)

That is how I feel when I am doing wedding photography. I have yet to get over the immense joy and privilege it is to be so intimately involved in individuals’ wedding celebrations, just seeing how beautifully created they are and the joy that exudes from their togetherness. SO MANY times throughout wedding days, I find myself smiling from ear to ear, watching the perfect light illuminate such stunning people. As I rapid-fire shoot images, I am amazed at what I get to capture. What a privilege to do what I do!

While covid brought many changes and postponed dates to the wedding world last year, I was still able to have the privilege of working with Dani White Photography throughout 2020, and second shooting a handful of weddings for her! Spending those days alongside her was such a joy and help to me as a person and a photographer. I grew in confidence and excitement to be in the industry, and renewed thankfulness of what it means to use our gifts to serve clients with excellence!

Below are a few of my favorite photos I captured on wedding days throughout 2020. I hope the beauty within them makes you smile as it has me!

Milstead Family: Hermitage Garden & Museum

Have you ever gotten to a location near where you live and wondered how in the world you had never ventured there before??? That’s how I felt pulling into Hermitage Museum & Garden last weekend. I could have shot there for HOURS!!!!! Next year, I will definitely be scheduling a day of mini-sessions around the gardens!!!

The Milstead posse was a fun bunch to capture. Our time together held the normal 5-year-old boy rebellion and one-year-old escaping shoes, but that’s real life, is it not??? And we still got some wonderful photos of Heather, Ryan, and their three beauties. See some of my favorites below!!! And let me know if you want to schedule a session at Hermitage — my time with the Milsteads couldn’t even capture all the venue had to offer!!

David & Gwen: Pemberton Park Engagement Session

WOOOOHOOOOO, these two are such a delight to me! Gwen found me through the Instagram grapevine, and I was so thrilled to learn she was a Salisbury University connection!! (For those who don’t know my story and the time I spent with SU students, see this post!) Gwen & David are getting married next October and our engagement session last month at Pemberton Park in Salisbury, Maryland, sealed the deal for me in how fun that wedding is going to be.

These two met back in High School when Gwen was semi-tricked into going to a Youth Group event, where she had been promised she would be able to blend with the crowd… Only to show up to a “crowd” of four: Gwen, her friend, David, and his friend! Their journey began there, and friendship changed to dating, and now they eagerly await their wedding in the fall of 2021!! The comfortability and ease they have with one another made our photo session SUPER easy. I love how quick they are to make one another laugh, how gently they care for each other, and how you can tell they have great depth with one another AND fun, around the clock. I can’t wait for October and how sweet it will be to be with them as they celebrate becoming husband and wife!

Stewart Family: Mariner’s Museum Park, Fall Session

I wish everyone could know this family. Darnell & Quana became good friends to me in 2019, and their down to earth personalities, honesty about the hard things of life, and “God is good all the time” faith has been such a gift to me. (Not to mention dance parties with hide & seek games with Sa’leena & DJ are. off. the. chain!!!) They recently lost their third child, a premature baby girl, and I have seen them show me how to walk through life one day at a time in the midst of great suffering, finding God to be present in each step forward. Seeing their faces at church every Sunday morning, even through masks and socially distanced, has encouraged my faith.

Our time in Newport News for their family portrait session last month brought me much joy! I hope you enjoy some moments of our time together. Happy Friday!