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!!!!

Cloud Family: The Historic Cavalier Hotel

For years I have driven past the Cavalier in Virginia Beach and marveled at its beauty. When Beth (a CNU alumni friend) suggested it as their location for our family session last month, I was thrilled to get to see the grounds and enjoy some of the historic hotel’s grandeur! We gallivanted around (Baby Shark stuffed animal in hand to keep their little Jack’s attention!!) and I loved the images we captured! Enjoy some of my favorites!!!

Will & Beth: Historic Greenbrier Farms

Oh how I’m loving these fall photo sessions! A few weeks ago I gallivanted around Greenbrier Farms in Chesapeake, VA, with these two sweet friends from my church, Will and Beth. Beth in particular has been a sister who’s care and wisdom for me is continually a source that humbles and refreshes me! She challenges me faithfully in how to practically live out gospel truths and she exemplifies quiet servitude. I am so encouraged by how she and Will serve our church body! We had so much fun at Greenbrier Farms and I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from our session.


Snowy Night

As has been all over Facebook, the Hampton Roads area was showered with snow last night! It covered campus and drew many students outside to build snowmen and tackle each other in the snow. I wandered out there when I got off work at the gym around midnight, and it was beautiful. I love snowy, unique nights like these at CNU that show-off the campus’s beauty in a way we rarely get to see in Newport News. Here are some shots from last night. šŸ™‚

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CNU Graduation – Part 1

This past weekend on May 12th, CNU held its commencement ceremony for the Class of 2012. I had the privilege to cover this event for CNU as part of my photography internship with the school. It was a busy but fun day!!! Enjoy Part 1 of the photos I snagged throughout the day.

The seniors were gathered before the ceremony in our gym’s Field House. Their moods were lighthearted, as the photos show…

Heading to the Great Lawn for the ceremony!

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was the Commencement Speaker!

Top student honored for her grades and achievements….

2nd Lt. army commissioning…

Getting their diplomas! And a hug from Rosemary, the President’s wife.

More coming soon!!!!!

Grace & Megan

I looooove these two featured in tonight’s post. Both MeganĀ and Grace go to CNU, love Jesus, and are absolutelytotallycompletely wonderful. I’ve known Megan since her freshman year last year, but Grace was a freshman this year and I remember when I first heard she was coming to CNU. Grace has two awesome older sisters, Britney and Kathryn Fitzgerald, who both went to CNU (’10 grad and ’12 grads) and when I heard ANOTHER Fitzgerald was coming, I knew she was gonna be ridiculously amazing and was almost scared to meet her! (Silly Debbie.) She DID turn out to be totally amazing and loveable and crazy and gorgeous and QUITE the comedian, and I’m so so glad she came to CNU! I’m so blessed to know both Megan and Grace. They bring SO much light into my life. Megan disciples (mentors) Grace and the two of them make a ridiculously amazing pair. This shoot I did of them last week is one of my favorites from Finals’ week shoots!! Enjoy.

First jump….. (These girls are crazy.)

Waiting on the median for the cars to pass…

Final jump!!

Spencer & Rachael

Quick little post of a couple’s shoot I did during Finals week of Rachael and Spencer (sorry guys, I’m just now being able to edit and post these!!). I’ve known Spencer since freshman year at CNU, and Spencer’s mom (love her to death!) gave his darling girlfriend Rachael a photoshoot for her birthday. We spent a fun afternoon away from school and finals, snapping away. Enjoy some favorites!!

Freshman Suite Photoshoot

Another spring shoot of some freshman suitemates at CNU!! These girls were darling. They kept me laughing, and patiently waited for many a runner to pass by on the Noland Trail during the shoot (silly runners…. trails and bridges are for photoshoots, not afternoon jogs!) I absolutely LOVED the girls’ simple but classy outfit coordination. Enjoy my favorites!!

CNU beauties: Katy & Julia

Meet Katy and Julia. Two sophomore besties at CNU. SO funny, SO adorable, SO gorgeous… SO photogenic!Ā Today we spent a fun afternoon together, doing a photoshoot along different areas of the James River near CNU.

You girls are so much fun and I loved spending time with you today! Some of your goofiest photos are at the end of the post as “bloopers.” Enjoy!!!

Love this….

Get it, Katy…..



CNU SeƱor: Nikki Odderstol

I met her my freshman year when she was a sophomore. We were in the same Bible Study, and I had THE BIGGEST friend-crush on her, and thought she was THE coolest girl around. The next year, I got to know her better and found out that not only was she THE coolest girl around, but she was super involved on campus and balanced her life like a superstar. Bottom line…… I wanted to be this girl.

Yesterday, I got to hangout with this girl: the beautiful Nikki Odderstol. She isĀ graduating this year and wanted senior portraits taken just wanted to get some pictures taken around campus, and I was more than happy to be her photographer!! (She doesn’t like to speak of graduation, and she calls herself “seƱor Nikki” to make light of her senior status.)

Nikki, thanks for making my afternoon so fun! You are GORGEOUS, and were so easy to photograph. Thanks for making me laugh continually throughout the shoot. You’re wonderful!!

Enjoy some of my favorites!