Miscellaneous Media Photography » lifestyle photography telling love stories through all of life's milestones

Do you ever have one of those days where the stars just align? The weather is perfect, you’re in a good mood, your baby sleeps through the night (just me?), and you get to photograph one of the sweetest couples ever? Yesterday was one of those days for me.

My drive over the mountain to Charlottesville was spectacular. The trees are filling out and their leaves are a shade of green you’ll only see in Virginia in the spring after a week of rain. I met Robbie and Loucita in a coffeeshop in the Downtown Mall, which is a special place for them. Not only do they share many memories together there, but Robbie bought Loucita’s ring at the jewelers downtown, and Loucita got her wedding dress at one of the boutiques! I was just so happy we could shoot in a location that meant so much to them, and that they were so comfortable in.

To say these two were fun to photograph would be an understatement. They are so easy going, relaxed with each other, and just all around nice people. I love sessions like these, where I can get to know the couple in addition to photographing them, and I could not be more excited to photograph their wedding in October!

Robbie and Loucita, thank you so much for a wonderful evening!
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Nora’s senior portrait session is one of my favorite to date. I’ve had the pleasure of teaching teaching Nora in the past (through working with The Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School for the Arts) and she is one of the most dedicated, hard working, intelligent, and poised young women you’ll meet. She has her sights set on a few possible careers in the future, but I know she will be wildly successful in any path that she chooses.

Downtown Staunton provided the perfect backdrop for her spring senior portrait session. I love all the jewel tones that the architecture and budding blossoms provided. Nora was an absolutely breeze to photograph and a delight to talk with while we worked.
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Happy Friday! And happy Spring. I, for one, am more than ready to say goodbye to the cold weather, and welcome in a new season of growth, life, and warmth.

And speaking of growth and life, publishing this maternity session couldn’t come at a better time because this sweet family has just welcomed their new baby girl! I can’t wait to meet her and photograph her – but in the mean time, take a peek at this sweet maternity session we shot last month on an unseasonably warm February afternoon.

If you’re frequent readers of the blog, you will certainly recognize this family. I’ve been photographing them over the past four years through just about every milestone you can imagine. They’re just the best. Sessions with them are always easy, fun, and laid back. And little Analia has grown so much in the past few years, I just can’t believe it. She is adventurous and smart and silly and during the session managed to go “fishing” (nothing like a tree branch to spark the imagination), catch four fish, and give me three but just one for her mom and dad to split. Kids! I love it.

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Guys. GUYS. What can I even say about this session. I’ve had a smile on my face the entire time I’ve been prepping this blog post. Almost as big as the smile I had on my face during the session. If I could do cake smashes with adorable babies and sweet families every day of the week, I would.

You may recognize this sweet little family from a few past posts. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Gemma, Bryan, and Jack in various milestones throughout their lives. I’ve known Gemma since Kindergarten, and it’s been such a treat to catch up with her throughout the years and celebrate these special moments. However, this session may be my favorite. We actually got to shoot on little Jack’s first birthday, so I got to see both sets of grandparents, his uncle, and we all ended up on the floor eating cake at the end. Is there a better way to spend a Saturday? I really don’t think so.

Shout out to Gemma and her friend who made all of the adorable props that you see – including that cake! It was as delicious as it looks.

Gemma, Bryan, and Jack – I love you guys. Thanks so much for including me in these moments. It’s a treat for me. It really is.

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