Meet Madelyn!

It feels as if it wasn’t that long ago that I burst into cheerful screams as Sarah told me she was pregnant!  Sarah is one of my dear friends from teaching at Quioccasin!  We taught together for years but didn’t become close until I joined her as her Assistant (to the) Cheerleading Coach.  I genuinely don’t know why she kept me on as I have zero cheerleading experience and was mostly only good for keeping count and giving a “good job” every once in a while. 🙂  None the less the intensity that is middle school cheerleading allowed us to bond over movie (and TV) quotes and cheer dance moves which quickly turned into a great friendship.  Read More »

Charlie Turns One!

Oh my ‘lanta was this a precious session!  Charlie turned one and we had his final milestone session of the three!  He has changed a ton since I last saw him which was a year ago, just two or so weeks old and soo tiny!  Now he is full of personality, smiles and strength!  I mean it, this kid is strong!  Just wait to see him climbing up the slide – he can’t walk yet but can climb up a slide and hold onto the monkey bars!  It was actually kind of crazy – in a cool way!  Read More »

A Year of Love

I can’t believe that’s it’s already been a year!  One year ago today Sterling asked me to marry him!  It was a year ago that we went to a corn maze and for just a fun Saturday ended up at JMU for a night of reminiscing.  It was a year ago today that we parked and walked around JMU at night while it was lit up so pretty and talked about all the fun we had when we first started our relationship.  It was a year ago today that Sterling ignored an Ole Miss game while we ate dinner (which should have been a give away).  And then at 10pm one year ago today Sterling and I sat down on the quad looking at Wilson Hall and he asked me to marry him.  It was magical.

It has been one crazy year let me tell you.  Not only did we get engaged but we hit a bunch of other fun and new milestones.Read More »

Happy Birthday Cora!

Now that I’m married to Sterling and Cora is officially my niece – I can become that Aunt that brags about nieces and nephews (soon to be!).  Cora turns three today which is crazy because it feels like it wasn’t that long ago that we were taking Sarah’s maternity pictures and then her 1 year cake smash.

This little girl was the best flower girl ever at our wedding and was the hit of the day!  She’s grown up so much and formed her own unique personality, full of strength and spunk, intelligence and curiosity.  Happy third birthday bright eyes!  I hope it’s a magical day full of books, My Little Ponies, stickers and Beauty and the Beast! Read More »

More Minis! 2016 Final Feature

I said this on Instagram but it is worth saying again, I am so overwhelmed with excitement and joy for these upcoming minis!!  I posted about the mini dates last Thursday and was honestly kind of worried that nobody would sign up.  Seriously.  I haven’t been present in months and it’s intimidating coming back full swing.  So I thought well I’ll post the discount for 24 hours and see what happens because I wasn’t sure people were even visiting this site anymore.  Well boy was I wrong – the holiday mini post jumped in viewer stats by 97% from other days in the month and I got a huge response!  11 of my 18 spots filled up within 24 hours!!  Fast forward to do today and I only have a handful of spots left for the Fall Mini day and the November Holiday Mini is 100% sold out!! Read More »

Fall & Holiday Minis 2017!

It has been awhile since I’ve been here.  A lot has happened over the last few months and it has been a crazy adventure that has taken away some of my focus but not my intent.  I got married!  I switched jobs!!  Oh yeah and all of this happened within two-ish weeks of each other!  Our home, is a mess… as of right now we’ve kind of unpacked from the wedding?  We still have an entire room filled with wedding stuff… and another room filled with my teaching stuff…. It’s been kind of crazy but I’m excited to have some time to slow down and come back to this place that has been a great outlet for me and a way to connect with people that I love.  It feels only right to come back with gusto and announce that this year I’m doing not just one but TWO mini sessions in the fall!! Read More »

Francisco – Kinsler Family Portraits

Amanda approached me about doing a special session for her mom for Mother’s day and my first thought was – what a sweet idea!  Amanda’s brother and her best friend/sister in law just had their first baby girl in the fall and Cole is going to be two at the end of this summer!  It’s the perfect time to get nice family portraits!

We met up last Sunday at Bryan park and the weather was just perfect!  A little breezy, partially sunny and the temperature was ideal.  What was really neat to watch was how much baby Scarlett just adores Cole.  She’s not even a year old but you can tell she’s fascinated by him, watching him and even smiling and interacting with him.  I never grew up with cousins so it was really cool to watch these two little cousins start their life long friendship.  Each picture I took I thought – oh when they are older they are going to be able to look back at these as first memories together. This made this session all the more special!

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Anderson Anniversay

This session was a DREAM!  No but actually, it was seriously perfect in almost every way. Let me start by giving you the background.  Okay, so Areizo (Rei) and I are sorority sisters and she contacted me a little ways back to see if I’d be available and interested in doing a one year anniversary picnic session with her and her husband Tom.  After hearing her plan for the session and the details she gave I knew I wanted to photograph it.  She had the whole thing planned out exactly how she wanted it to be, she wanted to do a picnic and get back in her dress and eat their cake at the place where they got married, Keswick Vineyards.  Idillic right?

Well leading up to the session, as I always do, I started checking the weather and I began to get a little worried when I saw that it was calling for rain, lots of rain.  We talked and decided we were going to just go with it and worse case scenario we’d get some umbrellas.  It rained on their actual wedding day so the prospect of rain on their anniversary didn’t scare them one bit (a great metaphor for marriage if we wanted to go down that route… another time though).

So Saturday morning came and I packed up the car and heading out to Keswick.  I rolled up and had no idea just how great this session was about to be.  It wasn’t until Rei opened up the back of the car that it really sank in.  I saw the car packed to the brim with staging details and knew this session just went to a whole other level of amazing!

She had it all, literally.  Everything was packed to stage the perfect picnic set up for a romantic vineyard anniversary session.  Honestly every detail in the images below, down to the wildflowers, is all her.  She packed framed pictures, milk jugs, picnic supplies, blankets, pillows, antique books, flags, etc. etc. etc.   It was perfect.  Guys don’t really get how great this is but girls definitely do, it’s all in the details.  You see this session would have been lovely with just the two of them celebrating their love but having all the extra little details just added another level of fun and set the stage for a romantic picturesque anniversary that they can look back on as unique.

I can’t say enough how genuinely impressed and grateful I am for these two and especially all they did to make this session one for the books!  Besides all the little details that they brought to the table, returning to the place where they started their journey into marriage was also very magical.  The site is GORGEOUS!  If you are looking to get married in Virginia I highly recommend this location.  The coordinators and home owners were the nicest people and so accommodating.  They welcomed Rei and Tom back as old friends and couldn’t be happier to get to see them still celebrating their love.  Oh and the rain!?  It held out until the very last moment when we were literally getting into our cars to leave.  Talk about perfect.

Rei and Tom – I loved getting to be a part of this special time for you guys!  I couldn’t be happier sharing these images to the world as they are so beautiful.  Y’all are so kind and have a love for each other that will take you through any rain storm coming your way.  Good luck on your new business adventure and raising those chickens!! Thanks for an amazing session and sharing your one year anniversary with me.  Congratulations!

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Oh!  And special thanks to Uphill Bed and Breakfast for supplying the picnic goodies and the tarp!  The milk and little cheese details were beautiful!

Picnic food and goodies: Uphill Bed and Breakfast
Venue: Keswick Vineyards