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

Christmas Mini Flashback – pt. 1

Yup, you’re reading that right.  Those Christmas Mini’s from oh you know NOVEMBER, are finally making their way to the blog.  Not because it took me this long to edit them, that would be counterintuitive, but because of the blog funk of ’16-’17.

These images from the Minis are too beautiful to not share so we’re going to have a fall flashback and reminisce about those gorgeous fall colors and these precious families.  This a three part series with 6 families total, two per post.  Today you’re going to get to see the Collier family and the Henry family!Read More »

Introducing Dr. Sterling P. Travis

Never before in my life have I felt this way.  At least, never before in my life have I felt this way so strongly and unwaveringly.  Proud.  Deeply deeply proud is all I could feel a few weeks ago when I got to take off work and go watch Sterling defend his dissertation.

It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.  You see, I’ve watched Sterling work for this and fight for this for years.  When he wasn’t sure he could, or should or would.  When he got pushed back from his original finishing time because his advisors saw how great this could be.  This disappointments and the frustration, the endless nights, the countless hours all coming to a glorious end was an experience for the books.   I’ve literally watched how hard he’s worked for years on this and on this day he stood up confident in front of his committee, peers and family and defended this work.

The minute they announced that the committee came to a unanimous decision that he should pass and rang out the words Dr. Sterling P. Travis you could feel the pride and excitement circling the room.

Sterling – I still can’t express enough how proud I am of you.  I knew you could do it but seeing it actually happen felt like I got to be a part of it too.  Your dedication and passion for this enabled you to push past the sacrifices and accomplish something not many can. I’m so happy to be marrying someone like you who always brings his best to situations, who is passionate, smart and ambitious.  You are truly my better half.  Congratulations love!

The moment when the first announced him as Dr. Sterling Price Travis!!

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Sterling got to ring the original William and Mary bell after he defended! 

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Then we headed over to the School of Education to ring their bell, reserved for those who successfully defend their dissertations.  

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He rang it three times; once for the past, once for the present, once for the future.

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Sterling’s committee and William and Mary friends!  They were so wonderful! 

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At the Travis House in Colonial Williamsburg! 

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Fuzzy Sock Talk – Pushing Past the Hater

It’s time to get real friends, grab those fuzzy socks and let’s chat.  I feel pretty anxious writing this post because it feels silly.  I feel genuinely worried about people judging me but I know I owe some of you an explanation.  I’ve always been a relatively private person so the thought of sharing this stuff with everyone and anyone is scary.

I’ve been gone for awhile.  I haven’t been here on this blog and I haven’t been present with you.  I have pictures on pictures on pictures to share and I just haven’t.  I haven’t had the motivation to share and I’ve just felt blah about this whole business.  I’ve contemplated taking a break from taking on new clients, I’ve contemplated finishing out the year and then starting to shut it down. I’ve been down and out about photography lately and I haven’t been able to find my footing again.Read More »

Spring Time With The Brown Family

The third milestone with the Brown Family was just like the other two in the best possible ways.  You may remember them from the other two milestone sessions, Joseph’s newborn session and then other portraits around 6 months.  For this session we went to Bryan Park and just got a chance to play around, checking out the new spring blooms, swinging on the swings and exploring. Read More »

Newborn Wyatt!

Welcome to the world little dude!  Wyatt is only two weeks old and already making a big impression!  Within minutes of meeting him, he locked in on me and just followed me with his eyes.  It’s pretty incredible considering the ability to track people and things doesn’t come until later in babies development but there he was tracking.  His eyes are gorgeous too, just piercing, big and deep blue.  Read More »