National Arboretum Spring Family Session

This session was the perfect POP of spring colors and fun!  Christina is a sorority sister of mine and I realized as I was driving down to DC that hadn’t seen her since we graduated!  CRAZY!  Last time we were together we were dancing about to pop hits of 2010 and jumping about in general 22-year-old excitement for life.  Now she is married with a 1-year-old little boy – Lincoln!

As I drove down to DC on Saturday morning I was a little nervous… it had rained the whole night before and was still overcast and drizzling.  I kept looking at the sky saying “Common now – you need to break up these clouds for me”.  Sure enough, as I got closer and closer to the location the clouds started to move apart and let that sunshine come through.  The day turned out even better than I could have imagined – bright sun, 75 degrees and simply beautiful!  Read More »

Teacher Tuesday – Defining ITRT

Magic School Bus Picture-1Teacher Tuesday is BACK!  The last time I posted one of these blog posts was in 2015 and I posted about my homemade grade book!  Being a teacher is a HUGE part of who I am and I LOVE sharing about it, I’m honestly not sure why I stopped doing these posts.  What I’ve reflected on recently is that this place should be a space where I can share about beautiful sessions with families but also a place where I can share about my passions inside and outside of photography.  I’ve realized that I’d like to start treating this space as a legacy that I can look back on years from now as a glimpse of what my life was like back in the day. Originally that was what this blog was for – a place where I could share about my adventures around Richmond with others.  So it’s time to get back to my roots and share the whole story, me in all aspects of my life.  I’m bringing back TEACHER TUESDAY!  Q: S Club 7 song: Bring it all back! Read More »

Friday Chats – Carrots and Chipotle – Oh My

View More: http://v-a-photography.pass.us/alex--encouragement-sessionSometimes I get so wrapped up in moving forward and the numbers game, comparing myself to this person or that person that I forget about what it felt like to be a dreamer.

Back when I started this journey I never intended to have people pay me to take their pictures.  I was a young girl in a new town with very few friends and no family nearby.  My college friends were scattered about, my family was in Baltimore, my boyfriend Sterling was down in Mississippi and I felt scared, sad and alone; with the notable exception of my friend Leslie and our Monday Margarita dinners at Nacho Mamas.  But I had a camera.  A new shiny DSLR camera (one of the big ones that can change lenses!)Read More »

Baltimore Newborn Session – Baby Pike

Pike Newborn Session

— Baltimore, Maryland —

Can you believe I’ve known Peyton since we were TEENAGERS!? Yes!  She was 14 and I was 12 when I first started going to Camp Mont Shenandoah and she became not only a friend to me but in a lot of ways a mentor.   As a camper, I looked up to her as a legacy camper, a Green team cheerleader and then the Captain!  When I joined her as a counselor she helped show me the ropes and always made sure I was included.  She took me along with her on days off, showed me how to be a mentor to younger campers and even sat outside a bathroom stall of Junior Four (a bathroom at camp) when I was in tears because I was so afraid of going to college.  When we moved back to Baltimore this summer she was one of the first to reach out and invite us over to hang out and have dinner.  She is a great friend.  Read More »

Crafts & Kitchen – Valentines Day Sugar Cookies

Alexandra Michelle Photography - 2019 - Self Portraits - Baltimore Maryland - Valentines Day Baking-8I’m trying something new at work and it all started this past month.  Aside from photography, I’m mainly an Instructional Coach for teachers at a school.  Many people have no idea what this means and the long and the short of it is that I help teachers plan lessons and projects that are more student-centered and promote engagement!  Recently I had been feeling lonely at my desk with not many projects on the horizon.  So I decided why wait for people to come to me when I could go to them! And thus POP – UP PD (professional development) was formed.Read More »

Charlottesville Fall Family Session

Popp Family Session

Boar’s Head Inn

–Charlottesville, Virginia —

The last time I saw Christi was soon after they got their puppy, Wallie who is a Goldendoodle so naturally, I’m in love!  We took pictures together with Christi’s whole family and this time around we got images with CJ (her husband)’s side of the family!  We planned it Charlottesville because I was going to be in town for another family session and to spend time with Sterling’s family.  The nice thing about getting back in Virginia for sessions is there are so many different spots to get images.  Charlottesville especially is simply gorgeous!Read More »

February Goals – 2019

I love February!  You know why?  Because it’s shortalexandra michelle photography - flat lay 2019-2 (like me I guess).  It may sound weird but I love the fact that it is a short month with exactly four weeks.  It’s the kind of month that can go fast if you want it to but can also motivate you to get a lot done because you don’t have a lot of time.  I don’t know about you but I work much better when I’m under a time crunch.  If I have endless time and no real due date then I will procrastinate forever!  But give me a due date that’s coming up quick and I’m bustin’ my buns to get it done.Read More »

Brown Family Newborn

Brown Family Newborn

— Richmond, Virginia —

Y’all!  I couldn’t be more excited to share with you the Brown Family’s newborn session!  I’ve gotten the pleasure of working with this family over the years and have loved getting to know Mr. Joseph!  He is quite the ham!  Seeing him with his new baby sister during this session was nothing short of adorable.  He was so sweet, calm and gentle – it’s obvious he’s going to be a GREAT big brother!Read More »

Picking a Newborn Photographer

How to Pick a Newborn Photographer

— Ask Anything —

The reality of this blog post is that I could be writing it about any type of photography, newborns, family, seniors, weddings etc. etc. etc.  But recently I’ve had my mind on newborn photography and I got thinking about what I would one day want (not pregnant PS.) in a newborn photographer.  Would I want to have a lifestyle session?  Would I want fresh 48 images?  Birth photography!?  These are all options that I honestly don’t know the answers to, and since I’m not pregnant I don’t really have to think about it too long.  But if you are pregnant, you may be thinking of these questions, or maybe not.  I’m here to help you know what you probably should consider. Read More »

Rafferty Family Portrait Session

Rafferty Family Portrait Session

— Frederick, Maryland —

When we were debating whether to make the move up to Baltimore, one of the points on the pro/con list that came up with that this business had started in Richmond and had a large client base there.  Ultimately when we decided to take a chance and move, I have to admit that I was nervous about the future of this business.  I didn’t know if I’d be able to get clients in Baltimore or even if anyone up here would be interested.  And then we announced we were moving and I was blown away with gratitude when Krystal contacted me almost immediately.

Krystal and I were sorority sisters at JMU but hadn’t been in touch for a few years since we had graduated.  It was such a wonderful surprise to find that she had been following along in my photography journey!  Not only that but she wanted to schedule portrait sessions for her family!   She told me she was pregnant with her third baby and wanted to ensure she could get photographs of their family in this precious stage in life.  It was a great feeling, my first session in Maryland was going to be with an old friend who I already knew and felt comfortable with!Read More »