Announcing Mommy and Me Minis!

It’s finally time to announce Mommy and Me Minis!  ::HAPPY DANCE!::  This is my second year in a row doing these fun spring minis and I love it!  Last year I opened up only a few slots seeing as it was my first time hosting them and they sold out within a week!  I’ve already had people reaching out to get on the list for this year’s sessions!  I’ve got a total of 16 slots available and I’m hoping to fill up as many as possible while in Richmond! Read More »

Crump Park – Richmond Fall Family Mini

Wanna know my favorite way to end a session? Definitely, hands down, getting to play with or chat with the kids.  So when Maggie and Cooper asked me if I was going to walk around Crump park with them and see the animals I genuinely jumped for joy and said YES!  And then I just about died and went to heaven when little miss Maggie reached out and held my hand the entire time we walked around looking at the piggies!  Read More »

Christmas Minis 2018

Oh hey Richmond, miss me?  Well I MISS YOU!  So much so that I’m doing not just one day of minis but TWO days of Christmas minis in Richmond this year.  🙂

I posted back on Instagram a few weeks ago about where to do the minis and the response was overwhelmingly for Richmond!  It happens that I’ll been in town two weekends in a row for other sessions and it worked out perfectly to host my minis on those weekends!  I CAN’T WAIT!  I am so excited to see some familiar faces and especially the littles!!Read More »

Back to School Minis!! This September!

As most of you reading this though, my main profession is as a teacher!  More specifically I am an Instructional Technology Coach which basically means that I work with teachers to help them plan innovative lessons and project experiences for their students!  As most teachers will tell you, there is something really special about the back to school season.  I LOVE it!  I love the red apple decorations with the big yellow school buses!  I love the pencils and the funky erasers; I love the bulletin board borders, stamps for homework and don’t even get me started on the stickers.  I have thousands of stickers that I’ve been collecting for years with no hope of using all of them.   And even though I don’t have my own personal students any more, I am a sucker for those flashy pencils to give away as behavior rewards. 🙂

So this got me thinking, I love the beginning of the school year and I wanted to do something FUN to celebrate!  I also haven’t hosted anything in Baltimore yet and am ready to hit the offer something for families in this area!  And so, for the first time ever I’m going to host BACK TO SCHOOL MINIS!   PLUS if you are a teacher with a current teacher ID, I’m going to offer you a discount (because we all know how much us teachers shell out of our own money in the first weeks of school…. yikes!)

So many families take those cute first day of school images with their kiddos all ready to go and then may not get another good looking picture until school pictures, and that’s if those go well.  If they are anything like my school photos… let’s just say they aren’t always flattering.  So then I thought, maybe people would be interested in actually getting nice images of their kiddos at the back to school time without making their kiddos sit through a long photo session when they are in the midst of getting settled back into their routine.

I am SO EXCITED for this!  I’m especially excited because this will be my first portrait event in Baltimore and I can’t wait to see who signs up!  Each mini will be 20 minutes for families in (or will willing to travel to) Baltimore.  Location is TBD and the minis will be hosted on Saturday, September 22nd with the rain day on that Sunday.  If you are at all interested contact me here and make sure to say BACK TO SCHOOL MINIS in the notes section.   I’ve got limited spots and time slots are first come, first serve so if you are interested let me know as soon as possible!

Can’t wait!

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Holiday Minis pt. 3

The last two families from the Holiday Minis are two close friends that I worked with at Quioccasin.  When I switched into my new role as an ITRT at a new school the hardest part was not getting to see my people every day.  Catherine also became an ITRT this year so I get to see her fairly often but I don’t get to have my daily chats with Becky and others who I love which sometimes is really hard.

Getting to see them and their families for holiday minis was such a treat.  I love how fun and kind these two families are and what great examples of good parenting they are.  Their children are precious and kind and love each other – something that is instantly obvious!   I feel like these women need to write me a mom manual that includes everything they’ve done from the beginning to raise such beautifully sweet littles.  🙂

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Holiday Minis pt. 2!

It’s time for another four families from this past year’s Holiday Minis!  The colors from these sessions seriously POP and I couldn’t be happier with the way they turned out!

The Bostain Family

This family couldn’t get any more beautiful if they tried – inside and out.  The best part about getting to spend time with them is that these boys are such boys!  They are explorers and giggly and love to wrestle!  These two boys absolutely love each other too, you can tell by the way to play and look at each other – the way you look at your best friend.

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Kourtney don’t hate me for posting this one – I think it’s so fun!!

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These two boys absolutely LOVE each other!  They are so cute!

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The Bowdens

Best part about this session besides the beautiful family who are good friends of mine – the light! It was so light and airy and gorgeous!  Just look at the rainbow coming across in the bottom corner of the first picture!!  I also had the most amazing little cheerleaders!  After each picture Ryleigh or Parker would give me little doses of encouragement like “oh that’s so cute!” haha it was great!

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The McKays

I have known Cathy since I was 12 years old!  She is a fellow camp girl and also an Alpha Phi!  She was my program director while I was a camper and counselor and then at JMU was my sorority advisor!  Ryan used to be at camp with us too when they were married so I’ve known him forever as well!  Needless to say we know each other really well but this was the first time I got to meet her precious son Cap!  We spend the entire time together laughing and laughing over who knows what!  Honestly I’m still not sure but I think it was ninnies?  Whatever it was, it made Cap burst out laughing!  He is such a hoot!  These images are gorgeous – just check out these colors!

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The Davidsons

Lordy lordy – how cute is Cora!!?  We got to take these images on Thanksgiving and the light and colors were perfect!  The POP of color is gorgeous! Not only that but look how excited Cora is about her baby brother!  ::swooning:: 

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Holiday Minis pt. 1

Alexandra-Michelle-Photography- Holiday Mini - 2017 - Driskell-33This past October when I announced the dates for the Holiday Minis I was nervous.  Nervous because I had been absent from the blog for awhile and wasn’t sure I would get any response.  I also took a leap and decided to host minis on two dates so accommodate more people.  The response I got was amazing!  The November date sold out in 48 hours and with the October date I got to work with 16 families!

You’ve seen the glimpse of the minis from October a few blog posts ago and now it’s time to show off the other 9 families!  🙂  Since there are so many and each deserve their beautiful spotlight I’m sharing the rest of the minis in three parts!  Also who doesn’t love looking at these beautiful fall colors a little longer?

Today we have three amazing families each with a unique story which made these sessions really special.

The Putnams

This mini session was especially special.  Katie was my roomie in the Alpha Phi House and one of my best friends through college and now.  When she asked if we could add in her in laws to the mini session there was no hesitation in saying “of course!”.  You see her mother and father in law just moved back to Virginia from Houston Texas and were there during the hurricane.  They were safe but with all the flooding they lost some of their most treasured things – most devastatingly – all of their family photos.  When Katie told me this my heart broke.  I can’t image this and so I spent extra care to make sure I got great photos of many different family combos.  🙂

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The Driskells

Katie and Hagan are dear friends of mine and so getting to spend time with them and their little girl Ellie was sweet.  Katie and I have always loved swapping sessions and going on photography adventures together.  I got to take their engagement pictures years ago and then their maternity photos this past spring before baby Ellie was born.  🙂  Just look how cute she is!

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The Shait Family

This was the first time I’ve worked this sweet family and it was instantly comfortable and fun!  Their son Camden is precious and full of joy!  His giggle lights up everything and everyone around him – there were countless images of him giggling because I couldn’t get enough!  I loved getting to spend time with this family and hope we get to again!

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Fall Color Flashback pt. 1 – Franciscos!

So if you know me at all you know that snow is my all time favorite thing – ever!  I absolutely love everything about it.  I love how quiet it is and how calm it can be, I love how people snuggle up inside and drink hot chocolate and watch movies while it falls and I love playing in it!

This weekend when it started snowing here in Richmond I was OVER THE MOON, literally squealing out loud in the library at school… As it was falling and I was hanging out inside watching my movies I realized that with the snow was the official end of fall.  Now snow may be my favorite thing but fall is my favorite season so it did make me a little nostalgic of fall and all the bright beautiful colors.  This got me thinking about how I hadn’t blogged out the rest of the minis and all these beautiful fall images.

And so, to celebrate the beginning of Winter (unofficially- I know it technically doesn’t start until the 21st or something) I am spending this whole week sharing out and reminiscing about fall colors with my #fallcolorflashback!

To kick it all off we have the Francisco family and their beautiful little daughter!  You may remember them from last spring when I did an extended family session with them.  I was excited to see them again for a holiday mini!  The colors in these images are beautiful only to be matched by a really beautiful and kind family!  Margaret and Ben – thanks for a great session!

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