2020 Mini Schedule!

Today, in so many ways, feels like Christmas because I seriously look forward to Minis all year! I love getting to see so many families that I cherish and have worked with for YEARS! Last year 88% of my Richmond Minis were families I’ve worked with before! This alone makes it so worth it! I get to see and catch up with people that I LOVE! Whether these are people that I’ve taught with, went to camp with as a kid, know from JMU or met while photographing years back, I’d consider them all friends.

Last year I added Maryland Minis to the mix and it was such a success! I had two times my expected number of sessions and got to scope out a new local location. Maryland Minis were such a treat because it was more relaxed and spaced out and I could easily go home during breaks. Plus I got to meet a bunch of new families with the cutest littles.

So for 2020 I’m going to do host both Richmond and Maryland Minis again! With all things COVID and having a new baby at home, I’m taking extra precautions for each session. For Richmond I’m asking that everyone make sure that the session date AND the rain day option work since we have to be outdoors and cannot reschedule outside of the rain plan weekend. I’m also asking that everyone take their temperatures leading up to the day of the session and the morning of the session. Additionally everyone will need to bring and wear masks while not being photographed and we’ll have to do air hugs from a distance (the worst restriction in my opinion). We will all keep a safe distance apart (at least 6 feet) and I’ll be using a longer focal length lens to make sure you still get dreamy images while staying a distance away.

I know I’ve said it a MILLION times but being able to see these kiddos grow up and get bigger and bigger each year is such a blessing! I LOVE all the bootie shaking, fart joke giggles, and silliness that happens during minis. I LOVE how excited the kids get to see me – almost as excited as I am to see them! I love catching up with families that have become friends and hearing about the new things that have happened in their lives. And I love being able to serve these friends with beautiful images of their families that they can keep and cherish.

All minis are 30 minute sessions at one location. You are guaranteed at least 15 images – the perfect way to snag a holiday card image and update your family albums. ūüôā Since this is my FIFTH year hosting minis I’m also going to offer a FLASH SALE of 10% off the session fee if you book (deposit paid) within the first 24 hours (aka today September 25th by midnight). ūüôā

To reserve your spot, email me at Alex@alexandra-michelle.com for full details. For details on how we will stay safe amongst the pandemic scroll to the bottom for COVID Precautions.

RICHMOND MINIS

Minis will be hosted on Saturday and Sunday November 7th and 8th with the RAIN DATES on November 14th and 15th. Both weekends must be available in order to book in case of rain on the weekend of the 7th and 8th. Spots are more limited this year so don’t hesitate to grab yours! Can’t wait to see you in November at Byrd Park!

MARYLAND MINIS

Minis will be hosted on October 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th! YES that’s right we added another weekend! Session times are limited to evenings which to grab that beautiful golden hour light. Session times range from 3:00pm -6:00pm. Minis this year will be hosted at Oregon Ridge Park!

And of course – here is a glimpse back at some of my favorite images from last years minis ūüôā

COVID INFORMATION:  

In order to keep your family and my family safe, we’ll have to be extra cautious because of COVID 19.  Please see the guidelines below that we’ll follow to make sure we are all safe.  

  • All participants must take their temperature the morning of the session.  If any participant has a fever or feels sick or is showing COVID-19 symptoms, they must forego their mini session.  They will not have to pay the remainder of their balance and will be refunded their deposit. 
  • Social distancing between myself (Alex) and participants will be kept at all times (6 feet at least)
  • Masks will be worn by adults when not being photographed. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use by participants 
  • Unlimited air hugs will be available at any time.  
  • 25% Deposits are due upon booking and can be refunded only for cancelation due to coronavirus (aka showing symptoms, spiking a fever, exposure etc.).  Final remaining payments can be made after the session has been completed and before galleries are delivered. 
  • All payments must be paid online and cannot be paid via cash or check in order to limit germ exposure.  
  • IF the state of Maryland or Virginia goes into a statewide shutdown due to COVID numbers increasing and businesses are not allowed to operate and/or it becomes unsafe to host minis, the mini session may be canceled and full refunds will be made with advanced notice.  

Surprise! We’re Pregnant!

A year ago this month, doubt started to creep into my head.¬† Something that seemed normal and easy for everyone else around me, was starting to not be easy for us. November had come and gone, December too, then January and February joined the mix of disappointments.¬† Month by month I went from hopeful and excited to sad and distant.¬† Each month I would take a test I dreaded knowing it would be no but secretly hoping I’d be wrong.¬† Each no making me feel more and more like a failure.

I think the hardest part of walking through 12 months of NOs was that feeling of deep failure only to walk into the next month and have to try and find hope again.¬† For me, praying kept me hopeful.¬† I prayed and prayed and prayed that God would give us a chance.¬† That God would give me patience and remind me that this was not on my schedule, my timeline, my control.¬† Real talk? This sucked and was really hard.¬† For someone like me who loves to plan and finds comfort in knowing, not having any control was disheartening.¬† Part of me thinks God was waiting for me to stop planning, stop counting months, stop worrying and just TRUST him.¬† ¬†Let go of the control, let go of the anxiety and fear and just give it to him.¬† 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 »

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

Kayleigh Maternity pt. 2

Our maternity session was perfect but as we were getting in the cars and leaving I kept feeling like I hadn’t done something. ¬†It was as I was driving out of Crump Park that I realized what it was… we forgot to get images of just Kayleigh, by herself, in all her maternity glory. ¬†I knew I wanted those images and I had a feeling Kayleigh did too. ¬†We must be on the same brain wave because just as I was about to text her asking if she’d mind meeting up again, she beat me to it! ¬†Asking if I minded if we could meet up again and get a few more of just her? ¬†Mind!? ¬†Of course I didn’t mind, I wanted these images for her just as much as she did. ¬†Maternity images should be about the upcoming family and the excitement and love the parents feel for this new life but also to celebrate the woman who is building this little life step by step. ¬† Maternity sessions should pay tribute to the strength and grace of the future mom who is in my opinion, a warrior princess. ¬†ūüôā

So we met back up and just when I thought it couldn’t get better, it did. ¬†The light was gorgeous and the park seemed to have even more great spots for images than before. ¬†Oh and Kayleigh, she is seriously the best. ¬†I mean it. ¬†The. Best. ¬†I saw a corn field off in the distance and I thought oh man, I really want to shoot there. ¬†But… there was a fence… with a lock… and a pregnant woman in a gorgeous dress who I thought, may not want to climb a fence, in a dress, to go into a field of overgrown corn to get images…. Oh boy was I wrong. ¬†I suggested it to her and she was like ‘yeah girl, absolutely’ in the most cool girl I climb fences, kind of way. ¬†Like I said… The. Best.

So we did, we climbed not one, but two fences and got ourselves in a corn field to take GORGEOUS images.  I was swooning then and I am swooning now.  I love these images.

So Kayleigh – Thank you for being on my brain wave the entire time and being such a fun, easy going person to work with. ¬†I’m so glad we did this and I can’t wait to meet your little guy soon. ūüôā

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Click here to see Kayleigh’s Maternity Session pt. 1

Milestone 2: Cole – 9 Months!

The last time you saw Cole here he was a newborn! ¬†You remember, the cutie with the bow tie? ¬†I mean common, how could you forget this face! ¬†If you didn’t get to see it go check it out by clicking here!

Well now he is 9 months and a really stinker! ¬†He is forming his own little personality, he loves to swing and once he warms up, he is a real talker! ¬†Amanda and Jamie really have a great baby, he is so easy going and up for anything. ¬†We spent our time together walking around Deep Run Park and I have to say, even after a huge storm, it was just as beautiful as ever. ¬†Read More »

Finding a Wonderland next to Southern Season

So Saturday afternoon me and my friend went to Southern Season to walk around and look for a birthday present for her mom. ¬†First let me just say that WOWZERS, Southern Season is awesome! ¬†I’m so bummed to hear that my first trip may be my last in Richmond because it is closing on the 25th (WAH!?)

Well in any case we left the store after seriously swooning over¬†everything and I mean¬†everything (the glasses, the cheese, the bakery, the cooking classes kitchen and oh did I mention the CHEESE!) and as we left I saw it, the most perfect portrait location.Read More »

Photography Play Date at Pony Pastures with Katie

This past weekend was back to back packed with photography fun. ¬†I started off the weekend on Thursday evening by meeting up with my friend Katie to explore Pony Pastures and take new head shots. ¬†I’ve been wanting to update my “About Me” page and to update my website so I asked Katie if she’d be down to go explore and exchange the favor. ¬†Katie just started her own photography business back in the spring Kate Driskell Photography¬†(check out her blog here!)¬†and it’s been nice to have a friend just starting out to get together to practice or just talk about techniques etc. ¬†Read More »

High Noon Photography Workshop

It took me a little bit to blog about this because I wanted to edit all the pictures and make sure I really really liked them before posting them to the world.  I came across the High Noon Workshop when the Camera Club of Richmond president emailed the club the link.  I checked out the website and thought it sounded amazing, but was nervous that it would be filled with intimidating professionals.  After a quick email exchange with one of the instructors, I decided to go for it and registered early (to get the discount of course).  
So on June 10th, I headed downtown to the Tredegar Iron Works, by Belle Isle at 9am to start what would be a great experience. ¬†The workshop included three sessions where you worked with the three instructors¬†Adrian Henson,¬†Anthony Rumley, and¬†Pete Wright. ¬†I spent the morning with Anthony, taking pictures in natural light of the gorgeous model Pepper. ¬†Then worked with Adrian to learn about using studio lights outside. ¬†After an amazing¬†lunch and I do mean amazing, I got to work with Pete Wright who taught us about wedding photography and posing models. ¬† Then I got to hop in the James River and experienced my first “Trash the Dress” session! ¬†
I have to say while I was very nervous and extremely intimidated after seeing huge telephoto lenses and major studio lighting set ups, I loved this workshop! ¬†I learned so much about lighting and working with models and especially using my camera in a professional setting (eek!). ¬†Mostly just getting practice and practice and practice was the best part especially since I’d never worked with models before or really even with people. ¬†While it was challenging taking pictures of people that moved, blinked, and changed positions, it actually was a lot more fun than taking pictures of still life because there was so much more I could do!¬†
In any case, here are my favorites from the workshop!  Enjoy and please let me know what you think! 
Pepper is absolutely gorgeous! 

I love how sassy this is.

Reminds me of Audrey Hepburn

They are so cute!

The trash the dress was so fun!

Hope you enjoyed! <3 AMR