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 »
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 »
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!
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!
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
You guys, these two are amazing! I have to start this post by setting the scene for you so you can truly appreciate how wonderful they are. We met on Sunday evening at Crump Park and it was hot, not just hot but humid. Really humid, I’m talking the kind of humid that has you sweating in a hot second. But even through the humidity, they rocked it! Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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!