Libby Hill Park Family Portraits

It’s crazy to think that the last time I saw the Brown family they were welcoming home Elizabeth as a brand new baby!  You may remember that session and her gorgeous floral bow! Not to mention Joseph’s camera take over and the cuteness that instilled!  This is something I especially love about the milestone package, I get to watch families grow over a year.  I can’t get over how much bigger Elizabeth is and how much older Joseph seems!  Not to mention seeing Elizabeth grow from a sleepy little infant to a baby with rolls for DAYS!  She is ADORABLE!  Joseph becomes more and more active with every session we do and it’s so fun.  At one point I turned to Lindsey and had to say “so sorry for all the screeching!” as Joseph and I played stormtroopers and I died valiantly as he shot me first.  🙂

So fun.  So so so much fun.Read More »

Country Farm Sunset Portraits

Carryn Turns 13!

HOLY shizzz this session was amazing!  I got in the car with Brandy and as we pulled out of the driveway she hollered over to Chris her husband about loading up the horses cause we were going to Renee’s.  The name sounded familiar but it wasn’t until we started approaching the location that I realized where we were going.

At first I thought Renee’s was a place where Carryn rides, but it wasn’t, it was a gorgeous piece of property of a nearby neighbor, Renee.  As we pulled up I realized where we were going, this was the infamous farm.  The farm that used to belong to Sterling’s grandmother, where his mother and aunts had lived when they were younger, where Sterling had grown up exploring nature.  It’s probably one of his most cherished places and I was seeing it for the very first time.

We pulled up to the property and started looking around.  I felt kind of weird actually being there without him, as if I was imposing on his memories and special place.  Those feelings quickly faded when we came up a familiar site.  A large red barn was right in front of me, beautifully perched up on a hill, the same site that we have framed in our house.

It was neat getting to spend time in a place that is such a huge part of Sterling’s life but that paired with getting to spend time with the Mullins and take these images, made for a perfect night.  The Mullins are my kind of people.  The first time we took pictures together I needed to get to a higher ground and so climbed up on the shoulders of Chris who didn’t skip a beat.  Brandy is a country girl who will do anything for her kids and she has amazing taste.  We’d make one hell of a styled shoot duo if I was in the Charlottesville area.  For this session, we brought over a trailer with not one but two horses and the whole family joined in to help.  At one point I was standing on top of Taylor’s (Carryn’s sister) boyfriend’s car.  These people are all in and I LOVE it!

The best part of the whole session was the last few moments in the field with Carryn’s horses.  The light got softer, the horses came out and Carryn blossomed.  This is her happy place.  She is 100% herself when she’s with her horses.  She’s confident, carefree, beautiful, soft and strong all at the same time.  She SHINES in these images in the field and they are some of my favorites ever.

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This horse is BEAUTIFUL!  They got him from Chincoteauge!

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Newborn Portraits – Sam – Charlottesville

Meet my new nephew!! That’s right this little cutie is my sister in law’s son and so obviously I’m biased in thinking he’s precious!  He is officially a month old now and doing very well!  His sister Cora has adapted so well and is really sweet with him.  She is gentle and kind and even calms him down by saying “It’s okay little buddy, it’s okay.” ::swoon::  Sam meanwhile is an observer, calm and quietly takes it all in.  He has big blue eyes that watch you intently.  It’s going to be great watching these two grow up! Read More »

Fun With The Benachia Family

My ideal clients are the ones that want genuine candids of their kids just being kids and playing.  These are the families where we get a few formal family portraits together but then spend most of the session just running around and playing – it’s my favorite!  The reason is because I love to get images that show children’s expressions and true personality!  This is why I don’t prefer wedding photography – I think it’s beautiful and I love being able to design a shot and it turning out how I envisioned but I find myself missing moments that capture the spirit which I get when I work with children and families.Read More »