Tenney Family Neutral Newborn Session

Tenney Family Neutral Newborn Session

— Richmond Virginia —

When Anne reached out to me a few months ago about doing her newborn pictures I actually had a moment of “pinch me!”.  I knew Anne in college as she was kind of a big deal in sorority life at JMU!  She was a Tri Delta and I was an Alpha Phi and while we never officially knew each other I definitely knew of her!  She was Panhellenic President and was known as one of the nicest women at school.  Panhellenic for anyone who isn’t a sorority person is the overarching organization that each sorority is involved in.  It’s kind of like a community counsel and puts on events such as recruitment.  Being President of Panhel is a HUGE honor and an even bigger responsibility!  It’s a two year commitment and running recruitment is no easy task!

After we got talking she sent me over a Pinterest board of the type of shots she was hoping we’d get.  It was such a wonderful surprise to see that most of the pictures on the Pinterest board were mine!! I couldn’t believe it!! They were mixed in with other images by people that I really admire and look up to which was so humbling!

When I got to Anne and Aaron’s house it was nothing less than what I expected, beautifully spaced with an amazing layout.  Her nursery was decorated neutrally with basic white, grays and light beige/brown.  I honestly had never seen a nursery that neutral before (usually there is more splashes of pink or blue) and I loved it!  It was easy to get bright and clean images of the space and of the baby plus it had a simple feel that was refreshing and classic.

What impressed me more than their beautiful home and their clean and well planned nursery though was Anne and Aaron and how gracefully kind they both are.  They are people of faith and you can tell it’s very important to them.  I walked into their house and immediately felt welcome and trusted.  Anne and I talked like two old friends and I have to say – she really is one of the nicest and down to earth people I’ve ever met! She was kind enough to hold up a blanket in the background as a reflector for almost the entire time!  Beyond their kind hearts, Aaron and Anne are such natural parents and in the most genuine way.  I noticed it in the simple ways they care for Will and each other. Like how Aaron snuggled up with Will just to watch golf, or how Anne talks to Will to sooth him and calm him.  They were born to be a parents and God has blessed them in a beautiful way.  Their parenting was never flashy or braggy, but sweet, humble and natural.  You can tell that this was path is blessed by God and that they are in it together every step of the way!

Anne and Aaron – I LOVED getting to know you better during this session and am so glad that we are doing at least two more milestones together!  You have a beautiful family and hearts of gold, I’m grateful to get to work with you both!

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Newborn Portraits – Virginia Beach Session – Sexton Family

These two are probably one of my all time favorite couples!  They started dating at JMU and so when Sterling and I started dating at JMU we would all meet up on the dance floor on Friday and Saturday nights!  Mike (also fondly known as Big Sexy by almost everyone) lived in the house behind Sterling’s house and we were always at either of those two places during my Grad year.  Kevyn is a teacher like me and tons of fun!  The two of them are the kind of friends you want to stay have in your life forever.

The two of them are genuine in every sense of the word, they are loyal, kind and warm.  Kevyn has a spirit that lights up any room she’s in and a contagious laugh!  Mike gives the best hugs and an equally good listener.  The way they treat their friends though is nothing compared to the love they have for each other.  It’s undeniable.  Even just the way they look at each other from across the room, you can tell that they deeply cherish one another.  It’s a love that their son is so blessed to be a part of, one that some people only dream of and others can only emulate; true, constant, big love that pushes into everything they do.  To see these two as parents was amazing because it’s as if the love they have for each other just grew ten fold to include this little tiny baby boy.

Mike and Kevyn, we love you guys and feel so blessed to call you friends.  I’m so glad to have gotten to take these images for you.

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Ps.  You may also remember them from their engagement session!  Click here to walk down memory lane!

Richmond Newborn – Rennolds Family

My first real memory of Leslie was initiation night my first year at camp, circa 2000.  She was a JC (Junior Counselor) and this year’s JC group decided to dress up as crazed electricians.  Or something to this affect.  You see, at camp every summer we initiate our first year campers will a scary (and often times silly) story, a walk around camp and a fun introduction to the rest of camp.  Leslie’s group being the “crazed” electricians were dressed up in jeans, plaid, hats and drawn on fake beards (if memory serves me right).  I was 12 as a first year camper and she was 16 and we had no idea we’d be such good friends.

Fast forward 5 years and Leslie is my first co-counselor at camp.  I felt pretty lucky actually because Leslie was the “Mother of the Row” and I was less nervous knowing I’d have help from a pro!  We lived in Pony Express with about 12 nine to ten year olds and boy was it a crazy summer.  Note-ably of course, was the 2 week long guessing game of “who is wetting the bed?”.  Which ended with a surprise twist and cabin sweeps for three cabins.  Truly a memorable summer!  In our time as co-counselors together she taught me how to sweep away homesickness, laugh through the weird moments and of course get 12 crazy nine year olds to bed, which is not always an easy task.  She was a role model that I always looked up to.

Leslie quickly became a very close friend of mine and a person who I can always call on for help.  She is fiercely loyal, a great listener and silly.  Greg is the calm in any storm, easy going and a perfect match for Leslie.  Seeing them become parents has been a real honor.  It is already evident that Greg and Leslie are great parents, they are grounded in love for each other and their new baby.  This family of five (let’s not forget the two pups) is simply lovely!  Congratulations Leslie and Greg!  I’m so happy for you guys!

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