Well I broke my "no shooting wedding’s" rule and I’m so glad I did. It was such a honor to be Josh and Mary Catherine’s photographer on their fabulous wedding day. One of the reasons I do not shoot weddings right now is that I have found them sometimes to be too much. WHAT!?! Of course it is. You invest in all this time, money, effort, planning and scheduling and if something goes wrong then…what will we do. It's completely understandable but I'm not ready for all of that stress. I take my passion so seriously sometimes that it's just to much for me. BUT...God had another plan this November. Mary Catherine really wanted me to be her photographer. I was floored! Really? I told her that I only have photographed 4 weddings. She did not care and that made my heart sing with joy. She had so much faith in me...how could I say no.
We had so many great session at Yorktown Beach this Summer. Here is a collection of some awesome moments we shared! Enjoy.
What a treat it was to spend the evening with this wonderful group. We enjoyed reviewing May's Alice in Wonderland class, a superb dramatization of Alice in Wonderland, by Joe Dellinger. The event continued with Carmen Alvez teaching us about the "Art" of tea. While enjoying our treats, by Baked in Williamsburg and tea we reviewed the client's homework, "Nonsensical Poems or Pictures: Share Alice in Wonderland Surrealist Collages". Thank you, The Arc of Great Williamsburg, for letting me be a part of this super fun night!
What an amazing sight! Four generations of stunningly beautiful women! Dorothy celebrates 97 years in this blessed world. I won't go into the rest of the ladies ages (I'm sure they appreciate that), but they are somewhere in between, Dorthy, 97yrs and adorable Berlin, 3 months. Thank you Cindy for asking me to come and celebrate this awesome gathering!
Getting wet and wild in Viriginia Beach on Saturday with the Francis family! It's never really been about the exact right lighting or perfect sharp photo for me...it's about the raw emotion of seeing Kate play in the sand for the first time and Claire chasing the birds. It is about capturing the moments that make these wonderful people a family. The share just a pure and strong love for each other. And that is what I want to share with them and with you. Thank you Cristina and Jeff! I love you all very much!
WOW!!! I have never seen a more beautiful rising senior! Brooke has a way of changing her facial exressions on a dime and it's completely natural. I had the biggest smile on my face while going through these. Love this girl! She is just a simple beauty and a drop dead gorgeous person inside and out.
I met Tammy while working for Colonial Williamsburg. We hit it off as soon as we met. She is an amazing illustrator, graphic designer, wife and mother! Sadron completes Tammy so well and you can see how much he loves his wife and boys. I was so honored when she let me know that they would be booking a session with me!!! It's like waking up on Christmas day...get so excited and nervous at the same time. We scouted some new locations around Williamsburg and Newport News and decided to meet at Huntington Park. The boys really wanted to see the train. So we stopped at all the great locations on the way to the train inside Huntington Park. They have the Rose Garden, Military and Weapons Museum, the Chesapeake and Ohio Historic Train, and then it was off to the AWESOME Fort Fun Playground! We didn't even get to the beach...next time ya'll. Thank you for such a fun session and hope you enjoy.
So it's 85 degrees, 10 am, and it's my first wedding! It's was also Steven and Crystal's first wedding…already we had so much in common. haha I met Crystal a while ago at my friend, Mike's, 30th birthday party and would never had guessed later down the road, I would be her photographer on her beautiful wedding day, but here I was living my dream! I was recommended through one of our best couple friends, Emily and Mike. It is such a small and funny world. It's the best feeling to become friends with your clients. Crystal put her trust in me and gave me a chance. I couldn't have been more happy that she did! It's wonderful people like Steven and Crystal that make life so special. They were patient and kind through the entire process. I am so grateful to them. I will carry this day with me forever, Thank you Steven and Crystal for such an amazing experience and memory.
I also had a wonderful mentor, Jodi Barder, owner of Capture This Moment Photografie with me during the day. She is a God send. Again other great friend introduced us and I owe her so much for teaching and sharing with me all the tips and tricks of the trade. She is a wonderful mentor and I thank God for her everyday. She helped me through the day and was there every time I had questions or concerns. She helped me bring my "A" game. Thank you J!!!
I arrive at Kiln Creek Country Club, to find the Pavilion being set up, by their wonderful event team, Kyle Oakes and Kaitlyn Inge. The decor and flower arrangements were beautiful and set up an hour before the ceremony by Jeff's Flowers in Hampton. Jeff's Flowers also helped with lattice backdrop, the flowers attached to it and the two large live rose arrangements. Event Central assisted with the chairs, live bouquets, bouts, corsages, and silk altar arrangement and the outstanding cake! YUMMY. Event Central was also our choice pick for my wedding. Love them! Steven and Crystal also had one amazing photo booth! It was my first time seeing one of these at a wedding. All the guests loved it. Valentine Photobooth, provided all these great props for all the guests to use while celebrating the wedding in the photobooth. What a great idea for any wedding or event!
Kiln Creek is a beautiful, private little community inside Newport News. Gorgeous homes, awesome restaurants, and a peaceful country club with a 18 hole championship golf course.
As soon as I saw Crystal, she was full of smiles and beauty. She was surrounded by her loving mom, Terri; her amazing wedding planner, Aunt Debbie; Sam, her sweet sister, and Heather, her best friend and Maid of Honor. What a team! I started with her dress, all the details of her jewelry and the ceremony site. It was so EXCITING! I checked in with the Steven and his brothers…they were cracking up over getting dressed and how many photos I was taking. :) What two great families. I just kept thinking that the whole day. It was so evident that this pair was meant to be joined as one.
I enjoyed so much of capturing this glorious day. Not one hiccup…it was completely perfect. Steven and Crystal had their first kiss, dance, and cake together as husband and wife and it was amazing! I know you both will follow in your parent's footsteps by having a long, wonderful, happy and blessed marriage! I can see you two at 78 years old dancing the same way I saw you dance on your wedding day. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Robinson!!!
I have not learned how to just stop at 30 images when I am processing my session. It's gotten harder and harder. So I had to post a blog to show you the rest of the "sneak peeks" from today's session. Meet the Bowers, the other Bowers...no the other other Bowers!
So my best friend, Kennon, introduced me to Helen and Ben (they are below this post). They introduced me to their family, the Jhuns and the Bowers and the Merrells. I have had the pleasure of photographing all of them in the last couple of months. Today, I had the honor of meeting up with Dan (Ben's bro) and his beautiful wife, Jill, and their daughter, Lillian. We have been planning this session for months now. Last time we tried to get together it rained and so we rescheduled. Well yep...there was rain in the forecast today as well...but we were not going to let that stop us. After many texts back and forth with Jill we decided to wing it. We found this great little spot in Hampton...shhh, it's a secret. And WHAT A SPOT! It was like a little piece of heaven.
A little bit about this great family. They are both wonderful parents, loving friends, supportive family members. Jill is super creative, smart, and very charming. Her smile is contagious. This is my first time meeting Dan, but he cracked me up today. A very reserved guy, but I could tell he had a little goofy inside him and he let it out just enough to help me get miss Lillian to smile and giggle for us. Thank you Dan and thank you Jill and Lillian for such a wonderful time today.
Hope these make you smile, like they do for me.