Laura + Colson {Engagement} Smithfield, Virginia

If possible, I always schedule portrait sessions to be just after sunrise or before sunset because the light is the softest and most flattering at those times of day. In the middle of the day, the sun is very bright and can be harsh and more difficult to shoot in. However, on overcast days the clouds act like a giant light diffuser and the lighting is much less harsh. While that might mean we lack the beautiful golden glow that I love, I also love soft, diffused light! Laura and Colson were in town for the weekend for their engagement session last weekend. If you live in Hampton Roads, you might remember that it poured on and off ALL day on Saturday! We were left with Sunday for their session and we had that awesome diffused light the whole time. Laura and Colson obviously have a great time when they are together, which always makes my job easy! I had a blast hanging out with these two and can’t wait for their wedding in Northern Virginia in a few short months!

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Nicola - September 17, 2017 - 8:22 pm

Very elegant photography!

bethhamiltonphoto - September 27, 2017 - 11:38 am

Thank you Nicola!

Rebecca + Ash {Engagement} Downtown Norfolk

I met up with Rebecca and Ash on a gorgeous evening in downtown Norfolk. The light was particularly gorgeous toward the end of the session! Both of them love the water, so I thought having their engagement session at a location that incorporated the water was only fitting. They are getting married at the Mariner’s Museum this October and I’m looking forward to documenting their big day. I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites!

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Jaclynne + Taylor {Maternity} Virginia Beach Sunrise

With the crazy hot weather we’ve had in Virginia in the last few weeks, a sunrise session was just the thing to beat the heat. I’ll admit that getting up so early isn’t easy for me, but it is SO worth it. I met Jaclynne and Taylor in Virginia Beach just before sunrise. We had some amazingly gorgeous golden light to go along with the comfortable temperatures. Jaclynne looked so beautiful and I loved hearing how excited she and Taylor are about their son who will be born soon. I remember the anticipation during late pregnancy! When will he arrive? What will he look like? How will it feel to hold him? This was the first maternity session I’ve shot since having Theo and it was definitely extra special and much more personal than it’s ever been. Congratulations Jaclynne and Taylor! I am so excited for you and am honored to have captured this exciting time for you!  View full post »

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Liz + Kyle {Wedding} Lesner Inn, Virginia Beach

Liz and Kyle were married on a gorgeous June day at the Lesner Inn in Virginia Beach. These two and their bridal party were all smiles all day. Every detail came together perfectly, from Liz’s Nicole Miller gown to the gorgeous custom signs made by Kyle’s dad’s sign company to the eucalyptus spread throughout the decor. Liz wore a bracelet from each of her grandmothers – I love special details like that! After the ceremony we went across the street to the beach for portraits and had the most beautiful light (thank you clouds!). Liz and Kyle even agreed to step outside during the reception for a few more portraits at sunset (yay more portraits!!). It was a beautiful day full of joy and I’m so glad I was a part of it! I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites!
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Karyn + Cole {Engagement} First Landing State Park

I met Karyn and Cole at First Landing State Park on a beautiful Saturday evening. It was quite crowded with beachgoers and boaters so we wandered down the beach a little ways to find some quieter areas. The session ended with a gorgeous sunset! I had a great time hanging out with them. I love how much they laugh together! Fun fact – they met when they both worked at Disney World! I’m looking forward to their wedding this fall! I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from their session.

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