Isn’t it funny how what seems so far in the future is here before you know it? I shot Crystal and Anthony’s engagement session in June 2014 and at that point June 2016 seemed so far away! It was hard to believe when Crystal and I were talking through the final details of her timeline and the wedding day was almost here. I can only imagine how quickly their engagement has flown by for them! Crystal and Anthony had a classy blush affair at the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth on a humid June day. It was obvious how excited they both were that the big day was finally here! These two were wonderful to work with. They treated me and everyone else around with kindness throughout the whole process and I’m so thankful to have spent their wedding day with them! Hannah Hildebrandt Events brought everything together beautifully and kept everything running smoothly. Kelly Gish Floral Designs never disappoints and had perfect hydrangea and rose arrangements with soft greens that complimented the decor perfectly. Music Makes You Happy DJ Services, Cakes by Crystal, Blush Tones, and all the other vendors came together to make a wonderful wedding day. One of my favorite parts of the day was capturing the few minutes after the ceremony with just the bride and groom together. Crystal and Anthony were the perfect example of why I love this “tradition.” I think you’ll get a small glimpse into it when you get to that part of the post! Enjoy my favorites!
I’m at the time in life where whenever you say ANYTHING to the effect of having news to share, pregnancy is the first thing people jump to! In this case, I’m excited to say that it’s true! Nick and I have been waiting for what we felt was the right time to share and it’s finally here. We’re ready for the world to know! There’s some discussion about our actual due date, but right now it’s sitting at November 29. That seems like a long time away, but I know it’ll be here faster than I think!
I love it when couples have ideas for engagement session locations, especially when it’s a place that’s special to them as a couple. Lindsey and Gino have spent time at the Fort Monroe campground with their families. It’s also where they got engaged, so it was a natural choice for an engagement session spot. I loved walking around with these two. They are super laid back and laugh a lot when they’re together. I love people who don’t take themselves too seriously and Lindsey and Gino were great examples of that. Whether it was Gino offering to ride around Fort Monroe on the tailgate of their truck so that I could ride in the cab (and he did!) or Lindsey’s gorgeous smile when Gino would make her laugh, these two were so at east with themselves and each other that it truly made my job easy. We started off on the beach, did some exploring, and then ended the evening at the spot where Gino asked Lindsey to be his wife. I’m so excited to share some favorites!
This post is a little late going up, but better late than never, right? I spent some time in Smithfield with Anna and Joe for their maternity session. These two have been in front of my camera quite a few times now and I love it every time. Anna and Joe welcomed their daughter Lucy to the world last Thursday, May 19! I’m so happy for these wonderful friends as they start this exciting new chapter of their lives. Love you Anna, Joe, and Lucy!
I don’t consider myself to be a big blogger. I’ve always struggled not only to say what I want to say in a blog post, but also just to find things to say that I think people will actually want to read. Having new work to share always helps and I could gush about my wonderful clients all day, but when wedding off-season comes, I struggle! You may or may not have noticed that my blog has been unusually quiet lately. That’s both for the reason I just mentioned and because I’m back at work full time temporarily. For anyone who doesn’t know me personally or just doesn’t know a ton about my life outside of photography, I’ve worked in an office job since I graduated from college in 2006. That job worked much out better than expected. It helps that I work with some great people. When I started my photography business in about 2012, I quickly became overwhelmed and realized that I couldn’t function as both a wedding photographer and a full time office manager. Fortunately I was able to start working part time and that has worked out well since then. In the past few weeks I’ve been needed full time temporarily, which worked out well timing-wise since there aren’t a ton of weddings in February and March. All that to say, I haven’t blogged because I’ve been very busy at work and once I got home, I frankly just haven’t felt like sitting in front of my computer and trying to think of something to blog about! However, when I realized that I hadn’t blogged in almost a month, I knew I needed to make the time. Fortunately I quickly remembered that I shot a session JUST FOR ME months and months ago that I only ever shared a handful of images from. I enjoyed going back through them after this long and I’m excited to share them with you.
A LONG time ago, I asked around to see who might have a tulle skirt I could borrow for a session I was envisioning. My friend Sarah lent me the skirt shown in these pictures that she made for a Halloween costume! I had the skirt for ages before I finally decided I needed to make it happen. I asked my sister-in-law Victoria if she would play model for me and luckily for me, she was all for it. She is a wonderful dancer so we decided to incorporate some dance elements like an old pair of pointe shoes. She was even gracious enough to spend several hours shopping with me to find the perfect neutral top. My other wonderful friend Jill did a fabulous job on Tori’s super-dramatic makeup that I had in mind. Thank you SO much to Sarah for the skirt, Jill for her time and talent, and to Tori for being beautiful as well as patient with me while I gave myself room to be creative.
It started out as a beautifully sunny evening but quickly clouded over and got rather dark. Even so, I’m glad I had the chance to shoot just for fun. I don’t make time for that often! I hope you enjoy a few of the shots from our time together.