Shannon + Doug {Engagement} Carrollton, VA

You don’t always need a super amazing location to have a great session. Shannon and Doug chose a pond in their neighborhood for their engagement session and it worked out perfectly. I’m always a fan of pretty trees and there were a couple of beautiful willow trees around the pond that we used. Shannon and Doug both have busy work schedules and it was tough to find a session date that worked for everyone, so when late afternoon rain showed up on the forecast we bumped the session up an hour or two. Normally I like to shoot at the very beginning or very end of the day because it’s when the light is softest, but with the storm rolling in we had plenty of cloud cover and some nice and soft diffused light. I met Shannon in about 2008 through work and I couldn’t be more excited to be shooting hers and Doug’s wedding. She is super sweet and quick to smile, and I think you’ll agree that she and Doug make a great looking couple! I hope you enjoy my favorites!

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Nicole + Bob {Maternity}

beth-hamilton-photography-coury-ODU-maternity-session_0018Bob and Nicole have been good friends of mine and Nick’s for several years now. Now that I think about it, our friendship is going on about 10 years! We are both so grateful to count these two as friends. Bob was one of Nick’s groomsmen in our wedding and Nick had a blast being one of Bob’s groomsmen in their Detroit wedding in 2013. It’s been really cool being a part of each other’s lives and we couldn’t be happier for them as they start this new and exciting chapter. Hampton Roads has had some super warm weather this December and it sure has been nice for portrait sessions! We walked around the campus at ODU and found some really pretty spots. You wouldn’t know it from looking at the pictures, but it was graduation day at ODU and there were a TON of people walking around! Here are a few favorites from our session. Congratulations Bob and Nicole! We love you guys!

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Sarah + Bryan {Maternity}

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It’s always fun to work with friends, but it’s even more fun to work with friends that have been in front of my lens in the past. Sarah and Bryan’s engagement session was the first I ever shot! They were gracious enough to ask me to take their engagement pictures when I was just starting out. It was so much fun and I feel like it was an important step in deciding that photography was something I really wanted to pursue, so I’ll be forever grateful to them! They are adding a little one to their family very soon and I was thrilled to document this new chapter for them. I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites! Oh, and their golden doodle Swagger is the cutest!!

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Connie + Ramon {Wedding} Steinhilber’s Virginia Beach

beth-hamilton-photography-steinhilbers-wedding-virginia-beach_0060Connie and Ramon planned an intimate wedding for a Wednesday evening at Steinhilber’s Restaurant in Virginia Beach. The ceremony was set outside overlooking the Lynnhaven River at sunset. The reception featured beige and copper details and of course a delicious dinner. With no bridal party, we went straight into portraits after the ceremony and made the most of the beautiful evening light. The sky went from shades of orange and pink into blues and purples, which reflected beautifully in the water. One of my favorite parts was at the beginning of the ceremony. I loved the anticipation on Ramon’s face as he watched his bride walk down the aisle. Connie and Ramon, thank you so much for choosing me to document your wedding day! It was beautiful and you were a joy to work with. I hope you enjoy my favorites! View full post »

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Caitlyn + Matt {Engagement} Virginia Beach

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I always love when couples have ideas about locations for a session, particularly when it’s somewhere that’s special to them. Caitlyn and Matt have part of their session at Lubo Wine Tasting Room. It’s where they had their first date and has since kind of become “their place.” I definitely need to go sometime. I hear the mac and cheese is awesome! We started off their session there and then headed to an outdoor location nearby. I loved spending some time with them, hearing the details of how Matt proposed, and meeting their dog Gunner (he was so excited to be there that he ended up only having a short appearance in the session!). Their January wedding at the Chrysler is going to be wonderful! Caitlyn and Matt, thank you for choosing me to be your photographer! I’m so excited!

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