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Erin + Bobby + baby | Richmond Maternity Photos | Richmond Portrait Photographer

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I had the great pleasure of documenting Erin and Bobby’s wedding just a few years ago and I was thrilled to hear about the next big adventure they have embarked on. This beautiful couple is expecting a baby girl, who is set to arrive this June and has so much love and cuteness awaiting her that I bet she can hardly wait! We lucked out with blue skies and spring temperatures as we played in Richmond’s own Maymont Park and then made our way to Carytown. Many many girly points to Erin for doing the entire session in heels…my hero. Following are my favorites from the day: enjoy!

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This Photo Lady loves to KISS!

After much, much searching for the perfect wedding book company, I recently discovered KISS Wedding Books. I mean, how perfect of a match is that? Photoladylove meets KISS and it is love at first sight! Funky colors, beautiful leather, archival photo paper and maximum design potential with seamless layflat binding…I’m smitten. It really was love at first sight and I’m super excited to show off a few brand spanking new sample books I had made. Enjoy!


Dining Out: Hermitage Grill

It has been a long time since I had a dessert that was truly to die for. However, after shooting this week’s restaurant review for Hermitage Grill in Richmond’s Lakeside neighborhood, I tried chef Nancy Smith’s chocolate kahlua creme brulee. I literally could not stop putting spoon after spoon of it into my mouth, and the only reason I did leave some behind was because I didn’t want to be known as the photo lady who licked the dessert plate clean and left with chocolate on her face…This everybody-knows-your-name kind of restaurant is definitely a place I would go back to. I loved all the bright colors, the friendly staff and everything I photographed made me hungry. Following are photos of a few dishes: fried green tomatoes with cumin shrimp, corn and black bean salsa; salmon jalapeno croquettes with cajun tartar; and shrimp and grits with andouille sausage. For Dana Craig’s review click *here* and for my audio slideshow click *here*. Enjoy!

Photos by Eva Russo

All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch

The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represents the positions, strategies or opinions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Conch Republic

I recently had the opportunity to make a series of pictures for Dana Craig’s Richmond Times-Dispatch restaurant review of Conch Republic, in Richmond, Va. I’d been here for happy hour before and instantly *loved* the terrace/balcony overlooking the James River, complete with tiki bar and enormous open windows leading into the main dining area. The restaurant is part of the Rocketts Landing complex and is a great addition to rva’s going-out scene. I felt like I had stepped away from the office and onto a beach in the Caribbean (almost). I know the James isn’t exactly the Caribbean, but if you need a break, this is a good place to start! For Dana’s review click here and for the slideshow click here. Enjoy!

Photos by Eva Russo

All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch

The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represents the positions, strategies or opinions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Broad Street Angel

The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k is such a Richmond experience and I have been fortunate to run it twice and photograph it a bunch of other times. Every year I try to capture photos that are different than the year before, and I wanted to post one of my favorites from this past Saturday. As I was looking for pre-race features I noticed this angel walking quickly by me. I never saw her face, but with the early morning light and the expanse of Broad St. in front of her, plus the looks on other runners faces as she passed by, that was my shot. The photo ran in Sunday’s paper and I received a message Sunday afternoon from the angel herself. As it turns out, she is a jewel of a woman who I have met before and who always sends the RTD photographers the most heartfelt and complimentary notes. In her note she told me she was dressed as an angel to symbolize “all of the angels on earth who’ve been there for us with the passing of my husband on Valentine’s Day.” My thoughts and prayers are with her and her children and I wanted to share the photo because I feel like it captures a little of her beautiful bright spirit.

Photo by Eva Russo

All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch

The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represents the positions, strategies or opinions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Off the Hookah

Off The Hookah is a new club and restaurant overlooking the Canal Walk in downtown Richmond. With an Egyptian theme upstairs in the club and a zen/Asian theme downstairs in the restaurant, the vibe is decidedly not that of your typical Richmond hangout. The food is a mix of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean and the downstairs has a sushi bar to complement the Asian theme. Following are images from my shoot for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. For Dana’s review in the RTD click *here* , for an audio slideshow on Off the Hookah and chef Ed Blase click *here* and to check out the menu click *here*

Photos by Eva Russo

All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch

The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represents the positions, strategies or opinions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.



Judith and Latte

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Judith and her horse Latte at Hunter’s Ridge Equestrian Center in Powhatan, Va. Judith is a high school senior and opted out on the traditional senior portrait and in on a lifestyle session with me! She has been riding since she was 4 and she has been riding Latte ever since she helped nurse him back to health as a rescued horse. The two seemed to be one the extension of the other, natural friends, comfortable and affectionate. Below are some of the images from our session: enjoy!


Ettamae’s Cafe

I recently shot photos for the Richmond Times-Dispatch restaurant review of Ettamae’s Cafe, located in Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward neighborhood. I’ll admit that I haven’t sampled the food yet, even though I’ve been reading about this cafe from rva foodie tweeters for a while now. However, from the pineapple almond stuffed french toast (yum!) to the Canadian tea biscuits (oh, and a big hunk of corned beef just waiting to be turned into sandwiches) it looked scrumptious. The Morand siblings own this adorable new eatery and named it after their grandma Ettamae. Photos of Ettamae, and one of their other grandma just to keep the peace, adorn the walls along with Ettamae’s china. Pretty pink walls, beautiful light streaming in from big windows and lots of DIY details of flower vases and salt and pepper shakers add to the coziness and charm. Following are some of the photos from the shoot: enjoy! Also, you can find Dana’s rtd review here and my audio slideshow here.


Sprout

 Sprout Market & Cafe is an adorable new addition to the Richmond restaurant scene, filled to the brim with DIY details.  Wine and beer lists are applied to the inside of small book covers and dinner menus to old record covers. The lunch menu, which changes daily, is written on a blackboard in the small market in the front of the restaurant. Sprout’s two owners, Jamie and Laurie Lay are friendly and approachable and great to talk to about all of the eco-friendly ways they are running their business. They can pretty much name which Virginia farm or grower each and every ingredient on their menu comes from. Added to their super-local approach, is a desire to be as green as possible. According to Laurie, the chefs at Sprout try to use every part of the ingredient, to the point of grinding chicken bones up for compost or using the leftover vegetable oil to power their diesel truck.  If you’re perusing Sprout’s market you will find produce as well as the work of local artists. Sprout also moonlights as a gallery, showcasing a different local artist every month in connection to Richmond’s First Fridays Art Walk. Check out the RTD slideshow to hear Jamie and Laurie talk about Sprout and read Dana’s review. Below are the photos: enjoy!

Photos by Eva Russo

All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch

The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represents the positions, strategies or opinions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Tim and Kevin: family session!

 

My session with Tim, Kevin and family, in honor of Kevin’s 40th, started out in the sculpture garden in Washington DC. That didn’t last long…We were quickly forced to scramble through windblown DC streets, with storm sirens wailing, and then jump into the back of a family suv to get out of a major storm. Crazy! The family rolled with the sudden change of plans and we ended up having a blast playing games while we dried off and waited to be able to head back outside. I loved spending the afternoon with this family. They were so playful, whether it was beating each other at some rather cut-throat table games, indulging in a little “Simon Says,” jumping on a beautiful carousel or climbing rocks alongside a creek, they genuinely seemed to enjoy being with each other. Following are some of the images from our afternoon: enjoy!


A little taste of Old Havana: Havana ’59

Havana ’59, located in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom, is one of my favorite Richmond hangouts. It’s the ultimate summer spot, with the rooftop terrace overlooking the 17th St. Farmer’s Market and the wall of open windows opening up the downstairs bar and restaurant to the street and all passersby. Salsa music fills the air and the colorful details throughout the restaurant allow for an experience that is different than most other bars and restaurants in Richmond. I admit I have a small bias toward Havana ’59, having spent many a night waiting for my sister and some of my closest friends to finish their shifts there so we could hit the town. Because of this I was particularly excited recently when the paper sent me to capture the atmosphere of Havana’s happy hour. Following are some of the images from my shoot. Enjoy!

Photos by Eva Russo

All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch

The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represents the positions, strategies or opinions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


sports sports and more sports

Lately it seems like I’ve worked the 1-10pm shift at the newspaper a lot, and when that happens I shoot a lot of sports. I love it. It’s a shift from everything else I shoot, less intense from an emotional perspective, but more exciting because of the adrenaline rush that comes with every goal, run, obstacle overcome and victory obtained. Although my own emotional investment in a typical sports shoot isn’t the same as say a week in post-earthquake Haiti, the intensity of emotion that can be captured in sports makes shooting them extremely satisfying. When athletes are pushed to their limit and you can see the strain or exhaustion in every protruding vein and drop of sweat, getting that peak action is like a natural high. And then, there’s nothing like seeing the raw reaction to victory or defeat, no filters or inhibitions, just pure emotion. Following are some of my latest sports images. We’ll kick it off with the ultimate summer sport: play ball!

and in honor of the World Cup…

 

 

Final 4 NCAA men’s lacrosse

and here’s a mix of a few different sports

a little jumping

 and finally, some of that raw emotion I was referring to

 

Photos by Eva Russo

All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch

The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represents the positions, strategies or opinions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Empire State of Mind

I spent last weekend in NYC, one of my very favorite places to visit.  This visit was a little different than most since I was there for my little sister’s surgery, which was supposed to take place Friday. However, when the surgery was moved from Friday to Monday, we got an extra two days to be holiday tourists in the Big Apple. When out in Brooklyn for lunch on Saturday I started seeing santas EVERYWHERE and I knew a picture would have to be made. I ended up dragging my very patient father and two sisters on a bit of a wild goose chase through the subways as we attempted to follow anyone dressed up in a santa costume to what I imagined was a huge gathering of wannabe jolly old men in red hats. Well, I never did make it to the gathering (which was being communicated via twitter to anyone participating in SantaCon NYC), but I did follow my santas to Manhattan and got a few images I liked before realizing my 11-year-old sister was way more interested in the American Girl Doll museum/store than chasing santa. And my santas were very jolly, they even made a few New Yorkers (or wannabe New Yorkers…) look up bewildered, smile and sing Christmas carols while waiting for their train. I thought that was pretty impressive and it totally made me want to get my santa suit ready for next year. Anyway, enjoy and Happy Holidays!

pre-American Girl doll store we also made it to Rockefeller Center and Times Square

All photos @ Eva Russo


John Michael and Gabrielle

Now I had heard that John Michael III and his sister Gabrielle were shy, so I was prepared to put in some serious time before they would be comfortable in front of the camera…As it turned out, it took about three seconds for that shyness to disappear and for a wonderful  flow of questions and stories to come out of their little mouths. I heard about school, their favorite stuffed animals, all the cleaning up of their toys they’d had to do before I arrived ( I even got to see where some of the toys had been stashed out of sight…). I also got to hear about the affection that these two siblings have for each other and John Michael’s love for “sister,” as he’s called her since she first arrived to grant his wish for a younger sibling. Following are some of the images from an afternoon of playtime on an abnormally warm and beautiful Fall day. A treat all around. 

All photos @ Eva Russo