Kristin and Kyle were a little apprehensive about being in front of the camera for their engagement session. Because of this, we decided to make sure we included some kind of an activity to allow them to focus on each other and the task at hand, rather than the giant camera pointed at them. We opted for apple picking at Stribling Orchard in Markham, Va., a place Kristin has visited since she was a child and where she and Kyle had already started a little apple picking tradition of their own. With apple pie and homemade apple sauce on the brain, we set out for my very first apple picking experience and had a blast walking the rows of trees and grabbing for those perfect, almost out of reach yellow, red and green apples. Following are my favorites from the session: enjoy!
I think all of the couples I have the fortune to work with are unique and I love that I get to tell each of their stories through my images. However, this couple is extra special. I’ve been blessed with 2 sisters, Ali and Sofia. They are my heart and I wish nothing more than for them to have lives filled with love and joy. Ali and I are six years apart and we have been there for each other throughout the years as we’ve fallen in and out of love, as we’ve helped each other mend broken hearts, as we’ve made life changes, big decisions, big steps and as we’ve lived what life has put in our paths. She has been my best friend forever and stood by me as I married my love a year and a half ago. Well, just over a year ago Ali met a boy, a really great guy, a really really special guy. One day I will meet Sofi’s boyfriends, but she’s not allowed to date for another year or so, so that’s a topic for a different blog post. This special guy that Ali met is Josh and, in the wink of an eye, Josh has become a part of our family. My sister is happy, that good happy, that all-encompassing, deep-in-her-soul happy and I know that Josh is the man who has nurtured that happiness and allowed for it to fully blossom. I’ve watched him, closely, looking to make sure he is a worthy companion. And, I have been thrilled to see that he and Ali are so well matched, so good for each other, such positive forces in each other’s lives. They are two strong, wonderful, worthy individuals who come together to make a stronger couple. I’m thrilled that my sister has found her person and that she has found that deep-in-her-soul happiness that true companionship helps bring. Ever since Ali told me she was engaged I’ve been trying to figure out a gift to celebrate this huge moment in her life. Well, I finally realized that the one thing I could do was freeze this moment for her and Josh in a super fun photo session in one of their favorite places. So, off we went to NYC’s Central Park, where Ali and Josh took me to their tried and true spots, the meadow where they play ball, the bench they like to daydream from, the row boats that have been on their like-to-do date list and that they had yet to check off. Following are my favorites from our session: enjoy!
Brooke and Phil’s RVA engagement session was a chance for me to revisit some of my favorite spots in Richmond, Va. From The Carillon at Byrd Park to the VMFA and then up the hill to Libby Hill Park, we played right up until the sun went below the horizon with a bang of orange light over the Richmond skyline. Following are my favorites: enjoy!
Allison and Scott chose Burke Lake Park for their end of summer engagement session, allowing me to discover a great little jewel of a park just miles from my own home in Northern Virginia. The park offers a little bit of everything, from boating on the lake to a little red train which makes its way around the park for big and little kids alike. Allison and Scott were great sports as I dragged them around the park to all the great little spots I had scouted out and it was such fun to get to know both of them a little bit better. I can’t wait for their October wedding at The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek in Leesburg, Va. In the meantime, following are my favorites from our session: enjoy!
Old Town Alexandria is always a favorite location of mine for photography sessions. You can’t go wrong with the rows of historic homes, the cobblestone streets and the waterfront. Athena and Alex felt the same way when they decided to have both their engagement session and their wedding celebration in Old Town. So we pranced through the streets one afternoon this month and had a lot of fun collecting photographs to showcase their relationship, in all its romance and its silliness! I look forward to watching this beautiful couple tie the knot here next September. In the meantime, following are my favorites from the session: enjoy!
Jannel and Matt hail all the way from Texas, but will be tying the knot this coming May in Virginia. We decided that taking advantage of one of their scouting trips for a mini Georgetown engagement session sounded like too much fun to pass up and off we went. From the yumminess that is Georgetown Cupcake to the waterfront, following are some of my favorites. Enjoy!
Becky and Blue’s love for Charleston, SC, came up very early on in our initial conversation about their wedding. Having decided not to make their friends and families travel there for a destination wedding, Becky and Blue wanted to bring a little bit of Charleston into their Richmond wedding. So, we opted for a destination engagement session instead! This was more like three engagement sessions in one, but when you’re in a place as beautiful as Charleston, you can’t help but snap away. We wandered the alleys, found bright vibrant colors, great texture in the stucco and wrought iron and little hidden corners soaked in Southern charm. The beach on Sullivan’s Island, the porch swings along the waterfront and the gas lanterns that lit up at dusk allowed for quite the variety of images. Finally, we stopped by one of Becky and Blue’s favorites, Savannah Bee Company in downtown Charleston, to sample some sweetness. Following are my favorites from the day. Enjoy!
For Alexandra and Tim’s engagement session we wanted to spend the afternoon playing at Tuckahoe Plantation. The site is beautiful to begin with. Add in vintage bikes, an old gray barn in the perfect light, a carpet of autumn leaves and a field and the rest is history. Alexandra and Tim were wonderful to work with and it always makes it more fun when a couple is willing to hop a fence for pretty light or throw around some leaves. Following are my favorites from the session. Enjoy!
For Kyli and Omar’s engagement session we wanted to tap into the feel of Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood. We split our time between Libby Hill Park, with its gorgeous view of downtown, Captain Buzzy’s Beanery, a neighborhood staple, and one of the many old advertisements one can find all over Church Hill’s old buildings and side streets. From golden light playing off the old cobblestone to a game of Ms. Pac-Man (really, who could resist?), I had a great time capturing this sweet couple. Kyli and Omar, I look forward to your big day in 2013!
Lindsay and Phil picked the PERFECT day for their RVA fall engagement session. 80 degree weather, gorgeous pre-hurricane fall leaves, late afternoon golden light…and one extremely happy photo lady. I admit I was a little nervous going into the session, feeling the pressure of photographing someone who has become a great friend and one of my favorite people in the wedding industry. However, soon after we started making pictures and Lindsay and Phil relaxed into just enjoying each other’s company and our beautiful surroundings, the session flowed and the photos with it. Then, you add in Jax the bulldog and who wouldn’t have a good time? We went from shopping for pumpkins to the Nickel Bridge, from the Pump House to Carytown and had a blast racing the setting sun and trying to get as much of a taste of Richmond into the session as possible. A huge congratulations to Lindsay and Phil on their engagement and I can’t wait for their dreamy winter wedding at the Carillon. Enjoy!
We had a gorgeous day for my fall engagement session with Jennifer and Kyle at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, in Vienna, Virginia. Luckily, this sweet couple was willing to tolerate my excitement for everything autumn, to wait with me for just the right golden light, to trek all over the gardens and even to lay down in some leaves. After spending a few hours with them, I’m a huge fan and I can’t wait until their May wedding next year. Enjoy!
I am super excited to finally get to share Jackie and Ben’s engagement photos. They’ve been kept secret until now because the first part of the session was dedicated to photographing Ben’s amazing woodworking talent. As this couple’s guests now know, each one of them was given a unique and handmade wine stopper that Ben personally sculpted in his wood shop in his and Jackie’s backyard. No instructions or designs, just Ben’s imagination, his woodworking tools and his hands. As you can imagine, the wedding favors were a huge success and I look forward to sharing how the wine stoppers and these photos were displayed at the reception. After such a fun start, Jackie and Ben decided to continue the engagement session with a picnic, complete with wine, on the campus of Jackie’s alma mater, the University of Richmond. And, since our session fell on their joint birthday, yes, there were cupcakes!
With Darci and William, let’s just say that it’s a family thing. Last year I had the privilege of photographing Darci’s brother’s wedding and one of my favorite reception photos was of Darci and William getting their groove on on the dance floor. Shortly after, they got engaged and I was thrilled when they asked me to document their wedding this coming October. The photo didn’t lie and these two are fun, sweet and most definitely in love! When talking about locations for their Richmond, Va., engagement session, we decided to use Comfort, one of my personal favorites and Darci and William’s date night favorite as well. The Broad Street area around Comfort has a great feel to it that we decided to try and capture a little bit of for the second part of the session. Lucky for us the G40 Art Summit was in Richmond shortly before our session and 12 of the top mural artists from around the world were called on to create 23 large scale murals throughout Richmond. Well, William picked the panda mural and I can’t blame him one bit!
For Mary Elizabeth and Paulin’s Richmond engagement session, we decided to walk on over to the VMFA. If you haven’t been, you need to go. I think this museum and the surrounding sculpture garden are one of Richmond’s new jewels and I have found a sunny afternoon wandering through the garden or hours spent soaking up the exhibits to bring me much peace and serenity. That aside, we had a lot of fun exploring all of the nooks and crannies of the garden, from the fountains all the way to the parking lot. Following are my favorites. Enjoy!
When Sara and Tim called about having their May 2012 Williamsburg, Va., wedding documented, we decided that a great way for us to meet was by shooting an engagement session in their hometown of Queens, NY. Little did I know, they lived across the street from one of the most breathtaking views of Manhattan I’ve ever seen. In addition to this spectacular view across the East River, Gantry Plaza State Park, along the Long Island City waterfront, offered up fun landmarks (thank you Pepsi-Cola) and an almost European design, with great chaise lounges looking out on the skyline. Old gantries, shipping lifts, added an industrial feel to the shoot. Sara and Tim did the rest with their willingness to play and their adorable sweetness with each other. I look forward to their upcoming wedding and hope you enjoy my favorites from our NY shoot!
According to Southern tradition, if you bury a full bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom are to be married, then it won’t rain on their wedding day. So, Jeff and Cristin set out, shovel in hand, to bury a bottle of Jefferson Reserve on the grounds of Tuckahoe Plantation to keep the rain gods at bay for their September wedding. As a side note, Jeff and Cristin have a Thomas Jefferson thread going through their wedding, from the bourbon to the ceremony site (Tuckahoe Plantation was Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home), to their mini honeymoon at Monticello. Anyway, Jeff dug a hole and he and Cristin buried the bourbon. Their gorgeous wedding happened this past Saturday and I have to say that between the earthquake, the hurricane, the tropical storm and the flooding…I was a little nervous that burying a bottle of bourbon might not cut it against the wrath of mother nature. However, she must really love Jefferson Reserve, because Saturday was a breathtaking end of summer day without a single drop of rain. I can’t wait to share photos from their wedding, but for now: bottoms up!
When Meshayla and Cherod told me they wanted to do their engagement session at the Byrd Theatre, I have to admit I was excited. I’ve shot in Carytown and outside the Byrd, I’ve even shot from the roof of the Byrd, but I had yet to have the opportunity to use the ornate and truly vintage Richmond that is the interior of this unique little movie theatre. Built in 1928, it is an unmistakable Richmond landmark and I have crammed my legs into its seats many times to catch second-run movies and let the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ take me back to a different time. Meshayla and Cherod glammed it up for me and dressed the part (don’t you love the sweater vest and bow tie!) and we had a lot of fun. Many thanks also to Nica from Once in a Lifetime Events for all her help. After the Byrd, we braved some very ominous rain clouds and found the perfect Carytown brick wall to go with their coordinated outfits. I can’t wait for their July 2012 wedding and, in the meantime, hope you enjoy these favorites of mine from our shoot!
Here is a fun fun fun engagement session in the beautiful city of Annapolis to kick off my summer blogging. Who doesn’t love charming old brick buildings, sailors and hearts in random places? And did I mention the super sweet couple who made it all come together in a few hours of photo love? Following are my favorites from the session, enjoy!
Everyone, meet Lisa and Andrew! Lisa is a teacher and Andrew a firefighter. I’m a sucker for a fun-filled engagement session and this awesome couple let me check a biggie off my list: *e session in a fire station*! We had trucks, poles, helmets and hoses all at our disposal…how could you possibly go wrong with all that photo prop goodness? We also made a sunset visit to Weston Manor in Hopewell, Va., a beautiful historic home right on the water. I am super excited to document Lisa and Andrew’s big day this coming June. In the meantime: enjoy!
Rachel and Chase are seniors at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. These lovebirds met their freshmen year and spent the next four star gazing, climbing trees and learning each other. They knew early on that they wanted to spend their lives together and will officially tie the knot in June 2011. I had a blast shooting this Fall engagement session. Within minutes Rachel and Chase had their shoes off, their feet in the water and then we were off through the woods in search of beautiful Fall colors and a tree to climb. I think this couple’s love for each other and fun-loving spirit come through in the photos and I’m excited to share them with you. Enjoy!
Have I mentioned that I love shooting engagement sessions? This particular session is a perfect example of why. I had a great feeling about Katy and Brandon when I met with them last Spring to chat about their upcoming November wedding. Katy was super organized, arriving at the meeting with the biggest wedding planning binder I have ever seen, and Brandon not only came to the meeting but participated more than some grooms-to-be would. The couple had a comfortable and genuine vibe. Well, my first impression was right on the dot and after spending a whole day traipsing around Richmond-Newport News-Gloucester with them, I can’t wait for their wedding. As they relaxed and settled into enjoying the different locations they had picked out, I was able to see how wonderfully they work together as a couple. Katy and Brandon really seem to balance each other out and make sense together. We started the session in Richmond’s Carytown, where we played in the rain, ate ice cream and tried on fun hats and glasses at Bygones Vintage Clothing (one of my favorite Richmond places to shop). Then it was off to a charming old country store that Brandon’s grandfather once owned near Gloucester, Virginia. Even though the store was closed, it was great to be somewhere so important to Brandon and his family. Finally, we headed to Christopher Newport University, where Katy and Brandon met. We played with the Geese Fountain on Saunders Plaza, where according to tradition, on graduation day, each senior throws the same penny they were given as a freshman. Sunset in the colonnade at the school’s new Ferguson Center for the Arts made for dramatic lighting and fun shots. Also, Katy and Brandon both work for Ferguson Enterprises, a leading plumbing-supply company in the area which sponsored the construction of the center. All in all, I’m really grateful for the time I had with this couple to get to know them a little better and witness their relationship. If Katy and Brandon’s families and friends are anywhere near as sweet and fun-loving as they are, their wedding is going to be a blast. Following are some of the images from the day: enjoy!