The one year session of a baby plan is always bittersweet. After all, I've spent the last year+ photographing a family every few months and then they "graduate" and I typically see them once or twice a year... until baby #2 comes along that is ;) Lynden's sessions were always fun and her mama is super stylish so they were always a joy to photograph. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from our time together:
I have been seeing this family since Nico was 6 months old, and he is quite the charmer! ;) I asked this family if they wanted to take a chance on a field that I drive by every day, but to the normal eye doesn't look so great, and they said yes! So here we are, in a field behind a CVS.. ha! But, looking at it you would never know that! Thank you for trusting me to find a beautiful spot for your family and I can't wait to see you again!
I met this family for the first time this fall, and fell in love with how photogenic they were! They were so sweet and next time we will convince dad to join in. I was able to use Peterson Family Farm for this location and I just adore their overgrown grassy areas!
I recently met this family and realized I had just photographed their oldest daughter at her school for portraits! Richmond is such a small world and it's fun to see all the connections of my clients and how the paths cross a lot. I am super exciting about fall portraits this year and this family helped to kick them off, even if it still feels like summer. This family was a treat to work with, their personalities made for a fun session! Here are some of my favorite images from our time together:
I have been working with this family since Susan was pregnant, and what a gorgeous maternity session THAT was! We met at Maymont in Richmond VA, which, in my opinion has no spot in the whole entire park that isn't photo worthy, and I got to see all sorts of gummy smiles from little miss! It was a warm "fall" day that kind of felt more like summer, but we all hung in there and now the family has some gorgeous portraits to hang on their walls! With our sessions, digital files are always included and I don't limit the number of images you receive, because I can't pick favorites either.. I love them all! :) See you next time, L family!
The thing I love most about photographing Richmond VA families is being able to be silly with the kids. We try to get a few more structured shots at the very beginning, but that usually only lasts about 5 minutes before we move on to the fun. Kids do not want to just 'sit and say cheese' and I wouldn't make them do that! Unless it is an extended family session I usually recommend my minis for families, they're short and sweet at 30 minutes and nicely affordable as well! This works well for families who want to come more than once a year to capture their growing family.
Some of my favorite shots ever are the ones like the above, just a fun playful family moment that is so gorgeous it deserves a billboard size print! ;) This family has been with me for a few years and I even have a canvas of their little guys earlier sessions in the studio.
We held this session at one of my favorite locations that sits on the James/Appomattox River. It's usually very quiet so we are not fighting crowds and it's super gorgeous and has lots of options for different pictures!
Take a peek at some of my favorite pictures from the session:
There is something about a parent/child connection that I adore photographing. I have been a photographer in the Richmond and surrounding area for almost 9 years, that's crazy to think about just how many families I have had the pleasure of photographing over all of this time. About 6 years ago when I got my first studio, I was able to put the white bed set out that I had dreamed about out as that studio had a perfect double window. The first "bed" I had there was a blow up mattress, but you couldn't tell (until you went to sit on it, ha!) I got to take pictures of my Grandmother there before she passed away. I got pictures with my babies there that i'll always treasure. I've captured so many mom-to-bes and babies in that setting, there's something so peaceful about all white so that you and your little loves are the focal point.
In my new studio (which I've been in for 3+ years!) the white bed set was the first thing I put up. And I am just as obsessed with it as I was 6 years ago!
Here is a peek at a recent "Mommy + Me" session. I have ONE more spot left for the mommy + me sessions that will take place on February 11th AND they include makeup for mama from Shine Blowdry Bar!
There are a few times that I am on a super time crunch but meet friends at the end of a session so they can have their family portraits taken. Whether it's just to update a few frames or in this case have something for the Christmas card, they get literally about 7 minutes (likely because they're meeting me right before the sun goes down!) to make the magic happen ;) It's always fun to race against the clock and try and crank out a bunch of poses in a short amount of time, but for these super quick friend sessions, to maximize our time we don't really move around much ;) We just maximize the time by swapping poses and people groups.
Here is a peek in to one of my quick friend sessions and the cuteness that ensues!
(PS Rachel is the face behind most of the cute little banners that go in the studio cake smash sessions! She is soon going to be teaching me how to work my very own silhouette machine, since she went back to her big girl job now that all of her littles are in school. Hopefully mine will look as cute as the ones she has made for me!)
How seriously GORGEOUS is the Fall in Richmond? The trees at Libby Hill are the most gorgeous yellow and orange in all the city. I think next year I will do a set of family mini sessions here.
Stella's (middle child) 1st birthday cake smash session popped up on my Facebook news feed the other day, and it just made me smile to think about how long I have been working with this family! Having clients (more like friends at this point!) continually come back to me is the greatest joy in my business. These kids always make me laugh as they're silly and fun (and obviously SO cute!) and just everything you'd want when photographing families! I know all too soon I'll be meeting them for their senior portraits and then we will really have some fun pictures to look back on from over the years! ;)
Here are a few of my favorites from our recent session together: