It’s been a crazy summer! Crazy in a great way.. I’ve been steadily doing what I love doing, saving memories.
High School Seniors are back to school today.. I know this time is so full of mixed emotions . Most parents realize that this is the last year that their kiddo is home. These days of lazy Saturday mornings are going by really quickly. These moments fly as this important year of high school progresses. I’m so thrilled to show you the class of 2018… and I’m more than honored to have been able to capture these images of these amazing young adults. I wish you all the best with this last important year of school. DO GREAT THINGS! ( I know you will)
In the meantime, meet Lexie.. she’s as sweet as she is beautiful.
A shutter clicks in partial second time. The seconds make up moments, the moments days, and the days, a life. The most important thing a photographer does is save memories. The fact that so many of you have chosen me to save your memories, means more that words can ever express. I am so fortunate to have the people who my camera has brought into my life.
Emma is beautiful. There is no other way to describe this young lady. For many, many reasons, she has grown into a quiet and thoughtful young woman. She’s kind and gracious. Emma is the daughter of Garth and Lissa. These parents have had their struggles, including severe health issues.
Emma would scoff and the fact that she and her dad have been on several talk shows speaking about their lives together. Emma’s dad is the Napkin Note dad. He developed a serious illness when she was young, and he wrote her a note in her lunch box everyday as she grew into this wonderful creature that she is. Her mom smiles a lot.. I’m not sure how she does it.. but she does. Emma has her mother’s wonderful smile… and her dad’s determination.
Her mom and dad have devoted their lives to giving her a normal life, even when that big C word reared it’s ugly head … they continued on.. being tough around every corner.
What I most admire about Emma, is her ability to smile, and her desire to please. She was so easy to work with, and her photos are amazing.
Thank you Emma, and Garth, and Lissa for sharing this special moment in time with me.
If I could write you a napkin note, it would say ” live for today”.
extra xxoo’s for this gang
Senior photo day is always a special day. The clothing choices along with lighting and other key ingredients make for special, unique photography.
I adored Kaelynn’s choice for a venue. Since I was raised by a grandmother with a farm, her choice of her grandmother’s farm was close to my heart. There is nothing like a field of horses and a sweet summer breeze at sunset to stir a little creativity. The results are nothing short of wonderful.
Special Thanks to Kaelynn and her Mom for trusting me with their memories. The results? Have a look.
In a recent discussion with a friend, we spoke about why a parent would purchase or seek out a senior portrait photographer.
The senior year is a turning point in a young person’s life. This year is filled with study, and direction. That young person starts to find their way, and they realize that their life is about to change. They are on the brink of discovery, and that discovery is adulthood.
I have been so fortunate to share this experience many times over the last few years. I have watched the junior class move into Senior-dom.. and I get to witness the changes that happen throughout that year of maturing.
The Senior Portrait is a capture of your child at that moment. That moment before they leave your home.. … for good. College days are looming quickly, and once that young person steps out of the door, they are forever changed.
They go from being your child, to becoming that person who is quickly independent of you. The nucleus of their family becomes college friends. The days of childhood have come and gone, and you suddenly realize that your child is now no longer truly yours. They belong now to the world.
The last formal portrait of your precious being should be artfully and gracefully produced. It should capture them as they are in this moment. It should be flavored with all the traits of your soon to be young adult.
I tell my clients, that this is the last professional portrait you will see until that wedding day.
I am humbled every year by the parents who choose me to capture these wonderful memories..
There is No better day than the day a soldier gets off a plane.
My friend Michelle hired me over Christmas to do photos for her husband, Tri, a black hawk helicopter pilot.
He was gone for a year, deployed in the Mideast and flying a Black Hawk on missions in places that most of us can’t even imagine.
In the life of a military family that year must seem much longer.
Children change so much, and army spouses remain so strong!
My heart was full when I did their family Christmas photos to send to their dad, but it was even more so yesterday when he came home. Just writing this makes my eyeballs a little moist.
There were many families at the airport yesterday. Each and every one of them cheered for each soldier who got off the plane. Even the airport staff was excited.
A soldier’s homecoming is one of the most heartwarming things that I’ve ever had the honor to photograph. If you ever get the chance to do so, you should go for it. Bring some tissues… you will cry.
It’s always a hectic time, as one class graduates and the next lines up.
This young lady is Mallory, an upcoming senior at Thomas Dale high school.
Stay tuned for more awesomeness from this blue-eyed beauty! But first, gotta go shoot a session!
A Virginia Inn Wedding in Mathews, Va, how pretty could this be? It was prettier than pretty. I was sunny and bright, and a gentle breeze blew off the water.
The gardens around the inn, are full of blooms, and the family who gathered there, we some of the nicest people ever.
This Couple, Christopher and Theresa, are no strangers to life’s ups and downs. Their love is refreshing, in that you know that neither of them will ever take it for granted.
I was honored to be there on this day with this sweet bride and her groom and their families.
We laughed and joked, and the time flew by.
When I unloaded the camera cards, I knew that the photos were simply beautiful. They required little or no editing and are fabulous.
Chris and Theresa, Thank you for sharing your wedding day with me. I wish you both many years of happiness together.
Mathews was my dads favorite place on this planet, and it will always hold a special place in my life.
Special Thanks to two very special people who make these events so much easier. Sheila and Dennis are the best Wedding photography team ever.