In a millisecond.

  …..everything can change.

Life happens, and as one would have it, life can change so quickly. Children grow up, we meet new people, we say good-bye to some. As we get older it seems that the good-byes happen more often.

and.. Even though we know we are of ” a certain age”.. we don’t yet feel that way. That’s why it’s always a surprise when a friend of ours is suddenly gone.

My friend recently lost his brother. It was sudden and a surprise. His brother was young. .. a hair shy of 60 i think. The news was shocking and world changing. This talented, lover of children, musician and teacher exited stage left rather quickly.

He was a well loved and a very talented guitarist who left behind, as a legacy, a world of beautifully written songs and a style of music that takes you back to places we have all been. The places of lost loves, found loves, family, and few epic love stories are woven in the music of Mark. His fingers were magical on the guitar strings. His teaching of young musicians were filled with patience and humor.

Not surprising to me , each musical creation is branded with a photo. These little quirky photos, some of them film, some digital, some professional in appearance, all immediately set the tone for the song. That’s called branding.. setting a story alive with a photo.

The photos that I love most, are the ones of this artist in different phases of his life. I imagine that his brother took a lot of these. I imagine the story behind each of the photos. I hear the music that he associated with his life and stories. I see and hear memories.

So this ramble.. is about photos and music.. and how they march along together. A photo is a captured millisecond of time on this planet… and music is what makes the world go round. ( you thought it was love didn’t you?).. Both forms of art should touch the heart, heal the soul.. and give you something to hold onto. A memory.

RIP Mark… the memories you left are strong. 

Here is the link to some beautiful renderings of more random thoughts.. Mark Fitzgerald’s music that he left for us all.  Listen to the January song, It’s my fave. 

The heart of the matter..


Senior Photos.

Senior photo day is always exciting, especially when you get to include someone close to your heart. Lily is a great musician and a doggie lover. Actually, let me change that.. to Lily is an ” all things” lover. She is kind and graceful, and she sings like an angel.

I could definitely be a little biased, since I’ve known this girl since she was a baby bump, but I really love her senior photos.

The one thing she asked for was that we somehow include her love of music along with her love of her special friends, Petey and Daisy. I think we crossed off those boxes..
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year….Senior photo time is here… yay!

It is the most wonderful time of the year.  Senior Photo time!

The Class of 2019 will be graduating soon, and graduation announcements are coming in. Meanwhile, The class of 2020 is rolling in, pretty early this year!

Pretty Haley is an upcoming senior at Matoaca High here in Chesterfield, Va.  I really love the graceful lines of her prom gown. It was such a beautiful evening.

It’s dreamy outside right now in Virginia.. The weather has made up it’s mind to be cool in the evenings and still warm during the days.

Did I mention the flowers???  They are in bloom by the buckets this year..

I love Haley’s Senior Photos in her prom gown. Stick around.. more to come 🙂  Want to see more senior prom photos.. Check this link !


It’s prom season!

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Senior prom

Pretty in pink. Riley in her senior prom dress !

It’s prom season in Virginia!  Dresses are twirling and there is an excitement amongst my High School Seniors. It’s their last time to be with their friends before graduation. Honestly, it’s a little bittersweet for me, because I know they will be moving on soon. Off to college to pursue their dreams, these lovely photos will become just a memory of a pretty day.  What happens though, is that these lovely photos become prints, and photography prints save memories.

I hope that Riley always remembers this wonderful day where she looked like a princess.



I’m being a slacker…

It’s true.. It’s winter, it’s dark by 4 pm.. and I’m feeling that winter slacker period just pushing me into comfy slippers, and my camera use is for taking photos of Jaxson Browne.

I have photos to share and work to do. The class of 2020 is showing up.. I have classes to teach, and people to meet. But, yes, I am slacking.

So, in my attempt at keeping good with the New Year Resolution plan, I am adding some of my favorite 2018 photos. I am terrible at maintaining my website and blogging about my work. It just doesn’t seem that important when I’m out shooting and editing and ordering prints for my clients. I know .. .I KNOW… maintaining my site keeps my work current and out there for people in google land to see. It just somehow seems that constant photography blogging isn’t a necessity to me. I love the creative side of photographing seniors and creating memories. The Marketing side…. eh, not so much.

After all that, I really have some images that I need to share.

Like this sweetie. No, she’s not a senior, but what a precious moment with this three year old. We captured and heirloom portrait that is hanging on her mother’s wall.

Print your photos folks.. they should be hanging on your wall.

and just in case you don’t know who Jaxson Browne is.. let me introduce you to the Yorkshire Terrorist #yorkshireterrorist

It’s Carly.. Matoaca High Class of 2019/senior photos/chester, va.

Senior Photo day is often filled with excitement, apprehension, and a little bit of nerves. 

Carly is as Kind as she is Beautiful. She’s a graduating senior at Matoaca High here in Chesterfield, Va.  This girl has a smile with dimples that will melt your camera lens. It’s dazzling! 

After our studio session ,where we grabbed some gorgeous headshots.. we headed off into the setting sun. ( that sounds like a western movie). We wandered along the streets of Old Town Historic Petersburg.  I personally love shooting in Petersburg, and it’s lovely this time of year.

Carly’s photos are stunning.. but then so is she 🙂 


It’s Riley, Matoaca class of 2019/senior photos/conniegrantseniors

Matoaca class of 2019 is proud of this senior. She’s a Rockstar softball player. Riley’s seniors photos showcase all the wonderful sides of her personality.

This senior is comfortable in heels or cleats. She’s fierce in her softball and loyalty.. and  off to UVAwise.. yes .. already accepted and on her way.

Riley is the kind of girl who had no idea how beautiful she is… inside and out. She’s humble about  her stunning  looks. I think when Riley smiles, the entire place just lights up.

We took a trip out to my mother’s place, where my sweet, sweet brother had grown me a field of wildflowers….sunflowers to be exact. I thought Riley’s sunflower photos would be my favorites . .that was until we did her softball session. I thought her softball session was my favorite.. until I got to her studio photos..


Yes that softball  session left us covered in red powder from the exploding balls, and I would totally do it again tomorrow.

It’s been wonderful working with this Senior and her mom and completing this senior photo portrait package.  The prints are amazing..   I heart you Hunt Family…


xxoo C









Eyes on the Skies.. senior photos with Caleb

I love Caleb’s Senior photos. They showcase what it is he wants to do. This honor student at Matoaca High, will fly high. He’s not only talented, and giving.. he’s incredibly smart . 

I know I enjoyed my time on this airfield with this handsome guy.. and these photos will be treasured for a long time.  

A photo is a memory captured, and these photos are some sweet memories 🙂

River morning Senior photos…

When it’s reaching 100 degrees during the summer months, and thunderstorms are happening every day, I head out early.  How early is early? Senior photo sunrise sessions are the key to getting the river photos. The sun is the most gorgeous hazy light as it tops the bridge and displays the skyline.

I enjoyed my time with this pretty girl.. It was a gorgeous morning, and we beat the heat!



The Dance

I love photographing dancers!

Anyone who has known me for awhile knows that ballet is a secret love of mine. The beauty of the dance astounds me and literally takes my breath away.  Kristina and I met to work on this project together, right before she left for college. Her senior year had been full, and senior photo time just flew right on by.

I had such a lovely time with this young lady. We took off to Amber Grove Plantation to shoot in the early morning light.  I think the results are fabulous.  She’s a busy dancer and is now off to college to major in that thing she does.

We also grabbed some studio shots..

I really enjoyed my time with this sweet almost college girl. I know these moments fly by, and we were lucky to squeeze in this gorgeous session.  I can’t wait to see the prints.

Love them all…  and happy second week of College Kristina!!! I know there are a few people who miss you back home …

( call your mom a lot please!)

Senior Portraits Chesterfield Va


Senior Photos Chesterfield Va