I love morning light. There is just something magical to me about the way the dew sparkles and there is always a slight mist in the air as the sleepiness of the night is burned away by the rising sun. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when Nicollette and Shawn agreed to meet with me for their maternity photography at six o’clock AM on a Saturday morning!! We had such an amazing session…the love between Nicollette and Shawn outshines even the dew in the morning light! I was so moved by the way they interacted, Shawn protective and enfolding, Nicollette devoted and reassuring. Their dynamic was just beautiful to witness and to photograph and I feel so privileged to be a part of their adventure!

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maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
I played a little bit with some textures for these two images…I love the effect!
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maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
This one might be my favorite from the session…I just LOVE Shawn’s expression!
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
maternity, photography, durham, north carolina
Thanks again, Nicollette & Shawn! I had SOOO much fun and can’t wait to do Nylah’s newborn photography!

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Ceremony: St. Peter’s Church
Reception: Ingleside Plantation Vineyard

Laura holds herself like a dancer, tall and graceful and serene. Joseph is quick to smile and does it often when he looks at Laura. The two of them together seem to be a perfect balance of calm welcome. Despite the rain that poured down as everyone arrived at the 100+ year old church for the wedding, by the time the ceremony was complete and the guests and wedding party began to make their way to the reception, the sun was shining brightly! I love love love weddings in vineyards…there is just this innate Old World-y feel to them that makes a perfect romantic backdrop to a wedding reception and Ingleside Vineyards was no exception! Gorgeous!

Congratulations Laura + Joseph!
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wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard
wedding, photography, Northern Neck, Virginia, Ingleside Plantation Vineyard

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Ceremony: Trinity United Methodist Church
Reception: The Renaissance

Simple elegance. Those were the words that Christina used whenever she described the feel that she wanted her wedding to have. Timeless. Classic. Well…mission accomplished, Christina! From her stunning gown to the grandness of the ballroom at The Renaissance (what a fabulous wedding venue, by the way!), she and Brad’s wedding was exactly that- elegant. Christina owns a monogramming business and she used her skill to add gorgeous personal touches to the smallest of details! Not only did the cloth napkins at the beautifully set tables carry she and Brad’s monogram, but all of the cocktail napkins, coasters, and even those located in the restrooms were taken note of!

Just as impressive to me as the amazing eye for detail was the fact that Christina and Brad were FUN! Never taking themselves too seriously, it was just awesome to be able to capture their humor and laughter as well as their love and their joyful tears!! One of my favorite events of the evening was when all of the groomsmen broke out these inflatable instruments and Brad, inflatable microphone in hand, serenaded Christina…complete with a floor slide on his knees!! Hilarious!!! Maybe it’s just me, but I’m convinced that couples that laugh together often love together longest!

Without further ado…Christina + Brad!
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
We stole a few minutes outside for some “urban” shots…I love how the texture makes the image look so rough in juxtaposition to the glamour of the indoor shots!
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
The inflatable instruments!
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
wedding, photography, Richmond, Virginia, The Renaissance
Congratulations again, Christina + Brad!!

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Kathryn and Thad’s Virginia wedding was so much fun to photograph! The wedding ceremony took place in the cutest little church followed by a hotel reception that began in a fabulous courtyard complete with gigantic fountain. Kathryn is an elementary school teacher and her love of children shined through the entire wedding…she danced with every child there, often two at a time! I’ve never seen as much dancing at any wedding as there was at this one! It was SO fun!!

Okay…presenting Kathryn + Thad’s Virginia wedding!

wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
I loved that each set of bridesmaids/ groomsmen had their own song & dance to enter to!
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
Thad’s parents had some MOVES for their entrance!
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
Kathryn made the greatest faces!
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
The cake!! Scrumptious!
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
I love that everyone’s feet are off the ground at once!
wedding, photography, Virginia
These girls were NOT playing when it came to the bouquet toss!
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
Kathryn played college lacrosse and her teammates serenaded her with “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin'”…hilarious!!
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
I love the expression on Thad’s mom’s face during his father’s toast
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
I never managed to get the whole story, but Thad wore white cotton socks with his tux in accordance with some tradition…Kathryn didn’t realize it until he kneeled for the garter toss!
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia
wedding, photography, Virginia

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Like Stephanie, Kathleen initially contacted me wanting to get some headshots done of her daughter, Amelia, who was recently picked up by a talent agency. After some conversation, we decided to bring the whole family along and take some shots of everyone together. Since my portrait style is “lifestyle” based- meaning that I’d rather capture the family having fun together than sitting stiffly and staring blankly into my camera- we decided to bring the soccer ball and guitar and head over to Duke Gardens. We had a great time, despite the INSANE heat and humidity, though next time I will definitely remember to bring my water bottle!!

Here we go!
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It started to get dark before we started playing soccer, but I think that these are fun anyhow…
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