I met up with Tyler and Ciara on one of those first chilly days in September at Fort Monroe. Tyler and Ciara are newlyweds that recently moved to the Hampton Roads area as Tyler is stationed here in the Army. Ciara contacted me a while back about having some pictures done before Tyler leaves for deployment in October. Such a sweet idea! Our session ending up turning into a mini session as there was an unfortunate keys-locked-in-the-car situation! But that’s a story for another time! haha! These two are so sweet and I had such a great time hanging out with them! Wishing Tyler a speedy and safe return from his deployment in October!
I did something a little different this weekend by doing Senior Pictures! I must say, I really like it! There’s just something about capturing the moment in a girl’s life when she’s transitioning into being a beautiful young woman! I love celebrating their beauty and youth as they transition into this new and exciting part in their lives! Emily a senior at Tabb High School. She plays volleyball and basketball, runs track and works on the yearbook committee. Emily hopes to attend FSU next year- where her parents went to school! We met up on a warm summer afternoon in Yorktown Beach for her senior pictures! Emily is such a sweet and beautiful girl- it was such a pleasure to capture her senior pictures!! :)
When I was first starting out in photography, my main resource of educational information was other photographer’s blogs. When researching which lenses I should be getting and why, I stalked everyone’s “What’s in my bag” blog post to see what lenses they were using in why. This helped me to prioritize which lenses I would need and that would fit my style. I can’t believe I’m now at the point where I am posting my own informational post! I’m so grateful for all the information that other photographers have shared to help me to get to where I am now, so I want to return the favor! So this post is going to cover all the lenses I use on a wedding day (or portrait session) and why.
I never get tired of shooting at First Landing State Park! There’s so much variety in scenery, it’s like a whole new place every time I go! Ivy and Drayton are both in the Navy and are new to the Hampton Roads area. They met in 2013 on the way to boot camp and Drayton proposed the day he returned from deployment this past April! We met up on a muggy, humid and hot summer night for their engagements- but that didn’t phase them one bit! These guys were such troopers, especially for dealing with all the bugs!! They were SO bad that night- we’re still finding new bug bites! haha! The forecast was calling for rain, but it held off and the sun even poked it’s head out a few times! Ivy and Drayton are getting married next year on a Carnival cruise! So awesome!! Congrats to you guys!!
About two weeks ago we went to Adventures on the Gorge with my family for a mini vacation! My mom has been wanting to take us here for the longest time and we finally made it happen! My mom is a very adventurous soul and nothing makes her happier than seeing the whole family partake in these kind of activities! So this past Christmas she bought the whole family this trip! We couldn’t find a big stretch of time that everyone would be able to go, so we jam-packed a whole lot of adventure into one weekend! West Virginia is SO BEAUTIFUL! Every direction you look looks like a postcard! And the resort was fabulous! It felt like summer camp! Wooden cabins, dining halls, corn hole- the works!