Gallmeyer Pumpkin Patch | Mini-Sessions

Hey friends! Last weekend my aunt asked me to do some mini sessions with some of her clients and I have to say for a very muddy day, these turned out pretty good. It was a beautiful day (I’m talking, perfect weather — not too hot, with a nice breeze) and the blue sky and the pumpkins! I loved it. We planned out 30-minute sessions, but I don’t think any of the families actually used up their whole time. I think by the end of the day I was only with each one for ten to fifteen minutes before they said “thank you” and moved on to search for the biggest pumpkin in the patch. But in that time frame, I managed to get some cute pictures and without further ado…

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Alicia + Josh’s Winter Wedding

When the idea to shoot Alicia and Josh’s wedding first came about last year, I was ecstatic because number one, I’ve known Alicia’s family my whole life and number two, they know how to party. And I was completely right! The whole day was so much fun. Gen and I are still talking about it. From the second we got there to the second we left, we had a blast! So now, after so much agony over which pictures to share, I’m so excited to FINALLY share their wedding on the blog!

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Venue: WEST END PRESBYTERIAN
Reception: KEYSTONE ANTIQUE TRUCK & TRACTOR MUSEUM
Florals: VOGUE FLOWERS
Catering: BROCK’S BBQ

Kara & Sahied | Willey’s Christmas Trees Sweetheart Session

I’m so excited to share Kara and Sahied’s sweetheart session today! When we were talking about doing a session for them, I mentioned a Christmas Tree farm and Kara completely ran with it! I’d never shot at one before and Willey’s was probably the best place ever. We found a cool spot in the back, out of everyone’s way, and the employees were so sweet to us and completely let us have free reign! We did head out after we got all of our pictures in and took a few at Short Pump Town Center, but the photos at the tree farm are my absolute favorite. Kara even brought stockings with a “K” and an “S” on them to hang on the tree for decoration. The whole session was pretty magical, and now I’m itching to do another one!

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Dorey Park Family Session

I’m so happy to share this post because I’ve known Caitlyn since high school. And when she said she wanted a session for her and her kids, I had to say yes! Cydney and Dalton are precious and probably the most outgoing and loveable kids ever, and Caitlyn’s older step-daughters are sweet and gorgeous! Dorey Park was so pretty the morning of the shoot and it doesn’t look like it was that cold, but believe me, it was freezing! Everyone was good sports about it, and we made it through with some awesome shots!

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Apple Blossom Family Session

This post has been a long time coming! But as promised, here are my favorites from the Kendrick family session (which is pretty much all of them!) When Allie told me she wanted some pictures of her family, how could I turn her down? They’re so sweet and I think we can all agree that the baby with the big blue eyes stole our hearts, right? I’d never been to APPLE BLOSSOM PLANTATION before, but I wasn’t disappointed. And that sun! And that glow! Ahhhh! So, so, excited about how these photos turned out!

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Martinez Family Session | York River State Park

Hey y’all! I feel like life’s been crazy lately. Well, actually it HAS been crazy! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged a session, but I promise you this one is worth it. Sometime over the summer, Alyssa contacted me about a session to celebrate her little girl turning TWO years old! Of course, I’d seen pictures of Mila on Facebook, but it was so sweet to get to meet her, and see her mom again. It’s been about ten years since high school! How crazy is that?

So after some frantic texts (on my end, because I can be a control freak who doesn’t like plans to drastically change) about a new venue for the photos, we found York River State Park, where I’d never been, but was so excited to see! I met Alyssa’s husband Luis for the first time, met little Mila as well, and then the rest is what you’re about to see. Enjoy! Sidenote: I am obsessed with all of the pictures with Mila and the flowers. I could write a book called “Mila and the Flowers”!

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Megan + Scott’s Maymont Maternity Shoot

Happy Tuesday everyone (And first day of August! Wow! Are we here already?) You may have seen a post on my old blog in May where my coworkers and I held a GENDER REVEAL for Meg + Scott on their back porch. It was an impromptu little party, with balloons and poppers and cute baby decorations. And spoiler alert if you haven’t read the post; it’s a girl!

As you probably guessed, Meg and I work together and since meeting her we’ve become fast friends. She’s unfailingly kind and sweet, so easy to talk to and get along with, and I explicitly remember talking about babies with her when our friend and coworker, Allie, was pregnant with her second son. Meg would say she had baby fever and wanted to start a family soon. And then I remember when she told me she was pregnant. I thought I was going to cry! Actually, I did tear up a bit–I was so incredibly happy for her! And when we started talking about babies more and more, the subject of a maternity shoot came up and then it became real, and we picked a time and place and I’m so so so excited I finally get to share these pictures with you. It’s been so hard picking my favorites because I honestly love them all and wanted to post all of them! As CAROLINE KALENTZOS of POSH PR says, “Boss Lady Decision Fatigue” is real and it is strong.

Despite the July heat (and when I say heat, I mean heat + humidity! It was so humid during the shoot, and it even rained on us at the end, but THANKFULLY it waited until we were just about wrapping up), we got through shooting pretty painlessly. And it felt so good to shoot at Maymont again–it’s been a while since I’ve been there just because when I was first starting out as a photographer, that was my go-to place, and I’ve been trying not to use it as a “crutch” so to speak. But when Meg and I were discussing places, with her and her husband having only lived in Richmond for about a year, I knew I had to take them to Maymont and I’m so glad I did!

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Can we all just “awww” at the way he looks at her?

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But seriously, the one below on the right is my absolute favorite!

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And we had to close out the shoot with a picture with Meg’s niece and nephew!

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