This was the perfect weekend for a fall senior photoshoot! I was honored to meet up with him and his amazing mother along the Saunders-Monticello Trail and include the gorgeous fall colors we were treated to in early November! He has a total GQ Magazine smile! He could be a model. This young man is pretty amazing and I just know he’s going to do amazing things in college & beyond!
I had never once been to Key West, Fla., but I certainly do want to go back! It was such a laid-back chill place that if it wasn’t so darn humid I would completely live there! We walked nearly everywhere and it was fabulous!! We were visiting Key West to honor my aunt who passed away in July. She wished for her ashes to be next to the last lighthouse (about 6 miles off the coast of Key West). My sister, mother & I went down there for a few days and one of the major attractions is sunset watching–with a drink, of course! Fabulous time! The first two below were taken off the 7-mile bridge on the way to Key West–gorgeous!
I’m so grateful I took a walk up Stony Man Mountain when I did…it was a gorgeous fall day and it was days before the federal government shut down causing the closing of Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. I was literally above the clouds and it was a gorgeous view! If I find any time I plan to go up there this month so I can see the gorgeous fall foliage! There is no more gorgeous location than Central Virginia in autumn. The walk up the summit was not too difficult (unlike Hawksbill Mountain) for me and I’d love to hike to the Stony Man Cliffs. That’ll happen next!
And now that our nearly two weeks straight of rain is over it’s time to get some wonderful senior photo sessions in, as well as some soccer!
I was so honored to spend a few hours with this young lady! I have worked with her mother for about 5-6 years now through various publications for which I’m an editor and I have to say: I love her! She’s such a thoughtful and amazing woman and her daughter is no different. We got to spend one afternoon on her grandparents’ land and pond in Fluvanna County, and then at a horse farm where she rides, also in Fluvanna County. Both days had gorgeous weather and the golden color of the sun rays on her were so different from 5 to 7 p.m. that I was floored and made her pose on the pier again!! Thank you, Manna and Wendy for this opportunity! You’re going to do amazing things in your life and I can’t wait to hear about it all! You are AWESOME!
I have known this woman for almost 30 years! I have no clue how that’s even possible since I’m only 29 — plus 10 — but that’s the truth! She asked me if I’d be willing to do a family photoshoot for her with her two greyhounds! I was thrilled! We met up at Lake Orange, which I have never been to, but I will be going to again when I can rent a boat and take my camera to the water to photograph all manner of waterfowl! Since it’s a Virginia Wildlife Management Area we needed to purchase day access passes but it was worth it. The weather was fantastic, her husband was a total trip (as is she), her daughters were amazing and her dogs were fabulous! Shout out to my husband for agreeing to come help and be a puppy wrangler for us! They made the job very easy! Thank you for this great opportunity. I could not have enjoyed it more!
Jess is an amazing young lady! She’s gorgeous and smart and a fantastic soccer player. She played varsity soccer last year for William Monroe High School and was injured during a semifinal game. On an incredibly beautiful Saturday in Central Virginia we visited Blue Ridge School for the photoshoot. The best part was one gentleman running over to snap a photo with her … it definitely made her mother & I giggle!
I was so honored to take her senior photos this year and I’m sure you’d agree she’s just gorgeous!
Scenes from before the ceremony can be found here. The ceremony was amazing. The officiant was awesome and really got to know the couple well. The story of how they met was terribly moving and instead of a unity candle they each had dirt from childhood homes that they combined because you can never take the grains out again and separate them. I got chills! Evan is a musician so the cake topper was PERFECT for them! So much love and happiness, which is what I hope for them forever!
It was a humid day and we didn’t know if it would rain or not (it never officially did though)! But it didn’t dampen Dana’s excitement one bit! And while taking a photo of Evan and his best man before the wedding I asked him if he was nervous and his response will forever be in my mind because it could not have been sweeter: “How can I be nervous to marry a woman like Dana?” So. Sweet. And Dana’s dress? To die for gorgeous! Dana carried her Christening bonnet as her something old. How precious! They were married outside at Clifton Inn, which is gorgeous if you haven’t been there yet!
“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” –Washington Irving
We had a fabulous time playing with bubbles on the amazingly gorgeous August Sunday! You wouldn’t even know it was the dog days of summer as the temperature barely made it to mid-80s. I can get used to this!! I can’t believe how big this little sweetie is getting. We had great smiles for most the day, and some of her patented cautious looks, before there were a few tears as hunger snuck up on her. I love spending time at Ivy Creek Natural Area in Charlottesville and spending it with this lovely girl and her amazing mother made my August! You can see her 3-month photos here and her 6-months photos here. Man, they seriously grow up fast! Thank you for letting me spend time with you and your mom!