Goodbye 2016

I don’t know about all of you but my 2016 has not been an easy one. I’m juggling two full-time photography businesses and one part-time newspaper job (oh, I just signed up to sub in the school system, too, because I am a glutton, or more accurately because I’m paying for college). With problems on the home front, my daughter going off to college, in-law’s passing, owing more than $2,000 in a tax mistake Turbo Tax had a hand in making, and just one sucker punch after another I’m really glad to say goodbye to 2016. But rather than dwell too much on all the hardships of the year I’m going to remember some awesome things that I got to be a part of because of my job as a photographer. Some things I would not change, and that is a big one.


When my aunt passed three years ago she left me an inheritance I wasn’t expecting and decided to save for college for the kids, as well as a special trip with them and my husband. We chose two weeks in France for no other reason than we all just wanted to see it. Because I have been swamped since we got back these are all cell phone photos. I will do some blog posts about the full adventures just as soon as I get a chance to actually edit some photos for myself!


Monet’s water lilies


The reflection of my babies in Monet’s water lily pond at Giverney.


Neil & I at Giverney


It was raining the day we visited Giverney but I think it added to the beauty of the gardens. They were just spectacular. I could have stayed there all week.


My girl & I at Giverney


All of us outside Notre Dame


We took a river dinner cruise on the Seine (maybe with just a lil bit of wine…ha ha) and got all fancy dressed up for it.


After the dinner cruise


The catacombs were quite an adventure!


Devin & I at Chinon


Another view of Chinon


Nice is absolutely stunning. I had never been the Mediterranean Sea before. It was perfect.

It was more than I could have hoped for. We left Nice just 3 days before the Bastille Day attacks and we had talked about being there for Bastille Day but decided it would be huge crowds so we went earlier in June. It was a good decision as the truck started right where our hotel was on the main street. We surely would have been on the road during that time. But again I’m going to remember the amazing things we had the chance to do and see and the time I got to spend with my kids–connecting with them again. As they’re getting older and soon leaving the nest full time that was the best gift my aunt could have ever given me. And we were in France on her birthday, and the anniversary of her death, and we all took a moment to remember her and thank her for such a special gift.


Here are a few of my teaser favorites from my Class of 2017 seniors with full blogs coming soon once I find the chance to get them done!  I’ll be putting out sign ups about senior modeling for Class of 2018 (my son’s class…ugh I have to go through this again?!) after the new year, and if you’re interested in particular flowers or seasons get on my calendar NOW. I missed almost every game of my daughter’s college soccer debut year and I don’t want to miss them again next year so fall will be a bit more limited. Get on the calendar soon so we aren’t rushing to create the perfect experience and image for you! I love my clients way too much to rush it.


Caleb, William Monroe High School


Tyler, William Monroe High School


Tim, William Monroe High School


Skylar, William Monroe High School


Robert, William Monroe High School, along with Kyle one of three sets of twins I got to photograph this year.


Kyle, William Monroe High School, along with Robert one of three sets of twins I photographed this season.


Katie, William Monroe High School, on windiest day of the year.


Kam’Ron, William Monroe High School


Taylor, William Monroe High School, or a J Crew catalog


Sydney, Albemarle High School


Meagan, Madison County High School


Kristin, William Monroe High School


Kirsten, William Monroe High School


Karin, Albemarle High School


Bailee, Albemarle  High School


Ariana, William Monroe High School


Amanda, William Monroe High School braving the heat for the sunflowers


Celina, William Monroe High School and in beautiful fall colors


Austin, William Monroe High School wrestling


Alejandro, William Monroe High School along with his movie star looks


Haley, Louisa County High School headshots


Faith, William Monroe High School


Theo, William Monroe High School


My second Schuyler of the year, King George High School, and the daughter of a woman I’ve known for 30 years.


Olivia, William Monroe High School


Lindsay, William Monroe High School


Jake, Monticello High School


Ryan, Albemarle High School, and with Grace the second set of twins I photographed this season.


Grace, Albemarle High School, and with Ryan the second set of twins I photographed this year.


Michelle, William Monroe High School, along with Michael the third set of twins I photographed this year.


Michael, William Monroe High School, along with Michelle the third set of twins I photographed this year.


Anthony, William Monroe High School


Annelise, William Monroe High School with her beautiful smile


Andrea, Albemarle High School, who braved early morning and mist to have photos with flowers.


Allie, Albemarle High School and an avid reader (OH MY GOD THOSE EYES!)


Alissia, William Monroe High School, in a gorgeous outfit!


Adam, William Monroe High School posing in his “GQ” way


I photographed a wedding this year and it was magical. I love weddings. I LOVE everything about them, but because I know the workload required for photographing a wedding I take on very few each year. I love to do them, though, and this one was extra special because the groom is the son of a very dear friend and the bride is about the most perfect and wonderful woman I’ve met. I adore them both so much! They were married at Devil’s Backbone in Nelson County on one of the windiest days ever. At one point, Jenni’s veil was straight behind her but her smile radiated the entire time. She stuck it out for photos and never complained she was cold. These two have such a love for each other. It was beautiful.





The power of water {Mermaid Teen Photoshoot}

I’m awake really late editing sports photos and I thought I’d finally share my teen water photoshoot with Laura over the summer. The Robinson River in Madison County comes from the mountains and it’s always freezing. It was 115 degrees with the heat index the morning we shot and even though it was 8 a.m. the temperature was already 95 degrees. I was sweating IN the water.

Water is symbol of strength, power and transformation. It is patient and will work to wear sharp rocks down over centuries, crafting its path where it wants to go.

Laura is a strong young woman with a quiet confidence I believe stems from her swimming and diving talent. When I heard there would be a water challenge my thoughts went straight to her because when she’s within water she is strength, dignity and beauty.

When a mermaid is in water she’s all of those things, as well. Her power comes from the water itself. That’s what I think of when I think of Laura, when she’s in water she has a mermaid’s power.


Back to School Class of 2017 {Senior portraits}

It’s time for the students to head back to school so the Class of 2017 and I thought of a fun photoshoot to celebrate their last first day of school ever. Even though all the models couldn’t make it we still had fun! I’m booking so quickly for this fall and I love it! If you haven’t scheduled your senior portraits yet get in touch via email at or (434) 242-1281.

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One Light Challenge {Image Challenge}

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged this one yet. The challenge was using one light and I took it to mean using only one strobe light but also using the sun. Anyway, Juliet & I had a blast with this one, and my mom even had the chance to come with us. I can’t believe she goes to college in 16 days. I’ll not dwell on that!

I’ve got another challenge to get finished before the end of August! I skipped June & July because of traveling overseas but I’m ready to get into the groove and my Class of 2017 models should note that and be ready 🙂

If you’re looking to get on the calendar for senior photos, Class of 2017, get in touch with me ASAP at as dates are filling fast with loads of fun sessions coming up!

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Sydney, Class of 2016 {Urban Senior Session}

I could talk about Sydney for hours and never be able to tell you all the reasons she rocks! I love her style, her humor, her brains an her drive. Listening to her final senior project for the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School I was blown away. She focused on the gender gap in the business world–in pay, in CEO positions, etc., and for one of the first times I felt some ray of hope that it will be fixed. She’s going to study global affairs at college. She’s going to change the world!

Sydney and her mom, LaDonna, were awesome for her session in Downtown Charlottesville and at the Ix Art Park in Charlottesville. Thank you so much Sydney! I can’t wait to see how your bright future comes into focus!!

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Sunny and Jake {Brother & Sister Senior Portraits}

These two are soccer royalty and their skills are undeniable! Jake is heading to Louisville (hence the “L” he makes with his hand!) and Sunny heads to Messiah this fall. I was so happy Juliet had the chance to play with Sunny because she’s amazing to watch. NO FEAR! I totally respect that.

This was the first time I’ve been asked to do siblings’ senior portraits and it was so fun! It was a gorgeous fall day, they included their sweet Great Dane and we took a family photo at the end of the session! So fun!

Have a great time in college, to you both! I’m sure mom and dad will ride the roads to watch them play soccer in college, so drive safely! Thank you so much for asking me to do their senior portraits! I had the best time 🙂

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Joey Class of 2016 {Virginia Senior Portraits}

The last guy, Aaron, was born in Germany and Joey was born in Australia! We made sure to nod to his Australian roots in a photo, which is good because he’s going to college there after all! So exciting for him!!

We had a mini football session, in addition to his regular session. Joey shaved his beard between the two sessions and I swear he looks 5 years younger in his football photos than his regular senior session! He’s also a musician so we used his guitar in some photos. I love including items that are important to the senior in their sessions!

Have a blast in Australia and I hope I get to see you again some day, Joey & Lori!

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Aaron, Class of 2016 {Hockey Senior Portraits}

I swear I take photos of guys too! I feel like I just keep sharing the girls’ photo sessions but I have a fabulous time with the guys too! Sometimes they’re more willing to try a different angle, do something different, light something on fire! Whatever. I love that!

Aaron plays hockey and he was born in Germany (and his mom is from there) so we made sure to include a nod to that heritage with the soccer flag. I swear the photos where he’s in the suit are just gorgeous! We had a warm, fall day with some beautiful golden light.

Thank you, Aaron, for asking me to take your senior photos! I hope you never stop playing hockey and have an incredibly bright future! You always have the option of becoming a model!

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Emma Class of 2016 {Senior Photographs in a Field}

Emma is one of the sweetest, most genuine young ladies I have ever met. I was so honored when she asked me to do her senior portraits! I just had a great time with her and we chose a spot where we didn’t know wildflowers would be growing and found some. It was so awesome!

She’s going to kick butt in college, I’m sure of that. I hope she doesn’t stop playing soccer because I’ve only known a few with as much heart as her. She never stops trying. Such a great role model!

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Soccer Senior Portraits {Class of 2016}

I did all the soccer kids at the same time (it was total chaos!) this past year and we had some fun…and I got a little teary-eyed since this is the last year my daughter is going to play with these girls. It’s been a joy to watch them all grow up together!

I really love to add sports to senior sessions. This coming year I have a bunch of different ideas of how to become more creative and dramatic in the sports arena! Who’s ready?


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