Chelsea & John | Fairy Tales Do Come True | Hampton Roads Engagement Photographer

Once up on a time… there was a little girl named Chelsea who was a huge Disney fan. She always loved hearing stories about Cinderella waiting for her Prince Charming. Years later, Chelsea’s own Prince Charming didn’t exactly show up in shining armor, but over time John definitely proved to Chelsea that fairy tales really do come true…

Chelsea & John actually began as friends. They met in Santoro Residence Hall on the campus of Christopher Newport University almost 5 years ago. Chelsea gave John her number, and the two hung out as friends initially, until they eventually became more.  

It was John’s super sweet and romantic fairy tale proposal that truly swept Chelsea off her feet…

In Chelsea’s own words:

“So, both of our families were staying down at the oceanfront. My brother, his brother, and some of our guy friends came into our hotel room and gave me two envelopes. One was from all of our guy friends we had made throughout our relationship. The other envelope was the word ‘WILL’ and had everything he will do for me and how he’d always be there. Next, I went to put on the outfit that my mom had picked out for me. Then, the guys took me to the next stop where my friends who I’ve known since elementary school were there with again, two envelopes. One with letters from all the girls we met throughout our relationship, and the other said ‘YOU’ and it was everything about how I much I meant to him. Finally, we went upstairs to where all our family was and they had a note that said ‘MARRY,’ and they told me to walk outside. John was there! He bent down on one knee and asked me to marry him!!!”
 
A romantic little fairy tale, indeed! It was only fitting that I shot their engagement session on the campus of CNU where they met and began their relationship, as well as including a few Disney themed props down at the local historic Yorktown Beach
 
The two plan to be wed in December of next year. Can’t wait to capture them saying “I do” at their Disney themed wedding!!
 
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Miss Grace Is ONE | A Lily & A Lollipop – First Birthday| VA Beach Family Photographer

What a sweeeet, sweet baby girl Miss Grace was at her FIRST birthday photo shoot!! The weather called for rain, but we attempted to take some indoor shots, and were so lucky to be able to take some outdoors and even on the gorgeous golf greens right outside (right before we ran from some showers)! 

Watch little Grace as she plays “he loves me, he loves me not” with a beautiful white lily, and then as she so adorably tries her very first lollipop!! The hardest thing about this session was picking which shots to use, because seriously Gracie was the most photogenic baby I’ve ever captured! 

Absolutely loved capturing such a sweet and special time for this family at Grace’s great uncle’s home in Virginia Beach. I know very well how exciting a time it is, especially for your first baby! 🙂

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Szerokman Family | Beachcombing Cousins | VA Beach Family Photographer

I attempted to rewrite Maddie & Andrew’s mommy’s story of her kiddos and their sweet cousins, but then I realized that I loved it exactly the way it was written! Here goes… 🙂
 
“Maddie, Andrew, Anna and Emily are close cousins – though they don’t get to spend as much time together as they like with 6 states between them. When they get together, they have a good time!
 
Andrew being the only boy sometimes separates himself from the group and finds enjoyment in his Legos, though there are times he likes to participate in dress up play!
 
Maddie and Anna enjoy a fun board game, crafts, and dressing up their American Girl dolls.
 
Emily, though only 2, can hold her own and has become quite the expert on finding even the smallest piece of sea glass! !
 
A commonality among the four is that they all enjoy being at the beach. Having parents who spent so much of their childhood at the beach, it was bound to happen!”
 
These cousins really are the sweetest!! They really enjoyed combing Chick’s Beach under the Lynnhaven Fishing Pier for seashells and sea glass, giving the wooden pier big hugs, and jumping and splashing on the water’s edge! 
 
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Tyler Family | Enjoying Every Season | VA Beach Family Photographer

Well, I certainly snapped, snapped, snapped away at the Tyler family session, as we tried to sneak in our long-awaited session before a summer storm rolled in and drenched us, the Virginia Beach sands, and Amanda’s cute green bench! So glad I was able to (quickly) capture this great friend of mine and her sweet kiddos (and a couple cousins) at their favorite beach spot! 
 
Mom, Amanda, said about her family, “We have so much fun and don’t want for anything!” They enjoy EVERY season of childhood. Amanda explained that she is never ready for a season to end, and every season is better than the last! They grow together as a family, and help each other grow in each season they are in. The Tyler family loves to travel to new places, and they all love sports of any kind, but especially football and wrestling right now. 
 
The oldest, Jacob, 15, has the kindest, most genuine heart. He is a beast in sports, and is usually a leader on his sports teams. He works hard at everything he does. He takes great care of his mother. When he is not busy with sports or school, he spends hours practicing his electric guitar.
 
Amanda’s second, David, 13, is wise beyond his years, and he is a natural leader. He was born with a drive and focus that most adults don’t have! He excels in sports and academics. He is a fierce protector of kids younger than him and kids with special needs. 
 
The youngest, Emma, 8, is always on the go! She is always an optimist and wants to try everything. She is both a girly girl and a tomboy all at the same time. She loves dressing up, getting her nails done, and doesn’t understand why she can’t wear makeup yet! With that being said, she also loves catching frogs, getting muddy, and competing in sports just like her older brothers. 
 
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Vann Family | Love With All You Got | VA Beach Family Photographer

Megan & Chris knew each other since they were very young. Throughout the years, they kept in touch through Facebook. In late 2012, they became a couple and were married the following year in June! Megan explains, “We always try to have fun no matter what we are doing.” 

The couple has two kids: Kayden, 10, who loves video games, baseball, and snacks; and Hadley, 4, who loves dolls and stuffed animals! Megan & Chris are also expecting their first baby together in January 2015 and are very excited!! The family holds every moment and memory together as precious, since they are only all together every summer and every other holiday. They cherish every experience they have together. According to Megan, “We always say, ‘live, laugh, and love with everything you got!'” 

Kayden & Hadley definitely had a blast at Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach, exploring the trails along Virginia Beach’s tidal marsh, ponds, maritime forest, and the sandy shores of the Lynnhaven River. 

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Palmer Family | Derick the Defeater Saves the Day | VA Beach Family Photographer

“We are so blessed.”

It’s a common phrase you might hear from a large family. Nothing out of the ordinary. To the Palmer family, however, it is more than just words. It is a phrase that keeps them going, makes them appreciative, and reminds themselves just how blessed they are.  

It has been one hell of a year for the Palmer family. In mid-April of 2013, Dirk & Gina’s youngest son, Derick, now 7, was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma. He underwent 9 1/2 hours of brain surgery to remove an egg-sized malignant tumor. Shortly after, he endured 6 1/2 weeks of Radiation Proton Therapy, next, 9 rounds of chemotherapy, and just last week started a new course of chemo. “Derick the Defeater” has been putting up a mighty fight against cancer, and every day he proves he is just so very brave and strong! You can follow Derick’s journey at Derick the Defeater on Facebook. If you read his story from the beginning, one phrase that you’ll find all throughout his mom’s (Gina) entries is, “We are blessed.” 

The Palmer family has also been separated by distance the past year, with Dirk, Gina, and Derick in Virginia, oldest Alexis, 21, in college in Florida, and younger daughter Mikaela, 18, completing and just graduating from high school in Spain. While the family was reunited for a few weeks this summer, I offered to capture their first whole family photos (since the girls were very young) at Mt. Trashmore. The very strong bond of love of the Palmer family was described perfectly by Mikaela’s quote on their family photo sneak peek on Instagram: “Our family; a circle of strength, founded on faith, joined by love, kept by God, forever together.” 

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What an amazing family. I had the pleasure of seeing Derick almost every day the past year, and his little spirit would come bounding into school, often the day after treatment, with a smile on his face – never to complain about pain or being slowed down a little bit. Talk about a positive attitude!!! The little guy undoubtedly gained his bright spirit and strength from his family. Please show Derick the Defeater your support by following his page to help his fight!

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Workman Family | A Curious Case of Twins | Family Session | VA Beach Family Photographer

Krystal & Jared roamed the First Landing State Park sands in Virginia Beach chasing their sweet and fun TWINS, Jakob & Joslyn, while vacationing for the 4th of July weekend. According to Krystal, their family’s story line is still unfolding, but it sounds to me like the family has quite a bit going on already! In Krystal’s words, “Parenting has changed our lives, and parenting twins has been intense… but highly enjoyable at the same time.” Currently, they are loving the 4-year-old stage! Each twin is developing who they are and they are providing them tools and resources to explore their world. Krystal explained that the twins’ curiosity is extraordinary, and they try to feed their curiosity appetite through books and exposure to new things.

I definitely got to experience Jakob & Joslyn’s adorable curiosity. To get some big smiles, the twins shared giggles over Dung Beetles — something the two had recently learned about in one of their books! Haha! When they came across some small washed up jellyfish, the two eagerly held them and quietly observed them with pure fascination. Curious kiddos are such a wonderful constant reminder to appreciate the little everyday things and to remain curious ourselves!

Mom, Krystal, has also been very busy with a recent invention and patent of a twin baby carrier that she is currently working to mass produce! An incredibly handy invention in my opinion, for anyone with twins, and especially anyone with young children close in age! Babywearing was a total lifesaver for my own high-needs baby a couple years ago! Check out Krystal’s TwinGo Carrier, and like/visit/share her TwinGo Carrier Facebook page with anyone you know who may benefit from a twin baby carrier!! 🙂 

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Invisible Grief | Choosing Happy Sorrow | A Story of Pregnancy Loss | Personal

** DISCLAIMER: This post may be an emotional trigger for those who have experienced loss, especially regarding miscarriage. **

As I sit here finally letting my emotions out, I realize that I haven’t cried like this… well, probably ever. Bear with me folks, this post contains a very personal and mature subject matter. The following experience definitely broke my heart a little bit…

Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love being a mommy. It has been my ultimate goal in life for as long as I can remember. More than anything else in the world, I knew that I wanted to be a mommy. I have always been drawn to children, working with them in one aspect or another in every single job that I’ve ever held. My precious boy, Kamden, means the world to me, as he was the one who made my dream come true 2 1/2 years ago. He fills my life with enormous amounts of joy and wonder!

What most of you do not know, is that I was a mommy again for a very short period of time, very recently. On May 15th, 2014, my husband and I found out that we were expecting once again. Expecting… a baby. I made little Kamden a shirt that said, “Big Brother, January 2014.” Yes, pregnancy brain had set in right away, because it should have said 2015! Haha. I actually had taken that day off from work, so I was home that morning at the same time as my husband (which with our opposite schedules, rarely happens). Kam and I made Karlton some coffee and brought it to him in bed, something that we often do on weekends to “wake Daddy up”. When my hubby woke up and noticed Kam’s shirt a couple of minutes later, his response was, “Kam, what does your shirt say? Kam… what does your shirt say?!” It was a joyful morning, we had a family hug, and we discussed how much we both wanted this and were so very happy.

Fast forward to just over four weeks later… the day before Father’s Day, 2014. Three days after seeing a heartbeat at our first ultrasound. Something started happening to me that I knew wasn’t supposed to happen when you’re pregnant, and well, pretty quickly I was very aware of what was going on. Being the weekend, a call to my doctor pretty much confirmed what I already knew. My second baby, at only 8 1/2 weeks gestation, was gone.

During my short pregnancy, there were definitely signs for me that something wasn’t quite right. I consider myself an optimistic person who rarely thinks about the worst case scenario. However, the whole time, I felt like I wasn’t getting as excited as I should be, and that I wasn’t that attached. Once I realized that my worst fear really was coming true and that I really was losing the pregnancy, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Nothing, absolutely nothing prepares you for any loss. As much as my body and mind felt like I wasn’t attached, as it turns out… I was. The loss and sorrow is real. Very, very real.

Something interesting happens once you find out that you’ve experienced a pregnancy loss. All of the sudden you find out how many people have experienced the same thing. How heartbreakingly common it really is. You realize as well that it is a very real loss that is hardly talked about. An invisible, very painful, grief experienced by mothers and fathers everywhere.

Deciding to share about your experience is a hugely personal thing, and I absolutely honor each and every person’s choice on whether or not to share. I personally decided that I wanted to share about my experience, because not only did I feel alone in my heartache, but I also felt that there was a lot of joy that I wasn’t able to share. My first belly pics, the cute announcement, or the awesome gender reveal photo session that we had planned. While thinking about all this makes the situation that much more sad, as an optimist, I still want to share my joy. The truth is that there are so many beautiful tragedies in this crazy world we’re living in. So, in honor of my sweet tiny little angel baby, I share now with you all…

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So how does one support someone who’s going through something that is rarely ever talked about? What do you talk about with someone who has lost someone that they will never know, someone that they have no real pictures of to remember them by?

Sure, it’s difficult. Dealing with any type of grief or loss is not easy. I will tell you, though, that you just support them! Any way that you know how. Check in. Ask them how they’re doing. Ask them if they need to talk. At times, I don’t know if I feel like talking about it. Most other times, I desperately want to talk about it. Give a warm hug. A smile. An “I’m thinking about you.” It won’t make it go away, but it will make the grief that much less invisible.

Just tonight I watched a special on the Oprah Winfrey Network where Robin Roberts spoke about how her mother taught her about choosing “happy sorrow” instead of “sad sorrow” when we are dealing with grief and that it helped her once her mother actually passed, to focus on all of the happy memories. In a way, this seems an impossible feat, but if I try, I can see the happy moments that occurred over the brief 4 1/2 weeks that we knew we were expecting. Like Kamden making the connection, moments after we told him he’d be a big brother and he said, “Baby sister in his belly?” How my hubby would text me back saying, “Love you three! ;)”. The numerous kisses that my belly received from my husband and my son in those few weeks. Although heartbreaking now, these were joyous moments for us that I’ll always remember and cherish. Joy that we know we will experience again.

I will try to choose happy sorrow… and for now, focus on this little face and soak up the joy that exudes from him every day!!

Kam man-1For those of you who enjoy musical connections, check out “Ten” by Yellowcard below…

“‘Honey, I’ve got real bad news’ and
Then there were just tears
And we would never be the same again
Since then I’ve often wondered
What you might have been like
How it would have felt to hold you,
Would you have my eyes?
Don’t you think we would’ve been best friends?”

– Yellowcard, “Ten”

 

Karen + Jef | A Spirited Backyard Wedding | VA Beach Wedding Photographer

Karen & Jef were friends back in high school. Karen was a cheerleader, Jef a football player, and the two worked out together practicing the high jump. Twenty-five years later when they would reunite at a party, Jef would say, “I remember you… Kim Collins!” Haha!

The couple reconnected as friends initially, and they then supported each other through some very sad and challenging times. It was once Karen invited Jef and his son Mason over for dinner and a Redskins game that the two truly connected. Knowing that they were both die hard Skins fans, Karen & Jef’s relationship was bound to be solid!!

Karen & Jef were definitely meant to meet up again! Bold and spirited, the two make quite the pair!! If only you could hear the commentary between these two throughout their big day! Maybe you can tell what types of comments they had from some of the expressions in these photos!

Their wedding took place on a beautiful, sun-filled evening; the night after some pretty big thunderstorms in Virginia Beach. The ceremony was sweet and simple, with gorgeous bright coral incorporated into all the details. After the end of the couple’s sand ceremony, each of their sons came up and added a piece of sea glass to the vase to represent the joining of their families.

I have no doubt that Karen & Jef will have loads of fun together in their married life. They are already such a riot together! These two have plenty adventures to come, I’m sure!!

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