Winn Family | A Winn-Win Survivor Story | Family Session

What a FUN family the Winns are!!! They laughed throughout the whole photo session at the VA Tech Hampton Roads AREC Display Gardens in Virginia Beach! I did not expect these parents to be so happy, silly, and FLIRTY after over 14 years together. They are also a true testament to “in sickness and in health”!

Jennifer & Josh started out back in 1998 and were married right after Valentine’s Day on February 19th, 2000. The couple was stationed in Hawaii (my birth state!!) for 3 years when Josh served in the Army, and the Aloha State is where they started their family with the birth of their son Skye, 13.

When Jen found out they were pregnant once again, they were overjoyed, but soon found out some scary news that Jen’s kidneys were failing. Their daughter Lauryn was then born a frightening 3 months early, weighing only 1 pound 15 ounces! At the time, they weren’t sure that she would even make it, but thankfully their teeny-tiny little fighter pulled through and is now thriving at age 9!!

Lauryn must have gotten her determined strength from her mommy Jen, who has bravely survived both a kidney transplant and two pancreas transplant surgeries!! Throughout their struggles, the Winn family remains a very happy, cheerful, and playful family who really knows how to enjoy themselves. Check out the couple shots of Jen & Josh… just as flirty and in-love as ever!!!

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Peyton | “Bringing a Little More Love to the World” | Newborn Session

So, I’ve been doing this little photography gig for a few months now, but something clicked (no pun intended – ha!) on Sunday when I started to work on capturing this precious 14-day-old baby girl. My slogan reads, “Bringing a little more love to the world, one photo at a time.” Maybe I somehow foresaw what my favorite subjects would be with the wording of my little phrase, but as I took photo after photo of newborn Peyton, I fell more and more in love with it all!! Having a brand new teeny-tiny baby is such a special time for families. Babies are only newborns for such  a short period of time… I know I definitely forgot just how little  they really are when they first come out! Being able to capture those brief precious moments for a family to enjoy forever and look back on and remember the itsy-bitsy toes, the almost invisible eyebrows, the peach fuzz hair, the pouty pink lips… it is all a HUGE honor for me.

This absolutely was my pleasure, and to top it off, baby Peyton was an absolute perfect angel!!! Not only did she sleep through all 3 hours of me photographing her in various positions, outfits, headbands, and props, but she even waited till we stuck her diaper back on to do her little business!! What a sweet little (considerate) model she was!!


A couple of months ago, I had the privilege of photographing the Calvi family for some holiday and maternity photos. My husband had met Eric, Peyton’s daddy, while they were both serving in the Navy, and Tina and I quickly became friends, especially after we both had boys first! So, when I was asked to do some newborn shots of new baby Peyton, there was no way I was turning that down!! I also just had  to take some family shots as well, including Peyton’s fun big brothers, Aidan and Cylas! So happy for these great friends of ours and the beautiful addition of a GIRL to their family!!!

“Bringing a little more love to the world…” by helping to show off this brand new sweet baby girl!! I am in love!! ❤

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I love these next photos because this is a very special spot for the Calvi family! This arch was custom made by Tina’s dad for their wedding day in 2008, and it was where they took their vows!! It now stands in Tina’s parents’ backyard. Where it all began… now over five years and three kids later! 🙂

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Greene Family | Floridians in the Snow | Family Session

Straight from sunny Florida to snowy Virginia Beach!!! The Greene Family first began in the sunshine state back in 2005 when Dylan & Jessica first met as seniors in high school and fell in love!! As Jessica put it, “We met in our economics class. Our teacher, coach Guidry, asked Dylan to help me with my power point presentation because he was the computer nerd and I had no idea what I was doing. He is the reason we met and he even came to our wedding!”

Five years later they were married, and shortly after, Dylan joined and is still proudly serving in the U.S. Navy, which is what brought them to Virginia Beach. A year later they became three with the arrival of their son, Aidan, and finally this past October they became a family of four with the arrival of little baby Aria!

The initial plan was to do a family session sometime this March, but when Virginia Beach was hit with two recent snow storms, the second of which brought up to 10 inches of white stuff in some areas, we just had to take advantage of a unique photo session in the SNOW! So glad we did!

Just look at this gorgeous family… freezing or not, they did a great job in the snow, especially for not being used to it at all! Dylan was also feeling terrible this day, but you wouldn’t know from the pics… he was a trooper! Aidan & Aria were so well behaved for almost freezing their little noses off! Love the beautiful baby blues on both of these adorable kiddos!!

This session was shot at the historic Adam Thoroughgood House (circa 1719) in Virginia Beach.

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