Bertrand Family | Worth Waiting For | Family Session

Sooo much love for this little boy, Connor. Even through the inevitable two-year-old fits thrown throughout our photo session!! Haha. These parents kept their cool and were so patient… always with a loving look on their faces. Sarah & Tim are appreciating every single moment with their precious baby boy, and there’s a reason why they are so so appreciative of having their son, Connor.

Sarah & Tim met by chance. On a night that Sarah wasn’t meant to work, at a restaurant that Tim didn’t even want to go to that night, they happened to come across each other and were hooked!! It must’ve been fate! They were married May 10th, 2008 surrounded by their loving friends and family.

Once married, they decided to fulfill their dream of becoming parents, much like other couples, but unfortunately for Sarah & Tim, they struggled to get pregnant. After three long years of trying, “the longest of their lives,” puts Sarah, their lives were finally changed forever with the birth of their son on March 31st, 2012. Connor Scott, the light of their lives, was born perfect and was absolutely worth waiting for!!!

This session was shot at beautiful Sandbridge Beach in Virginia Beach before sunset, and precisely right before a certain two-year-old was totally done! Sweet Connor actually started out terrified of the sand, and as it turns out, was terribly upset to leave! Oh, life is rough, especially if you’re two!!! 😉

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Nicole + Dan | First Solo Wedding | A Sweet and Sunny Virginia Beach Wedding

Have you ever had a moment where you just knew that the person in front of you was the person you were meant to be with? Nicole & Dan may have taken longer than they wished to find that one they were meant to be with, but they now look forward to a lifetime of love and happiness and raising their children to know the same. I fell in love with Nicole & Dan’s story, so for this blog, I wanted to share the actual responses that I received about their love story in their own words…

Nicole romantically describes, “I just never had these feelings before. It’s just a different kind of love. Our first date, I met Dan and the boys at Landstown Elementary School for basketball and fishing in the pond across the way. It was a huge deal to be meeting kids on a first date but as we always said, we are package deals. It was so unbelievably hot that day that I thought I was melting. I brought the boys a slurpee. We fished a little, and then I watched as Dan interacted with the boys and my heart filled with joy. You could see what an amazing dad he was, and to raise the boys himself, he’s done such an amazing job. We have been inseparable ever since. He makes my heart complete. It’s such a different kind of love, that love you hope lasts a lifetime, and you know there isn’t enough time to love them. The love worth fighting for even on the toughest of days. I couldn’t imagine him not being by my side.” 🙂

Dan also shared about his impressions of his new bride, Nicole, and her daughter when they first met: “Funny and always positive, beautiful smile, pretty eyes, very independent, always on the go, and fun to be around. Bella was easy to make laugh and be around.” Then, my favorite part, “As soon as I found out her favorite steak was ribeye, I knew I wanted to marry her.” Hahaha!!

Nicole & Dan said their vows right on the sand at Chick’s Beach, a.k.a. Chesapeake Beach, section of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Their beautiful beach-inspired coral and tan ceremony involved all three of their children who were right by their side the whole time. One of my favorite things about this wedding was the expressions on their children’s faces throughout the ceremony, as well as Nicole’s parents’ expressions during their embrace after saying “I do.” The ceremony was so personal, not only did Nicole’s brother walk her down the aisle, but her father officiated, their son Evan was the best man, their son Brendan was the ring bearer, and their daughter Bella was the flower girl (a role Bella actually played at my own Virginia Beach wedding almost 5 years ago)!

The ceremony was directly followed by a Sunday brunch at Tradewinds Restaurant. Coral and tan beach-themed cake with all edible decorations by A Work of Heart – Creations by Linda.

This was the very first solo wedding I had the privilege of shooting, and I had the pleasure of doing it for one of my best friends as well!!! I even got to have my little family there with me. It was a special day all around.

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Taylor | A Bright Young Lady | Individual Photo Session

I had the pleasure of photographing my coworker’s gorgeous daughter, Taylor, at the VA Tech Hampton Roads AREC Display Gardens in Virginia Beach, VA. Taylor definitely rocked it and was very comfortable in front of the camera. It’s evident that she has a shining personality. Just look at how her beauty shines through, and I think I can even see her gazing up at her bright future off in the distance!

In her mom, Beverly’s words, “Taylor is a sweet girl who enjoys her family and friends and being outdoors. She is quite a nerd and will always be a big kid! She hopes to work in an ad agency working on magazine ads. Dream job!” I have no doubt that this girl will be fulfilling her dreams in no time!!!

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Erin + Addison | Living in the Moment | Kids Session

Remember those carefree days when the only worry in the world was what adventure you were going to go on next? Well, I had a glimpse back into those joyful days when I had the opportunity to capture some images of 5-year-old Erin & 2-1/2-year-old Addison!! There was not an inch of the VA Tech Hampton Roads AREC Display Gardens in Virginia Beach that was not explored by these two adventurers. Erin exclaimed, “Come on, sissy!! This is so fun. This is like an adventure!”

These two beauties not only love exploring outside, but they ran, danced, and sang through fields of wildflowers in their adorable little cowgirl boots!! Little miss Erin wants to grow up to be a veterinarian, and little sis Addy will follow her big sister anywhere. I can’t wait to see where these two sisters end up on their adventures in the future. They already have a lot figured out… exploring nature’s treasures, stopping to smell the flowers, soaking up the sun, dancing like nobody’s watching, singing at the top of their lungs, spinning in circles with their eyes shut… living in the moment!!!

Take a tip from these joyous, sweet girls today and go out and explore. Live in the moment and just be. Soak up the JOY, folks! It’s so worth it. 🙂

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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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Aida + TJ | Middle School Sweethearts | Couple Session

Man, these two made this little “just because” session easy! Aida & TJ, believe it or not, are middle school sweethearts!! They’ve been married for almost 3 years, but together for 8 years, and are still so flirty and in love! Check out the smiles on these two!! Just gorgeous. TJ proudly serves in the US Navy and runs Rebel Photography, and Aida is a full-time nursing student who also happens to help us take wonderful care of our sweet Kamden! Aida is one of the most generous, helpful, and caring people I have known, so I was so happy to do this session for them.

I just happened to find this beautiful golden field right alongside our neighborhood park in Virginia Beach where they don’t mow! Haha. Instantly fell in love and made these two crawl into the tall weeds despite expressed fears of scary snakes crawling out of the woods. Don’t worry, no snakes or other critters decided to join the photo shoot! Although, I’m pretty sure TJ was convinced that he heard a bear at one point…

It all just goes to show, beauty is ALL around us, folks!!

Oh, and I threw in one extra pic of a cool little boy with a very sleepy “I’m done” face. 😉

Nicole + Dan | Engagement Session

What great fun it was to shoot this fall engagement session at Red Wing Park in Virginia Beach for one of my best friends, Nicole, and her fiance, Dan. I was so eagerly awaiting this photo shoot, as it was with my first official clients!! Being incredibly motivated to bring to life this dream of becoming a photographer has been amazing, and at the same time it has also made me feel a little bit insane due to the crazy amount of motivating adrenaline I’ve experienced the past week. Regardless, I am so excited to bring this dream to reality!

Nicole and Dan are two lovebirds that are so playful and happy together, they made my job very easy! Each are bringing their wonderful children with them to create a beautiful blended family of five. I look forward to an upcoming family session with them all!

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