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  • A Day in the Life: The Anderson's

    There is something to be said for being instantly welcomed when you walk into someone's home. That they trust you from the start and you don't have to worry about showing them as they are because it's widly on display from minute one. This was abosolutely the case with the Anderson family. Crystal and I went to school together but it'd been about 20 years since we had seen each other, she greeted me with her million dollar smile and introduced me to the rest of her family equally full of life and joy. I know you will see that through these images, the love between siblings, the way Robert melts just ever so much when his bride is near, and the special friendship between grandfather and grandson. 

  • Megan + David

    “When you are dancing with your partner,

    for that two and a half minutes,

    you are in love with each other.

    You're corresponding with each other

    by the moves that you make.

    It's a love affair, between you and your partner

    and the music.

    You feel the music, you feel your partner,

    she feels you and she feels the music.

    So there the three of you are together.

    You've got a triangle, you know. Which one do you love best?”

    - Frankie Manning

    Their relationship started through words on a keyboard, then a failed date, then a few muuuch better dates, and the rest is history. This is a couple that loves to dance and actually dancing is what brought them closer during their courtship. So it was a given that this wedding would be an all out dance party, the ceremony was short and sweet making the reception this 2+ hour dance affair. It was a sweet time with some even sweeter moves! :) 

  • Brooke + Alexandria

    These two! I could regale you with tons of stories of Alexandria and what she means to me and my life. She's sat with me through some dark times and laughed with me through some awesome times. She's one of the first I told about Andrew and subsequently she was the first to ask Andrew his intentions threatening him if anything should happen to me :). Shortly after I met the love of my life, Alexandria met hers. We would message back and forth squealing about the awesome things our other halves had done for us and talk about how surreal it was to be in this stage of out lives together. When she told me that Brooke had proposed I could not have been happier, when she asked me capture their wedding I could not have been more proud. They got married overlooking this amazing spot in Richmond a few weeks after marriage equality finally came to the Commonwealth. Right after their ceremony we ran into a tour group that excitedly celebrated with us that these two wonderful ladies who had fallen in love were able to marry on that day. The whole day was wonderfully surreal perfectly beautiful. 

    They had already gotten each other rings early in their relationship so for their wedding they decided to exchange necklaces that carried significance to each other. Both necklaces matched their personalities perfectly. 

  • K

    "I think the quality of sexiness comes from within. It is something that is in you or it isn't and it really doesn't have much to do with breasts or thighs or the pout of your lips." 

    ~Sophia Loren 

    I love this quote because I feel like this is what boudoir is to me. It's not just about the body, it's not just about the outfit or the hair and make-up. While all that helps what I have noticed and watch transpire through these sessions is how much the sexiness comes from these women while I work with them. I watch as the posture changes, the eyes soften and they embrace fully who they are. The effects last far past the session and they see themselves so differently than when they walked in. K defnitely was a case in this, she wanted to do this as a gift to her husband, using a truck they had restored together but as the afternoon went one I think it became as much a gift for herself and a new way to see  those things she saw as flaw as assests. 

  • Stephanie + Felipe

    I completely adore my couples! Since I have begun shooting weddings on my own I've been blown away at the couples that cross my path. Each one of them celebrated their special days in their own unique ways and each one was so much fun; Stephanie and Felipe were certainly no exception. Their wedding was not just one day, but an entire weekend and it was filled with so much love, and joy it was purely contagious.

    Stephanie and Felipe wanted to not only celebrate this stage in their lives but also the people who have been by their sides since the beginning. They started the weekend with a roast which really allowed friends and family to share stories of them both and the night that these two wonderful people met. The entire night I just listened to what these two meant to the people in their lives and it was quite obvious that both Stephanie and Felipe are dearly, dearly loved, and supported by the community that surrounds them. That same love and support was equally apparent during the wedding the following day. 

    They opted to mix things up a bit and do the reception before the ceremony which was a first for me and hopefully not the last. People got a chance to mingle and catch up, sharing drinks, a great meal, and a lot of laughs. The setting, Stephanie's family backyard, was absolutely perfect and just captured the intimacy, and spirit of this weekend. Stephanie wore a skirt that she loved and turned it into a dress wearing a belt she and her mother made specially for the day. Her mom even hand embroidered napkins for the guests and they were gorgeous. When the ceremony started it seemed like the most natural thing to watch and be part of this day with these two. Words of encouragement were shared by the family and Stephanie sang a song to Felipe, I don't think there was a dry eye there, I know mine were a little damp at one point during the day. The night ended with dancing and time together, no huge send off, just a, "See you tomorrow at bunch." The weekend ended with a brunch at a local vineyard and as with the theme for the weekend you knew this couple wanted this to be as much about everyone else as it was about this new part of their journey together. 

     

    Her smile was the brightest that day and it never faded.