Adoption Mini Sessions, Part 1 // Smithfield, Virginia Family Photographer

Last weekend was one to remember! On the most gorgeous day in October I could've hoped for, ten families met me to take pictures as they supported our adoption. There were families of all ages and sizes - from a couple barely a year into marriage, to a family of six, to a whole bunch of cute dogs, the variety of people from all stages and walks of life was incredible.

I am so amazed that there was such an incredible response to our announcement, and to the mini sessions themselves! I remember right before I hit publish on my blog, wondering aloud to Nathan if ANYONE would sign up. And here I am, with 10 down and 9 more to go this weekend, blown away by the love people have shown us.

So I hope I've done justice to these families who have become a part of our story! It's hard to choose just 5 or 10 images to send, let alone one or two from the blog, but I've narrowed it down to my absolutely favorites. The only thing more exciting than this is that I'll have even more to share next week!

 Cute yellow sweater with a belt and boots for family pictures
 Girls kissing their brother's cheek during family portraits
 Four siblings wearing casual outfits for family portraits
 Dad throwing his daughter into the air
 Black and white of husband and wife laughing during family portraits
 Dad holding his daughter in a sweet moment
 Maternity pictures with gray sweater and bright yellow scarf in the fall
 Mom and dad swing their kid in cute family pictures
 Mom and her boys on a bridge for family pictures
 Couples' shares a sweet moment at anniversary portraits in the fall
 Boy taking family pictures in the fall with jeans and a blue shirt
 A family walks on a trail wearing blue and white and navy
 A dad with his daughters in the fall
 Newlyweds with their dogs for family pictures in a park in the fall
 Newlyweds take anniversary portraits at a park in the fall (black and white)

Best of 2013 // Hampton Roads Photographer

I have LITERALLY been looking forward to this post the whole year (Parks & Rec, anyone?). With each portrait session and wedding, I've become a stronger, more confident photographer who can deliver better images. I'll be honest - launching my business was terrifying! And really, it still is. I get nervous before each portrait session, and before each wedding, and every time I get a new inquiry...the list goes on. I've realized, though, that I'm not nervous because I'm afraid I can't deliver stunning images. It's because I want to get better each time I click the shutter, and I want each of you to see that progress.

I know I can tell my improvement throughout the year, and I hope you can, too. I'm excited for 2014 and all that it will bring. Have a wonderful New Year and enjoy some of my favorites from 2013!

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Brandon & Jasmyn // Maternity

I feel like this has been a long time coming...but really it's only been about a week and a half since I first met Jasmyn and Brandon. Time flies!  

Anyways, Jasmyn is due this fall with a little baby girl named Sanaa, which means brilliance. Even though I've never heard that name before, I love it! Pregnancy suits Jasmyn well - she was glowing, and she and Brandon looked so happy together. She is so sweet and soft spoken, and she's going to be an amazing mom. I can't wait to see little Sanaa when she is born, and I'm so excited for this soon-to-be family. 

Also, on a totally-nerdy-photography note, Windsor Castle Park is an AMAZING place to take pictures. There's red barns, a field, a lake, a pier, and woods. So incredible. It doesn't hurt to have some of the most beautiful people in my pictures either! So without further ado, here's Brandon, Jasmyn, and Sanaa! 

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 saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was precious!

saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was precious!

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