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Neon District in Norfolk Engagement Pictures | Barak + Heather

Neon District in Norfolk Engagement Pictures | Barak + Heather

It’s not often that a couple is TOTALLY up for a 5am wake-up call just so we can capture that gorgeous morning light…but Barak and Heather were all in (or at least she was! Ha!). I would say Heather is a morning person, but I think it’s more accurate to say she’s an all-day person. All day long she is happy, joyful, and smiling, and has been since I met her years ago. And Barak? Despite the crazy morning hours and the fact that he is NOT as much of a morning person, he was just happy to be with Heather.

I couldn’t hold back my excitement as we explored all the fun murals in the Neon District of Norfolk for their engagement pictures. There are colors and patterns for every style, and we explored all around the Chrysler Museum of Art, then ended with some trendy photos around Grace Street. Bonus: Heather wore the most adorable romper (WITH POCKETS), and I am a little obsessed.

Based on how the morning went, I am just dying to fast-forward to April when these two will have their wedding at the Womans Club of Portsmouth. Until then, I’ll just look back through their sunrise engagement pictures and remember that the early morning wake-up is ALWAYS worth it!

How to Get the Best Engagement Photos in Hampton Roads

How to Get the Best Engagement Photos in Hampton Roads

Being engaged is one of the sweetest, most important times in your life. Never again will you be in the season of almost-but-not-yet in your relationship. It’s the promise of things to come and the joy of knowing what’s already behind you - the good, the difficult, and everything in between. Your engagement photos should reflect what is unique to you as a couple. They should show how you interact during both laughter and more serious times.

Because of this, planning your engagement photos, whether in Hampton Roads or somewhere entirely different, is so important! Making plans before you ever arrive at your engagement session is one of the best ways to ensure it will go smoothly and allow you to walk away with beautiful pictures to remember this season of your life forever.

To help you plan, here are a few of my top tips about how to get the best engagement photos in Hampton Roads!

Engagement Session in Downtown Williamsburg | Derek + Victoria

Engagement Session in Downtown Williamsburg | Derek + Victoria

It was a long trip for Derek and Victoria, but they drove all the way down from northern Virginia to Williamsburg, a city incredibly sentimental to her, so we could spend time capturing what life looks like before they get married in August. If there’s anything I learned about these two while they were together, it’s that they can so easily make each other laugh. And if there’s anything I’ve learned about marriage in over 8 years, is that laughing with your spouse is the best way to work through conflict and remember again why you fell in love.

Downtown Williamsburg is beautiful, with brick buildings and hidden gardens almost everywhere. The area was full of people, so we got to explore some roads I’ve never visited and chase the golden sunset light. Victoria’s flowy dress and sweet flower comb were the perfect complement to the blooms that are taking over Williamsburg. As spring melts into summer and their wedding inches closer, Derek and Victoria are excited to be together - and even more excited to say their I do’s…