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Smithfield Engagement Session | Smithfield Wedding Photographer | Kenny + Mackenzie

Smithfield Engagement Session | Smithfield Wedding Photographer | Kenny + Mackenzie

We rescheduled for everything from bad weather to last-minute news that he was heading to Charleston, but the day finally came for Kenny and Mackenzie's engagement session and it couldn't have been more beautiful. A thin layer of clouds provided soft light, but the sunset that came at the end lit the sky on fire.

After spending time with Kenny and Mackenzie, it is apparent to me that they have refined the art of accepting each other for who they are. It's so important in any relationship to embrace the things that make you similar and learn to love the things that are the opposite, and these two have done just that. They may have different interests and completely different jobs but their goal is the same - to love each other and build a life together...

Pernell & Maggie // Downtown Smithfield Engagement Photographer

We had been excitedly talking about this engagement session for weeks, and the day finally came on a cool evening in the end of March. Maggie's week was one for the books - between managing a classroom of kindergartners and a nasty fall, she had every reason to be tired at the end of a few very long days. Yet when Pernell and Maggie arrived, they were filled with joy that bubbled over into every laugh, every smile, and every moment of their session.

Their personalities shone in a whole new light. Maggie is easygoing and natural, while Pernell is goofy and fun loving. He kept her laughing the whole time, and yet shared a few quiet moments in between the jokes and giggles. As we walked around Windsor Castle Park and downtown Smithfield, it quickly became evident why the two of them are inseparable. They started as friends, but their love has grown, and in just over a month they will finally be married.

Pernell and Maggie - you two are awesome! I laughed so hard, and enjoyed every minute of our time together. Thank you for all the jokes, all the funny quotes that I'll remember forever, and for your excitement throughout the day. May is going to be beautiful, and I just can't wait.

Engagement session at golden hour | Fall boots & jean jacket
Engagement session at golden hour | Fall boots & jean jacket
Spring engagement session at golden hour | Coral & navy dress
Spring engagement session at golden hour | Coral and navy dress | Black and white
Coral and navy dress | Fall brown boots | Engagement session outfit idea
Romantic, natural engagement pictures | Plaid and jeans
Romantic engagement session | Red plaid and jeans
Romantic engagement picture ideas | Black and white
Spring ring shot in nature | Macro photography
Cute engagement session ideas | Blue door downtown Virginia
Cute engagement session poses | Downtown Virginia
Cute engagement session poses | Downtown engagement session
Cute engagement session posing ideas | Downtown engagement session
Natural engagement picture poses | Walking hand in hand
Red plaid and etsy jewelry | Engagement session coral and navy
Engagement session in front of a church | Downtown engagement session
Natural engagement picture poses | Downtown engagement session
Cute engagement poses with a brick wall | Downtown engagement session

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)