sunrise engagement pictures

Sunrise Williamsburg Engagement Session | Williamsburg Wedding Photographer | Michael + Jessica

Sunrise Williamsburg Engagement Session | Williamsburg Wedding Photographer | Michael + Jessica

It's crazy to type this, but Michael and I have known each other since before either of us was dating anyone! We met at Virginia Tech and have been friends for years, through ups and downs and now stepping into marriage. He and Jessica met at the Tang Soo Do program there, but it wasn't until after I graduated that they became more than friends. But even though I hadn't met her in person until their engagement session, I already feel like I have known her just as long as her other half.

These two have been each other's rock through the past few years - from graduation to job changes to moving away from Virginia, the one thing they have had in common throughout this time has been their growing relationship. We celebrated their love on a beautiful day at sunrise in Williamsburg, from the colonial area to the Crim Dell Bridge at William and Mary's campus. And waking up in time for the sun to peek over the buildings and trees was worth every minute of sleep lost.

With their wedding just one short month away and the promise of forever on the horizon, these two hold a special place in my heart...and just wait until you see that sunrise!

Taalib & Ellica // East Beach Norfolk Engagement Photographer

You know a couple is extra special when they agree to meet you at 6am just for the good light! Taalib and Ellica are a couple I've come to know over the last few months, and I am so grateful for it. When we finally met in person a few months ago in a small coffee shop outside of Washington, DC, I could see in a few short minutes how much they care about each other.

And then on the small, grassy beach of Norfolk during their engagement session, their love truly shined through. Taalib is absolutely crazy about Ellica, and she can't help but smile, laugh, and enjoy being in love. From the tender way he looked at her to her contagious laughter at his jokes, these two were a treasure. And this all at sunrise!

I'm so thankful that I've gotten to meet these two, and that they were good enough sports to get up early for a gorgeous engagement session. I am so excited about their October wedding, and can't wait to see how their relationship has grown by then.

Sunrise portraits at East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia (black and white)

And we just had to bring this little princess along for a few shots!

Puppy with pink hairbows at  Sunrise  engagement portraits at East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia
Sunrise  engagement portraits with a cute puppy at East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia
Sunrise  engagement portraits at East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia (black and white)
Intimate  Sunrise  engagement portraits at East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia
Natural Sunrise  engagement portraits at East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia (black and white)
Sunrise  engagement portraits at East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia

Taalib, your future bride is GORGEOUS!

Sunrise  engagement portraits at East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia
Sunrise  engagement portraits at East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia
Sunrise  engagement portraits on a neighborhood street in East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia
Sunrise engagement portraits at East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia
Sunrise engagement portraits at East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia
Ring picture on a lavender branch at sunrise
Fountain sunrise engagement picture (black and white)
Sunrise engagement portraits in front of a fountain at East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia