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Best of Families in 2016 | Hampton Roads Family Photographer

Best of Families in 2016 | Hampton Roads Family Photographer

Although I primarily focus on photographing weddings, engagement sessions, and couples' sessions, I actually capture a lot of family sessions as well. This year has brought such a wide range of people across my path - from those whom I know and call friends to complete strangers who welcome me in with open arms for an hour or two. From Williamsburg to Virginia Beach, Yorktown to Newport News and everywhere in between, it's always an honor to photograph both the typical smiling family portraits as well as the sweet moments that happen in between.

I hope what you see as you scroll down the page is just that - real moments between real people who love each other and have a beautifully messy life. I always leave family sessions with a renewed gratitude for parents who love each other through the ups and downs of raising their children together, and I always sneak in a few couple's portraits without the kids because mom and dad are husband and wife, too.

Here are some of my absolute favorite family portraits from 2016!

Fort Monroe Family Portraits | Hampton Family Photographer | Anthony + Marilyn

Fort Monroe Family Portraits | Hampton Family Photographer | Anthony + Marilyn

Anthony, Marilyn, and Mia make a beautiful family, not because life has always been easy but because they have lived through the hard times together. Anthony recently returned after his third deployment in their marriage - this one that hardest, as he had to leave his daughter for the first time and spent the better part of a year at sea. Because of this daddy's little girl, shy but spunky, was always ready to take a picture with her hero.

This family session began at The Chamberlin on Fort Monroe before we moved to the beach at sunset to capture some beautiful portraits. Anthony and Marilyn have been married for 15 years, managing to keep the spark of romance alive despite their separation. Their love is so obvious that even Mia gets a little jealous - she even tried to 'break them up' a few times during our time together! Nevertheless, this couple loves nothing more than family time and holding each other close after spending so long not being able to do just that...

Pleasure House Point Family Photographer | Scott Family Session

Pleasure House Point Family Photographer | Scott Family Session

The first time I met Shelby and her family was when I held mini sessions to help fund our adoption almost two years ago. I remember that she came out of her car with a huge smile and a declaration that "we don't do cheesy!" With the perfect outfits and children that behaved beautifully, theirs was one of my favorite mini sessions that I photographed that day.

Two years later I couldn't have asked for a better family or a better full session. This time around we spent over an hour at Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach. It was hot and humid, my car had just stopped turning on, and traffic getting there had been crazy - yet each family member pulled out big smiles and had so much love for each other. Bobby and Shelby have created a beautiful legacy over the last 16 years, a fact which became so evident as the four of them spent time together...