Bailey turning 3 | Crystal Reyns Photography | Louisa, Va Portrait Photographer

I got to meet Miss Bailey last year for her two year old portraits. At that time she was not a fan of being in front of the camera. After a year of growing more into being a toddler Miss B was all about being in front of the camera and showing me all her personality, which I LOVED.

Miss B is fun, wild, and a little bit sassy, all and all a fun loving little being that loves the outdoors.

Enjoy some moments from Miss B’s Session at Weston Farms in Louisa, Va.

 

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Summer a bald beauty at 13 | Inspiration Shoot | Louisa, Va | Crystal Reyns Photography

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SUMMER!!!

A gorgeous, strong, confident, and HAPPY young lady. A THIRTEEN year old when she lost all her hair in just TWO weeks. This shoot was planned to inspire and lift her spirits, but little did I know she would inspire me more than anything I have ever done in photography.

We met before sunset, a little after Kat’s Hair Studio spend some time doing Summer’s makeup for the shoot. Summer was all smiles, she owns exactly who she is hair or no hair. We chatted during her shoot, and I learned all about her family, her best friend Maddie that has been a bald beauty too so they have a special bond, and all about school and how some kids are so mean to her because she doesn’t have hair. She smiled after telling me this, I realized she is one heck of a STRONG young lady.

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Here is a little about Summer from her Mom, Sharon: “Summer L Stauffer born March 18, 2002 in Fredericksburg Va. In early October of 2015 she was washing a car with a friend and I noticed a bald spot on the side of her head. We went to the doctor and confirmed it was Alopecia. It took us about three weeks to get into a Dermatologist who officially diagnosed Summer with Alopecia Universalis (AU) on October 29 2015. From when I noticed the first bald spot until the time that all of her hair had fallen out was about two weeks, four days before our appointment at the dermatologist. They informed us that day that AU is one of the rarest forms of alopecia and her case was especially rare because of how fast it happened. There are three types of Alopecia:
Alopecia Aerata
Alopecia areata, the most common variation of the autoimmune disease, presents itself as round, smooth patches of various sizes.
Alopecia Areata Totalis
Alopecia areata totalis presents itself as total loss of hair on the scalp
Alopecia Areata Universalis
Alopecia areata universalis is the rarest form of alopecia areata and presents itself as the loss of hair over the entire scalp and body
Alopecia is not contagious. They don’t know exactly how or why some people develop it. It is an autoimmune disease that is normally brought on secondary to some other medical issue or diagnosis. The easiest way to explain what and how it works is that your body is allergic to your hair. Now keep in mind this is not the technical definition, just an easier way to explain. There is no cure for Alopecia. However there are treatments to help the possible regrowth of hair, injections, creams, squaric acid. None of these would have been beneficial for Summer. The only possible one they suggested would be the squaric acid treatment. After talking this over with Summer she decided against it. Basically they would put this acid on her scalp in hopes to cause an allergic reaction and her body would attack that and leave the hair follicles alone to regrow hair. On top of my 13 year old female child, at the time this all started, losing all her hair she was going through some medical issues as well. Summer missed a lot of school between the middle of October until December when we were able to finally get her on home bound school. She went back to school part time in January and returned full time April 4. Through all the lab work, scans, ultrasounds, visits to the ER, the Gastroenterologist, Primary doctor, Oncology/Hematology, Orthopedic and physical therapy they have still not determined everything and what was happening with her. She is being treated for stomach issues with medicine that seems to be working, a liver mass that they have been watching, and still trying to figure out what is wrong with her back and the pain there.
Summer has met people within the past six months, complete strangers with Alopecia as well, who have come up to her and asked if she has Alopecia and that she inspires them and makes them want to be like her, to have her strength and own what obstacles that have been placed in her path. They hide behind wigs, hats, scarfs and make up because they are scared of what others will say and not comfortable in their own skin. A woman stopped us walking out of the store around Christmas time and was amazed of how Summer was “rocking” the bald head. She gave Summer a hug said “God Bless you I want to be like you.” They look at her father and I and tell us that we have raised a very strong young woman. I hope so. We always tell our children that they are who they are meant to be.”

Summer is a big sister:

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A best friend:

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And an amazing, inspirational person!

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Family of three to four | Birth Story | Crystal Reyns Photography

Birth stories are always heart felt, and no words can ever explain the level of emotion in that delivery room. I was so honored to capture this amazing birth. Heather and her family was such a huge support team, and her Dad was quite the jokester and story teller, which made the waiting process go by easily with lots of laughter.

Martha Jefferson is one of my favorite birthing centers, as it was home of my very first labor capture and holds a place near and dear to my heart. The staff there is beyond amazing, and definitely makes all new mom’s feel as much as home as possible.

Heather was such a happy in labor mom, and I’m sure she was thankful for a fast labor, as Pearson came quite fast. And in quite fast I mean like 3-5 pushes and he was HERE!!! 🙂 And all the smiles in the room and happy tears when he made his appearance was so heart felt for myself and these once again new parents. And big sister couldn’t wait to meet her new brother either.

 

Congrats again to the Noble family and I was honored to capture this amazing moment in time for your family!!

 

 

 

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Christmas Studio Minis | Louisa, Va Family and Pet Photographer

Christmas time is HERE!!!

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I know it is not Thanksgiving yet, but I am so excited to set up the studio for minis this year.

I will be offering FIVE different backdrops, a choice of TWO per each mini session. Whether you like a rustic feel, twinkling lights, traditional fireplace, or a christmas tree…we have it all. 🙂

Minis this year will begin November 22nd and will end December 13th. Times will be available during the week by appointment only. Investment: Session fee $35 with a minimum $100 print purchase (meaning my normal studio session price BUT you are getting those prints for Christmas and digital negatives….WIN WIN:)

A NEW offer this year is PET CHRISTMAS MINIS…..don’t leave out the fur babies, PET MINIS will be December 6th and each fur baby will get a take home ‘treat.’  Investment for pet minis is: $50 and will include treat bag and digital negatives.

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Fall minis | Louisa, Va Family Photographer | Crystal Reyns Photography

I know I say it way too much, but I LOVE Fall. The Va festivals, fall weddings, the beautiful colors, and meeting up with some amazing families….oh and maybe scarfs and tall boots….

This year has been quite the blessing to visit a few locations around Central Virginia for some Fall minis and with some new beautiful faces and some returning beautiful faces!! I loved hearing about some had already put up empty frames on their walls as ‘this’ session was going there……that makes my heart so happy as images ALWAYS look better on the wall than in a thumb drive or disk!! With one more fall mini for Carter’s mountain this week, then we will be ALL SET for Christmas minis that I will be posting about more this week!! 🙂 🙂

Here are a few of my favs from this year:

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2015 Christmas Tree Farm Minis

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I am so excited to offer these for the THIRD year in a row!!

This year is going to be the best and I know it. When calling yesterday to get permission again the owner first stated, ‘we were wondering when we would hear from you.’ 🙂 This family owned farm is so joy-filled and welcoming, it has been an blessing to be able to come here now for years, and it is the only tree farm I suggest to folks asking where to get a real tree.

To prepare y’all for these mini sessions: Please dress warm as it is a little bit colder at the farm, please come a few minutes early as I will have a few styled setups ready to go, fur babies are welcome as long as they are kept on a leash.

Saturday November 28th:

8:00am: BOOKED

9:00am:

9:30am:

10:00am: BOOKED

2:00pm:

2:30pm:

3:00pm:

3:30pm:

4:00pm: BOOKED

Sunday November 29th:

1:00pm: BOOKED

1:30pm: BOOKED

2:00pm: BOOKED (SH)

2:30pm:

3:00pm: BOOKED (LD)

3:30pm: BOOKED (KW)

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First family portraits | Adoption | Louisa, Va Family Photographer

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This adorable family, on their family farm, and that gorgeous light!!!!

I have absolutely loved following and capturing this family’s special story. Lacey and Steven are huge inspirations to couples in our small town that have and are battling with conceiving. Lacey opened up recently about their struggles, and I love the support that she has received and how she is able to lift other couples up with hope with sharing their story.

They wished, hoped, and prayed for Jace….for FIVE years. This year Lacey and Steven received the blessing of adoption of this sweet, adorable, baby boy. I was able to capture their adoption announcement earlier this year, and it was announced in a slideshow to one of Lacey’s favorite songs, Overloaded. View it here.

As the due date came quick, Lacey and I stayed in touch as she knew she wanted to capture their first family portraits soon after bringing this bundle of joy home. We planned the location, the time, and date. What I didn’t plan was to fall completely in love with this adorable chunky baby. He is PERFECT! And now their family is even more perfect with this addition.

Lacey shared her adoption story on Beauty and Lifestyle Magazine (view story here) and it is an inspiring story, but get your tissues out ladies.

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2016 Fall minis | Virginia Family Photographer | Crystal Reyns Photography

2016 Fall mini sessions are back by popular demand!!

Last year I only offer one day of Fall minis with 8 straight weeks of weddings, by the end I was beat and needed a small break. This year as I reach the end of wedding season I wanted to offer more minis again because they are so much fun, and it is a great chance to see some amazing families again and just catch up on life.

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I am opening up THREE different dates for these minis:

Crump Park, Glen Allen VA, Oct 25th

2pm:

3pm:

4pm: BOOKED

Styled minis (vintage couch, pumpkins, and lots of fall cuteness) in Bumpass VA, Oct 31st

9am: BOOKED

10am: BOOKED

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Carter’s Mountain, Charlottesville VA Nov 1st

2pm:

3pm: BOOKED

4pm: BOOKED

Bella + Addy | Sisters in the Sunflower field | Crystal Reyns Photography | Louisa, Va family photographer

It is hard to grasp that this was the third year in a row that I have captured this sister duo in the sunflower field. The first year Miss Addy was still a baby, and Bella was just a toddler. To last year where Addy was a little spit fire and wanted nothing to do with being in front of the camera…….Where has the time gone?

This year these girls were just precious. Addy was all about showing her sass off, but only after her big sister, Bella, showed her how it was done. And their love…..OMG…. Addy just adores her big sister and wants to follow her everywhere, and Bella is such a lover with an amazing heart, how did she just start elementary school?!?!?!

These little country girls are just the cutest! Their parents are doing it right by letting them love the country outdoors while being barefoot beauties.

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Olivia turns ONE | Crystal Reyns Photography | Richmond, Va Family Photographer

Today I decided to fill the blog with some one year old cuteness.

Miss Olivia was such a ham for the camera. As soon as she saw the camera she was smiling and waving, and how can you not love those two bottom teeth?!?!?! But for real, a little girl after my own heart. She had us all laughing and smiling.

We met at Byrd Park in Richmond, Va. Mom, Dad, and grandparents were all great helpers in this session. I have to give credit to mom, she was well prepared and I loved all of her outfits and props……and mom even made the cake for the cake smash 🙂

Cake smash and sequin never looked so good!!!!

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