Last year, during their session, Matthew busted out this AWESOME tattoo…..so for this year we had to mix it up……this one is a keeper!!
This past Sunday I hosted my first set of minis of the year….SPRING ONES!!! And boy oh boy was it the perfect day for these sessions. The morning was crisp and so quiet, and they even had some of the animals out at the park. I didn’t realize until all my sessions were done, but all of my families all have little boys….LOL. All of these boys are all so full of life, which to me is so precious.
I have known this family for quite some time as Crysty was my college roommate at Virginia Tech. It was so great to start my New Year out with seeing this whole family together.
It wasn’t exactly freezing, but it wasn’t summer either as we met at Crump Park in Glen Allen, Va. I must say in the shade with was quite a few degrees cooler than where we all parked. This was a gift for Crysty’s mom, Tina, as I can understand it is hard getting the whole family together as we all get older and our lives get busy.
I met Ashley and Otto earlier this year after lots of emails back and forth between myself and Ashley. I couldn’t wait to meet this young couple so in love, and she was so excited to work with me as she had followed my work for awhile (huge compliment from her 🙂 yes it made me blush). They are set to tie the knot in May of 2014, and decided to do their engagements during the peak of Fall, and how perfect this morning was minus the cold.
The morning of their engagements may have been one of the coldest days yet, but Ashley still rocked a dress and still managed to give the camera superb model face without shivering. A huge kudos to her too was that she has just gotten off a 13 hour shift from work over night, she’s a total rock star!!!
Jessica and Willy were the winner of my couples session give-a-way. They worked quite hard for all their votes, and it definitely paid off. I wanted this session to portray more of my style with couples, which if you have followed my work it has come to be quite grounded around a romance feel. I personally love being in the presence of all love. There is nothing better in the world, and when I am editing images that portray just that I find myself in an awe, smiling, and sometimes in happy tears. Jessica and Willy have been in love for years, its just strayed apart for a few years, but they both knew deep inside where their hearts were. I hope y’all love these images as much as I do, and you see how happy they are to be together and living what is true to their hearts. I’m sure their August wedding will be full of happiness. 🙂
Jessica and Willy were such troopers, they got up at the crack of dawn to start their session at 7:30 on a Sunday. Not many people are willing to take pictures at this time, and this was a first time for me, and I must say I am in LOVE with the lighting. They also were so patient in waiting for this field to be in full bloom, thank you guys so much. Our session included lots of gnats, wet grass, and standing in muddy areas, good thing we are raised in the country and don’t mind being bare foot. 🙂
I have known Nikki for quite a few years, and we have caught up through past weddings where she was a bridesmaid or guest, a couple session with Jamie before they were engaged, and a family session with her family. Her mom, Becky, contacted me shortly after they had gotten engaged for
pricing and contracts. I have to give Becky mad props for getting this
whole wedding together, she should so be a wedding planner, and she did
all the hair as well.
Jamie and Nikki planned a wonderful backyard wedding, with the entrance up the driveway covered in heart balloons. I had never seen this done before, and it was so cute. If y’all live in central VA, you know we got hit pretty hard with tropical storm Andrea Friday and Saturday morning. You could understand everyone’s nerves the morning as it is pouring rain. About 1:00 the rain stopped and the cloudy began to open up to let the sun through.
As the girls were finishing getting ready, I think this is when the nerves begin to set in. The guests begin to take their seats patiently waiting for the blushing bride to come down the isle with her dad. And when she came into clear viewing I don’t think there was a dry eye, as this was very emotional for not only her mom, but also her dad. Vows were exchanged, then rings, they choose for a beautiful sand ceremony…..then its the KISS!!! We kept the family photos to a minimum as it was rather hot and humid, and I am so thankful we planned for sunset bride and groom images to give it time to cool off. As MR & MRS BROWN were introduced into their reception they went straight into their first dance, then an emotional father/ daughter dance (Tim McGraw’s My little girl, always gets me), a special mother and son dance. With the special love that Nikki and Becky have, of course she had to do
something special for her Mom. She planned a mother-daughter dance,
that Becky had no idea it was planned. This was such an emotional dance
for EVERYONE, including me, and a very special moment of Nikki and
Congrats Nikki and Jamie, y’all have so much fun in the Bahamas on your Honeymoon.
DJ: Doug (Scoots) Davis
On May 4th I had the pleasure of second shooting with Dirt Road Photography during the Marshall Wedding at Virginia Cliffe Inn, gorgeous venue if I must say so myself. This was the first time I got to visit this venue, although I had drove past it many times.
I got to hang out with the guys while they got ready before the ceremony. This was a fun wedding party, and laid back gentlemen. The ceremony was held on the lawn in front of the house, during the perfect hour. The sun came through the trees right before the exchanging of rings and that first kiss as husband and wife, it was rather breath taking. After the ceremony, I got to tag along with Casey to get to know the happy couple a little better and snap a few images on this gorgeous property. Here is a few of my images, but make sure to go check out their blog from Dirt Road Photography at:http://smithdirtroadphoto.blogspot.com/2013/05/marshall-wedding.html