Brooke’s Bridals | Crystal Reyns Photography | Louisa, Va Wedding Photographer

Not everyone is up for a sunrise session…but Brooke was ready to go at 6:30AM. So lets all give a round of applaud for her looking amazing as a bride that early in the morning.

The sunrise glow was PERFECTION, and Weston Farms offered the perfect backdrops Brooke was wanting as a country bride. The pond, the grape vines, fences and tall field all matched perfect with her cowboy boots.

Here are a few of my favorite from Brooke’s bridals from 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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Ashley’s Hometown Bridals | Crystal Reyns Photography | Louisa, Va Wedding Photographer

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When Ashley had contacted me to capture her next chapter in life with the man she had been building a life with for FIFTEEN years, I was totally honored. Not only would that day be special, but I actually grew up with Ashley and she was the first bride I would have to capture their day that I had known since the days of the elementary school bus. So so so many days on Ms. Baber’s bus riding to Jouett.

Ashley wanted to stay in our home town for her bridals, it’s where she grew up, feel in love, and built a home for their life together. In choosing a location…..needless to say we picked a few.

The town of Louisa as that is where we are from, its a small town, and we may have hated it growing up, but it is a part of us. Weston Farms for the gorgeous lighting, and our elementary school.

All bridals are extra special to me, but this one right here hit home. This woman that I knew from a little girl that was a friend walking across the road to catch the school bus that I would get to capture walking down the aisle to her next chapter in life. Thank you Ashley for allowing me to capture your beauty as a bride!!

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Early Christmas present | Announcement | Louisa, Va family photographer

Christmas came early for this adorable couple, and I couldn’t be more excited!!!

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Brandy knew exactly how she wanted to announce her special news…….with all FOUR of her brothers in ‘guess who is pregnant’ How stinking cute, right?!?!?! And it happened right in her home town, and quite a drive from VA Beach. I am completely honored to capture this sweet moment and can’t wait to watch this baby bump grow. Congrats to y’all again!!!!

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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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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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Kaydence’s colorful cake smash l Crystal Reyns Photography l Louisa, Va Photographer

Miss Kaydence will be ONE soon, and I still can’t believe how much she has grown since their Fall Family Mini session. Bright blue eyes, big smiles, and love those chunky baby legs. For her one year session, mom decided to do an early morning session, which means we got to catch some early morning sunrise glow outdoors after a few studio shots. 
Kaydence rocked all things purple, blue, and aqua for her beach themed birthday. She loved the pearls. And definitely LOVED her large cupcake, made my Pam Harlowe. 
 Seriously HOW CUTE is she?!?!?!
 Oh, heeeeyyyy!!!
 ‘I’m turning ONE’
 It was a beautiful morning, with gorgeous morning glow, and the perfect temperature….how could we NOT go outside for some images 🙂 
 And I just love my old piano prop!!!
 …..and then there was CAKE….
 ‘is this okay mom?’

Asher’s countryside Mickey Mouse themed birthday l Crystal Reyns Photography l Louisa, Va Family Photographer

A couple of weeks ago I finally got to meet this sweet, flirty, on the go cute boy, Asher. Although I get some super cute snap chats in my story from his dad, there was nothing better than him greeting me with open arms to hold him. 🙂
I met Asher’s mom, Melissa, at a farm right outside of the town of Louisa at the crack of dawn. And I love early morning sessions for the beautiful lighting. Asher was and is quite the morning person, so we got lots of smiles, laughs, and then chasing of an on the go boy. 
We started his session in this gorgeous butter cup field, isn’t is the perfect spring setting?!?!
After a quick change into his bibs and fishing hat, we went down to the pond to look for some fish. I loved this outfit as his dad is quite the outdoorsman so I’m sure Asher will have many adventures of hunting and fishing when he is older. 
HA HA HA this face tho….
…..and then it was time for Mickey Mouse bibs, tie, and CAKE…
…..the first pick at the cake is always my favorite 🙂 ….
safe to say that Asher really like the black icing the best
And I love that the black icing makes him look like he has a mustache and beard going on….HEHEHEHE

Lacey and Steven’s Emotional Announcement l Crystal Reyns Photography l Louisa, Va Family Photographer

Lacey contacted weeks prior to their session for another anniversary session with her sweetie. Shortly after that email, I received the good news. She wanted to turn their session into a slideshow to tell everyone their good news, but also share some insight into their struggles with infertility. Many many women struggle with these same issues, yet we hide it and put on a smile. Only a handful of people knew of their struggles until now. The support system that has surround this amazing couple these past two weeks warms my heart and makes me so happy for them, y’all are amazing!!!!!!

Check out their slideshow HERE: https://vimeo.com/127495935

Mother’s Day Studio Sessions l Louisa, Va Family Photographer l Crystal Reyns Photography

As Mother’s Day approaches, are you having a hard time thinking about what to get mom? 
How about a fun in studio mini session, all mom’s love pictures. And mom’s love pictures because they know this moment right now will never be the same, we grow up, we move away, we begin to have families of our own. Allow mom to have a captured moment right now for her to keep forever. 🙂 
 It’s never too late to have ALL mom’s in your portrait, like the four generation session with some wonderful ladies 🙂 
 A mother’s love is one that last forever!
 ….and mom is your first best friend….
 ….remember to capture the laughter, because a laugh is beautiful on everyone….