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A few questions to ask yourself about your family’s photographs

As parents of little ones, we tend to find ourselves in survival mode. In those seasons of life, we’re just trying to make sure the basics are done, it’s hard to do anything else. Every once in a while, I encourage you to take some time to reflect, to think about the things that are […]

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Why you may feel like hiring a family photographer

It’s true. You don’t need me whatsoever. I’m a big fan of photographing your family on your own, after all nobody knows your family better than you. Photographing your own family allows you to notice your own stories. It’s an archival of all the changes and memories your family is making. It’s a beautiful form of expression, […]

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5 things I’d never do as a documentary family photographer

I get questions all the time about what “documentary” family photography is. Documentary and photojournalism are the same. Though, a lot of people assume photojournalism only documents news and thats simply not true! Lifestyle photography is completely different though. All of the things listed below are things a lifestyle photographer would do, while a documentary/photojournalist […]

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8 reasons why you should do a backyard family session

My goal is always to create photos that carry meaning. What better way to do that than at your very own home? Would you rather look back on your photos and say “Wow! Remember when our photographer took us to that random field that we had never seen before in our entire lives? Hmm…Where was that?” […]

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What Hampton Roads moms are doing instead of mini sessions

Yall, we are entering mini session season. Before you run off to book one like you do every year, I want you to picture these two scenarios: Scenario one Each year you give yourself an ulcer trying to figure out what to wear. Once you’ve found coordinating outfits, your little Emma kicks, screams, pouts and […]

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Setting realistic goals any time of the year

The New Year often provides the feeling of a clean slate so-to-speak and many of us try and set a full life-makeover! This will be the year when you become your best self, despite the fact that you almost never actually achieve the New Years resolutions. Why even bother? This blog post is going to show […]

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8 Holiday gift ideas for the sentimental woman in your life

I know gift-giving isn’t always easy, so i’m here to help make shopping a little easier! Being a sentimentalist, I much prefer a gift I can tell someone put thought into over something that cost a fortune. Gifts that revolve around my family are especially treasured. BUT also being an over-thinker, I can easily get […]

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Meaningful photo slideshow for Newport News families

I’ve felt so much appreciation to all the families who’ve chosen to work with me during the pandemic. Those who’ve allowed me to come into their home for a Family Story or allowed me to meet them in their backyard for a Mini Story. In the midst of COVID-19, Sharon originally wanted to book an […]

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Getting over the fear of being photographed

I know what it’s like to look at photos and not recognize the woman in them. My arms are a little chubbier than I thought, my legs are thicker than what I envisioned and there’s an extra roll around my waist. It would be so easy to hide behind the camera.. but that means I’d […]

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6 companies you can use to print your family photos

You’ve just had your family photo session and now you’re wondering, “Where should I print our family photos?” Now a days there are many options to choose from but I love to make sure my clients know there are affordable options besides Wal-mart, Costco or Walgreens. I love to point out to families that printing […]

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Hampton Roads Backyard Family Session – Brannan, John & Ceci

Mini Stories were inspired by all the time I spent sitting on the porch of our ole country cabin. (You can read the original post here). What on earth are documentary Backyard Family Sessions? Well, they’re kinda like a mini session. Except we aren’t meeting in a pretty park— actually you don’t have to step […]

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How my childhood experiences influence the way I photograph families

I just wanna preface this blog post before you start reading by saying this is a little bit of a heavier post. However, I do believe that by talking about several of my childhood experiences, I can help you be more mindful about seeing the people + places that matter the most. While you still […]

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