Crowning Glory with Toby Family

• March 14th, 2019 •

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Cheyla approached me about a unique portrait session idea and I was so excited to dive into her ideas with her. This vision took us on a journey into her faith in God and her beliefs. Giana and Naomi joined in and were each crowned as well. The studio portraits and the family portraits at 64th street showed love both in faith and in family, even a blended family. It was a beautiful representation that love isn’t defined as blood alone and that our faith gives us strength and builds us up. I am so grateful that Cheyla and Eddie trusted me with their idea and their family. This was a session I will never forget! I hope it inspires others to think of unique sessions where photography can assist in capturing an important moment in their life!

I hope you enjoy these incredible portraits as much as I did. It was difficult to pick my favorite ones to share!

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Women are Incredible

• March 7th, 2019 •

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Woman are the backbone of this country!  We are homemakers, doctors, lawyers, soldiers, business owners, role models, caregivers, and so much more.  We juggle roles without even realize we are doing it. We can kiss a boo boo and put on our high heels in the same breathe.  We bring forth life into world as mothers while also running empires.  We are statistically more kind, loving, grateful and better at handling stress.  We are super-powerful women!

This week we celebrate International Women’s Day.  A day to celebrate women all over the world and how far we have come as women. I personally want to celebrate woman empowering women! I see a trend of women uniting  together and empowering each other.  We need to do more of this.  When I first started out in business I had three AMAZING women who mentored me. Women who guided me, gave me advice and encouraged me.  (Thank you Andi, Dee and Dana.)  Their guidance gave me the ability to believe in myself and push forward on a dream I knew very little (at the time) on how to accomplish. Now, I mentor women doing the same thing.  They aren’t my competition, it’s my way to give back and cheer on another superwoman!

 

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We need to empower each other.  Cheer each other on, give each other feedback!  We need to stop judging each other and our life’s choices.  I am  successful business owner who chose to stay home and raise her babies for over 10 years. Your choices aren’t going to be my choices.  Whatever you are doing with your life, you are a an empowered woman.  Do you stay home and raise your little ones?  Are you a single mom doing everything by yourself?  Are you a military member who has to say goodbye to your babies for months at a time?  Are you a military wife caught between being a single parent and a married one- juggling the two at a moments notice?  Are you a career woman pushing to achieve your dreams and “soccer moming” it as well?  Wherever you are you are a superwoman!  You need to celebrate that.

I want to help you celebrate.  Come see me in the month of March.  Let’s celebrate your womanhood!  Let’s celebrate your superpowers.

-  For some that might mean professional headshots celebrating your success in your field.

- For some that might mean a boudoir session showcasing your sensuality, beauty and uniqueness.

- For some that might be a “Model for a day” session where you get to just celebrate YOU with different outfits and ideas.

- For some that might be a Cultural Heritage shoot as we celebrate all of your unique cultures that make up who you are.

Contact me for your own personalized session.  50% off all individual session fees if you mention “Empowered Women” at your consultation! 

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New Year More Love

• January 16th, 2019 •

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Each January I “claim” a word for the new year: a word that is focused around having a single simple word or theme to guide me in what I want to embrace more of in the coming year.

This year I claim LOVE as my word because the world needs more LOVE, I need more LOVE, my family needs more LOVE and my business needs more LOVE!

LOVE is all around us in all of our relationships.  We forget sometimes to focus on the love and instead focus on the bickering, the rushing to get to work or practices, the financial issues, the chores, the disappointments, etc.  We get so busy in the day to day of life that we forget to actually see the love right in front of us.  This year my goal is to give and share more love and in business to work hard to create opportunities for more people to capture their love in print.

I want to do better at encouraging people to capture the LOVE in their relationships.  I want to photograph the beauty and love between a mother and baby, the time tested love of a couple married 40 years, the love for oneself in boudoir, the love between siblings who fight like cats and dogs but also have grown up as each others playmates.  I want to photograph LOVE in all the relationships of life.

For families, I want to focus on encouraging families to CAPTURE the love they share.  Too many times I have heard “It’s been 10 years since we took family portraits” or “I can’t do family portraits until I lose the weight.”  Yet I have also heard after deaths in families “I don’t have any recent picture of my dad with is grandchildren, now it is too late” “I wish I had recent pictures of my parents together that weren’t taken on a cell phone.”  Too often we want to wait for the right moment and forget to recognize that the right moment is RIGHT NOW!

One area I am especially going to focus on this year is capturing LOVE in marriage.  I am not going to say that there are no perfect, never argue, he/she is exactly what I need and want them to be all the time, marriages out there, but in my experience almost ALL marriages have times of extreme struggle.  Look at the divorce rate that keeps climbing- marriage is HARD work.

I have been married for 18 years, together for 22. We fought tooth and nail for each other even when we didn’t like each other.  But the LOVE was there, just hidden beneath the hurt, pain and trauma.  The photographs we have during the good times, smiling and loving each other and our children are reminders that LOVE overcomes.  Our children remember the good times because those are the memories we have on our wall and in our albums.  They see and remember the LOVE their parents have always had for each other.

I photograph families all the time and often take time to get portraits of mom and dad together as well.  But it’s not often I get a full session dedicated to the love between a husband and wife.  That will change this year as I bring back my “Renew” sessions and introduce my “Romance in the Simple Moments” session.  I cannot wait to photograph love that has been TESTED.  Marriages of 5, 10, 15, 30, 50 years. Marriages that, like mine, have gone through the storms and come out battered but stronger than before.

I also need to claim LOVE for myself more this year.  Last year was a very trying year for me and I let self love fall away as I worked so hard to support my husband, kids, family and business.  All of their busyness kept me so overwhelmed that taking care of me took a back seat.  I gained weight and spending time with friends rarely happened. This year I claim SELF- LOVE for myself.  I am determined to loose 40 pounds by eating better and getting back in the gym.  I have already been away on a fabulous girls weekend in NYC with two of my besties. I can’t be the best Devon I need to be if I am not loving myself enough to take care of my mental and physical health. So this year, I will embrace loving myself better.

I am claiming LOVE this year for my business and for myself.  My marriage still has rough patches and places where we can improve the ways we love each other.  Like many of you, we get caught up in the kids and their busy lives and schedules and realize we are more roommates than anything else.  We need to focus of US because without a strong US our family is not as strong as it should be.

Do you have a word for 2019 that you are claiming?  Share it with me, I’d love to stand in agreement with you!

 

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Perfect Little Peanut – Margo

• September 25th, 2018 •

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Margo was the star of this portrait session! Margo modeled one of my new lace outfits for newborns and I think it looked incredible on her. Margo slept for most of her session making it very easy for me to get some gorgeous portraits of her. I can’t wait to photograph Margo more as she grows up into a beautiful little girl. Congrats Mom and Dad, you have a perfect little peanut!

 

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Cultural Celebration with Cynthia

• August 27th, 2018 •

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Cynthia was the first client to have a Cultural celebration portrait session. She chose to not only embrace her own African culture but also showcased her love for Hawaiian culture. Cynthia is a local actress and a wonderful friend that has helped me decorate my new studio and office space with wonderful plants and trees. I just hope I get a green thumb really soon! I had so much fun photographing Cynthia and I know the future holds great things ahead for her.

Thank you Cynthia for being a wonderful friend and a beautiful person inside and out.

Here are a few of the portraits from Cynthia’s unique session. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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Oh Snap! What an Open House!

• August 16th, 2018 •

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On August 10th, I held an Open House for everyone to stop by and come see the new space. Since June when we first decided to take on the space my office manager, Becca, and I have been working on getting everything perfect. I was so excited to share with everyone what the space looked like and I am so happy everyone that could show up, did. We found ourselves laughing with silly Photo Booth props, enjoying copious amounts of popcorn topped with candy from the popcorn bar, and drinking refreshing fruit punch with real fruit chunks.

Becca painted a wonderful canvas that was used as the guestbook and I took time at the end of the night to read what everyone had written. Thank you for all of the kind words! I am blown away by the feedback I received and so thankful to have such a strong supporting group of clients that have become friends and friends that have become clients.

Guests entered a raffle for a $75 credit and then enjoyed a quick tour of the new studio and office spaces. I now have a dressing room space, a make-up mirror, coffee machine, and more space for large families to enjoy viewing their photographs! I also had a slideshow of some of my most favorite photographs playing for everyone to see. I got to share some of our upcoming events: my back to school mini portrait session on August 25th at Tidewater Arboretum, my mermaid crown making party on September 8th, Senior Portraits for the class of 2019, exciting news about my Santa on the Beach session this fall, and new sessions that I am able to provide now that the studio has a separate space. I am very excited for what the fall will bring!

We had three raffle ticket winners that each won their own $75 credit toward an upcoming fall session. I can’t wait to photograph each of the winning families!Please enjoy some of the photographs of the studio and from the Open House.

We had such a wonderful turnout that we will be looking to host more events at the studio and at other locations. If you’d be interested in learning more about future events make sure to follow me on Facebook and watch for posts!

I hope that if you didn’t make it to the open house that I will see you soon to check out the space in person! I am very excited to share with everyone the new space and show off all of the hard work everyone has put in to make the space look so amazing!!

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Yes, you DO need a Professional Headshot | Photographer Hampton Roads

• March 14th, 2018 •

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I am just like you.  I have a job, a husband, kids, grocery shopping, a home to clean, bills to pay and a life to live!  I budget and cut coupons and love groupon and discount sites!  I hate spending more for something that I can get cheaper somewhere else.  I only have so much money coming and and I really do need to make it stretch as far as possible.  I get it!  That said… you REALLY DO NEED A PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT done by a professional photographer!  A “picture of you” is not just a picture of you when you are trying to sell yourself.  And we all need to sell ourselves at times!

I was just searching online for a therapist for someone I love.  I found an incredibly helpful site that narrowed down therapists in my area to those that specialized in the the disorder I was looking for help in, where they were located, a short bio about them and their practice and a picture.  I was completely turned off by MOST of the pictures!  Only a handful had professional portraits and most were snapshots with distracting things in the background and were unflattering.  A few looked to have been taken 30 years ago with outdated clothing or hair.  They might be AMAZING therapists but I didn’t even click on their profile for more information.

We all love selfies but a selfie is NOT a professional portrait!!!!  Yes, I am a photographer and of course I have a professional headshot… but be honest, if you were coming to do business with me about ANYTHING and I had this as my profile picture or on my website, does it look like I invest in my business?  It’s a SELFIE with clutter all behind me!  12998176_10153456027631516_3870900673969742748_o

Or this one?  A nice picture of mebut there is an unmade bed behind me and an open door.  I’m sitting in a hotel bedroom!  13173532_10153499581491516_8247333593334832702_o

These are the kinds of things I saw when looking for a therapist this morning.  There was one where he was standing beside a horse and you could only see a portion of his face but ALL of the horse!  

We shouldn’t make judgments on people by the way they look…. but we do have first impressions that are hard to get past.  We often have a TON of options in front of us and we navigate ourselves to the ones that relate to us.  Often, unless we are buying something  and there will have NO interaction (like online), we want to feel connected to the people we will be working with, buying from, spending time with, etc.  Some of the pictures I saw today, the therapists were almost scowling… and you want me to come and lay on your couch and tell you my problems???  No thanks, Mr. Grumpy.  The outdated ones… um no thanks Mrs. Seventies show.  The selfies… is this a legitimate business Ms. Smartphone?

The take-away from this is you NEED to have a professional portrait.  It doesn’t need to be BORING but it does need to focus on you and how you are trying to sell yourself.  Do you want to be inviting and warm?  Powerful and important?  Confident and trustworthy?  Self controlled and competent?  Amusing and charming?  Selfless and calm?  Different jobs call for different portraits!!   

Here are a few of MY portraits.  I usually try to go for inviting, warm, and friendly.   Sometimes I include my camera, sometimes I don”t.  I love to be outdoors and since many of my sessions are on location- I usually choose outdoor locations too.

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In response to my frustration today in viewing terrible headshots of therapists, I am going to offer a special discount for the rest of this week only.

 

 Contact me for a professional portrait of

yourself for only $110.  

This will include the session plus one digital image.  

 

Please invest in yourself and in your business.  Put your best foot (er… face) forward and see the difference it makes! 

Why Hanging Portraits Help Children | Hampton Roads Photographer

• February 5th, 2018 •

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Many parents, like mine, have hung every portrait ever taken whether it be just their children or family portraits. It has been proven to boost a child’s self esteem when they see themselves in portraits hanging around the house.

According to David Krauss, who is a psychologist from Cleveland Ohio it’s important to have those family/children portraits. It helps children see themselves as an important and valued part of the family unit. 

As a photographer, I am biased, they say that there is something powerful in touching your fingers to an actual print. There’s  stimulation of the brain when you have that sensory experience like touching a portrait. There isn’t really any of that in the digital world with all the social media that exists. You are touching a keyboard, mouse or a touchscreen but you are not touching the actual image that involves your child or family.

Children like to feel like they belong, especially in this world that we live in today. Photographers get to create an image where the child feels safe and protected. They can look back on this even when they’re older and remember that safe feeling.  

So yes, not hanging portraits doesn’t do any harm, but hanging them could help your child! 

Here are some photos from my clients of them hanging portraits I captured! 

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Why You Should Get Maternity Portraits? | Hampton Roads Photographer

• December 13th, 2017 •

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Many women debate wether they should invest in professional maternity portraits. Some women struggle with body issues, or not feeling beautiful but you are a glowing wonderful women who is creating a human!! How amazing is a woman’s body to grow a tiny human for 9 months?

With that being said, here are a few reasons why you should get maternity portraits!

1. You are growing a tiny little munchkin! It’s hard work but most women even say they feel their best when pregnant. Even if you don’t feel fabulous, you are beautiful and you are creating this little miracle. I may be biased but I can ensure that you’ll feel beautiful after allow me to create some amazing portraits for you.

2. Although it won’t be long before this little addition is added to your family, now is the perfect time to just breathe. Get some family photos of what your family is now before the little one is added. It’s a perfect time to update family portraits but it also reminds you of what this time of your life was like! Portraits trigger emotions and memories. Plus, your children will love to see what mama looked like while carrying them!
3. If this isn’t your first child its a perfect time to involve your munchkins in a maternity shoot! It’s so much fun to see the excitement of the older brother/sisters as they wait on their new sibling! I can capture this happy time in your life!
4. The obvious reason… celebrate EACH OTHER!!! What a perfect time it is to capture this moment with your significant other. You made that tiny human, enjoy the love and happiness that comes with it. You can create amazing portraits showing those emotions!
5. You can get so creative! So many funny, serious and beautiful portraits can be created for you! One family we did a black background and white and black angel wings. We even once had a dad that wanted in on dressing up and got into a maternity gown with his wife!! We also can do the typical gown on the beach or you and your significant other holding your belly etc. We can bring in rainbows if this is a rainbow baby! Theres so much you can do with these sessions!

6. Maternity is the start of your munchkins very fast first year. I actually offer a babies first year program where I capture all the milestones of your childs first year of life.
If you don’t think these are enough, just remember you are absolutely beautiful no matter what is happening to your body. I know that I can help you feel amazing and have fun while we do it!

If you’d like to book a maternity shoot, I would LOVE to help!  Contact me today to book!!

 

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Devin 2.0 is Here! | Hampton Roads Newborn Photographer

• December 13th, 2017 •

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Welcome to the world sweet baby Devin! Not only did I get to capture portraits of momma’s new munchkin, but I got to capture BEAUTIFUL maternity photos! 

Mom and Dad Urie are both in the military, so I would like to take this time and say thank you so much for your service! This couple was an absolute blast to work with. They are so in love and so silly together! There was a lot of laughter and sweet moments while capturing portraits for this lovely family! 

I was so excited when I got the call that baby Devin had made his appearance! The little munchkin marches to the beat of his own drum and wasn’t sure how he felt about being the star of the shoot. No matter how he felt he was cooperative and I was able to capture some very sweet portraits for Mom and Dad to keep forever! 

 Andrea and Jamison thank you so much for allowing me to capture these sweet memories for your little family! 

If you’d like to book a newborn or maternity shoot, please feel free to contact me! 

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