Happy Bradley Turns One | Baby’s First Year Portraits

• September 27th, 2017 •

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Baby Bradley is no longer a baby, toddler hood here we come! Bradley may not be able to talk quite yet, but his smile is infectious… this little guy loves to laugh!!!! We had such such a great shoot with mommy and daddy.  It was awesome to get some family portraits because daddy was about to leave on deployment. We thank you for your service Aaron!

Bradley absolutely loved his cake smash. Unlike most of my one year olds, he didn’t want to put his cake away, he would have eaten all of it if we had allowed it!

We absolutely love how the portraits turned out and I am so grateful to photograph this adorable family once again!  


Welcoming baby Daxel | Baby’s First Year Portraits

• September 15th, 2017 •

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So excited to welcome little Daxel to the DSP family!!  Baby D was not only SUPER cute, but he was my first baby in the new office!! He was not so sure at first but when we finally got him settled he was a superstar! This shoot was extra great because my new assistant Kennedi got to assist on her first newborn shoot.  We had so much fun and we got to try a few new poses… I may be biased but I think they turned out amazing with our little munchkin!

Alex, Daxel’s big brother was also a superstar. It isn’t easy being five sitting in a hot office all day but he did great and we captured some adorable portraits of the two brothers.   Beautiful momma Melissa has served our country for 20 years, and we are super thankful for her military service. I’m so grateful to help her welcome her second little munchkin.   Take a look at this adorable little family!  Enjoy :) 



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Mermaids with Mommy | Hampton Roads Mermaid Portraits

• August 21st, 2017 •

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Heidie and Nala were my first and perfect mommy and daughter duo! Heidie decided to make a special surprise for her husband and surprisingly it wasn’t Nala who spilled the beans to dad after the shoot, it was Heidie!  She loved her video so much she showed him the video as soon as I produced it! 

The session was AMAZING. We shot at Chicks Beach and it was a beautiful day despite the water being just a tad chilly.  Nala, our little mermaid was upset when she got her tail wet, but momma stuck it out! 

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Welcome Home Helena | Military Homecoming Photographer

• July 3rd, 2017 •

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The Navel submarine Helena has returned home!!  I was so blessed to be able to photograph three different families as they welcomed home their amazing men!  It was supposed to rain and ended up being an amazing, sunny, beautiful day to say “Welcome Home!” 

Thank you guys for serving and sacrificing so much for us.  Thank you so much to your families for supporting them as they served and protected our country.  It was a honor to be there as you said “WELCOME HOME!”

Also, a thank you to my amazing assistant and second shooter Eve Hannah.  Always such a joy to work together.  :)


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Mermaids wash ashore in Virginia Beach | Mermaid Portrait Photographer

• July 3rd, 2017 •

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Gabby came to me with the idea of doing mermaid portraits.  She had been thinking of doing them for years but hadn’t found a photographer she felt could capture her vision of what she wanted.  So we discussed what ideas she had in mind and searched for tails, accessories and props.  We decided to go for it and create her dream portraits. 

This session was AMAZING.  Even the sunset seemed to work with us in creating perfect portraits and gave us amazing colors and beauty.  Gabby was a magical mermaid!!  We even has a little girl come up wanting to see the “real life mermaid” on the beach. 

These sessions are available to book now!  We have openings in late July, August and September.  I can turn your children into beautiful little mermaids or even make your own mermaid dreams come true.  Book a mommy/ daughter session or a session with your best friend.  

Contact me today if you are interested in making your mermaid fantasy come true!

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2017 Graduate Kendall | Hampton Roads Senior Portrait Photographer

• May 30th, 2017 •

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Twelve long years of school finally come to and end!!! I have watched this young lady grow up over the past 10 years and I am so excited to see how she has blossomed and grown into this beautiful woman.  She will be starting her schooling all over next year at Liberty University, her parents Alma Mater, and couldn’t be more excited.  

We had a great session, even if we did get attacked by gnats and bugs.  :)  Kendal rocked every minute of her session and her portraits turned out amazing.  

I am so very glad that we did a few family portraits at the end as well.  It’s important to do family portraits before your kids go off to college, who knows what the next few years may bring. :)  There might be additional family members, people may move away and spending time together as a whole family may come less and less.  It’s so important to take family portraits when you have the chance to capture your family, as your kids are born and your family is growing, as they are growing up and toothless and all legs and arms, and as they are embarking on adulthood and about to go spread their wings.   It’s moments and milestones that we remember, but havign portraits to show us those moments is such a treasure!

So, thank you Kendal and the Farnsworth clan for allowing me to capture these moments or your family and this amazing milestone.  Kendall, I am so proud of the woman you have become.  <3 <3 

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Gabriel Turning One | Baby’s First Year Photography Hampton Roads

• May 18th, 2017 •

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Happy Birthday little man! I love that I have gotten to watch you grow over your first year.  You are such a charming and happy little guy.  Your first year portraits session was the EASIEST I have ever done!  You were a little model- laughing, smiling and clapping for the camera. You DEVOURED your cake- ate more than any other one year old I photographed and hated it when we took it away! Mom and dad don’t like the camera as much as you, but with you they complied to be in the portraits as well!  

I hope to be able to photograph you as you grow up.  I can tell you are going to be an amazing addition to this world and make it a better place.  Honored I was able to photograph the first year!


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Sweet Sianna | Baby’s First Year Portraits

• March 22nd, 2017 •

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All these little babies!!!  I am loving all the newborn session I’ve been photographing lately.  Little boys, girls, twins… bring me ALL THE BABIES!  I have a great program called my “Baby’s First Year Plan” and I love when my clients book them so I can watch them grow during that amazing first year of growth!

Meet the beautiful Sianna.  Her mommy bought my “Bump to Baby” plan so I got to photographed her both in the belly and in person at just a week old. What a great shoot.    Mommy wanted it to be just for little Sianna, as daddy was working, and she was a perfect little model.  Enjoy some of the highlights from both the maternity and newborn sessions!


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My beautiful Livi: Military Ball 2017 | Personal

• March 20th, 2017 •

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My Olivia is her own unique girl.  She’d rather wear jeans than dresses, brush her hair with her fingers rather than a brush and doesn’t have any social media accounts because it is “all fake hiding behind a computer.”  She loves volunteering and helping children.  She’s a tomboy with a HUGE heart who knows who she is and what she believes in.

This year was her first big school dance.  She picked out a beautiful blue lace dress but, of course, wore converse tennis shoes instead of heels.  She even agreed to get her makeup done!  (Carly with MakeupbyVega is amazing!)  She got her hair re-shaved and was ecstatic to get a mohawk that completed her look.

She HATES having pictures taken (I’m sure that has nothing to do with a mom who has had a camera in her face since she was born!!) but she had no choice in getting portraits taken before the dance.  She kept running away though, saying “Enough MOM!!!” (I do get some validation though as when she sat down to view her portraits she said “Are there anymore?”  When I told her no because she wouldn’t let me shot for more than 5 minutes, she begrudgingly agreed that she should have let me take more!!)

My sweet girl looked stunning.  She is such a beautiful soul inside and out.  To see her in a beautiful dress, all dolled up, wearing makeup… momma wasn’t ready.  She no longer looked like a little girl, but a woman.  I’m not ready.  She is beautiful and amazing but I’m not ready for womanhood yet.  That said, she is handling it with grace and beauty.  I am so proud of my girl.

Her date, Shanyn, is a very nice young man.  He was respectful and a perfect first date to her first dance.  They had a great time dancing and laughing together.  When I picked them up they told me stories about the evening, which took forever to tell between the bouts of laughter. :)   I am so glad they had fun together… I remember awkward moments of silence and uncomfortable conversation during my dances back in the day! 

My favorite part of the whole night was when she got home and curled up in her daddy’s lap to tell him about her night.  Always has been and will always be a daddy’s girl.  <3 <3

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A Year in Review | Hampton Roads Photographer

• December 31st, 2016 •

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Another amazing year has passed.  Last year at this exact time, I was just so thankful 2015 was almost OVER.  It was a year filled with so much sadness and loss. I prayed for 2016 to be a BORING year at least!  I just wanted to get past all the pain of 2015.  God answers prayers and more.  Like he states “There is a time and a season for everything.”  The BORING year I was praying for didn’t happen, instead He gave me so much more.

Personal highlights of 2016… I started the year off on a cruise with my family.  The first cruise we have done together and it was a beautiful welcome to the new year!  In the spring, I visited  NYC with my son and godson and got to see my childhood crush, Will Smith (aaaaahhhhhhh) film the movie Collateral Beauty.  (Seriously, I was like a giddy child- and the coolest thing was it was an unexpected surprise to see him on set!!  Thanks to an amazing friend who set it up!)  In the summer, I visited Ethiopia again, with Habesha Momma, and got to start the process of opening a home for homeless and trafficked children.  I also FINALLY got to take my husband to NYC.  I love NYC and Brett has said for years  ”NEVER” when I ask if he’d like to go with me.  However, he finally agreed and we had a fabulous time together enjoying the big city!

One of the biggest personal and business highlights was I moved my business out of my house and into a true commercial space!!  It was a HUGE leap of faith but I am so very thankful I took the risk.  I LOVE having my own space.  I’ve been a successful photographer for years BUT having my own name on the outside of a building makes me feel “I’ve made it!”  It has been an amazing whirlwind of a year!  I had a phenomenal Open House in my new space and felt so much love poured out.  I have been blessed by the opportunity to photograph so many amazing people, families and projects.  I truly love my job and don’t take for granted the fact that I am given the gift of creating moments in time for each of you.

This blog every year is one of my hardest… to go through the year and pick my favorite images to share.  Each one of you are so special to me, all of our shoots hold special moments and laughs.  In every single session- I am creating memories that I pray will be cherished for generations to come.  Narrowing that down to 15-20 images to show my year in review… it is SO HARD!  But here are some of the highlights I was able to narrow it down too… and once again thank you.  Thank you for trusting me, thank you for supporting me, thank you for allowing me into your family.  

I pray blessings, love and lots of laughter in 2017!

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