Snow Day!!! | Virginia Beach Photographer

I cannot tell you how many times my little boy’s bedtime prayers have included, “…and please make it snow soon.”  So I’m sure it goes without saying that we had two very excited children this morning when they woke up to this beautiful blanket of white!

We had so much fun making snow balls….

…snow angels….and snow showers.

And, of course, what would a snow day be without at least one good snowball fight?!

There’s no where I would rather be than right here, right now, playing with these two awesome kids.

I am so blessed to be their Mom.
Happy Snow Day, People!:)

Christmas Family Portraits | Virginia Beach Photographer

Every year my sister-in-law, Cassy, comes up with a memorable theme for their Christmas photos that defines their year as a family.  This year they spent their summer in a log cabin beside a creek in a beautiful Arkansas resort.  So what could be better for this year’s family photos than to go back home to the log cabin in Virginia Beach where Luc not only grew up, but helped his dad build as a young boy?  

Christmas Log Cabin
It was a perfect winter day to bundle up for cozy pictures on the front porch of this beautiful home out in the Virginia Beach countryside.  (And, by the way, I just have to let you know that awesome front door that is the backdrop for so many of these photos was made by my talented husband.  Is it gorgeous or what?!)
Christmas Family
There’s something about taking family photos for a family who loves and enjoys each other that is truly priceless.  I love these people.
Christmas Family

Christmas Family

Christmas Family

 I have always loved how Luc and Cassy are able to bring their family together for Christmas in such a memorable photo that highlights the wonderful times they had together during that year.

It brings the meaning of Christmas closer to home for me every time.

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Christmas time is here

We’ll be drawing near

Oh, that we could always see

Such spirit through the year

Oh, that we could always see

Such spirit through the year…

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Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!!

Virginia Beach Photographer | Hunt Club Farm

And it’s FALL!!!!

I thought I wasn’t done with summer, but after a day of autumn celebrations I reconsidered welcoming fall after all.:)Hunt Club FarmEvery year since Grant was little, we have gone to Hunt Club Farm in Virginia Beach and taken a photo by this big, hollow log.  I’m still not sure what the thing is about taking photos on this particular log, it’s just what we do. Hunt Club FarmRaegan was so excited about seeing chickens it was all she could talk about for days.  But when it came down to actually going inside the chicken pen, my brave little girl who isn’t scared of anything wouldn’t budge.  So her big brother helped her up the steps.  Hunt Club FarmHunt Club FarmShe was a more than a little suspicious of these feathery friends the whole time we were there.  ”I scared ‘a chickens, Mommy.”  Hunt Club FarmBut then we got to the pigs, and they were a different story!  She was all over these poor little darlings. Hunt Club Farm

You can’t go to a farm and not take a photo in one of these little farmer things they always have.  When I downloaded the photos, this set made me laugh.   So typical of my little girl not to stay in one spot for more than half a second.Hunt Club FarmWaiting for the hayride…
Hunt Club FarmJust as we were getting ready to go pick out our pumpkins, their daddy showed up to say hi.  So we all went over to the pumpkin patch and relaxed while the kids picked out their pumpkins.  (And, yes, I realize how fake these pumpkin patches are, but they make such pretty pictures I just can’t bring myself to complain.:))Hunt Club FarmHunt Club Farm

So my house now smells like pumpkin candles and is decorated with fall leaves and lots of cozy things.  We are officially excited about the season!

Engagement Portraits | Virginia Beach Photographer, Boardwalk Session

This was definitely high on the list of the most fun engagement sessions of the summer!   Brandon + Roni + A Beautiful Evening in Virginia Beach…it just couldn’t have been better.

It was obvious these two have known each other for a long time.   During the course of our conversation, I found out they met in high school and even went to prom together in the same group…with different dates.  :)

It’s always an amazing love when two best friends decide to be together for a life-time.  After doing photos in his military uniform, we headed down to the ocean where Brandon & Roni took off their shoes and spent the evening talking and laughing together in the sand. 

Our Love

By: Roni Stephenson

Our love is just like a brand new baby

Exciting and invigorating all in one.

You’re nervous but you don’t hold back

Sometimes there is  crying and sadness

Sometimes there are hissy fits.

You have your ups and downs

Just like everyone does

The love grows and get stronger

Just like a baby becoming a child

You learn something new along the way

And just keep going day by day.

They make every day worth while

Just to see you smile

It not something that develops overnight

Everything good takes time.

Before you know

The time will flow

And they will be all grown up

And the cycle will be repeating itself.

Our love continues

And is never ending

Just like the cycle of life

It is never ending.