Godshall Family

The Godshall Family invited me to their home for a summer evening family session. And by ‘family’ I mean their son, two daughters, two dogs, new kitten, and two very-well-loved horses. Surely the grass was greener on this particular evening as golden light poured through flickering leaves of the trees. Below are a few of my favorite shots of this super sweet family.
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Murray Wedding

Dawn and Scott got married in their backyard’s backyard. That’s right, if you walk through the backyard, just over a family-built foot bridge, passed the territorial rooster and the curious goats, the trees will open up to a beautiful panorama view. Right there on that patch of land, you’ll find all the joys of Fulks Run: mountains, corn fields, green grass and a flowing river. A beautiful location for a wedding celebration. Dawn was escorted down the path by her two sons and she was spilling with joy when she met her groom. Smiles filled the tent from the first moment to the last. The night ended with a friends and family bluegrass jam session, lots of laps through the corn field and a dip in the river.bsomeIMG_5567 bsomeIMG_5560 bsomeIMG_5564 bsomeIMG_5572 bsomeIMG_5622 bsomeIMG_5533 bsomeIMG_5531bsomeIMG_5525bsomeIMG_5545bsomeIMG_5697 bsomeIMG_5555bsomeIMG_5647bsomeIMG_5664bsomeIMG_5694bsomeIMG_5660bsomeIMG_5683bsomeIMG_5712bsomeIMG_5743bsomeIMG_5747bsomeIMG_5790bsomeIMG_5799bsomeIMG_5807bsomeIMG_5856bsomeIMG_5822bsomeIMG_5859bsomeIMG_5956bsomeIMG_5967bsomeIMG_5993bsomeIMG_5972bsomeIMG_6006bsomeIMG_6018absomeIMG_6044bsomeIMG_6038bwbsomeIMG_6032bsomeIMG_6027bsomeIMG_6043bsomeIMG_6029bsomeIMG_6034bsomeIMG_6048bwbsomeIMG_5920bsomeIMG_5911bsomeIMG_5934bsomeIMG_5900bsomeIMG_6111bsomeIMG_6091bsomeIMG_6131bsomeIMG_6188bsomeIMG_6191bsomeIMG_6195bsomeIMG_6269bsomeIMG_6291bsomeIMG_6242

VanMeter Wedding

Ike and Melissa married on a friend’s farm just outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. The day promised and delivered scattered showers but it politely waited until after the ceremony and most of the photos. As Melissa met Ike at the alter, a rooster crowed in the distance, the guests spirits lifted with the breeze and a marriage was sealed with a kiss. During the reception the rain clouds parted, yard games commenced and there was a whole lot of shakin’ on the dance floor. As it should be.bsomeIMG_4551 bsomeIMG_4504 bsomeIMG_4514 bsomeIMG_4530 bsomeIMG_4562 bsomeIMG_4590 bsomeIMG_4588 bsomeIMG_4603 bsomeIMG_4465bsomeIMG_4641bsomeIMG_4664bsomeIMG_4676bsomeIMG_4675bsomeIMG_4636bsomeIMG_4630bsomeIMG_4802bsomeIMG_4811bsomeIMG_4729bsomeIMG_4731bsomeIMG_4760bsomeIMG_4751bsomeIMG_4756bsomeIMG_4710bsomeIMG_4776bsomeIMG_4851bsomeIMG_4854bsomeIMG_4857bsomeIMG_4881bsomeIMG_4889bsomeIMG_4908bsomeIMG_4915bsomeIMG_4923bsomeIMG_4912bsomeIMG_4954bsomeIMG_4949bsomeIMG_4971bsomeIMG_4960bsomeIMG_4972bwbsomeIMG_4981bsomeIMG_4985bsomeIMG_4989bsomeIMG_4976absomeIMG_4992bsomeIMG_4995bsomeIMG_4997bsomeIMG_5188bsomeIMG_5194bsomeIMG_5166bsomeIMG_5032bsomeIMG_5080bsomeIMG_5221bsomeIMG_5180bsomeIMG_5405bsomeIMG_5412bsomeIMG_5416bsomeIMG_5309bsomeIMG_5285bsomeIMG_5336bsomeIMG_5339bsomeIMG_5433bsomeIMG_5380

Hot Yoga Harrisonburg

I recently had the privilege of doing photography for the kind folks at Hot Yoga Harrisonburg. They came to my home, warmed up in my backyard and worked through postures in front of my camera. The human body is marvelous and these dedicated yogis and yoginis provide a beautiful display of what the body can do. Here are a handful of my favorite shots from that day.

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Hughes Family

This at-home session was held at the Hughes new home in Rockingham County. Hilly country roads led me there on a humid Saturday morning and I was greeted warmly by a very vocal dog, chickens, rabbits, a blue-eyed cat and three sweet children. I’ve photographed Ashley and Bill many times before and I look forward to continuing this tradition. Their family just keeps getting better and better…and bigger!bsomeIMG_3765 bsomeIMG_3774 bsomeIMG_3788 bsomeIMG_3791 bsomeIMG_3794 bsomeIMG_3814 bsomeIMG_3800bsomeIMG_3821 bsomeIMG_3820bsomeIMG_3854 bsomeIMG_3835bsomeIMG_3841bsomeIMG_3843bsomeIMG_3845bsomeIMG_3871bsomeIMG_3878bsomeIMG_3880bsomeIMG_3881bsomeIMG_3889bsomeIMG_3893bsomeIMG_3905bsomeIMG_3910bsomeIMG_3916bsomeIMG_3917bsomeIMG_3920absomeIMG_3943bsomeIMG_3932bsomeIMG_3953bsomeIMG_3957bsomeIMG_3962bsomeIMG_3965bsomeIMG_3967bsomeIMG_3971bsomeIMG_3970

Turner Wedding

This wedding is shot from the perspective of a bridesmaid. You see, when your baby sister asks you to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, you get puuumped. And when she asks you to be her photographer and “snap a few photos” of her special day, you don’t take her literally and you come prepared. So there I was: hair, makeup, dress, heels…and camera. My sister was a beautiful bride. Marrying her high school sweetheart, she couldn’t have chosen a better match. Kim and Justin are two genuine people with a real love. They’re a team. Love like theirs is a beautiful thing and I can’t wait for them to give me lots of nieces and nephews (heehee) and make many years of memories, together as a family.
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photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

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photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

photo by Ben Fraits

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Miller Wedding

On their wedding day, Nicki and Travis surrounded themselves with the trees of the Shenandoah Valley, the vines of Cave Ridge Vineyard, gray skies of late spring and lots (and lots) of friends and family. A few mid-day sprinkles refreshed the mood and the day carried into evening as guests danced the night to a close.
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Brady Family

The last time the Brady Family invited me to take their family photos, it was just after Donnie’s birth. That session was held at their home in Harrisonburg, Virginia. This go ’round, we met at their second home, their new business: Pale Fire Brewing. Donnie is no longer a wee little baby and in fact, he will soon be a pretty awesome big brother. The Brady’s have had quite a few things brewing these days…
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Boggs Family

After a year of scheduling and rescheduling a family session due to the Valley’s weather (rain, snow, ice, cold, rain again), I finally got to see the Boggs Fam in real life! We met on Memorial Day morning in Broadway, Virginia. Monica is a beautiful mama and is great with her two little sillies. Below is a selection of my black and white favorites. bsomeIMG_1188 bsomeIMG_1195 bsomeIMG_1212 bsomeIMG_1215 bsomeIMG_1203 bsomeIMG_1216bsomeIMG_1220bsomeIMG_1227bsomeIMG_1224bsomeIMG_1230bsomeIMG_1236bsomeIMG_1247bsomeIMG_1251bsomeIMG_1266bsomeIMG_1305bsomeIMG_1320bsomeIMG_1316bwbsomeIMG_1337bsomeIMG_1347bsomeIMG_1289

Newton Family

This family session was sandwiched between two storm cells on the Quad of James Madison University. The post-graduation campus was quiet and calm. As the Newton’s smiled and candidly posed, the gray masses grew in the sky. The wind shifted to an upward draft and we wrapped up our session. The result: filtered natural light, rich colors, no squinting and wind blown looks for this model family.
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