Any reason to see my friends, Brian and Reshella, is a good reason. But this time, the reason was a tiny human: chubby cheeks, chilly toes, bright eyes. Gah! They introduced me to their son Hudson as we hung out in his nursery (…really trying to hold back my “hanging at the crib” joke here). Evening light poured in through the windows and my children made googly eyes at Hudson from behind my lens. After our session we all went to Vito’s and ate our weight in pizza. On the way home I fantasized about a system where I would only do photo sessions in exchange for pizza. Or sometimes sushi…or Taste of Thai. Or pretty much just food in general. Make an offer.
I met with Miranda, Chance and their son Graham at their home in Downtown, Harrisonburg for an at-home family session. The morning was crisp and cool and when I arrived, morning light poured through the stairwell window. It was a pleasure to photograph this beautiful, growing family just months before Graham becomes a big brother. Below are some of my favorites from our session.
Kyle and Whitney’s wedding took place at Cross Keys Barn on one of the clearest, brightest, bluest days of the summer. Their friends and family gathered for pre-ceremony yard games, cocktails and mingling – a good ol’ fashioned backyard-style get-together that is trademark of Harrisonburg. And as if the crisp blue skies weren’t a perfect enough backdrop, Massanutten Mountain and Fridley’s Gap (where Kyle proposed) perched perfectly in the near distance. The ingredients of a postcard. The day carried on as the roar of chatting and laughter among friends grew. There was a happy buzz all around the grounds, in the barn, on the deck, in the front and the back and in every nook and cranny. When I left that evening, I could hear the laughter and feet stomping to the beat of DJ Ryan Clark. I could smell firewood burning as people sat and mingled under the stars. I could see glow-in-the-dark frisbees zooming by the distant mountain peaks. And…I could feel the love. Congratulations on a perfect wedding day, Kyle & Whitney.
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…
After Laura and Caleb’s engagement session, I knew I was in for a treat with their wedding. These two are hilarious together, fun to be around and really enjoy giving each other hell…in the most endearing way, of course. Their wedding was held On Sunny Slope Farm and it was filled with sunshine, raindrops, laughter, love and lots of friends and family.
I arrived at Barren Ridge Vineyards a few moments before the bride and groom. And I’m glad I did. Otherwise, I would have missed the arrival of the soon-to-be-wed couple who casually strolled in the back door, wedding dress in hand, wind blown hair and beaming, relaxed contentment settled into their eyes. At first sight of their freshly decorated tables they both became vocally excited and thrilled that it was here. Their wedding day was finally here. They rushed to different rooms to change and in a few short moments they were embracing and celebrating once again. The wind carried the time away as we wandered around the hills and vines of the vineyards with a Dalmatian in tow. Their family joined and later their friends and before we knew it the sun left the sky and guests enjoyed an epic first dance, a wonderful gourmet meal, smooth wine, toasts, stories, and lots of dancing. Congrats and cheers to you both, Amy and Kelly! Cupcakes & Cake: The Cupcake Company | Dress: Kathleen Temple, Tailor | Custom knitted shaw: Knitting Savant |Caterer: TASTE. | Florist: Joy Shank Coakley of The Weekend Florist | Venue: Barren Ridge Vineyards
I met the Layman Family one brisk Friday evening after school. The park had not yet become busy with families so we took advantage of the tucked-away and beautiful Timberville Park. Little Owen wooed me with his silly faces, Madison was polite and gave me her super sweet smile. I’d say this is a pretty decent way to start off any weekend.
On my way to the Blosser’s home for their family session, I got lost. And right after that, I lost cell service. And soon, I would lose daylight. After zigzagging around Fulks Run, Virginia for nearly thirty minutes, I found their home tucked away on a beautiful patch of land. As the sun began to settle in for the night, their three dogs greeted me with barks while darting circles around me. The baby, Harper, stared at me for a few minutes…then fell asleep, right on her daddy’s chest. The whole evening was perfectly imperfect, just the way I like. What a sweet little growing family!
As I parked on Sunny Slope Farms, I did a mental fist-pump when the fall clouds parted and blue skies appeared. I’ve known Caleb for many years…and knowing him made me very excited to meet the woman that won his heart over. Laura hops out of their car, walks over to me in her noticeably-cute Frye boots and hands me a bag of chocolates. Um, can I marry her? Laura is sweet as pie and fun, too. And she loves to laugh…which is perfect because Caleb can be very laughable! They are a complimentary pair and as we wandered around the farm that evening I imagined them back there, in just a few months, in a wedding gown and tuxedo with all their crazy friends, saying “I do” and sealing it all with a kiss under the same set of trees. They’re in the middle of an exciting journey and I’m so happy to be a part of it.