Benjamin and Kenneth

It’s refreshing to witness love. The kind of refreshing that wakes your arm hairs up. The kind that wells your eyes with tears. The kind that makes you feel that part of your heart that sits dormant through your daily routine. Ben and Kenny are refreshing. Their love is real and inspiring. During the ceremony the officiant took several deliberate moments to ask guests to let their thoughts and worries go. To be there with each other and with the grooms. She insisted. And for an undetermined amount of time, I forgot I was there to photograph a wedding. Love was so present as their family and friends stood to reach out their hands in acceptance as Ben and Kenny proclaimed their love. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful experience there on Sunnyslope Farm. Many congrats to you, Ben and Kenny…may your celebration never stop.bsomeIMG_3397 bsomeIMG_3390 bsomeIMG_3401bsomeIMG_3890 bsomeIMG_3406 bsomeIMG_3408 bsomeIMG_3417 bsomeIMG_3465bsomeIMG_3863bsomeIMG_3845bsomeIMG_3904bsomeIMG_3458bsomeIMG_3441bsomeIMG_3442bsomeIMG_3444bsomeIMG_3445bsomeIMG_3460bwbsomeIMG_3467bwbsomeIMG_3480bwbsomeIMG_3481bwbsomeIMG_3484bsomeIMG_3500bsomeIMG_3494bsomeIMG_3511bsomeIMG_3514bsomeIMG_3531bsomeIMG_3523bsomeIMG_3526bsomeIMG_3554bsomeIMG_3557bsomeIMG_3556bwbsomeIMG_3560bsomeIMG_3561bsomeIMG_3574bsomeIMG_3575bsomeIMG_3578bsomeIMG_3842bsomeIMG_3844bsomeIMG_3847bsomeIMG_3584bsomeIMG_3586bsomeIMG_3609bsomeIMG_3605bsomeIMG_3640bwbsomeIMG_3668bsomeIMG_3681bsomeIMG_3682bwbsomeIMG_3703bwbsomeIMG_3674bsomeIMG_3670bsomeIMG_3705bsomeIMG_3722bwbsomeIMG_3741bsomeIMG_3754bwbsomeIMG_3736bwbsomeIMG_3728cbsomeIMG_3802bsomeIMG_3766bsomeIMG_3770bsomeIMG_3777bwbsomeIMG_3814bsomeIMG_3820bsomeIMG_3815bsomeIMG_3838bsomeIMG_3759bsomeIMG_3929bsomeIMG_3936bsomeIMG_3932bsomeIMG_3943bsomeIMG_3951bsomeIMG_3955bsomeIMG_3960bsomeIMG_3974bsomeIMG_3937bsomeIMG_3964bsomeIMG_3912bsomeIMG_3983bsomeIMG_3997bwbsomeIMG_3999bsomeIMG_4001bsomeIMG_4017bsomeIMG_4018bsomeIMG_4020bsomeIMG_4023bsomeIMG_4024bsomeIMG_3868bsomeIMG_4043bsomeIMG_4045bsomeIMG_4049bsomeIMG_4051bsomeIMG_4054bsomeIMG_4059bsomeIMG_4060bsomeIMG_4070bsomeIMG_4076bsomeIMG_3917bsomeIMG_3884bsomeIMG_3857bsomeIMG_4096bsomeIMG_4102bsomeIMG_4131bsomeIMG_4155bsomeIMG_4171bsomeIMG_4178bsomeIMG_4193bsomeIMG_4211bsomeIMG_4265bsomeIMG_4272bwbsomeIMG_4309bsomeIMG_4308bwbsomeIMG_4386bsomeIMG_4484bsomeIMG_4390bsomeIMG_4400bsomeIMG_4416bsomeIMG_4356

Ellison Family {mini}

Not only did the world gain a precious child…but the family pup gained a baby sister. And now it is his sole duty to watch her every move and raise an ear to her every whimper. Delissa Ana, or Dela, was a quiet, sweet babe on the evening I met her. But I was not fooled…I could sense a depth of personality in those stare-a-hole-right-through-me eyes. This girl will do great things. Thanks for spending an evening of your life with me, Ashley & Mahan!
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Trader Wedding

I’ve been looking at Jody and her sweet daughter, Ava, through my viewfinder for many years now. But on August 9, 2014, I had the pleasure of documenting a very special day for the two of them: a wedding day. Jody and Ava spent the afternoon getting ready together: hair, makeup, nails…the dress, the shoes. They were like a little team, helping each other out as the minutes passed by. Later that day the two loaded themselves into a golf cart and rode to the ceremony where Ava then walked her radiant mama down the aisle to marry the handsome Mr. Gary Trader. The ceremony took place on the hill at Packsaddle Ridge, in the presence of friends and family from near and far. As the couple sealed their promise with a kiss, the evening sun entered it’s golden hour and the lush greenery surrounding the golf course begged to be their backdrop. The kind attendants carted us around the course and when we returned to the reception, the party was in full swing. The guests danced the evening away, shared laughs and made new memories.
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Congratulations to you, my friends!

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Shipp

I’ve always adored the idea of a woman with a pregnant glow. But it wasn’t until I met with Angel for our session that I truly appreciated what that means it all of it’s entirety. This gal blew me away. And it’s not like I don’t know her…I’ve known this girl for years. In fact, she’s one of my most favorite people. Her and her husband, Josh, are two of my close friends. Not close as in we hang out daily but close as in, they’ve been there. Ya know? They are great people and I would do anything for them. And I believe they’d do the same for me…because they have. It was an honor to help them document this special time in their lives. So many laughs and frantic, excited waving of hands. It’s what we do. I can not wait to meet this precious baby Shipp sailing our way in early September. brandy somers photography 0911 brandy somers photography 0900 brandy somers photography 0906 brandy somers photography 0904 brandy somers photography 0917 brandy somers photography 0921 brandy somers photography 0925bwbrandy somers photography 0944brandy somers photography 0934brandy somers photography 0951brandy somers photography 0969brandy somers photography 0965brandy somers photography 0966brandy somers photography 0972brandy somers photography 0980brandy somers photography 0983brandy somers photography 0987brandy somers photography 0976brandy somers photography 0996brandy somers photography 1008brandy somers photography 1013brandy somers photography 1011brandy somers photography 1017brandy somers photography 1022brandy somers photography 1031brandy somers photography 1047brandy somers photography 1046brandy somers photography 1062

The artwork pictured in the beginning shots was created by Ashley Sauder Miller. Contact her directly if you are interested in her work.

 

Wimer Family {mini}

I met with the Wimer’s one spring Saturday morning at the JMU Arboretum. Everything that had been bare just weeks before, was now lush and green and blooming all over the place! What a sweet gem of a spot we have here in Harrisonburg. Misty and her four guys were so much fun to work with! I’m excited to see more of this family in the future and watch as these three unique personalities develop into strong young men!
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Lilly Wedding

After spending the day with Jr and Brittney for their engagement shoot, I was pretty pumped about their wedding day. These two are so much fun to be around: laid back, fun-loving, free spirits with a genuine care for their friends and family. When you’re with them, you feel loved…and sometimes your face hurts from laughing. Their special day all unfolded within a 4 mile wide pocket in Rockingham County. Hair and makeup was done at Brittney’s house; first look and group photos went down at Lake Shendandoah; ceremony and reception was held in Grandma Burner’s backyard (Brittney’s grandmother). With a day this personal, I left feeling like family…and filled with s’mores. Surely the best kind of feeling. bsomeIMG_3975bsomeIMG_3977bsomeIMG_3986bsomeIMG_4016bsomeIMG_3913bw bsomeIMG_3929bsomeIMG_4020bsomeIMG_3951bwbsomeIMG_3934bsomeIMG_3943bsomeIMG_4073bsomeIMG_4079bwbsomeIMG_4086bsomeIMG_4111bsomeIMG_4108bsomeIMG_4115bsomeIMG_4121bwbsomeIMG_4151bsomeIMG_4092bsomeIMG_4135bsomeIMG_4631bsomeIMG_4648bsomeIMG_4230bsomeIMG_4176bwbsomeIMG_4165bsomeIMG_4186bsomeIMG_4184bsomeIMG_4181bsomeIMG_4205bsomeIMG_4224bsomeIMG_4221bsomeIMG_4211bsomeIMG_4217bsomeIMG_4232bsomeIMG_4213bsomeIMG_4383bwbsomeIMG_4435bsomeIMG_4431bsomeIMG_4409bwbsomeIMG_4421bsomeIMG_4415bsomeIMG_4497bsomeIMG_4624bsomeIMG_4233bsomeIMG_4242bsomeIMG_4243bsomeIMG_4246bsomeIMG_4253bsomeIMG_4256bsomeIMG_4257bsomeIMG_4261bsomeIMG_4262bsomeIMG_4269bsomeIMG_4266bwbsomeIMG_4283bwbsomeIMG_4294bsomeIMG_4311bsomeIMG_4315bsomeIMG_4456bsomeIMG_4551bsomeIMG_4559bwbsomeIMG_4556bwbsomeIMG_4562bsomeIMG_4564cbsomeIMG_4570bsomeIMG_4604bwbsomeIMG_4583bsomeIMG_4589bsomeIMG_4591bwbsomeIMG_4597bsomeIMG_4600bsomeIMG_4447bsomeIMG_4534bsomeIMG_4538bsomeIMG_4544bsomeIMG_4546bsomeIMG_4548bsomeIMG_4515bwbsomeIMG_4396bsomeIMG_4397bsomeIMG_3993bsomeIMG_3996bsomeIMG_4015bsomeIMG_4009bsomeIMG_3999bsomeIMG_4004bsomeIMG_4663bsomeIMG_4695bsomeIMG_4708bsomeIMG_4715bsomeIMG_4716bwbsomeIMG_4733bsomeIMG_4745bwbsomeIMG_4749bwbsomeIMG_4750bwbsomeIMG_4758bsomeIMG_4766bsomeIMG_4848bsomeIMG_4851bwbsomeIMG_5213bsomeIMG_5214bsomeIMG_4853bsomeIMG_4797bsomeIMG_4812bsomeIMG_4817bsomeIMG_4823bsomeIMG_4774bwbsomeIMG_5116bsomeIMG_4658bsomeIMG_4971bsomeIMG_4991bwbsomeIMG_5015bsomeIMG_5080bsomeIMG_5149bsomeIMG_5154bwbsomeIMG_5177bsomeIMG_5180bsomeIMG_5184bsomeIMG_5189bsomeIMG_5194bsomeIMG_5234bsomeIMG_5237bsomeIMG_5269bsomeIMG_5300bsomeIMG_5264

Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Lilly!
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Fuller-Hughes

This baby bump session is extra special to me because this beautiful mama-to-be is my cousin. Kasey and Josh are expecting their very first baby boy in late May and I just couldn’t wait to get my lens on that belly! So many loving arms are waiting for the arrival of this sweet bundle of joy.
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Kirsch-Lilly

I recently met with Brittney and Jr at Bella Luna to talk wedding details. eee!  Before I knew it, we were knee deep in plans for a Richmond engagement session. Jr’s band, Driven By Chance, had a show in RVA and I was traveling to the area for a project, so it seemed like the best.idea.ever! And it was. The universe smiled on us that Saturday morning…the only Saturday since the new year without the threat of a snowstorm or a tornado. <–that really happened the day before the shoot. There were puddles and birds and blue skies and sunshine…all the teasers of spring. We packed our heavy coats in the trunk, dusted off our sunglasses and made our way to the always lovely, Belle Isle.
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With tummies grumbling and the road home calling us, we grabbed a bite at Millie’s Diner and inched our way home. A unanimous decision to detour led us to Castle Hill where the light poured as golden as the cider.
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Jody & Billie Jo {mini}

Jody and Billie Jo came to my studio on a snow-covered Saturday afternoon for a mini-session. I honestly can’t recall a time when thirty minutes passed by so quickly! I love spending my time with light-hearted, life-loving, genuine people…and that’s exactly the impression I got from these two newlyweds. Their laughter is contagious and I believe their positive spirit is bound to keep them afloat in their life together. Go ahead…keep scrolling…and get ready to smile along with them. 🙂bsomeIMG_4193 bsomeIMG_4195bw bsomeIMG_4199bw bsomeIMG_4202bw bsomeIMG_4205 bsomeIMG_4206 bsomeIMG_4210 bsomeIMG_4227bw bsomeIMG_4228bsomeIMG_4246 bsomeIMG_4232 bsomeIMG_4253