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

Jen and Shawn

Jen and Shawn’s friends and family gathered and filled the yard of a family home just outside of Harrisonburg on a very fall-like September Saturday. Brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles chipped in to help with to-do lists while kids ran and screamed and laughed. The cows watched the day unfold as the grey skies turned to blue and two lovers became one family. It was a perfect backyard gathering complete with mason jars, barbecue chicken, glow sticks, soft blankets and a glowing fire. Cheers to you, Jen and Shawn….and to many more lovely evenings, just like this one.
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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

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.

 

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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Fink Wedding

It’s  not uncommon for me to tear up when the crowd rises to welcome the bride. It’s emotional. The moment is slowed and you can see clearer, feel the air around you and the sound of a crying baby fades into the distance. When it’s one of my best friends that happens to be in that bridal gown, clasping her Daddy’s arm…well, let’s just say I’m thankful I have a camera to hide behind…as I say a quick prayer that auto-focus is doing it’s job because everything is blurry through the tears. Crystal Folmar was my roommate when she met Brad Fink. After their first date she was long gone in la-la-Fink-land. I knew it was only a matter of time before I would stare at them from behind my camera lens and document their special day. This event couldn’t have been more perfect for the two of them. We’re talkin’ cowboy boots, a barn party, homemade food, the smell of barbecued chicken and pork filling the air, country music, Loretta-style-ruffles, green grass, blue skies, tears of joy, belly toning laughter, endless brew and lots and lots of love. Hit play on your favorite country playlist and enjoy their special day through the photos below.

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