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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Hughes Family {mini}

When Ashley asked me to do photos of her family for a second time, I was pumped! The first session was last spring and involved massive storm clouds and chickens. Now, here it is fall and her babes have grown so much! We met at the park for a mini-session filled with beautiful sunlight, homemade cookies and a warm blankie for Daddy. Haha! What fun these guys are!bsomeIMG_9856bw bsomeIMG_9855bw bsomeIMG_9859bwbsomeIMG_9874bw bsomeIMG_9861bw bsomeIMG_9866 bsomeIMG_9870 bsomeIMG_9868bw bsomeIMG_9880 bsomeIMG_9885 bsomeIMG_9894bw bsomeIMG_9897bw bsomeIMG_9896bsomeIMG_9899 bsomeIMG_9900 bsomeIMG_9904 bsomeIMG_9922 bsomeIMG_9926 bsomeIMG_9928bwbsomeIMG_9931 bsomeIMG_9934 bsomeIMG_9936 bsomeIMG_9940 bsomeIMG_9942 bsomeIMG_9939 bsomeIMG_9946 bsomeIMG_9961 bsomeIMG_9970 bsomeIMG_9985 bsomeIMG_9988 bsomeIMG_9990bwbsomeIMGz_0012 bsomeIMGz_0007 bsomeIMGz_0008 bsomeIMGz_0018bw bsomeIMGz_0001 bsomeIMGz_0021 bsomeIMGz_0024

The kids took off to play with their Dad so I grabbed Ashley for a few solo shots in the remaining sunlight. What a beauty she is!
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Lucas Family {mini}

I am not (completely) losing my mind. I know that I just posted a Lucas Family session last week but if you know the Lucas’s, you know that there is absolutely no way I could fully capture them in a thirty minute time frame. So naturally, we set up a second session. These people are like family to me and it’s such a great feeling to have reciprocated support from fellow hardworking community members. Below you will see the side of them I love so much: pure silliness. What started as a photo session by the river turned into a laugh-fest on the train tracks. Never a dull moment.
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Fraits Family {mini}

It’s always a pleasant surprise to have a group on the other side of my lens who feels comfortable just being themselves, interacting as if my lens is just ‘one of the guys’. It allows for genuine, natural photos… my favorite. That’s what happened when I spent my afternoon with the Fraits Family. These kids have a heart of gold. What a lucky daddy. Fraits Family 1 Fraits Family 2 Fraits Family 19 Fraits Family 18 Fraits Family 5 Fraits Family 6 Fraits Family 4 Fraits Family 3 Fraits Family 7 Fraits Family 8 Fraits Family 9Fraits Family 10 Fraits Family 11 Fraits Family 15 Fraits Family 14 Fraits Family 13 Fraits Family 12 Fraits Family 16Fraits Family 23 Fraits Family 20 Fraits Family 21 Fraits Family 22Fraits Family 24 Fraits Family 25 Fraits Family 26 Fraits Family 27 Fraits Family 28 Fraits Family 29Fraits Family 31 Fraits Family 32 Fraits Family 33 Fraits Family 30 Fraits Family 34

Jen & Shawn’s Family

It was only a 5% chance of rain. No need to reschedule the shoot, right? The 5% must have been right on top of the covered bridge in Mt. Jackson because just after three clicks of my shutter, the rain began to fall. Luckily, I was hanging out with the coolest-family-on-the-block!  Their warmth and love made the evening brighter. And talk about silly. There is enough silly in that little boy for the whole family…not that they need any help in that department. So much laughter and fun!
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L-O-V-E (haha)

L-O-V-E (haha)

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Troxell Family

The first time I met Lisa was at the Swannanoa Palace where I photographed her fun-loving family. On this particular Sunday afternoon, we met in Staunton so I could get some shots of her husband’s side of the family. These two are so fun to work with and I love any chance to meet more and more of their family! They are a genuine, kind, good humored group of people. What more could you ask for? Below are some of my favorites from that 80 degree October fall day.bsomeIMG_4527 bsomeIMG_4542 bsomeIMG_4547 bsomeIMG_4550bsomeIMG_4544 bsomeIMG_4573 bsomeIMG_4576bsomeIMG_4578 bsomeIMG_4583 bsomeIMG_4584bwbsomeIMG_4598bw bsomeIMG_4635 bsomeIMG_4624 bsomeIMG_4703bsomeIMG_4719 bsomeIMG_4706 bsomeIMG_4729bwbsomeIMG_4728bwSMALLtroxellCOLOR055bsomeIMG_4778 bsomeIMG_4785 bsomeIMG_4799bwSMALLtroxellBW40bsomeIMG_4783bsomeIMG_4793 bsomeIMG_4788

Hughes Family

I met the Hughes’ in Dayton one evening to take some photos of their sweet little family. In the distance was a dark skyline creeping up quickly and the farther we drove toward it, the more uneasy I felt. We decided to make a last minute decision and head back to their Harrisonburg home…you know, incase the sky broke open on top of us. Luckily, their backyard is absolutely gorgeous. Green and lush and free of power lines and cityscapes. Comfortable in their own element, the children let their personalities come pouring out. Go ahead and try to get through these photos without laughing. I dare ya.
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