This blog is way overdue! And super different! The bride, Ammee, is my best friend! One of the oldest friendships I have beside my sisters. We meet in fifth grade and have been together since! So you already know this wedding was much anticipated. Ammee was preparing to enter law school when Khaleef proposed. And then they moved to North Caroline…then Georgia…and then Michigan..and then back to Georgia. She was so focused on finishing law school that she didn't have time to plan such a gorgeous wedding. And then preparing for the bar..whew. But nonetheless a few years later she got her perfect wedding day. I was beyond thrilled when she finally set a date and asked me for a little help. She planned this whole wedding in less than 9 months y’all!Read More
Keiranni and Dwayne’s wedding at Noah’s Event Venue was hands down...drop dead…can’t believe your eyes..gorgeous! I was seriously looking forward to this wedding since Thanksgiving of last year when I first met Keiranni and Melanie. And we had so much fun. Everything she envisioned for her wedding day was absolutely stunning and very well executed by Sandra of Essence Weddings Flowers. When Keiranni told me she was having her wedding at Noah’s Event Venue I was ecstatic. I saw gorgeous weddings online at this very same wedding venue and had no idea they were building on in Hampton Roads. I think they had just broke ground when they booked the venue so its still spanking new.Read More
Markie and Ricky's wedding at The Festival Park was absolutely beautiful! I was really looking forward to this wedding because Markie is my big cousin. I think the last time I saw her almost 6 years ago when my brother graduated from The Military Academy in Northern Chicago. She has always been such a sweetheart and kind hearted. Like many of my Milwaukee family we love you hard and we love being around each other. So it was more of a family reunion. When she called me and asked me to document her day I was so thrilled and could not wait to give her a big hug.
Here are some of my favorite images from their wedding day.
I still get nervous the morning before the wedding. Like its my own wedding! I still get butterflies. There is so much expectations set that we as wedding photographers are faced with. Not to mention the super long wedding shot list branded into the back of our minds. But this wedding was different. I woke up and was fine! Like I didn't even get that nervous gut feeling that I usually feel as I riding to the venue. I headed to Newport News to capture Brandon and Kiara's wedding day with worship music blasting (its a ritual to keep me calm).
I've also never seen such a calm bride. I literally didn't see Kiara break a sweat the entire day. Even on the dance floor. She was so poise and at peace. Now I know why! She was marrying her best friend and today everything they hoped and dreamed of for this day was finally happening. Her forever with him was official. The two of them exchanged handwritten vows. And Brandon fought through his, surprisingly without tears ( I think I saw a few fall down).
The weather was perfect. It had been raining and windy but a cool 73 degrees and a little wind made it just right! Brandon and Kiara couldn't be more happy! These two waited for quite some time to finally make it official. HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS! I am blessed to have meet such a humble and genuine couple madly in love and so sweet to one another. Enjoy your honeymoon in DR and soak up some sun for me!
Enjoy some of my favorite moments!
The weather leading up to Keiranni and Dwayne’s Downtown Norfolk engagement session was near perfect! Im talking high 60s. Weather that MAKES you WANT to go outside and soak up some sun. Well that wasn't the case for last Saturday. I know Virginia weather is bipolar but come on. I got a notification about a wether advisory the night before about FREEZING VEGETATION!! What In The World!
I headed to the Freemason Area of Downtown Norfolk to meet with Keiranni and Dwayne all bundle up. And as soon as I saw Keiranni in the cutest, bright and yellow dress and Dwayne coordinating in a perfectly put together grey ensemble my heart was warm already. She texted me earlier in the week and said she didn't know what to wear and came through with this show stopper dress! I promise yall, I am always amazed at how well dressed my couples are when they arrive. And they came with TWO bomb outfits!
The two of them were naturals as we literally walked up and down Freemason Street to get the blood flowing through our veins. I forgot to tell my bride and grooms that the workout session is included in the experience! LOL! But they were pros! Pros at being in love and serving one another. They stayed snuggled up together and share a few sweet kisses when they thought I wasn't looking! So sweet!
When I first meet Keiranni, last year in November, we hit it off right away. Dwayne wasn't able to attend the consultation but Keiranni’s Mom, Melanie was there. It felt like I there with old friends just catching up. I was having Brooklyn’s first birthday party the same day and did even realized how much time had passed as we talked about the wedding, the New Year’s Eve proposal, their first date at the church’s play and just getting to know her as a person! It was great. It becoming a tradition of these busy weekends that I see her. Now, they are on the fast track to forever and tying the knot in July at Noah’s Event Venue in Chesapeake and I can’t WAIT to be part of their big day!
Enjoy some of my favorites from Keiranni + Dwyane’s engagement session!
JoAnne and Bobby's wedding at The Williamsburg Community Building this past weekend was simply amazing. I had been looking forward to their wedding day for months now. You see, last year JoAnne and Bobby were married last year but didn't have the chance to celebrate with their family and friends due to graduations and relocations. But this celebration was like no other and both families anxiously waited as the day grew closer.
Bobby and JoAnne define fun-loving, family-oriented, compassionate and sweet couples in love and this is everything I hope for when I photograph couples. I keep telling JoAnn that I'm going to clone her. I wish for laughter and joy, beautiful natural light engagement sessions and down-to-earth brides with big hearts for the special people in their lives.We were so luck to snag one of the warmer days for the gorgeous engagement session at The Carlyle Historic Park in Old Town Alexandria last Thursday. If you missed it check it out here.
When I arrived to the bridal suite the girls were seemingly quiet and calm and collected. I was surprised and joked that they were in the penthouse, secluded from the rest of the hotel. JoAnne was sitting in front of the window finishing up her makeup while everyone else enjoyed being in the moment. I have officially dubbed her JoAnne the MUA. Because this girl sat there patiently without frustration with some of her favorite makeup products. She only needed help with one thing, lashes! Gabby was so sweet to help her out with those. JoAnne immediately gave the bridesmaids their gifts. A perfectly curated box filled with Lush bath bombs, the cutest silk robe and Sephora goodies! BEST GIFT EVER! I could feel the love as she watched each of them open with excitement! The girls got all dolled up and we headed to Colonial Williamsburg for the first look and ceremony. They both exchange some of the sweetest, most heartfelt vows. And a few tears were shed. Not a dry eye in sight.
JoAnne and Bobby, I am beyond happy that I was able to witness such a beautiful ceremony. Here's to a couple of forevers in your marriage.
I have a bazillion alarms on my phone (yeah, I'm that girl). One of them goes off every morning at 4:22 am. I usually snooze it until the next alarm goes off. It's my workout alarm. But guess what, I haven't stepped in the gym in almost two years!
Yesterday was different. My alarm went off and I didn't press snooze. I rolled out of the bed, showered and got dressed. I kissed my babies and headed to Old Town Alexandria to meet JoAnne and Bobby. JoAnne's has a special love for Old Town Alexandria. When she and Bobby were making their move to Northern Virginia she envisioned this type of life her. Foot traffic, cute shops, and cobblestone streets. So The Caryle House was the perfect backdrop for our sunrise sweetheart session. Its classic and elegant gardens were lush and pristine! And the weather was just right. Our original session was rescheduled because it was literally 20 degrees. So I immediately checked the weather app to ensure we wouldn't freeze our butts off.
Bobby is such a sweet, gentle giant who loves the heck out of JoAnne. And my sweet friend JoAnne is the cutest. She may be tiny but this girl is full of energy! I wish I could clone her three times over. We bonded over our love for makeup and beauty gurus on Youtube. She told me about all these wonderful new restaurants back in Hampton Roads and a few local places here in Northern Virginia. They moved up here last year for career changes and have been loving it ever since. They are foodies and love trying new things and have been trying to get into a Korean BBQ restaurant for weeks now. Saturday's are pretty popular around here for date nights.
Bobby and JoAnne have been together for quite some time now and sealed the deal literally one year ago. Yesterday was their anniversary! They decided to make their one year anniversary a big deal! Together with their families and friends they will celebrate their union once again on Saturday and I CAN'T WAIT!
I watched the forecast every day leading up to Saturday. All I saw were grey cloud emojis and rain. Not one sunny smiley face in sight! This weekend it was going to rain and be grey. But I didnt let that stop me. I was determined to FIANLLY meet Kiara and Brandon. We had been chatting since December and made a date to meet at the National Harbor for their engagment session. They couldn’t have been sweeter!! I love meeting couples for the first time and just knowing instantly that we were meant to work with one another. They were so trusting and yet so excited. And they loved to have fun! I could see the joy in Kiara's eyes. Its almost a twinkle when she looks at Brandon.
There were big things happening this weekend in DC. And I was certain the overflow of the Inauguration and Million Woman March DC would end up at the harbor. But to our surprise, nothing but the usual traffic. We photographed around the Gaylord Convention Center and then walked down to one of the piers. It was perfect. Perfect for them because no one else came down that far.
Brandon and Kiara are getting married in April and will start their lives' together in Laurel! Their wedding will be here before we know it, and we can’t WAIT to meet not only their friends but also their sweet families! If their wedding day is as beautiful as their engagement session, then it’s going to be absolutely amazing!!! Enjoy some of my favorites!!!
The day was perfect. The sun was perched in the right position. The wind was calm. The grass was manicured to perfection. Anna & Mike's wedding day was more than beautiful. The love for wine was displayed in every way imaginable. Wine corks, barrels and a super cute hashtag that mended their last names were just a few of the details that made their day special. Their first looks was so special. There were tears shed by both Anna & Mike. And Mike was in awe at how beautiful she looked. This wedding was extra special because both the bride and groom has bridesmaids and groomsmen. You will understand what I am talking about in a second. I'm so grateful I was there to witness them on their day one as husband and wife.
Here's some of my favorites from their big day!
Second Shot with M Harris Studios
Thank you M Harris Studios!
Yesterday when I left my house and the sun has just risen over the horizon. When I got home the sun had already set. It was a long day! But it was all worth it. I finally got to meet Miss Emmeline! She is such a sweet girl. I was immediately greeted with smiles. A smile that showed all four of her pearly whites!
Emma's mom was my partner in pregnancy last year. I remember when I found out she was expecting. Poor Rachel was battling a lingering cold and wasn't able to take any medication because this special girl was brewing in her belly!
The following portraits are just a handful of what David and Rachel gets to enjoy at home. Miss Emma really marches to the beat of her own drum! AND she can say DOG! A one year old that just turned one and can say an understandable word! WHAT! I was just amazed. She did such a great job and she loves her some outdoors.
Thank you David and Rachel for spending your evening with me! We shared laughs, we recited 50 Cents rendition of the birthday song & Emma and I became besties!
Kevin couldn't wait! Natasha was anxious! And I couldn't was counting down the days for this beautiful union! It all came together so beautiful. Their navy/blush/silver wedding was executed perfectly. I had anticipated this day from our very first meeting! These two best friends got married on Saturday, September 17th at Grand Affairs Banquet Hall. A day that was full of love and celebration. Some shed a few tears. Others danced the night away.Their family took us in like their own. We are so blessed we were able to meet you two and wish you a lifetime of health, happiness and wealth. As long as you all continue to keep God at the center of your union you will be able to endure the test of time.Here's some of my favorites from your day one. Here's just a sneak peek! I can't wait to show you all more. Enjoy your honeymoon in Orlando! Congratulations Mr, and Mrs. Richardson!
Yesterday I had the pleasure of shooting a beautiful engagement session at The Slover Library in Downtown Norfolk. It's crazy how much things have changed in such a short time. I frequented Downtown Norfolk all the time while I was in college. I mean, I practically lived there because I worked at Forever 21 in MacArthur Mall. Those were the days!
Shaey and I met several years ago at Norfolk State University. We both majored in Biology. So when I put our a model call for a special project I was working on she wasn't hesitant to reply. In fact she said that her boyfriend (now FIANCE) had literally just proposed! So why not announce your engagement on social media with an e-session!! It's a no- brainer.
The couple came and did not disappoint. Just wait until you see her shoes!!!! I told her I was ordering me a pair as soon as I got home. And let's just say I have a super cute pair of pink/fluffy sandals coming.
Here's a close up of her bling!!
Oh! So while we were shooting, the library was hosting a private event for some local artists. So we were kinda bummed that we couldn't go inside. But, the favor of God was on our side. That was noting but Jesus because Katie, one of the event coordinators, graciously asked if we would like to come in and USE THE BALCONY!!!
We headed to Freemason Harbour to watch the sunset!
Congratulations you two! I had a blast
I cannot stress enough the importance of doing an engagement session with your photographer before the wedding day. Sure, you get lots of amazing portraits. But the most important thing is to work with your photographer before the big day. Its a chance for you to model with your boo before everyone on the wedding day, including Aunt Sue that you haven't seen since you were in diapers. You do no want a complete stranger to show up to you wedding to capture such intimate pictures. I LOVE getting to know my brides and grooms. It was wonderful getting to know Kevin and Natasha at their Regent University engagement session. We sure laughed a lot! Who knew Mr. Kevin was a comedian! We had the most PERFECT day. The couple rocked their engagement session. They were so gentle with one another. I can't wait for their wedding next month at The Grand Affairs.
Here's a few of my favorite images from their engagement session.
I used to live in Norfolk. I've hung out in Downtown Norfolk and I have dined at the Freemason Abbey restaurant. But while I was searching for parking to attend a wedding at the Harrison Opera House I found a hidden gem snuggled a few short blocks from Waterside in Downtown Norfolk. I can honestly say that it didn't even feel like I was in Norfolk anymore. You could feel the history just walking down the cobblestone streets and wrought iron fences. And the architecture! You would be in awe! NOT. ONE. HOME. WAS. THE. SAME. I knew the next engagement session would have to take place there!
You see, Latorya and Louis are no strangers to the Downtown Norfolk area. They meet in Norfolk while working on the USS George H.W. Bush CVN 77 . And I was thrilled when Latorya and Louis agreed to shoot their engagement session here.
Both Louis and Latorya had been warned by several other shipmates to steer clear of each other but God had other plans for the pair. They began dating and well you see where we are today.
The "She-Hulk" (as Louis refers to a very hangry Latorya) was preparing Valentine's Day dinner when Louis decided to propose with a ring pop. At first Latorya thought it was a joke because she had casually mentioned to her friend earlier that day Valentine's Day was the most cliche day for a proposal. Little did she know that her day was here! Louis quickly changed out the ring pop for her real engagement ring and the rest is history. She gladly accepted the proposal!
We had so much fun and I even got invited to join the honeymoon cruise party! It will definitely be a celebration when the two wed next year. Latorya and Louis will be saying "I Do" in front of family and friends next year at The Virginia Beach Convention Center. Can't wait to see you two again!
Oh, did I mention we have fun! The love these two have is unimaginable. And Latorya smile is so infectious. By the time we left my cheeks hurt.
GOSH! Where do I begin? I've had the pleasure of knowing this beauty for almost 20 years. Am I telling my age?? OK, OK, she's my best friend! We've been friends since the 5th grade.
I have watched her grow into a beautiful woman. I always knew she would do great things. I mean she used to be the announcer for our elementary school. She would recite the pledge of allegiance and morning announcements. How cool was that!
So when she said she was ready to start planning her wedding (due to Law School time restraints) I was eager to get them in front of my camera. They were naturals. The love these two share resonates in so many ways. And I am honored to be able to share with you a few images from their shoot.
Ammee and Khaleef, I am overjoyed and cannot wait for your wedding!