you could call this a “destination” engagement session! Claytor Lake is out past Blacksburg, VA and I can’t believe I had never heard of it until last week when we met Robert and Ashley there for their engagement session! Robert’s family has a home on this gorgeous lake and so this is a special place to both of them! Michael and I loved making the drive up together. The weather was perfect and the lighting was just beautiful! The further we move into fall, the more I’m ready for it! I love it when new colors start popping up in engagement sessions!!
Ashley contacted me a while ago and we started chatting via email about their big day! She’s really into photography and shoots a lot on the side and so I knew this was going to be a great fit! We shoot A LOT of photographer’s weddings and we love that! It means that we work with couples that really value their photography and they understand that sometimes you have to do some crazy things for a good picture! …. Like climbing into chest-high ragweed underneath a gum-ball tree that was continuously dropping tennis ball sized gum-balls from above!! THAT’s dedication! :) I loved spending time with these two and I can’t wait for their beautiful Roanoke wedding next year!! Enjoy some of my many favorites of this gorgeous couple!!!They were pros from the beginning! Such a beautiful location! Loved Ashley’s heels!!It doesn’t get much prettier than this! Love!! Stunning!! Love Ashley’s model face! And if there is a willow tree on the property with pretty light, I’m NEVER going to pass up that opportunity! A favorite! Loved this one…we had the place to ourselves!
It’s been a while since I’ve photographed an engagement session at beautiful Maymont Park. Meeting Ryan and Danielle there was perfect even though I totally forgot that Maymont closes so early! We heard a reminder that the park would be closing soon and just as I started to feel a bit panicked, the clouds cleared, the sun started to shine and I was able to capture the most beautiful light before we unexpectedly had to leave the park!
This beautiful day began in the historic manor house at Belmont Country Club. Abby was showing me her details and then she gave me a gift and told me to open it. I questioned her because it just didn’t seem right for the photographer to be opening a gift on the bride’s wedding day but she insisted! Abby had made me a custom cross-stitch of Michael and I with cameras in our hands! It looks JUST like us and I was just amazed at her talent and thoughtfulness!
Ah! It’s our FINAL STUDENT SPOTLIGHT!!! This July post has been a long time coming but it’s HERE and it’s LIVE and I want you to help me celebrate these amazing photographers who are making their dreams happen!!!
This six month update feels like it’s weirdly disproportionate compared to other monthly updates! Why is that? Well, last month I posted a couple of sets of images that were actually at the beginning of his sixth month and THEN we photographed multiple weddings, had several trips away from home for a few days and the dads were for several days!
Hope and Jesse are the sweetest couple. You can just feel it when you’re with them! You can see it when you watch them interact. You can hear it in the stories that their family members and best friends shared about them. They are truly soulmates and best friends. They have an undeniable love for one another and that is why even a rainy, misty wedding day could be incredibly vibrant, warm and joyful!!
Rhett’s fifth month was full of fun. It’s crazy to me that I know I only take my big camera to about 10% of the things we do in a month and yet each month is SO full.