I remember when Jennifer was little. She was always the sweetest little girl and that sweetness continued throughout her teenage and now young adult years. She’s always been a care-giver, a baby lover and incredibly kind hearted. I think these amazing traits are a direct result of being raised by wonderful parents. Growing up, TJ & Debbie seemed like family members to Emy, Corey and I. We aren’t related in any way but we did life together…. trips to the river together… mission trips together…. church life together…. those were truly the good ol’ days and I wish we had more of them.
We lost TJ to cancer a few years ago. It was a hard season for everyone. There is nothing that could replace his joy and energy. He was one of a kind and he left an impact on everyone that he came in contact with. As Michael and I walked around with his daughter, Jennifer, and her fiance’ during their engagement session, every time we laughed and joked and had a good time, I thought about TJ. He would have loved how much fun we had together. As much as I wish he was here to see this new season in Jennifer’s life, I know that the greatest way that we can honor a man that was so full of life, is to be present and joyful in the life we have together here on earth. TJ would have wanted that. He loved his church, his family, his community and he adored his little girl.
It’s an honor to be a part of this season with Paul and Jennifer. As we walked around a gorgeous farm in Caroline County, the light was perfect, the cows were mooing in background and the location couldn’t have been more perfect! Give me a willow tree, a dried up soy bean field and a few white silos and I’m a happy girl! I loved getting to know Paul and Freckles (she’s the pup!) during our time together and I can’t wait to show you some of my favorites!!
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.
This beautiful wedding day took place in the rolling hills of West Virginia, just past the Virginia state line. Wild Goose Farm is a venue that I’ve never photographed before and let me tell you, it was a treat! We didn’t even have the sun join us for most of the day and yet we were able to capture beautiful portraits! Between the horses, old fences, stunning estate home, lily pad covered pond, old stone walls, rustic barn, open fields and a historic stone arch, I was in photographer heaven!
This session was just as sweet as it looks. We spent the evening with Megan and Tim in the country outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. We were tucked away in the rolling hills in between beautiful fields and family farms. It reminded me all over again why I just love Virginia. We really have it all… beaches, mountains, history, and great schools! JMU, while it did play a role in Tim and Megan’s story, isn’t actually where it started!