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Lauren emailed us all the way back in the fall of 2017 about her anniversary session. I knew from the very beginning that this shoot was so important to her. She shared that she and James got married very young and now they were getting ready to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary. Well, a lot of life happened for us after that email was sent and Lauren patiently waited until 2019 for her shoot. We met James and Lauren on Monument Avenue in downtown Richmond last Friday for their anniversary session and we couldn’t have asked for better weather!! Almost no humidity and it wasn’t blazing hot!

These two drove down from New Jersey for these pictures and I couldn’t have felt more honored that they made such a big trip! Not only was I honored that they drove over five hours for their shoot, but I also felt honored because Lauren is a photographer herself .  Her work is beautiful and it means so much that she would entrust these portraits to me!

As we walked down the streets of Historic Monument Avenue, we stopped in several places that could be mistaken as french backdrops. Even as I was editing these I thought “It seriously looks like we  took these in France!”.  I love this beautiful location but more than anything, I love getting a chance to work with amazing couples like James and Lauren! We could have talked to them for hours and it was sad when the sun set and their shoot came to an end.

This shoot was a joy and we loved every minute of it!!! Enjoy some of my favorites as you scroll below!

James and Lauren, you are the sweetest couple and it was an honor to capture this beautiful season of your life together!

 

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— Katelyn

Ep. 11 | We Started A Micro School! Here's What We Learned After 2 Months!

Starting a school for our kids and community was going to be a big undertaking, we knew that! But we have learned so much alongside our kids that has made this endeavor all worth it.

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It’s hard for me to remember the last time that I took portraits at the infamous Virginia Tech Duck Pond but I know it had to have been several years ago!

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John + Lauren | Engaged Virginia Tech Duck Pond Engagement Portraits

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Featured : BRIDES Magazine Paige + Nikhil's Wedding

It’s no surprise that this GORGEOUS wedding was picked up by BRIDES Magazine! Between the perfectly paired color scheme, beautiful florals, an amazing venue, the list goes on. The details that Paige + Nikhil thought about for their wedding day are simply stunning. 

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I pushed my R6 to the limit

I Pushed My R6 to the Limit ISO up to 40,000!

I walked into the venue for the welcome dinner.. And I knew it was going to be dark.. But I didn’t think it would be THIS DARK! 

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There are several seasons of starting a business and what it looks like to continue to grow and scale as the business changes! We’re on the last episode of the Startup Series and the stage of business that I’m still in.

THE STARTUP SERIES PART 3
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Ep. 10 | The Start Up Series Pt. 3 Specializing and Scaling

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Lens Review: Canon RF 50mm 1.8 vs. RF 50mm 1.2L

Lens Review: Canon RF 50mm 1.8 vs. RF 50mm 1.2L Is it worth the $2,000 price difference?

Can a professional photographer use the Canon RF 50mm 1.8 or is it necessary to have the high end Canon RF 50mm1.2L? We’re going to put them to the test to find out!

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