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he’s a snuggler and he’s absolutely everything we hoped he would be! I thought about blogging about him on the 5 hour drive home yesterday to show this little ball of cuteness to the WORLD! …. But I was a little preoccupied. When we saw him for the first time, he didn’t even seem real. He really looks like a stuffed animal… only more adorable and wiggly.  BOKEH (pronounced “bo-ca”) is an eight week old Bich-Poo. He’s absolutely beautiful. Michael and I wanted a little apricot colored fluffball that wouldn’t make Michael SNEEZE… and this was the perfect option!! Bich-Poos are a

mix between a Bichon Frise and a Poodle so they hardly shed at all! I held him the whole way home and never found any hair on my clothes! YESSS. AND Michael hasn’t sneezed yet!  This is a good sign!! We’re learning more and more about this little guy.  So far we know that he’s capable of sleeping through the night in his crate, he’s paper trained and that helps a ton with the whole house training process, he hates being alone, he’s a snuggler and he’s PHOTOGENIC!!! Hallelujah!!! You all will be so sick of seeing pics of this little guy by the end of the year! Our iphones are already filled with tons of “First Time _______” videos. First time going on a walk, first time meeting his grandparents, first pit stop on our ride home, etc. Needless to say, Bokeh’s whole life will be well documented!:)

 

So I must explain his name. For those of you in the photography world, you’re probably rolling your eyes and thinking “Did she REALLY name her dog that?!” and for those of you that are not photographers, you’re probably thinking that we named our dog “Mouth” in spanish!  Well, if you’ve ever seen some of my images, the blurry, creamy  goodness in the background of my images is called “Bokeh”! We named our puppy after my favorite photography term. NERD ALERT!!! It’s a funny name but we’re really loving it. We had another girl name selected but Bokeh was the only Bich-Poo around who was the beautiful apricot shade and he just happened to be a male!! We love his color! It ALMOST matches my hair!!! Meant to be? Yes.  So this week will be full of bathroom breaks, trips to Petsmart and learning what it’s like to have a whole new level of responsibility in our life. So far, he’s been great. He takes long naps, he’s getting to know his crate and he’s eating like a champ. We’re THRILLED!!!!!!! Here are some little shots of little baby Bokeh from yesterday!! ** and ps. to make this post even cuter… he’s been sleeping in my lap the whole time I’ve been writing this post…good boy:) **

 

And if you want to see more pics…. I pretty sure I’ll be blowing up my Twitter feed these next few weeks until the newness wears off:)

Here’s a shot from our way home! Such a fluffball.

Meeting the grandparents…. this is big deal ya know!

Better get used to this little buddy….we love our macs almost as much as we love you:)

Uncle Corey! Grandpa Alsop

 

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— Katelyn

Ryan + Danielle | Engaged A Classic Maymont Engagement Session | Richmond, Va

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!

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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!

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Abby + Tyler A Timeless Wedding | Belmont Historic Manor House & Country Club

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Student Spotlight July 2021

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!!!

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Rhett’s Sixth Month

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!

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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!!

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Hope + Jesse A Gillbrook Farms Wedding

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Rhett’s Fifth Month

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.

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