Ruby & Tyler

An engagement session in the heart of Church hill, Richmond

Ruby & Tyler have known each other for a 15 years. They met as classmates, then were high school sweethearts, just friends in college, pen pals post grad, to a rekindled romance, to roommates, to soon to be married!

Their engagement session was shot in Church hill. Ruby knew exactly where she wanted photos to take place, and even sent me a map of all of the locations! We started at this brick wall, moved to a woodsy area, a pink garage door, and ended up at one of their favorite bars. It was a whole adventure that we somehow shoved into an hour. One of my favorite parts of the shoot was that Ruby brought some wine!!

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Ruby’s favorite date happened on the first valentine’s day that they lived together. They stayed home, bought really nice wine, and steaks. They both cooked the best steaks they’ve ever had in their cute little apartment, enjoying each other’s company. Sometimes, it really it about the simple things.

Tyler’s favorite date was their first date after Ruby moved back from France. Tyler look her to a little tapas place called Bar Pintxo. Even though it was so casual, he thought Ruby looked so beautiful (which isn’t hard to do for Ruby!).

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 This was just a pink garage we walked by but some of my favorite photos from that night were taken right in front of it!

This was just a pink garage we walked by but some of my favorite photos from that night were taken right in front of it!

Also, Ruby & Tyler wanted a moodier feel to their engagement session. This isn’t my normal style of shooting & editing but oh man I loved the outcome of it! I might have to do a few more sessions like this…

Congratulations Tyler & Ruby, I CANNOT wait to shoot your wedding in 2019!

Madison & Alec

A Couple’s Mini Session at Red Wing Park

Madison reached out to me a little while ago saying she wanted to do a couples session with her and her boyfriend. I was so excited because 1. I can’t get enough of Madison and 2. I was excited to meet her boyfriend finally.

They drove down to Virginia Beach from Yorktown that day and met me at Red Wing Park. It’s been so long since I had a session there so I was glad to be back!

Madison and Alec met during high school. He used to wrestle and she would attend meets to see her brother, so she always knew of him through that. They didn’t officially meet until Alec took her on a date to see Christmas Lights.

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“Our favorite date night is to get dinner and see a movie. I also save all of our movie tickets and my pile is slowly getting out of hand.”

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“One of my favorite funny stories is when Alec and I were making breakfast one morning and he offered to cook my omelet. I told him to only put a little bit of salt because too much could ruin it. After finishing up we sat down to eat and I took a bite of my omelet and immediately spit it out. He thought I told him to put a lot of salt, not a little, and put waaaayyyy too much in there. He offered to make me some more but I told him he’s never in charge of eggs again.”

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Alec and Madison have so much in common too! It’s amazing when you’re able to find someone with the same life goals and humor as one another and that’s exactly the case for them. Madison said there’s not a day that goes by that they don’t make each other laugh.

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Katelyn + Brandon

I met Katelyn while working with her at Platos Closet. We ended up becoming good friends through that and a few years later here we are! I don't think I've met anyone with style as good as her or anyone as bright and welcoming. 

Katelyn met Brandon on Tinder! At first he just wanted to be friends but then he had a bad day one day and Katelyn surprised him with a pizza delivered to his house. After that, things were different! 

Katelyn said Williamsburg was probably one of their favorite dates that they've been on. They took the whole day and walked around colonial Williamsburg, went to the bakery, stopped at a brewery, and ended the day at the outlets. They both love discovering new places and particularly enjoy watching the office and anything sports related. 

Here are some photos from our mini session together. I don't know about you but these photos make my heart melt!! I'm so thankful I met Katelyn and that she introduced me to Brandon too!

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Sierra - Class of 2018!

How are today's high schoolers so gorgeous? I can't figure it out!

I recently did a senior shoot with Sierra, and let me tell you - I couldn't believe she wasn't a signed model!! I barely had to direct her. Sierra was homeschooled and went into class two days a week, that sounds so much better than my high school experience waking up every morning at 6 am!

Sierra is going to Southern Adventist University this coming fall for four years to study biology. During her sophomore year she plans on traveling abroad to study, she hopes it's somewhere in Europe! After Sierra graduates, she hopes to go to medical school in California to specialize in cardiology. That sounds like a long and eventful journey, I can't wait to see where her future takes her! 

Here's some photos from our shoot! Her makeup was done by Meg Bryan!

 

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Megan - a makeup artist with a dream

I worked with Meg recently for a styled senior photoshoot! From the moment we met (via instagram DM of course), I could tell she was eager to make her dream come true. It's so cool to meet people who really want to start their brand, young entrepreneurs are amazing! Meg is ambitious and full of life! She's also a junior makeup artist at Blush Tones

"Makeup and beauty have played a huge role in my life. My passion for makeup started when I began following makeup artists on YouTube and wondering how their eyeshadow had more than one color! From there, I moved on to practicing on myself everyday which made me realize that I was the most relaxed when it was just my makeup brushes and me. Makeup has been very therapeutic in my life.  When applying makeup on either myself or a client, I have to take a moment to just relax and focus on the canvas in front of me. 

 

When I was a sophomore in HighSchool I knew I wanted to get serious about makeup. Over the years, I have studied under various makeup artists along with well known celebrity makeup artists across the industry. Now, I find more accomplishment and joy in sharing what I have learned with others by making their makeup dreams come to reality. I absolutely love being a part of one of the most special moments in a woman's life as well as all of the other beauties that come to get glammed up!

 

So what does the future look like for Meg Bryan? Well, at first, I wanted to be in either LA or NYC being a celebrity makeup artist. But I soon realized that I wanted that title more than the actual position.  Now, I am very excited about opening my own studio in the future along with teaching classes to other aspiring makeup artists. 

 

If I have learned anything so far in my two professional years as a makeup artist is that you are the only one that will hold yourself back.  Do not ever let your age hold you back wether you think you are too young or too old. As an 18 year old, I can say in my experience that there were times when i thought, “well maybe in the future when I’m older”.  But why wait? What is holding one back from everything that is in reach? I always say and remind myself one must be willing to work hard, fail and make mistakes, and grow from it."

- Megan
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Makeup artists are so important! Not only do they know what they're doing and help truly accentuate the beauty of a client, but it helps with a photographer's editing time as well. Working with a makeup artist for any kind of session is completely worth the investment. 

Here are some photos from our shoot!

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Detail Shot Cheat Sheets, literally

I made it one of my goals of 2018 to take more detail shots. Typo Boutique was kind enough to send me a bunch of amazing (and great quality may I add) wedding invitations to practice on. After I received their package, I took a trip to Michael's and threw a bunch of little details to photograph in my cart. Michaels has great sales almost every day so I bought ribbon, plants, and paper. 

Large pieces of paper is a great cheat sheet to use when you don't have a nice white or pretty background to photograph on. A square sheet of paper for small details is great to travel with too!! I definitely recommend checking out your local craft store or to even check out Etsy!

Here's a few photos of my setup/behind the scenes:

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Okay, I forgot to take behind the scene photos when I photographed the wedding invitations, but I did remember to take them when I took detail shots for Her Campus at VCU today! It was basically the exact same set up!

Here's the final product:

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 I know you're seeing the same ring, but I only had my cute little pandora ring to practice on!

I know you're seeing the same ring, but I only had my cute little pandora ring to practice on!