Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Plaster Maternity l Crump Park l Glen Allen, Va Family Photographer

This session was such a pleasure to capture as this was the first time I got to see Dani and Joey after they told me the wonder news as I passed along their Wedding Photo Book after their big day. 

Dani you are STUNNING as a mommy to be and I am completely honored to capture you from a bride to with child. You and Joey look even more happy now than y'all did on your wedding day, and I didn't think that was possible. 

THIS IS LOVE, and this is what life looks like after the wedding day. LET LOVE GROW!!!

 Love that baby bump!!
 AAAHHH Dani, you are one gorgeous Moma to be!
 and how cute is Ms Gracie, as she is so excited to be a big sister
 EEEEKKKK another fav!
 and this special moment..... :) :) 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Thursdays are off days l Personal

Thursdays for me have become a day of NO WORK. Which is sometimes hard for me as I stayed in work mode constantly for about 3 years. With working a full time job, and having photography as close to full time as it can be I was on the go all the time, with many vendors, friends, and family always telling me to 'slow down,' or 'I don't know how you do it.' 

I know with most of us our favorite day is Friday because it is the last day in the work week. But as a photographer most of our shooting days are on the weekends, so my work days are typically 7 days a week during wedding season (and my favorite days are wedding days). For me besides wedding days, Thursday is the one night I look forward to most. Why? Because Thursday is our date night. And not just once a month, but every week. We have been doing this since January, and it has been a huge eye opener on enjoying life. 

My significant other said just yesterday 'I know I can go without my phone, but you can't' It's true, with running a growing business I have clients text, email, Instagram direct message, Facebook message my business page and personal page (not preferred on personal fb please) constantly, which I try to respond ASAP to receiving a notification, it is a lot to keep up with, and sometimes this is not fair to anyone's significant other when on their time and trying to hear about their day or just step away from 'work.' So Thursdays are our day to step away from it all and try something new, a new restaurant, a new movie, something fun, a new beer.....just always a new adventure, and you know what above all; THIS makes me incredibly happy to have someone in life that brings me out of that constant work mode that I was so accustomed to just enjoy life and a moment of nothing but fun and great company. 

Last Thursday, I decided to plan something different for us. Something simple, low budget, and super cute. A little picnic just for us on the Lake. Homemade sandwich's, chips, strawberry short cake, and the BEST peach wine from Weston Farms in Louisa. Seriously this was probably my FAVORITE date night to date. It wasn't a fancy restaurant, zip lining, the beach, but something very simple and perfect for us to just enjoy time together. 

To my other half: THANK YOU for enjoying the simple life, for adventures, for breaking me out of my shell, being amazing, and allowing me to be a part of your life and reminding me to sometimes put work second to enjoy this life with you. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Kaydence's colorful cake smash l Crystal Reyns Photography l Louisa, Va Photographer

Miss Kaydence will be ONE soon, and I still can't believe how much she has grown since their Fall Family Mini session. Bright blue eyes, big smiles, and love those chunky baby legs. For her one year session, mom decided to do an early morning session, which means we got to catch some early morning sunrise glow outdoors after a few studio shots. 

Kaydence rocked all things purple, blue, and aqua for her beach themed birthday. She loved the pearls. And definitely LOVED her large cupcake, made my Pam Harlowe. 

 Seriously HOW CUTE is she?!?!?!
 Oh, heeeeyyyy!!!
 'I'm turning ONE'
 It was a beautiful morning, with gorgeous morning glow, and the perfect temperature....how could we NOT go outside for some images :) 
 And I just love my old piano prop!!!
 .....and then there was CAKE....
 'is this okay mom?'