Casey | In-Home Birth | Black and White Documentary Photography | Suffolk, Virginia

I’m pretty sure that every photographer has a photography bucket list. Something on my list was to document a birth. In-home, hospital, didn’t care. Documentary photography is something i’m passionate about and what better way to experience that than with a birth. Birth photography is something that was new to me. I didn't know truly what to expect I just knew that being on call meant, at any time, anywhere, I’d have to stop what i’m doing, grab my packed up camera bag and haul my ass over. When I received the text that it was time, my adrenaline started pumping, I quickly took an exit on the interstate and made a U-turn to head to Suffolk.

When I arrived midwives greeted me as they took notes and I just started documenting. About an hour passed when we heard “she’s coming” and it all happened. So quickly. So beautifully. A baby girl was born.

I don’t think I can ever forget this experience. I’m in awe of the strength women have. As a woman who’s had children herself, I felt her pain, I felt the love and I wanted to document just that.

Welcome to the world, sweet girl, Talullah Moon.

Norfolk Botanical Garden Wedding | Hampton Roads Wedding Photographer | Norfolk, Virginia

This past fall I had the amazing opportunity to associate photograph a wedding for Lia Everette Photography at the stunning Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia. It rained the entire morning and afternoon. We did not let that take away our hopes for an outdoor ceremony. Minutes before we were all to get on the shuttles and head to the ceremony site, it stopped raining!! Not only did it stop raining, the sun came out. It came out almost as a sign or reassurance that it was going to be a beautiful event and that it was.

Rob + Lydia | Rooftop Wedding | The Graduate | Richmond Wedding

Spontaneous decision to say “I do” on a rooftop?!? Hell yeah!! I was so excited when I first chatted with Lydia two weeks before the wedding haha. Everything worked out perfectly that I would get to capture their intimate and fun wedding. Lydia and Rob were surrounded by their closest friends and family who traveled from as far as Hawaii and the Phillipines to be with them! Their simple ceremony took place on the rooftop at The Graduate hotel which gave us Richmond city views. As family and friends made their way up, we gathered around to watch Rob and Lydia get married and exchange ring pops. Hahah! Any Parks and Rec fans?! Once the ceremony was over, we took the elevator down to the lobby where dinner, dancing and drinks happened! While it was a short celebration it was filled with lots of love, sooo much laughing and happy tears.

Children's Session | Fort Monroe Beach | Hampton Roads Lifestyle Photographer

I always love photographing kids being kids! They go by their own rules, they act more freely and if they're into the environment, they really let go! The Pierre girls were everything and more. It was a bit of a chilly day but they went straight for the water and watching them gave me so much life. Hearing them laugh and almost get taken out by waves yet still have the biggest smile on their faces was refreshing and inspiring.

True story- when I lack inspiration or feel like I'm in a rut, I photograph my kids. Every time, I learn a new way that I want to capture raw connection. They fill me with inspiration, remind me to let go and most importantly be free!

Franz Family | In-Home Family Session | Seaford, Va.

While most of my sessions take place outdoors, I absolutely love those times I get in-home sessions, too! Especially when the summer temps reach 90+ degrees.  With that being said it was SO awesome to be welcomed into the Franz family's gorgeous home and get to know them. Our time from beginning to end flowed effortlessly as the children guided the session.  We first hung out in the living room where sweet little princess Liv showed me a book that she was really proud of... as well as her favorite dolls and toys. Then we made our way to her room for more toys, tiaras and dolls and wrapped up our time in baby Julian's nursery.  I enjoyed every minute with the Franz family.  They are so incredibly sweet and welcoming.  Along with natural light, love also radiated through their home.

Return to Innocence | Hampton, Va. | Personal Work

I'm a part of a storytelling photography group that does weekly challenges. This weeks challenge was to gain inspiration from a song and essentially get lost in the song.  While I was editing the other day Return to Innocence by Enigma played and it instantly brought me to a moment of peace and nostalgia. If you've never heard this song from the early 90's, you're missing out. I always loved the song but listening to it now, much older, I have deep appreciation for the lyrics. The idea of returning to your innocence is essentially letting your soul be free. Free to express yourself, free to feel deeply and free to explore and connect with your own self. 

 

"That's not the beginning of the end
That's the return to yourself
The return to innocence.

Love
Devotion
Feeling
Emotion

Don't be afraid to be weak
Don't be too proud to be strong
Just look into your heart my friend
That will be the return to yourself
The return to innocence.

If you want, then start to laugh
If you must, then start to cry
Be yourself don't hide
Just believe in destiny.

Don't care what people say
Just follow your own way
Don't give up and use the chance
To return to innocence."

During our session, Dawn and I explored to the sounds of Celtic music, The Cranberries and Enya. We truly got lost in the moment. It almost felt like a dream. As if her and I were in a new world discovering everything for the very first time with much innocence.

Mr. + Mrs. Cameron | Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club | American + Australian Wedding | Virginia Beach, Va.

"We knew leading up to the big day there were a lot of details that were out of our control. Our prayer was one that all the details big and small would be worked out and that the day would be incredibly special. Anne's mom has been battling cancer for the last 8 months and having her at the wedding and feeling good was a major desire for each of us. A few weeks prior to the wedding Monica received great news and was able to participate in all the planning and festivities in the days leading up to the wedding. The weather was another detail we knew we had no control over. The forecast on the Monday prior to the wedding predicted rain from Wednesdaythrough Sunday. We were forced to forfeit our plans for an outdoor ceremony and reception. Although disappointing, we felt complete peace about the decision. Come Friday, just before the ceremony, it began to rain. It sprinkled as the ceremony began and by the ceremony's end, the rain was finished. We were able to gather outside on the lawn for photos and throughout the reception. The rain even cooled down the temperature! We are blessed beyond words and truly feel like May 18th was the perfect day!"
-Anne and Johnny

The moment I met Anne I instantly knew that she and I would be an amazing fit.  Even with everything going on with her mother, she was chill and sure of how she wanted her wedding day documented. She wanted people laughing, dancing, drinking, eating and enjoying the moment with her and Johnny. There was no bridal party, just her sister and Johnny's brother that would be standing by their sides. Leading up to the wedding they received great news about her mother, Monica, who's been battling cancer. At that point, rain or shine, it was going to be an incredible day and that it was. 

On their wedding day, Anne was gathered by her sister, parents and closest friends at the Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club as she got ready for the day.  There was nonstop laughter, smiles, champs and jokes.  You could feel the history between them all!

Johnny spent the time leading up to the ceremony drinking beer with his dad and brother. 

Anne and Johnny wrote letters for each other before the ceremony.  Anne wanted to exchange the letters but wanted to save the big moment of Johnny seeing her in her gown for the ceremony. So a door was found and we made it happen!  Immediately after she shut the door, she asked everyone " Does he look handsome?!?! I know he does!!" Her excitement, love and admiration for Johnny is just there. There is no denying it. She just knew her groom was looking handsome! 

As guests started to arrive and be seated, Anne and her father, George, made their way down. We had to go through the clubs gym to get to the exit that Anne wanted to enter the ceremony from. We couldn't help but laugh the entire time! As Amazing Grace was played on the trumpet by Jeremy Mangrum, parents and grandparents were sat. Then the music changed to Canon in D and it was time.  The ceremony was cheerful and filled with sooo much love. The rest of the day was live. The Janitors played and EVERYONE danced! I've honestly never seen dance moves like this before. The dance floor was never empty. I couldn't be more grateful to have such an intimate invitation to Johnny and Anne's wedding day.

Tommy Joe + Stephanie | Forest Hill Park | Richmond, VA | Engagement Session

This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Tommy Joe & Stephanie.  I loved hearing about their story as we strolled through Forest Hill park.  These two love birds met while studying abroad in Copenhagen! UMMM ... COOLLLL!!! Copenhagen is somewhere I've always wanted to go so this was exciting for me.

Their proposal story - "After four years together, we decided in the fall of 2017 to get married. Tommy Joe proposed at the Devils Backbone Base Camp in Roseland, VA, where we attend the Hoopla Music festival every year. The festival is a celebration of craft beer, great music, supporting local businesses, environmental stewardship, and contributing to the local food pantry- all things that are of interest and importance to us. It was a beautiful and special place to commit to spending the rest of our lives together."

Their love was so natural! They joked around and really used our time together to live in the moment. 

Melissa | Fort Monroe | Hampton, Va. | Self-Empowerment Series

"I was nervous at first to model for Rebecca. As a fellow photographer, I’m so used to being BEHIND the camera that I sort of freeze in front of it. I begin to feel anxious and stiff, almost like I have no idea what to do. As a domestic violence/sexual assault survivor and a mother of two, my confidence is in the toilet. Don’t get me wrong, I have a wonderful husband who is always lifting me up and telling me how beautiful I am (He thinks I should be a model) but I just have the hardest time seeing what he does. From the moment Rebecca started prompting me on where to stand I felt at ease. I was free to be myself but when I’d get stuck or start to feel awkward she was right there giving me something to do with my hands or walk a certain direction and BOOM. Magic happened. I was super excited when we left the session to see what she captured because I actually felt insanely confident for once! I can’t wait to be in front of her camera again, absolutely 100% worth it! She’s a true artist, from one to another!"

-Melissa

Trip to the Virginia Zoo | Norfolk, Virginia | Mason

The weather has been a hot mess this past month. We have found ourselves spending more days indoor and I can't lie... it's been making us a little cray!  I was invited by a couple other moms to go to the zoo and we couldn't turn it down!  The weather was amazing! It was the perfect balance of overcast(my favorite) with sunny moments. We started out at the barnyard where we saw cattle, sheep, sleeping pigs and more.  We traveled through Africa, Asia and Australia ending our trip with a perfect, calm train ride.  We had a great time, ate popcorn and pretzels and explored! 

The Hale Family | Alexa | Maternity | Newport News, Va.

I couldn't be more excited to share Alexa's maternity session.  She was glowing and gorgeous from the inside out.  Her love for her family was strong and most importantly, it was present.  

"Props to Rebecca for pulling out the emotions in me.  Being pregnant requires a strength so strong and the grueling parts of it are so often hidden by the natural grace of a woman.  We are all super and amazing creatures."

-Alexa

Family Time | Downtown Norfolk | Norfolk Arts District

What do we do when its 60 degrees in January, the whole family needs to get outside and we don't want to spend money? Take advantage of the Norfolk Arts District! I packed a cooler with sandwiches and snacks and we took a 35 minute drive to Norfolk. They have an art district and walking around it is like finding treasure. There are tons of murals, painted benches, gorgeous houses, historic buildings, sculptures and random spots to stop for coffee or tea... which we did. Zeke's to be exact and they had the best damn iced tea I've ever drank!!! Tom and I ordered a ginger plum unsweetened iced tea and it was so good I'm still thinking about it.

We spent the whole afternoon walking around, taking pictures, enjoying the sunshine and having lunch by the water. It was just what I needed to end the week!