Nicole + Jack | Mommy and Me Session | The Meadows Frozen Custard | Colonial Williamsburg | Hampton Roads Lifestyle Photographer

I’m so excited to share this fun session of Nicole and Jack. Nicole reached out to me and said she wanted to a have a session with just her and her son, Jack. I asked her to talk about Jack before our session and I was told he was sweet and kind, loved ice cream and they love hanging out together. To make the session about their bond and the things they enjoy together, we began their session at The Meadows Frozen Custard in Williamsburg. Nicole shared how much Jack enjoys paying for the ice cream when they go out and those were the small but honest moments she wanted documented. I can’t tell you enough how much of an actual sweetheart Jack is and was during the entire session. They ate ice cream, laughed and snuggled on the front steps of the ice cream shop. When we got to our second location in Colonial Williamsburg, Jack noticed a park and really wanted to play so we let him lead the way. The great thing about a session that is a mix of documentary is that the children guide. This is so helpful in making it an enjoyable experience for them which will also make it stress-free for you. Let them run, let them play, i’m here to capture the honest love and personality of your family.

As the sun began to set, outfits were changed and we entered Colonial Williamsburg for the second half of the session. I loved meeting and getting to know Nicole and Jack. Their bond is strong and love is sweet. Capturing memories was so important to Nicole and that we did.

Anna + Dalton | Engagement Session | Pleasure House Point | Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer

I met Anna, Dalton and their pup, Pyro at Pleasure House Point for their engagement session. The day couldn't have been any more perfect for several reasons: the light was just gorgeous, the weather was a perfect 78 degrees with a cool breeze, the water was warm, Anna and Dalton were as sweet as can be, they were down for an adventure and their pup was SOOO GOOD!! Pyro was AMAZING! Many times during our session he would sit by my foot while I photographed his parents. Just so incredibly warm and sweet. 

Anna and I chatted a ton before their session which was great because not only did I feel like I already knew her when I saw her in person but we were able to really put together a session that captured everything she wanted ~ ROMANCE + ADVENTURE.

Our session began in the most amazing golden light and ended with them doing what they love to do most: hangout, share some beers, hiking and camping!

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.

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. 

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!