Sunset Anniversary Beach Session | Anne + Johnny | Virginia Beach Oceanfront | Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer

Know what I love more than seeing you on your wedding day? Getting the honor to see you time and time after the big day! I photographed Anne and Johnny’s wedding last year at the Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club, photographed their family last summer and this past week got to photograph them for their anniversary. EEEE!! It makes me SO SO SO happy to be a part of capturing Anne and Johnny’s milestones.

Before their wedding day, Anne told me presence meant more than portraits to her. On the wedding day instead of blocking off time for couples portraits, Anne and Johnny joined their friends and family for cocktail hour. This anniversary session was the perfect way to photograph them, together, married. Anne wore her wedding gown, made herself a bouquet and Johnny rocked some of his suit. This time they were joined by their newest family member, Carl.

The weather, evening and getting to hang out with this sweet couple was perfection. I’d love to see more anniversary sessions happening. What a sweet way to celebrate together!! Grab the champagne and let’s run on the beach!

Angela + Jason | Richmond Engagement Session | Richmond Canal Walk

These two are getting married this fall in Norfolk, Virginia and I am SO stoked. After meeting Angela, her and I began discovering that we are pretty much internet twins, soul sisters, you know the same person; same house slippers and all. So, yes, I was so excited to finally meet her and Jason in person. We started the session at the Richmond Canal Walk mural gallery and just adventured together until the sun set.

Shout out to the avocado tent for taking us to the next scene.

All smiles and giggles before we discovered a tragedy under Jason’s shoe.

Being around Angela and Jason, their friendship was undeniable. They loved to joke and their was a level of comfort that made it so easy to want to be their best friend. I wanted to make sure that I captured that in their engagement session

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.

Mr. + Mrs. Flavin | Country Villa Inn | Virginia Beach, Va. | Virginia Beach Wedding

Art Museum Wedding | Mr. + Mrs. Dorswitt | Virginia MOCA | Virginia Beach, Va.

Susan and Kenneth had 25 of their closest family and friends gather at MOCA to celebrate them getting married.  Susan wanted her day documented in a way that captured love and family most.  They had their ceremony at the art museum and following it was a small gathering at their residence. The ceremony was officiated by Susan's brother in a simple, sweet and untraditional way. 

Virginia MOCA was chosen as their place for ceremony because of their love for art and music.  The museum was simple yet so beautiful. After the ceremony, Kenneth, Susan and I strolled around the exhibits for pictures and we couldn't help but stop and admire every painting. I myself am a fan of modern-contemporary art and often enjoy viewing art with my husband so this was just a perfect day! 

Family Session | Mentoring Session | Fort Pierce, FL.

For spring break I packed up my family and we road tripped a long way south to Fort Pierce, Florida!  It wasn't just any ole trip!  I went to be mentored by my photography inspiration and idol, Twyla Jones.  I still can't believe that it happened and that she was just as amazing in person as she is with her online presence.  Finding a mentor was so important to me to continue my growth and education to better serve my clients.  This mentorship didn't disappoint and I can't help but feel so inspired and grateful for the experience.

On day two of my mentorship, Twyla arranged a gorgeous family session at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park.  She had the sweetest family model for us and provided some amazing outfits.  It took place at golden hour and didn't end until the park closed.  Following our session we all went out, model family and all, for a sushi feast.  I'm still on cloud nine from my trip and looking at these photos, I'm sure you'll understand why. 

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