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Virginia Lifestyle Portraits | Janine, Josh, & Cassidy

One of the greatest joys that comes from my job is getting to share in some of the biggest moments in peoples’ lives. Our clients let us into some of the most exciting milestones in their lives and that never stops being a privilege! It’s been a joy to see Janine and Josh go from being engaged to taking on married life and now parenthood! They are SO suited to their new roles as Mom and Dad! To see them dote and love on baby Cassidy was just the sweetest thing!

I really enjoy these kinds of in home portrait sessions for new parents! These photos are such wonderful memories of a time that’s going to fly by in the blink of an eye! I can’t tell you how much these sessions make me so excited for that time in my own life 🙂 Enjoy a few of my favorites from my time with Janine, Josh, and Cassidy!


Monthly Meeting – May

I have no idea how it’s not only MAY already but halfway through it! I say this every year, but this year seems to be flying by faster than normal, doesn’t it? It’s unreal how fast the time is going by, but I think that’s a good reminder to soak it all in and be intentional with our time!

Here’s how I did with my April goals:

Once a week pre-Blog a week’s worth of content a week in advance – Fail. Being really real here, I’ve definitely put the blog on the back burner behind client images and other things I have to work on every day. Sometimes it just isn’t my top priority anymore and that’s okay!

Finish planning and prepping (and HOST!) the very first Styled Experience – Complete! I can’t wait to share the images and a little more about how it all went!!

Finish reading “Everybody Writes” and blog about it. – I feel like this poor book will never get finished! I’m learning that the best way for me to get books in during this busy time of year is actually audiobooks…because I can actually actively listen while I work. Maybe I need to buy the audio book of this!!!

Stock photo day for blog and social media images – Yes! I could use another day for this though in the upcoming months.

Research a few new ideas for client gifts – In progress. I’ve found a couple ideas, but I’d like a few more.

Send my camera to be cleaned – Done. Nothing too exciting to share here!

Here are my May business goals:

  • Start pre-planning my Instagram content (can you believe I’ve never done this before??)
  • Clean up my Pinterest Boards
  • Research rechargeable flash batteries
  • Refresh website galleries with new images

Last month’s personal goal progress:

  • CLIMB THE ROPE…at the Spartan Race YESSS!!! I FINALLY DID IT! You can read about it on my personal blog if you’re interested!!
  • Schedule at least one date night/day with John where we don’t use our phones. So, we did have a date day, but we used our phones. Womp, womp. There’s always this month to try again though, right??
  • Read one novel for fun. While I was traveling, I read Big Little Lies (and then watched the HBO mini series when I got home!)
  • Stay healthy while traveling. Made it through last month’s trips without getting sick! Hallelujah!

May’s Personal Goals

  • Eat less refined and added sugars. I would love to cut back on sugar to see if it affects how much I crave it these days. I never craved sugar before, but lately, the more I eat, the more I realize how addictive it really is!
  • Limit screen time in the evenings.
  • Refrain from checking emails outside of “office hours”.
  • Celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary!

What I am excited for this month:

  • Weddings! This month is one of my favorite for weddings…not that I’m biased or anything;)
  • Our sixth wedding anniversary!
  • Warmer weather
  • Grilling season!

May is one of my favorite months, so I’m enjoying it while it’s here! Hope you all are enjoying this month so far too!


Pippin Hill Farm Wedding Photos | Mica + Conor

I’m so excited to be sharing this wedding with you all today!! Very early on  in my wedding photography career I second shot a wedding at Pippin Hill Farm and fell in love with it. I couldn’t wait to go back and photograph there again. John and I have been to Pippin Hill several times for wine tastings while we’re visiting Charlottesville and it never ceases to be beautiful! It’s the kind of place that photographs itself, that’s how easy it made my job!

In addition to the beautiful surroundings on Mica and Conor’s wedding day, they were also such a dream to work with! I loved all of the ways that they made their wedding day personal and special…like the round ceremony setup and that Mica gave her bouquet to the longest married couple rather than tossing it to one of her single friends! They also chose to have just a maid of honor and best man. Instead of having all of their friends as an official bridal party, the girls got ready with Mica and the guys got ready with Conor and it was so much more casual and relaxed than a typical day!

Enjoy a few of my favorites!! Be sure to scroll to the end to see a list of all of the vendors who made this day happen!

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Venue: Pippin Hill Farm// Planner: just a little ditty // Flowers: Photosynthesis Floral Design // Makeup: Rouge 9 Makeup // Hair: Top Knot Studio // Stationery: The Dandelion Patch // Bridal Gown: Fabulous Frocks // Farm tables: Stonegate Event Rentals // Band: the Adrian Duke Project // Pies: The Pie Chest 

Geting married at Pippin Hill Farm or in Charlottesville? We’re currently booking for Fall/winter 2017 and into 2018! Contact us to learn more.


Georgetown University Wedding Sneak Peeks

Wow, what a weekend! A part of me is still recovering from how hectic it was! I have a tendency to pack my schedule full and this weekend was jam packed with lots of goodness. We started on Saturday by photographing Mary and Simon’s wedding day at their alma mater, Georgetown University! It was such a perfect day planned out to the tee by Mary’s mom, Lisa!

Georgetown University Wedding Photos

Sunday morning we were up bright and early to photograph Heidi and Joe’s engagement session! We were treated to the most beautiful sunset…and Heidi and Joe brought us District Donuts as a sweet surprise! Also, how adorable are their dogs??

DC Engagement Photos

Our next stop was to Janine and Josh’s home in Maryland to photograph them with the new addition to their family…their daughter, Cassidy! I LOVE these type of lifestyle family sessions and had such a great time catching up with Janine and Josh!

Lifestyle Baby Photos in Maryland

Lastly, we met Sarah and Jason back in DC for their engagement session! It was fun to hear all about their wedding plans for their big day this Fall and spend some time exploring a part of the city I’ve never seen before!

Rock Creek Park Engagement photo black and white in Washington DC

While I still feel like I’m recovering from this busy weekend, I loved spending so much time with our clients and I’m excited to have lots of fun things to share on the blog this week, including Mica and Conor’s wedding and more!! If you’d like to keep up with us and see lots of behind the scenes stuff when we’re shooting busy weekends like this past one, be sure to follow along on Instagram, where I add lots of things like that to my story!!


First Landing State Park Engagement Photos

I loved spending a beautiful, summer-like evening with Renee and Jesse in Virginia Beach last weekend! Although they live in Richmond now, they used to live together right near the beach…literally in walking distance! They decided that since their wedding photos will be in their new home, RVA, they wanted their engagement photos to be at their old home at the beach!

We met at a park that they loved going to and walked around with their puppy, Snoop (and Renee’s mom, who was on Snoop patrol while we photographed without him!) and got to hear all about their wedding plans and a funny story about a hike that ended up being SUPER long and crazy. I loved how they interacted together and how much fun they made the session!

After the park, we spent a little bit of time at the beach! The weather had called for clouds, so I was thrilled to see the sun make it’s appearance!! Be sure to scroll to the end so you don’t miss the beach photos 🙂

Enjoy a few faves!!

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Cathy Sayne

All of your pictures are great. Y’all are a great couple. I can’t wait to get up to Richmond for the wedding.See ya soon.. Love Aunt Cathy