O'Donnell Wedding

This has definitely taken far longer than I had anticipated, but I am really glad to finally be able to post a blog about this wedding!  I feel most comfortable with natural light so when I found out that this wedding was going to be taken place outdoors I was really excited about it!   

I second shot this wedding with Ashley of Ashley Wiktorek Photography on a pretty warm Sunday in September.  I had the opportunity to meet the Bride and Groom, Ryan and Emily the night before the wedding.  They were very relaxed and you could tell first hand that they loved each other! I knew the wedding was going to be a blast! 

Like always, I want to get started with some of the details!

Emily had a really beautiful dress.  I've never gotten detail shots of a wedding dress before, so I was really glad to have gotten these!  



Simplicity was definitely a strong suit for their wedding! They decorated with Mason Jars and flowers! It looked amazing! 



I absolutely LOVED how they had a carnival themed wedding. They had corn hole and cotton candy! How does that not scream fun?


Here are few of my favorites from the Bride and Bridesmaids getting ready! 



Emily's nephew was about a few months old at the time of the wedding! He was so peaceful! ImageImageImageImageImageImage


Here are a few of my favorites from when Emily revealed herself to her father! It was very sweet! Their relationship is precious!ImageImageImageImageImage


I also loved Ryan and Emily's first looks! I just love how their excitement shows through these!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

The bridal party was a very goofy bunch! You could tell that they all enjoyed being around each other! 




Then of course there was the ceremony and the reception! This was definitely my favorite part (I mean, why wouldn't the wedding ceremony be your favorite part?)




The first dance was amazing! I feel as though the shots that I got from here were my favorites from the whole wedding! It was definitely hard to choose which ones I wanted to put here, so I practically included all of my edited ones!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage


I really liked the concept of doing the Father/Daughter Dance and the Mother/Son dance at the same time.  I feel as though it brought a lot of unity to both families! They danced to Ben King's "Stand By Me"  ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage


I had a blast shooting this wedding! I wish Ryan and Emily the best! 

Taylor Wedding

I am happy to finally be able to post these! I second shot with Ashley Wiktorek of Ashley Wiktorek Photography for Drew and Nikki Taylor's Wedding late this Summer.  Ashley and I were on the same hall during my Sophomore year at Liberty. She needed a second shooter and I was definitely all aboard with helping her out!  I was really excited about having the opportunity to learn so much and definitely did!  The day was fantastic!

Here are some of my favorite shots from the Taylor's wedding.   I want to always start with the details! I feel as though its the little things mean the most on a day like this!


One thing I absolutely loved about the details of this wedding was how she integrated her favorite color: Green

with other coordinations of black and white.  Since I am biased to the use of Black and White (especially with my editing),  I really liked capturing those details!



After this wedding, I realized how much I like first looks.  I believe that I will actually want to do the same for my wedding.  I believe that it helps save a LOT of time.  Here are a few of my favorites!ImageImageImage

Nikki had a BEAUTIFUL dress! I managed to help Ashley in getting a different angle of her bridal session before the ceremony.Image

Here are a few of my favorites from the ceremony. ImageImageImageImageImage

After the ceremony, we went back to where they shot their first looks and grabbed a few post wedding portraits.  I really loved how these turned out. ImageImageImageImageImage

Here are a few additional favorites from the reception!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Congratulations Nikki and Drew!

You can check out the Facebook Post here:

Taylor Wedding Sneak Peak

I had the opportunity to be a second shooter for the Taylor's Wedding!  Finally got them all edited and just wanted to give you all a sneak peak!Image

Abishek & Chhaya Engagement

Well, A couple of weeks ago, I got a random call from Abishek's father asking if I would be able to do a engagement shoot the following day.  I was free to do it so I definitely took on the opportunity! It was quite the challenge because I clearly have not met this couple before we even shot.  So it took some time to figure out exactly how they were.  What was good was that they already had some ideas in mind.

We did majority of this session at Maymont Park.  I personally love Maymont park for shoots (well, if there aren't a lot of people there.)

This was definitely a learning experience as I realized more and more how I could benefit from buying another lens.  One day Quayla, one day.   Anyways, here are some of my favorites =)



What I loved the most about Abishek and Chhaya was their culture.  After about a half hour, they both went and changed into their Indian clothing.  To be honest, I feel as though these shots were my favorite from the whole entire shootImageImage

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Image IMG_4369-2IMG_4505IMG_4599Then we spent about 10 or 15 minutes at Capitol Square.  I fell in love with Capitol Square when I did a shoot there for my sister's senior pictures.  I actually fell in love with it so much, that I am hesitant with the shoots that I do there. ImageImageImage

It was great to get to know Abishek and Chhaya!

I wish them all the best!



Stephens' Richmond, VA Wedding

Well, here it is! After spending a week of going through 1,600 pictures, I have finished editing the Stephens' Wedding. This was the second wedding that I have shot, but the first one with my Canon. Needless to say, I was really excited to have the opportunity to help out and get some pretty nice shots as well as learn so many new aspects that I can definitely use in the future!

Mandela and Eugena had a beautiful wedding and I must say that it was pretty fun to shoot.

Everyone that was apart of their big day had a very warm and inviting personality.  I took the photo journalistic approach when it came to shooting.  I really enjoy capturing those moments of natural excitement and joy.
I would like to say that I took these series of pictures to figure out my editing style a little more.  I played around with a lot of different things depending on the quality of the image itself. I'm already pretty biased to using black and white, but I was able to get some really nice color ones as well.
First, I started by capturing a lot of the details. Details are really important. To be honest, I feel as though shooting and editing the details were probably my favorite part.



Then of course there was the pre-wedding preparations!  I managed to run back and forth between the bride's prep room to the groomsmen before the ceremony.




While the guys were waiting for the ceremony, I took them outside for some group shots. Here are some of my favoritesImageImage

This one was definitely my favoriteImageImage

Mandela Jr. was definitely a happy baby! (you would see a few more of him a few pictures up)Image

Then there was the ceremony.  It was very nice and very quick.  I remember spending pretty much all of it running around trying to get as much as a could.  I'm definitely glad that I managed to get these ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageThe reception was definitely the moment where you were able to see how everyone got along and truly loved each other as a family.

I definitely laughed when the Bridal party came out with the Harlem shake ImageThe first dance was also amazing.ImageImageImage

Then of course there was the Father/Daughter-Mother/Son dance.ImageImage

If you didn't notice already, Eugena changed into a really nice dress. She also surprised Mandela by singing for him. ImageImageImageImageThen you can't forget the cutting of the cake ImageImageImage

And you can't forget a picture of them with Mandela Jr.