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We take photos of Amelia in her momma’s wedding dress every year.  We started this on her first birthday so this is our third year doing this for her.  It will be a wonderful thing to see the progression over the years.  We normally do this around her birthday but I was so busy with weddings and sessions this year ( A GREAT THING!) that I just didn’t have time so between making goodies today and nap time we snuck it in and used my Christmas decor as the backdrop this year!  Mommy

You look like a little angel right here…. <3

A little magic at Christmas never hurts.

This photo…LOL.

Amelia day I hope you read this blog and know how much I love you and adore you.  Today you said “Mia I look like a princess” and you sure did…piggy tails and all!  One day you will wear this for real I hope and I hope to be there to take one last photo of you in this dress before you walk down the aisle to your prince charming.




As a VA Wedding and Portrait photographer I am always capturing moments for others so they can have a legacy to share for I know the importance of capturing moments..I love getting photos of brides with her grandparents…it’s so special to have them at their wedding because not all  brides and grooms are as lucky…

I never knew or understood the joy that could come with a grandchild….until I had one of my own, and with every generation it gets sweeter so my mom and mother in law tell me.

Paula and I make every effort to see that Amelia has a very special relationship with not only us but  her great grandparents too.  Paula takes her almost weekly to see her great grandparents that live in Kempsville and FaceTime’s her great grandparents in SC so they can see her grow.

My father in law has a special fondness of this little girl, he’s so smitten with her that my mother in law says “he’s a fool for her.”…and I love that, I love that she gets to spend time with him and gets to know this rough sea weathered yet gentle man.  He buys her chicken nuggets, plays her music on his guitar and banjo and reads to her, so when he has to miss her visit because of having to get car work done…he brings her chicken nuggets to my house just to spend time with her….it is a true joy to watch them because…..

My dad passed away before I was 19 years old.   He passed before I was ever married, so sadly my children never even got to know him, they were not able to hold his hand or call him paw paw Jack or go fishing with him.  He was a wonderful man so young at heart and full of life.  A hard working blue collar man that loved and provided for his family until he became sick.  All I have are a few small belongings of his, a few photos of him to share with my kids and Amelia and a single piece of furniture that he had his photo taken on as a little boy.

This stool…its a simple piece of family history.  It’s been in my family now since 1930 something….when my dad was little.  I found it in my grandmothers belongings along with a photo of my dad as a young boy sitting on it.  I have had it for years…just sitting there untouched until one day I realized that I can share stories of him and show her photos of him so she can know who he was, and take a photo with him!  Although she knows he’s in heaven she can still know the man I called daddy.  So I repainted and recovered the stool so it could be used while she was here at my house and one day possibly pass along to her….The day I took these photos was one of those days that Papa lovingly  brought her chicken nuggets because he missed her visit the day before.  I think its so special that on the very day I was introducing her to her Paw Paw Jack…her Papa came in with a bag of chicken nuggets and a smile…

They sat at the table, ate lunch and talked…just talked about everything, her visit to the zoo, her hair how cute it was, just about anything 2 year old with her imagination could talk about….and that is a lot because she has the sharpest imagination I have ever seen and the best vocabulary for a 2 year old.  She can literally carry on a conversation with you and loves to “talk about tings”

So I sat back with tears in my eyes as I listened to them talk, play and I quickly grabbed my camera again  because this was a moment that needed to be captured and preserved.  I try to take as many photos of Amelia with her great grandparents, because they are all in their 80’s and I want to make sure she remembers them years from now and know how luckily she was to have them in her life, not something every child gets.

What a wonderful day this was and one that will not be soon forgotten….the day she spent time with both of her great grandpas.


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You are loved Amelia Grace, more than you know.

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The wonder of learning something new everyday….with touch, smell, sight, sound, taste. May we never lose the wonder of learning, growing and seeing ordinary things in a new way. Amelia is teaching me every day this truth.

Her smallest accomplishments of learning to say bye bye saying please, smelling a candle, dancing to music are so precious and full of excitement of accomplishment with smiles and applauds.

I think one of God’s reasons for continuing to bring new life into the world through babies is an attempt to continue to teach us these small truths through the lives of these little wonders….because we grow up and take them for granted…so he reminds us anew through the eyes of a child.



It’s hard to believe that in a few short weeks..this little one that I love so much will be a year old.  It’s been a a QUICK year.

Not sure how or where time went.

I never thought of myself as a child photographer, that was until Amelia Grace was born.

Once she started getting older and started developing her personality, it’s been so fun to photograph her.

I think I really like photographing children but that’s easy to say when it’s Amelia  because she knows and loves me and my camera.

 When it comes to photographing other children…it all depends on how they react to strangers and how quickly I can warm up to them or them to me,

as well as their temperament. But I love trying…and playing with them.

We took Amelia out to a small farm in Suffolk…where we played in pumpkins, cotton, buckets of corn, cornfields,  pumpkins and a pig named Carl.

The cotton fields they had around were smushed and pounded into the ground by the dozens of preschoolers that visit the farm

So as we left I said a little prayer..Lord, I really would love to photographer Amelia in a pretty cotton field if you could point us in the right direction…

And within seconds He answered the simple prayer of an ernest Mia.  and Wa-La. There was the prettiest cotton field that had not been harvested yet.

Complete with a perfect little area for us to pull off park and photograph her.  It was the best shots of the day…funny how that works.

Amelia Grace…one day when you read these blogs and see the photos I hope you have good memories of our adventures.

I love you.

Love Mia.


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Oh..Mia. You crack me up.  🙂  This is her peek-a-boo face.

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My two babies…I love them so!  Wet sloppy baby kisses are the BEST!

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I have known Harper’s mommy Jessica since she was in middle school…she lived next door…some of you might remember her as this bride….in the cotton and sunflower field….from back in 2011.

She has been in a ton of my advertising for my wedding photography and also in past issues of The Wedding Planner Magazine of Hampton Roads advertising my wedding photography.

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She’s now a mommy of 3, two boys and FINALLY a girl….She told me she was going to keep trying until she had her a little girl….

..and now she’s has her precious little girl Harper.

With two older brothers who are equally as cute as a button Ryder and Crew…

…this little princess is sure to be spoiled and tough…

We travled to her grandmothers home out where Jessica and Cory got married near Windsor, VA and I could not have asked for a more picturesque location for a studio with so much natural light pouring through the windows…it was a dream location…one I hope to use again sometime….


I was in prop heaven…so much so that I only used what was there for her session.  Her grandma is a girl after my own heart…such rustic charm in her decor.

So let me introduce Miss Harper Grace-Marie.

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I think it’s safe to say that these boys will be awesome big brothers….

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This chair belonged to her late great grandmother who passed shortly before Harpers arrival…and also part of her name.. Grace-Marie.

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With two rowdy big brothers, this is likely to be a common sleeping position.

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Sleep tight for now little one….you are gonna need that beauty sleep keeping up with your big brothers.