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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.




I love

being creative at weddings, looking around for different ways to shoot,  grouping details for fun compositions, but in realty weddings days happen so fast that it’s sometimes hard to let your creativity flourish unless you have a VERY generous timeline, or couples do first looks allowing you time to be creative.  So in the off season in addition to working on my business and planning for the next season and booking weddings sometimes I have time to let my imagination run wild and shoot for myself and for fun.

I had a cloak made after using another photographers actual wedding cloak for a shoot last year…and I decided I needed one of my own.  So my awesomely talented seamstress and family friend Bonnie made this for me this past summer and this is the first time I have been able to get it out to play.

We don’t often have snow in Coastal Va, much less Hampton Roads, but about once every 5 to 6 years we get whoppers….last year was amazing, and I hope we get that again, but just incase we don’t I was able to envision and create my own little winter wonderland yesterday.  Finding the perfect location for this shoot was half of the vision.  I think we nailed it.  So magical.

Meet Kyndall,  She is a local hair stylist , worship leader at Genesis Church, wife to Jordan and soon to be mommy of their first baby boy Tucker…. I asked her to model my new cloak for me ….and she went along with the long walk into the woods and all of my silly directions so that we could create some “into the woods”  images.  I think we hit all 4 seasons on our way into the woods, because it was an unseasonably warm winter day when we started, and by the time we reached our distention it was cold and snowy 😉  Then it ended up being hotter than the 4th of July.

The light and warmth of the sun was so magical in this spot we had to stop on our hike….for a quick peaceful moment.


Into The Woods


The Crystal Forrest


All of God’s Creatures


Give Thanks


See I told you… hotter than the 4th of July!  Can you believe she is almost 9 months pregnant?

I wish I had looked half that good with either of my pregnancies!

Many Thanks Kyndall!  You’re a true beauty!


  • Fotograf Gdansk - January 7, 2015 - 7:16 AM

    I love these fairy-tale photos. Pretty amazing, creative shoot. I’m impressed! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • mgillikin - January 7, 2015 - 12:03 PM

      Thank you! It was a fun shoot…we had a good time!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - January 24, 2015 - 9:30 AM

    Wow you did a fantastic job on this session and what a perfect day for the photos..everything is just perfect!! You do amazing work. I haven’t seen your work in a while but when I do I see nothing but pure beauty!!! You cannot get a better photographer that I know of..ReplyCancel

    • mgillikin - January 24, 2015 - 10:42 AM

      Thank you Mary! You’ve made my day.ReplyCancel