Military Family Photography
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Military family photography is an important event in every military family’s life. Photographing military families is something that we are proud to be a part of.
Being in the military at one time in my life I realize how important military family photography is. Some various times that a military family will have us photograph their family portraits is before deployment, after deployment and when making a new rank.
Another great opportunity for military family photography is at military homecomings. At that time families are gathered together for this huge patriotic celebration.
Meet the Critides family. They came to us to have their military family portraits taken on the cusp of Carl making rank and prepping for a long deployment.
We love when the family prepares for their portrait session by wearing their dress uniform and also bring a secondary outfit.
We began their photography session at our studio. We love using our giant American flag as a backdrop for our military family photography. If you would like to view our studio, you can view it here.
Then we moved on to creating a unique family portrait by keeping the sailor front and center with the family holding him closely. Using the white background keeps the image simple and bold at the same time.
After photographing in the studio, we traveled to the beach for a few beach portraits at sunset. Sunset is the best time to photograph at the beach because of the warm soft light.
When photographing families, we always include a few special pictures of the siblings alone and together. A few shots of mom and dad together will always be a photograph that is cherished.
We always keep our photo shoots fun by capturing candid moments of the family having fun enjoying their time together.
If you would like to view more of our family portraits check out our portfolio.
If you are ready to schedule your family portraits or military family portraits, please contact us today!
Newborn Portraits in Our Norfolk Studio
Meet sweet Ashton. How can you not adore newborn portraits? Oh, how I wish we had come into the photography industry when our children were babies. To be able to capture moments like these are priceless. Newborn portraits take patience and time. The atmosphere needs to be just right for these little guys. A little white noise, a little heater, lots of soft things like blankets, wraps and hats and lots of love make the photo session perfectly peaceful.
Sweet baby Ashton was the model client. With the right balance of the atmosphere and some rocking, it was time to photograph him. We have photographed his family for years and enjoyed seeing this new addition.
Do you see his sister? We photographed her mommy and daddy their entire pregnancy and then photographed her at just 5 days old! I feel like I’m an important part of my clients lives and that’s a wonderful compliment!
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You may have noticed from our portfolio, that we photograph clients throughout their lives. From newborns, to graduations, weddings and anniversaries. We’re photographers for your life. Learn more about our services.
Family Photography Session
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Family photography sessions are always fun and rewarding. Being in such a beautiful area, as Norfolk, Virginia is such a picturesque setting for any outdoor portrait sessions.
With a great mix of beaches, beautiful landscapes and history, it really is second to none.
Heading out to the park with any couple and their dog is always an exciting adventure. People enjoy bringing their pets along to their session because they are a part of their family! Not only do with love that, we encourage it! Photographing pets can be challenging, but in this case, it was a breeze. See more of our pet portfolio here.
Locations like the Pagoda Gardens in Norfolk is just perfect. With the beautiful landscaping and being positioned on the River, you can’t go wrong. Having your portraits done in the fall is always stunning with the changing of the colors of the leaves.
Our favorite part of portraits at the Pagoda Gardens is the river view. Photographing at sunset always brings great portraits. Lighting can be tricky at sunset, however, with the right lighting your sunset photography will be a success every time!
Have you had family portraits done recently? If not….it’s time. Contact us today to schedule your family photography session.
Outdoor Maternity Portraits
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Outdoor maternity portraits are always beautiful. Especially when we are photographing in a destination like San Francisco.
This couple is currently living in San Francisco and hired us to be their destination portrait photographer. They have follow our work for some time and knew that they wanted us to be their maternity portrait photographer.
We were excited to be photographing in San Francisco and though we looked up many landmarks, it was great that they could direct us to some wonderful photographic backdrops.
With outdoor maternity portraits, as well as any on location photography, it is good to know your surroundings and select unique backgrounds to make your pictures pop! Also, when photographing in a city like San Francisco, incorporating iconic areas will bring interests to your portraits.
We started this photography portrait session on the stairs of city hall. We made sure that the location was identifiable so we framed the picture incorporating the wall lamps that are seen through out downtown San Francisco.
Using a variety of lens choices from a zoom lens to a wide angles lens, helps us create a different perspective without moving the couple to far. Keeping your movement to a minimum is especially important to remember with your outdoor maternity portrait sessions.
In this photograph we framed our subject in this large door. In order to capture the height of this oversized doorway, we choose to photograph this our a wide angle lens.
Golden Gate Bridge Portraits
Our last stop for our outdoor maternity session was the beach. No portrait session in San Francisco would be complete without incorporating, or trying to incorporate the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a very foggy day, but if you look closely you will see it!
Are you expecting and would like unique maternity portraits or an outdoor maternity session? If so, contact us.
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Family portraits at the Hermitage Museum provides a multitude of options for posing and backgrounds. The backgrounds that the Hermitage provides is varied.
The brick facades of this historic museum give a classic feel to your family portrait session.
The gardens surrounding the Hermitage are immaculate and you can always find something in bloom.
Being located along the Elizabeth River the panoramic view is a one of a kind photograph that only Norfolk can provide.
Capturing a few candid shots of your unique family portraits is easy at the Hermitage since there many areas to explore and discover.
Using this beautiful archway we framed their family portrait perfectly. The wisteria vines add fresh natural background element to their portrait. Including natural elements in your background is essential to creating a beautiful family portraits.
We love incorporating just the children in fun and unique ways. In these family photos, having the boys lay together on the ground not only created a unique family picture, but also helps calm fidgety boys.
Sunset portraits at the Hermitage Museum is something that should be a part of everyone’s family pictures. With the breathtaking views of the river and the gorgeous light from sunset with create an amazing portrait.
Using dramatic off camera lighting allows us to show the sky with it’s beautiful clouds, color and rays of sun. If you would like to learn more about our dramatic lighting you may like this product.
We recommend that family have their portraits taken at least annually. As your children grow and life changes it is important to capture those moments.
This family comes to us every year. From their family session, we are able to create for them custom Christmas cards. Wouldn’t it be neat to have your beautiful family portraits on unique Christmas cards?
If you would like to view more of our family portraits please view our portfolio.
Contact us today to schedule your unique family portrait session.
Would you like us to photograph your family, please contact us!
Military Family Portraits – Family Photographer
We love our military town and we love taking military portraits. Nothing makes us more proud then to photograph a service man or woman wearing the great uniform of the United States.
For military pictures we like to use our oversized American Flag as a background. Using this background with our studio lighting created a beautiful portrait.
We also took the children’s portraits. The kids loved having their pictures taken and daddy loves having beautiful pictures of the kids!
Are you interested in learning more about family portraits? Check out our portfolio.
Contact us today to have us photograph your military pictures.
Trash the Dress
Who wants to trash their dress? Well that may sound shocking at first, but when you consider the images that will get from the session, you may reconsider.
Trash the dress is a trend that is happening that gives brides an excuse to wear their wedding gowns for a second time. The result is amazing wedding photos. On a wedding day we can’t have a bride in urban settings in the ocean, however we can for this session.
It is a new wedding style photography session that creates a contrasting image. An elegant bride in the city streets, abandoned buildings or in the water. This contrasting image is generally breathtaking and captures everyone’s eye.
Mario and Meredith did their Trash the Dress session on their one year anniversary.
Urban Trash the Dress Portraits
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We started their portrait session in downtown. We wanted to incorporate the texture of the old brick and texture of our historic area.
Having the lightrail in downtown, we decided to include it in a photograph. By using the technique of dragging the shutter we were able to create a unique picture. By using this technique we are able to blur the moving object while freezing the bride and groom in the frame.
Beach Trash the Dress Pictures
At sunset we headed to the beach to finish our session. We always shoot our beach portraits at sunset allowing us to have great light. We knew that this would definitely be the last stop for photos because Meredith wanted to get in the ocean in her wedding gown.
Before getting in the water we like to utilize the other areas of the beach. Using the sand dunes and the jettys we get a variety of looks in a small area.
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What a beautiful sunset we had. The colors in the sky were amazing. By using the off camera lighting technique, we are able to create dramatic portraits.
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Do you want to create dramatic lighting? We may be able to help!
What do you think? Are you ready to Trash your Dress? Contact us today for more information.
By the way, Mario and Meredith are pregnant. Next up will be newborn portraits!
If you like our family portraits and would like your own family photographed, contact us!
Beach Family Portraits
With the summer approaching this is a great time to schedule your beach family portraits. Contact us today for more information.
The Nikkel family decided to combine two portrait sessions into one. It was time for Matt’s senior portraits The family decided it was a great time to have family portraits taken as well. It is generally when a family has a child that will be graduating they realize the importance of family portraits.
You may want to learn more about our senior portraits.
The last time the family had portraits taken was many years ago. They had previously had their portraits taken on the beach. They love the beach so decided their photos there again.
If you are interested in scheduling your beach portraits, contact us today.
You can view more of our family portraits here.
If you would like us to photograph your child or family, please contact us!
Noelle | 6 Month Portrait
Noelle’s family has a baby plan with our studio. Having a baby plan allows family to have professional portraits taken every 3 months. We begin our baby plans at the newborn session. They continue through the first year of the child’s life. View our newborn portfolio.
Do you have a baby and would like to learn more about our baby plans? Contact us today!
6 Month Old Portraits
Meet sweet Noelle. She was at our studio for her 6 month portrait session. Noelle’s family loves to document their family through portraits. They purchased a baby plan with us. A baby plan documents your baby for the first year of their life. The first year of your child’s life there are so many changes that happen. What better way to document those changes then with beautiful photos.
Meet sweet Noelle. Today she had a special blue and white dress for her special 6 month portraits. With babies we have to work quickly since their attention span is very short. We have have to have our sets prepared and ready to go when our clients walk in.
We started photographing Noelle in the studio. We were able to capture some special portraits for this half year birthday girl.
Having our studio is great when photographing children. For Noelle we did her newborn and three month portraits in our studio. For her 6 month portraits we wanted to mix it up a bit.
The weather was beautiful so we were able to take Noelle to the outdoor areas of our studio. We were able to capture this precious photo of her in the grass.
The last picture that we captured was with her mom and dad. Though Noelle couldn’t walk yet, we still wanted to try a walking picture. We love to create this type of photo at all of our 6 month old portrait session. It creates such a cute portrait. We pose the child between mom and dad. Though they can’t walk, with the support of mom and dad it appears she is walking. It is also great to end a portrait session with because the child thinks it’s fun!
Happy half birthday Noelle!
If would would like to view more of our children’s portraits view our portfolio.
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Beach family portraits are popular in Virginia because we are surrounded by beautiful beaches. The Critides family decided to have their annual family portraits at the beach at sunset.
Here is their family beach session.
Newborn portraits are exhausting but always rewarding. Working with newborns can be some of the most creative and memorable pictures that a family has to enjoy for a lifetime. Rylee came into this world as a gift to Caroline. Snuggly and beautiful, Rylee’s newborn portraits will be cherished forever.
Bat Mitvah’s and Bar Mitvah’s are tons of fun to photograph. Not only is it a huge celebration, but they are always such a fun theme. Go with me on a journey to the Virginia Living Museum. You are surrounded by life sized cut outs of One Direction, a room full of ice cream cones and real ice cream and cones from the historic Doumars.
Here are a few highlights from Rachel’s Bat Mitzvah.