Archive for 'portraits'

Posted on Jun 21, 2013

As you might expect, since it’s June in Richmond, we’re in the thick of another busy wedding season.  You know Lindsay and I love everything about the wedding day and the events that lead up to it, but sometimes you do like a little bit of something unexpected.  When Mike called me up to say that he wanted me to be there when he popped the question to Emily, I was thrilled.  I’ve done this a few times before (I want more!!!) and there’s nothing quite like the thrill of his anxiety, followed by her elation, all wrapped up in one of the tenderest moments you’ll see between two people.   Mike could not stop smiling nor could Emily stop crying for a very long time.

Now, the funny part of this for me is the acting that Mike and I had to do to set it all up.  There were several phone calls, a studio meeting, and then of course the cat and mouse game on the big day as I stayed close, but not too close.  Mike was making sure he was giving all the right signs without giving away the game.  While I was playing “random duck photographer” he was playing Mr. “this is just a normal date in Byrd Park”.  So, I threw in a photograph of my “work” at the beginning.  Several duck photographs and what looked like a very cute conversation between them, he stood up and went to one knee.  Perfect.

Congratulations to you both, Mike and Emily.  Thank you for letting me be a witness to the beginning of a pretty special journey.  Enjoy!


Posted on Dec 20, 2012

Their wedding images are almost ready so I thought it was a good time to share the lovely Corey Sweeney nee Erickson (congrats again, you two) and her bridal session.  She chose her reception venue, the always elegant Jefferson Hotel, for half of the day and the lovely English gardens of the Virginia House as the other.  We love the way her gorgeous Eve of Milady dress fits each backdrop so gracefully.  Enjoy and we’ll have the wedding day on display very soon.  Until then, get ready for exciting news about Don Mears Photography in the next blog post!


Posted on Dec 19, 2012

Sometimes finding the perfect spot for an engagement session is a bit like a little word association game.  I say “Richmond” and you say “historic”.  I say “fun” and you say “water”.  Of course, your answers certainly vary but when we went through all the things that Kate and Ulf were thinking I got the following:  classic Richmond, water, our dog, Tredegar.  So, what are we to do?  Starting at the studio, down we went to some of the best parts of this wonderful city walking along the canal, traipsing through Shockoe Bottom, and ending up at their eventual ceremony site, the Tredegar museum.  Having only chatted with them over the phone, I was so thrilled to find out that no only were they fun and relaxing to talk with, but they were perfect subjects.   Thank you Kate and Ulf for making a job I already love that much easier.  Enjoy!


Posted on Nov 05, 2012

Now, Laura has long been an Owen now and it’s been almost a year since their wedding.  The story of the bridal portrait goes back even further, however, and I’m so glad that we remembered to bring this one up to see the light of day.  We first spoke with Laura over two years ago as she was planning a fast-track wedding before Keegan was resettled in the West for his Air Force training.  Well, things happened here and there, wedding dates changed back and forth, and we simply never got around to sharing this lovely fall bridal portrait at a family farm in Midlothian.  An early happy anniversary is in order for these two and here’s a beautiful bride and her first of two wedding dresses (a different story entirely!).



Posted on Mar 04, 2012

Thank you to Jane and Andrew for enjoying with me what turned out to be  an amazing February day.  Yes, I miss all the beautiful white snow that we had last year, but you can’t argue with being able to run around Belle Isle for an engagement shoot at a time when we should be huddled indoors by a fire.  With their dog, Duke, we made the most of the temps and all the variety that the historic river island has to offer.  As a little bonus, we headed over to the the University of Richmond for a little more fun at the International Center.  Enjoy!

Posted on Feb 28, 2012

While we had a full session scheduled for the day, the weather had other plans.  But, Katie and Adam were willing to go on a short little adventure to take advantage of what may be the only snow we see until next winter.  We’ll be posting the follow-up session soon enough and can’t wait to work with these two again (and little Cody).  Enjoy a little cold-weather imagination and have a great week!


Posted on Dec 16, 2011

Not only did we have a fantastic time in Dee’s hometown,  but their lovely Warrenton engagement session was picked up by The Washingtonian and they’re getting married tomorrow!  Not bad at all.  Enjoy the link, their slideshow, and have a wonderful weekend!

Posted on Dec 13, 2011

It’s always wonderful to hear from and see our past brides and grooms, regardless of the reason.  I do have to say that sharing time with them as they start their life as parents is particularly special.  We photographed Angelica’s and Mike’s wedding a few years ago and were thrilled to hear from them again and hear the news that they were expecting.  Thanks to you both for two wonderful sessions and we look forward to watching Victor grow.  Enjoy!

Posted on Sep 19, 2011

Sabina and Cliff contacted us a while ago to say they were looking for a special session, something they could bring back to their families in Macau, China where they plan to get married later this year.  Well, we were more than happy to help them in that cause.  I love how they simply melted in to a very intimate couple in front of my lens and the combination of their formal attire and two very classic Richmond locations.  Thank you, you two.  May you travel safely and hope these images bring joy to your families.  Enjoy.

Posted on Sep 17, 2011
Posted in portraits, seniors

So here’s just a little sample of our senior portrait session with Amanda and all the fun we had in and around the city.  Amanda, you are one stunning and remarkable young woman.  Thank you for spending some time with us and we can’t wait to show you the rest!