Couples, Photography

Rochelle + Jon = 1 Year Together

Rochelle and Jon are celebrating their first year as a couple and I think that is just wonderful. I am one who loves to celebrate life’s every milestone and am happy that they chose me to capture this part of their journey.

This was Jon’s first time in front of the camera as part of a couple and he did awesome, even though he wasn’t sure what to expect. Incorporating his love of the VA Tech Hokie football team with the throw made for him, his VT football and Rochelle in her jersey was so cute.

When I asked them to dance for some photos, I discovered that this was their first time dancing together. They did great so I am sure it won’t be the last time!

The story board that Rochelle made with the highlights of their year together is perfect and ends with “the best is yet to come”. I am looking forward to seeing what is in store for this sweet couple in the future! ♥


Couples, Photography, Wedding Photography, Weddings

Mid-Century Modern Wedding Inspiration

Melissa Baskette and her husband, Bill, owners of Piney Rose Designs Vintage Rentals, hosted this mid-century modern wedding styled session. Her description of the event had me at first reading: “A fun mid century modern styled session, model wearing a gorgeous vintage 60s wedding dress. Styled stations will be set up. Think vintage trailer camper and lawn flamingos in front! Colors are coral pink, teal blue, and metallic gold.” I had to be a part of this shoot!

If our models look convincing, it’s because they were engaged and this shoot was the perfect opportunity for them to practice for their own wedding day, which was only weeks away.  (As of this writing, they are now happily married!) The bride was perfectly styled in her vintage gown with expertly coiffed hair and makeup. The groom brought his own 60s vibe with white shirt, dark suit and dark rimmed glasses.

Several photographers showed up to take advantage of this wonderful event. We have all shared our photos and one of them has even been published. Seeing how each of us interpret the same setting is a bonus of photographing together at a styled shoot. I personally enjoy standing back and taking it all in, using the session to learn more about posing couples during a wedding.

I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I enjoyed shooting them! ♥

Venue, Styling and Rental Pieces: Piney Rose Designs Vintage Rentals
Additional Rental Pieces: West Main Antiques and Variety Shop
Hair Stylist: Monique Short-Silva
Make-Up Artist: Hello Beautiful – Esthetics
Cakes: Wedding Cakes by MeMe (
Florals & Veil: Paula Markel