Category Archives: bridals

Valentine’s Day Engagement Special!!

I know a lot of you lovebirds will be getting engaged tomorrow and to help you celebrate I’m offering a slew of upgrades and good stuff through the end of February!  Contact me via email at or text/call 540-871-4035 (leave a message if I’m tied up!)  Setup a face to face meeting over coffee and I’ll give you all the juicy details on the deals!


(BTW the photo is for Turnback Tuesdays!  Aaron and Kelly had a beautiful wedding way back in 2010!)

Caroline & Joe’s wedding!

We were honored to be asked to photograph Caroline and Joe’s wedding at Wisteria Ridge!  We had a gorgeous fall day with a constant breeze up in the mountains of Callaway, VA.

Shanna Bush was there guiding the way, ensuring everything went smoothly!

Just a little teaser before the big reveal!

Kate’s Fashion Bridals

  Kate had worked with us a few years ago through Metropolished a local modeling agency.  We loved working with Kate!  She is so confident and beautiful, we wanted to work with her again.  Like so many of our clients we formed a friendship with Kate and kept in touch through the years.  After getting married on the other end of the state Kate asked us if we would do Fashion Bridals for her…

  Fashion Bridals are otherwise known as “Trash the Dress” sessions!  We immediately jumped at this and we all brainstormed some neat ideas and locations.  Now, you may be wondering how fashion bridals are any different from regular bridals, I mean, we don’t really trash the dress do we?

  No!  We just take a different direction than your typical bridal session, a little more edgy, the dress my get dirty (not trashed!), but you get to wear what is probably the most expensive, detailed, elegant dress you’ll ever own more than once!  And you’ll get some stunning images to show off forever!

  We started off with some natural-light images to warm up a bit, Kate took the role of Super-model and ran with it!IMG_0001Kate had such a beautiful gown!  We sat her here on the old stairs and wrapped her up mermaid style so you could see the beading/embroidery on the back…IMG_0036What a gorgeous smile!IMG_0055See, I told you the back was beautiful!IMG_0069The sun cooperated to give us an awesome sunset, and some great clouds!IMG_0097Grunge and glamour combine for Fashion Bridals…IMG_0106Had to get the shoes, I just had to…IMG_0118Clouds, thank you so much for your appearance!IMG_0133Kate, thank you for “bringing it!”  You are a Super-Duper Model!IMG_0134

Kelly’s Bridal Session

  Kelly and Aaron were married in June and we snuck in a last minute bridal session just a couple of weeks before her big day.  We had worked with Kelly before during her Engagement session (get to know you session around here!) and we knew she was not only gorgeous, but capable of some pretty, elegant looks, as well as some more sultry, vogue-ish ones!  We headed up to the site of the wedding to capture these at 3pm in June (from a photography standpoint it couldn’t have been worse, hot, sun almost directly overhead, hardly a breeze, but Kelly rocked in true super-model fashion!)
IMG_0024see, I told you she was gorgeous!  Then we opted for a little more drama and got this…IMG_0016…I pushed it a step further in the digital darkroom later and…  still beautiful and super-edgy!IMG_0016-2Elegant, beautiful, with eyes that draw you right in…IMG_0042A little more traditional now with the bouquet and a smile…IMG_0064The reception was being held at the barn so we made sure to utilize it in a couple…IMG_0074Even with the mid-summer sun beating down Kelly helped us nail this awesome image toward the end of the session…IMG_0100So fun, such a good sport to play with us in the heat, this might be one of my favorites from the session!  That dress came from hereIMG_0121We couldn’t pass up these french doors…  Thanks Kelly for being so super-modelly!IMG_0130
Angel popped in for a test shot while helping Kelly keep cool, two smashing women in one image!IMG_0073


  Sexy, sophisticated, tasteful, beautiful, sultry, sensual
Every man thinks of these terms when describing the one they love. Unfortunately, most women aren’t able to see themselves this way. We want to help you unveil your beauty by bringing out the most sexy part of you… your CONFIDENCE.

  Let us match up your inner confidence and your outer most beauty with your first boudoir session. We will start with some fashion oriented images to help you get comfortable and natural for the camera. Then, we will direct you through some poses that will have you and your man doing a double-take.  As a husband and wife team we have a balanced approach to your poses and expressions that add up to a great session!
  Lastly, we’ll help you select the perfect images for a private album for your partner to give as a special anniversary, valentine, or wedding day gift.  Not only will you have these images for a lifetime, you will also gain a sexiness and confidence that will outlast your photo session and carry into your relationship.
Book your session now!!
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  MaDonna and Kelly chose to book their sessions together, as best friends they had already been to get their nails done together, and decided to make it a girls day out…
This was their “tough girls” image!IMG_0129-2


  Motherhood is such a beautiful time in a woman’s life, bringing a new soul into the world, a growing family…  We love to capture this moment at it’s peak, around 8 months or so.  Stephanie came to the studio to start her shoot with her husband with some classic maternity images…IMG_0007IMG_0014Anthony stepped in and lent a masculine contrast to the images…IMG_0035a…working with these two was easy, loving looks and embraces were the order of the day.IMG_0041This one has a real ethereal feel to it…IMG_0047…and some dramatic lighting here to accent Stephanie’s pregnant form…IMG_0051A little belly dance attire for fun!IMG_0059One of our favorites….IMG_0066After the studio Stephanie wanted to head down to the river for some magical images…IMG_0105


Contact us regarding booking your session for maternity images now!

Holding out…

Yep, that’s right, I’ve been holding out on you…

Between meetings and shoots I’ve left you hangin’… Well let me see if I can fix that…

Early at the arboretum Shannon turned on that beautiful smile…
I'm getting married!!

then we headed on to a beautiful wooded setting…
reflection of bridal beauty

…where Shannon turned into a fashion model and rocked the runway (…err, woods, I mean)
Shannon fashion

She worked every angle with her dress!
workin' it

and straight out of Italian Vogue…

Wow! I still need to post their wedding images for you blog readers, and we are looking forward to a Fahion Bridal session with her and Jeremy that should be uber-cool!

A busy weekend! (Justin Cash, do not scroll down!!!)

Wow, we had a busy weekend! A wedding on Saturday and Bridals in Altavista on Sunday.

First the wedding… I had been contacted by an associate of mine to photograph a wedding for a local school administrator. The bride and I spoke on the phone and discussed some general information, after agreeing that we could accomodate their needs I setup a meeting at their house (also the wedding location). Upon arrival I knocked on the door and was greeted by Kathy, after showing me to the dining room where we would meet Kathy turned to the stairs and beckoned, “Paul, Michael is here…”. I thought to myself “No, it couldn’t be, that would just be crazy” I had seen a truck in the driveway with a license plate that referred to volleyball, my old coach’s name is Paul, he’s a volleyball nut, nah… that would be a huge coincidence. “Coach Barrell!” I said as he came down the stairs! Sure enough, I was here to discuss the wedding of my Junior High PE/Health teacher who was also my Baseball Coach during that time. Not only that, but he was also coach and teacher to my two older siblings! What a small world! Well, Kathy put together a beautiful ceremony with readings, poems, song, a tribute, and personal vows. As I watched the ceremony unfold I could see that these two were perfect for each other! Well enough of my mindless blathering, here is their teaser image…

Kathy & Paul Teaser

We’ll see more from this wedding in the coming weeks.

Well, back to the busy weekend, we then traveled (on Sunday) to Altavista for a bridal session with Lauren who will be getting married in September of this year. The ceremony will be held at Avoca museum in Altavista, this Virginia Historic Landmark is an excellent example of 19th Century American Queen Anne architecture. We can’t wait for the wedding day to arrive, this place is wonderful! Lauren’s beauty definitely steals the show from this location hands down. We toured around both inside and out utilizing every area we could in the time we had. This image is using natural light in one of the living rooms of the house, while beautiful by itself, just wait until you see the rest!

Lauren's Bridal Teaser

A Bridal session with Janece…

Janece and Greg will be married in mid-August at First Presbyterian Church at the base of Mill Mountain. We photographed their engagement session a few weeks ago and got to know them during that time. We had a chance to get to know Janece during her bridals and we worked together to get some great images of this beautiful woman in a gorgeous dress. So after the E-Session with her and Greg, and then her bridal session, we will all feel like old friends when the wedding day get here which makes for relaxed images, genuine smiles, and overall a great time with some oustanding images! Well I won’t delay anymore, here is a sample image from her session…

janece bridal

We will also post some more from their E-session as well as more from the bridals as the big day approaches. Well, that’s all for now, we have a wedding on Saturday (a very cool couple to be working with might I add, I’ll explain more after the ceremony) and bridals on Sunday for Lauren who’s wedding we’ll be doing in the fall of this year.