babies, children, Photography, seniors

December 29, 2017

My favorite moments and images from 2017!

I never like to pick favorites, however certain images stand out and are special to me because I tried a new technique, shot at a new location, or had a surprisingly brilliant moment. All of my sessions have been spectacular this year as I’ve worked with only THE BEST clients! It’s been a year of working with siblings of past seniors, growing kiddos, new additions to families, dancers, dogs, new locations, and beautiful light! I’ve chosen some of my favorites to share because I think reflection is good! 🙂 I wish you all a safe and Happy New Year!

 

Okay, so there’s nothing technically or creatively brilliant about this photo, except for the rescue pup in it! But, my Willys’ 1st birthday portrait has the most repins out of all of my Pinterest boards! He’ll be two next month!

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This family has driven hours away to Glen Allen for multiple sessions and mom, Melanie, took my composition class a few years ago. The photos she takes of her family are outstanding!

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This is the first time my now-famous pine tree line appeared in my work. Yep, during my Noah’s 11th birthday session! This location is right in my backyard!

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The most epic rooftop prom session with the Class of 2017. I cried all the way home!

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My first dance session of many last year. I love everything about this image. The pose, the location, the attire, the hair!

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My most asked about image. “Where is that beautiful sunlit field?” Loved Abbie’s spring sunset session in the buttercups!

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A personal favorite. I love this little secret location and how it changes through the seasons. I love Kendall’s soft expression and the softness of the colors she’s wearing. This was a beautiful in-between moment captured.

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This location was a hidden gem. The way the water rushed around Carleigh and cut through the rocks was incredible!child, family, senior, photography, richmond, virginia, glen allen, laura matthews, RVA

 

I mean, come on! Can a family get more adorable?child, family, senior, photography, richmond, virginia, glen allen, laura matthews, RVA

 

It was so incredibly dark already during this shot, but I had to capture that last little glimmer of warm light on Maddie’s hair. Plus, I’m obsessed with the depth of field here!

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Mary looked like a goddess and that light was perfect at one of my favorite locations!

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Nothing’s better than a window lit cake smash on your kitchen floor.

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When the entrance to the corn field is FINALLY unlocked!

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When you turn a shy senior into a rock star with her epic outfit choices and a little backlit drama from street cars.

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Could sunflower picking get any cuter?!? This was shot in BRIGHT broad daylight!child, family, senior, photography, richmond, virginia, glen allen, laura matthews, RVA

 

One of my favorite rustic images! And don’t you adore LeAnna’s dimples?!?child, family, senior, photography, richmond, virginia, glen allen, laura matthews, RVA

 

Marley and Bailey’s relationship was beautiful to capture. And just look at Marley’s closed-eyed smile!

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A completely new location for Hope’s session. A new classic favorite!

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This sun flare may look like a flaw to some, but I love the drama it added to this portrait of Julia.child, family, senior, photography, richmond, virginia, glen allen, laura matthews, RVA

 

The depth of field again! Swoooon!

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My new favorite multiple sibling pose. Look at all these gorgeous kiddos!

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Never has a dancer been so graceful.

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When the shyest of clients truly photographs like a goddess in front of hay bales.

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This father and son moment was completely natural and un posed.
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Magic happens in a dance studio with beautiful window light and a ballerina who insists on breaking some of her instructor’s rules. Go, Hannah! 🙂child, family, senior, photography, richmond, virginia, glen allen, laura matthews, RVA

 

Bring me ALL the dogs! Piper and Ana are beyond adorable!

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What happens when you wait for a car to leave the parking garage so you can have striking bokeh and backlighting. I’ve been photographing Caitlyn for years!

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Sure! I can shoot 20+ senior girls at the State Fair in a 4 hour time period. No biggie. 🙂child, family, senior, photography, richmond, virginia, glen allen, laura matthews, RVA

 

This portrait of Kristen is so soft and natural. I didn’t dare remove a stray breeze-blown hair.child, family, senior, photography, richmond, virginia, glen allen, laura matthews, RVA

 

Fall color+sunset+softball+fierce Ashley=SENIOR STUNNER!child, family, senior, photography, richmond, virginia, glen allen, laura matthews, RVA

 

Magic secret-spot perfection with Sydney was worth the porcupine needle-like weeds that attacked me!

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My first home-schooled senior, Riley! This location is at my home, too!

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Never did a clarinet look so gorgeous! Love this, Rebecca!

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Florals in November?? and natural curl perfection. One of my favorites!

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Sunset glow! You should hear Rebecca sing! I’ve been watching her at church since she was a teeny thing!child, family, senior, photography, richmond, virginia, glen allen, laura matthews, RVA

 

The PERFECT fall portrait! Love your smile, Brooke!

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I don’t have words for how much this portrait moves me.child, family, senior, photography, richmond, virginia, glen allen, laura matthews, RVA

 

This one just screams, “Yay! Mommy’s having a baby!”

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Year six? or seven? of photographing this gorgeous bunch!child, family, senior, photography, richmond, virginia, glen allen, laura matthews, RVA

 

I have to include this portrait of Noah. His first week of homeschool. That grin and those glasses. 🙂

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