Tag: Cana Virginia Senior Photographer

How to Plan For Your Portrait & Engagement Session

Often people look around gaining inspiration for their portrait, or engagement session from Pinterest, and Instagram. They spend hours pinning, and creating the “perfect” session board, only to find in the end they are unhappy with their session when the images are delivered.


They didn’t infuse their personalities, or story into any of their images. Your story is your life, and is filled the things that make you, YOU! You can’t copy that. So let’s dive right in to planning YOUR session.

Choosing the RIGHT Photographer FOR YOU!

— Photographers all have different styles of images, and different personalities, so choosing someone that fits with you is essential to planning your session. If you have a bright, bubbly personality, and you want that conveyed in your images,  you wouldn’t want to go with someone who has a darker, edgier style. For me, when I’ve planned my own sessions, I make sure to go with photographers whose personalities match mine. For my head-shots, I went with Hope Taylor, who has a bright, bubbly personality, and our styles just seemed to fit really well. It made the whole experience flow seamlessly, and we constantly laughed through the entire session.


— I always encourage clients to think of a location that is special to them, or I help them choose a location that fits their personality, and style. For a high school senior, they may want to choose to have their session downtown in the city, because that’s relevant to their style. For a couple, it could be the place they had their first date, or the place he proposed.


— Long gone are the days of the white button up, and denim jeans(thank goodness!). This is where choosing the right photographer can help you decide on what to wear as well. If you want a more luxurious feel, and look to your images try that cute LBD, a pair of pumps, and statement jewelry. If you’re style is laid back, and casual, go for minimal jewelry, a nice pair of jeans with emphasis on the shoes, and pair your casual top with a jacket.

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What Season Is Better For Portrait, & Engagement Sessions?

So often people will plan their portrait sessions, and not infuse their own personalities, and preferences into the mix. They simply copy what they see others doing on Pinterest, or Instagram. While it’s great to gather inspiration from those sources, don’t copy exactly what you see. 

This blog post, will be one of two in a mini-series about planning your own unique session that feels like you. The first step is very simple, you just have to answer one question: “What season is your favorite?” , or “What season holds the best memories for you?” 

My answer is fall all the way! Some of my best memories with friends, family, and business happen in the fall.

Below, I have images from every season that I have shot in, and each one is unique, and beautiful.

Spring: If you love fluffy flowers already in bloom, or are blooming(Cherry Blossom Trees are life, and  Dogwoods), if you love pastel colors, spring dresses, warm days that still turn into cool nights, then this is perfect for you.

Summer: The summer days are hot, but those summer evenings last, and last. The summer flowers are out in their full on bright colors(Red Hot Pokers are my favorite, and my second are Sunflowers!!). The sunsets later in the day, making an evening session so enjoyable.

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2016: A Year in Review Part II

To continue this post from the previous blog post, which you can find here, 2016 had a few more things to throw at me before it was over. As I mentioned in the last blog post, my personal life started taking a turn for the worse. I found myself very lost, confused, hurt, and scared for what the future held. I ended up asking God questions that I never thought I would find myself asking Him, and even being just a little bit angry. I asked Him, “Why, why is this happening?”, and “What did I do to have all this pain, and rejection in my life? Do you know what’s so great about God though? He still loved me through it all. No matter what questions I had, or even if I had gotten a little bit angry, He still loved me, and gave me the answers I needed. It wasn’t always what I wanted to hear, but it was the truth I needed to get back on track, and headed in the right direction.

I would say by November I started growing more, and more not only in my faith, but in all aspects of my life. I had to choose to surrender some situations, and people in order to have what God wanted me to have. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but the peace I gained was worth it. So did I get my happy ending at the end of 2016? Oh I was so close, but 2016 wanted to throw something else at me before it left. It hit me with a mystery virus on Christmas Eve. Why was it a mystery? The doctors did 2 flu tests, checked me for strep, checked for 1 other virus it could’ve been, but everything came out negative. It left me very, very sick until Friday of last week.

I think that was 2016’s way of throwing one more punch at me, but it didn’t get me down. I am coming back stronger, and better than I was before. So 2017, bring it on, I am ready for you.

For now enjoy some more highlights of the wonderful people I got to work with last year.




















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Cana Virginia Senior Session

When Brady first mentioned he wanted me to his senior session I was delighted. When he mentioned he had 8 horses, I have to admit I turned back into a little kid. Everything within me was jumping up, and down that I would get to be near horses again, and we had quite an adventure on this shoot.

We met at this house, and drove down to his grandfather’s property which has an amazing view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. We started our shoot at this beautiful oak tree with ivy running, and twisting up the sides.







I love when the sun starts getting low, because it creates this nice silhouette.



Getting to this beautiful river was quite an adventure. We took Brady’s ranger, and drove down some steep roads, went past his deer hunting stand, across a beautiful open field, and finally ended up at the river. These shots look effortless, but don’t be fooled. Those river rocks were super sharp, and I may have almost face planted a couple times, but it was the best!





This beautiful horses name is Shadow. Brady has been riding horses since he was 3 years old, so he knows a thing or two. He even got Shadow to pose for me with the help of his dad. 

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