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Holiday Traditions: Christmas Tree cutting in Zuni, Virginia

We have loved visiting the Zuni Tree and Alpaca Farm for the past three years.   It takes me back to my childhood when I lived in a log cabin surrounded by thousands of acres of game management property. My step dad told us this story about searching the woods...

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Vacation Session in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with Dreama Spence

My memories of the beach as a child are pretty vague, but what I can remember means so much. At the time we lived in Savannah, Georgia. We'd venture off to Tybee Island Beach which seemed like such a long ride through unending marshland. But also, lets' be real— any...

Outside the Home Documentary Family Session at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Often times one of the BIGGEST hesitations in hiring a documentary photographer is the pressure you feel to have the "perfect home." I totally understand that having young children means you are living in a home that  “appears to have just been ransacked by intruders” and a little less like...

Photo by Melissa Helmick of The Photographic Storyteller

Stop Saying No and Just Get in the Darn Picture

One of the things I hear people say over and over: I don't like the way I look in photos. You know what?! I don’t either! But you know what I hate even more? The thought of me dying and my children not having photos of me with them. Stop saying...

Vacation Sessions on the Beaches of Outer Banks in North Carolina

Vacations on the beaches of the Outer Banks in North Carolina are near and dear too many Hampton Roads families. Ours included!     June and July rolls around and all we can think about is tossing the roof box on top of our vehicle and booking it across the...

Williamsburg, Virginia

6 Hampton Roads Locations for Family Photography Sessions

I don't know if you're like me but the first few signs that Spring is here and I'm already planning what our Spring/Summer will look like. Life tends to get busy for us in the warmer months. We love taking the kids to all of our favorite Hampton Roads locations:...

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Why You’re Missing Out on the BEST Photos of Your Life

A documentary photographer comes into your home for what they call a day in the life session to capture photos of your family. But you stopped listening at into your home. Here are 10 reasons why you are missing out on the BEST photos of your life: Reason #1: You're gonna...

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Featured in Fearless and Framed- Iconic Photo Series

I'm so happy to have a featured image in Fearless and Framed's Iconic Photo Series: Uncle Perry. Sometimes no amount of planning can prepare you for a story. A few weeks ago, I was prepped and ready for what would be a trip filled with high expectations. I’d gathered questions...