I'm almost loving Family pictures in the summertime more than in the Fall now. The weather is warm, you can wear shorts and be comfortable and we don't have to worry about cold weather.
I have some spots left for August. I also have open spots in September, October, and November for Fall Family Sessions. Contact me here if you'd like to book Family Portraits.
I do Family Sessions in Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Radford, and in Pilot, Virginia.
Why did you choose to have a Mommy and Me Session? So many times I am the one taking the pictures and am not in the pictures. I wanted to treat myself to a session where I could just have fun with my son. He often talks about our previous sessions with "Debbie" so I knew he would enjoy himself.
How am I different than other photographers? What makes me stand out? After our first session with you, my husband said, "I like that she just takes pictures." His statement confused me because all photographers take pictures, but he said that he really liked that you didn't spend all of the time having us pose. You just let my son run all over and jump and hang from trees.
How would you describe a portrait session with me? The experience. You are definitely prepared - you know the area where the pictures are being taken and have an idea of where it would be good to go to get great pictures, but you are also laid back. You are willing to let the session deviate from any plan that you may have going into it. That attitude is so appreciated because my child is strong-willed to say the least, and you have a great way of letting him think he is in control all while managing to get great pictures while he plays with sticks and roars at you.
How would you describe working with me personally? I love how much fun you have at our sessions. You truly love photography and working with families. That comes through in the sessions and the pictures.
What worries or fears did you have going into the session? When my husband is involved, I worry about his mood! He hates that I make him go to these sessions - another good reason for the Mommy & Me session :). You manage to put him at ease, which is nice. I worry that my son will cooperate but again you manage to turn around any mood that he may be in.
How did you feel after your session? Relieved that my son was not too crazy and that you seemed to have a good time with how crazy he is.
How did you feel when seeing your pictures for the first time? I always love them and am amazed at what good pictures they are. The picture with my son hanging on the tree has the most likes that I have even gotten from a picture on Facebook. :)
What are you planning to use your pictures for? I have framed many of the pictures, so many that I might run out of wall space. I also used them for holiday cards and a Father's Day present.
Fall Family Session info will be announced soon! If you want first dibs on dates, sign up for my email HERE. You also get a FREE guide on What NOT to Wear!
It's the moments like when the older sister puts the younger sister in a headlock
Getting that perfect "christmas card" shot
Mommy with her 2 girls
Little sister wallowing on older sister
Mommy and Daddy kissing
The hug around Dads neck and through the baby in air
Learn more about Family Portrait Sessions with me here
My 2017 Fall dates for Family Sessions August, September, October, and November will be announced soon! To here about them first, get on my email list HERE. You also get a FREE download on What NOT to Wear when signing up for my emails.
Family Photography in Christiansburg, Blacksburg, and Radford Virginia
Here's a peek on what it's like to work with me from a Mom of 2 toddlers,
Mommy and Me Sessions are seasonal and are done in April and May. But I have spots open for Family Sessions starting in August and going through November. If you are interested in getting info about Family Sessions, click HERE.
Why did you choose to have a Mommy and Me Session?
I am never IN the photos! Occasionally, I will set up a selfie with one or both of our little ones; even then, though, everyone is distorted and they are always over-the-top silly. I wanted to have some professional photos taken with my babies to ensure that, one day, THEY will be able to look through the albums and see who and how I was as their Mom--with them--when they were young!
How am I different than other photographers? What makes me stand out?
You make sure that everyone looks like themselves...but also that they look their best (without us having to do much to make that happen). You also catch the most incredible moments. It feels like chaos and I always wonder: "How will we ever get good photos out of this?!"...and then the photos arrive and, WOW, you have caught the loveliest exchanges among and of us! With that said, the moments are genuine. Not every photo is perfect...but then, life is not perfect and we wouldn't want to pretend we are, either :).
How would you describe a portrait session with me? The experience.
We know, going into the sessions, that the photos will turn out beautifully, so we are able to enjoy ourselves, to be ourselves, and to laugh (with you!) a LOT. During one of the sessions, we were all a bit overwhelmed (with a newborn and an 18 month old); you told us to fake it with smiles for just a little while longer. We did as you instructed--and it actually provided us with a focus that allowed us to begin to enjoy ourselves again! It was the acknowledgement by you that this process is not always going to be easy...but that we trust you to help us get the outcome we want!
How would you describe working with me personally?
You smile and laugh easily, you are confident and competent, and you are genuine. You clearly care about the quality of the photographs, but also about ensuring that they truly capture who and where we are in our lives at any given time. It's also fun to catch up with YOU; to find out about how your life is going! This is the case because our family just loves you, Debbie!
What worries or fears did you have going into the session?
I am always concerned, with two young children now, that the sessions will be chaotic to the point that we will be unable to "get the shots"...but I also always know better now! You laugh with the kids when we, as the parents, are getting stressed, and that always calms us down and reminds us to enjoy the experience rather than expect perfection in the moment. Personally, I am often worried about my weight...or my double chin...or a blemish that has popped up unexpectedly :)
How did you feel after your session? (like driving home and that night or the week after)
Exhausted! But looking forward to seeing the final photos. We get so excited when one of our Facebook previews pops up...and then the email from you with the gallery link is like Christmas morning!
How did you feel when seeing your pictures for the first time?
Some sessions have yielded photos that we don't even remember you taking--and they are often the most amazing ones! It really is the moments that you capture that are the most meaningful. When I see some of these photos, they actually help me remember to enjoy the moments in our everyday lives. Sometimes, as most parents do, I feel exhausted and overwhelmed at the end of the day. I always try to look back on these days (often with a glass of wine in hand!) and reflect on the moments for which I am most grateful. These moments often encompass just a few minutes here and there (e.g. a hug or a brief exchange)...but your photos have really helped me practice gratitude because they remind me that it IS the moments that matter the most! And you capture these in every one of our sessions :).
What are you planning to use your pictures for?
I always print the photos and create "old school" albums. I also print our favorites and frame them around the house. Every time we have a session with you, I print and update the photos in these frames. I also create Shutterfly books with the photos...we now have a lot of these books--and the kids enjoy looking at them and telling stories about the "adventures with Ms. Debbie"! None of our extended family lives close by, either, so the grandparents and aunts are also often the gift recipients of these books. They love them!
Thank you for reading. I'm a Family Photographer located in Christiansburg, Virginia. The New River Valley area, also serving Blacksburg and Radford.
What's it like to work with me? Eeeek! I think I'm goofy, silly, giggly, clumsy, and sometimes fumble with my words. But this Mom seems to think otherwise. Enjoy this interview I did with a self-proclaimed perfectionist Mom of 2 .
P.S. - If you would like more information about Summer Family Portraits, click HERE. I'm only taking a few sessions, so there are limited spots available.
How was having a summer portrait session different than the fall?
Figuring out to what to wear is easier in the summer. I like that it was warm and I didn't have to worry about the girls being chilly and needing a coat cause I don't want a picture of coats.
How am I different than others? What makes me stand out?
I like that you are very laid back and calm. I like that I don't feel rushed. You aren't frazzled by my kids not cooperating even though it irritates me. I let it go cause I know it doesn't bother you, with some people it would and that would make me uneasy and less relaxed.
How would you describe a portrait session with me?
I like that you have a plan in mind of what you want, but are flexible enough to capture the spontaneous as well. I'm a planner so I like that you have somewhat of an idea of what you are wanting otherwise people lose their patience waiting for a photographer to figure out how they want to pose people or even non posed things.
How would you describe working with me?
I like that you encourage us to just be us and do what comes natural in how we interact. When you get a good shot you tell me, it makes me excited and keeps me engaged, and my anticipation high of seeing the final results.
What worries or fears did you have going into the session?
I'm a natural worrier and deep down a perfectionist. I always worry about if my clothing choices are good enough, will I look okay in the photos typical woman worries when having your photograph taken. Those are all ones I had before hand but then I remember the ones I've done before and remember you aren't going to let me look stupid whether it's my clothes or how I'm posed there is a big amount of trust there so then I stop spazzing out and enjoy myself.
How did you feel after your session?
I always feel excited after a session it's like Christmas and I can't wait to see what they look like and 9 times out of 10 it's the most amazing ego boost in the world. I have people coming up to me and telling me how much they love the pictures and how well they turned out and how good I look etc. It's like the biggest high ever and erases all the previous worries.
What are you planning to use your pictures for?
The majority of my pictures get stuck on the cloud and I forget to do stuff with them however, I also print them out mostly around holidays and I make the hubby a calendar every year called a year of his girls with pictures of me and the girls so I always use them for that. These will be hung on the wall I'm wanting to update all our pictures and incorporate more of our second child because right now all of the ones on the wall are all of our first born.
Seriously, head on over and check out the info for Summer Family Sessions in Christiansburg Virginia. We can do a beautiful open field at sunset or a lovely shady spot under trees. Click HERE to check out the info.
The experience of being invited in someone's home and documenting their intimate moments with their new baby is hard to put into words.
It's an experience that I'm so grateful, honored, and humbled by. I go in with a shot list in my head and it never goes the way I plan, but it's a wonderful realization that everyone's different and I could never recreate this with anyone else because this was THEIR moment.
I told Mom to give her baby a kiss. What does baby do? Scrunches up and pushes Mom away. It was lovely, sweet, funny, warm, and endearing.
Think how this Mom's gonna feel when she is looking at this picture the day her baby is graduating high school
I'd love to talk with you about doing your Newborn Session in your home in Christiansburg, Blacksburg, or Radford Virginia. You can find more information or shoot me a message HERE.
This beautiful family has been with me every since big sister was in her Mommy's tummy. I'm so grateful that clients keep coming back to me. It warms my heart.
When she told me she was expecting again, I was so excited! Because I knew that we would do an in-home lifestyle session. Their daughter was already comfortable with me and I love when their is a sibling with the new baby.
I love his little dimple in his chin.
If you would like to talk with me about your Newborn Session or a Maternity Session, hit me up HERE
I love this Senior Session! When we do something that the teen loves, then it makes the shoot more personal. This horse was a dream to work with too. So gentle and loving.
I'm so proud of this girl. I've seen her grow up in our youth group at church and her parents are dear friends of mine.
Her Mom sent me this sweet message: "We LOVE the pics! So pretty and so very Ally! Thanks for capturing our sweet girl at this special time in her life"
I love when a parent says "the pics are soooo them" or "you captured their personality" That makes me so happy and I know I've done my job.
If you are interested in talking with me about your high school senior session, hit me up here.
You blink and they are married and have babies of their own (trust me, I know!) These pictures are of my baby with her babies. Seems like yesterday I was holding her in my arms.
The Mommy & Me Sessions are The Best Mother's Day gift you can give yourself. There will be lots of cuddles, kisses, hugs, and giggles.
Currently there are 4 spots available in May. Do this for yourself and for your children to look back on in years to come.
I regetted doing that, said No Mom Ever
Click HERE to get more information on how you can get your session booked in May.
I love this Maternity Session so much, you know why? Because it's my daughter, my grandson, and son-in-law! We did this session out on a farm in Pilot.
I love the dirt road and the fence line with the trees. It adds so much interest and depth to the photos, plus the lovely fall colors.
If you are interested in learning about a Maternity Session for you, click here.