Your Life in your Photography Business

Bloggers say Nay Nay.

Everything I read tells me how I am not supposed to include my personal life into my business blog posts. The posts should be strictly photography related on all fronts.

♥   Weddings   ♥   Events   ♥   Portraits   ♥   Boudoir   ♥

My life isn’t just photography.

…of weddings, events, portraits, and boudoir.

I have a passion for photography. I also have a passion for these two crazies I am raising whom I refer to as my #AwesomeChaos. Why can’t I include them? What the heck else am I supposed to talk about on days that don’t include lens flare and sunshine? Days where I woke up, couldn’t find my sons shoes, spilled chicken salad inside my purse, and got to work 32 minutes late….only to find the chicken salad that I had spilled inside my purse has drenched a rotten banana, from what appears to be, 5 months ago. (I shall downsize my purse options from here.)





That’s my life. I’m a single mom running around with the #AwesomeChaos. I work full-time, run my photography business, am going to school for my masters, AND provide care, concern, and crazy to my #AwesomeChaos.

My Life lens would show you this.

My two kids walking

With that being said, let’s talk about the #AwesomeChaos.

Chaotic Awesomeness Number 1 is six years old. – She is also my posing princess, continually supplying me with ideas for portraits.


Chaotic Awesomeness Number 2 is three years old. – He’s calm, collected, and so sweet… until you take his photo.  Then this happens…


Both supply an endless amount of smiles, laughter, and warmth sprinkled with a tantrum over whose frozen banana is whose.

How about this: Powers That Be Of Blogs…

How about I’m thinking outside the box and you’re wrong?

So from now on. You’ll enjoy my professional photography, smashed into the tab Barely A Blog, with my #AwesomeChaos.

I hope you enjoy my photography and my days filled with crazy as much as I do.




Action Shots

Action Shots and Anticipation.

Photography requires the ability to anticipate what is going to happen next. A handshake, a high five, tears being wiped away, a snuggly hug, or a holler of excitement… these moments appear and disappear within an instant.

In ten years of photography, I’ve been able to learn how to keep a keen eye on what is going to occur throughout a wedding so these moments are captured for you, forever.

Artistry and Your Vision

As I capture these images, I’m also capturing the look or theme the couples have envisioned.  Notice a rustic scenic park wedding will have a more earthy tonal flair, an outdoor garden wedding will have a more floral appeal with vibrant colors, and a vintage wedding will have a nostalgic presence highlighted in the images.

You’ll see the editing artistry I use for each image and how it is personalized for each wedding I photograph. The photography style remains the same, however, the image look is personal to your colors, venue, and tastes.

Now check these out!

In some instances, you capture the moment…A guest catches you…And then an awesome pose ensues! PERFECT!

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This bride and groom had a choreographed dance, and the brides bustle came undone – They did an amazing job keeping it together without even missing a beat!

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Genuine laughs are some of my favorite images!  I often review these and catch myself smiling back at them!

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The first dances, the father-daughter, the mother-son, and more always leads to tears and tissues…

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And then there’s just good ol’ sneaking up and getting those perfectly imperfect, fun, and enthusiastic moments!

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Read it. NOW

I need you guys to read this book. NOW.

Life’s too Short to go so f–king Slow by Susan Lacke.

You can check it out and purchase it here:

Go on. I’ll wait.

In the past five years, I’ve steadily been more and more compelled to live for today. Craving and capturing each moment.

I’m too busy.

I hear this All. The. Time.

I said it too. A lot.

You’re not too busy. You just haven’t made today your priority.

Even as I type this I have a deep seed within my stomach urging me to find my next adventure. I know what it is but it is scary. It. Is. BIG.

Before I indulge in telling you exactly what it is, I want you to read this book. NOW. It’ll take two damn days. And no, you are not too busy.

You will realize “someday” doesn’t exist.

My boss gave me this book. Probably because he hears my constant want for adventure and new ways to challenge myself.

An adventure doesn’t have to be big. It can be a challenge to visit a local park you always drive past and say “someday I should bring the kids there”.


Everyone thought I was crazy to visit a third world, poor country by my damn self. Aren’t you afraid? Aren’t you going to be lonely? I am neither.

How can I be? Look at this view?!

That’s a freakin active volcano!

I’ve gone ziplining through the rainforest whizzing by sloths and monkeys shrieking at my laughter!

I’ve rappelled down a waterfall! Frightened and exhilarated!

“But I can’t afford that”. Your adventure doesn’t have to be traveling far and wide but it can be. If you wait till you feel you have enough money, you’ll be six feet under having done none of what you said will happen “someday”.

PLANNING. All it takes is planning and the drive to want it today instead of “someday”.

Traveling doesn’t have to break the bank. Your adventure can happen near and far. You just have to want it bad enough.

What’s your adventure?

Whether it’s learning to ride a unicycle or traveling solo to a foreign country.

The only day you have is today. Passionately own it NOW.

It’s time for breakfast and then off to conquer the rains along my beach walk. It’s my last day in Costa Rica.

Pura Vida! – the pure life.

FREE session

This Father’s Day, June 18th, photo sessions are free !  Only pay for prints, products and full resolution downloads. 

There’s only a few spots left, so email, call or text me!  You must book in advance. 


Call/text 540-894-1532

As you’ve heard me talk about before, it is SO important to print our photos! Display them, share them, or even gift them for the next generation. Our kids and relatives need something to remember us by. And you know that iPhone isn’t going to last 80 years for them to scan through. 

Take advantage of this opportunity!  See you soon!


print. pRiNt. PRINT your photos

Why you should PRINT your photos.

You hired me. You hired a professional.

Did you hear me?


You paid A LOT of money…. and now your photos are sitting,

still are sitting,

just beyond thy online gallery password protected door.

(I ♥ Poe) – Anyway….
I do it too. I take dozens of images of my kids and then I just leave them on my phone, my camera, my computer….

Why are we being so lazy?

Think about what our children, our grandchildren and their children will have of us?  How will we show them our lives?

Our stories?

Our smiles?

Our moments?

And not just the beautiful, picture perfect times.  Not just your pro photos. Any photos!

I just printed these images below. They represent my #awesomechaos. They show my LIFE. Me. Us.

The precious…

The holidays…



The every day…

Annnnd the not so happy …

These moments are the stories of your life. We take them to share them.

Print your photos. Share your story.






Photography Tip of the Day

Photo of the day and photography tip of the day!

Remember to make sure your venue allows for flash photography!  Some places of worship don’t and you definitely don’t want to find that out last minute.

 #flash #flashphotography #venue #religious #church #placeofworship #restriction #photographytips #photooftheday #keepinmind #business #richmond #richmondairport #traveling 

Why I suck at blogging.

the importance of blogging, but I still hate it anyway.

I. hate. it.

Not to be too negative –

here’s an image of something I love


And with Easter right around the corner, feel free to send me some.

I don’t do words.

Ask my ex-boyfriends, or better yet, my ex-husband!  HAHA!

It’s why photography is my niche. I can tell a story and paint a picture with images, not words. Ask me to say something heartfelt?… Not going to happen.

When I tell a story verbally, I usually end up with people staring wide-eyed with an expression of “when is this going to end” or “what the hell is she talking about”.

I’m just not good at it.




I’d much rather be surfing instagram for funny meme’s about cake. I have been sick for 3 days, the flu and strep have stomped all over our household, so cake sounds like a good present for this weekend.

BUT back to blogging.  Mine will be short.  They will be intuitive, captivating, and sometimes not about photography at all.  I don’t care what business blogging 101 says. Sometimes, I’ve got other stuff to talk about, gripe about, laugh about, or say.

Now here’s a photo of my view from a beautiful bed and breakfast near Wintergreen Resort in Virginia.


Blog 1 – Mission Complete


~ HOT ~

I know I promised these images sooner!  Get this… we got BUSY!  Woo hoo!  Business is picking up and I am so excited to finally show you guys how amazingly hot this woman is. 

She wanted her shoot to reflect how her husband sees her in the morning, after work, and at night. She is seductive, beautiful, and such an awful tease in these images! I absolutely loved photographing her. 

See some of her set in the Boudoir Section here