I fall in love with these two cuties a little more each time I photograph them! Lindsey and Peyton are incredibly sweet, such a joy to be around, and their love for one another so obviously shines through each image. Having that someone special stand by your side and remain as your rock through thick and thin is a true blessing. I’ve seen Peyton and Lindsey grow stronger in their love and hold each other’s hands through the tests of times and I truly admire that about them. I have known both of them and their families for a long time from growing up in the same area, so watching them flourish together has been amazing. There is no doubt in my mind that God placed these two together at the right time. I can’t imagine anyone more perfect for each other in every way. When Lindsey asked me to be their wedding photographer, I was absolutely thrilled! I can’t wait to see these two become husband and wife this September! This wedding is going to be so special and memorable to me and I thank you, Lindsey and Peyton, for choosing me to celebrate your big day with you and your loved ones. I love you guys!!!
Riley, Julia, and Gracie seriously rocked their senior prom portraits! I have been looking forward to this session for a while now and they turned out amazing! These three ladies are so beautiful and have their own style that matches each personality! Riley is spunky and not afraid to try something daring, like the sassy red dress she chose. She also brought along her prom date who looked very charming in his prom attire and they were TOO cute together!! Julia has a soft and sweet personality which goes along with her choice of a beautiful white gown with pretty beading at the top. Gracie is girly and enchanting, much like her pink twirly dress that I probably would have chosen myself if that were available for my prom back in the day! 🙂 Each of these girls knocked it out of the park and the VMFA even gave us some pretty pink trees that made for magazine worthy images! Just wait until you see those blooms (insert heart eyes emoji)!! I’m in love with these portraits and I just adore these girls!
My husband and I took a trip to Arizona recently for a photography conference, called Showit United. It was easily one of my favorite trips we’ve ever been on! We started in Tempe and Phoenix for the first five days for the conference, then we traveled to Sedona and The Grand Canyon for the last part of our trip! Before I get to share some highlights of the trip, I first want to talk more about the United conference.
This was an educational conference with speakers, breakouts, styled shoots, and so much more! I realized I cry more than the average human, no big deal. The speakers were beyond incredible. I felt renewed, inspired, and loved. I met some amazing photographer idols who I’ve followed for yearssss (including Jasmine Star who I got to meet and hug and obsess over)! I got to dress up for a beautiful gala with my hubby, made new friends, reunited with old friends, and grew closer to my dear friend from home. This was SO much more than just a photography conference, friends.
We all have a purpose. I have a purpose. YOU have a purpose.
You are heard, you are seen, you are loved, you are intelligent, you are beautiful, you matter, you are MORE than enough. We all have our valleys and challenges. You are not alone. Be generous, be kind, love hard. Put your mental health first. Give and give some more. Stay focused, be intentional, change your perception, be confident, and make sacrifices.
This is everything I took away from the conference. I mean, this was a photography conference, you guys!… Can you believe that? I feel like it was more of a spiritual journey. Don’t get me wrong, I learned A LOT about how to improve my business… but those are the topics that stuck in my head the most. These are the things that matter most to me. These are the things that will empower me to run a successful business. If I keep working hard towards being a good human, living intentionally, putting others first, and doing the things that make me feel whole, THAT is the only way I can foster this business.
A community that teaches these life lessons is a community I will forever be proud to be a part of. I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend this conference and to have witnessed the support, love, and kindness that it was built on.
Now moving past the mushy gushy stuff, here comes the fun! This is where the awesome desert photos come in! I had so much fun photographing this stunning couple alongside two alpacas and the beautiful details. I knew I signed up for the “fiesta desert” styled shoot, but the alpacas were the best surprise EVER!
Thank you, Raelene for this amazing experience! Vendors listed below–
Host- Raelene Schulmeister Photography
Cake- Sugar By Tracy
Gown- Bella Lily Bridal
And just for fun, I’ll share some shots I got of Alysha of Blessed Beginnings Photography, Jaimi of Jaimi Bailey Photography, some of my new headshots, and some fun traveling photos!
FINALLY!! It’s about time I could share part one of my workshop styled shoot!
Can you believe this? A pink three-tiered cake with peonies on top. Sprinkles and flowers. Unicorn treats. Shimmery pink macarons. And the sweetest “sweets stand” you could imagine. DESSERT HEAVEN, PEOPLE.
As for the senior models… literally blown away. These girls were fierce, stunning, and so much fun! There’s no way I was that cute and full of personality when I was a senior in high school! Gracie, Libby, Lauren, Rachel, and Kelsey rocked their photos and I couldn’t be more excited about their images! Between the pop of lip color, cool-girl hairstyles, the adorable outfits, and their sweet smiles, I am obsessed!!
Shoutout to all the vendors who played a role in this awesome styled shoot! I’m so happy with how everything came out and everyone was amazing to work with!
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I have been wanting to book a VCU graduation session since moving back to Richmond, and it finally happened! I was so excited when Stacy and Shinal reached out to me for their Spring graduation session! Friend shoots are always so much fun, especially when they are bffs and roommates like these two! But my favorite part? The caps. Stacy’s cap read, “in the waves of change, we find our true direction.” Shinal’s cap said, “dream while you’re wide awake”. If these quotes aren’t inspiring, I don’t know what is! I loved that I was able to feel a connection to these quotes in my own way as there is so much meaning behind those words. These two women are going to make a difference in whatever direction they choose in life, and they will empower other women to do the same. It was clear to see that, even in the short 2 hours we had together.
Congratulations to Stacy and Shinal on this major accomplishment and best wishes on your next big journey!!! I know you’re going to do amazing things!