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First of all, Bri & Chip are total troopers!!  It was easily 100* on the day of their engagement session at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown, Virginia.  But these two made the hot weather look so good!!  It was so fun meeting them and their pooch, Roxy!  I can’t wait for their 2017 wedding at one of my favorite venues, Berkeley Plantation!  If you haven’t seen that place, you SHOULD, it’s AMAZING!! 

Bri and Chip have known each other since high school when they car pooled to school together with a mutual friend!  Bri says Chip made her notice him by “showering me in compliments and jokes!”  I love this!  They are such a fun couple and so in love!  They love playing kickball, hunting for treasures at yard sales and being outdoors together.  We loved watching them interact together and hanging with their pup!  Roxy wasn’t in love with that heat, either…but she was a trooper, too!

Thanks for the fun day and for thinking cool thoughts in the midst of a heatwave!!  You two ROCK!!

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I am so excited for Catherine and Ben’s wedding at Amber Grove, in Moseley Virginia next year, that I can barely contain it.  Not only are these two just beautiful, so much fun AND the camera loves them…BUT this venue is amazing, too!  From the gorgeous home to the barn and all the grounds in between!  It’s a perfect Virginia wedding venue! 

And as always I am so filled with love for my couples!  Catherine and Ben met while working together at a local restaurant.  Ben heard that she thought he was cute and asked her out.  They hit it right off and now 4 years later they are so excited to be getting ready to spend the rest of their lives together.  Jay and I had a GREAT time hanging out with them.  We chased butterflies, got attacked by mosquitoes…(well Catherine did)…and enjoyed this beautiful day together!  I can’t wait to see them again in April!  I know their wedding day is going to be so much fun! 

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Today marks three years that I decided to put my fears aside and walk in the door at Crossfit Norfolk in Ocean View Virginia.  I still remember it like it was yesterday!  I was sadly out of shape…coming of an ACL repair and in need of something to help keep this 40 something going for at least the next 40 years!! My Crossfit Journey | Personal  After shooting weddings, my body felt like it had been hit by a truck.  When my Son would ask me to play with him, I would opt out because I didn’t want him to see me huff and puff after only a few minutes of running around.  And picking up a case of water at Costco was a dreaded task that I would leave in the car for my hubby to grab when he got home from work! 

I was fed up with myself and needed a change!  When I started at Crossfit, I could barely lift a 10 lb. bar over my head, I could do NO pullups, my squat was painful, and my cardio was BAD!   I would watch people do double unders, tons of pullups, overhead squats, and cleans and snatches and think to myself…”that looks so cool…I wish I could do that too!!”  I began literally lifting a PVC pipe over my head and doing pullups just “jumping” my chin over the bar from a box.  I went home every day exhausted, sore and HAPPY!  Everyday I went back and tried again.  After a little while, my mobility got better and I got stronger.  I started lifting the 10# bar…then I was able to do even more weight.  I could use a jump rope to do single unders with ease…but still couldn’t do double unders, and I graduated to banded pull ups.  

This year, I can snatch 101# over my head from the floor.  I can clean 135# and I can overhead squat 105#.  I can do 57 double unders in a row and pull ups are my B*TCH.  I can do them strict, chin up, kipping, butterfly and chest to bar!  I still want to die after workouts…but it’s because I have pushed myself.  When I shoot weddings, the next day I can do whatever I want and that water at Costco…not problem!  I can carry that one handed AND open the door for myself. 

If I sound like I am bragging…I am!  I have worked HARD!!  I work out with kids half my age (and no I can’t keep up with them…but I do make them think I can!)  I am sore almost everyday…but I love it because it makes me know that my body is STILL trying everyday to be stronger.  Am I skinny, NO, (but between you and me, I like food too much for that!)  But am I strong?!  YES!!  And that is more important to me anyway!

If you feel like you can’t do it…it’s too hard…this isn’t for you…remember, I too felt that way.  We ALL start somewhere and we all have our own strengths and weaknesses.  Crossfit will help you work on them all.  Everything can be scaled to YOUR level.  It took me a year to learn pullups, 2 years to really learn double unders, and 3 years to commit to even trying a squat snatch.  Don’t decide that your current fitness level is the best you will ever be.  Decide you want more for your life.  Make the time.  Give yourself the gift of strength.  YOU can do it!!  

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Marlon and Hanna are great people!  He is fun, kind, outgoing, full of energy and would go out of his way to help anyone.  And Hanna is so nice, has a smile that lights up a room, is easy going and so fun to be around.  Not to mention they are both gorgeous!!  They met initially at a park, but it wasn’t until Hanna’s brother and Marlon worked together that they really started hanging out.  I love how easily these two laugh!  All the time!  And at everything!  They are so much fun to be around!  Their wedding in Virginia Beach Virginia at the MOCA was such a great celebration and blending of two families.  Everyone danced the night away under the indoor trees and had a blast!  Then they headed to Paris for their honeymoon!  I can’t wait to hear all about it!!  Congratulations you two!  It was such an honor being a part of such an amazing day!!  XOXO!!!

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Venue:  MOCA

Hair & Make-up:  Tiana Nyree Artistry

Bride’s Attire:  Maya Couture

Florist:  Norfolk Florist & Gifts

DJ:  C & C Soundz

Photobooth:  Astro DJ

Cake:  Chocollage

Catering:  Creative Concepts Catering

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Anna, Andy and Ronus (short for Patronus…and you know how I LOVE me some Harry Potter…) met Jay and I at Windsor Castle Park in Smithfield Virginia last week for their engagement session.  Usually this venue is jam packed full of photographers doing family, engagement and seniors sessions, but this day, it was almost 100 degrees and we had the place to ourselves!  Anna, Andy and Ronus were such troopers and didn’t let the heat get them down at all.  I loved hanging out with them and getting to know them better.  And Ronus is an amazing Pup!  He knows so many great tricks, is super well behaved and LOVES his Mama and Dad!  Their wedding at the Botanical gardens is going to be so amazing, I can’t wait!!  See you two soon!!!  XOXO!

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