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I was so excited when Kriston contacted me to photograph Addie’s 1st Birthday pictures.  You see, I was Kriston and Rob’s Wedding Photographer and have totally been keeping up on their lives…watching little Addie grow!  To see Kriston & Rob’s Yorktown wedding click HERE!  Addie is a DOLL!!  She was so fun to work with.  She was full of smiles and laughs and LOVED sitting in the big girl chair all by herself.  She wanted to share her Balloons with me…or “balls” as she called them.  She has the most beautiful blue eyes and she totally loved the icing on her cupcake.  It was just a perfect day and the reason I completely LOVE my job!!  Watching people that I care about get married, then have kids and watching their kids grow is the best thing EVER!!  It truly makes my whole day/life/world!!  Happy 1st Birthday Addie!!  Thanks for being wonderful!  XOXO!

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Here is another one of those Young Women that I have known forever, so please excuse me if I get a little emotional!!  {These girls are making me OLD!!}  Nikki is super sweet, smart and well, GORGEOUS!!  Those eyes and that smile!!  I mean seriously!!  Morgan and Nikki did Girl Scouts together a long time ago.  I even shot Nikki’s Aunt’s wedding.  So I have known her for a long time.  I cannot believe that she is in her last year of High School at Granby and is going to be graduating soon.  Nikki has a great attitude about things and always has a smile on her face.  I know that no matter what choices she makes for her future, she will be awesome!  I also know that she will tackle it all laughing.  Because that is what Nikki does.  She laughs and smiles at the world.  And I absolutely LOVE this about her!!   We had to grab some photos of her wonderful Family, too during her session…and of course her little Brother HAD to photo bomb us!  Loved it DJ!!  Congratulations Nikki!  Never change the way you look at the world, because it makes you amazing!!  XOXO!!

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It was such a pleasure meeting this Family.  Leigh, Kyle & Lyla drove from Petersburg, Virginia to Sandbridge, Virginia, just to have their photos taken…and then Mother Nature acted like she wasn’t going to cooperate.  When we got to Little Island Park in Sandbridge, the skies were gray and overcast and it was very windy.  I was fine with that…I knew we could hide out a little in the dunes and while I was a little bummed we weren’t getting a beautiful blue sky day…the light was really pretty.  But then right before our session started…it started to rain.  They drove 2 hours for our session…and it was raining.  This was NOT a good thing!!  Luckily, as soon as it started…it stopped, and while the gray skies hung out for the first part of our session, Mother Nature smiled on us and the second part of our session was downright pretty!  Leigh, Kyle and Lyla were awesome and it was so fun hanging out with them.  And Leigh made both her and Lyla’s headbands and her tutu…aren’t they gorgeous!!!  Lyla is so sweet and full of smiles and I loved her HUGE brown eyes!!  Thank you for traveling to meet me.  It was so great getting to know you three!!  XOXO!

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Today, my favorite Crossfit Norfolk instructor is moving to Richmond (no offense to the rest of you, you are all great.)  I am so happy for her, really I am!!  She got a promotion at work, found a new box that will help her spread her awesome knowledge and is pursuing her dream.  So I am truly thrilled for her.  But I don’t want to let her go without telling her how important she is and what she has meant to me this past year.

When I came to Crossfit, I didn’t know if I could do it…or if it would be for me.  I was SO SCARED.  I walked through the door and there she was.  Rachel is small in stature, only 4’11”.  But you can tell she is a powerhouse just by looking at her.   She sized me up and then she smiled and welcomed me to the class.  After the warm-up, I considered dying…but she reassured me that everyone is a little winded after the warm-up and she smiled again.  You see what Rachel is great at is knowing when you need to be pumped up and when you need to be pushed harder.  There are lots of times during class that she knows I am not working to my potential and she gets on me…and there are times when she knows I am trying my best, and she figures out ways for me to complete the challenge without killing myself.  This has been huge to my success at Crossfit and is what sets her apart from most personal trainers I have met in my life.  She doesn’t just push, push, push.  She knows what her people are capable of…and what they are not ready for yet.  She gets as excited as I do when I achieve something new, like when I get a new PR, my first real Pull-up or my first Double-under, she was celebrating right along with me!  She has helped me change my attitude to “I can’t do it”…to “I can’t do it, YET!”  And she is great with Truman.  She keeps him in-check when he is trying to lift too heavy and she doesn’t let him do things that he shouldn’t do.  And I appreciate that so much!

So while I am so happy for her, and the people like me in Richmond that need a Rachel…I will miss her greatly.  Thank you Rachel.  Thank you for being positive when I need you to and kicking my butt when I needed that.  Thank you for being proud of my accomplishments and for pushing me harder.  You have a gift and I am glad that you will get to share it with others.  But the next time you are in town…let me know…Tru and I will be there!!  XOXO!

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  • Rachel Krumm - Leigh, I can’t thank you enough for those kind words. I will sincerely miss you. It was a pleasure getting to know you and Truman, enjoying all your accomplishments as much as pushing you to find your new level. Thank you again, I will definitely let you know next time I’m coming into town!ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks Rachel! We will miss you and Hurley, too!! Now go spread your great-ness around Richmond!! Look forward to seeing you again!! :-) ReplyCancel

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All the girls that I have had the pleasure of knowing since they were young girls are Seniors this year!!  It is so fun for me to watch these young Women grow up and Taylor is no exception.  I had the pleasure of photographing Taylor a long time ago.  It was like the coldest session ever and she was a trooper.  This time is was overcast and cooler than expected, but she was a wonderful model and did a great job!  She chose the Ocean View Fishing Pier, because that is where she works!  I thought it was a great choice!  We had a lot of fun and even employed her Mom and boyfriend Tyler to hold light stands for me (thanks you two!!)  Congratulations Taylor on your Senior year.  I am excited to see what the next few years bring your way…but first enjoy your last year in High School!  It will go by fast!!

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