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Andrea & Owen | Engaged A Downtown Roanoke Engagement Session | Roanoke VA Wedding Photographer

Today the sun is shining and the birds are singing and it’s warm!!  But not that long ago there was still snow on the ground!!  Welcome to spring in Virginia, right?!  Andrea & Owen made this chilly day look beautiful and I’m so excited to share their engagement photos!!  Their wedding is fast approaching and I can’t wait!  I loved Andrea’s blue coat.  It made her eyes really stand out;)  From Downtown Roanoke, to the Rooftop at Center in the Square, to the Patrick Henry, we hit up all their favorite places and had fun capturing their love.  Such a great fit;)DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0100DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0101DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0102DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0103DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0104DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0105DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0106DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0107DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0108DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0109DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0110DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0111DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0112DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0113DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0130DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0114DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0115DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0116DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0117DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0118DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0119DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0120DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0121DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0122DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0123DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0124DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0125DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0126DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0127DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0128DowntownRoanokeEngagement_0129

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Home – for always | Nathanial’s adoption story Roanoke VA Adoption Photographer | Roanoke VA Family Photographer

This is my nephew.  He is now forever my nephew.  My sister-in-law Cherith has an amazing way with words so this is her writing the day they were able to file the petition to adopt their son to accompany my photos of the sweet ceremony;)

“602 days ago this precious boy came into our lives. At times the road was curvy with low visibility for what may come. As time went on, the road straightened, but with a very, very slow speed limit. Finally…today, Marc and I filed the petition to adopt this little man as our own. In a few months he will officially be a Dalton! Few words are capable of expressing the intense emotions of adoption. All I can come up with is “overwhelmed”. Overwhelmed at the opportunity to raise this sweet boy. Overwhelmed God chose us. Overwhelmed every time he squishy-nose smiles and says, “Mommy”/”Daddy”. While his temperament is sweet and tender, he is a fighter. His story is not ours to tell, but we pray that God does mighty things through him in the years to come

*Indulge me for a minute…. Before you type the words, “He’s so lucky to have you guys…” “He’s so blessed to be with you guys… ” “He’s better off with you guys…” Remember this, adoption is born out of loss. He is not better off with us; he is simply exactly where he needs to be. And we will cherish every moment we have surrounding him with love, family, guidance, discipline, and sarcasm. Lots of sarcasm ;)”

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2014 Portrait Highlights Roanoke VA Photographer | Roanoke VA Portrait Photographer

I didn’t start my year intending to take off the entire month of January, but I’m kind of glad it worked out that way!  I needed the rest.  I’ve always known that the first of the year is hard for me creatively.  Fall is usually crazy busy and I push so hard to finish everything.  Combine that with the amazing beauty that is fall in the Roanoke Valley and I use up almost every ounce of my creative juices by the end of the year!!  So once Christmas is over and the pretty lights are gone, the fall leaves have all fallen, and it’s time to slow down, I usually feel myself crash.  It’s a time of rest.  There are behind the scenes pieces that need to be taken care of and I make sure to take pictures of my kids on a fairly regular basis, but the constant flow of making something new and different is on pause.  I’m learning this is ok and needed!  So maybe the month of January will become somewhat of a vacation month in the future.  We’ll just have to see;)

In this down time, I have had the chance to review my work from last year, and wanted to share some of my very favorite portraits of 2014!  I worked with so many beautiful families and seniors!!  Some of them I’ve already blogged, but many of the families I didn’t share because of time constraints and gifts;)  Enjoy some of my favorite images!!

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Jess & Ben | Married Roanoke VA Elopement Photography | Classy Elopement on New Year's Eve in Downtown Roanoke

Sometimes you don’t need all the fuss.  All the planning and stress and $$$!!  Sometimes you just want to get married to your best friend.  Sometimes you just do it;)  Jess & Ben decided last-minute that New Year’s Eve would be a great day to get married, and they were right!!  The sun was shining, Downtown Roanoke was quite empty – Market Street was cleared for the evenings festivities – that never happens!!  You can’t tell from the photos, but it was freezing!!  Jess was such a trooper in her cute dress and those blue suede shoes;)  I met them at the courthouse just after their ceremony and we spent about an hour capturing such a special day!!  I loved how well they fit together;)  Some of my favorites below!!2015-01-02_00012015-01-02_00022015-01-02_00032015-01-02_00042015-01-02_00052015-01-02_00062015-01-02_00072015-01-02_00082015-01-02_00092015-01-02_00102015-01-02_00112015-01-02_00122015-01-02_00132015-01-02_00142015-01-02_00152015-01-02_00162015-01-02_00202015-01-02_00172015-01-02_00182015-01-02_00192015-01-02_00212015-01-02_00222015-01-02_00232015-01-02_00242015-01-02_00252015-01-02_00262015-01-02_00272015-01-02_00282015-01-02_00292015-01-02_00302015-01-02_00312015-01-02_00322015-01-02_00332015-01-02_00342015-01-02_00352015-01-02_00362015-01-02_00372015-01-02_00382015-01-02_00392015-01-02_00402015-01-02_00412015-01-02_00422015-01-02_0043

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January 6, 2015 - 10:11 pm

Teresa - This are breathing
Ben and Jess