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As I predicted, it was a drop dead gorgeous bright blue sky day for the Spirit of Norfolk wedding of Joiceann and Alex! (I had a 50% chance of being right, so in retrospect, not a remarkable prediction but I’ll take it where I can get it!) Some of their Spirit of Norfolk wedding photos are posted below. It was a bit of a crazy day in downtown Norfolk because there was a Half Marathon race going on and a live band right next to the ship at Town Point Park. This made getting to the Spirit of Norfolk a bit of a challenge. I had to walk, with all my gear, around 3/4 of a mile from a parking garage that I could get to since the streets were closed. During the ceremony, along with the planned wedding music, the couple and their guests were treated to an extremely loud and terribly sung cover of a Beastie Boys tune. (that will no doubt forever be burned into the memory of the day for Joyceanne and Alex).

I don’t think anything could really bother this couple. They’re truly about as sweet as they could be. The Spirit of Norfolk wedding cruise was great once we got out of range of that horrible cover band playing the race after party. It WAS a bit of a challenge to get Alex to dance, but he cooperated with his new wife (smart man) and tore it up pretty well! The staff and crew of the ship were great! Very nice people and I’d highly recommend this as a great wedding venue in Norfolk.

Enjoy the wedding photos!

Spirit of Norfolk Wedding Photos of Joiceann and Alex

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Norfolk wedding ceremony photos? Why such a generic title? Well, Joiceann and Alex booked me to shoot their wedding aboard the Spirit of Norfolk and I assumed that meant an entire, normal, traditional treatment of a wedding. I didn’t find out till later that they planned to elope a few days before the WEDDING (stay with me) on the Spirit of Norfolk. They wanted their LEGAL ceremony to be private, just them and the celebrant. (I’m a sucker for romanticism so I think this is awesome). A week or two before the wedding, they asked me if I would come out and shoot their private ceremony which they planned to have at Nauticus, in front of the Mermaid at the Half Moone Center. I was honored! I would get to be the only witness, the only observer, and I get to bring a bunch of cameras too! I cleared my schedule for that morning and agreed (of course!). Sounds perfect, right? Everything about it was perfect, even though it was raining, and cold.

Rain or shine, the Nauticus, Half Moone, Battleship Wisconsin, Town Point Park area of Norfolk was perfect for the Norfolk wedding ceremony photos I shot of Joiceann and Alex. What a super cool couple! Really looking forward to their “Wedding” in just 5 days! I bet that they’ll have bright blue skies and calm winds for their wedding celebration on the Spirit of Norfolk!

Norfolk Wedding Ceremony Photos of Joiceann and Alex – Half Moone – Nauticus – Town Point Park – Battleship Wisconsin

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There’s no reason why beach portraits in Virginia Beach can’t be affordable. Having affordable beach portraits puts these family heirlooms in the price range of anyone. You just need to find a good, experienced photographer that charges a rate you can afford. Look no further! You’ve found him! My work is great, and my prices are affordable.

I shot Diane and Sean’s wedding back in 2011 at Star of the Sea and reception at The Water Table in Virginia Beach. (Click here to view some of their wedding photos and the write-up from their wedding). It’s truly been great to stay in touch with them and to watch them start a family of their own. Watch Sean’s career take off and see Diane become an amazing Mom as well as athlete. They were coming back into town with kids in tow and wanted to have their first family portrait session on the beach. I was both honored and thrilled that they asked me to do it!

Working with very young ones can be challenging unless you have the right tools. So, I brought Trish along with me, and she brought some bubbles. Problem solved! While shooting the session with young ones it’s also important to break it up and take LOTS of short breaks. Diversions. This is where I attempt to show off my extremely amateur marine biologist chops in teaching what the various organisms are that wash up on the beach. (it’s pretty funny, trust me)

Pictures came out great! Best of all we got to see these delightful people in person again!

I swear the first photo displayed below should be on a greeting card. It’s a classic, captured moment that will never happen again the same way.

Affordable Beach Portraits shot in Virginia Beach

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Lizzie and Jeff are getting married at The Water Table so we all know they have great taste, and they must like being near the water. No surprise to me that they chose to have beach engagement photos done at the North End of Virginia Beach. At first the couple considered doing their session in DC, but after learning of the fees and the hassles of shooting around the monuments, they decided on a much simpler approach. Even with 3 outfit changes right there on the beach, we were able to get this session knocked out in around 90 minutes. (I’m both affordable, and fast!)

She likes the Cardinals, he likes the Cubs (good choice this year!), they both like Virginia Tech. She can do really good hand stands even in the sand, and he finds that extremely entertaining (I didn’t put any of those photos up here in this post, but they’re great!) They BOTH like beach engagement photos.

Looking forward to shooting this wedding, this couple is fun!

Beach Engagement Photos of Lizzie and Jeff : Virginia Beach

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Joiceann and Alex chose Norfolk Botanical Gardens as the location for their engagement photos. I’d been in contact with this couple for a good long while, and they currently live out of town, so they made quite a drive to do this engagement session. I’ve shot countless engagement sessions and weddings at the Botanical Gardens. It’s a great place with countless photo options. I’ve been a preferred vendor there for many years. I’m just not too crazy about the shoot fee they charge to do portrait sessions out there. It’s the only outdoor location in this region that charges a shoot fee. So, I often suggest other locations that offer scenery just a good (without the jet noise from the airport as well), and free. (even better).

Trish assisted me on this shoot because the only time slot we could get for the session was smack in the middle of the day. So, I needed an assistant to scrim the sun off the couple if we were going to be able to use the locations they had in mind at the Botanical Gardens. ANYWAY! Joyceanne and Alex are a super cute couple, and they could have taken great photos in a parking lot. It’s always fun getting to know couples during engagement shoots and seeing what presses their buttons.

For instance, Joiceann really wanted a photo of Alex dipping her. Naturally, Alex wasn’t crazy about it because he didn’t know how. So, it was fun for Trish and I to do a bunch of demonstrations to show him “how it’s done”. Pretty funny stuff. You’ll see below, that he caught on very quickly!

Enjoy the photos!

Norfolk Botanical Gardens Engagement Photos of Joiceann and Alex

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