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This was my first experience shooting wedding photos at The First Lady of Suffolk . I have to say that I was extremely pleased with this venue. I love places where I can employ my love for cinematic portrait lighting, and this place falls right into my “comfort zone” with doing just that. I had an absolute blast doing The First Lady of Suffolk Wedding Photos of Laurian and Walter. These two remarkable young people were up for anything, and I know they’ll be hanging some of the jaw droppers I was able to capture of them at their wedding.

Laurian and Walter are both US Army officers, and I didn’t meet or have any contact with either of them until I saw them at the wedding. All of the arrangements were made by Laurian’s Mom (who did a FANTASTIC job).

The First Lady of Suffolk is an little gem that I hope to visit again soon. There was definitely not enough time to explore all the ideas I had once I walked around the venue a time or two.

Enjoy the photos!

The First Lady of Suffolk Wedding Photos of Laurian and Walter

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Kathryn and Alex decided to have Beach Engagement Photos taken at one of my favorite locations. I have 3 favorite locations in Virginia Beach. (So, when you hire me, I’ll suggest them but you are always free to have your enagement photos taken anyplace you like).

Kathryn and Alex are getting married at the Virginia Beach Resort and Conference Center on the Chesapeake Bay. Their wedding is in September which will be a great time of year for a beach wedding. This is going to be a fun one! He’s 6 foot 10 and she’s 5 foot 4!

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Beach Engagement Photos of Kathryn and Alex in Virginia Beach

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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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