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Christine & Carrick's Trash The Couple Portrait Session

Christine and Carrick wanted to do something “different” for their engagement portrait session so I suggested they do a “Trash The Couple” session. I’m sure you’ve heard of and seen “Trash the Dress” sessions before, and I’ve shot MANY of those too. “Trash the Couple” sessions obviously incorporate the groom to be or groom along with the bride to be or bride in either doing a faux wedding portrait session where there is blatant disregard for the wedding dress and tux. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Christine and Carrick are getting married later on this month and I’m doing their wedding photography as well. I shoot these type of sessions on the beach at either sunrise or sunset and as you can see from the slide show below, there are a lot of different “looks” that can be done in a fairly short span of time.

All you need is a sense of adventure, the ability to swim, and a little advice from me on how to obtain the wardrobe for the session.

I also do standard engagement portrait sessions, family portrait sessions, senior portrait sessions, boudoir portrait sessions, head shots, bands, models, corporate, architecture, food, jewelry, pets, infants, maternity, the whole nine yards.

For more information, please just use the contact form on the site here.

Enjoy the show. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Perla & Gina Married June 4th, 2011

I did the wedding photography for Perla and Gina on June 4th, 2011 at the Suffolk Hilton Riverfront Hotel! What an amazing down to earth incredible couple! I think the caption they had printed on the fans that they handed out to all the MANY guests said it best.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind” – Dr. Seuss

I would have to put myself in the “DON’T mind” category. I am just a HOPELESS romantic. I believe that love is a very powerful thing. I also believe that love can transcend gender boundaries and it does. People that feel that way about each other and are not just willing to whisper it, but proud to SHOUT IT OUT LOUD? Count me in. I’d love to photograph your wedding.

This is one crafty and EXTREMELY talented couple. Gina is a pastry chef. She made the wedding cake (which was OFF THE HOOK gorgeous, and tasted BETTER than it looked), the table centerpieces which she SCULPTED OUT OF CHOCOLATE, and about 9 million home made truffles which ensured everyone kept dancing on the sugar buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. The CHOCOLATE table centerpieces also had 3 faced photo frames (YES, ALSO SCULPTED CHOCOLATE) which held 3 photos from their engagement session (which I also shot on the beach on a beautiful morning at sunrise).

It would be impossible to relate all the smiles, laughter, happy tears, and awe from this wedding. It was truly an honor to witness it.

There’ll be plenty of photos on the blog once I’m done with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here’s a little slide show I made with images I shot at Gretchen & Sam’s Lesner Inn wedding on May 30th, 2011! It was a pleasure doing their wedding photography! If you’d like to see these images one at a time, you can view them on my wedding photography blog or on my facebook page .

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Gretchen & Sam Married May 30th, 2011

The Lesner Inn is one of my favorite venues to shoot weddings and if you go through my wedding photography blog and do a search for “lesner” you’re going to see a great many photos from this awesome waterfront wedding and event venue.

Gretchen and Sam were married at the Lesner Inn on Memorial Day! It was a VERY VERY HOT day! I just LOVED doing this wedding. Gretchen and Sam are both great people and their children are also some pretty awesome young adults. This was a truly a “celebration” of EPIC proportions!

I had the pleasure of shooting a sunset beach family portrait session of Gretchen and Sam’s new family the day before the wedding and getting to know everyone well during that shoot was truly a pleasure! FUN group!

I’m asked many times each season to shoot 2nd and subsequent weddings. The potential client seems to nearly always say the same thing. “1. I love your work” (That’s Awesome! Thanks!) “2. Are you available for my date?” (Let me check…….Yep! I am!) Then, we always get to the part that makes me laugh a little bit. “3. We’ve both been married before, sorta been there and done that, and we want great photos but we’re not sure we really need “ALL THAT STUFF” and “it’s going to be a really small wedding so it’s not going to be that much work” and there’s a whole bunch of other things that just make me laugh! ๐Ÿ™‚

I treat EACH AND EVERY wedding with the same amount of care and concern regardless of what number it is for a client. I treat it like it’s THE ONLY WEDDING they’re every going to have.

Many times, when more “experienced” couples get married they have children, and in many cases that I’ve done, their children have children. The families are HUGE and EXTENDED.

So, what this means for me, is that there are going to be MANY more formal groupings to attend to and there is going to be request after request after request for different combinations of photos which require my eye, my experience, and my technical ability to arrange, light properly, and shoot.

Each hour of shooting time STILL takes 3-4 hours behind the computer to process. So, if you have 6 hours of coverage that means I’m working on shooting for 6 hours, then processing for 18-24 hours on top of that. That’s just the bare minimum of time spent. Then there’s retouching, album design, and all that good stuff that takes even more time post production.

So, EVERY wedding that I do presents a different challenge, but they ALL get treated like it’s your ONLY wedding because even if it’s number 2, or number 10, it’s still a “once in a lifetime event” and I don’t take things like that lightly.

For one thing, I think that YOU ARE WORTH IT. You deserve the VERY BEST that I can do for you. I deliver that, each and every time. So, now I’m OFF my soap box. ๐Ÿ™‚

Once I’m done editing this wedding you’ll be able to view more images from Gretchen and Sam’s Lesner Inn Wedding on my wedding photography blog or on my facebook page .

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I shoot MANY weddings at the Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia! A WONDERFUL venue for a wedding here in Virginia Beach. Here’s a slide show I created from the wedding photography of Randi and Colby shot on May 21st, 2011! Enjoy the show!

You can view the images individually on The OnOn Digitography Facebook Page or on my wedding photography blog!

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