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It’s not often that I have the privilege of photographing an actual PROPOSAL where the bride-to-be (hopefully!) is the only one that doesn’t know what’s going on. Cole had the brilliant idea of having the proposal photographed, and Olivia’s Mom knew me from doing a Mother / Daughter shoot of her and Olivia some years ago.

I brought my lovely wife Trish along to help me with the ruse. It’s hard to hide on the beach. So, I pretended to be shooting photos of my wife until Cole could get Olivia in the position we’d agreed on. Once she had her back to me I was free to move into the position I needed to be to capture what you’ll see below.

Enjoy! We sure did!

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It was an honor and pleasure to serve as the photographer for Sophia’s Bat Mitzvah on March 8th, 2014. The service was held at Beth Chaverim by Rabbi Israel Zoberman (who is ALWAYS a pleasure to see, he’s just one of those people with energy that draws you close). The party afterward was held at the Virginia Beach Sheraton Oceanfront. Great times!

If you’re looking for a photographer in Virginia Beach for your daughter’s Bat Mitzvah, drop me a line, I’d be happy to do it.

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The Norfolk Women’s Club was the setting for the wedding of Lauren and Thomas which took place on 1-11-14! Their ceremony was held at Crossroads Church in Norfolk. I had a blast getting to know this couple during the planning process, shooting their engagement photos (at the Virginia Beach MOCA) and flurries of emails back and forth. The Norfolk Women’s Club is a GREAT venue for couples that want to do things “their way”. This was a charming, intimate, family friendly wedding with a wonderful group of people there to celebrate.

Just to do a little something different, Lauren and Thomas were nice enough to write a review about me, so I’ll let them take it from here:

“We did a lot of research and looked through pages and pages of different photographers’ websites before choosing Bill to do our Norfolk Women’s Club wedding photos. It was definitely worth all of the searching!

Bill is so personable and very creative and knowledgable about what he does. He produces quality photos and he captured moments we never even knew he took! He really makes you feel as if he’s just another friend who’s there celebrating your wedding with you. He made sure we were taken care of throughout all the wedding craziness, and my husband and I even noticed him pouring a cup of punch for one of our nieces who couldn’t quite reach the table!

One thing I was afraid of at the beginning was that we might feel awkward in front of the camera and a person we hardly knew. But Bill’s easy-going personality makes the whole experience absolutely comfortable and FUN while producing amazing, professional photos.

Bill did a fantastic job at capturing our wedding in a unique and beautiful way! Thanks Bill!

Lauren & Thomas “

They said it way better than I could. 🙂 Congratulations Lauren and Thomas!

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The Virginia Beach Wedding of Erin and Jeff took place at the Ramada Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia on 11-23-13! This wedding was scheduled to take place in 2014 at a different venue, but the original venue went out of business. So, Erin and Jeff decided to move everything up date wise, trim the guest list down, and move the date. They were able to pull this off in under 6 weeks and I have to say that they did a GREAT job! They were concerned that they’d lose their deposit with me, but I’ve run into this sort of thing before. If I’m not booked for the reschedule date, and you only need a few hours instead of the whole package you originally contracted, I’ll be happy to just apply your deposit to the new date and call it even. So, that’s what they decided to do and it all turned out just fine! Erin got ready at the Turtle Cay resort across the street from the Ramada Oceanfront. I met the girls there to shoot prep and the hustle bustle of the pre ceremony time. The ceremony was indoors at the Ramada and I shot the family stuff in a few blinks of an eye to leave enough time so I could get the couple outside on a very cold early evening to get some fun stuff out on the boardwalk. I got them back in PLENTY of time to enjoy their cocktail hour and the reception was on soon afterward! Cute couple! Congratulations Erin and Jeff!

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The Virginia Beach Museum of Contemporary Art was the setting for Tessa & Carl’s wedding on 11-17-13! Loved shooting this wedding for many reasons. 1. The couple is great! Down to earth and fun, they love to run, and they have a GREAT BIG DOG that is a blast to work with too. (the dog was brought to the engagement session, AND to the wedding for a few shots outside). 2. Tessa and Carl have “the spark”. That relationship pixie dust which appears in photos if the photographer knows what to look for. (and I do!) 3. Tessa and Carl’s family and friends were all wonderful. 3. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach ( MOCA for short ) is one of my favorite places to shoot a wedding. When you put all those factors together, the magic happens every time. The MOCA has so many great little nooks and crannies to shoot photos in and around, it’s a fun place to be a wedding photographer. The couple did a “first look” *gasp* yes they saw each other before the ceremony which I absolutely support in every way. I just put them in the right light and shoot from a distance. This allowed this sweet couple to have a private moment together before the “wedding whirlwind” sucked them up the aisle. The photo below is from that first look, and in my opinion it doesn’t get any better than having a real honest romantic and sweet moment to remember a wedding by. Congratulations Tessa and Carl!

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