Hey everyone! Guess what (as if you didn’t already know from the title)?!

Talkative Tuesday is back!

I can’t make any excuses for why I stopped doing posts. I just let my work take over my life. Plus moving, getting married, spartan races (we complete our tri-fecta this Saturday YEE!) and just everything in between. But, I really want to use this time to be able write special posts, give advice to clients, write thoughts down from my crazy coffee fueled brain and give you a little peek into my life and the various things I do, hear or see.


Today I want to share about the Woof and Wine event held by Paws and Claws SPCA that I attended this weekend at the gorgeous Sans Soucy Vineyards in Brookneal, Virginia.

There were so many wonderful things about this event. From the happy people roaming about drinking wine and chatting with their friends. To the smooth sounds of Dane Ferguson‘s voice in the background, but the best thing about this event were the dogs that were there. It was so great to see these dogs that were rescued given a chance to live and exist. You could feel their happiness radiating from their doggy smiles!

I was invited by my sweet mother-in-law, Susan, who is also a very active member of Paws and Claws, with the promise of it being great time! And when she says it will be a good time, you know it will. So, I brought a friend and we sat and ate delicious pizza and had samples of the wine (ended up buying two bottles of Oak and Berry – DELICIOUS).  As I was sitting there, I found myself thinking that these dogs would look so good being photographed in this moment. And then I remembered I had my camera in the car! Immediately I grabbed it and started snapping away snapping shots of dogs and their owners, dogs just by themselves and the  wonderful Paws and Claws SPCA group!

I hope you see the happiness I saw Saturday. Can’t wait for next year!

If you would like more info about how to be a part of the Paws and Claws SPCA group click here.

If you’re interested in downloading  your images from this weekend click this link. If you want to purchase a print ALL proceeds will be donated to the Paws and Claws group!

And remember, ADOPT don’t shop! 


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Meet the Stevens Family!

I am so blessed to know these people! And MY what I handful Jennifer and Johnny have with all FIVE boys they have! They are just so wonderful with their children. You can just really feel that they’re just happy people and happy to have each other as family.

The photo shoot was at Berry Hill Mansion and we just walked around the grounds and found gorgeous spots that were beautifully lit by the golden sun. We also decided that colors would work best as far as what to wear and Jennifer really pulled them together with the different shades. THAT is why I love fall! Colors!

Enjoy!

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Meet Zoey, again (you can find her first senior session here) from Gretna High School!

We had to have a fall session and get shots of her with her hunting gear. Let me tell you this girl is fearless and knows her way around her hunting bow and riffle. Add a little plaid and boots into the mix and you have the right recipe for a gorgeous senior portrait!

We were so fortunate with the weather this day. There was a 70% chance of rain, but for some reason we still decided to move forward with the shoot, because the rain doesn’t scare us! Her brother who was visiting from out of town also jumped in a few shots and this made Mama very happy to have some pictures of the two together.

Enjoy!

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Meet the Thomas Family!

Russel, Jodi, and Henry!

Wow! Fall portraits are just my favorite (and BUSIEST) time of year! You just can’t beat the color and the warm clothes that come with it. Speaking of clothes, Jodi sure knows how to put an assortment of outfits together. It’s funny because I told her she should totally become my stylist for Senior portraits. Henry always rocks the newest pair of Tom’s and I just LOVE it!

Enjoy!

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  • beth graham

    You captured the love and happiness in this family with your amazing pictures! They just take my breath away! Oh by the way, I am Russell’s mom and hope I find some of these in my Christmas stocking!ReplyCancel

Meet Emily and Jason!

They were married on October 11th, 2014 at Miller Cabin in Scottsburg, Virginia.

Although the weather was dreary and a little wet, the day was full of wonders. Emily and her ladies got ready at Berry Hill Mansion in South Boston, while Jason anxiously awaited seeing his bride for the first time right outside the hotel in the courtyard for their first look. Such high emotions for these two. You can feel the love radiating from them in these photos. It was such a blessing to be able to capture these moments!

All of their family and friends joined them soon after at the Cabin, which was one of my favorite parts about the day. Such a beautiful rustic fall wedding! I wish you could see every single little detail that friends and family helped design with Emily. She really had a vision with this place! So many secret rooms and places to decorate with a wild flower look and pumpkins! I just couldn’t get enough (hence all the detail photos…sorry not sorry)!

Emily’s mother, Lisa, made ALL of the desserts! INCREDIBLE! I only wish I could describe how delicious they were, but you just had to be there.

Now, on to a little bit about the couple!

How They Met:

Emily and Jason have known each other for quite some time. They met each other playing AYSO soccer when they were in grade school but didn’t know that later on in middle school they would become good friends. Such good friends in fact that they became THE couple everyone admired at Halifax County High School.

Fast forward years later in college, Jason and Emily decided that since they were so far apart from one another (Jason at William and Mary – Emily at Appalachian State) they decided to focus on their schooling and date other people. Funny thing is, when love has you by the heart strings, you just can’t let go. Jason always felt that no matter what no one could be Emily, the love of his life. After about three years of being apart, the two decided to rekindle the relationship and haven’t looked back since.

The Proposal:

Jason woke me up very early on a cold November morning. He told me to get dressed, but wouldn’t say what we were doing. When I got in the car, he tied a blindfold over my eyes. He then drove us on to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We parked and I took my blindfold off. We hiked up Humpback Rocks in the pitch black and sat down on the summit snuggled under a blanket and watched the sun come up. Once all the other people had left, Jason pulled out the ring box and proposed. Afterwards, we got coffee and tea and pastries and went by the library book sale in Charlottesville. We followed that with dinner and celebratory drinks.

The one thing you love most about one another?

Jason to Emily:

There are so many things that I love about Emily. I can’t narrow it down to just one. At minimum I can list two: I love Emily the most for her independence, and her support and encouragement, especially while I’ve been in nursing school.

Emily to Jason:

I don’t really know how to pick just one thing. I love that he is so willing to do whatever I want us to do- including getting up long before the sun to train for half marathons, driving in to the mountains for long hikes, and stopping at every book store we pass.

Enjoy!

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  • Emily

    Oh my goodness ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Cole

    Amazing Beginning to End! I felt like I was there! Gorgeous wedding and beautiful bride! Never seen a couple look more in love!ReplyCancel

  • Maegan

    Love these so much!ReplyCancel

  • Trina

    Beautiful wedding and couple-Heather you did a great job! Love the pictures!ReplyCancel