Harrisonburg Family Portraits - The Kheyfets

This past Sunday I was able to capture some great photos of a wonderful family in a very scenic location. Veronica, her brother Steven, along with Veronica's two boys and both sets of grandparents met me at the JMU Arboretum on a beautiful Sunday afternoon for a couple of hours while we walked the trails and enjoyed the weather. This was a very casual session mixed with both posed shots and candid photos. I was able to roam around the family as they explored the park which provided me we plenty of opportunities to catch them in some memorable moments.  The entire family was very photogenic and Veronica's two boys were absolutely adorable!

Harrisonburg Engagement Photography - Brad and Danielle

I've worked with Mark Lindsay for over 10 years and he's been a great co-worker and good friend. We were talking about his son Brad who was recently engaged. Mark was asking me about my photography business and was curious if I did engagement photography. Mark connected me with Brad and after some planning we were able to schedule a early morning shoot at the JMU Arboretum. An evening thunderstorm from the night before had left the park a little wet but otherwise the weather was perfect. The sun was hiding behind a nice cover of clouds and provided some excellent natural lighting. The Arboretum provides an array of settings and backgrounds and really allowed us to come away with some unique photos that Brad and Danielle can enjoy as they look forward to their wedding.

What a great photo session with a wonderful couple starting out their life together!

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Nags Head Couples Portraits - Chris and Daniella

There is no better combination than a beautiful couple and the scenic backgrounds of an evening at the beach! 

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Harrisonburg Engagement Photography - Jason and GiGi

I love the entire process of a photo shoot. The anticipation of meeting new clients. Scheduling a time and place. Organizing my gear and charging batteries. Arriving at the location I rehash my thoughts on the current lighting, backgrounds, scenery, etc. Once the clients arrive and we start I'm in "Photographer Mode". I try to see the finished product before I even look through the view finder. I pose the models but I also talk them and try to get to know them. Making a client feel comfortable in front of the camera will bring out the best poses naturally.  This shoot was for Jason and GiGi. They wanted some pictures for their engagement announcement. Not only did the evening produce some great portraits they also have some memorble moments to look back on.

Harrisonburg Family Portraits - The Welsh's

Each portrait session offers new challenges with lighting, focusing, posing etc. The biggest challenge the Welsh's and I faced this session was the COLD! We overcame the red noses and frozen fingers and were able to capture some great moments as we traversed the outskirts of the Endless Caverns. The scenery was amazing and really provided us with some excellent backdrops for the photos below:

Warrenton Family Portraits - The McDaniel-Neffs

 visited my cousin Heather, her husband Clif, and their two children, Max and Ryan. We spent the first part of the day wandering around their beautiful backyard looking for cools spots to do some portrait photography. We took a lot of great photos and meandered towards their parents house who also live nearby. We proceeded to take some fun group photos around their property. Afterwards we watched some football and ate a delicious dinner served by my aunt and uncle.  It was a great day for photos and I hope you enjoy them!

Harrisonburg Wedding Photography - The Roperts

Being a professional photographer is my dream job. This was reinforced after taking pictures for a wonderful couple by the name of Justin and Teresa at the Natural Chimneys in Mt. Solon Virginia. Having never met the couple face to face I was a little nervous and didn't know what to expect. My nervousness was turned to enthusiasm as soon as I met the Groom and his Groomsmen. They were an eclectic group and I really enjoyed taking some group photos of them as we were waiting for the ceremony to start. Once the ceremony began I was caught up in the moment and took photo after photo of the Bride and Groom, the bridesmaids and groomsmen, the ring bearers and the flower girl. After the ceremony we captured some beautiful moments of the wedding party and their families as the scene provided by the soaring chimneys in the background gave us an extraordinary backdrop for many of the shots. I am glad that I was able to be a part of Teresa and Justin's wedding. I hope they look at these photos and enjoy the memories that will last a lifetime. Here is the story of their day:

Warrenton Family Event - The Russells

My family got together near Warrenton Virginia to visit my grandfathers childhood home. After checking out some of our ancestral history we met at my aunts for some dinner and drinks. I had a blast taking pictures of some of my closest family members and I hope to get to do again soon!

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Harrisonburg Senior Pictures - Jordan Knicely

I first met the Knicelys in August of 2014 when I was looking to purchase a new bike. I was immediately impressed with the level of customer service and attention to detail that Gerald of Mole Hill Bikes gave me when I was trying to decide what bike to buy. The service was so good I ended up buying bikes for my whole family there. Since I was spending so much time at their shop I was able to get to know their son Jordan and over the past couple of summers we've been able to enjoy many group rides on the road and on the local mountain bike trails surrounding Harrisonburg. Now that Jordan is a senior in high school he needed some pictures for the year book and I was happy to oblige. Jordan is an awesome person and I really enjoyed spending the afternoon hanging out with him and taking some photos!