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Beth | Just For Fun

Beth, of Beth Hamilton Photography, and I went out and had a little fun exploring downtown Norfolk recently. It was pretty chilly out, but we still had a fun time walking around and ‘practicing’. She let me test out her 35mm lens. First time I had used one and could be really fun where there is some gorgeous architecture involved! After it started to get a little dark, we headed to her favorite food establishment, Qdoba. We ended up sitting there for 3 hours chatting away! It was a fun evening hanging out with a fellow photographer. It gave our husbands a break from listening to ‘shop talk’…..again!

Hood Family | Homecoming

This morning I had the pleasure of filling in for another local photog-friend (Michelle of Michelle Mancuso Photography) to photograph the USS Oscar Austin’s homecoming. Dorothy and I had been e-mailing back and forth a few weeks prior to today. I was not surprised that she was just as sweet a person in real life, as she was over e-mail. This was the Hoods’ first homecoming. It was freezing….and when I say freezing, I mean so cold that your hands couldn’t tell if the hand warmers in your coat pocket were working anymore or not! I have been to a few homecomings, but for some reason this morning’s seemed chaotic. Maybe it was the cold, I don’t know. We attempted to stand out on the pier but it was just too cold for their little one, so back to the tent we went. As soon as we got in there Dorothy’s husband called and said he was on his way to the tent. AH! As soon as we walked out of the tent, he was running up to her. Roses and chocolates in hand, so cute! For me, the most memorable moment about this was that we were 5 feet away from the porta-potty. Soooo romantic! 🙂 After a few minutes, they realized where they were too and started to laugh. We tried to take some more photos by the ship, but it was just so cold. Since they lived nearby, we drove to their home for a few pictures. It worked out great! As we were finishing up, Brandon and I were discussing where I am originally from (Michigan). He mentioned he was introduced to Vernors from someone from the mitten state and he liked it! Heck yeah! I am still trying to convert my husband from Cananda Dry to Vernors….not an easy task. If you haven’t had Vernors….you must give it a try.

Welcome home to the men and women of the USS Oscar Austin! And a huge thank you, Hood Family, for letting me be a part of your reunion after 7 long months apart! They really are one of the sweetest family’s I have met in a long time.

Tianna Y. - SO SWEET!!!

Rhodenhizer | Girls

I spent a beautiful November Friday afternoon with these two energetic and happy sisters. They kept me running (literally) around with them for over an hour. Needless to say they wore me out, but it was worth it. Some of my favorite children’s portraits, to date, came from this session. The older girl, Madeline, kept asking me to take more pictures of her. She didn’t want to stop, it was so cute. Most children are ready to be done in 10 minutes, but not her! She was such a good, little model. Lacey had the cutest smile! As the session was starting, her mom was telling me that she has a hard time getting her to smile for pictures. I was determined! Once we got some smiles out of her, she just glowed. I hope to get to work with these two again. Such lovely, well behaved, little girls.

Housner [Family]

As I was working on preparing the images for this post, I realized I had a problem. The problem  is that I just love working with couples! Guilty as charged! When the Housners’ and I met at the charming Adam Thoroughgood home to take their family photos it was a pretty chilly day. Since we wanted to get some photos of just the two of them at some point, they decided to leave their kids in the warm car at the beginning while we went and had some fun. Don’t worry! Grandma was in the car with them. PHEW! Example of problem #1-I got so carried away taking pictures of the two love birds and having so much fun that we soon realized the kids were still in the car and we had more family moments to capture. Their two little girls are so adorable! The cold didn’t seem to bother them at all. In the end, I think the session went great and just adored how the images turned out. I hope you did to!

Hillary Strater - STUNNING! What a beautiful family! Great job, Sarah!


It has been awhile since I have posted on here and figured it was about time I get caught up. November/December were very busy months for me and I am just now having time to sit time to create a new blog post. My writing skills are a little rusty, bare with me.

I had so much fun with Jackie! Turns out she is naming her baby one of the few boy names I like. Bonus! I loved that she wanted to shoot her maternity session in an urban setting. So different than the norm for these types of sessions. We headed to downtown Norfolk. We drove to a few locations during the session and near the end we were trying to hurry to get to the park down by the water before it started to get too dark. When I say hurry….I was walking at a speedy pace and Jackie was trying to keep up. Bad habit of mine, I walk fast. Probably didn’t help that Jackie has much shorter legs than I and is preggers. 🙂 As the sun went down, it got too dark to shoot and started to get chilly, so we called it quits and walked back to the car. Reason #46 why Jackie is fabulous, she parked RIGHT in front of Starbucks. It is like she knew. Come to find out, she is more of a Starbucks junkie than I am. Leave it up to a pregnant lady to get us free drinks at Starbucks after we were done shooting. That’s right. Did I mention she was fabulous? She didn’t even judge me when I got two lattes (BOGO at the time) and said I was drinking both of them myself.

Enough jabbering about Starbucks. Check out the gorgeous and fabulous Jackie!