Baby Max | Hampton Roads Newborn Photographer

I never ever travel to do newborns anymore but Lindsey and Demetrios happen to land on the “exception” list! When Lindsey asked if I would drive up to Richmond, there wasn’t a chance I could say no! I have known her WELL over a decade and capturing this new family of four was an honor¬†to me!
Lucas couldn’t be a better big brother. He has always been one amazing kid. When they brought him down to Virginia Beach for Valentine’s pics, he was so dang well behaved it blew my mind. Not that it surprises me. When you have an amazing mom and a great, hands on dad, you are bound to get an amazing family ūüėČ
Baby Max had some serious allergy issues so I had to spend some extra time editing but when I looked at him, and his sweet little soul, I was willing to go above and beyond. He is such a mini Demetri. In fact, we broke out pics of Max’s late grandfather and my jaw dropped at the similarity! SO crazy!
As you can see, Lindsey and Demetri have a photographer’s dream guest room. I told them they should think about renting it out as studio space! HAHA
Congratulations guys! You know how Steve and I feel about you both! They are some really lucky kids to have landed y’all for parents.:)
Here are my favs!:)

 

 

 

DHM Photography specializes in newborn, baby, child, kid, family and maternity photography in Virginia Beach and surrounding areas including but not limited to Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth and Hampton Roads.

Our Wedding | Virginia Beach Family Photographer

MAN! Being a photographer, you truly miss out on doing things timely for your OWN photos! Wanna know a secret? Steve and I haven’t printed ONE picture from our wedding!!! I am going to go ahead and blame David Schwartz because we simply can’t pick a favorite!!!! It isn’t much better explaining your OWN event, so I will do my best! Here goes my Wedding Blog: Part One

Two years ago, I married my soulmate! We chose to have a ceremony in Luray, VA because that is our favorite spot. We have been going up there at least once a year for SIX years. We actually just celebrated our dating anniversary on August 26th because I finally let him call me his girlfriend AND said I loved him IN LURAY!!!:)
We just knew that Luray had to be a part of our big day! As much as we wished it could happen, we knew expecting all of our friends and family to figure out cabins/etc for Luray would be crazy and finding a spot for everyone wasn’t going to happen so we decided to get married with our immediate families and wedding party only. ¬†We would then have all of our extended family and friends for our big reception two days after that (I will blog that also!) I searched and searched for the perfect house and honestly, on the drive to see this one, I felt it. I turned to Steve while we were still ten minutes away and I said “This is it. This is gonna be where we get married!” I was right. It was perfect and on a secluded section of property on the river AND had a couple other houses next to it that we could rent for everyone else!:)
The day before our ceremony, everyone started to arrive and then we all hopped in the Shenandoah River and went tubing! Later that night we laughed way too hard playing Cards Againts Humanity and drinking moonshine! We also did engagement pictures. Isn’t¬†Steve so handsome???!!! ¬†Then we moved into rehearsal pics! How cute is the first pic of me and my bridesmaids? Definitely a framer, right? I LOVE the ones of Steve and his groomsmen too!!

One of my favorite things about our wedding was all the details that were brought together by the people we love the most. The arbor my Dad made for us is one of my favorite things. It has since been turned into an accent wall in our dining room and I still smile when I look at it. So appreciative that the groomsmen helped get that sucker put together for us! My sister made up the bouquets and made THE BEST dinner for us. (more on that below)

Then we move into getting ready for the big moment!¬†SERIOUSLY!!!! If Cassie ever needed a backup career… it is to be a hairdresser! Not that I am surprised! I got my hair done for her wedding and when I didn’t like it, she re-did my hair and all of her bridesmaids too! Thanks for making me pretty, Cassie! Melissa and Stephanie obviously took her up on her services too! Didn’t she do an amazing job???
I did a first look with Steve AND my Dad and I loved seeing their reactions! They didn’t take long! All of us were anxious to get HITCHED!!!

It was finally time to do the full deal! I walked down the aisle to “Somewhere Only We Know” by Lilly Allen and immediately felt tears welling up when I saw Steve waiting for me at the end of the aisle! And that pic of me and my dad? If there was ever a question if we are related, that is no longer a thing. We also asked Steve’s grandfather to be the one to marry us. I will forever be so happy we did! It made our ceremony so special!

Forever grateful to David Schwartz and all of these amazing photos! We love you!

 

Getting ready for the REAL DEAL!

Here we go! Shower, Fireball, and some peace and calming oil and I am READY to get ready!!!

Dave- I can’t ever thank you enough! I will always treasure this picture of all of us! Means SO much that you were the one capturing this day!!!!

Here is where the night to a SHARP turn. Notice there aren’t many pics Dave took. I think we scared him! hahaha
First of all, my sister (and helpers) cooked a FIVE STAR dinner for our wedding night. No- seriously!!!! It still pops into my head when Steve asks “what do you want for dinner?” Uhhh My wedding dinner- duh!!!! We had beef tenderloin, lobster tails, mashed potatoes and asparagus! It was insanely good!
Then we started the PARRRRTTTTYYYYYYYY! After a few drinks, we all changed into our NO NEW FRIENDS t-shirts and started what could possibly be the most fun night I have EVER had!!!!

 

This is a BEFORE shot. Our best man, Stephen Hobbs, went to Walmart that day and purchased a HUGE tarp, that big ole bottle of Dawn soap, and got a pitcher of apple pie shooters ready. The beginning of slip and flip is now birthed!!!!!!

 

 

 

DHM Photography specializes in newborn, baby, child, kid, family and maternity photography in Virginia Beach and surrounding areas including but not limited to Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth and Hampton Roads.

 

Steadman Family 2015 | Virginia Beach Family Photographer

Time is flying by! I shot my sister’s family last fall at First Landing in Virginia Beach and look how big Mary James and Davis are! Feels like yesterday MJ was turning one¬†or when Davis was obsessed with elephants!¬†
Their height isn’t the only thing that has changed. Mary James had a fantastic solo in her recital and her acting debut Goldie Locks this year! Davis is obsessed, and insanely talented, with baseball. They are great in school, well rounded, funny, and they love nothing more than being around their family!
This was by far the best session with all of them to date but I am sure they will all crush this year’s too!
Check out those pics of my pretty sister <3 Even Brian struck a pose. I think this is the first time he did solo pics and he crushed it! It is no secret how much these little nuggets adore their parents and I know they are gonna treasure these forever!

 

 

DHM Photography specializes in newborn, baby, child, kid, family and maternity photography in Virginia Beach and surrounding areas including but not limited to Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth and Hampton Roads.

Daniel Family | Hampton Roads Family Photographer

I’ve known Cassie for almost 20 year and Tee for 18 years! Its pretty crazy to go through life with awesome friends and be able to witness their (and your own) unfortunate decade trends! ? Cassie and I have seen butterfly clips, jean jumpsuits, hair glitter, insane highlights, weirdly colored sunglasses (yes I know you had those purple or yellow shades!), super shimmer lip gloss, and so much more! We have been on Spring Break trips, college¬†formals, vacations, surprise parties, I was a bridesmaid in their wedding, and Cassie was a bridesmaid for mine. I have been there when they announced they were having a baby (yes I have me screaming like a maniac on video !!!), their second born was my very first newborn client, and SO many life moments!
Cassie is one of the most beautiful people I have ever met. She was my actual sister’s little sister in sorority, so when I cam to visit at age 17, I saw Cassie across the room. We immediately started dancing together and it was love at first sight!!!
I saw Cassie through many ups and downs, ¬†rocky moments that were her route to her forever, and I was even there for when she started dating Tee! They had their share of 20 year old issues but they were my forever favorite couple. (Regardless of me and Tee fighting more than siblings! No- seriously! We fought like brother and sister! haha) Bless Tee’s patience and how he has put up with our, how we say, “boisterous” group of girl friends!¬†?¬†Together they raised two amazing kids, run multiple businesses, and are the BEST leaders in the global empire they are building with our company, Nerium.
I was finally able to get them to come together for a few minutes and snap some shots of them. Tee’s parents came along too! ?¬†Here are my favorites!

 

 

 

DHM Photography specializes in newborn, baby, child, kid, family and maternity photography in Virginia Beach and surrounding areas including but not limited to Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth and Hampton Roads.

Baby Harrison | Virginia Beach Newborn Photographer

Tyler and Jennifer were wedding clients of my mentor David Schwartz so when they found out they were expecting their first child, I was elated that they chose to use me as their new family photographer!:)
Harrison was a much bigger fan of being held by momma than being a model but we rocked out some seriously adorable shots! I loved his spiky dark hair and puckered up lips!

 

DHM Photography specializes in newborn, baby, child, kid, family and maternity photography in Virginia Beach and surrounding areas including but not limited to Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth and Hampton Roads.