Emily | An Artists Lifestyle Session

Lifestyle photography has been an interest of mine for years. But when I found my niche with seniors I ran with it and shifted my focus away from lifestyle sessions. Back in April I took a circular weaving class taught by my dear friend(and amazing artist) Emily. I started the first few months of the year feeling dry and uninspired so I was beyond ready for a creative break, and I was hoping this class would really help. 
Well not only did I learn a fantastic new craft, but during the workshop I started brewing some ideas of my own. I was so relaxed and so happy to be a part of the passion that Emily pours herself into everyday, and I couldn't help but long to document that. 




the way in which a person or group lives.

There are a lot of different opinions on what lifestyle photography is. But to me it is capturing people, places and things right where they currently are. Lifestyle photography is telling the story of the here and now, and the passionate reasons why. 

I asked Emily if I could come over sometime to photograph her while she works. 

Emily "Yeah! We would be two people doing what we love together!"

And I certainly loved it. 

Emily, thanks for hanging out with me, being a fast friend and for inspiring me and so many others to pursue their passions. You're a rock and roll lady.

Thanks for reading friends!

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Macy Dog

Meet Macy McKeel!
This sweet furry face is my little cousin-pup! I just love getting to spend time with this ball of spunk when we go to visit my family in North Carolina!
We went outside on the porch for a little photo shoot(and some snuggles of course)! I love how cute she looks with all the pops of orange! I also just love dogs so much!
Dogs make my heart beat! 


My main man, David Tran! 
This guy though! What a model. This has to be one of my favorite shoots to date. 

David works at the VMFA(Virginia Museum of Fine Arts). It's such a beautiful, modern, artistic place. So naturally we took the mission to shoot his senior portraits there withought running into any coworkers. We just barely failed that mission... But with an artistic guy, me and my hopes of making art from my mind to my camera, I think we got some real winners. 

We went out at golden hour so the light was magnificent. Painters had their easels out, friends enjoyed dinner together, and dogs walked their owners. It was such a beautiful evening. 
And I got to spend it with an energetic, down to earth, hype on life, Jesus adoring, goofball, and we had a blast I tell you!

David is seriously one of the best guys I know. He works so hard but with such a serving attitude all the time. That is such a rare thing these days. He is a friend to everybody. I've never heard him say one bad thing about someone. He is always lifting people up which is a direct result of his relationship with Jesus. I just love that so much!

Even with a desire to make the most out of life by being with his friends and family as much as he can, he told me something that kind of blew me away. He skipped his senior homecoming....Like what? But he explained to me that he's never positively influenced at events like that and thought his time would be better spent that evening in a low key setting. That. Is what I'm talking about. How mature is that? This stuff is what makes him so cool and unique. He marches to the beat of his own drum. I love this guy. David wins!

Now! Check out his senior photos!

Sometimes I have my clients lay on their face to wrap up their shoot.
I like those kinds of clients.