Virginia Beach Family Photographer

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Beautiful Portraits - Taken from Your Life

Families change and grow quickly. Before you know it, you’re left with memories of the joyful time together. Beautiful Family Portraits strengthen those wonderful memories. The major events and milestones in your life give you a great opportunity to share in the celebrations of family. (Extended Family Reunions, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Wedding Engagements)
We are committed to capturing the unique spirit that makes your loved ones so special. It’s a moment in time that carefully reflects the family, and the individual personalities in a way that tugs at the heart and tells a story for years to come. We understand how important it is to have keepsakes of the wonderful moments shared between you and your loved ones.

The Perfect Location

There are many gorgeous locations in Hampton Roads that lend themselves as beautiful backgrounds. Consider the many beaches in Norfolk, Ocean View, Virginia Beach, and Sandbridge Beach. Our favorite Parks in Virginia Beach are: First Landing State Park and Red Wing Park. First Landing has a boat ramp which is great for including your boat with your family portrait. In Chesapeake, Oak Grove Lake Park has trails as well as waterfront areas. This location offers many beautiful sites for Families, high school senior portraits and engagement sessions. The Norfolk Botanical Gardens offers a variety of options during most of the year. There are many portraits in our galleries that were taken from these areas. Look through the many images and see what feels right for the type of session you are looking for.

Consider your own home. The front steps of your house, the garden area or inside where everyone gathers.

When you have considered what location is right for your family, let’s talk! We want to insure the best light for the location is considered when scheduling.
Family Portrait Sessions on the beach are typically scheduled during the last 90 minutes of sunlight in the evening. This time of day renders beautiful, warm colors on faces and a sky that is full of blue or sunset hues: it’s gorgeous! Other locations, such as gardens or inside, have other unique lighting requirements to consider. We would love to meet for a consult at no charge to go over the details that insure a beautiful portrait.

Session Fee

Sesssion Fee:  $125 (applies to family sessions, children, maternity, high school seniors, and engagements)

The session fee is for my time, talent and in many cases for my assistant. It does not include any prints or products. Each session includes a pre-shoot phone consultation, where we will discuss the details of your session, and studio gallery portrait review appointment where you can make your ordering decisions. I do not require a minimum purchase; individual prints start at $50 and print collections start at $299. I also offer a digital collection which includes the session fee and up to 20 of your favorite images – delivered in the Regency Finish with a resolution that will print up to an 8x10. The session fee is non-refundable, however, should you need to reschedule due to illness or an emergency, please contact me as soon as possible.


Once you have picked out a location that is right for you and your family, we can determine the right time to schedule the portrait. Many important factors from naps to lighting are considered! Often the beach looks the best during the last 90 minutes of light. Parks often require late afternoon or late morning. Let’s talk about the location and timing together for your session and go from there.

Large Variety of Images

We provide a large variety of images that are both casually posed and candid. Our family groupings are created from your wishes along with the creative spontaneity of your family. This generates a relaxed and fun event for all!  You’re are welcome to make as many requests for different groupings or candid moments!

Turn Around Time

Your images will be ready to review in 2 to 5 days with an appointment. We cull the images down so you are not overwhelmed! We will show you a handsome selection of the best images. It’s entertaining and heartwarming. If you love Black & White Portraits we can show you with just a click. Our special software also allows us to show you images in exact sizes for wall portraits, gift portraits, and more.

Often moms request an expression change on one or two family members between poses so that everyone can look their best in one picture. Yes, we change out faces…but not on the spot. This is part of the magic of retouching and artwork before sending your order to a professional color lab. Once you have placed your order your beautifully printed portraits will be delivered to you in 5 to 8 weeks.

More Info & Our Guarantee

To get an idea of what your session will be like, how we finish prints, and who we are, please view our video on YouTube: 

Your satisfaction is always guaranteed. Our job is to provide you with amazing images of your family that you will enjoy for many years. It’s important that you love your photographs and they bring joy to your life.

If you feel that you are ready to schedule with our studio, please give us a call at (757) 463-3353 and let us know.

Our Commitment to Portrait Permanence

Have you had portraits of past generations given to you? It is a part of who you are and the legacy of your family line. It is also about heartwarming memories you have shared together. The portraits you create with our studio will be the keepsakes you hand down to your children and their children. A beautiful portrait can be small or large. What is important is its ability to tell a story that is personal and meaningful to you.

We are a studio that is based on the creation and production of beautiful images. It is a complete piece of art. There are many steps to the process. We take great care to handle each part of the process to give you the best quality. We want you wowed when you hold the final creations in your hands!

How will you keep and view these professional Portraits? Archival permanence needs to be strongly considered to insure you can enjoy your images for decades to come. This may sound counter intuitive to current thought, but beautifully created photographs are safest when they are in your hands instead of on a disc. Consider that the storage and management of digital files will increase dramatically every year for images that you are not enjoying.  Thousands of images in dozens of folders stored across various machines and cloud platforms makes losing digital files a hard reality. Technology will change and you will need to update and change the formats of your existing files in the future, too. We are dedicated to physical images becauses digital images are easily lost, buried, corrupted or outdated. We have a commitment to your portrait permanence and that is why we put the final prints into your hands!