To say I’m obsessed with Stephanie Michelle‘s work would be an understatement. She was our photographer for our wedding, our maternity shoot, and now the first of many family photos. She has exceeded my expectations every single time we have worked together.
When we first spoke about where we would take the family photos, I had the idea of shooting them in a sunflower field. Then, the more I thought about it… I realized I would never hang a picture of sunflowers on my wall…so why would we take them there? I think they are beautiful, but I’m a lover of neutrals tones and pastels when it comes to wall hangings. Some may think that’s boring but hey, gotta stay true to myself! 😉
When I explained this to her, she totally understood! I feel like she just “gets me”! And that is a wonderful thing to have in a photographer.
We played around with the idea of shooting at the beach again (both our wedding and maternity sessions were there), but the lighting during that time of day would make it difficult. (One thing I learned about working on shoots back when I did makeup was that lighting is EVERYTHING!)
The Norfolk Arts District, or Norfolk NEON District, was absolutely perfect for the time of day that we shot these (9:30 am). We lucked out with ideal weather, and we had the best time with Stephanie! Derek’s mom came to help with Audrey which was incredible because she knows how to get Audrey smiling!
Once again, Stephanie did not disappoint! We love that we have these photos of us as a new family with baby Audrey.
Here are some of our favorites from the shoot!
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