Venue Tour | Under the Stars Farm | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Have you ever been somewhere that hasn’t been completely developed yet, but when the person describes their vision for the location, you can totally see it clearly? I had the honor of meeting C.J. McDonald, owner of Under the Stars Farm in Gloucester, Virginia, this week. To say that her vision for her wedding venue is “incredible” doesn’t seem enough. This place is going…

Meet Christen Turney | Allocco Design | Vendor Spotlight

The handwritten letter.  I always dreamed of having beautiful handwriting when I started learning cursive in school.  I have fairly neat handwriting, but achieving a traditional calligraphy style of handwriting hasn’t happened for me yet. I have mastered D’Nealian print because of my primary teaching background, but it isn’t nearly as elegant as calligraphy.  There is just something special about an artfully handwritten note…

Meet Kari Scruggs | Two River Events | Vendor Spotlight

Meet Kari Scruggs of Two River Events, LLC. She is a wedding and event planner located in Southeastern Virginia who serves Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas. Kari established Two River Events in 2013 because of her own wedding. She and her mother planned her wedding, which was perfect since her mother was a veteran wedding planner. While it was a successful and…

Christmas Mini Sessions

 November has flown by so quickly and the holiday season is about to begin!  (Just a week until Thanksgiving.)  (No, I haven’t starting my Thanksgiving prep either.) Can you believe that December is right around the corner, too? Time is important, friend, isn’t it?  Family time should always come first and when the holiday season hits, it can become a struggle to keep everything…

Vendor Feature |Keffer Hall ~ Deep Creek Landing Marina | Belle Eve Photography

I recently had the honor of touring this gem of a location in the Deep Creek Section of Newport News, Virginia.  As I walked up to the office to meet Mary and Rachel, I took in the beautiful view of the marina.  The calm water, the sailboats nestled into their spots neatly along the dock, and the pristine landscaping warmly welcomed me. The reception…

In Search of a Beautiful Child | Virginia Portrait and Wedding Photographer

If I asked you for the definition of “beauty”, what would you say?  Would you list specific physical attributes?  Hair color? Freckles or no freckles? Eye color?  Or would you consider something else? Recently, I was selected to be one of 55 photographers to represent Beauty Revived’s “50 Most Beautiful Children” campaign.  This isn’t just a search for a cute kid.  This goes beyond…

Preparing for an Engagement Session |Virginia Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Belle Eve Photography

You’ve scheduled your engagement session.  You’re really excited!  But suddenly, you feel unsure about how to prepare.  Maybe you have an idea about what you and your beloved fiance will wear.  Maybe you are torn between 2 or 3 outfits.  Should you wear your hair up or down?  And….jewelry? Shoes? Nails?  Location? O.k., take a deep breath and relax, because here are my top…

A Creative Head Shot Session | Yorktown Beach | Yorktown, Virginia | Belle Eve Photography

One thing that really makes my heart soar is to photograph local creatives.   There is a vast diversity of creatives in the 757, filled with a wide range of artistic talents.  I recently had the privilege of capturing head shots for Kim of Coastal Star Decor.   The warmer temperatures at Yorktown Beach in Yorktown, Virginia accented the beach theme for Kim’s session.  Additionally, the…

The Historic Boxwood Inn |Wedding Venue |Virginia Portrait and Wedding Photographer

A place reminiscent of days gone by, of the hustle and bustle of the turn of the century, filled with trains picking up and dropping off people at the depot.  People, living their lives and taking care of the needs of their families.  People walking into the general store of the Curtis house (Boxwood Inn) to purchase goods, visit the post office and stopping…