Posted on July 5, 2019
Photographing high school seniors always warms my heart, inspires me, and excites me because not only do I have a chance to get to know them, I also get to be a part of such an important milestone: graduating high school and becoming an adult.
This sweet Senior was so much fun to capture for her Senior Session! And this honor student also happens to be my daughter. She’s pretty amazing, if you don’t mind me saying so! Annika read an engagement session blog post that I wrote about a year ago and fell in love with the artistic quality of the Pagoda and its surrounding gardens. The brightly colored Pagoda in Norfolk, Virginia stands proudly. As you walk along the meandering brick path in the lush gardens, the waterfall and weeping willows hush you into silence and beg you to sit, reflect, or even to paint.
Annika is an artist. Therefore, she wanted her Senior portrait session to illustrate her love and passion for art and her artistic view of the world. She is passionate about crafting imagery that is real to someone. She pours dreamy creations onto a page for all to see. Her next step is college, where she will study Animation and Art. She was inspired to learn more about and practice art by her older sister, Rachel. Rachel is also an unbelievably talented artist.
This creative outlet initially became a way for her to express herself. She used it to cope when she was going through a rough patch during middle school. Over time, she enjoyed it so much that she began striving to learn as much as she could about it. I am confident that she will do incredible things in college!
Posted on February 10, 2019
It was a warm summer evening when I had the honor of meeting Lydia and her family in Historic Yorktown, Virginia to photograph her as the runner-up for the Beauty Revived “50 Beautiful Children” campaign. The Beauty Revived organization emphasizes and promotes the inner beauty of children, teens, and women.
Lydia is a beautiful, sweet gal who truly shines. It wasn’t her external beauty, however, that motivated Sharon, a family friend, to nominate her for the “50 Beautiful Children” campaign. When asked “What makes this child truly beautiful?”, Sharon wrote: “Lydia is truly beautiful in appearance, but her heart is what is most beautiful. She is a young teenager but she doesn’t seem to be swayed in the ways that most teen girls are. There is a purity about her. She loves God deeply and steps into moments that reflect His love and affirmation of her God given gifts and talents. She also has a strong confidence about her, willing to step into the hard things. She also loves people with depth, a beautiful thing for a young woman her age.”
The inner strength and faith of Lydia is inspiring. She has a heart for others that manifests in a maturity beyond her years. As an elementary school student she and her sister sold lemonade to raise money for poor children in Haiti. As a teen, she has become a Bible study leader for her peers- the youngest one last summer, in fact.
It isn’t always easy to be a leader. Leadership can often mean standing on your own two feet even when you are the only one standing. Sometimes it means walking alone because you took a stand for doing what is right. It takes courage, and Lydia most definitely has this beautiful quality.
Posted on January 2, 2017
2016 has been a great first official year of business for Belle Eve Photography! Owning my own business has been one of the most exciting things and the most scary things I have done, yet I am having so much fun working as a photographer. It has been a year of growing, exploring, and learning, which has taken me down a more definitive path as a business owner.
There are several reasons that 2016 has been a fantastic first year of business, which I have listed below:
Thank you, to my family, friends, and clients for making 2016 a wonderful year. May God bless you and your families richly as we move into a new year!
Posted on September 19, 2016
It was such a treat to photograph these two awesome people! This session was unique in that we featured Senior siblings. I especially enjoyed getting to know them as we walked around Yorktown, hearing about their dreams for the future and their favorite pastimes. The session was detailed with several outfits, including a very sharp looking band uniform. They looked amazing! We started out their session at the Nelson House, moved to the gardens next to the Nelson House, and then walked down to the beach. (They were such troopers!)
A student’s Senior year is full of joy and excitement for the future as he/she transitions into adult life. It was an honor to capture this moment in time for these young adults, and I know that they will both have a very successful Senior year and beyond.