An Historic Yorktown Anniversary Session | Sibert Family | Virginia Family Photographer

I had the opportunity to spend time with this wonderful family in Historic Yorktown, Virginia for their Fall Anniversary Session.  It was such a joy to be around their energetic kids who were so much fun to capture.  Crystal did a fantastic job at planning their session attire.  They looked great!  I especially loved how they just “rolled with it” during their session. 

Kids, no matter if they are really little or late elementary school aged, need to be able to act like kids. While that may sound obvious, it is important to expect what is reasonable for their particular age and maturity level.  Stephen and Crystal were so gentle, affirming, and completely incredible with their kids.  The best part about their anniversary session was how fun their kids were.  Their younger two children were so full of silly giggles!  The oldest son had the “preteen vibes” going on, which made my heart smile because it reminded me of my own kids.  I am one of those people who loves teenagers, and even used to teach middle school English…and I survived.  😉  Through being silly and a little help from a stuffed Spiderman (and two really awesome parents), we were able to capture lots of silly giggles and even a few snuggles.

We started out next to On the Hill Gallery, then headed down Main Street to the historic Nelson House.  We spent time there while the golden light was gleaming through the trees, spilling over into the garden next to the house.  The Nelson House is beautiful and is a significant part of Yorktown history.  (source )

This early Georgian architectural structure was originally the home of William Nelson, a prosperous merchant, who built it in 1730.   William Nelson’s son, Thomas Nelson, Jr. inherited the home from his father.  Thomas Nelson was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  In addition to this honor, he served in the Continental Congress, the state legislature, and as the governor of Virginia for a brief period of time in 1781.  He served as a brigadier general and commanded the Virginia militia at the Siege of Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. 

After he passed away, his wife continued to live there for the following 30 years.  During the Civil War, it served as a hospital for the Confederate Army, and then eventually for the Union Army as well.  You can find images captured of the Nelson House in the 1860s from the Civil War in various books and on historical websites such as this one

I always consider it an honor to capture families and couples in Historic Yorktown, an area rich with our nation’s history. 

Five Reasons for Anniversary Sessions | Virginia Family Photographer

57Anniversary-Session-Newport-News-Park-Newport-News-VirginiaSchool is about to begin here in Hampton Roads!  Fall will be here on September 23!  It is definitely time to start thinking about scheduling your Fall Anniversary Session, even though it is definitely “very Summer” outside!  It takes some energy and planning to get a family together for a photography session, but it is so beneficial.  Let me explain.

  1.  It is important to document your family each year as it grows and changes.  As parents, we think we will remember all of the details of our children’s sweet faces at 3, 5, and 10 as they grow through their childhood.  For the most part, we do remember many things.  However, time reduces and fades some of the details of those memories.  Photographs are powerful memory triggers for us as we reflect on those moments and share the stories behind it.  Not only do those photos help you remember, but your children will someday be able to see loved ones and moments that they may not completely remember.  A while back, my momma gave me some pictures of me with my Mamaw.  I was a toddler in the images and don’t remember that time with my sweet Mamaw.   Those images are such precious treasures!
  2. Anniversary Sessions are fun!  My job is to capture your natural interaction with your family as we go through your hour long session.  I love to laugh and want you to enjoy the time with your family as I capture your family!  Let’s have some fun!
  3. This is a great time to gather your family together, especially if you have children who no longer live with you or grandparents who would love to be included in the memories.
  4. Anniversary Sessions allow opportunities to purchase beautiful updated artwork for your home or as a gift for a grandparent’s home.  I have various products you can purchase, such as professionally printed luster paper prints, canvas gallery wraps, and metal prints.   Using my special gallery, you can even see how it will look on your walls.
  5. You will have a keepsake for not only your family, but for your children’s future families.  Will future generations of your family be able to see what you looked like and know a part of your story?  We thankfully have images of my great grandparents and know some of the family stories.  In this digital day and age, we are so dependent on digital images.  However, we may not have them forever.  If your phone dies, the cloud disappears, or your computer crashes, what would happen to your images?  Prints remain regardless of technology.
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