DEAR BRIDES:  That Perfect Photographer For Those Priceless Images?  |  Sharing My Wedding Moments With You  |  Virginia Beach Photographer

After working with so many Brides and sharing my stories with them of why I love what I do, why I capture the images I choose to, and why I know these images mean so much to us. I thought I would pull some of those images in to this Blog so that you may better understand the reasons for choosing the perfect wedding photographer for you and your special day.

You see… Over the years I have received so MANY messages about Brides looking for a good deal, Brides not wanting to spend much, Brides only looking for so many hours of coverage, and I could go on and on. But when I sit with my Brides and explain the reasons for why I LOVE capturing weddings. And why I LOVE capturing moments that my Brides will cherish. Once I explain to them of the one wedding photo I own and how my heart melts every time I see it… Because in that moment of getting ready myself I had missed it. And how I was so thankful my wedding photographer Sarah did NOT miss it. So it’s one of the many images I cherish to this day.

I think in the moments of getting our wedding days together we forget the reasons we hire someone to document our day. We forget the meaning those images will hold for us.

I can’t tell you how many Brides say they don’t need my services and then return after there wedding is over to me and mention how upset they are that they missed something, they wish they hired someone better, or how they just wish they would have taken these images more to heart. Because now it’s to late to return those moments to images. It’s to late to re-document those moments. Because they are now lost forever.

And I know we all can’t afford the best photographers in the world. THIS IS NOT THE REASON FOR ME SHARING THIS! I AM NOT TELLING YOU THAT YOU CAN’T HAVE IMAGES LIKE THIS UNLESS YOU HIRE ‘BIG TIME’ PHOTOGRAPHER. I am simply expressing my reasons for choosing who I did and why I cherish my wedding images so much. So that maybe if you are a Bride thinking ‘wedding images’ aren’t on your list of things to have… Just maybe you will understand the GREATNESS for having these images captured and documented as I was blessed to do. ❤

Here you will find some wedding images I cherish and the reasons for which I do.


1Any Mommy can understand this one…  Watching as 2 of your best friends get your little girl ready for our BIG day.  Because after all it was her day too.  Her Mommy & Daddy were going to make her family complete.  She even picked out her very own white dress and silver shoes.

2THIS WAS THE MAIN IMAGE THAT I CHERISH TO THIS DAY:  I never got to see these moments right here.  I was making sure the flowers were ready and getting myself ready as well.  And my 2 best friends took great care of my little beauty.  I LOVED seeing this one where she was having her hair fixed while putting on her fancy shoes.  ❤


4This look of my little beauty…  Taking it all in.  And getting all dressed up like a princess.  ❤

5I LOVE THIS PERFUME!  Smells of Gardenias…  My favorite flower and what I always wanted to wear in my hair on my wedding day.

6She asked our photographer so beautifully to take a picture of her fancy shoes with her Mommy.  ❤

7She even asked if we could have picture taken while we waited…  ❤

8My Mama and little sister helping me get ready.  ❤

9I HATE taking pictures.  Anyone who knows me knows this VERY much.  But Sarah made sure I felt at ease and captured images I still love to this day.

10My Mom and Sister!  ❤

11My beautiful Mum-In-Law!  ❤


Sarah captured my Hubby in this moment as we were getting ready to walk in.  🙂

13I love this image my Father giving me away…  As everyone I love is in this image.  I was starting to cry…  And my Hubby gave me that look like “Please don’t.  I’m going to cry too.” And we all knew we both would have balled our eyes out….  So we all started laughing.  It was a moment to cherish.

14Praying with my love….  ❤

15A kiss, my ring, and the gardenia flower not only in my hair but in my bouquet!  ❤

16Our little beauty running up to us while we were taking out photos after we said our vows.  She was so excited and over joyed.  That Mike and I picked her up to hug her.  But like a little one she jumped down to run and play.  And Sarah captured that for us.

17Sarah had to stop taking pictures because a few moments later our little bumped her head.  (in the colored photo you can see a red mark on her)…  But as we were comforting her Sarah captured yet again another moment for our family that we cherish.  ❤

18Us girls waiting around and being silly!  🙂


Our little beauty wanted to bring her purse after the wedding was over to dress up more…  And started to run around…  He she was running between the Grooms Men’s picture time.  ❤

20Saying our hellos and thank yous…  And here she captured us as we found some of our BEST friends!  🙂  ❤

21So much dancing and having fun…  Our little girl was dancing the night away.  Sarah captured our beauty dancing with her best friend Rashid.  Every time she would see Rashid she would scream and giggle,  “My Sheed!  My Sheed!”  Oh how she loved him.  ❤  And he loved her too.  And you could see it here.  Another image I will always cherish.

22The end of the night…  Dancing and singing.  Smiles and giggles…  And the moments my Hubby Mike grabbed me and started to dance with me when I didn’t see it coming.  Everyone around us kicking off their shoes, having some drinks, and celebrating with us.

You see…  To you and many other these are just everyday pictures.  But to me, my loves, and family…  These images mean so much more.  Oh, how I would share EVERY wedding image I own with you all because I love them so much.  But I just wanted to express just what these moments mean to us Brides.  And that by taking some time to find that perfect photographer who can help document these images for you…  Will in the end be more priceless then you could ever dream of.

I hope that when you finish reading this…  And see what images mean the most to me as a Bride.  Maybe just maybe you will grow to cherish and WANT these moments documented as well for yourself.

Yes, these images are NOT perfect.  Things could be changed, and images could be different.  But to me these are PERFECT!  They are why I chose the photographer I did.  Because I knew in my heart just by speaking with her that she was the perfect fit for us.  And still to this day she is in our lives and documenting so much for us.

So Dear Brides and Brides to be…  PLEASE understand the importance of picking your photographer that fits you.  DON’T just pick anyone who has a camera.  DON’T just pick someone to save money.  DON’T just say they are pictures anyone can take.  Because no other photographer could have got these images for me like Sarah did.  NONE of them could have shown me memories over and over again each year.  NONE of them could make me cherish my images the way I do to this day.

I’m NOT telling you to break the bank.  I’m NOT telling you to hire me.  I’m NOT telling you what to do.  I’m just expressing the reason behind why I love what I do.  And why as a Photographer and Bride…  I know what I am looking for and why being there with you is so important through your day.


So look with an open heart when you choose that ‘perfect’ photographer for you.  After all you may never know…  They could be your photographer for life…  Maybe even turn into your best friend.  ❤

Dear Future Bride… | A Letter From The Photographer! | Virginia Beach

Dear Future Bride,

We do not know each other.  You may have never heard of me.  You may have been sent my way by a friend.  You may have even found me on your own by way of social media.  You may have even been following me for a while now and I never knew.  But however you found me…  Thank you!  I will be forever grateful!

Do you know why ?

Because you my dear took time to search for the perfect photographer to show the love you have for your fiancée.  To make sure your day is documented with love and respect.

And yes you may still be searching for that perfect photographer.  You may not even think I am the fit for you.  But I am grateful because you took time to stop here and read this letter.

You must feel so overwhelmed right now?  You must have so many crazy emotions running through you?  I just ask that you take a moment right now and breath…  Take a deep breath, and take it all in.  Take in that moment your love asked you to marry them.  Take a moment and look at your engagement ring.  Are you doing this ???  I hope you are!  Because these moments are ones to cherish.  Moments that will also use to help you choose your wedding dress, the style, venue, and all those crazy details to your wedding story along the way.  So remember when the planning and searching starts to drive you mad.  Just remember to breathe and think back to that moment you ‘said yes’ to your love.  Because I promise…  the moment you do that…  everything will fall in to place.

I want you to know…  That I know those crazy feeling you are going through…  because I too was a Bride.  I remember those moments, planning, and wanting to find a wonderful photographer to capture my wedding day.  And because I know those feeling.  I know all those moments.  I can better help you with yours.  I can better help you capture those memories that you will cherish forever.

I want you to know that when you say yes to choosing Tashena Shaw Photography as your wedding photographer…  You will receive a photographer, wife, mom, and life long friend who will be by your side on the day you become one with the love of your life.

When I have been chosen to capture your wedding…  I give my all.  I give 100 plus percent of myself to every image I snap, every moment I capture between you two.  I make sure to capture those little details, whispers, smiles, stolen kisses, and love between you two.

I don’t just capture those ideal wedding images…  But I take time to make sure I capture those canned moments that you are distracted by on your special day.  I want to make sure I document your wedding in a way that speaks of you and your love.  Because I know each wedding and love story is unique in their own right.  I understand that you are going to place every detail to your day.  You are going to want to make sure that the littlest details are not over looked and just placed in time for all to forget about.  But that when I capture those details…  I capture them in a way that shows off so much love, time, and dedication that you and your fiancée put in to your wedding day.  After all your wedding day, style, and moments are about you two.  And you should have images to look back on every year of your anniversary…  You should be able to smile and think to yourself,  “What a beautiful day!  I cherish every image I hold in my hands right now.  I would say yes all over again if it meant sharing in a wedding like this again with my love.”

That’s how I look at my wedding images.  That is what runs through my head when I am showing clients their images from their wedding day.  And I understand that if I myself can cherish such images…  That my Brides should be able to do the same as well.

After all these images are captured for a lifetime.  They are there to show your friends, family, children, grandchildren, and their grandchildren.  These are moments to last a life time.

I hope that I am blessed enough to go on this journey with you!  I hope that as you finish reading this you can have just a small understanding of the love, hard work, and dedication I want you to experience as we capture your wedding day together.

So Dear Future Bride…  I hope I have the honor of being your wedding photographer!  ❤

Much Love,
Tashena Shaw Photography







“I would not be able to express in “words” all that Tashena & her husband, Michael, provided for my daughter’s wedding! Everything my daughter and future son-in-law wanted to have captured was taken care of. Thrilled when she agreed to fly out, ahead of the wedding day, to walk thru the outdoor environment and ceremony setting, to ensure she knew exactly what the Bride & Groom wanted. Her professionalism & expertise were so welcome! She captured everything the couple wanted for their photos & more! As Father of the Bride, you would be very hard pressed to find any better service than what Tashena Shaw Photography provided for us!!”

-Rick (The Father Of The Bride)
-Wedding Date: 08-29-2015


This one was from my very 1st wedding I was ever blessed to capture.  ❤

 Tashena Shaw Photography is forever grateful to Jennifer and Jason.  ❤

“Tashena was amazing! Every bride worries whether or not they have chosen the right photographer… I mean, this is documentation that will last forever. I was surprised, however, at her professionalism and the photographs delivered. She was outstanding! I believe that my husband and I were the first couple to hire her for a wedding, but the pictures were incredible! The entire day was so hectic, but Tashena remained calm and collected and was willing to listen to all of our specific requests and she was still able to photograph important events without “getting in the way”. I hardly noticed her, but she was able to capture the most significant moments. She also went out of her way to please both my husband and I, and I would recommend her to anyone needing a professional photographer for any occasion. She was kind, patient, and even felt like part of the family. When we all started getting stressed out, Tashena kept her cool and did her job perfectly. I am more than happy that she was the photographer for our wedding day, because she did such an awesome job.”

-Jennifer (The Bride)
-Wedding Date: 06-29-2013


“Tashena did a remarkable job from the time I reached out to her, several months in advance of the wedding, throughout the entire process up to post wedding updates. Communication and detail are very important to me, and since we live in Texas, and she lives in Virginia Beach, the entire planning was done long-distance. When I came to Virginia Beach in July 2015 to finalize things and visit venue, etc., it was just as important for her to meet me, as it was for me to meet her. I was impressed by her desire to really get to know the couple, and their personality prior to the wedding day. She was able to match her professionalism and style with our own.

After I met and had coffee with Tashena, I really like her as a person, and felt that she genuinely cared about making our day special, and capturing all of the moments that we wanted. There’s a trust you feel with her, and that helped me relax from planning time, all the way up to our wedding. She was wonderful to work with on our wedding day with her easy going personality, flexibility, and willingness to be open to what we had in mind. As a bride, you sort of felt like she was there as one of your support resources!

I would highly recommended Tashena for any couple planning to get married. Not only were her prices reasonable, the quality of her work was incredible. Our pictures are beautiful as she captured all of the special moments we desired, and more, so that exhibit so much emotion. Excellent photographer with great style and professionalism!”

-Bridgette (The Bride)
-Wedding Date: 09-19-15


“I had the benefit of watching Tashena shoot her first wedding and when it was time to select a photographer for my wedding I knew where to go. We had to change our wedding date and Tashena worked with the change without issue. She goes above and beyond to capture the perfect shot. Tashena is professional, caring and compassionate. She has a true passion for capturing the perfect picture. I highly recommend her for your wedding and any photography needs you have.”

-Angelique (The Bride)
-Wedding Date: 12-31-2014

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