Craig + Bridget | SPOTLIGHT Family | Shore Drive | Lynnhaven Fishing Pier

I am so beyond excited to welcome Craig & Bridget to out spotlight family this coming year !!! You have no idea just how adorable this couple is. They made their session all about them, their love, and silliness all abound. There wasn’t a moment during their session that we weren’t laughing! The greatest thing about this sweet couple is knowing that soon they will be tying the knot and venturing in to growing their family. Over this next year you will watch as they show their love, uniqueness, and how they each share personal sides to their lives. There are secrets to this family that will make you want to cry, laugh, and scream for joy with them. So I hope this coming year you come back and read along and join in their very personal one of a kind story.

You see… I also picked this family for many more reasons then are placed here today. And when you all (The Readers) come to hear their love, hope, and dreams… I promise you will fall in love with them as much as I have.

***Here are some questions Craig & Bridget have answered for us. A small way to better connect and understand this couple.***

NAMES AND AGES OF THOSE IN THE FAMILY?

NAME: Craig Fritz
AGE: 37

NAME: Bridget Storm
AGE: 35

NAME: Carmen Fritz
AGE: 11

NAME: Maggie Storm-Fritz
AGE: 8

NATIONALITY/CULTURE OF THOSE IN THE FAMILY?

CRAIG: Is Irish and German

BRIDGET: Doesn’t know!

HOW LONG YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONE HAVE BEEN TOGETHER (MARRIED)?

We will be walking down the aisle on October 1st, 2016! We are so excited to officially become a family and start this next chapter of our lives!

HOW DID YOU ALL MEET?

Funny enough we actually went to high school together! We both admitted to having a crush on each other but no one acted on it!

Fast forward 15 years…

I was in town for my cousin’s wedding and we decided to meet up for a few cocktails. Two Orange Crushes later we knew our lives were forever changed! We left the bar, walked to the beach and sat in a lifeguard chair until 4am. It was truly magical, an amazing evening full of shooting stars (my first one!) and two ships literally passing in the night. It was as if the universe was saying this is how you got here and this is a sign to follow your heart!

I returned to NYC and Craig stayed in Virginia. We saw each other every two weeks for the next 6 months while I finished out my lease in NYC and prepared to move to be with the love of my life. So here we are 3 years later, just a few months shy of walking down the aisle!
The term soulmate was always something I strived for but never felt real until I ‘re-met’ Craig. I am the luckiest woman in the world to have someone so beautiful give their love and their life to me!

THE PROPOSAL – It was my 35th birthday and I was feeling low. We celebrated at home, just like I wanted, with a life size portion of amazing meats, cheeses and crab claws, just like I did in my NYC (minus the seafood.) Craig apologized endlessly that he couldn’t give me the ring that I wanted because it was sold and he had a picture to show it missing from the jewelry case at the store. I was bummed but chalked it up to a sign that that wasn’t supposed to be my ring. A few glasses of wine later, Craig slowly lowered my recliner and got down on one knee, telling me nothing would make him happier than to spend the rest of our lives together. I cried, he proposed, I cried harder when he pulled THE RING out and slipped it on my finger. He had me fooled into thinking it was sold, which it was, but it was sold to him! It was a night to remember to say the least!

DO YOU HAVE ANY ANIMALS OR PETS?

We have a beautiful American Bulldog name Maggie. She is our baby and has recently undergone knee surgery for a torn CCL. She is doing much better thank goodness! She is a big mush and just wants to be loved which is so easy to do because she is amazing!

JOBS AND INTEREST OR HOBBIES?

CRAIG: Is a Chef and currently working in food sales.

BRIDGET: Is a trained actor and excited to start a new career path this fall as a Teacher’s Assistant.

When we do have some down time the beach is where we love to be! We frequent Sandbridge and The Outer Banks as often as possible.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING THIS FOLLOWING YEAR WITH US?

We are looking forward to capturing all the new beginnings and memories that will be made over the next year. Soon we will be married and hopefully next spring we will add to our already amazing family. We are so lucky to have each other and we are blessed to have the opportunity to share a glimpse into our lives with you all!

SOMETHING YOU WISH THE READERS TO KNOW OR UNDERSTAND ABOUT YOUR FAMILY?

As a blended family there have been a lot of learning experiences and I’m sure there will be more to come. The most important thing though is that we love each other no matter how challenging finding our balance may be!

***AND NOW FOR THEIR SESSION !!!***

(SIDE NOTE:  There were so many images taken…  It was hard to choose the perfect ones for the Blog…  So just imagine all the others I didn’t share…  OH.  My.  Word.  What a stunning session !!!)

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The look on her face is priceless…  Craig had found something…  And she wasn’t having it, lol.

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Then they played..  Aren’t they just the cutest ???

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I love her Tattoo…  Craig has a matching one too.  ❤

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Just look at her engagement ring !!!  ❤

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I just LOVE her smile !!!  So beautiful !!!

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This was PRICELESS  !!!  I lost it when she looked at him like that…  I’m not sure what her said…  But she gave the perfect reaction, lol.

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I had to stop shooting I was laughing so hard…  Then she asked if I caught that image…  And her reaction was PRICELESS again, lol.

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Just the perfect couple !!!  ❤

Meet Fei + Angel | SPOTLIGHT Family | Virginia Beach Town Center

I am so excited to Welcome Fei & Angel to our ‘Spotlight’ this coming year! I was so excited when I learned that Angel had entered her family in this part of Tashena Shaw Photography’s Blog. As I knew they would be an AMAZING part to our Spotlighted families this year. We met up Sunday evening for a mini session at Virginia Beach Town Center. We wanted a place that was away from the beach life, but was friendly for their pup Snow. This is a couple full of life, giggles, and a story which I am sure MANY American families can relate to. Two souls born outside The United States of America but found the American dream with those they love. Our Lord works in amazing ways and I can’t wait till you all learn of their story along the way. A couple truly showing the world what America is like… And how we all come from many lives, families, and cultures that make up what America is all about.

I hope you all (The Readers) enjoy their year with us. And enjoy their story as we venture through life with them this coming year. ❤

AND PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT THEIR FUNNY T-SHIRTS THEY WORE…  PRICELESS IS ALL I CAN SAY !!!  If these images don’t show you just how AWESOME this couple is…  And will be this year to come…  ❤  You just have to watch & follow to find out, lol.

***Here are some questions Fei & Angel have answered for us. A small way to better connect and understand this couple.***

NAMES AND AGES OF THOSE IN THE FAMILY?

NAME: Fei Hu (Ace)
AGE: 27

NAME: Angelica Hu (Angel)
AGE: 29

NATIONALITY/CULTURE OF THOSE IN THE FAMILY?

FEI HU: Chinese – Born and raised moved to the US at age 20 years old

ANGEL HU: Mexican – Born in Mexico and moved to the US at 3 months old

HOW LONG YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONE HAVE BEEN TOGETHER (MARRIED)?

Married for almost 6 years our anniversary is August 12th 2010

HOW DID YOU ALL MEET?

We met 6 years ago and a mutual friends party. We got paired together in a game of beer pong and i thought he was very nice and funny. We exchanged information and and started to hang out and quickly developed a relationship. He was the first guy my mom liked right away and after only dating for 2 months he asked my parents permission to marry me. 💕

THE PROPOSAL – he first started by showing proposal videos from China. That opened up the question “how do people propose in the US?” He then asked me “How do you envision your proposal?” I told him that I always imagined being proposed to in a castle in Ireland. So he planed a day at Bush gardens with my whole family and he proposed to me on a stage in Ireland. It was super sweet. We got engaged on a Sunday, got our wedding certificate on Monday and got married on Tuesday. It was a quick wedding. My dress and his suit were both bought at the mall. We had a big wedding 3 years later in China and my mom, stepdad, little brother and 2 friends flown in too. We want to renew our vows on our 10 year anniversary here in the states too.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ANIMALS OR PETS?

Snow – 2 Years Old – Pekingese mix

We have one Fur baby. She is an extremely spoiled rescue puppy. My husband and I always wanted a dog and talked about it for a while. My husband wanted to get a big, fancy, purebred and I surprised him with Snow. Like me, it was love at first sight.

JOBS AND INTERESTED OR HOBBIES?

FEI – Ace is a real estate agent for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Towne Realty. His hobbies are working out and playing basketball.

ANGELICA – I’m a student majoring in Early childhood development and work as a waitress and also part time for a “princess company” as a Disney princess character. My hobbies are karaoke and finding new DIY crafts to do.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING THIS FOLLOWING YEAR WITH US?

I would like to share our love for each other and have others join us on our journey to make our family whole. We both come from two completely different cultures and were raised around different beliefs and traditions. But despite that we have remained happily married and look forward to many more happy years together.

SOMETHING YOU WISH THE READERS TO KNOW (UNDERSTAND) ABOUT YOUR FAMILY?

We have been trying to have a baby for some time now. We both remain optimistic and hopeful. We know that having a little bundle of Joy would really complete our family. Ace has said he would want a girl and I feel like a girl would be perfect too but honestly we would be happy with anything as long as they are happy and healthy.

***AND NOW FOR THEIR SESSION !!!***

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She (Snow) wasn’t to happy about hanging out with my Hubby while her Mommy and Daddy got their photos done without her.  ❤

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The Truth Is We Couldn’t Choose! | The Spotlight Family Winner For A Year Is… | Virginia Beach Photographer

After all the entries were in I placed them all to the side and made sure to leave the names out… So that when my Hubby Mike and I sat down we could make an open and honest choice.

But after sitting and reading everyone’s entries… We realized we couldn’t choose a winner. Each family has a story that is worth telling. A story that should be shared with everyone. But out of all 10 entries there were 3 stories we couldn’t walk away from. Those stories of love, hard times, loss, and overcoming life’s struggles were the ones that hit home for us.

So we made a decision… One that I feel most excited about! As there were 10 entries I wanted to make sure that all those who entered walked away with something.

SO HERE WE GO !!!

7 Families Will Walk Away With A FREE Mini Session For Their Family!

And the final 3 families will all WIN THE FREE FAMILY SPOTLIGHT FOR A YEAR!

As my Hubby and I feel strongly about these families an how every American in our country will be able to relate to at least one if not all of these families.

Families with children, families struggling with bringing life in to this world, families with mixed backgrounds and cultures, families full of passion and love for those they love, and in the end families that are AMERICAN in every way that counts.

AND THE WINNERS ARE !!!

1.) Bridget Storm: “Craig and I are getting married on 10.1.16!  We are also looking forward to adding to our family sometime next year!  A soon to be wife and step Mom. The adventures of starting to blend a young family together.”

2.) Angel Hu: “would like for my husband of 6 years and i to be in your spotlight. We are a fun couple with an adorable 2 year old puppy named “Snow”. We have been trying for the past 3 years to have a baby and really feel like this year is the year. My husband is from China and is a real estate agent and I’m from Mexico and a student (early childhood development) as well as a waitress.”

3.) Jennifer Vetter: ” I’d like to be considered for this! My name is Jennifer Vetter and I have a blended family consisting of a mix of beautiful interracial 3 month old, 6 year old and a 9 year old, as well as one pretty pup, and well you can’t forget the guy that hold us all together. We’d love to be in your showcase to help bring awareness to a few things-1. Breastfeeding, there’s a movement around normalizing it currently and the LO is exclusively breastfed, 2. Interracial couples, with all the Trump drama it seems that people have forgotten that life is beautiful no matter what color your skin is (I think the babes would be awesome at showcasing this they all look totally unique), and 3. Blended family-it may not be perfect but the love is there. As a fellow photographer the whole family is already used to being shot. and I think e’d make a great addition to your portfolio.”

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS !!! WE CAN’T WAIT TO CAPTURE THIS NEXT YEAR WITH YOU ALL!

To the other beautiful 7 families who entered thank you so much for opening you hearts and sharing your stories! We would like to offer you mini-sessions and to help share your family stories as well.

  • Christina Reynolds
  • Amanda Glaros Piatt
  • Kearsten F. Walden
  • Kim Bingham Kithcart
  • Liz Nicholson
  • Lori DC
  • Stacie Coverdale Wilkins

Tashena Shaw Photography looks forward to messaging you all soon and setting up are next adventures together.

WE ARE SO EXCITED AND HOPE YOU ALL ARE TOO !!! ❤

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