Rachel + Kassie | Engagement Session | Shore Drive Beach

I can’t believe that September 10th is around the corner… And these two sweet souls will be standing in front of their loved ones and friends as they promise each other their love for one another.

Capturing Rachel & Kassie was the cutest thing. Kassie isn’t the biggest fan of the camera or being the center of attention. So when you pair her up with Rachel, you just watch the beauty shine through Kassie. Watching how Rachel would just say something and Kassie would just light up. Seeing how there were moments between these two that even the camera knew was true love. It was the sweetest of things to see!

There were moments that you would just catch Rachel looking at her love with a heart that was so full. Like she still couldn’t believe how lucky she was to have Kassie by her side forever.

My heart can’t wait for their special day! To be lucky enough to have been chosen to capture their story is a gift I am forever thankful for.

These two are the simplest, sweetest, and truly the most genuine couple I have captured in a long time. It’s going to be a joy to be there on their special day. ❤

Congrats Rachel & Kassie!

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Tiffany Rodriguez | Mentoring Session | Virginia Beach

How can one compare to this young beauty? The truth is… You just can’t!

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of watching this sweet young lady finish up a session with a family on the beach. I was in such awe watching her. I thought, “She looks so young. Her Mama must be so proud!”

I was down at the same beach that day starting my very session with a local Model. And as I was waiting for my Model to finish changing I took a moment to introduce myself to this young lady. I had learned that her name was Tiffany and she was only 16 years old. She was growing her very own photography business at such a young age. There was just something about her that I couldn’t stop thinking about. Such a sweet and bright smile and her love of photography. So I had made sure to exchange names with her. I made sure to introduce myself to her sweet Mom. And offered her any information at the time I could about the local photographers in the area. We said our good-byes and parted ways.

A few days later I found myself messaging Tiffany and invited her out to a ‘Couples Session’ I would be doing later that week. I can’t tell you how excited I was that she wanted to tag along and learn all she could.

The day had come and she walked up with her bubbly bight smile and was so excited to learn all she could that evening.

While I was working with my clients I made sure to chat with her along the way… Show her what I do, how I pose, how I get my clients to smile and giggle naturally, teaching her settings on her camera, how to play with the light and her clients, and answering her questions while we worked together.

It was such a joy to watch Tiffany soak it all up! How she was smiling and full of life as she too was capturing moments in the day.

As my couples session had come to a close… I made sure to answer any questions Tiffany may have had along the way. Making sure to give her suggestions, tips, and ways to better capture those she will be working with in the future.

And after we were all done… We made sure to capture this sweet young soul with her very own camera. Giving her some simple and updated head shots for her page and websites.

AND OH MY WORD! If the camera didn’t just love her. We were blessed with a golden hour! The sun was just pouring golden light all over the beach. And she looked so beautiful!

I just love when I find young photographer eager to learn and grow in their love of photography as well. And to watch Tiffany being one of the ones I was so lucky to mentor (and still mentor) is such a joy to my heart.

I can’t wait to watch Tiffany grow and grow over this year to come. And I really can’t wait till I get the chance to capture her again… And work side-by-side with her one day.

This sweet young soul is going places! So look out Hampton Roads… A *NEW* and young photographer is on the scene and she will be capturing many families and loved ones along the way.

Thank you so much Tiffany for coming out and learning so much with me. It was a pleasure to work with you. And to be able to meet your family as well !!!  ❤

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Of course I always capture a few while those I mentor are learning…  After all it’s always fun to see those images as the client.  🙂

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Just look at that smile!  ❤

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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 !!!  ❤

Husband + Wife | Client Testimonial

“My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Tashena Shaw on the beach for a couples shoot. It was my husbands first time being in front of the camera and he’s not very big with pda’s. Tashena made us both feel very comfortable and we had a blast. (Even my husband). The pictures came out BEAUTIFULLY!! And we have them framed around the home where they get plenty of complaints. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is a first timer or to anyone who enjoys working with a professional, fun photographer.”

-Angel Hu

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