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Family Session On The Beach | Lynnhaven Fishing Pier | Virginia Beach Photographer

When you have a last moment cancellation and want to fill it fast… This sweet Mama Sibylle came to the rescue. She and her little ones came out to the beach to capture a few images with us. It was such a treat to meet her. Her smile and laugh is contagious and her sweet babies were full of life and laughter just along with her. It’s moments like this one that make me love what I do! And I am so thankful that Sibylle joined us! I can’t wait to work with her family again. ❀

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The Barthold Family | Fall Session | Bayville Farms Park

Oh, the joy it brings me to be able to share with you all this beautiful fall family session. Leave it to this little angel Emma to show us all her wonderful family. At each turn their was giggles and exploring to be had. After all you can’t have a one year old little girl show up to a family shoot without some exploring along the way.

I had the pleasure months before to to be able to capture Emma’s 1st Birthday party. And of course Emma on this fall day made sure to show even more of her personality with us all. Those smiles and giggles were a joy to see and capture. I can’t wait to see what this year hold for this family. Each one to beautiful, loving, and full of joy.

The perfect fall session! ❀


The Hughs Family Session | Bayville Farms Park | Falls Sessions

Oh how I love when my families return for more moments together… Each so unique and full of character. And my sweet family here made sure to bring the laughter with them… Showing us all just how amazing The Hughs family is. πŸ™‚

The whole session was full of laughter between Father and Son. Each taking their turn to make their Queen of their home laugh and smile at every turn. Whether that be tossing acorns her way, photo-bombing her images, or just by making silly faces.

I can’t help but laugh as I write about their story. I can just see that day and watch how this Queen would laugh and tease them back. A family full of love and adventure. Each showing their own side and personality. And of course in the end they were full of hugs and kisses. Knowing that they would have to make sure their Queen was safe and loved.

I know many families who joke about their uniqueness and beauty… But The Hughs family will ALWAYS stand out as one of the most lovable, sweet, and carefree session to date.

It’s families such as this one that make me enjoy capturing stories and moments I know my families will forever treasure. A blessing the Tashena Shaw Photography Family will forever be grateful for. ❀


The Byrn Family | Lynnhaven Fishing Pier | Shore Drive

The beauty of life is being able to look back and giggle at moments you will cherish forever… And during the Byrn Family session they did just that.

Leave it to Chuck to be the goofball and embrace his craziness. Thankfully he has a beauty like Sharon that is willing to just laugh and giggle though his moments of being goofy. All through their session it was full of love, life, and laughter. The perfect making for a summer session at the beach.

Sharon grew up on this beach, right by this pier. Her sweet memories are tied to this very sand and water. So to her this was the place to capture her family. To be bale to capture more memories of her loves, her life, and her children.

So of course being able to meet these 4 souls down there was a pleasure and honor to be able to do for them.

But, the even greatest part was when a man walked up on us during our session to chat. Asking Chuck and Sharon if they had just got married. And telling them how they should have fun with these photos. So when that funny man jumped at the chance to capture an image with them… Leave it to Chuck to show the goofy side we all know and adore.

This session was GREAT and PERFECT at every turn. Thank you so much to the Byrn Family for allowing me the chance to join you at your special beach for family photos. ❀

And now for this sweet and crazy family session. ❀


The Vetter Family | Beach Session | Shore Drive | Virginia Beach

When I had the pleasure of capturing this unique Vetter Family… Β I had learned about their family even more… Β How they were molding their families in to one, their mixture of cultures, families, and growing in their love of one another… I found myself blessed to just be around them. They were full of such light, love, and silliness. Each one of them holding their own sparkle and shine through their session together. And as you go through these images you can just see their love and brightness beaming through. Β It was such a pleasure to capture this family.

I hope you enjoy this family session as much as I did when I captured them. ❀


I love how the little one was hiding his face… Β As if he didn’t want to see Dada kiss Mama, lol.  ❀


He found this penny and didn’t want to let it go… Β He was so cute about it, lol. Β πŸ™‚


The Marshall Homecoming | USS Harry S. Truman | Virginia Beach Photographer

Let’s tell the truth… Most of us have no clue what it is like to be away from our families for such a long time. Most of us don’t know what it is like to serve our country and have to leave our loved ones behind for so long. Most of us will never understand the sacrifice and dedication both sides of the military goes through just to keep our country safe.

But what we do know… What we can honestly say from the bottom of our hearts is… That no matter what ‘WE’ AMERICA WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL TO THOSE WHO SERVE OUR GREAT COUNTRY! That we are not only thankful for them… But for the wives, husbands, and children who are left behind to take care of life on this side, on the home front.

Their job isn’t easy. It’s hard! And when you are standing their with these loved ones surrounding you on a hot summer day. When you see that ship pulling in and when those loved ones catch the first glimpse of that ship they prayed over for month. When you watch those around you fighting back tears. When you see young children trying to jump up and down to see if the see their Mommy or Daddy on that ship. When you watch how so many are screaming and are bursting in to tears because the emotions become so much… You realize you REALLY HAVE NO CLUE ALL THEY HAVE SACRIFICED FOR US ALL!

I was so beyond blessed to watch Mercedez stand there with so much strength. I watched how she kept that smile beaming from ear to ear. I watched how she would comforted her son and helped him laugh through the crazy emotions. I watched how this wife stood there looking at each sailor standing at the edge of The Truman… Searching for her love. I watched when the moment her phone rang and she jumped for joy to hear his voice. I watched how this sweet family who stood in the blazing heat for hours… How they kept the light in their hearts shinning as they waited for that moment their loved one could reached their arms.

My heart broke so many times when I saw them both looking for him. How they giggled the moment he stood at the top of the ship waving his arms. But that moment their little boy grabbed Mama’s phone and screamed, “DADDY!” as he realized the man on the top of the big boat waving was his very own Daddy. And even then they had to wait a few more hours before he could reach their arms.

That moment Anthony bolted from those around him, from around the gate, and launched himself to pick up his son. How that smile they both shared was so overwhelming. How Mercedez waited so calmly and smiled as her two loves met again. But nothing was more precious then the moment Anthony placed his son down and pulled his love in to his arms.

I know I was the photographer… But even in those moments… The whole world around them went silent… And time stood still as they embraced each other. Even now writing this I have goosebumps. I can see those moments all over again. I can only imagine how they must have felt.

Thank you so much to The Marshall Family and all of those who served on The Truman!

The Tashena Shaw Photography family is forever grateful for you all !!! ❀

And now for some of those priceless images and moments! ❀


If you are interested in booking your loved one’s Homecoming please feel free to email Tashena Shaw Photography! Β We would be honored to help document these moments for you as well!  ❀




Finding Beauty In Sorrow… | Personal | Terry Mississippi

It’s taken me sometime to share this… As I have so many thoughts and moments of wanting to scream. But after today’s attack in Orlando… I feel that I should share this even more. As I believe LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL and should be cherished. I also believe our Lord always has a way of turning sorrow into a beautiful thing.

You see back in April my Husband received a phone call learning of a loved ones passing. As I learned and saw my Husbands reaction to this life event I made sure my Husband knew we his family were there for him. That no matter what we would be by his side. So as a family we woke up that following Saturday morning we headed for Mississippi.

We packed ourselves (Hubby, Me, 4 Year Old Son, & 9 Year Old Daughter) in our Jeep with all our supplies and made an adventure out of our trip. Making sure to smile along the way and take in the sights. And even though many might think that’s just nuts to try and make beauty out of death… We The Shaw Family see it as a wonderful thing. We don’t want our babies to fear death or life for that matter. So we made sure to embrace this chapter in our lives with an open heart.

We had finally made it to Mississippi around 2:00am Sunday morning thinking our family would be stuffed in to a small hotel room and searching for a way for our children to be children. But we were greeted with LOVE, FAMILY, AND A PLACE TO CALL A ‘HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME!’ Learning that on our way to Mississippi that part of my Husband’s family had opened their doors for our family to be welcomed in to.

I will admit I was a little hesitant to spend time in a home and with a family I had never met or heard of for that matter. Fearing that the energy my children hold would be to much for this family we have just met. But to my surprise the moment we pulled up we were greeted with open arms and hugs being wrapped around us all. We found that in that moment we had family around us. NOT just people calling us family… But family who treated us with love who had openly called us ‘their’ family.

I found myself grateful for such warmth and love. Seeing how my children were welcomed and treated as their own. Free to smile and giggle in a time of such sorrow. As we could see our new family treated life as something to be celebrated too, such as we do.

Over the few days that we found ourselves in Mississippi Mike and I realized how much more our family had grown. That even in all the craziness and sorrow our children were walking away with more love, more Aunties and Uncles, another Nana, and so many more family member to call home.

While there I captured a few moments, I captured their land, their home, and even moments of weakness and love. We sat and listened to stories of their loved ones. Hearing the giggles from those who had lost so much but who had found peace in their memories. These are things my family will never forget or take for granted… As we understand the beauty of life.

Now I’m sure by now you are wondering why I haven’t shared names, or those who have lost the soul they loved so dearly, I am sure you question a few things along the way. But I wanted to respect these families in their moments of sorrow. And I wanted to respect their stories too.

But I also share it this way… Because in a moment of NOT knowing names and the reason for which our hearts traveled from Virginia Beach to Mississippi… It is in those moments you the reader may be able to relate more. Seeing and understanding a side of life just a little different. Because after all, we all have been there or will find ourselves there one day too. And yes some may think I am nuts for NOT sharing names but for sharing faces and images. But sometimes that is the way a story must be told.

Just know… That these souls, stories, homes, and images all have a reason for living and being loved. And Our Lord made sure to expand my children’s family.  And it is something I will be forever grateful for. And I for one can’t wait till I am blessed to be back in this Mississippi family.

And I for one can’t wait to see the adventures my children will be set on along the way with our new addition of family members.

So hold your loved ones close. And never for one moment take for granted the love you have for one another. Cherish the good with the bad and embrace it all. ❀


One must have JAVA to start a LONG trip!  I LOVE MY BARISTAS !!!  β€


Cell phone picture of my son being silly and dancing while his sister looked on like he was nuts.  After all one must let out energy when on a road trip, lol.


The view from our families front porch in Mississippi.  β€


My Husband with his sister Morgan.



“Going through images I took while in Mississippi a few weeks back… And I found these images I captured of my son being silly at the funeral (the reason for our trip there) that Sunday. I remember asking Michael to quiet down because he was to loud. I wasn’t sure how the other family members would react. And I didn’t want to be disrespectful. And as I was asking him to calm down my son stopped and said, “It’s okay Mama. They wants us to smile and dance.” I happen to giggle a little and asked him who he was talking about. Quick as anything my son says, “Them! They are happy we are here. They were sad Mama. Now they are happy.” I had no clue what my son was talking about. And I’m NOT one to say he was speaking about the dead, or just those around us. But as I was looking though these images today… My son saw me and started to talk about Mississippi and the big house we stayed in. And went on to tell me how ‘those people’ at the graveyard were dancing too. How the little baby was happy and dancing too.

You see the thing is… There was NO BABY there. There was no other children but my two. I guess my son saw more then we could… And he was celebrating life!

I share this because I found it sweet that in a moment of such sadness and grief my son saw life, celebration, and wanted to be happy. I knew he understood people were sad, maybe he didn’t fully understand why, but I have to agree… Life should be celebrated. No matter the reasons we gather in groups… Whether for parties, birth, family, or even death. LIFE SHOULD BE CELEBRATED!”


My son wanted every grace to have something.  So he was on a mission to place a flower, pine cone, or something with every soul that was placed there.  πŸ˜¦


My Daughter lost in thought.  She was full of emotions.


Our families beautiful home.


Moments of being a child.


Being silly with his Dada…


Our family laughing together and telling stories.


I had caught my little beauty dancing in the light.  She is so sweet!  β€


Finding comfort in the simple things.  β€


My kids loved the pig on the diving board, lol.


We found our family staying an extra day due to the storm that had rolled on in.  Our new family wanted us to be safe and asked us to stay until the storm had passed.  Allowing our family to grow more in love and sharing of stories together.


iPhone picture…  Of my Hubby and our son playing legos we had picked up during the day.  After all an extra day with family calls for a day of shopping and exploring the area.  β€


My babies passed out cold!  lol.


Not happy to be leaving our family…  But thankful for the memories!  β€


Oh yes, coffee and Mommy gummies for the long ride home, lol.


Heading back to Virginia Beach…  We made the best of a sad moment.  πŸ˜¦  β€