Crystin + Dustin’s Wedding | Yorktown Freight Shed | Yorktown Virginia

When you learn your Bride and Groom have been through more then most couples go through in a life time together. About a month prier to to Crystin & Dustin’s wedding day I had learned that Dustin had went in to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and they had feared the worst. Not knowing if they would even have the chance to say ‘I Do’ to one another.

But our Lord had pulled them both through this time in their life. Pulling their families tighter together and making sure they found safety and love in those around them.

Thankfully Dustin made a full recover! The day had come for Crystin & Dustin to say ‘I Do’ with all those they love and cherish were right there with them.

Their day was one of the HOTTEST day of the summer. And these two love birds couldn’t have cared less… They took each moment as it came, smiling , and joking at every turn.

I think what I loved the most about these two love birds wedding was the fact they embraced everything that cam their way with smiles. Making sure to step inside every few minutes to refresh and part with those they loved… Then stepping back in to the heat to capture more family, love, and moments together.

Most Brides would refuse to step out in to the heat… But Crystin made sure she embraced it and had the most fun with it all. It was such a pleasure to watch Crystin & Dustin on their special day. Each moment you thought they might scream Dustin would pull Crystin in to him and whisper in her ear… Lord only knows what he said each time… But it was sure to make Crystin giggle and relax with her love by her side.

They were quick to show us all what life is truly all about… How you should cherish each moment and giggle through they rest.

Life, Love, And Laughter was felt the whole day between them both. And they couldn’t have chosen a better venue, day, or the friends and family to have at their side. ❤

CONGRATS CRYSTIN & DUSTIN !!!

We wish you both nothing but all the love in the world and a happily ever after from here to come. ❤

***VENUE INFORMATION TO COME***

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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.

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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.  ❤

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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!  ❤

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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!  🙂

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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.

WE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE THERE WITH YOU FROM BEGINNING TO END.  AND HELP DOCUMENT MOMENTS YOU MAY NOT SEE AND SOON COME TO CHERISH THE MOST.  ❤

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.  ❤

Our Dreams… | Allowing God To Guide Us | Virginia Beach Photographer

After these past few days of feeling defeated, overwhelmed, and discouraged at every turn… I woke up today to love, support, and encouraging words from fellow photographers I admire.

We are always learning and growing in life. And there are days we feel alone and hated by those around us. Sometimes as photographers we feel like we are NOT good enough to be in such an industry we are. And there are days I allow the devil in to dwell with me. I allow him the chance to fill my heart and head with heavy thoughts, doubts, and fears.

I admit I hate myself for that. I hate knowing instead of falling to my knees praying to our Lord for help, love, and encouragement… I wallow in self doubt. But today after speaking with a dear friend I realized I do that more than I like or even realize I do.

But thankfully by the grace of God I know all I have to do is look up and ask God to walk (even carry) me through those hard times if needed. And as always he is already there waiting and happily ready to show me he NEVER left me. He never thought less of me. He just needed me to ask.

I feel like today God was answering a prayer I had. I’ve been asking for a long time if I should continue to push my goals and dreams in the path I so want. And today when I woke up to my facebook being filled with so many fellow photographers heading to their VOW Bridal shows. Many of them asking where I was. Many photographers curious as to why I wasn’t there. And when admitting I had never done a show like that… MANY of them stepped up to encourage me to join next year. In fact there were photographers I admire dearly that told me they would help in any way needed to show me I could in fact do this.

This is a scary step for me. And although I know it’s not for another year now… It is still something I am worried I will fail at.

Then I am reminded our Lord is with us! Always encouraging. Always helping. Always loving. And always ready to help carry us through. So I will continue to pray. I will continue to put my faith in our Lord. And I will continue to pray about my photography dreams and all I would love to conquer in this wedding industry.  I just have to remember above everything else that I have to let God guide me where he wants me…  And where I will fit best in this life and in my dreams he has for me.

After all the moment we stop dreaming… We stop growing.

And I have MANY dreams! I can’t wait to see all 2016 will hold for me, my dreams, my photography, my family, and my loved ones.

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Jennifer + Scott | A Hurricane Joaquin Wedding | Virginia Photographer

The day came… And we all woke up prepared for a Hurricane style wedding. After all hurricane ‘Joaquin’ was trying to make his presence known to us all. But instead God provided us with a beautiful day. A day full of love, sunshine, beauty, and all around grace for this sweet couple who were about to say their vows.

I watched how calm and ready Jennifer was for her day… I loved how everyone around her pulled together to make sure everything went just perfect.

Most would fear the moment it was time to capture their wedding portraits… But not Jennifer and Scott. They walked outside after their vows to the sun shinning with just the right amount of haze filling the air. It was so beautiful! Their are no words that can describe the beauty and feeling all around us. It was just perfect! It was as if Hurricane Joaquin backed up just enough for these love birds.

Jennifer and Scott were full of such giggles, dancing, and showing off the love of the family around them.  I loved watching the love Jennifer’s father Robert has for his daughter.  Such a proud man!  Their relationship is one to cherish of a father and daughter.

Their family came from far away and all over to make sure they got to see Jennifer and Scott tie-the-knot…  And for a family to make such a trip when a Hurricane was approaching was something to admire.  I for one was in love with how everyone celebrated with Jennifer and Scott as they danced and shared their love story with those around them.

Jennifer and Scott had a perfect dream wedding full of love and memories that will last a life time. I was blessed to apart of another wedding. Blessed to be apart of another love story. Blessed to capture yet another beautifully sweet couple. ❤

VENDORS:

Ceremony Location: Little Creek CPO officers club
Reception: Little Creek CPO officers club
Dress: David’s bridal
Shoes: Found Them on Amazon
Wedding Dress Sash: David’s bridal
Brides Rings: Zales.
Bridal Bouquet: Bride Made Them
Cake: Plazza Bakery
Caterer: Pearl by The Bay
Officiant: Launa Byrd
Violinist: Mary Dorss
DJ: Patrick Byrd 

*The Bride did a lot of DIY for the wedding*

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They Saw Me At The Start Of It All… | Client Testimonial

“Tashena has done a wonderful job as a photographer. I first experienced her photographing my cousin’s wedding and she was phenomenal. She was professional and captured excellent moments. I have hired her for my wedding due to that personal experience and she has done my engagement session. Always professional and personable. Highly recommend her for your photography needs. Her prices are well within reason for all she offers.”

-Angelique Powers

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A Stunning Bride | Wedding Review

“Tashena is absolutely amazing. I could not have asked for a better photographer to capture my wedding day! She kept me calm, listened to my ideas (and used them/adjusted them to actually work!), didn’t mind being my “bull dog” and helping me tell people when to STOP, and just being there as a friend. Her quality of work is superb! Her eye for angles and lighting is incredible! You will not be disappointed in her!”

-Brett (The Bride)
-Wedding Date: 01-31-2015

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New Years Eve Bride | Wedding Review

“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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