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Elyse Cardon based in Virginia, specializes in newborn, children and family custom portrait photography.

First Time for Everything | Hampton Roads Norfolk Children Photographer

When baby #4 was born nearly two years ago, I knew it would be sooner than later that she would be sportin’ her new backpack and heading off to “school” (mom’s morning out program).  I couldn’t really picture it, but knew eventually she would be running down the hallway, trying to copy her older siblings, and do it all by herself.  And today was that day.  Summer went by just a bit too quickly this year.  That said, I actually had a few minutes to exercise today- and it got me thinking that with a few hours to myself a few days a week, I might actually come up for air.


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22 years and counting | Hampton Roads Baby Photographer

Life long friends don’t just happen over night… they happen because they are with you through thick and thin… in  sickness and in health…through good times and bad… and all the while time keeps on tickin’ tickin’ tickin’.   This summer, I had the opportunity to hang out with some life-long friends from my “Richmond Ballet years”.  It was surreal.  We had beer, we had wine… we had children… EVERYWHERE.  I was literally speechless at times, because being around *these* friends, all my head could think about was the past.  The rehearsals, the shows, …the parties.  I met most of these particular friends in the early 1990’s.  Two days ago, one of them celebrated their 19th wedding Anniversary-Holy COW (as she always says!)!!  We’ve traveled to each others weddings, retirement parties, 21st birthdays, 30th birthdays, 40th birthdays and most recently our children’s birthdays.  And we have children… lots of them… EVERYWHERE.  It was surreal to see us now.  One of my (very famous) dance teachers back in dance school used to get so angry at us.  She would yell, “OH! Just go home and make babies!!”  And so Melissa Hayden, may she rest in peace, although we did have a dance career first, we came around and had those babies.

I was thrilled that I happened to bring  my “real camera” as opposed to my iphone travel camera , and snapped quite a few of one of my friend’s newest daughter Sylvia!! She is truly a doll.

While writing this, I looked over in my office, to see a box of photos… I looked inside and these were literally right on top.  A teeny glimpse to our friendship back in the day…

Below are some of the kids…at least 8 are not pictured…

Make sure to celebrate the good times… they are truly memorable.



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Virginia Beach and Norfolk newborn baby photography

I recently participated in a mentor-mentee leadership program to help the mentees (30’s/40’s year old) and the mentors (*older than us*) get to know each other a little better.  One of the questions during a speed-dating-style icebreaker was, “What do you do in your spare time?”  Each time, I answered confidently, “What spare time?”

Spare time… what is that?  I mean, personally, I get excited for Autumn because we “gain an hour” of time.  While on some days I feel like I am running in a rat’s wheel, most often I just feel like this is my exciting don’t-sit-down-until-8:00pm wonderful life.  I answered a text to a BFF the other day, that things had calmed back down to my “normal hurried pace”.

I don’t feel like I am missing anything- I DO stop and smell the roses…I am trying to take it ALL in every day.  I am grateful.

That said, I have no idea how I went from having our first baby like the family photographed with their new baby here, to where I am now.

I stared at my four children playing outdoors all day yesterday with friends in Richmond,  sticky and dirty, just enjoying their spare (summer) time,  and I wondered how it is already the last week in June. I thought we just popped the champagne and yelled Happy New Year 2012!

Does anyone else feel like this? Does anyone in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s with young children or babies have spare time?

Maybe I have a spare tire, (and I don’t really mean the one for the car), but that is the only spare around here.

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Military Family Life | {Virginia Beach | Norfolk children and family photographer}

Remember the baby sleeping on his dad’s officer’s hat?


He is already ONE…his brother is three, and I got word in December that their dad would be leaving in January for a year. My heart stood still.

Mom wrote back:

“I know… my heart stood still not so much when he told me (he was going), but later, when I had time to think of how much he will miss with the boys.”

What happens in a year?  Far more than I would like to think.  Mom asked me to create a photograph so they could remember and record their family life right NOW.  I want them to told hold onto these precious minutes together.  And so, I hope I froze time for you.  And boys, PLEASEEEEEEE don’t grow up too fast.



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