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Before & After Portraits | {Chesapeake Family Photographer}

Happy New Year and thank you for everything! Happy 2012!  Enjoy this little BEFORE and AFTER post – two of  my Sweet-EST People:)  You may remember little Chloe starred as my front of my website for a very long time!

Check this out below!~Two years later – some things never change!

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Happy Happy 2012! See you soon!


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Megan - OMG! LOVE!!!!! Gorgeous and I’m not biased at all – true photographic talents at work :)

Each Child is Unique | {Virginia Family photographer | Richmond Baby Photographer}

It’s common knowledge that every person is unique, but when it comes to our own children, it’s somehow hard to believe until they are here and growing into their independent selves right before our very eyes.  When I first laid eyes on these three (gorgeous!) sisters, my jaw dropped and I was simply in awe of their clear differences both in appearance, as well as personality.  It was love at first sight- See for yourselves!

AND Don’t forget this Thursday, December 15th, I will be at Chartreuse (1703 Mediterranean Avenue, VB) offering gift cards in a very special frame presentation (with a special ONE DAY ONLY sale!) and there will  be a ton of other amazing gifts and vendors!

Stop by and say hello!

**If this family gets 12 or more comments, they will receive a special gift!**


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My Vitamix Story | Virginia Baby, Children and Family Photographer

My husband, David, of 12 years + our four children under the age of 7.75, (so that’s not one but two middle children) + a dog who has some hearing loss, (probably from all the screaming) + volunteer work (committees are like rabbits) + my photography BUSINESS (yeah, really, it’s not an occasional hobby) + house + yard + laundry + sticky floors and an abundance of STUFF everywhere + holidays, birthdays + workouts + dinners + homework + coffee + wine + washing my hair and contemplation of 2012’s New Year’s resolutions.

I sat gazing out the window with the nine-mile stare.  Everything seemed to be moving right along, smooth sailing…but then it came. That day.  When the water comes up over my head, and I can’t breathe and I am drowning in a sea of 6 people’s clothes, diapers and one too many deadlines.  And then without fail, (remember-already not breathing), someone unwittingly asks me for ONE MORE (not so small) THING.  And just like that, just as sure as it is round… the ball starts rolling.

The last time it happened, I ranted to David how I was not super-human and wasn’t even trying to be… how I needed a magic wand to do all the things I needed to do in a day. While he is always my Prince Charming, he does not have a wand like the Fairy Godmother.  I wasn’t complaining because I knew I had made my own bed (NO! Of course not that bed-it’s a bloomin’ mess!) Most days, I am able to trudge forward with gusto and energy, but not that day.  The automatic overload protector had been tripped, and I completely shut down.

Does this happen to anyone else???

So as it turns out, I am just like a Vitamix blender. I get overheated and overloaded. There. I said it.

From the Vitamix guarantee, “Quite simply, there is nothing that compares to the power, performance and versatility of a Vitamix when it comes to blending…When you invest in a Vitamix, you are getting the highest-performing, longest-lasting blender available with a warranty to match.”

Luckily, there is a process to reset.

So at the risk of being alone in my piles, as well as sounding insane, I have written this post.

Quick summary:

What to do on “P-day” (Panic Day/that day):


Get some fresh air.

Review your processing techniques.

Gently push back into place.

Make sure recipe does not have too many ingredients.

In the spirit of breathing daily, blend and celebrate.


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Rodger Hopkins - Perhaps you should have been a writer Elyse. Very well written!

Michelle - I need to remember this. The semester is coming to an end in a few weeks & I feel like I’m being pulled in 9 gazillion different directions (as I am). Thanks for posting, Elyse!

There are no coincidences! | Virginia Lifestyle Portrait Photographer, Children Photographer

So! I’m sure it may seem from time to time that I drop off the face of the earth… but you can always count on the fact that I am not only here, but running in far too many directions (future blog post no doubt!)  When I come up for air, I get a chance to write on this blog, offering glimpses of my latest work and my latest thoughts.   If you haven’t heard, I spent the past month or so, working with the amazing cinematographer, Josh Gooden, on a promotional video for my website.

One of my favorite things that happened during the filming process, was meeting sweet, little Antonia!  She was a last minute stand-in, and you know what they say, “there are no coincidences!”  I want to thank everyone who participated in this process, allowing the film crew and me into their homes and here are some images of Antonia (the other children were featured on my Facebook wall), followed by the video itself!  Thank you!!

And without further ado- please sit back and enjoy the movie (sometimes it takes a moment to load, pause it and then play it if that happens and then it will run smoothly- you know the internet isn’t perfect :))


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