With the warmer weather here in Richmond this week (in FEBRUARY, for crying out loud), I have been itching to get started on my spring sessions.  I have been keeping busy this winter between launching my new product lineup and also hosting boudoir marathons (which were INCREDIBLY fun, so if you’re looking for a boudoir photographer in Virginia, hit up your girl here!).  I am hosting another boudoir marathon on Saturday, March 18, so if you’re interested in participating, you can e-mail me or join my private, ladies only boudoir group on Facebook for more details and updates.

Anyways, I have a lot planned for my business this year!  I am excited about creating new session experiences, themes, and also brand new wall art options to display everything.  They have been very well received by the new clients I’ve had so far this year, so I am super excited to show all of my returning clients that are already on the books for the spring and summer.  I am beginning to book heavily into April and May, so if you are interested in booking a family session, unicorn session, or have something else in mind, don’t wait to contact me!

 

img_5161-edit

Lifestyle portraits – Doswell, VA

Lifestyle photography is about embracing the perfectly imperfect moments of your every day life.  With the recent snow still melting, as well as the scheduled home improvement projects taking over most of our home, we spent the afternoon today hidden away, playing dinosaurs, babies, and watching Beauty & The Beast (which was one of my favorite Disney movie as a child– I totally had a matching Belle dress and book).  These are the little expressions and quirks that I will remember of my own children.  Smiles, giggles, wild hair, sweet hugs, the strange hand-down-his-shirt my son has had since he was an infant… I want to remember everything about these two.  ❤

Pet Portrait Session – Doswell, VA

Tank is a 7 year old Boxer that came to me with a special request.  He was looking all over for a pet photographer in the Richmond, VA area that could meet his needs.  He wanted to surprise his mama with a professional portrait session (and he felt left out without having his own picture on the wall of their home).  We solved that problem and his mama was super surprised and they totally rocked it.

Seriously.  How perfect are they?!  😍😜  Don’t you think your pet needs their own portrait on your family wall?

Sleigh Bell Mini Sessions – Doswell, VA

So I thought I had completed my day of mini sessions for this year… and then I stumbled upon this ADORABLE sleigh and just had to offer these sessions to you guys!  Seriously, they are so perfect!  If you want unique Christmas cards, prints or books for the grandparents, or true heirloom pieces to pass down to your kids, this is it!!  I will not have time to schedule individual ordering appointments before the holidays, so the creative fee is only $500 and includes 30 minutes AND 5 high resolution digitals!  I can only take on a few more sessions to make it before the Christmas deadline, so if you are interested in booking, please contact me as soon as possible!

SleighBellMinis.jpg

Family Session at Belle Isle – Richmond, VA

I’ve been slammed lately with sessions (as is every other photographer in October/November), so while I’ve been working on new sessions, I thought I’d take a quick break to blog one of my favorite sessions from this summer.  I’ve been working with this awesome little family on their Grow With Me sessions for their twin boys for almost two years now!  It has been so amazing to watch these boys grow up.  They were just babies when I first met them, and now they’ve grown into the sweet little gentlemen.  We had this session at Belle Isle in Richmond, VA and it was the perfect location to capture these little moments.  These sweet boys held my hand to help me across the rocks and seriously melted my heart.  Here is a little peek from their playful family session.

Amanda & Wes’ Wedding at Bandit’s Ridge – Louisa, VA

Amanda and Wes had a beautiful, intimate wedding at a picturesque farm named Bandit’s Ridge in Louisa, Virginia.  It was a perfect day, with sweet little details that held true to their laid back and country style.  Both families felt the void of family members that had passed before their time, and the tears of both grief and happiness flowed freely from everyone’s eyes.  They say butterflies signify those that have passed on… and wouldn’t you know, a black and blue butterfly visited us during the family formals and first landed on Amanda, then Wes’ beard, and even tried to stay with him for the evening by flying up his sleeve.  It was amazing.  I had a great time photographing this wedding with all the love and emotion in the air and now am so happy to be able to share a few of the highlights with you!

Maternity session – Doswell, VA

Maternity sessions are seriously one of my favorite types of sessions to photograph.  I had the pleasure of photographing this gorgeous girl for her maternity session.  We started out with some beautiful airy photos and then as the sun set, we went for a more dramatic look.  When her husband playfully suggested a “majestic” pose, we knew we had to incorporate my unicorn and really go all out with it.  I love a good sport 😉

Annual Holiday Mini Sessions – Doswell, VA

I am excited to announce that I am now publicly booking for my Story Time With Santa sessions!  Santa Claus last year was AWESOME, and I had so many requests to host this event again this year that I couldn’t say no.  Each session includes a complimentary wardrobe and styling consultation, a 20 minute personalized play date with Santa, and a private ordering appointment, which is the perfect opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done for family!

I am also still taking on a handful of bookings for my $99 mini sessions.  The deadline to book your session is nearing, so if you’re thinking about it, don’t wait.  These have generated a ton of interest and I’m super excited to be able to help everyone get some quick, updated portraits!

Here are a few images from last year’s Santa sessions.  Send me an e-mail to anikacolombo@gmail.com for more information, pricing, and to reserve your time slot!

Fall Mini Sessions – Richmond, Virginia

Whoooo, super exciting news for you guys!  I have officially opened days for FALL MINI SESSIONS!  If you have been following my page, you know that I very, very rarely offer mini sessions, so this is super exciting!  These sessions are short and sweet and offer the same perks as a full session (wardrobe consultation, session planning, and private ordering appointment), but just with a shorter session time, which makes it especially great for grumpy husbands or older children 😉   The creative fee for this session is only $99!  I have been booking my fall schedule like CRAZY since I announced them over on my Facebook page, so if you’re interested in booking a session, please contact me ASAP.  I am almost fully booked for the rest of 2016!

You guys are keeping me super busy and I love it!   I am so excited to see so many old faces and lots of new ones this fall.  I have another big announcement for new clients coming up this week as well (hint hint, it involves a jolly ol’ fella in a red suit), so make sure you follow my Facebook page and blog for updates!

img_4009-edit

Lifestyle photos – Vacation in Rodanthe, NC

I’ve been gearing up for the busy fall season and trying to put together my annual mini session event, and it’s making me already miss summer!  And it’s barely September!  So today’s blog post is a throw back to our beach vacation earlier this summer in Rodanthe.  I always want to remember all the little mundane details that make up our lives, so I hauled my camera with us to the pizzeria down the street and made sure to capture all the little details and mannerisms of my little humans.  Little wrist rolls, long eye lashes, the way she holds her cups, the way he curiously studies everything…  I’ll remember 🙂