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!

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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!

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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🙂

Senior Portrait Session – Doswell, VA

I had the pleasure of working with Mason on her senior portraits a couple weeks ago on my farm in Doswell, and I cannot believe how amazingly photogenic this chick is!  Almost every frame was usable and I had the toughest time narrowing her gallery down.  Here are some highlights of my favorite images from her session.

Schedule your own senior portrait session before my fall schedule books up.  We will plan something amazing and unique to you!

Children’s Portrait Session – Doswell, Virginia

I had the pleasure of working with Amanda and her two adorable kids recently.  They were so well behaved and just so sweet!  We discussed wardrobe prior to the session and I was so happy to see that she nailed Adam’s outfit.  He looked like such a little gentleman.  She borrowed a dress from my Client Closet for Kendall and oh my gosh, she looked precious!  That dress is perfect for twirling😉   I have a few gorgeous dresses available for my littlest clients to borrow that look great for children’s portraits or family photos.  All sessions are styled during the consultation, so if you’re clothing-impaired, don’t worry!  We will get you all dressed perfectly.

Take a look at the images below and you’ll see just a few reasons why I love working with this family!

Unique Senior Session – Richmond, VA

I was recently challenged by this gorgeous high school senior (who happens to be my cousin!) to produce some unique images that would not only capture her radiating beauty, but would also capture her free spirit and artistic soul.

Challenge accepted.  We have since been working together on an extended project, which you will see more of later.  For now, here is a small peek at this shoot portraying Laila as a mysterious gypsy❤