A day in the life

My days are spent chasing my kids around to put their pants on and running a full time business.  Lucky for me, I have pretty good multi-tasking skills (I guess I can thank 7 years of 911 dispatching before I went full time with photography).  I try to pull my camera out as much as my kids will stand it at home, but if you’ve ever photographed your own children… you know how that goes once you start trying to get them into any poses or ideas you have in your head, ha.

Lifestyle photographs make up most of my personal images.  If you’ve ever wondered about lifestyle photography and what that means, it is defined as “a kind of photography which mainly aims to capture portrait/people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday.”  I don’t often share these types of images from my personal life, but here is a glimpse at my afternoon today.  <3

 

 

 

I’ve had a few babies to snuggle lately after a little newborn dry-spell!  They’re so cute and tiny at this age, and that sure does make me miss my own babies being so little.  But I get to snuggle these babies, pose and photograph them, and send them back to their parents and that is good enough for me!  Ha!

Here is a little peek at Baby E’s recent newborn session!

I had the pleasure of working with Maria and her sweet little boy on a Mommy & Me session for the two of them.  She is a photographer as well, so she knows all too well how important it is for us mommies to actually be IN some of the pictures sometimes😉  I’m so glad they’ll get to keep these little moments forever.  Here is a peek at their session.

I’ve had so many sessions so far this year and I’m terrible at blogging each and every one, so I am just going to randomly select a few to blog.  And a lot of them will be unicorns because I’ve photographed a ton of them this year!

I LOVED Mallory’s session.  She is a super sweet girl and was so great and so cooperative.  If you have any young children, you know that can always be hit or miss depending on the day.  She was a trooper, despite the cooler weather, and I was so ecstatic to show her mama these images!  Her album and canvas turned out BEAUTIFUL.  I can’t wait for her to see her entire order!

I shot Joe & Liz’s engagement photos last summer and was thrilled when they asked me to photograph their big day.  The time finally arrived for their wedding, and it was a gorgeous event…. fun but elegant, and at a unique venue, The First Lady of Suffolk, in Suffolk, Virginia.

We eyed the weather all afternoon and crossed our fingers, and although it poured during the ceremony (which was in a church, thankfully), it stopped raining just in time for everyone to enjoy the outdoor seating areas at the reception venue, and we were able to get some portraits of the bridal party outdoors as well.

It was a beautiful day and I’m so happy for the newlyweds!  I hope you guys enjoy this small peek at their big day.

If you or someone you know is getting married and looking for a photographer, send them my way!  You can e-mail me at anikacolombo@gmail.com.

With summer in full swing, it’s a great opportunity to get your family portraits updated!  If you’re going on vacation this year, it really is the perfect to get some updated images of your brood all together.  I travel all over and would love to capture some beautiful pictures of your family on the beach, in the mountains, wherever you may be!  I love working in new locations and my sessions are fully planned out in advance so everyone knows what to wear, what we’ll be doing, what types of images we are shooting for, etc.  That way no one is left feeling uncertain about the session.

If you’d like to schedule your summer portrait session, please e-mail me using the contact form on this website (anikacolombo@gmail.com) and we will plan out an amazing session that fits your family’s style and personalities perfectly!

I have been insanely busy scheduling and shooting this year’s Unicorn Sessions.  The weather has been great for most of them, and the kids have had such a blast playing with the unicorn!  I am currently booking into mid June for these speciality sessions, so if you’d like more information or want to go ahead and reserve your spot, please e-mail me as soon as possible so I can get you on my books.

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I had a cake smash session with sweet Lawson recently, and I cannot even tell you how much fun we had shooting this.  This kid kept us laughing and giggling the entire time.  Instead of actually eating his cake, he decided that finger painting was a much better idea.  His expressions had us cracking up.  Cake smashes are one of my favorite types of sessions because they’re so fun.  Incredibly messy, but so, so fun!  Check out some of the highlights from his session!

 

Scarlett’s Cake Smash Session

Wow, this past year has FLOWN by!  Scarlett turned a year old today and we had her cake smash session the other day to document this milestone.  I found a cake maker (Crystal Teets) local to Beaverdam, and she made the most AMAZING rainbow cake for Scarlett’s Rainbow & Unicorn themed birthday party!

We had to do this session first thing in the morning, so poor baby girl was not exactly bright-eyed and bushy tailed.  In fact, most of the photos I have of her before the cake were pathetic crocodile teared photos, but I did finally manage a smile or two.

She really enjoyed her cake and was eating like a lady, super daintily and in tiny little pieces.  Her big brother looked on and asked no less than a thousand times if he could have a piece… finally we obliged and he couldn’t believe we said yes.  They were so adorable… Kellan making these approving grunts with each bite and Scarlett trying to feed everyone pieces.  Here are just a couple highlights from their session.  I love how these images turned out.  I hope you do too!

One of my most popular products last year was the barn wood frame!  I just delivered this gorgeous piece this afternoon and it is absolutely beautiful in person.  It is made from reclaimed barn wood and adds so much character to each photograph.  Especially to a home that has rustic decor.  I just love this image with the frame.

If you have some images you need framed (or printed… ahem… looking at you, with all those digitals sitting and wasting away on your hard drive!), I would love to chat and see how we can get some artwork up on your walls!  Just a day in the life making homes feel homey and radiate with love, one printed image at a time😉