Unicorn Mommy & Me Session – Doswell, VA

One of the most rewarding things about my job is the ability to capture the tiny little moments that, when pieced all together, tell these beautiful stories of the connections and bonds between souls.  That is one of the reasons I absolutely love photographing mommy & me sessions.  As mothers, we spend so much time pulling out our phones and photographing everyone else as they are creating family memories that will shape their childhood and even entire adult life.  We are rarely IN any of these photographs (and I don’t mean those obligatory selfies!).  I always encourage mothers to participate and be present in the photographs.  Years from now, this little girl will be a young woman and she will always have these amazing images of her and her mother that she will treasure and be so incredibly special to her.  She will remember how her mother brought her to a farm in Virginia (all the way from PA!) and she got to meet a real unicorn.  She will remember how they laughed and danced and had skipping races through the fields.  Looking back on these images, she will remember how her mother used to hold her and gently caress her hair, how she smiled and her eyes sparkled whenever she looked at her.  She will remember how she she felt so safe, happy, and loved.  It was an absolute pleasure photographing these two remarkable ladies and I am so thankful have played a little part in their memories decades from now.

 

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Senior Session – Doswell, VA

You guys.  This senior session!  Ahh!  When I was asked to photograph Melinda’s senior portraits, I was so excited!  I photographed her quinceañera years ago and was honored to be chosen again to photograph another special time in her life.  I absolutely love that she decided to add the unicorn to her senior session!  It’s definitely adds a unique touch to her session 😉  She also asked to incorporate her sweet pups, as they’ve played a big part in her life and growing up.  Here are some highlights from her session!

 

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Family Session – Yorktown, VA

My fall schedule has been super hectic trying to keep up with sessions and I fell a bit behind on blogging.  This session took place at Yorktown Beach over the summer, which is the cutest little spot!  I had so much fun photographing them as we strolled through the town and the kids played in the sand on the beach.  I posted a video slideshow to my facebook page also that showcased some of my favorite images from their session.  I had SO MANY favorites, so it’s definitely worth taking the time to look!  You can view the slideshow here.  These are the moments I love in life.

 

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Family Session at the River – Gwynns Island, VA

I have the honor of photographing this gorgeous family a couple times a year so they can update their wall portraits and preserve the memories of their children growing up.  When we were thinking about what we wanted to do for this particular session, I suggested we go to their family’s river house where they spend a lot of time swimming, crabbing, and making memories every summer.  I am so glad we did because I had the BEST time photographing these sweet kids playing in a place that is super special to them.   It makes me so happy that they will have these fun and authentic photographs to look back on when they are older and reminiscing about their childhood.

 

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Annual Holiday Mini Sessions – Ashland, VA

Yesssss, I am aware that it’s only September, BUT you know what that means!  It’s time to start planning my annual holiday mini sessions!  And this year, SANTA IS COMING BACK to see all of my sweet littlest clients again!  We’ve been working with Santa every year for the past 4 years, and he is absolutely incredible with the children.  Each session is a 20 minute personal interaction with Santa Claus and includes TWO amazing sets (see my images from the sets below, minus Santa).  I have designed my holiday collections to each include all of your favorites! You can skip the lines with grumpy kids, get your holiday cards custom designed and printed, gifts for family members, AND snag heirloom pieces to pass down to your children with a STELLAR discount.  I ONLY do discounted products once a year for these holiday themed sessions, so don’t miss your chance.  Studio sessions without Santa are available as well.  E-mail me today for more information or to reserve your spot!  anikacolombo@gmail.com

 

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Underwater Pool Portrait Session – Mechanicsville, VA

I met this little girl last year when she came to my annual Christmas + Santa sessions.  It’s always so much fun to see how much my little clients have grown each time I see them.  I just love so much being able to document these fun memories over the years for families.  All of the small details are just as important to capture as their larger than life smiles, from their pouty lips down to their chubby little fingers and toes.  These are the moments you will want to remember, and make up such a big part of the memories that make life so sweet.   When her mama came into the studio to see all of her images, we laughed at her daughter’s many, MANY expressions, and I am so excited to begin designing her wall space with these fun photographs of her adorable little girl over the years!

Family Session – Doswell, VA

I had such a great time working with the Ramos’ as I photographed their gorgeous family on my farm in the last few quiet moments before their newest addition was born.  We laughed until we cried by the end, and I loved being there to capture these moments for them.  Here are just a few highlights from their family session.

 

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Unicorn Session – Doswell, VA

Catching up on blog entries here and am so excited to share some of my recent work as I go through all of my summer sessions!  I had the opportunity to photograph these beautiful sisters just before the youngest sister had a unicorn-themed birthday!  Of course, our unicorn was incredibly excited to be loved on and spoiled by them, and we had the most amazing time romping around the farm while I photographed their incredible bond and their mama savored these last moments of pure childhood innocence.  I’m so glad that she will have these photographs of her gorgeous girls to look back on.  Here are some of the highlights from their gallery!

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Couple’s Session – Yorktown, VA

I can’t believe I have lived in Virginia my entire life and have never been to Yorktown before (that I can remember, any way)!  I had the best time exploring the area with Ariana and Chase.  They were up for anything, so we chased the light and ended up getting some really beautiful photographs for them.  I already can’t wait to go back and shoot!  Here is a little peek at their couple’s session.


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Underwater + Adventure Photography Sessions – Richmond, VA

Now that summer is in full swing, I’ve been trying to take the opportunity to capture more of the true, authentic moments of childhood in my sessions.  Swimming at the pool, building sandcastles at the beach, running through sprinklers… all the little fun memories that will shape and define their childhood.  I am currently booking these super fun underwater sessions throughout the summer!  E-mail anikacolombo@gmail.com as soon as possible, as dates are becoming extremely limited into August!

*Schedule your own portrait session with Richmond, VA family photographer Anika Colombo by e-mailing anikacolombo@gmail.com.