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

 

*Book your holiday mini session with Ashland, VA family photographer Anika Colombo today by e-mailing AnikaColombo@gmail.com

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!

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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Unicorn Session – Doswell, VA

Katie wanted to surprise her husband with some portraits of herself and their girls with my unicorn on our little farm.  We had the best time dancing in the fields and enjoying the warm sunshine.  The girls did amazing and their session resulted in some absolutely stunning images that they selected on metal prints for their walls (metal wall art for the grandparents too!).  I’m so excited to finally share a few images from this fun afternoon!

 

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

Unicorn + Family Session – Doswell, VA

It’s no secret that the weather in Virginia lately has been a bit of a wet blanket lately (haha… see what I did there?), especially for photographers trying to get in all of their spring and early summer sessions!  We lucked out with some dry weather and a happy toddler to create some sweet memories of this adorable family.  I had such a fun time with them and their beautiful little girl!  We got some of the cutest little expressions from her.  Here is a little peek at their super cute family and unicorn session!

PS– this dress is now available for use in my client closet!  Isn’t it gorgeous??


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

Family Session – Doswell, VA

This family session was so amazingly fun!  We shot at on my farm in Doswell and had the best time soaking up the golden sun on one of the last remaining warm days of the year.  I love the fun, candid photographs that we get from family sessions.  Genuine smiles, the little details and mannerisms… those are what stick out to me as a family photographer, and those are the things I want to remember as a mother myself.  These crazy kids had me cracking up behind the camera too.  Here is a little glimpse into their session.

 

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

Senior Session – Doswell, VA

Sierra’s golden hour senior session was nothing short of magical.  The spot we decided to shoot is one of my favorites because of the way the light filters through the trees and lights up the frame with yummy, warm sunshine-y goodness!  Check out this little preview of her portrait session!

 

*To schedule your own portrait session with Richmond, VA photographer Anika Colombo, please email anikacolombo.com.

Family Portrait Session + Unicorn Session – Doswell, Virginia

This sweet family came to me for updated family portraits as well as a unicorn session with their adorable daughter.  The kids were troopers dealing with the elements and we had so much fun having a little tea party with my unicorn, Poppy!  My favorite part of being a family photographer in Richmond is being able to capture these milestones for families, and being able to provide beautiful, high quality print products so that their portraits may be passed down for generation.  I am so excited to get their canvas grouping in and show them!  It’s going to look so amazing on their wall!

Family & Unicorn Session – Doswell, VA

I love, love working with this sweet little family of three (soon to be four)!  They are seriously the cutest ever.  Kelly and I have been planning out this unicorn session for quite some time now, and it honestly could not have come together any more perfectly.  I just adore all the emotions captured in this gallery.  And how about the adorable expressions their little girl gave us when she set her big blue eyes on Poppy the unicorn!  THIS is what every childhood should be filled with!  Love and a little bit of magic ❤

Favorite images of 2016

I found out today the official rankings of the photos I entered into the Shoot and Share contest, which is the world’s largest photography contest.  I entered on a whim and using only photos that I happened to have handy on my hard drive at the time.  The talent I saw during voting was absolutely insane!  I was super shocked to find out that I made it as far as I did!  I actually had quite a few entries that made it further than I expected, but here are the top four ranking images from my submission.

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This image made Top 100 out of nearly 24,000 submissions in it’s category!  ❤

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This image was one of the more adventurous sessions I had in 2016 (slippery rocks over the river while carrying heavy camera gear almost had me freaking out, not gunna lie, haha).  This photo was a finalist in the Lifestyle category, which had over 10,700 entries!

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This was probably one of my most challenging sessions in 2016, as you can see, LOL.  We had a blast and laughed the whole time, but worked hard to get the final images!  This was an outtake I entered into the “That Just Happened” category, and was also a finalist in that category with 4300+ entries.

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This portrait of these twin girls is one of my favorites ever.  It made the top 10% in it’s category with almost 24k entries.  And here are some of my badges for these particular photos, because I’m fancy.  😉