Family Session – Doswell, VA

This family session took place on my farm on a day that was 105 degrees!  We decided to push through, and I’m so glad we did.  Valerie and Hans are dog trainers and own a kennel in Richmond.  They wanted to include ALL of their babies in their family session.  It was a little tricky to get everyone positioned at times, but we made it work and I absolutely adore all the images from this session.  We had so much fun running around, being goofy, and because of the extreme heat, we decided to create our own little rain shower and allow their sweet daughter to dance in the “rain”.  The sunlight in these photographs is so gorgeous, but the love you see radiating from this family is even brighter.

Strawberry Session – Doswell, VA

I’m not sure about yours, but my kids could eat an entire carton of strawberries in about 10 minutes flat.  Sitting there watching them wolfing them down, giggling and sharing toddler jokes, I decided to pull some things together to style a session that would allow me to photograph a little memory of the way they are right now.  Their love for each other (for now, haha), and all the little sweet details like wrist rolls, their long, dark eyelashes, and adorable mannerisms that make my heart melt into a big old sappy puddle.  I wonder if she will still cross her ankles like this when she’s grown, or still look up to her brother like he’s the greatest person that ever walked the planet, or if he will be so silly but affectionate with her always.  Can they stop growing now, please?  Here is a tiny peek at some images from their strawberry session ❤

 

*If you’re looking for a family photographer in the Richmond, VA area, please send all inquiries to anikacolombo@gmail.com.  I’d love to help create some special memories for your family.

Mommy & Me Session with Unicorn – Doswell, VA

Renee contacted me because her daughter was turning 3 and having a “Rainbows & Unicorns” birthday party, which of course, is my all time favorite theme!  She selected the rose gold sequined top dress with full tulle skirt from my Client Closet for her Devyn to wear.   I had such a blast playing with and photographing Devyn, as she has this amazingly sweet and larger than life personality.  I am so happy to be able to capture these memories for them to have forever.  Here is a look at some of the hand-edited images from their session!

The candid and playful shots were just as fun!  I just adore photographing children at this age.  They usually make me work for it, but we have such a good time!  Devyn got to change into her adorable birthday outfit at the end, and the matching brag books will certainly be a special keepsake for her to have as she grows up!

If you’re looking for a family photographer near Richmond, VA, please feel free to send me an e-mail and we can set up your very own custom session!

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!

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.  😉

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!

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 🙂

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 ❤