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Three Cheers Charleston WV children photographer Coonskin

Three Cheers for the Red, White & Blue | WV Children Photographer

A little less than two years ago you met this gorgeous gal at our Glamping Mini sessions and since she's gained a new partner-in-crime, her baby brother.  This adorable duo came to me dressed in their best red, white & blue attire for a patriotic mini session.  They were all smiles and oh so adorable.  And, look at that sweet kiss they shared to end their session.
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A Lot of Class & a Little Sass | Charleston WV Children Photographer

I photograph a lot of children and I've never met one quite like Kennedy.  Most of the time I end up playing games, telling jokes and being silly to keep kids attention but her.  Kennedy was destined to model.  She practiced posing before coming to the session, picked out the perfect Jackie O. inspired outfit and came ready to show me her skills.  At only four years old she's absolutely rocking her modeling debut... I can only imagine what she'll be like by the time she's 18.  Someday you may see this lady on the cover of a magazine.
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Pirate Mini Session

Mermaids & Pirates are Taking Over KBP! | Charleston WV Summer Mini Sessions

Every summer with the help of a few friends (and companies!) I put together themed mini sessions.  This year I am thrilled to turn your little ones into mermaids & pirates for their summer mini sessions!  I had absolutely no idea when I reached out to the folks at Fin Fun Mermaid Tails,  Graydon Creek, Olive & Eggplant, and Fairy Tail Mermaids how adorable this theme would turn out... it far exceeded my expectations.  These amazing companies stepped up to make this adorable dream come true!  Be sure to check them out even if you don't book a session because they're amazing....
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State Capitol birthday session featured

Happy Birthday Sweet M. | WV Capitol Birthday Session

I met this sweet girl during a fundraiser for MOPs.  She was not in the mood to have her photographs taken the day we met which made her momma & I both nervous about her birthday session.  The day of her session she came ready with a smile on her face and full of laughter.  We were so blessed that the day we met up in January was amazing... sunny, warm and beautiful.  We only had to bribe her with a few snacks to get an entire session of fabulous photos!  I am in love with her birthday session and...
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The Results are In… 2017 Shoot & Share Contest

When I started my journey into photography in 2009 (as a hobbyist) I never dreamt I would be where I am today.  I also never dreamt I would have the confidence to enter a contest!  This year with the urging of my close friends, Andrea Martin and Autumn Branscome, I entered the Shoot & Share contest.  I had no idea what to expect when entering.  It was my first contest ever!  My goal was to hit the top 30% with one image out of the fifty I entered. (Spoiler alert: I hit the goal!!!!) Over 332,768 photos were entered in this year's...
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Operation Hero Charelston WV Charity Event Ronald McDonald

Giving Back & Raising Super Heroes.

Last year with the help of my best friend from Autumn Branscome Photography we kicked off the very first Operation Hero sessions in Charleston WV.  Our first year we sent care packages to troops deployed overseas.  Thankfully those soldiers have since returned home! This year we partnered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern West Virginia in for the 2nd annual Operation Hero sessions.  These little ones were truly a blessing to the Ronald McDonald House!  The day after our sessions one of their freezers went out and they were able to restock without spending any funds thanks to the generous donations...
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Operation Hero Ronald McDonald House Southern WV

Be a Hero! Support Ronald McDonald House + Get Photos.

Last year Autumn Branscome Photography & I kicked off the very 1st Operation Hero Mini Session event.  We had so much fun that we've decided to bring it back this year by partnering with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern West Virginia. Over the past few years the RMHC of Southern WV folks have been working tirelessly to build their new home.  It was recently finished and we decided this would be not only the perfect charity to support through donations but also the perfect location for Operation Hero!  We'll be setting up the sessions in a common area of their home.  Clients will be able...
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Disney Repunzel Princess Inspired

Dream Big Little One | Princess Inspired Session

The moment I met Laken for her first session a few years ago I knew that she needed a princess inspired session.  She is the closest to a Disney princess that a toddler can ever come to being.  She loves all things frilly, dancing, pink and pretty.  We met up for a quick mini-session to transform her into the stunning Rapunzel.  She had so much fun hanging out with her favorite lizard Pascal and even tried to knock me out with her infamous frying pan.  This little girl is full of big dreams... mostly of becoming a princess... and I...
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Target Ice Cream Sesion Charelston WV Featured

Target + Ice Cream = Best Birthday Ever! | Charleston WV Children Photographer

When your birthday is in December it can be rather tricky to have the fun outdoor sessions that summer kiddos get to do.  I don't believe in letting winter stop your dreams!  Breck's fifth birthday session we combined two of her favorite stores are Target and Ellen's Ice Cream.  We could have never predicted just how special this session would be for Breck! Her momma & I didn't want to intrude on Target because they are usually very busy.  We decided to do some much-needed shopping while we snapped a few photographs as non-intrusively as possible.  During our session a very...
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Pumpkins Tutus Balloons Charleston WV

Pumpkins, Tutus & Birthday Balloons | WV Children Photographer

A little over a year ago a spunky and energetic little girl walked into my life for a camping mini.  Since then we've bonded over a handful of sessions and became great friends! The day of her second birthday session Claire was in a spunky, energetic, run and maybe you'll get a photo of me mode.  I've seen it time and time again... we chase after a toddler for the duration of their session and at the end Mom is feeling defeated.  The session typically ends with a statement of, "I just hope we got one good shot.".  I always laugh...
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Family session Charleston WV Christmas

It’s Been An Amazing & Blessed Holiday Season | WV Family Photographer

Every fall I transition into an almost 100% dedicated family photographer.  I am blessed with familiar faces contacting me to capture their Christmas photos and a few bring along a surprise announcement!  These three families come to me every year to have updated photos and I adore them so very much.  I love watching their children grow up and families expand. (Congratulations Kelly & Mark!  I cannot wait to meet your little girl.)  Because of clients like each of you I had such an amazing and blessed holiday season... I'll see you next fall (and hopefully even sooner!)
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Happy 1st Birthday Ms. M | Charleston WV Children Photographer

Happy New Year!  It's been very quiet the last few months on the blog because fall/winter is insane for photographers and I decided to let blogging hide on the back burner while I focused on creating amazing photographers for you!  But, I'm back to blogging and kicking it off with this gorgeous little girl's first birthday session. I cannot believe it's been over a year since I captured her newborn photographs.  I've watched as she's grown over the last year into a personality filled little girl.  I was thrilled when her mommy contacted me to do a joint first birthday/family...
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Charleston WV Baby Announcement Capitol Market

And, Baby Makes 6 | Charleston WV Family Photographer

I am so blessed to be invited into my client's lives.  They trust me with their secrets in order for us to create adorable announcements for their biggest life events.  This adorable momma & baby have invited me into their life over the last year for many events and now they're excited to announce that the family is growing... and, baby makes 6! Of course with a family of six nothing is ever simple.  The morning of their session Traci frantically told me she'd forgotten a key element of the session: the baby shoes!  The entire purpose of the session was...
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Charleston WV Teal Pink 1st birthday

Happy 1st Birthday Katie! | Charleston WV Children Photographer

When Katie's mom, Kimber, contacted me about doing her first birthday photos she had three requests: No cake.  Katie is allergic to most of the ingredients in cake. Make sure the session was cute despite not having a cake smash portion. Include Katie's big brothers in her session. We quickly set to work putting together an idea that would be adorable.  I knew because of Katie's fuchsia outfit that I wanted to bring in some white to offset the green & pink plus bounce light back into her adorable face.  And I felt like teal was the perfect third option...
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Coral and Teal First Birthday Charleston WV Children Photographer

Happy 1st Birthday Darcy! | Charleston WV Children Photographer

Before I met up with this adorable lady for her first birthday session her momma warned me that she is in a stage where strangers make her wary and she was concerned about how she would do for photos.  I hear this often.  It seems around the age of 1 children start to realize what stranger danger is and they don't always love meeting me.  Darcy was not one of those children.  We hit it off splendidly from the very beginning.  We had cake together, player with glittery numbers and sang songs.  It was the beginning of a fabulous friendship!...
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Army Blackhawk Rainy Day Session

Run, Go, Get to the Chopper! | WV Children Photographer

It's a blessing and a curse to be related to a photographer.  My niece/daughter probably have more photos taken of themselves than most children their age and sometimes they get stuck in crazy situations... like playing in the rain, on a flight line in front of an Army Blackhawk.  Yeah, it happened. The day of our Going to Get Our Soldier Mini Sessions we had some down time between clients that we put to good use to capture some absolutely adorable shots.  I wish we could have a helicopter and flight line to use for sessions every day!  
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WV Children photographer deployment session

Going to Get Our Soldiers | Deployment Mini Sessions

As time drew near for deployment to end I knew I wanted to do something fun for the kid's to welcome the soldiers home.  My idea began as a cute Pinterest photo I saw online of a child holding a sign sitting on luggage stating she was going to get her daddy but then it grew.  Some amazing folks helped us acquire a US Army Blackhawk helicopter (yes, you read that right!) for the day and we were able to capture the kid's photos with the beloved machine their soldiers fly/work on.  I've been sitting on these images for over two months...
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Painting Mini Sessions Charleston WV

Painting Mini Sessions | Charleston WV Photographer

It's time for summer mini sessions! I am so excited to finally be able to announce this year's summer mini sessions.  Painting has been gaining popularity amongst adults for a few years but many times the littles are left out... that ends today!  We're going to have a paint party during your summer mini session.  And it's going to be the most adorable and fun thing you do this summer. Session fee is $100.  Session includes a 20 minute session, 3 digital images with print release (allowing you to print/share as your heart desires), an 8x10" painting to take home after your...
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