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Everything about Megan and Hayes’ engagement photo session reminded me of why I absolutely love my job!  This sweet, sweet couple of eight years (yes, eight!) planned every detail to reflect their favorite places and pastimes.  We spent the morning riding around a picturesque part of Central Virginia with the Blue Ridge as our backdrop, and stopping in at places where they like to run on trails and shop for local farm goods on Saturday mornings.  It’s always so special when couples choose locations that they love!  We stood in a gorgeous, golden-lit field just after sunrise and even took time later on for yoga at a lake nestled in the woods.  Yes, yoga!  My lighting assistant (AKA: my husband!) and I stood in awe as they executed the poses with incredible strength, balance and coordination, all the while smiling, laughing and talking to each other.  It was amazing to see, and as Hayes’ sister commented on my preview last week, “uniquely them.”  Enjoy!

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Look at those mountains!

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It was hard to get these two to do a serious pose, but they certainly nailed it!

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And then, this happened!  Wow!

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  • Megan Hunt - So many happy tears have been brought to my eyes. Thank you, Stacy for your time and talent! We loved spending the day with you and Ike in Nelson and we are so appreciative of the beautiful photos we have! Love you!ReplyCancel

    • Stacy - Awww, Megan! I’m so happy to have spent this special time with you and Hayes, and even more glad I get to capture your BIG day! Thanks for the lovely comments! Love you both! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Karen McDermott - The pictures captured Hayes and Megan’s style and warmth. They are probably the most original and creative engagement pictures I have ever seen. The beauty of the area and or their love shows in every picture. This was an heartwarming and awesome collection of special moments. GMA McDermottReplyCancel

    • Stacy - I agree, Karen…their warmth and love is evident in every photo! Thanks for taking the time to comment! See you at the next picnic! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Smith - So very lovely a forever treasure.ReplyCancel

  • Celebrating the Bride-to-be! | Megan’s Bridal Shower | Stacy Smith Evans Photography - […] two families came together to honor one, very sweet, bride-to-be.  You may remember Megan from this engagement photo session in beautiful Nelson County earlier this summer.  Aside from her sweetness, grace and generosity, […]ReplyCancel

  • Meet Us in the Mountains | Megan + Hayes | Stacy Smith Evans Photography - […] month, Megan and Hayes will be married atop a beautiful mountain just outside of Roanoke, Virginia.  I have the […]ReplyCancel

  • Megan + Hayes | A Fall, Mountaintop Wedding in Virginia | Stacy Smith Evans Photography - […] years ago, Megan and Hayes met at a school science fair and began a journey through high school, college, and first jobs […]ReplyCancel

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When my cousin, Laura said she was considering bridal portraits, I silently screamed with excitement!  I immediately envisioned her white, lace dress against the red barn on her family farm and shots of her with Cheyenne, her mom’s chestnut horse.  My anticipation of the session grew as we celebrated Laura at family showers leading up to her wedding day, but a prediction of thunderstorms and heavy rain for the week threatened to ruin the picturesque day in my mind.  That would be problematic for a girl traipsing all over a farm in a white dress!  Thankfully, the rain only briefly interrupted our session and we were able to capture some lovely silhouettes in the living room during that time.  I love all these photos, not just because of the lush, green scenery and the fact that Laura looks gorgeous in every single one, but also because I was able to capture and share this special memory with my sweet cousin before her big day.  Congrats to the newlyweds, Laura and Kurt!

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I’m ready for my close-up!  Cheyenne would not get out of the way for this photo!

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One of my favorites!

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Love Laura’s laugh!

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Another favorite!  This room has seen a lot of family celebrations over the years!

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  • Lauralene Bethmann - Your work is so amazing, Stacy! I am floored every time I see one of your pictures. I can’t thank you enough!!ReplyCancel

  • brianaveniana - Stacy, I am amazed at your great work! Also, really love this outdoor setting.ReplyCancel

    • Stacy - Thanks, Briana! Really wish you were on this side of the country for graduation pics! 🙂ReplyCancel

      • brianaveniana - Me too! Next time all of us girls visiting, we should do a shoot!

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Last week, I photographed Madison and Joseph for their fifth birthdays.  Their birthdays are just days apart so their moms started a lovely tradition of having photos taken together to capture their playfulness and young friendship.  The setting was a beautiful park near Annapolis with gazebos along the water and quiet spots under blooming, cherry trees.  The five-year-olds were full of energy and we joked that next year we’ll be sending them out to play for a couple hours prior to our photo session!  The photos toward the end under the pink, cherry trees are my favorites!  Enjoy!

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Last year, I photographed Madison and Joseph right before they turned four, and as expected, they were bundles of energy.  They raced across the park’s bridge, hid behind trees, laughed at each other and barely stopped moving for a few, quick close-ups!  That said, I love the way these photos capture their four-year-old spirit and endless energy!  I’m photographing them again this week as they turn five and I couldn’t be more excited to see how they’ve grown.  Enjoy!

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