Stacy Smith Evans Photography » Virginia Lifestyle + Portrait Photographer

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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When I first talked to Laura about possible locations for her engagement session in Virginia Beach, she mentioned a place called Fort Story.  I thought to myself…A fort? That should be interesting!…but Laura went on to say there’s a historic part of the base with an old lighthouse, access to a beach with huge rocks, and a picturesque gazebo on the dunes.  With so many locations within a location, it sounded perfect!  The day before our shoot, we also scoped out what she described as “a park with really cool trees.”  Another great location!  So after our sunrise session on the beach, we dragged Kurt—who thought the picture-taking was over—to the park and then to Fort Story so he could kiss and nuzzle Laura all over again.  Here are the two lovebirds under the “really cool trees,” and inside and outside the lighthouse…Enjoy!

Congrats you two!

  • Laura - Beautiful, beautiful, simply beautiful. You’re amazing. Love you 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Stacy - Thanks, Lor! It helps to have gorgeous subjects! Love you too.ReplyCancel

  • Nicki - Its ridiculous how gorgeous Laura is… I mean, seriously! 🙂 The lighthouse pics are my favorite. Wow, there are a lot of good photos here. Good job Stacy!!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - The backdrops were amazing! Great location picks Laura! The stairwell one of you guys kissing though, that’s the topper, so classic in black in white, yet so interesting with the angle… Stacy, GREAT work!
    And yes, Laura = Beautiful through and throughReplyCancel

  • Deborah Smith - Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!! Never seen Laura more gorgeous or happy. Can’t decide on a favorite. Stacy how do you get some of those poses?ReplyCancel

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