Charleston Weekend Boss Ladies Retreat | VA MD DC Photographer

I took one of those trips I wasn't quite sure I should take. Questions like, does it cost too much, will it be worth it, I don't know anyone who will be there, I'm nervous about meeting new people, will they be nice, will I have fun since I'm pregnant...? Among others. It may sound cliche, but part of being a true Gemini is, I always go back and forth when m[...]

Yep, It's Finally Happening | Baby On The Way!

I wanted to keep this short and sweet, but there are a lot of things I have to say, and it will get personal, so it will be long... haha. As you can see, we're expecting! And we're happy, scared, excited, overwhelmed, calm and completely freaked out. This pregnancy thing is crazy! But I'm glad we're in it, and will make it through, together. So, here are my[...]

Lenart Fall Photos at Midlothian Mines Park [RVA Family Photographer]

This little lady just turned two years old! My how time flies. I spend most of my days with with the dad here, as we share a desk at my office, so I typically get a daily update on little Zoe and I can't believe how big she is getting already! It feels like just a few months ago that we went out to shoot their maternity photos! So they came back to do some [...]

Lumpkin Maternity: Libby Hill Park [Richmond, VA Family Photographer]

I absolutely love the ending of this story. And maybe a little lesson for some of you :) Eric here is a coworker of mine, super great guy with a couple of kids, now with a lovely wife, pregnant with her first child. It took him some convincing to get her to see the importance in capturing this beautiful time in her life. Really to agree to take photos of [...]

Sunflower Mini Sessions! [Richmond, VA Family Photographer]

Last year I discovered this awesome little sunflower field near my home. My first thought was, I NEED to photograph an adorable child here! So I did :) And I want to offer you similar images of your little one, yourself or your family that that will mean so much to you now and even more than you know in the future. Great for kids, maternity and couples! In [...]

Mother's Day Special Offer [Richmond, VA Family Photographer]

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! How many good photos of you and your mom do you really have? I see it all the time, mom's usually take the photos and rarely get to be in them! So sad, right? Let me help you with that :) Get in front of the camera (don't worry, you are beautiful!) and show off that love and special family bond with images that will mean so much to you no[...]

A Surprise Birthday Video [Chesterfield Family Photographer]

A past client contacted me to do a slideshow/video for his wife's surprise birthday party and shoot videos of her friends and family saying wonderful things about her I was all for it! He provided old photos for the slideshow and some of her favorite songs and I met with each person to do a quick video. She was so touched and happy!

Oreo Cheesecake Bites with Peanut Butter Ganache!

Instead of beautiful people on the blog today, I bring you dessert! A delicious recipe along with some pretty photos so you know exactly how they were made. These Oreo Cheesecake Bites won me a $100 gift card in the "So You Think You Can Bake" contest at work! And they are extremely tasty.

Olivia's Woodlake Senior Portraits! [Richmond, VA Photographer]

Photo sessions with high school seniors are one of my favorite things! And this one was no exception. Olivia was such a joy to shoot, and what a smart and wonderful young woman she is! We started with her love of tennis with some fun shots at the Woodlake Swim & Raquet Club, then moved along to the beautiful waterfront area to get those sunny, glowy port[...]

It's Fall, Ya'll! Limited Edition Photo Sessions

FOR A LIMITED TIME: SAVE $49 WHEN YOU SIGN UP WITH A FRIEND! Email tinatakemyphoto@gmail.com or fill out the form below for more info! :) When was the last time you had photos taken of you and your family? Or your kids, parents, or even you with your furry friends? Fall is one of, if not THE BEST TIME for Photo Sessions! The weather is amazing, mother na[...]

Fall Photo Session at Randolph-Macon [Virginia Family Photographer]

This is a lovely Winter Family Photo Session. These kids have an amazing dad who contacted me because they have not taken group photos of the children since they were itty bitty, and he wanted to surprise his wife for Christmas! How sweet is that? We drove out to Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia where they first met. We had a beautiful, sunny aft[...]

Thank You For Joining Us!

This weekend was our "You Are My Sunshine" Mother's Day Mini Photo Sessions for Charity Event at the James River Cellars Winery in Richmond, Virginia with Sharon's Hands. I want to thank everyone who came out to join us and get lovely photos taken with mom, you were all so wonderful! This is just a quick preview of some of the images, more coming soon![...]

Savannah 1 Year [Virginia Family Lifestyle Photographer]

What a cutie I have for you today! This is sweet little Savannah. I've been documenting her since before she was born :) You can see the maternity shoot here. It was winter, so we wanted to find a fun indoor location to shoot since we could not bet on warm sunshine! I did some research and got permission to shoot in the kids section of the Bon Air Library[...]

King Family Session [Richmond Lifestyle Photographer]

Today, I have a Family Photo Session with the sweetest people! Mom just got a job out of state, so they wanted to commemorate their time in Richmond, while also getting some photos for their little one's first birthday. The King family told me what they love about RVA is the mix or urban and nature. So I plotted out a perfect path for us where we started sho[...]

Cozy Christmas Photo Session [Midlothian, Virginia Family Photographer]

Here is my last Family Photo Session of 2014. And what a sweet and cozy set of images! I just love this family, they are such great people and make a ridiculously gorgeous and adorable baby! He's going to be a little heart-breaker I'm sure :) We got lucky to have a fairly warm and sunny December afternoon, (unlike these frigid, terribly cold days we've be[...]

Engaged? I'm looking for Virginia Brides!

ENGAGED?? I'm looking for brides for the 2015 and 2016 Wedding Season! All you brides-to-be who said "YES" over the holidays, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Now it's time to find your wedding photographer! Can you believe it's February already?? You've probably already started all of that wedding planning, and I know how stressful it can be and how time just flies by![...]

At Home Holiday Shoot by the Tree! [Richmond Family Photographer]

This past holiday, I had a few shoots that were surprise gifts for family members. This one was for the grandparents. How sweet! So it's finally time to share some of the images! We snuck into grandma's house while they were out of town for the day for some shots of her grand kids. It was a cold rainy day out, so we decided to just stay by the tree and se[...]

The Lenarts [Woodlake Maternity Photographer]

First blog post for 2015! :) I love this maternity session shot in late November. It was a brisk, and I mean brisk fall day at Woodlake on the Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian, Virginia. Beautiful place for photos, but as the sun went down, it sure did get chilly! But mom was such a trooper, walking the long path with us and sticking it out to get thes[...]

The Littles [Goochland Farm Fall Family Photographer]

I am so in love with this fall family photo session!! I've been dying to share it with you all. (and it's not just because I'm partial to this particular wonderful family, and how beautiful they all are!) We could not have asked for a more gorgeous day and location. It had been pretty chilly this November, but we lucked out with warm breezes and sunshine [...]

20 Tiny Toes: Newborn Twins [Richmond Family Photographer]

When I was asked to photograph these twin newborn babies, I was so honored and excited! ... and also nervous, a little worried, overwhelmed. I mean babies are not always easy and there's two of them! But more than anything I was happy. Happy to meet these beautiful babies and see how joyful their parent are to have them. The house was filled with love (and o[...]

Abigail [Downtown Richmond Senior Photographer]

Smart. Sophisticated. Creative. Beautiful. The list goes on! Those are just some of the first words that come to mind when I think of this awesome senior. It's rare that you meet a young person with so much determination and ambition with a rock solid path to a bright future. And her high school senior photo session really shows it off. We had such a fun [...]

Clay at Libby Hill Park [Richmond Senior Photographer]

Hi there! I'm excited to share this handsome young man's senior portrait session with you all today. I love to shoot senior sessions, they are so much fun! This was an easy, laid back shoot with some really great props. I sometimes get a bit nervous when shooting guys, since they tend to be more difficult than girls, but lucky for me, this could not ha[...]

Sunday Sneaks!

Well, it's been a busy month so far! And there are good things on the horizon. I'm excited to have my weekends full of wonderful families in need of wonderful photos! :) Here are some of the things I'm working towards finishing up today - twins, two family sessions, a maternity session and an engagement! Lots to celebrate and lots of blog posts to come! [...]

Liz & Jerry at Libby Hill Park [Richmond Engagement Photographer]

I'm excited to share this fun and sweet engagement session today! We drove up to Libby Hill Park, which has one of the best views of downtown Richmond that you can find! And bonus - it was right around the corner from where they first started dating years ago :) They now both live near DC, but wanted to come back to where it all started. We had a bit of an o[...]

Married and Tanned!

The above image is not Photoshopped! Can you believe that water?! I've been on a pretty long break from blogging while I finished up the final touches on my wedding planning. It's all done with now and the results were more wonderful than I ever thought they could be. I feel so blessed to have been able to throw together my dream wedding - with the hel[...]

Back from Newport!

Rhode Island, you take my breath away. This weekend Ben and I went to Newport, Rhode Island for a family wedding. We've never been to New England before. And I cannot say enough good things about it. The weather was absolutely perfect. Far from the hot and humid summer we're having here in RVA! The wedding was on this hill overlooking the ocean, you could[...]

Seier Pregnancy Announcement (Chesterfield, VA Maternity Photographer)

As I've said before (see "Babypalooza 2014" here) we are in the midst of a serious baby boom! It's so exciting to see my friends and family starting their own families, I love all of the excitement and happiness that goes along with it! This was an extra fun shoot that I have never done before. Instead of waiting until she's about to pop, I was asked to d[...]

Baby Price [Chesterfield, Virginia Maternity Photographer]

I was as excited to take these photos below only second to how happy I was to take my own sister's maternity photos. This is a very special woman and a wonderful friend. Seeing her prepare to become a mother is a strange and beautiful thing. And she's due any minute now, I can't wait to meet the little guy! I was starting to think this session was never g[...]

July Desktop Calendar Download!

I hope you all had a wonderful fourth of July! I'm a few days late, but here is your FREE July desktop calendar! I got this idea last month and am hoping to continue it each month throughout the year. We all need to change up our wallpapers every now and then. This is from a couple of years ago when I went to see the fireworks over Brown's Island in Ri[...]

Babypalooza 2014!

They keep saying there's something in the water... You go through periods in your life where everything changes for your friends and family. About 3 - 5 years ago it was weddings, I feel like every other month we were watching someone get married! Now, they are all starting to have babies. The number of people I see on a daily basis that have either just [...]

June Desktop Calendar Download!

I'm starting something fun and new and FREE for you! And as simple as it is, I'm so excited about it! I was bored with my desktop wallpaper on my computer (as I often am) You can only go so long looking at the same desktop image, am I right? So I did a quick internet search to switch things up. I found that people are making cute desktops with the current[...]

Rock the Shot May Challenge: Camera Phone

Every month Rock the Shot Forum has a photography challenge. Usually I miss it or just don't have time to submit anything... always regret it! :) But this month the challenge is camera phone photography, which I would like to consider myself a bit of an expert on. After doing Project Life 365 last year - taking a photo a day based on a keyword and only usin[...]

Baby Catherine [Chesterfield Newborn Photographer]

I'm excited to share with you these adorable images from baby Catherine's newborn session! We had a bright sunny Virginia day to work with, which worked wonderfully for window lighting inside of their home. We also grabbed a few bright and green outdoor images in the backyard. Little Catherine made my job pretty easy, aside from the part where she did not wa[...]

Spring Daffodils Bloom in Virginia

We've all been through a rough winter this year, and are anxiously awaiting Spring. Which in Virginia keeps teasing us with one warm and beautiful day and then more snow and cold. I vote for Spring to show and and stick around once and for all! I think after St Patrick's Day, snow should be banned around here, don't you agree?? The one thing giving me a g[...]

NBC12 is Happy!

I helped create this fun video for NBC12 and CW Richmond to celebrate March 20th, "International Happiness Day", put together by Pharrell Williams and the United Nations Foundation.

Something Green

Rock the Shot is an awesome forum for photographers, big and small. They do a monthly photo challenge, which I always seem to miss the deadline on, so this month I'm going in early :) March's challenge is "Something Green". The only rule is you have to pick one photo and it has to have green in it. They also suggest you think outside the box. Looking thro[...]

Easy DIY Framed Earring Holder!

Here is a simple and easy DIY project if you are like me and need a place to hang your dangly, chandelier earrings out of the reach of animals or children. With only a few simple steps and materials, you can create this functional and cute earring holder in minutes!

Photos I Took When I Was 5

I'm so excited to share these with you, it just brings such a smile to my face. I think these are super adorable! I was cleaning and found the little photo albums I used to keep in my room as a kid. As you know, back in the days of film there were only a certain number of prints available and I'm assuming my mom took the best ones for the "good albums" an[...]

NBC12 Snow Day Promos

Every once in a while I get to work on something different and super fun. This is a perfect example! We held a facebook casting call, asking fans of the NBC12 facebook page to message us a photo of their family to be featured in some commercials. It worked out great! These are not actors, although some of them really could be! Just normal viewers and wonderf[...]

An Elegant John Marshall Rehearsal Dinner [Richmond Wedding Photographer]

What a beautiful rehearsal dinner! Event photography is always fun to do, I like to be the fly on the wall and take a journalistic approach to documenting someone's special event. These two lovebirds has a gorgeous, elegant rehearsal dinner at the beautiful Hotel John Marshall in downtown Richmond, Virginia. This building has such a rich history. It opened i[...]

Midlothian Mines Park Engagement [Richmond, Virginia Wedding Photographer]

These two adorable lawyers were brought to me by my friend Sarah (whose engagement session I also shot last winter). Her and her husband were so generous to gift them this session because they would have never thought to have done it themselves. How amazing and sweet is that?! It's hard to find such wonderful friends! And it was also a unique experience to s[...]

Rockwood Park Maternity Session [Chesterfield, VA Photographer]

Today I'm sharing with you a super fun and sweet maternity session! Pam and I had been back and forth for a while about when to schedule this session because I had some traveling to do and the weather was just not cooperating with us. The day we had hoped for was calling for an ice storm and poor Pam was driving up from VA Beach, so I begged her to push i[...]

Vega Family Mini Session [Chesterfield, VA Family Photographer]

Like I always say, mini sessions are a great way to freshen up your family photos. Or get some for the first time with less hassle! Half an hour and happy faces are all we needed for this fun little session. We met at Rockwood Park in Chesterfield, VA. A great place for photo sessions! This little girl was so cute in front of the camera. For the first par[...]

Peacock Themed Beach Wedding [Sandbridge, Virginia Wedding Photographer]

Ahhh, a wedding on the beach. What a beautiful thing! Even though, to be honest, it was windy and freezing that day! :) But what a beautiful day it was! This wedding is extra special to me because the bride and groom are dear friends of ours (my fiance was the best man, and an honorary Roberson). I also had lots of fun taking their engagement photos! They[...]

Rutledge Family in Forest Hill Park [Holiday Mini Session]

Tis the season for Holiday photos! These are some of my favorite sessions. First off, because it's always nice to get into the spirit, and these are always quick and super fun sessions where we so easily get to play with colors and themes. And another common factor is that the animals are often included in these, which I love so much! So I met this lovely[...]

Nights Are Magical at The Virginia State Fair!

Fall is upon us and it is time for the Virginia State Fair! This year, I went by myself with my tripod and camera to capture some beautiful images of the fair rides at night. Come take a look! These images are also available for purchase as prints.

The Great Bull Run Comes to Virginia!

The Great Bull Run Comes to Virginia! The first ever in the US came right to our front door. I went down there just to see what kinds of photos I could get from this event. It was so much fun! And no one got gored, don't worry. Check out the photos and video!

Troy Michel - Headshots

Excited to share my first official set of head shots!! I met Troy Michel a few years back when she was the winner of CW Richmond's very first VJ Contest (where I work in marketing and promotions). So she was doing all kinds of spokesperson type of work for the station and clients around Richmond, VA. You may have seen her a on TV, she always does such a g[...]

Project Life 365: Week 23 and 24

June 2nd - June 15th is Project Life 365 weeks 23 and 24! Looks like I might have to stick with the 2 weeks at a time post. Things have been super busy as always, but we'd been planning a big party for my 30th - eek! It wasn't so bad leaving my twenties, it was actually a ton of fun, and the day before my birthday my boyfriend of 8 years finally decided to g[...]

Andy & Emilie: Beautiful Pocahontas State Park Wedding

I met Andy years ago through mutual friends, and when we met Emilie we just knew they were perfect together! One of the sweetest couples I've ever met, I was super excited when she asked if I would photograph their wedding in May. They are a perfect example of how a wedding should be about fun, family and friends. The ceremony was held in an absolutely be[...]

Project Life 365: Week 21 and 22

I've been falling a bit behind, it's been a super busy month! So I'm putting together two weeks in one post tonight to put an end to May. May 19th - June 1 is Project Life 365 weeks 21 and 22! Here are my daily inspiration photos- Day 139: #currently reading. I've been getting a ton of magazines in the mail, and I really just cannot find the time to sit d[...]

Project Life 365: Week 20

May 12th - May 18th is Project Life 365 week 20! Here are my daily inspiration photos- Day 132: #a_trinket. I was visiting my mom for mother's day and was looking at some of the sentimental jewelry she wears. The heart locket is pretty old, it has a photo of me on one side and my sister on the other. The silhouette necklace was a gift from me a few years [...]

Project Life 365: Week 19

May 5th - May 11th is Project Life 365 week 19! This week is an eclectic one for sure :) I also want to take a moment to refresh you all on what this photo a day project is about. I've had lots of people lately tell me that they love seeing the photos I post each day, but want to know why I am hash-tagging a random word. These words are given to me by Projec[...]

Project Life 365: Week 18

April 28th - May 4th is Project Life 365 week 18! Bright colors and some sunshine! Day 118: #looking_out. I always feel bad that they can look outside all day but never actually go out there... But the one time we tried to let him be an outdoor cat he ran right into the street! Bad news. Day 119: #type. I spend most of my day at work picking out the pe[...]

Project Life 365: Week 17

April 21th - April 27th is Project Life 365 week 17! This one has lots of happy little things! Day 111: #hahaha. I thought this was a silly one. And it was hard to find something "funny", and I wasn't surrounded by children's laughter all day, which would have been very cute. My good friend gave me these silly magnet/finger puppets for Christmas of some f[...]

Project Life 365: Week 16

April 14th - April 20th is Project Life 365 week 16! Vertical lines, beautiful cities and tragedy: Day 104: #inspiration. I thoroughly enjoyed my day spent in DC this week. There is so much beauty and history in this city. You feel a real sense of American pride in every direction. It will pump you full of inspiration! Day 105: #redemption. Today was a[...]

Project Life 365: Week 15

April 7th - April 13th is Project Life 365 week 15! Here's a little bit about my week: Day 97: #macro. Shots with a macro lens make me feel warm and fuzzy inside! But, like I've said before I am using my phone for this project, so booo to this word in making it super awesome. And I still don't have the olloclip I want! But I have to say I am impressed wit[...]

Washington DC - Pretty Cherry Blossoms

If you like flowers and Washington DC, this post is for you! This year I realized that even though I'm a little under two hours away, I've never actually seen the Washington DC Cherry Blossoms. So this year, me and a co-worker were determined to drive up and see them. Which ended up being a challenge with the insane weather we have had this year. Winter s[...]

Project Life 365: Week 14

March 31th - April 6th is Project Life 365 week 14! Here's a bit of my thoughts on the week: Day 90: #renew. Weather had been pretty strange around probably most of the US this year, winter has lasted so long! And every time we think it's gone it pops up it's head again. But there are some pretty buds starting to show on the trees, sign of springs renewal[...]

Project Life 365: Week 13

March 24th - March 30th is Project Life 365 week 13! I'm getting a little behind on these, my weeks have just been flying by lately! So let's get on with it... Day 83: #currently_reading: I keep tons of notebooks around, always thinking I will assign each one to specific tasks or objectives. And they always just end up a jumble of combined efforts. These [...]

James & Amanda: Downtown Engagement Session

James and Amanda are good friends of ours who currently live in Maryland. They don't get down too Richmond too often, so we'd been trying for a while to find a date that I could take their engagement photos. We headed down to the Richmond Library to start the shoot. They were so cute playing around in the stacks! And the architecture on the front steps was a[...]

Project Life 365: Week 12

March 17th - March 23th is Project Life 365 week 12! Starting with Saint Patrick's Day and ending with some music. This is a very diverse looking board. I'm only 3 months in, but I'm already planning a strategy for next year's photo a day project! I would like to have a consistency in color, tone, something... specific to each month so that when I put the[...]

Project Life 365: Week 10

March 3rd - March 9th is Project Life 365 week 10! Ten has always been a bit of a lucky number for me. And this week it was because they used one of my photos in their daily feature! Day 62: #troublemaker. He may look innocent here, but this little guy causes more trouble than you could believe... Day 63: #big_personality. This is the one that got me f[...]

Project Life 365: Week 9

February 24th - March 2 is Project Life 365 week 9! March already, wow! Hard to believe I am already 2 months done. The project may be getting easier in that it has become a part of my day like waking up and brushing my teeth, so remembering to do it has stopped being hard. Now the "what will I use today..?" is the hard part. But the fun part as well!

Project Life 365: Week 8

Week 8 of Project Life 365 is coming a bit late this time. It's been such a busy few weeks where I've barely touched my home computer, and I can't really even say why. Probably because we were wrapping up the end of February sweeps at work, short on help, but still managed to help with the win! Keep watching NBC12 all you local people! This collage is really[...]

Project Life 365: Week 7

Week 7 of Project Life 365 is pretty delicious! There are many things that these daily images are revealing about myself, and as someone who really does not have sweets often, this week was an exception!! Next week I'll have to throw some green stuff in there somewhere :)

Project Life 365: Week 6

Onto Week 6 of Project Life 365! Feb 3 - Feb 9, 2013. I'm liking the tones in this week's photo montage. From blacks to blues to browns and pinks. It almost has a natural progression.

Project Life 365: Week 5

Week 5 is done! Thanks for following along. It gets interesting to see the similarities (or differences) in each week's board. Last week everything was bluish or grey, this week is much more colorful! This week is also when the "day numbers" stop being the same as the current date, and apparently I am the only one going by days, so good luck to me on that. [...]

Sarah & Sandy [Engagement]

I'm super excited I got the opportunity to do this shoot! Not only are these two people perfectly photogenic - which always makes my job so much easier! - but we managed to have snowfall on a Friday that lasted into Saturday!!! Anyone from Richmond, especially the last few years, knows how big of a deal that is.

A Beautiful Excuse For My Absense!

I've been neglecting the blog for a few weeks, but for good reason! I took a bit of time off to visit my sister and her husband (who just returned from fighting overseas - so glad he's back home!) in beautiful, wonderful Hawaii.

A Photo A Day Project: Week 1

I'm very excited to have joined Project Life 365 this year! I've seen these photo a day projects floating around the internet and was very intrigued by the concept. So as 2012 came to an end I made a decision to commit to taking a photo every day and post it on various social media websites.

Petrosino Holiday Family Session!

Here is one of the sweetest little families I know! Iva and Joe wanted me to come over and do a quick session for holiday cards and to update family photos. It was a bit of a repeat from last year, but this time Lucianna is out in the world!

Kirkpatrick Family Photos

There is no doubt that this is what you call an adorable family! I've known Heather and Eric for a while and they are always a joy to be around. Heather has a fun and silly personality and she's such a great mommy. Even through all the random biting and flailing that little boys his age can't help but burst into at inopportune times! :) Funny enough, they ha[...]

Baby Prout! [Maternity Photos]

I'm very excited about this post! Two of my very best friends are having their first baby and I just can't wait to meet her! Jessica didn't want to make a huge deal about photos, but finally gave into everyone telling her that when they didn't do it, they very much regretted not having any of those belly moments captured. And of course since she had me aroun[...]

Large Family Portraits!

One of my lovely co-workers came up to me and said she would love to gift some family portraits at her brother-in-law's wedding. This was an opportunity to get some large group portraits. We got lucky with some gorgeous weather that afternoon! My only disappointment was that we had a pretty short time span and I really really, really wanted to do some more c[...]

 

 

 

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