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Virginia & Destination Wedding Photographer: Traditions Wedding: Ivelisse + Jonathan

It was a warm Spring day, the perfect weather for a wedding day. As Ivelisse sat in her childhood home surrounded by her family getting makeup applied she smiled sweetly to herself thinking about the man she was about to marry. Just two days prior Ivelisse picked up her future husband from a long deployment. After months apart Ivelisse and Jonathan were finally about to profess their love for one another in front of all their closets family and friends.

I couldn't be happier to have been apart of such a special day. Thank you two for letting be apart of your day and photographing all of your precious moments. 

Congratulations and Best of Luck...Will 

It's cool when clients get ready in their homes because you can find gems like this. 

It's cool when clients get ready in their homes because you can find gems like this. 

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Will Hawkins Photography
Ivelisse's Mother was so proud to see her daughter happy on her wedding day she couldn't stop smiling herself. 

Ivelisse's Mother was so proud to see her daughter happy on her wedding day she couldn't stop smiling herself. 

Jon was super chill waiting to see his soon to be wife before the first look. 

Jon was super chill waiting to see his soon to be wife before the first look. 

I love first looks! 

I love first looks! 

Because you get reactions like this! 

Because you get reactions like this! 

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Ivelisse and Jonathan got married at   Traditions Catering   in Chesapeake. The event staff did an awesome job making sure the event went smoothly. 

Ivelisse and Jonathan got married at Traditions Catering in Chesapeake. The event staff did an awesome job making sure the event went smoothly. 

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Will Hawkins Photography
He loves her because of who she is...

He loves her because of who she is...

Mr. + Mrs. Moxley 

Mr. + Mrs. Moxley 

Virginia & Destination Wedding Photographer: CHKD Charity Car Show

Last weekend was a busy weekend for me, besides shooting my first wedding of the season. (More on that in a future post!) I had the opportunity to photograph a special event for charity. Shanice, a friend of mine from high school put together a car show to raise money for The Children's Hospital of Kings Daughters

Kings Daughters is special to me. Being a severe Asthmatic I spent a lot of winters and Holidays there as a child, they've saved my life more than once. So when I saw what Shanice was doing I wanted to be apart of it. It was an amazing event with a lot of NICE cars. The turn out was amazing and Shanice did a fantastic job putting together this event.

Thank you Shanice for putting this event together and Thank you Kings Daughters for making my eleven hospitalizations as a child safe and caring.

Enjoy the photos!  

Shanice and her car! 

Shanice and her car! 

 
Triple Mint Green! 

Triple Mint Green! 

Virginia & Destination Wedding Photographer: A Wedding Vendor Open House

Earlier this week I was blessed with opportunity to photograph the Grand Opening of Morlina Events, Dustin Lewis Images, SnapQube, Waterford Event Rentals, and Botanique Events open house. It was a fun event filled with a lot of wedding vendors from all over Hampton Roads. We all braved the cold to celebrate this epic event with some of the best wedding vendors in Hampton Roads. Congratulations you guys and I wish you all much success in your new offices.

Stage Right Lighting provided the beautiful lighting. This centerpiece was made by Botanique Events 

Stage Right Lighting provided the beautiful lighting. This centerpiece was made by Botanique Events 

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Twisted Sisters  provided the delicious cupcakes for the night! And  Cake Delights  did the delicious cookies!

Twisted Sisters provided the delicious cupcakes for the night! And Cake Delights did the delicious cookies!

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Amber preparing the  SnapQube Booth  for the night!

Amber preparing the SnapQube Booth for the night!

Chef By Design  provided the great food for the night. The food was so delicious!

Chef By Design provided the great food for the night. The food was so delicious!

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The reasons we we're all brought together!  Amber ,  Michele ,  Dustin ,  Alisa ,  Alyse , and  Lindsay !

The reasons we we're all brought together! Amber, Michele, Dustin, Alisa, Alyse, and Lindsay!

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Mr. Big Dreams Cedrick!

Mr. Big Dreams Cedrick!

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For more images head over to my Facebook page!! Congratulations again you guys!

For more images head over to my Facebook page!! Congratulations again you guys!

My Favorite Little Person!

The older she gets the funnier she is! When she's not watching Spongebob or eating her favorite food...white rice of all things, she's talking and asking why? I love my little niece. When I was a kid I used to hear kids in elementary school talk about their niece's or nephew's. When I got older I realized I wasn't going to get one for a very long time. Being that I only have one sister and she's younger than me, but on April 6th, 2010. I was blessed with my little Niece Leyona. Although I'm not anyone's father yet, she's shown me what it's like to have a child in your life that you actually care for. I can have the worst day in the world but when I come home and she runs up to me and ask how I am today, I can't say horrible with her smiling at me! Even though she can't read this I love you buddy and can't wait to watch you grow up! :) 

Virginia & Destination Wedding Photographer: My First Camera!

I catch a lot of slack from industry friends and peers for shooting Nikon. As I always say Nikon choose me, I didn't choose it. Years ago at my day job a woman was selling a Nikon camera. At the time I was just starting out and had no clue what a professional or novice camera was. I just knew I wanted a camera. badly! The woman was selling the camera for $650. I didn't have the money, my girlfriend at the time went on craigslist and found the same camera in Williamsburg for $500. That afternoon I asked my Dad to take me to Williamsburg and I bought the camera. I shot everything from plants to soda cans I had around my room! (I'm a guy that lives by himself, what can I say  i'm a little messy at times .) After I realized I sucked...and I do mean those pictures we're horrible! I went to the internet a read everything I could about using a DSLR in Manual Mode.

After the cruel realization of seeing that I was not  by any means going to get hired to shoot anyone's wedding anytime soon, I took my little Nikon D3000 with me everywhere! I practiced aperture, shutter speed, and ISO...until I could finally shoot in manual mode. I really just want to thank that camera today, because without it I would have never learned anything I know today. So here's to Nikon! 

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