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Melanie+Matthew | Virginia Beach Elopement

Melanie and Matthew have been together for two years, you can tell they bring each other a lot of joy when they're together. They're session was a very intimate one. While we walked a private beach near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge we talked about how they met and what they meant to one another. The location was very peaceful, so peaceful they opened up to my camera very easily and allowed me to see how much in love they really were. I was glad to be apart of their special occasion. 

Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer Will Hawkins Photography Virginia Beach Elopement
Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer Will Hawkins Photography Virginia Beach Elopement
Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer Will Hawkins Photography Virginia Beach Elopement
Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer Will Hawkins Photography Virginia Beach Elopement
Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer Will Hawkins Photography Virginia Beach Elopement
Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer Will Hawkins Photography Virginia Beach Elopement
Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer Will Hawkins Photography Virginia Beach Elopement
Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer Will Hawkins Photography Virginia Beach Elopement
Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer Will Hawkins Photography Virginia Beach Elopement

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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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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He loves her because of who she is...

He loves her because of who she is...

Mr. + Mrs. Moxley 

Mr. + Mrs. Moxley 

Cheers To Insomnia

It's 4:58 am April 25th, 2014. I woke up not to long ago with a lot on my mind, I couldn't sleep so I grabbed my laptop and Googled everything wedding photography. It's nothing out of the ordinary for me, I search things about wedding photography everyday. The reason for my temporary insomnia is self doubt, fear, and failure

What if you can't make it? What if you really just suck at this? What if you never be half the man your Father is? Or see any of the success he's seen. All of these thoughts came racing through my head at 3:07 am. So I began to listen to them and began to feel worthless in a sense. 

After watching my fourth episode of Friends I began to think some more. These thoughts we're more positive. If you couldn't make it you wouldn't have done the things you've done thus far, If you sucked at taking pictures then why do many people see so much potential in you? You're not meant to be your Father...you're you! , And more importantly your success is not his and his is not yours. 

So with that being said I've decided that it's time to stop worrying so much about the future and live one day at time. There's nothing I can do about the future except hope I'm there to see it and do everything I can in the here and now to make sure I have a great one. As long as I have my Faith, my Family, and Photography everything else will fall into place. So here's to insomnia, self doubts, and brighter futures! 

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: Show Bride Beauty At Ft. Eustis

I recently had the opportunity to photograph Bridal Portraits for my friends at Show Bride. The day started with a drive to the Ft. Eustis Club , this is the venue that will host Show Bride's May 18th Bridal Show. I had a fun time photographing the beauty that is Christina Ellis, she makes any photographers job easy. Tablescapes and Floral Design were made by Dreams 2 Reality. Makeup was effortlessly done by my friend Terria Galvez of GBG Boutique and Hair made beautiful by Shaconda Ratcliff. Jamie from The Inspired Bride let us use one of her immaculate dresses. Without further adieu here are the results this fantastic team made possible.  

I love details and Dreams 2 Reality delivered for this shoot.

I love details and Dreams 2 Reality delivered for this shoot.

Terria from GBG Boutique hard at work! 

Terria from GBG Boutique hard at work! 

Such a pretty bouquet!

Such a pretty bouquet!

This gorgeous Stella York Gown was provided by The Inspired Bride.

This gorgeous Stella York Gown was provided by The Inspired Bride.

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Christina you made my job so easy.

Christina you made my job so easy.

Silhouettes just make this gown even more stunning.

Silhouettes just make this gown even more stunning.

The Ft. Eustis Club has a nice ballroom and the dance floor was a perfect stage for this shot!

The Ft. Eustis Club has a nice ballroom and the dance floor was a perfect stage for this shot!

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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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