A Lush James River Engagement Session // Richmond, Virginia

Ya’ll this session was so much fun! I met Anna and Reed at Anna’s parents’ house for them to “bury the bourbon.” I wasn’t really familiar with this southern tradition, but I’ve never seen two people look so cute while digging a hole. The weather was perfect, and now that they’ve buried the bourbon, hopefully their wedding day will be rain free as well. These two are so sweet together, and they kept each other laughing the whole time. I can’t wait for their wedding!

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Refreshing Our Branding: Exciting Times for Turtle & Hare Photography // Virginia Wedding & Portrait Photographer

I was probably way too excited yesterday when I ripped open the beat up bubble packaging holding our brand new business cards, but I had been waiting way longer than expected for these little pains in my rear to arrive. In keeping with the disappointment of their delayed shipping, I half expected them to be bent, scratched, or the wrong color. Thankfully, none of those things were accurate.

The cards looked pretty much exactly how I expected them to. Simple, clean, and iridescent.


I had no complaints, and I still don’t. The title of this post might be misleading. We are by no means rebranding ourselves. Much of what comprises Turtle & Hare’s look and feel is sticking around for the forseeable future. We are just cleaning house a bit. Refreshing ourselves in preparation for all things wonderful. What does that mean exactly? All things wonderful include sunny days, rainy days, wedding days, portrait days, lazy days, and bake-a-bunch-of-sweets days. That pretty much covers everything.


We’re proud and pumped for these changes. In addition to the new business cards, we’ve updated some of our other graphics for seamless cohesion, we’re adding new print materials to give to each of our wedding couples, some pretty new advertising materials, brand new sample albums (I’ll be going into detail about these GORGEOUS heirlooms in my next blog post) for clients to peruse and find inspiration in, and some overall subtle changes to our website. Whew, that’s alot!


We’re so thrilled with what Turtle & Hare is about, what it’s become, and where it’s going. Thanks for all future things wonderful!


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Annie & Thomas // Libby Hill Park Richmond, Virginia Engagement // Turtle & Hare Photography

We’ve gotten to know Thomas and Annie over the past several years, first meeting them at church. Thomas has lent his musical talent to the local indie folk band I’m a part of (Sleepy Brother) for a couple of shows in the past. It’s always a treat to meet someone when they are single and then get to see them with the person that is to be their partner in life. Partners often have a way of igniting our souls and showing us how to be the person we truly want to be. That’s why it’s such a privilege to witness that in the relationships around us.

During this session, Thomas and Annie were so sweet with each other. Their laughter was infectious and such a joy to be around. Though the weather was a bit dreary, their bright faces drowned out the dreariness. This lovely little session ended up being such a gem in a gloomy weekend.




















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The Best Moments of 2016 // Turtle & Hare Photography

As usual, I’m running behind on things. It’s 2017, and I’m embracing my lateness. So, la-dee-dah, I’m here writing my look back at 2016. It’s only January 6, people. At least I caught the fact that when I first wrote the previous sentence it said I was writing my look back at 2015. And thus, I take another sip of extra strong English breakfast tea to caffeinate my dizzy, sluggish mind.

Now, on to the topic at hand. What shall I say about 2016? It was a mixed bag of nuts. Okay, if you know me, you know I loathe nuts, particularly peanuts. However, I’m not sure 2016 deserves such a scathing review. She gets a bad rap, but even peanuts have redeeming qualities. After all, the Reese’s cup wouldn’t be here without the vile peanut. And so, I bring you the bright, beautiful moments of 2016 through the lens of Turtle & Hare Photography.

1. Creative Moments

My baby celebrated her first Halloween, and we had such a great time coming up with a creative costume for her. She went as JB Fletcher, the genius mystery novelist in Murder, She Wrote, played by the immortal Angela Lansbury.

2. Trying New Things Moments

We offered Autumn Mini Sessions for the first time this year, and it was awesome! I really enjoyed getting to know families I’d never met before. We used this rocking reindeer as a prop, and let me tell you, it was a huge hit! Every kid we passed in the park wanted to ride it haha. I was nervous about offering mini sessions; fear of the unknown. It taught me to trust my instincts more as we go into this new year. I’m thinking about offering Spring Mini Sessions now!

3. New Beginnings Moments

Engagement sessions are such a treat. It’s an opportunity to catch a glimpse of this really special thing these two other people have. Good portrait photos don’t happen without the magic of the people in them. They bring them to life. Looking back at 2016, we had some pretty good magic moments. Thanks for loving each other, people!

4. Sincere Moments

Some of the best moments of 2016 were moments I didn’t even know were “moments” until they were over. They were a hug from a friend I needed more than I thought I did, a kind word of encouragement, or a very long phone conversation with my mom. People lovingly being open and honest with each other is what we all need more of. That’s why wedding vows and toasts mean so much. They’re an opportunity to give this raw explanation of why you love who you love and why you appreciate them so much. And the exciting part is that the wedding day is just the beginning of a life where you get to show this person how much you love them in action and word; a chance to have countless sincere moments you didn’t know were moments.

5. Little Miracle Moments

Speaking of magic moments, there were some pretty adorable babies born in 2016. Each one was so precious and sweet. Personally, we were thrilled to welcome our first nephew into this world!

6. Fun Moments

We have a lot of these! What’s not fun about family self portraits with a baby who neither wants to have her photo taken nor wants to keep her shoes on? The three of us have fun together everyday. Even when situations don’t seem very fun, these two always manage to make me laugh (or at least smile).

7. Small Moments

Small moments are special for a photographer. We’re privy to catching a glimpse of a private moment between lovers, or parent and child, or even siblings. These are my favorite photos to take at weddings. Getting to witness two people committing their lives to each other is special, especially when they have these few minutes of quiet time together. We met some amazing couples this year, and attended some very beautiful weddings!

8. Family Moments

Whether it’s our family or yours, families are the best! These are the people you can hang out with, cuddle up with, eat with, talk with, and cry with. Looking back at 2016, we got lucky with the families we were able to photograph; babies, grandparents, and all of the ages in between, they were all really awesome.

9. Big Moments

I can’t leave out big moments! These heart stopping, adrenaline pumping moments that make the world stand still for a second are exhilerating. Big moments don’t come along as frequently, but when they do, you know it! We hope all of our couples and families know that their big moments were our big moments too. We loved getting to experience all of the joy and love that those big moments brought with you!

Thanks for choosing Turtle & Hare Photography to share in all of your moments, big and small, in 2016! It was a great year and we are more than excited for what 2017 will bring!

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A Wedding Guide for Photography Clients

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This has been a project months in the making, but I am proud to introduce the Turtle & Hare Photography Wedding Guide, aptly called Bliss.

This is the first in a series in which I will delve into the wedding guide. Today, I’ll just give an overview. So, why did I make a wedding guide? I wanted a better way to communicate with our couples. I was spending a lot of time writing and rewriting emails to explain things like timelines, photo lists, and tips for achieving the best wedding photos possible.

Don’t get me wrong, I love explaining that stuff. Educating brides and grooms is part of what makes this job awesome. Helping couples have a beautiful, stress free day is our primary goal, and education is a necessary part of that. As photographers who go to many weddings, it’s easy to forget that the average couple planning a wedding might not know things like how long photos actually take, how integral good lighting is, and how corralling extended family members can be a bit like herding cats.

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I am always happy to help answer any questions our clients have, but I wanted to do it more efficiently. Obviously, the wedding guide or bridal guide is not a new concept. Many photographers offer these for their clients, but the content varies. Honestly, I didn’t really look at other photographers’ guides when I designed mine. I knew the things I wanted to communicate and what my clients’ questions tended to be. I’m not sure if my guide is similar to another photographer’s, but it doesn’t really matter. I’m happy with how it turned out and am excited to share it with all of our 2016 couples!

My advice to other wedding industry business owners would be to make something that works for you. Make something that makes sense to you and will benefit you and your clients the most. Don’t worry so much about what someone else is doing. Just make work you are proud of!

Stay tuned for more posts in the wedding guide series. To see more work by Turtle & Hare Photography, visit our website.

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A Charming Williamsburg Engagement

I don’t know how we get so lucky with our Turtle & Hare couples, but we do! Mallory and Zack have a quickly approaching wedding in Newport News next month that we are so excited to shoot. We met at the beautiful William & Mary campus last Saturday to grab some engagement photos before their big day, and boy, was it bright and warm! This session is a perfect example of shooting in harsh light. Though we had no cloud coverage, Mallory and Zack were great about relaxing and not squinting too much. 🙂 And look at that gorgeous ring!

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A Dreamy Summer Engagement

I’m not going to lie, this engagement session is near and dear to my heart. It’s my baby brother and his fiancé! I’m so looking forward to their wedding, so let’s all hope I’m not in labor at the time of their I do’s! For it being a hot June evening, they were very good sports about trekking through several Richmond city parks. These two are so sweet together, and I am a lucky sister to be able to have witnessed their love grow and bloom. These are some of my favorites from this session, but as always, you can click the link at the bottom to see more photos of these two love birds.

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