Feature Family: Perkins

Post by Stephanie

So I started this post a day or two before I had our beautiful baby girl (the end of June) and have not returned to it until now.  I apologize.  Time flies when you are taking care of a newborn, as many of you understand.  Even as I type this now, it is with one hand, as are most of my typed communications these days.  Anyway, here is the post as was written.  Also note, Haley had a beautiful baby girl the end of July.  We are so happy for them and their growing family.

First of all I want to say a huge THANK YOU to Haley for helping out with the blog the last many months.  There have been so many things I’ve wanted to talk about but did not have the time while photographing all of my wonderful clients.  She is having a baby in July so will be quite busy with her two adorable children.  So I will miss her, but have greatly enjoyed having her on my team.

I am also expecting to have this baby any day now that we have been anticipating.  Well, baby was due last week, but is not in a hurry, so we are just waiting it out.

Something I have been wanting to do is feature my wonderful clients on my blog.  You all have so many amazing talents and fun things happening in your lives that I would love to share your stories.  So here is our feature family for the month, the Perkins Family.  I hope you get a kick out of some of the fun stories they have to tell.

Eric and Chrissie have two beautiful daughters, Alexandra and Madison.  They were so much fun in our session.


Eric and Chrissie got engaged on top of the Empire State Building, have dined at the Eiffel Tower, and gone scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef.  Eric once matched five out of six numbers in the Virginia Lottery and is a whiz at magic tricks.  I know who is going to be the entertainment at our next party.  Now if only Eric’s magic tricks could make the baby appear.


Together as a family, they like to play tennis, go to the movies, go to Disney World, and Dave and Busters.  I think these guys have a lot of fun together.  I tried to get them to take me along on one of their next adventures, but I don’t think I was convincing enough.

Alexandra is active in competitive gymnastics and tennis.  She finished second overall at her biggest gymnastics meet ever in Tampa in February 2013 and won her first tennis tournament in May 2013.  Congratulations Alexandra!  I am amazed at Alexandra’s tennis skills.  I think I should have her teach me because I can not get the ball to land in the court on the other side of the net.

Madison dazzled the audience at her first ballet recital in June 2013.  She enjoys swimming, ballet, gymnastics, and tennis.  And she has a great sense of humor.  She kept us all laughing during out session.

Both of them dearly love their “third parent” Keri.  We had so much fun creating images with Keri in our session.  I love the interactions between the three of them.


Something that I really admire about Eric is that he co-authored “Richmond-One of America’s Best Tennis Towns” chronicling over 100 years of tennis history in Richmond.  The book is a community service project with all proceeds going to the Richmond Tennis Association and has been nominated for a Library of Virginia Literary Award.  Visit www.richmondtennis.org for details on how to purchase a copy or just drop by your nearest Barnes and Noble.  Really, check it out.  There is a lot of great tennis history from here in Richmond.  I know, who knew.  Okay, you probably did.

Chrissie is working toward a Ph.D. in nursing education while also working full-time as a member of the faculty at Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing.  As a busy working mom, Chrissie is still managing to work on her Ph.D.  She is amazing.  She also enjoys teaching children’s Sunday School and going clothes shopping with the girls.  I can just see the three of them out clothes shopping.  A fun adventure to be sure.

Where do the girls love to eat?  Alexandra loves eating at Osaka and Baker’s Crust.  Madison loves Chik-Fil-A.  Both of them are die-hard Sweet Frog fans.  All of them devour Keri’s yummy cupcakes.  I have yet to be a recipient of these yummy cupcakes.  Ahem…

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So every child needs a pet and I love the pets in this family.  They had a lovely group of Sea Monkeys for about three months and a hermit crab that lasted about two weeks.  Now, I don’t know much about Sea Monkeys or hermit crabs, but they seem like fun pets to me.  I am a fan of thinking outside of the box.

Eric is a business attorney with Perkins Law, PLLC (www.ericperkinslaw.com).  He focuses on business startups, acquisitions, and other business transactions and compliance, franchising, capital raising, and nonprofit organizations.  His clients include entrepreneurs, executives, accountants, financial advisors, engineers, architects, physicians, real estate sponsors, and professional wrestlers, among others.  He is also chair of the national tennis rules and regulations committee for the United States Tennis Association.

It has been fun getting to know this family and I am grateful for the honor of creating timeless memories for them to cherish as the girls get older and they continue to have more and more adventures.  Thank you to you all for allowing me to share your story.


Thanksgiving: A Time For Families

Post by Haley Roberts

This time of year is a wonderful time to reflect on those things or people we cherish most. A few years ago, we had a family portrait taken that is a gentle reminder of what matters most to me; particularly during Thanksgiving. I love waking up every morning and seeing the smiling faces of those I love looking back at me.  And due to the quality of the  professional photographer, everyone looks great! I highly recommend you treat yourself to a Family Portrait this Holiday season. Surround yourself with images of those people that make you feel the most at home and at peace. It is great for the soul!

We are very blessed to live in a country where we have a national Holiday all about being thankful! There are so many things to be thankful for. Here are my top picks.



3.Electricity/hot showers



6. Health

7.Living in America/Freedom

8. Laughter

9. Food

10. Shoes

As family is my top pick,  I want to share with you one of my favorite family Thanksgiving stories. When I was about 13, we would drive about 2 1/2 hours to Scottsville, Virginia which is a VERY small country town that my grandparents lived in. The whole family would gather together to celebrate and we had everything from Turkey and mashed potatoes to chocolate cream pie! This may sound funny, but every year my grandmother would make homemade baked beans. It was simply part of the tradition. This was my mother’s FAVORITE. We all sat down at the table, said grace, and of course my mother dug into the baked beans. As she was chewing away my uncle declares “What’s wrong with the baked beans?!” We all look over and there was a giant bubble in the center of the beans. There was also a bubble rising to the ceiling. “Is that normal?” my cousin asked.  My mom says ” They’re fine, they taste good.”  My Uncle is certain something is wrong and tastes them. After spitting them on his plate he goes “No something is definitely wrong.” My grandmother quietly gets up and goes over to the kitchen sink. She opens the cabinet below where she keeps the vegetable oil. The seal has not yet been broken on the oil. Then she looks to the right of the oil and sure enough there is the golden colored dish soap. “I think I may have put the dish soap in, instead of the oil.” She says. We all bust out laughing except for my mother who looks like she may be sick. In my poor mother’s defense, she lost her sense of smell at a young age so it also effects her sense of taste. I am happy to report that my mother is just fine and did not have any adverse side effects. In fact she probably received a pretty clean system after that Thanksgiving. Needless to say no one else ate the baked beans that night and every year after we made my mother try them first. To this day we still laugh and tease about Grandma’s Famous Dawn Baked Beans. It is those small moments during the holidays that create memories we love and cherish! I hope this season you will make wonderful memories with your family, but I  do not recommend keeping the vegetable oil next to the dish soap!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Fall Family Portraits: Richmond VA Family Portrait Photographer

Post by Stephanie Adams

This has been an absolutely beautiful fall.  I have loved creating family portraits this season.

We photographed the Pearson’s at their new home they built last year.  I really enjoyed photographing them and the boys kept me laughing with all of their jokes and personality.  This is one wonderful family full of love and kindness, and spunk.

And these two are adorable.

I just loved my time photographing the Stottlemyer family.  We have talked about photographing their family for some time now and their oldest son was just about to lose his first tooth.  So we were finally able to schedule their session.  And just in time.  The following morning, not even 24 hours after our session, the first tooth was a casualty of brotherly wrestling.  I really love these images and the love they show between mom and dad and brothers.  They are typical boys and we had a great time horsing around and had lots of laughs.

The Thurston’s wanted to create portraits of their daughter who just turned one.  She is such a sweet girl.  I loved the purple sweaters.  And there is so much love in this family.

I photographed the Young family a few years ago.  Last time we had a crazy session that ended in a downpour.  But we still managed to create some great images.  I was delighted to photograph them again this year.  So much can happen in a couple of years.  The older two kids are off to college and one is married.  They wanted to photograph at the river this year and I was so excited at the thought of the fun images we could create.  It was a beautiful day and I had a fabulous time with them and love the images we created.

We have had a fantastic fall season this year.  We have a full schedule ahead as we approach the holidays and am loving all of the fun we are having.

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Fun Portrait Sessions

I apologize for this blog post being a few days late.  Isaac and I are in South Carolina spending some time with my family as we have gathered at the beach.  I had intended to write this post a few days ago, but then we decided to galavant around Charleston.  Interestingly enough, we used to live in Charleston 24 years ago.  There are all kinds of stories my brothers and I remember from living here.  It was a lot of fun to go and see where we used to live, which has all been torn down and new houses built in their place. But I did get to see where I went to Elementary School.

Anyway, we had a crazy busy September so here are a few of the sessions we enjoyed.

We photographed Madison’s 18 month portraits.  She loves the water and enjoyed watching the ducks.  We had fun photographing near a pond and watching Madison’s interaction with the world around her.  She even loved the dogs who passed by while on their morning walks.

I really enjoyed photographing Paul and Jenn’s family.  I got to hear all about the books the kids were reading and how much fun they were having in school.  We really had a great time.

Elijah was a delight to photograph.  He is a very active 14 month old.  He loved showing us all of the rocks and sticks he found.  One images we captured shows the stage of life his parents are in right now, chasing him non stop.  He is such a sweet boy and I’m grateful for the opportunity to create these portraits of him.

I love creating memories of each stage of a family’s growth and transformation.  With each age of your child comes something new and exciting as they continue to grow and learn about the world around them.

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Family Portrait Sessions

We have had some adventures this summer.  I love creating family portraits because it is a moment in time with how your ever changing family is now.  Each age is special and as the kids grow they dynamic of your lives change.  I love looking back at portraits of my family over the years to see how each of us changed and remember some of the fun times we went through during that period in our lives.  We tried to tell my brother that wasn’t a good hair cut on him at the time and it was funny as an adult he asked us why we didn’t tell him how silly he looked.  Alas, we had.  But it is fun now to look back and remember.

What a cute family.  The kids had so much energy.  The boys were even a great help to get mom and dad to smile when we took their portrait.  I really had a great time chasing these guys around, being silly with Mr. Monkey, and making funny faces.  Even though this military family won’t call Virginia their home for long, it was a pleasure creating these images for them to remember their time in this beautiful part of the country.

I had a great time photographing this family.  The girls did a great job and were all smiles.

This family was so much fun.  They had just retured from a cruise and it was fun to hear about their adventures.

It was an honor to photograph these guys.  Aside from being great neighbors, they are great friends.  I love creating family portraits with the four legged children.  They are such a great part of the family.  I was sad to hear poor Cooper was diagnosed with cancer.  These guys wanted to create this family portrait so they would always remember the time they had with him.  He is such a sweet, friendly little guy.  Whenever we go over to visit he makes sure we do not miss out on petting him the entire time.  We wish you the best Coop and love you guys tons!

And I love this image of them.  What a beautiful image to capture the love they still share after all these years.  Thank you for sharing part of your special family with me.

I love creating beautiful images.  Time passes so quickly.  While the children are growing the days may be long but the years are short.  Hold them close and cherish every moment.


Family Portraits

Our Christmas season was quite busy with family portraits.  We had a lot of fun photographing while the fall colors were decorating the landscape and the weather was still warm.

My brother and his wife and two boys and my other brother came to visit for Thanksgiving.  We had a lot of fun and a few adventures cooking our first Thanksgiving all together and on our own, independent of our parents.  I think it went fairly well.  We discovered a few ways not to cook a few dishes, but all in all the food was tasty and it was so much fun having them here.  We also managed to squeeze in a family portrait as well.

And before we knew it we were on an airplane west to visit our parents in Wyoming and Utah.  Boy, it was cold out there.  While in Wyoming for Christmas we experienced a few days of snow followed by a few sub zero temperature days.  We had all of my husband’s family together and we needed to create a family portrait.  It’s been at least 8 years since the last time they created one.  My husband was the last of five children to marry so this is the first family portrait with all spouses, and even a few grandchildren.  And of course the day we had to photograph it had to be -11 degrees.  But we ventured over to the courthouse where there was a lovely spot to create a family portrait with all of these fabulous people.  So we created this…

And I must say, “Great job everyone!  Not bad for a cold day in Wyoming.”

We also had a few portrait sessions while we were out west.

Jesse and Annie

Lovely family portrait with Bel and Mia.  Their coffee table book is looking awesome!  We had fun playing in the snow with the dogs and photographed a few images on main street Pinedale.

And a few portraits of my beautiful mother.  The light in her house is perfect to create a few window light images.

Thanks Mom!  That was fun.

And we went to downtown Salt Lake to photograph a few fun images of Natalie.  It was pretty chilly, but we had a good time wandering around to create these images.

The last few months have been keeping us busy.  We always enjoy creating beautiful images.  Stay tuned for the children and newborns sessions we’ve photographed lately.


The Boulch Family

It is October and Family Portrait Month.  During the month of October Family Portrait Sessions are FREE and we are raising money for Operation Smile.  Family Portraits make great gifts for the holidays so don’t waste any time scheduling your appointment.

Here are a few images from the Boulch family’s session.  We had a fun time photographing on their property.   Stay tuned to see how their Christmas Card turns out.