Laura & Tyler | A Downtown Norfolk Engagement Session

The weather forecast was not looking good, calling for rain ALL day and I was praying for a break in the rain because Laura and Tyler only drove in for the weekend! The only chance we had was sunrise on Saturday morning and as much as I hate waking up that early, I knew it would be worth it. We fought rain clouds all morning but despite the lack of sun, there was no lack of stunning.

I've known Laura for a very long time and while I knew she was also a photographer, it's been amazing to watch her work grow. There are many types of photographers (landscape, portrait, wedding, lifestyle, fashion, journalist, etc.) and Laura somehow encompasses all of them. She's insanely gifted when it comes to telling a whole story with one photo. That's not something that a lot of photograpehrs can say. I would like to believe that my own photos will evoke a memory or happy thought, but Laura's can tell a whole life story. You can see right through her subjects even if they aren't even of their faces. See, while I'm off shooting brides to be, Laura is spending time at the rescue mission with her latest project called "Project Hands" -- ( If you have just 10 minutes in your day, take a minute and visit her site, look at her work, and read the stories. She's truly the next great photojournalist and I am so proud of how far she has come. The Rescue Mission is hosting a photography exhibit just for her work on May 15th. If you're in the Roanoke area, you should definitely go. Here's more information

It's always so nerve wracking to photograph a photographer, especially for an engagement session. We walked all around downtown Norfolk, walked through a parade route, left blood on every street, and spent time in the chinese gardens. It was such a fun morning and I'm so glad I got to spend it with these two!!