Fredericksburg, VA | Portrait Photography | Allie

The people I photograph (usually) aren't models. They're perfectly "normal" people with no more experience being in front of the camera than anyone else. I'm absolutely blessed with beautiful friends that let me subject them to this kind of torture. (Kidding, kidding.) I've been wanting to try something like this for a very long time. Feminine flower crown portraits are very popular at the moment, and I am in love with this style.
We had a couple different outfits over the course of the two hour shoot, allowing us to come up with a few different looks. A million thanks to my good friend, Allie, for being an ever so willing model. This is the second time I've photographed her, and she never disappoints. She always brings great upbeat energy to the shoot, and to be honest, I could've shot her all day. But it was getting dark, and our craving for Panera was just too strong. ;) 
I'm so excited to be sharing these pictures today. When I'm going through a shoot, I tend to binge edit and just completely knock them out all at once. This means I usually don't see the light of anything but my computer screen for about 4-6 hours, depending on the length of the shoot. In a similar way, I find it hard to restrain myself from posting the photos all at once on Facebook and Instagram, so finally getting to share them all on a blog post is a bit of a relief! 
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Lastly, I wanted to take a picture of the two of us. It was a little awkward for me to be in front of the camera, since I have refused pictures for half of my life. I am definitely more comfortable taking pictures, but I think it's important for a photographer to be the subject sometimes.