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I shared this image a few weeks ago on my personal facebook page, but I haven't had a chance to share it here on the blog.  This week's foto Friday entry is inspired by E.T. (in my mind, she looks like she's taking off) and it one of my favorites of Avery.  One of her favorite activities is taking her bike down to the neighborhood park to ride on the basketball courts.  Doesn't she look like a pro?  Happy Friday everyone, have a great weekend!  This is our last down weekend before wedding season kicks into high gear for us.  This year should be fun since Davis baby #3 is due smack dab in the middle of it all!

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foto Friday (11)

Sarah and I went out on a dinner date earlier this week thanks to some generous friends' babysitting.  We love getting out together and having some time to just sit and talk.  I love my daughters to death, but I had no idea little girls could talk so much!  Sarah and I hardly get a word in! One of the best parts of going out in a town like Charlottesville is that we're starting to run into more people we know the longer we live here.  We pulled up into the parking lot of the restaurant and I glanced into the car beside us and there was a familiar face.  I could hardly believe it, but it was Samantha, the bride from the epic October wedding we photographed in Gordonsville!  What a coincidence that she was meeting her mother at the same restaurant that we were visiting for the first time!  We chatted for a while and caught up on what's been happening the past few months - it was so nice to see her and her mother again.

That got me thinking about their wedding and the beautiful fall colors.  Don't get me wrong, I love Spring, but I just can't get enough of looking at the gorgeous fall leaves (until I have to rake them).  Here's one of my favorite images from their day that I haven't shared yet.  Happy Friday, everyone!

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Ok, so this is really a foto Saturday...not Friday.  Forgive me! I was telling Sarah today that I've decided I'm not a huge fan of maternity photos.  Don't get me wrong.  I think that the way babies grow inside of the mother is amazing and there are few things more beautiful in life than a pregnant mother.  I've just rarely seen maternity portraits done amazingly well.  Typically, the mother is staring contemplatively at her belly while her husband awkwardly wraps his arms around her and forms a misshapen "V" on her belly with his hands.  It's just not that thrilling for me which is one reason why I've never done much of it.  I've been thinking, though, that maternity portraits could be a lot more fun.  They need spunk and liveliness in my opinion.  That's why, when I saw Sarah chomping on a huge pickle while we were out this afternoon, I made her pose for some portraits.  She was a great sport because she was certainly attracting several on-lookers in a nearby restaurant who were laughing at the spectacle of a pregnant woman posing while eating a pickle.  This is especially great, because I think this is the only time she's actually eaten a pickle her whole pregnancy - and I just happened to have my camera handy!  This is my kind of maternity portraits!

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This week's foto Friday post comes from one of my days at the Charlottesville Fire Headquarters this week.  I've had such a great time working on this job and I'm honestly a little bummed that it's almost finished up!    As I was shooting these portraits, everyone was told that they could choose what they wanted to wear and what they wanted to hold.  Some chose axes and some chose other crazy-looking-poking-type tools.  There were also plenty of jokes about wearing only pants and suspenders!  The firefighter in this photo, however, is a man after my own heart.  Fighting fires?  There's an app for that.  (Steve Jobs, please don't steal this idea for advertising purposes). fire mac-5

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This week's foto Friday entry comes from some of the shots I took on my guys' weekend two weeks ago.  This is one of my favorites because of its contemplative mood.  I don't know what Ben was thinking about as he stared off into the stars, but he was the only one standing still enough for me to get a still silhouette without using my tripod. Here's to a long Easter weekend...well, not really a long weekend.  We were supposed to have Good Friday off, but thanks to that twenty feet of snow we had this winter, I'll be teaching!  But don't feel too badly for me, we get all of next week off for Spring Break!!

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This image was shot at ISO 1250 with my 35mm 1.8 lens at f/1.8 and 1.6 sec - hand held.

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This week's foto Friday post is a special one for me.  As I wrote about a few weeks ago, my dad got married at a small ceremony in Richmond, Virginia.  I was honored when he asked me to take some pictures of family and friends during the big day (he probably knew I'd have my camera anyway!).  We set up a few family formals before the ceremony and that was all we had planned, but I had to grab them on their own for a few shots after the ceremony.  I have never done portraits of my dad, and I don't think I've seen any professional shots of him other than the church directory pictures we got when I was a kid.  Seeing these images are really stirring up in me a desire to get off my butt and gets some great portraits of all my family! I think this image really captures his personality.  He is a very straightforward kind of guy.  He has a huge heart and an unbeatable brain to match!  We're very happy for you, Dad!

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This week's foto Friday entry (well, really LAST week's entry...I was in the mountains with the guys last weekend) is from Jill and John's Day After photo session.  I blogged about their session before and I just have to rave again about how much I love shooting Day After sessions.  It just makes the whole wedding day more relaxed when everyone knows that a whole separate photo shoot will be happening the next day.  The bride and groom are much more at ease and comfortable for the session as well which makes for a wonderful experience!  Here is one that I didn't show before.  I love looking for reflections when I'm shooting and I was on reflection overload while we were in the elevator! reflection-01

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