Vacation Marriage | Life By The Sea

We hear it all the time (and I’m sure you have, too) … “marriage is work”. And, I get what most people mean by this. It’s tough to combine your things and your life and your time with another person and it’s not going to be seamless. It’ll require some (lots of) compromise, communication, etc….

The Thing That Took Our Marriage To Another Level

Hi, I am an extremely Type A girl married to an extremely Type B boy. I knew that going into this and had NO idea what kind of a ride that would truly take us for. We’ve been together ten years, married for over seven and we have three beautiful little girls who make our…

We’re Starting with DAVE RAMSEY! | Life By The Sea

HI YOU GUYS! So, if you’re NOT interested in saving money, saying goodbye to debt or you’ve already been through this course and know about it’s magic…this may not be for you. But, if you have student loans, credit cards and car loans hanging over your head…you don’t know where the money you make goes…

To The Boy Who Loved a Beer Tub Girl | Life By The Sea

I was standing at the beer tub, probably dressed as classy as you can imagine. My life was in total shambles at this point, I had no direction, no plans and worst of all,¬†no hope. I hate to admit it but most people knew I didn’t care how tomorrow looked for me. Or three months…

Catherine + Ryan | Yorktown Beach Engagements

Well this golden light is PROOF it’s not a terrible thing when you initially get rained out! Rain and rescheduling sessions, it can be stressful. As photographers we feel pretty darn bad about it and it drives us crazy to have to put you guys through it! But, it will happen! One of my couples…

Christine + Mike | Virginia Beach Married Session

A couple of years ago, I had the absolute honor of working with a couple who treated me so well and did the best job making my job SO easy for me. Mike and Christine have a beautiful dynamic and it’s really fun to watch them just be around one another, there is always giggling…

Hans + Nicole | Cape Hatteras Vow Renewal

The best part of this entire experience with Hans and Nicole is knowing how it all started…and that’s with an email from Hans telling me that Nicole knew nothing about this day he was planning! Nicole is this woman who is radiates warmth, kindness and joy and it’s no wonder Hans after fifteen years together…

Traveling Survival With Little Ones | New Mom Series

Ahhh, the dreaded hours long road trip with tiny people in your car. We’ve all heard a story or two about traveling with small children, and how much harder it is the longer the ride. We have experienced this many times because we LOVE traveling as a family! With weddings, with conferences, with almost all…

Stars Wars Day Baby…And Mike’s Dream | Life By The Sea

Okay, so in case some of you didn’t know…Mike’s a NERD! A huge nerd who is adorable, but totally and utterly nerdy to the core. When we found out we were having Autumn on December 17…we both knew, that was Star Wars Day and Daddy was gonna be missin’ the premiere. Of course he didn’t…

Holding My Hand | Life By The Sea

On 11-11-11, you held my hand while I waited to see if labor progressed. It never did, but the pains and contractions were there. You held my hand when I squeezed and caused yours pain, and when I was resting and begging you for crushed ice and snow cones. You held my hand and took…

Eight Years | I Love You, Mike Hedgepeth!

Eight years since that perfect¬†Autumn back in Norfolk. The temperature was ideal, the air felt fresh and new (which I don’t say a lot of my memories of Norfolk, haha!) … life changed. Not too long before, I had broken up with someone who deliberately hurt me over and over and over and realized my…