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It’s almost time.

The return of sunrise sessions in Virginia Beach.

I was walking my dog just now and realized that, for the first time this year, it would have been a glorious morning for a sunrise session. The air was warm and the sky was dynamic. I love working at the beach but I simply am crazy about sunrise sessions.

Now, you know me. I love doing portrait sessions at the beach. There are so many different “looks” we can achieve there. Then we cap off the session by using the sunset as a background for some truly stunning portraits.

So what’s the difference between a sunset portrait session and a sunrise portrait session? Let me explain.

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Throwback Thursday with fitness model Whitney Lockwood.

The Chesapeake, Virginia-based fitness model was instrumental in forging my fitness vision.

This month marks an anniversary for me. It was 12 months ago this month that I got the idea to combine two of my passions, photography and wellness, into something new. At the time there was virtually no one in the area covering this aspect. There were a sprinkling of photographers in a 100 mile radius that were involved in the scene but their images looked nothing like what I had in mind – combining their hard work with the environment using my set of photography skills.

You see, most of the images generated in the field at this time were ones shot in dark gyms, during a competition, or against paper backdrops. This has its merits, mind you. I have done those kinds of sessions numerous times myself and still do but I wanted more. I wanted to go further. I wanted to get them outside and interact with various environments. Use them in a way that elevates the subject.

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The return of Gwen for a sunrise session at Virginia Beach.

This woman always amazes me and why I prefer sunrise sessions.

What’s it like to work with Gwen? Well, as the line goes in the movie – “We’s like peas and carrots.” She and I compliment each other when it comes to all things photographic. Every time we get together it’s like reuniting with my other creative half. We are always on the same plane. In short – it’s like a homecoming.

Anyone strong enough to put up with my craziness for as long as she had deserves a medal. Not only has she but she keeps coming back for more. Gotta love her for that.

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