Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas

We are on the road! I am actually updating from my blackberry . . . I had to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I feel so blessed to have been a part of your moments this year. So take a moment, tell someone that you love them . . . and know that you all have touched my life in more ways than you will ever know.

Also, I could use some good thoughts being sent my way. Earlier this week, I had a bit of an accident. I was carrying a box of presents and slipped and fell down the entire flight of stairs. I am okay overall - just some bruised ribs and a bruised ego. But we are in the middle of a 16 hour car ride - not very easy with painful ribs. So any good thoughts you could send would be great! We will return on 1/1 so any orders placed from now until then will be submitted when we return.

Have a wonderful holiday season! We wish you and your families tons of joyful moments and can't wait to hear what is happening in 2008!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Holiday Cheer for you!!!

Here's the email that just went out. Just in case I left anyone off of the list - here you go!

Hello everyone,

First of all, I want to thank all of you for helping to make 2007 a successful year for Toute Ma Vie Photography. I certainly appreciated your kind words of encouragement and your many smiling faces throughout the year. I feel truly blessed to have been able to meet and work with each and every one of you. Because it is the holidays, I would like to try something new, and give you each a bit of a holiday gift!

From today (6:15pm), through December 9 at 11:59p.m., all print orders of $50 or more will be eligible for a 10% savings! And, your orders will be guaranteed to arrive to you by Christmas! So, if you have the need for some last minute gifts, or would just like to place your first order, this is a great time to do it!

Here's how it works. Put all your pictures into your shopping cart, then enter the code "holiday" in the coupon code section of the check-out page. If you have trouble finding it, let me know! Feel free to pass this along to your friends and family - they are eligible too, just by knowing you! Also, if you have a senior picture print credit and would like to use the holiday discount with the credit, email me, and I can set that up for you! :) Also, if you would like customized Christmas cards to send out, email me quickly and we can still get them back in time for you to send them out to all your family and friends!

So, happy holidays to you and your family! I hope that all of your wishes come true for this holiday season and always. I have many fond memories from this year, and you all will be in my thoughts in the years ahead!

Thank you and God Bless,

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Erika & Kuodjou : Engagement Session

Okay, so I admit, I am behind again on the blogging, and there will be a big wedding post coming up soon from a recent wedding! But first, this past weekend, Michael and I went and hung out in Georgetown with Erika and Kuodjou for their engagement shoot. What a fun and genuinely nice couple. You know how you meet people and you just know that they are for real . . . these guys are definitely up that alley. Just really nice, really awesome people! So, here are few from there session. I love shooting in Georgetown! (Did I mention that he is a Marine? Awesome, huh?).

Thanks for letting us hang out with you guys! It was a blast.

Check out their engagement proofs here!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Lyndsey and Nathan : a preview

Lyndsey and Nathan were married in Berryville, VA this past weekend, and though I have not really started to proof their pictures (as I am still working on David and Anne's pictures), but I could not resist putting a few up for you all to enjoy!

Here they are!

Thanks for letting me share in your special day!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Jolene and Chris: Sept 15, 2007

Well, like I said, I am behind on blogging. And I just have to share these from a few weeks ago. Jolene and Chris were married at Old House Vineyard in Culpeper, VA. It was so exciting for me to be shooting a wedding at a vineyard! Totally a photographers dream! Anyway, Shelby Martin, of Shelby Leigh Photography was gracious enough to help me out - and she got some great shots. I always love shooting with her, as I feel so at ease - she's got a great eye!

I had such a great time with you guys! Can't wait to put the album together! :)

Monday, October 01, 2007

Anne & David: a preview

Oh my goodness, I really need to catch up on my blogging, but couldn't resist a few from this last weekend! What a fun wedding! Anne and David got married this weekend in the Fredericksburg area. I had gotten to know them through their "love story session" in May - what fun people they are! I have to plug the engagement sessions a bit here, as it really does help us to get to know each other, which makes the wedding day easier for all involved! When we took their engagement pictures, we just kind of wondered through Georgetown and found places that were scenic - and they wanted to do the same thing for the wedding. Most of their formals were taking at the Kenmore in Fredericksburg - which was a perfect location. Plus, they had left about 90 minutes for their pictures to take place, which gave us so much time to work and get some really fun shots! Their reception followed at Brock's at in Fredericksburg, which was had a very intimate feel to it - and was a great end to a beautiful day. I had the great privilege of having Laura Siivola shoot with me for this wedding. She was amazing, and got some really awesome shots! Plus, she's a great person! So, if you are reading this in the AZ area, call her up! You will have some beautiful images!

Okay, so here are few from the day.

They had no problem being snuggly that day! So, we got some really great romantic shots!

I can't remember what was said here, but Anne just has such a contagious laugh. We all were laughing . . . and I felt this picture really captured how fun these guys are (and their bridal party was a hoot, too).
Isn't she just gorgeous? I am so blessed with beautiful brides.
The guys were looking handsome themselves - and trying to act like the Soprano's . . . not sure we quite captured that look, but still - they look macho.
When we got to downtown Fredericksburg, there was a trolley car parked on the street. The driver was more than happy to let us use it for a few fun shots. I love the flare in this one - and the way David is nuzzling Anne's shoulder.

And, I could not resist but post a few of Laura's amazing images up. There are so many, and I didn't even have to do anything to either of these - straight out of the camera. She rocks!

I had such a blast, guys. Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your special day. I hope you enjoy St. Lucia, and I can't wait to hear what the future brings for you!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Carol & Anthony - September 1, 2007

Carol and Anthony were married over the Labor Day weekend in good ol' Front Royal! I had so much fun at this wedding! The ceremony was at St. Johns the Baptist Church downtown (beautiful stained glass windows there) and the reception was at the Shenandoah Valley Country Club. Enjoy a few of their pictures!

They did a "cake pull," which is apparenly a southern tradition. I had never heard of it, but maybe that is part of being from Michigan. Anyway, each bridesmaid pulls a charm from the cake, and the charms all have a meaning (like who will be the next one to be married). It was really interesting, and a definite first for me.

Congrats, guys!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Catching Up: Amanda Cogar - senior

Amy (or Ameh as her friends call her) is a senior this year at WCHS (though she won't really be taking classes there). She is such a cool girl and I had a blast hanging out with her. One of the great things about her is that she is unique and totally embraces that. She's all about being herself - and this first picture is totally an "Amy" look!

We spent the session mostly up in Winchester - and had a blast!

Check out her slideshow here!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

8 random facts!

Once again, I am behind on my blogging, but I just couldn't pass up this opportunity to share some crazy stuff about myself! A group of photographers have been participating in a a "blog tag" game where you have to list 8 random things about yourself and then tag 8 more people. Shelby Martin, of Shelby Leigh Photography tagged me, so here are your fun facts!

1. I have a tattoo (it is a daisy with the words "Be joyful always" written in French around it
2. I HATE peas
3. I have lived in VA for 3 years, but I am actually from Michigan
4. I played soccer in college
5. I wanted to be the president of the US when I was a little girl
6. My favorite comfort food is probably Kraft mac n' cheese (or maybe french fries)
7. I like to sing in the shower
8. I love camping!

And now for the tagging.

1. Chris+Lynn from Chris+Lynn: Photograpers
2. Robin Pesa from Bellissima
3. Armin DeFiesta from Armin DeFiesta Photography
4. Jen and Chris Stewart from Jen Stewart Photography
5. Jill Higgins from Jill Higgins Photography
6. Leann Wrightsman from LifeSpring Photography
7. Carole Foret from Carole Foret Photography
8. Claire Kayser from Claire Kayser Photography

Tag - you are all it!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Lizzie - senior session

So, I totally have to catch up on my blogging. Lizzie and I went and did her senior pics in July, and I am just getting around to it. Yikes. Anyway, we started at the old WCHS building, went downtown, up on Skyline, and then to the new WHCS building. I had a great time!

Here are some of her pics!

Check out the rest of her pics at the photocart!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

A few from the weekend

Brandie and John were married at The Historic Longbranch this past weekend. It was an extremely hot day, but it turned out to be just right for the ceremony and reception. It was just so much fun! So, here are the first few pics . . . more to come!

Congrats on a beautiful wedding, and thanks for letting us be there!