Kayla | Senior

We have truly had a beautiful start to Fall this year, really it hasn’t even felt like Fall up until these past few days. I met up with Kayla a couple of weeks ago to shoot her Senior portraits and the weather held out until five minutes after we were done and it started to rain! Perfect timing. I’m absolutely in love with how these images turned out, but they also make me a little sad too. I used to babysit for Kayla and her brother back when I was in high school and they were in elementary school. Over the summer we played in the sprinkler, made brownies, and painted our nails. It is truly hard to believe how fast time has flown by. I remember being high school age and thinking that time took forever to pass. How quickly your perceptions on that change as you get older.

Right at the beginning of summer, Kayla sent me a message about taking her Senior portraits. It was actually kind of amazing because I was going to talk to her about being a Senior Representative for me at Arcadia. If you love these pictures as much as I do, be sure to ask her about a discount you can receive when you mention her name at booking. Since we both grew up in Modest Town, we decided to shoot around that area since it was home. We went down to the landing and shot the dock photos and used the nearby cornfield and hay bales. We went for simplicity and I’m so glad that we let nature provide the perfect backdrop. I even broke out a special tool a friend had given me for Christmas to make a really awesome effect on some of the last images. Keep on scrolling to see!

I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Kayla and wish her the best of luck in everything she does. Have a wonderful Saturday friends!

This was an area off the road on the way to the docks that I spotted when we came in. I love that my clients trust me, even when I tell them to go stand in the weeds!

Kayla’s boyfriend Ray kept us both laughing during the session!

Absolutely magical. Thanks Danielle!

Are you interested in having Erin Ayres Photography capture your senior session?! I would love to hear from you! Feel free to email me at erinayresphotography@gmail.com!

Griffin | Senior

Tomorrow is either the day you have been waiting for or the day that you have been dreading. It’s the first day of school! I figured this would be a great time to share Griffin’s Senior Session with you guys on the blog this morning. We had absolutely perfect weather for this shoot last week. The humidity was down and the temperature was nice and cool, which was a nice break from the stifling weather we have had all summer. Since soccer is an important part of Griffin’s life, we started at Nandua High School soccer field. Griffin was a natural in front of the camera and came up with a couple great posing ideas. I photograph a lot of girl senior sessions and I really love when I book guy sessions because I get to be creative in different ways.

After we left Nandua, we headed down to my favorite wall in downtown Onancock. I just love the way people photograph in front of that wall! It’s something about the texture and color of the wood that just look amazing together. We also traveled to the bridge to take a couple shots and ended at the wharf. If you scroll down to the end, you can see that we had a photo bomber friend in the last two shots. Griffin, I hope you have an amazing Senior Year of high school! For all of you that are going back to school as well, I hope you have a productive and exciting year ahead of you! Thanks for stopping by!

I was trying to find numbers on the track that held some sort of significance for this one. After trying a few options, I realized that Griffin’s jersey number is 12 and voila!

You guys, seriously though, I love the wall of this building. If they decide to take it down or paint over it I’m going to be really bummed.

If you look over to the bridge in the background, you can see the outline of a heron on the railing that decided to photobomb us. That was 100% not planned. As I was editing through, I noticed him perched up there.

Are you interested in having Erin Ayres Photography capture your senior session?! I would love to hear from you! Feel free to email me at erinayresphotography@gmail.com!

Pat & Alisa | Maternity

In my head, I’ve had this vision for a while that I wanted to do a maternity session with a floral crown and the Crepe Myrtle trees in bloom. Dreams really do come true guys!!!

When I reached out to Pat and Alisa about assisting me with my vision, they were totally onboard with everything that I wanted to accomplish. Alisa wanted to shoot in downtown Onancock, which never disappoints. With all the shoots that I have done there, I always find something new to appreciate about the town. I love that Onancock is still growing and expanding, yet the landmarks stay the same. I was so thankful that they were willing to help me build and grown my maternity portfolio!

Baskets & Bows in Tasley, VA did an amazing job as always with the crown. I wanted to keep it really green and natural looking with just some touches of white and they totally delivered. They responded to my inquiry super fast, and when I needed to pick it up a little earlier than expected, they were able to handle my request. Not going to lie, I totally had to try it on. It’s a crown, who wouldn’t! As I was driving down to Kerr Place, I realized that all of the Crepe Myrtle trees are in bloom around the Shore. I remembered that Kerr Place had a grove of them at the back of the property. Before Pat and Alisa arrived, I went back to check it out and honestly, I have never seen them look more beautiful!

The whole session with these two was just perfect. After teaching them some basic poses, they started posing themselves perfectly with no direction! Pat and I went to school together, so we talked about where life had taken us over the years and I got to meet Alisa for the first time. She is an absolute sweetheart. I talked a little in one of my Instagram posts about how photographing engagement couples used to be my absolute favorite. I have done maternity, but I really found this new beautiful appreciation for it after this shoot. There is just something about the love between two people that are about to have a child. I’m not sure why it feels different. Maybe it’s because you know life is about to change and you want to appreciate the one on one time that you have together. Maybe it’s because you are more comfortable with your partner than when you were first engaged. Whatever it is, it’s magical and I can’t wait to photograph more couples who are about to embark on this new journey together.

Lordy y’all! Isn’t she stunning? I love how the Crepe Myrtles on the pathway frame these shots.

Seriously, these two black and whites are my favorite images from the shoot. It goes back to my love of film and just the way they are looking at that sweet boy!

Sitting shots can be tricky. If you don’t position your clients right they can look and feel uncomfortable. Pat and Alisa nailed it.

Magic hour glow gets me every time.

We had some cute doggy friends try to get in on some of these images at the end of the shoot! I didn’t take any pictures because we had to stop to pet them.

Seriously y’all, they are perfect.

Are you interested in having Erin Ayres Photography capture your maternity session?! I would love to hear from you! Feel free to email me at erinayresphotography@gmail.com!

Green Valley Farm

As soon as I pulled into the driveway of Green Valley Farm, I felt like I was home. When I first heard about the new venue here on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, I sent a contact email reaching out to the owners about touring the venue and taking some promotional images of the Farm. Chelsea quickly emailed me back and invited me down! I was super excited to see everything in person, take some images, and then share this with y’all!

I love that new venues are popping up here on the shore, especially ones that embody the beauty and feel of our little area so perfectly. When we first met, Chelsea gave me a big hug and I felt like we were old friends. Chelsea and Tyler made me feel so welcome in their home. The time, love, and energy that they have poured into Green Valley Farm is apparent in every aspect of the venue. Chelsea walked me through the farm and then turned me loose with the camera. Just from talking with her for a few minutes, I could tell that this place is her passion. We talked about all the changes that have occurred on the farm since they purchased it and all their dreams and ideas to come. If you would like to learn more about Chelsea and Tyler you can click here! https://www.greenvalleyfarmevents.com/about-the-owners/

From a photographer’s viewpoint, there are endless portrait possibilities on the venue. From the tall mature trees to the rustic barn, there is a backdrop that can correlate to any type of feel that you want to achieve for your wedding or event. Everywhere you turn there are blooming flower gardens, lush green pastures, and effortless farmhouse charms. I’ve added a few little notes and ideas under a handful of images just to get you brainstorming on how this gorgeous venue could be the perfect fit for you! If you would like to learn about Information and Pricing, you can click here! https://www.greenvalleyfarmevents.com/pricing/

As you scroll through these images, I hope that you feel the same attraction and love that I did for this beautiful place. If you are planning a wedding or event or know someone who is, make sure to share this post with them! Or as it goes on the Shore, word of mouth is always good too! If you want more information or to contact Chelsea or Tyler, I have listed their site below! Thanks for stopping by the blog and showing it some love!

https://www.greenvalleyfarmevents.com/

or be sure to check them out on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/greenvalleyfarmesva/

This was in the driveway as soon as I pulled up to the house! How perfect would this be for bride and groom portraits!

I am totally in love with this barn. It has so many endless possibilities for portraits.

This would be an absolutely beautiful backdrop for a ceremony or tented reception!

Or you could face this way and have the sunset and horse pasture as your backdrop!

This space could be perfect for your guests to mingle around the bar and sip on something delicious!

Isn’t this farmhouse just beautiful? I know Joanna Gaines would approve.

Imagine your guests arriving to your venue on the big day!

You would have some stunning bridal portraits in this garden area, especially with the crepe myrtle trees in bloom.

How gorgeous is this willow tree? It would be perfect for a ceremony space or bride and groom portraits.

This was one of my favorite views of the entire farm. It just took my breath away.

Can you imagine your ceremony under this tree? That magic hour glow is simply perfect!

The bride and her girls could get ready in this adorable guest cottage! Green Valley Farm is also an Air BNB!

Feel like Green Valley Farm could be your dream venue?! Go check them out and drop them a line now!

https://www.greenvalleyfarmevents.com/

Hannah + Derek | Engagement

It’s only 60 days left till these two tie the knot! It’s hard to believe that my baby sister is getting married this May. When we started brainstorming about where to to take their engagement pictures, I knew I wanted it to be somewhere unique that I had never photographed before. A couple of years ago, I spotted this chimney standing alone in the middle of a field and I knew I had to do a session here. There wasn’t one thing I didn’t love about it. After some help from friends, I was able to contact the owner of the property and get permission to photograph on the property.

I love the connection that Derek and Hannah have with one another. They were naturals in front of the camera and we shared a lot of laughs together, especially when I taught Derek, “the nuzzle”. Not only did we have the beautiful chimney, but there were a lot of unique spots for us to use around the property. I’m glad we had a blanket to shoot with because it was a little bit chilly!

Derek and Hannah met back in high school but never considered dating at the time. Years went by and they crossed paths again at the Arcadia High School Rock and Roll Show. Derek’s youngest brother Cody was in the show and Hannah was co-producing it when Derek walked back stage one night. He definitely caught her eye and she apparently caught his. They exchanged greetings that day and several weeks later she got her first Facebook message from him. They instantly hit it off, and before they knew it, they were going out on their first date. There was no denying the connection, spark, and attraction that was there from the very beginning.  After that well, there’s only, “And then they lived happily ever after……..”

Hope you guys enjoyed this shoot! If you want to check out Hannah and Derek’s Wedding Website, it’s in the link below!

https://www.theknot.com/us/derek-hail-and-hannah-ayres-may-2018

Jessie | Maternity

The more I grow in my photography journey, the more I start to appreciate my couples who like to do their sessions close to home. We had to reschedule Jessie’s maternity session at least three times due to the weather. If it wasn’t cold, it was raining or blowing but that’s winter on the Eastern Shore y’all. Luckily, the day after Jessie’s shower came out beautiful and warm, and I was so grateful that we got to take these images before this baby boy decided to make his appearance.

I have been dying to do a session on a boat and with the weather so perfect, we were able to take Robert’s work boat out. I was in heaven. Even Nick, their black lab, came along with us for the ride but he was a little camera shy. Jessie and Robert were so relaxed with one another. I can’t wait to see them grow as parents.

Though I have lived here all my life, I still am amazed by the beauty of the Shore, even in the winter. Jessie you are so gorgeous! This little boy should be here any day now!

Madelyn | Milk Bath

YOU GUYS! I have been so excited to share this shoot with you ever since I took these images. Nikki wanted to use them for Christmas presents so I have been holding off for a while. I had so much fun shooting these with Miss Maddie. I have been dying to do a milk bath shoot for months!

This is my first milk bath shoot and I can’t say I wasn’t a little nervous about how it would go! I bought two gallons of whole milk and even some powdered milk just for backup. Basically, I bought a ton of milk. We took these at my house in my upstairs bedroom because it gets the most natural light. I laid down some trash bags under the backdrop just in case Maddie got to splashing. She didn’t though, she was perfect.

I started by pouring really hot water in the tub to combat the coldness of the milk. I heated one gallon of the milk to some extent but I was afraid that I would start curdling the milk. This should tell you something about my cooking skills. Then I poured the milk into the water and waited for some of the foamy milk to settle out. I ended up adding a little more hot water and used a thermometer to determine the temperature of the milk bath. Once we got it right, we placed the petals and the daisies in the tub and last in went baby girl!

I couldn’t get over how much fun Maddie had in the tub! She played with her flowers and even tasted a couple of them. The only thing she did not enjoy was when we tried to lay her down. She was not having any of that mess! I hope you guys enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed shooting them. The beautiful flower crown and flowers were purchased from Baskets & Bows! Make sure you like the Facebook Page so I can share more of my work with you!

The picture with Maddie’s tongue out is the first one I took! She was so excited!

Look at those long eyelashes! Maddie you are such a beautiful girl!

Mommy, I want to eat the pretty flowers too!

Savannah + Brandon

The first time I saw the property that Savannah and Brandon’s home was located on, it blew me away. I’ve lived on the Eastern Shore for almost my entire life but every new location makes me appreciate my home even more. I had not seen Savannah since Elementary School and Brandon since Middle School but it truly felt like not that much time had passed. When I got to the house to start photographing, everyone was so sweet and welcoming!

One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing Savannah and her daughter Jaden interact with one another. They have such a close bond. It was so touching when Savannah came out in her dress and Jaden began to smooth out the train of her mom’s gown. Brandon had given Jaden a beautiful necklace to wear with her dress for the big day. You could just feel the love that everyone had for each other that day.

Savannah’s Grandfather walked her down the aisle in front of their closest family and friends. I loved how Savannah and Brandon smiled all through the ceremony at one another and shared some laughs together. After the ceremony, Savannah took us to a special spot on their neighbor’s property that I did not get to see when we did their engagement pictures. The sunlight filtering through the trees was absolutely gorgeous! We also got to take some beautiful portraits on the dock close to sunset!

I hope you enjoy some of these moments from their special day!!!

 

Ceremony and Reception Location | Couple’s Home

Florist | Baskets & Bows

Dress | Scher’s Bridal

Hair | Visual Changes (Shawna)

DJ | Hit and Run Mobile Music and Kelley Gaskill

Cake | Rosie Moot

Catering | Billie’s Catering

Bridesmaid Dresses | Scher’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire | Scher’s Bridal

Invitations | Zazzle

Officiant | William Jefferson