Styled Engagement Session – Samantha and Jesse


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Let me start by saying, I love styled shoots. I love them because I can be creative and for those of you that know me, my job is to be creative, every day. The second reason why I love styled shoots, flowy, gorgeous dresses! Usually, styled shoots are done for weddings, but I wanted to try something different, and I am so glad I did!

When I first announced the styled engagement giveaway, I was worried. I wasn’t sure if this was something anyone would actually want to be a part of, was I wrong! I have been getting messages left and right about these sessions, which makes this girl really happy!!! The best part was I got to collaborate with the amazing, Taylor Benson. Taylor is a Master Esthetician for Ali & Co., located in Staunton, Virginia. Just so you know, you haven’t seen the last of this girl and her wonderful work!

The winner of the giveaway was Samantha Lilly and her husband, Jesse Lilly. Right from the start, Samantha was SO EXCITED about winning the session. Her entry stated, “It was very simple, he proposed before we went to sleep by having me close my eyes, he put the ring on my finger and asked if I would want to spend the rest of my life with him!…” The best part was, her and her husband had never gotten an engagement session done!! Three years of marriage, one sweet little boy and one bundle of joy on the way, and never really had the opportunity to be in front of the camera like this! Samantha had no problem connecting with my vision for the shoot and worked with me on the outfit choices. She told me she was so happy, she had never seen her husband so dressed up. The sparks were flying! This is why I love what I do. I get to capture love! I don’t only take photos, I try to create an experience. An experience you might not have with your loved one every day!

The shoot went better than I could have ever imagined. There was a last minute location change and it was truly meant to be. The light was coming through the trees beautifully and the surrounding area really added to the whimsical, woodsy vibe I was going for. I am so excited to share this session. Enjoy! <3

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