Emily & Freddy || A Belle Isle Engagement Session

Waaaayyyy back in November when my brand new website launched (hooray!), I ran a contest for a *free* engagement session for one lucky couple…. tons of super sweet couples entered for the chance to win…and I’m thrilled to say that Emily and Freddy were the lucky two who were selected!

These two could not have been more adorable (although I may be biased since they reminded me a whole lot of me and my darling hubby, Jonathan!) High school sweethearts, Emily and Freddy met during their school’s musical production of “Fiddler on the Roof” (ok…maybe not so like me and Jonathan :-p) and have been together long distance since beginning college. And they continue to be long distance while planning their wedding, with Emily recently moving to Charlotte for a new job while Freddy completes his degree at Virginia Tech.

And while it may have been below freezing during their engagement session on Belle Isle, these two certainly knew how to keep warm!! From long embraces to fabulous dance twists and turns, and a few acrobatic  moves mixed in there, they kept each other (and me) on our toes and moving :).

If you haven’t been, Belle Isle is a GORGEOUS photography spot in the heart of Richmond on the James River. Located just a short (ok semi-long?) walk across the James, it features a fantastic assortment of backdrops – plenty of bridge/river/rock areas, a large open field, a few metal buildings/structures, overhead bridges, and wooded areas – not to mention a gorgeous, sweeping view of the Richmond city skyline if you’re brave enough to venture onto the river rocks (don’t worry, images below!) It’s definitely a perfect session location for those looking for a little bit of everything right in the heart of downtown Richmond!

Emily and Freddy, the two of you were such a joy to photograph. Your love for one another is so beautiful and pure, and I am so grateful to have been able to share this beautiful (albeit cold!) day with you <3. Here’s hoping to see you in Richmond again very soon!

Baby C is on the Way!

Jonathan and I have got some GREAT BIG NEWS to share!

WE’RE EXPECTING!!!!

After 14 incredible years together, 5 blissful years of marriage, and 2 adorable fur baby kitty cats, we’re adding a little bundle of joy to our lives!

We’ve decided that finding out we are pregnant just wasn’t ENOUGH of a surprise…so on top of that, we’re going Team Green and waiting until our little one’s arrival to find out if Baby is a he or a she! “Peanut” – as we have affectionately dubbed Baby Cap – should be making his/her debut some time in mid-March 2018 and we couldn’t be more excited!

And of course, what better way to celebrate the growth of our family than through our OWN professional photography session?! There’s nothing like being a professional photographer yourself and realizing the most recent images you have with the person you love most in the world are your wedding photos from over 5 years ago. I was thrilled when Arika Shelest of Arika Jordan Photography agreed to drive all the way from North Carolina to capture our excitement at our little one’s arrival :). Thank you for being so phenomenal and making the trek, Arika!!

To my amazing clients – I am so so so excited to capture all of your joyous moments and occasions in 2018! Assuming our little guy or gal sticks close to his/her expected arrival, I will be taking some time off in March and April, but I will be back up and running in May :).

We are BEYOND grateful to our family and friends who have already shown us such unbelievable love, generosity, guidance, and support during this beautiful time in our lives. Jonathan and I are the luckiest people in the world to have each and every one of you by our sides and we are so excited for Peanut to meet you all!

 

 

 

Angela & Spencer || A Maymont Park Couple’s Session

Sometimes the most last minute sessions prove to be the most fun :).

Angela contacted me a few weeks ago to inquire about my availability just a few short days later. She and her longtime boyfriend, Spencer, both originally from California, were coming to Richmond for the Marine Corps Ball at the Richmond Convention Center. SO FUN!

Spencer had recently joined the military and so this was going to be their very FIRST Marine Corps Ball together. Not only that, but these lovebirds have been dating for quite a while and had never had their photographs taken together professional! Ergo – they wanted to make sure to do the whole experience juuuuust right :). Completely decked out in GORGEOUS makeup by Avenue 42 and an absolutely stunning red dress, Angela looked BEYOND amazing! Not to be outdone, her fabulous beau wowed in his Marine dress attire looking quite sharp :).

I had a fabulous time hanging out with these two in the Italian gardens at Maymont Park – one of my favorite places to photograph in all of Richmond. Between the gorgeous architecture and columns, the blooming roses, the wrought iron gazebos that LITERALLY look like they belong in a fairy tale – what more could you ask for in a location?? I was thrilled when the adorable couple decided there was no better place for them to capture such a momentous occasion!

Angela and Spencer, I’m so grateful that the stars aligned for me to be able to photograph you during your super short stay in Richmond. While the East Coast may be a little bit colder than what you had been anticipating, I hope my beautiful city treated you well while you were here and that you have a lifetime of memories from your first Marine Corps Ball to take with you <3.

I hope to see you both back in Richmond for another fabulous Marine Corps Ball next fall!

 

Carli & Rafy || A Downtown Richmond Engagement Session

Simply put, Carli and Rafy are perfect for each other.

As they told me in their own words: “From date #1 it was a whirlwind romance spent learning about each other and bonding over a shared love of humor and making people laugh.” And I can truly say their love is like a blanket that surrounds and wraps the two of them together. And as for making people laugh? Well, keep reading :-p.

Not only that, but these two are serious romantics at heart. For his proposal, the two went out salsa dancing one night (I know, right??) and came home to an apartment FILLED with roses. (Again, I KNOW, RIGHT???) And even though Rafy forgot his line :)… Carli said yes anyway!

Words can’t describe the beautiful, playful aura that surrounds these two when they are together. They were seriously giddy like school children during their entire engagement session. Although, to be fair, I think that’s just how excited and cutesy they are with one another at all times :-p. I’m honestly not even sure what kept us in stitches, but throughout our entire session the three of us sent out continuous peels of laughter into Libby Hill Park and the surrounding Church Hill neighborhood. It’s honestly hard to keep from smiling just being around their love <3.

Carli and Rafy, I am so so so happy that I got the opportunity to photograph your engagement session and ECSTATIC to photograph your May wedding in 2018! Bring on the food, friends, and fun 🙂

Emily & John’s Maternity Session

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Emily and John as they prepare for the arrival of their sweet little one due in January! We had an absolutely gorgeous afternoon wandering around the Japanese and Italian gardens of Maymont Park.

It’s hard to pick a “bad” location to photograph in Maymont. With its gorgeous flowing waterfall, stunning bridges, columns and various architectural elements, rolling hills, and changing leaves – you really can’t go wrong. That said, when you wander around Maymont with John (who used to location scout for films) it is IMPOSSIBLE to go wrong! I loved how I went into the session with a plan in mind of the best locations to use and every time I turned around he would be 2 steps ahead of me, seeking out the best possible light – talk about a phenomenal assistant!

Emily and John, I had a wonderful time hanging out with you both and capturing these sweet moments for you. I can’t wait to spend even more time with you in the new year, photographing Baby B.’s newborn session when he arrives!

 

 

James & Trenton || A Brown’s Island Engagement Session

Ya know when you meet someone and just immediately fall in love?

That’s exactly how I felt when I met James and Trenton.

I mean, I’m sure that’s how they felt about EACH OTHER, too… but…

OK, seriously! The minute we sat down for our first meeting I KNEW that I wanted to photograph these two beautiful souls, their effervescent love, and their gorgeous, rustic, mountainside wedding day!

James and Trenton met several years ago at the Barnes and Noble where James was working during college. Trenton saw him there and asked him out for coffee…and the rest is history!

Through their over 4 years together they have enjoyed traveling, watching and rewatching countless seasons of “Friends” (because – who doesn’t?), and dreaming up adorable literary-themed wedding elements ;-).

I couldn’t have been happier than when they showed up to their engagement session with one of their favorite books, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, and asked to incorporate it into some of their images. Can you say ADORABLE?!? Couple that with the beautiful RVA skyline, the James River, and the beauty of Brown’s Island, and you definitely have one of my favorite engagement sessions-to-date!

James and Trenton, your love is so beautiful and I am so incredibly lucky to be able to witness the chemistry and connection that you share. I am honored to be able to capture your wedding day and I can’t wait to see you both again so we can pretend to cook and instead binge on Netflix :).

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Baby M || An In-Home Newborn Session

Ms. M. has arrived! And what an absolutely ADORABLE presence she has!

I had so much fun hanging out with Heather and John during their in-home newborn photography session capturing some of Ms. M’s first moments in this big beautiful world. Not only was baby girl the most snuggly little cuddle bug (when she finally decided it was time to hunker down for some sleep :-p), but Mom had such fantastic ideas for the session. From incorporating special gifts from friends and family (hooray for beautiful and hand knit baby gifts!) all the way to including…ALL THE PUMPKINS!

Umm. Can you say “Autumn Baby”?!

I absolutely adored this session and am so glad I was able to spend time with the beautiful M. family just days after missy helped them grow to 3-members strong!

Heather and John, thank you so much for allowing me to take over your home for the day and to capture your little snuggle bug :).

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Stephen & Clare ||A Surprise Washington, D.C. Proposal

A few months back I took a short weekend trip to D.C. to visit my wonderful friends, Molly and Joe (and to take their engagement photos ;-)). While there, I had the pleasure of meeting many of their friends, including Stephen and Clare, two fabulous and fascinating humans with whom you just can’t help but enjoy spending time and chatting.

Well, a few weeks back, I received an email from Stephen letting me know that he was getting ready to propose to Clare and wondering if I might be able to make the trip up to D.C. to document their proposal story.

UMM. WOULD I EVER?!??

So we scheduled a phone chat so that I could hear more about his plan and their love story.

And guys.

It’s so good.

When Stephen and Clare met, Stephen immediately knew that this girl was pretty spectacular (and she is!) Not only was she gorgeous, she was fascinating and smart and funny and all the things everyone is always looking for in a life partner.

Well, during their conversation, Clare recommended a book to Stephen. And he was so infatuated, he vaguely-kinda-sorta-remembered the book title. So off he went to purchase the book he *thought* she recommended to him.

“Everything I Never Told You”.

Fast forward to later that night when Stephen (who immediately bought the book) began reading it so that he could call Clare and tell her how much he loved her recommendation.

Except…he got to the end of the first chapter and realized it was definitely not the right book. Oops!

Instead, Stephen used his error as an excuse to get in touch with Clare that night(!) and find out the name of the *real* book she recommended. And to start his courtship ;-).

Now fast forward to their proposal. Stephen wanted to propose in a location that meant a lot to him and Clare. A place they often stop to peruse. A place where he may or may not have purchased the wrong book which helped to catapult these two cutie pies into their beautiful love story.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords :).

So on Friday evening after work, the two headed to Dupont Circle for a drink, a stroll, and a quick stop in at their favorite book shop.

And with me trying my best to blend in with my surroundings (aka cars and a giant tree), Stephen proposed to Clare, hiding her engagement ring right at the end of the first chapter inside his very own copy of “Everything I Never Told You”, in the front window of Kramerbooks & Afterwords with many adoring fans cheering them along from outside.

And, of course, she said, “Yes!”

Stephen and Clare, I absolutely ADORE your love story. You are both such sweethearts and care so deeply for one another. I am so incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to witness and preserve the beginning of this new chapter of your lives together.

Wishing you all the best as you continue on your own path towards “happily ever after” <3.

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Alex & JK || A Sunday Park Engagement Session

A few weeks ago I had a meeting with the most adorable couple – Alexandra and John – that is – Alex and JK. Within just moments of meeting with these two I was easily able to tell 2 things.

  1. They are super freakin adorable.
  2. They are super duper in love.

At our initial meeting we planned their engagement session for the Brandermill area of Midlothian, more specifically, right down the road from Alex’s dad’s home in this wonderfully cute neighborhood. Brandermill is an incredible engagement photography location for soooooo many reasons. One of the biggest being: if you’re looking for woods, gazebos, docks, water, boats, and gorgeous sunsets – you’ve come to the right place :). Located just 30 minutes from Downtown Richmond, Brandermill offers a gorgeous variety of features all within an easy walking distance from one another.

Before we met for their session, Alex had mentioned to me that she and JK could be slightly awkward in front of the camera. I will admit – *MOST* couples say this and I (almost) never find it to be true. With Alex and JK? This could NOT be further from the truth! With minimal direction and tons and tons of love they produced the gorgeous stunners below (and tons and tons more!)

Alex and JK, if your engagement session is any indication, I already know that your wedding is going to be a gorgeous display of love and affection between two beautiful souls. Thank you for spending the afternoon with me and I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do!

Congratulations!!

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Emely || An In-Home Newborn Session

A few months ago I was contacted by Brian and Fabiola, a super-duper sweet couple from Northern Virginia, about a maternity session. We met in Richmond one afternoon so that I could learn a bit more about them as a couple, the sweet little one they were waiting on, and about how their pregnancy was progressing so far.

After a little while they mentioned that were THRILLED to be waiting on the arrival of a baby girl after some struggles conceiving. Yet (so so so happily!) here they were, many months pregnant, and not being able to contain their excitement over the soon-to-be arrival of their little one! Not only that, but they had quite a few goodies they were excited to use as props during their maternity session to showcase their little one’s journey :).

Faby and Brian both exuded so much love and joy at the prospect of Baby Girl’s arrival I absolutely could not wait to spend another day with them, this time behind the lens of my camera! Having some good friends in the area, they had been to visit Richmond several times and were excited about having the opportunity to photograph in Maymont Park.

Maymont is an absolutely GORGEOUS park situated just a few blocks south of Richmond, just north of the James River. The park itself is actually a formerly private estate that was donated to the City of Richmond in 1925. Comprised of over 100 acres, the park consists of the original Mansion of the Dooley family (the donors), Italian gardens, Japanese gardens, and an arboretum, as well as hundreds of animals who call its nature center, wildlife exhibits, and the Maymont Farm their home!

Fabiola, Brian, and I had a beautiful summer afternoon to spend in the Italian Gardens and were thrilled to take advantage of the sunshine and gorgeous flowers!

After our session, I waited with bated breath until receiving Faby’s email – it turns out that Baby Girl K could NOT wait to meet her parents either and decided she didn’t want to be an August baby! Ms. Emely Veronica had arrived a full TWO WEEKS early, happy and healthy!

Beyond thrilled, I made my way to Northern Virginia to photograph Ms. Emely’s in-home newborn session with Faby, Brian, Emely, and Faby’s parents who were luckily visiting from out of town at just the right time!

Dearest adorable K family, I already miss you all tremendously and am BEYOND excited for this new journey that you are on together. Wishing you SO MUCH happiness, many hugs and kisses, and happy, healthy, dreamy baby snuggles. I hope to see you all again very soon <3.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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Jess Capozzola is a Richmond-based photographer specializing in wedding, newborn, and portrait photography. When she isn’t capturing the in-between moments behind the lens of her Nikon camera, she can be found snuggling with her husband and two kitties and avoiding dairy. Just kidding, she always avoids dairy; stupid lactose :-p

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