[Belly] Charlie

I just love photographing this couple! For many reasons – I’ve known James & his family since childhood and he was pretty much an unofficial college roommate. James meets Lisa & they fall madly in love, get engaged and I have the honor of photographing their engagement & wedding (I gotta post a few of those, it was before the blog but definitely blog worthy!). Upon meeting Lisa for the first time I feel like I’ve known her just as long as I’ve known James. She’s super sweet, thinks about lighting & posing & props and knows what she wants-and has the most gorgeous eyes that show up amazingly sparkly in photos-my kinda gal!  Lisa came fully equipped with lots of ideas & props of her own for this session. We just HAD to re-use the VT clock used in their engagement session, this time to indicate her due date. (yeah I definitely need to post their other sessions) And of course we HAD to incorporate VT football since it’s both James and my own alma mater -Go Hokies! Only 3 people knew the baby’s name before the birth, including me – yes, that’s right they trusted me enough to disclose Charlotte “Charlie”s name-chosen in honor of his father. We incorporated it into several of the photos and the coast is clear to post since Charlie has arrived!

I am SOOOO happy for Lisa & James!!! I am very fortunate to have such great clients and feel exceptionally blessed when I have repeat clients – and get to document  their  life as it unfolds thru photographs. Lisa told me at this session that I was going to be a permanent fixture in their family activities and this was the 1st of many sessions to come for their expanding family (not counting their engagement session & wedding I photographed last year and then the birth of Charlie!). I am SO EXCITED to have been chosen to chronicle the years and the journey thru their lives individually and collectively as a family. To tell their story one photo session at a time.

[Family] the Weavers.

When I showed up to Photograph Josh & Jill’s beautiful wedding this past 4th of July in Wilmington, N.C. at the Cape Fear river deck, I knew that I would like them, so would my Canon.  🙂  So when Jill contacted me to take some holiday portraits for Christmas, I jumped at the opportunity to revisit downtown Wilmington and this fun (military!) couple (now I REALLY like them!).  Josh’s boys, Sam and Christian (affectionately dubbed “Kitch”), were no strangers to my clicking shutter, mentioning something to the effects of how much they liked Rebecca and I being the wedding photographers, kind of like the paparazzi (but hopefully not as car chasing crazy…).  Jill was inspired by colorful textures and the industrial backgrounds of downtown, looking for family portraits that could be used for holiday cards but not limiting ourselves to a Christmas theme, images that could be framed in their house year round. (sidenote:  anyone know what the deal is with all of the keys hooked to the fence downtown? We could find no explanation, but I loved it!) It was pretty chilly out that Saturday in Wilmington,hard to believe, I know, but a slightly overcast weather report proved awesome for lighting and everyone was such troopers with the temperature, so we ventured out.  Making their debut, here are the newly joined Weaver family members! (Wedding photos to come shortly, as they were shot “pre-blog” days).

Josh & Jill, you guys seriously rock.  Thanks for putting up with me and my ridiculous requests, hiking all over town, and pretty much reading my mind when I am inspired and can hardly get a full sentence out other than “oh, yeah, that’s perfect.  Awesome.  Now Jill, you, yeah, do that. Josh, put your arm, yeah, perfect.”  & be prepared for the cuteness that are Josh’s munchkins.  Next Weaver family session….Hawaii?  😉  I know Jill needs no convincing…

[Twins!] Emilee & Rich

When I first met Emilee, I turned to our mutual friend Aaron and said, “She is fun and pretty and I want to take photos of her and be her friend.”  Aware of the creepiness that could come with such a statement, I quickly followed my blantantly honest (and possibly a little tipsy) comment with a “Oh gosh.  Please don’t tell her I said that…..”.

Naturally, he told her I said that.

Lucky for me, she was even cooler than I thought and didn’t think I was a creep….I guess.  😉

Several months later my potential BFF 4 lyfe moved from Charlotte to Wilmington (Did I reclaim my creep status?).  We had tried to plan several shoots when finally, the day came!  Not only did Emilee get engaged to Rich, a sweet and handsome gentlemen (who proposed with an awesome and untraditional ring. LOVE.) but they were expecting not one but TWO babies!  Yes, she is pregnant with twins in these images.  Yes, it is completely and utterly unheard of that someone still look so stunning and comfortable and SKINNY carrying double!  But it’s okay, she is so happy and sweet, so we forgive her.  We scheduled the shoot in Mooresville at Emilee’s family’s home (who were so kind and gracious, her mom was a huge help with those petals!) and wandered around the backyard golf course to get these casual shots.  Emilee and Rich had their adorable and healthy baby boys Kai and Avett on Thanksgiving day. There is truly no doubt in my mind that they will be the best parents ever.  Their love for each other and joy for their boys just radiates.  Congrats, Emilee & Rich, on a wonderful engagement and a gorgeous family!  So much to be thankful for!

Erin Johnson - Em, you look beautiful, as always. Congratulations on your boys. Love the names. 🙂 You will be the chic-est mommy ever. <3

[Interior Photography] Natural Nursery

When people ask “So Ashley, what do you do?” I always have the hardest time explaining.  I’m an Interior Designer.  I’m a Photographer.  I work with and for a lot of people.  Often times after stuttering through my spiel of “Well, I am an interior designer at Lucy and Company, but I am also a wedding photographer and freelance for Creative Loafing…” I myself wind up overwhelmed and confused.  I find myself questioning  “Am I an interior designer first and a photographer second or vice versa?”.  Sometimes the lines are blurred, but all of the time, I love doing both, so in that, it is decided. I am not one, but all.

I am a Creative.

However, categorizing myself under such a broad term usually requires more of an explanation, so for this post, I will just be the Photographer.

Recently Interior Designer and my boss, Beth Keim, owner of Lucy and Company, had the awesome pleasure of working with Shauna Robinson, former Nascar driver and now creator of Happy Chair (please oh please click that link and try not to pull out scrap fabrics and a sewing machine and go to town…I dare you). Together they designed a sophisticated girl’s nursery for a very well known (and fast!) Nascar driver.  The room was converted from a workout room to a natural and cozy haven for baby (that happened to house a sauna & overlook the indoor pool.  Saweeeeetttt). Beth heightened the ceilings and softened the room with cornices upholstered in Kravet’s fabric velvet gate paired with linen roman shades.  A low-pile wool rug mixed with overlapping Flokati style throws added a plush texture to the  wood paneled adobe.  A glider for Mom, a chair for Dad and a mini rocker for the Newbie (designed and upholstered by Shauna) formed a functional seating area.  Keith,  who is an incredibly talented artist (and happens to be Beth’s husband) stretched, designed, and painted the custom artwork above the crib showcasing a silhouette of one of the family’s many rescue pups.  To top it all off, the piece that is quickly becoming Lucy and Company’s “signature”, the custom bird & branch mobile, hung low above the distressed crib, a crafty & fun touch.

Alright, so I guess after that long winded description, there is no denying it.  I am always a photographer AND a designer.  In my life there is no way for me to be just one.  😉  I am so blessed to be able to have a job that allows me put both my passion for  photography details and my obsession for using the latest trends in client’s homes together.

ashley barnett - Ah LOVE! I will take the grown-up version please! That little glider chair is the cutest thing. And those hanging latern thingys (yes, I am very technical) are gorgeous. I love the whole vibe of the room…and you captured it perfectly!

[Events] Shawna Robinson Events for Kelley Earnhardt & L.W.Miller III » Goodwin Girls Blog - […] Owner of Happy Chair.  They’ve worked together on several occasions, one being the stunning Nursery for Nascar driver Ryan Newman we featured on the blog a few months back.  Shawna has just began a new division of her brand and […]

Alexandra Mini - Hi… your pictures are great… i was wondering if you knew the name of that chandelier that is hanging in the natural nursery…thanks

Goodwin Girls - Hey Alexandra! How are ya?!?!
It’s actually by a company called Roost, which is to the trade only (meaning only Designers with accounts can order from them) but there are lots of companies that have similar items. It is made from capiz, so maybe try searching for that?

[Married] Elizabeth & Goran | Manassas Virginia Wedding Photographer

We get nervous before weddings-especially when we haven’t met the bride until the day of the wedding! AHHHH! We knew Elizabeth was a sweetheart from her emails but normally we have a consultation, bridal or engagement sessions before the big day. It helps us get to know the couple and gets them used to the camera. But when she said “hang on…can I order 2 double cheeseburgers” during our phone call we knew she was going to be our kind of girl-not many brides eat at all on their wedding day, much less burgers! Elizabeth & Goran were pros and the camera loved them so it was a breeze.

After a traditional ceremony at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, we headed to Piedmont Country Club where the couple did their first dance to the untraditional reggae tune “Hold Ya” by Gyptian. We loved it! They have a very strong Croatian heritage so there was traditional music & dances. Elizabeth had been practicing Croatian and prepared a speech as she wanted to honor his culture by saying thank you in Croatian to him and his family who had traveled so far to make it to their wedding. Elizabeth’s father made the incredible wedding cake-a traditional fondant cake, with luscious layers of toasted almonds, almond flour, almond cherry liquor, cherry preserves, pastry cream and whipped cream.

Ashley & I showed up dressed like the wedding party in black & hot pink. Total accident, but it was a perfect match! Elizabeth & “Gogo” we wish you the very best!

Gown-Demetrios                            Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal         Flowers- They made the bouquets themselves!

Videographer- Elmo Laing        Hair- Bride’s Mother                                      Cake- Bride’s Father

Christine Romero - I think you guys did a great job photographing everything! i mean what an artistic eye you both have. Elizabeth is one of my best friends and I love her so much! im glad she picked such wonderful photographers to capture the memories of her beautiful wedding!