I will jump at any opportunity to return to JMU, my first "home away from home," but especially when it involves photographing one of my favorite college seniors!
I'm trying to think of the first time I met Melanie, but it really feels like forever ago.You see, my husband has been best friends with Melanie's oldest brother since they were 13 — so he's basically a big brother to Melanie, too. Their family is so special to us!
Being back on campus was a little different this time around, because I brought Tucker with me (for all those new to my life, Tucker is my 1-year-old son, not a dog, haha — although the first dog we met on campus was also named Tucker, go figure). We got there early, ate dinner at my favorite spot on the Quad and scoped out the perfect spots for Melanie's sunset session.
I absolutely love how her photos turned out! She is such a natural in front of the camera. I also love that we were able to spend some time with her sorority family. These women were so fun to be around, and I know they will miss their Melanie!
I can't wait to see what the future brings this smart, beautiful and adventurous girl! Her passion for teaching children is so refreshing, and I know she has a fulfilling career ahead of her.
Now, I can't end this post without giving a huge shout-out to Melanie's sweet mom Linda, who was my Tucker-keeper during Melanie's whole session! Thank you so much!
Laura Richards is a Roanoke, Virginia-based photographer specializing in natural-light, authentic portraiture. Email me to talk about your next session!
Welcome to the blog! I'm Laura, and I specialize in authentic, natural-light photography and heirloom print art. I'm currently based in Roanoke, Virginia, but soon Charlottesville! Hope you'll explore my little online home and reach out if you have any questions!