Cotton-candy skies, golden evening light, belly laughs, and a little bit of magic ... if you ask me, this Charlottesville family session is what childhood summer dreams are made of.
When Angela reached out to me about photos, she and her family were preparing for a cross-state move. En route, they'd be stopping in Charlottesville and wanted photos with mountain views. So we made it happen!
In true Virginia summer fashion, session day brought 90-degree temperatures — but you'd never know it from these photos. The Rodgers had also been traveling all day — but you'd never know that, either.
The stress of the day, of the pandemic, of their move, and even the heat all seemed to melt away, leaving only light, fun, dreamy memories of one summer evening in Charlottesville.
I was so excited to design an heirloom album for the Rodgers, to tell their story for decades and generations to come. It's going to be STUNNING — so stay tuned! In the meantime, enjoy their beautiful session highlights...
Laura Richards is a family photographer based in Charlottesville, Virginia. She specializes in authentic family sessions and heirloom print art. Check out 7 reasons you'll love your own LRP experience here.
I wasn't quite sure what a newborn session in the age of COVID-19 would look like. Turns out, it's just as sweet (but a little more mask-y).
It'd been a few months since Marlee and Michael's maternity session, and I couldn't wait for the chance to meet their little girl! Because of the pandemic, we decided to delay their at-home newborn session by a few weeks, but later is always better than never when it comes to photos. And of course, baby Riley was still just as tiny and precious!
Some of my favorite images from their session are the ones where Riley is awake and alert (I'm finding more and more that I love those images more than the sleeping ones). After all, babies have so much to take in and explore, and capturing that is just the best.
I was so excited that Marlee and Michael decided to preserve their daughter's newborn photos in a leather heirloom album. Together, we came up with the most stunning engraving design for the cover!
They also wanted to included a few of their maternity photos inside, along with a favorite Bible verse and Riley's birth details. These special touches completed the album and tell such a beautiful story — for decades to come. I love knowing that one day, Riley will hold this album in her hands and know that even during a pandemic, there was so much love, beauty, and hope in her world.
"I knew I wanted beautiful maternity and newborn pictures we would cherish forever, so we chose Laura Richards Photography! Everything from start to finish was seamless, professional, and enjoyable. Laura makes the picture-taking process very relaxing and went above and beyond to make sure our photos were capturing beautiful moments of the two of us and our little one." - Marlee
"Our album is a work of art and love. It truly is an experience having pictures with Laura, which makes it all the more memorable. Choosing her as your photographer is something you'll never regret." - Marlee
Laura Richards is a newborn and family photographer based in Charlottesville, Virginia. She specializes in authentic, at-home newborn sessions and heirloom albums. Learn 7 reasons you'll love your own LRP experience here.
Welcome to the blog! I'm Laura, a Charlottesville-area photographer specializing in authentic, natural-light photography and heirloom print art. Hope you'll explore my little online home and reach out if you have any questions!