I met Nik for the first time shortly after Christmas in 2014. He'd flown in from Colorado to visit Erica, one of my best friends, thanks to a random roommate selection freshman year at James Madison University.
I knew immediately this was who Erica would be with forever. I'd never seen her so happy and so herself around anyone before. Nik and Erica are both the type of people you feel like you've known your whole life the first time you meet them. They're down-to-earth, funny and incredibly kind — they're perfect for each other.
Fast-forward almost three years, when Erica sent me a picture of her and Nik outside the famous Stanley Hotel with a big 'ol diamond on her hand! BEST. TEXT. EVER.
I couldn't wait for them to come back to Virginia for Christmas, so we could do an engagement session. It was only about 25 degrees when we met up at Hotel Roanoke, but you'd never know that from their photos.
After Hotel Roanoke, we walked over to the Deschutes Tasting Room, where I let them warm up inside while I snuck some photos from outside the windows. It was such a fun shoot!
"Take one of us pretending we don't know you!"
Laura Richards is a natural family portrait photographer in Roanoke, Virginia. If I'm the right photographer for your next session, let's talk!
Welcome to the blog! I'm Laura, and I specialize in authentic, natural-light photography in and around beautiful Roanoke, Virginia. I'm also a wife and a mom to the sweet boy above. Hope you'll explore my little online home and reach out if you have any questions!