Lauren and Steven’s Engagement Session

Lauren and Steven are so sweet and so much fun to be around! I had the best time hanging out with them at their engagement session last Friday! Lauren and Steven are one of my 2018 wedding couples; they’re getting married at Tanglewood in North Carolina in March. I cannot wait for their wedding; it’s going to be so much fun!

Lauren and Steven drove up to Lynchburg from North Carolina for their engagement session last Friday. We headed to downtown Lynchburg first during their session and it was beautiful! We had a cloudy day, but we were so glad that the rain subsided. We

Then we headed to Riverside park with Lauren and Steven’s cute little puppy, Beauregard. He is most precious little dog!

Steven is also a huge Steelers fan, so we had to get some shots in with their jerseys on.

I absolutely cannot wait for Lauren and Steven’s wedding in March and I can’t wait to see this sweet couple again!

xo Brittany ox

Engagements, Portraits, Weddings

How to Prepare For Your Bridal Portraits

Hey there pretty bride!

I always get a lot of questions about how to prepare for a session, especially a bridal portrait session. Bridal portraits are a huge part of the wedding planning process and really set the tone for how you’re going to look on your wedding day. Think of your bridal portraits as a trial run for your wedding day. Therefore, you need to prepare for your bridal portraits just like you would for your wedding day.

I’ve compiled a list of important preparation steps to consider when getting ready for your bridal portraits.

Get a Facial

It’s always important to take care of your skin, but it’s especially important when you’re going to be having photographs taken of you that will be displayed for years and years. You want to look your absolute best, so taking extra steps in your skincare routine is extremely important. 

Find a local esthetician that can help you find the best facial for your skin type and needs. Also, when trying any new skincare regimen, make sure to have the procedure done at least two weeks before your event/session to ensure that you don’t have a reaction to the treatment. 

Get Your Nails done

You wouldn’t ever think of not getting your finger and toenails professionally done on your wedding day, so do the same for your bridal portraits. While you may be good at painting your nails on a regular basis, leave it to the professionals for your bridal portraits.


Hire a Professional Makeup Artist

I cannot stress how important this is! The camera has a tendency to wash you out, so it is so imperative that you have professional makeup done for your bridal portraits. A professional makeup artist has the knowledge and skill to make your features pop in photographs and look your absolute best! A good tip is to book your wedding makeup trial run with your makeup artists on the day of your bridal portraits. This allows you to see what your wedding day makeup will look like in pictures and then make adjustments as needed for your wedding day. 

Get Your Hair Professionally Done

Get your hair done just like you’re wanting it done on your wedding day. Just like my tip for your makeup, have your wedding hair trial run on the day of your bridal portraits. You’ll get to see what your hair will look like on your wedding day with your dress and then make adjustments to perfect your wedding day look. 

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Steam Your Dress and Veil

Make sure that your dress and veil are steamed and wrinkle free for your bridal portraits. Wrinkles show up easily in portraits, so make sure to get all of those wrinkles out before your session.

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Ask Someone to Come With You

Ask one person to come with you to your bridal session to help you get dressed and hold your dress while you walk throughout your session. You could ask your mom, aunt, grandma, friend, etc. to come and help; anyone that is special to you that is going to be super helpful on the day of your session. 


I hope these tips help you prepare for your upcoming bridal portraits! Do you have any helpful tips for brides preparing for their bridal portraits? If so, leave them in a comment down below; I would love to hear your advice and suggestions!

XO Brittany OX


Amanda and Seth Engagement Session

Amanda and Seth are one of my 2017 BTP couples and they couldn’t be more sweet! Amanda is a pre-school teacher and Seth works with the film school at Liberty University. Amanda and Seth are so evidently head over heals in love and it shows in every single one of their images!

We headed out to Old City Cemetery for their engagements session. This was my first time shooting there and it was absolutely beautiful! There were so many pretty places for photo backdrops. We were also blessed with an absolutely beautiful sunny day; a very hot day, but beautiful!

I’ll stop rambling and get to the pretty pictures and cute couple!

I had to throw in these gems from Seth playing on the swing!

I can’t wait for Amanda and Seth’s wedding in November!

xo Brittany ox


Emily and Luke’s Engagement Session

Emily and Luke are the absolute sweetest couple! Emily, Luke, and I actually went to high school in North Carolina together, before I moved to GA the summer after freshman year. Then a few years later, Emily and I attended Liberty University together after graduating high school. It was so good seeing the both of them again at their session. Emily was always one of the sweetest girls in school and you just couldn’t help buy love her!

Emily and Luke have been dating for over four years now; they started dating the summer after their freshman year of college. Emily ended up transferring to UNC Wilmington, where Luke played baseball, and they both graduated from there. Emily patiently waited for Luke to propose and when he finally did, she was ecstatic!

They are getting married on April 28, 2018 at Moore’s Springs Manor in North Carolina. This is one of the most amazing wedding venues I have ever seen. There is a large estate home on the property that boasts large porches and balconies on the front and back of the home. When you walk out of the front door of the home, you are staring straight at Hanging Rock; it is a breathtaking view! There is a large reception hall on the left of the property, a white barn that provides a rain backup plan for the ceremony, a greenhouse with beautiful flowers, a pool, pool house, and an incredible marble arbor in the backyard. I cannot wait for their wedding day at this incredible venue!

These two were so much fun to hang out with at their session! Here are my favorites from their engagement session.

Emily’s ring! All of the heart eyes for diamonds and pretty flowers!

Then obviously these two ended their session with a beer by the pool. These two are so laid back and fun to be around; you just can’t help but have a good time around them!

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Rachel and Clint’s Beach Session

Rachel is one of my cousins and the identical twin to Rebecca from my last blog post, Rebecca and Ethan’s Beach Session. Rachel is a nurse and Clint is a State Patrolman in North Carolina. We were all down at Emerald Isle for the week of July 4th, so Rachel and Clint headed down to the beach one night with me for their couple session. We had such an incredible sunset that night and the colors were beautiful! Clint was nervous about being in front of the camera, but I think he put on a front, because you could never tell in the photos.

Here are a few of my favorites from their session.


Casey and Krystal Maternity Session

This past Saturday, Casey and Krystal traveled to a friend’s farm for their maternity session with me. When they told me that the farm had a sunflower field, I was hooked! I could not want to get out my camera and start photographing those beautiful sunflowers and Casey and Krystal of course.

Casey and Krystal both went to school together with my husband, Matt, all the way from elementary school to high school. They have all been best friends for many years and we all live right down the road from each other. Casey and Krystal are high school sweethearts that have been married for over two years now and are expecting their first baby, Easton. Matt and I are so excited for these two; we cannot wait to meet baby Easton and spoil him!

Here are my favorites from their maternity session last week.

Mama Bump Rentals provided this incredible white maternity dress for Krystal’s session and I am in love! The dress photographed so well and looked absolutely stunning on Krystal.

Makeup by Jessica Reynolds did Krystal’s makeup for the session and it looked incredible!

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I will also be doing Easton’s newborn portraits in August, so we on the lookout for those after this sweet boy makes his arrival!

xo Brittany ox


Rebecca and Ethan’s Beach Session

Rebecca is one of my cousins and best friends. Her and Ethan have been together for a several years now and they are just the cutest couple. We were all at Emerald Isle beach for the fourth of July, so we knew that we wanted to do a couple session on the beach. We were blessed with the most incredible sunset the night of their session! Also, little did Rebecca know, Ethan was planning on proposing the night after their session. It was so fun being able to capture such precious images of them before they got engaged. I am so incredibly happen for the two of them and I cannot wait for their wedding!

Here are a few of my images from their adorable beach sunset session at Emerald Isle, North Carolina.

xo Brittany ox


Mommy & Me Beach Sunset Session: Whitney & Grace

Whitney is one of my cousins on my mom’s side of the family; she has the most precious 3 year old daughter, Grace. We usually go to the beach together every year in Emerald Isle, NC; it is our absolute favorite place to be!

When Whitney was pregnant with Grace, I took Whitney’s maternity pictures in Greensboro. I had just started my business and It still amazes me the difference between my work then and now. I’ll share some of Whitney’s maternity session, so you can see how much my photography has evolved into my specific style and skill that it is today.

Whitney, Grace and myself headed out to the beach at sunset one night before we all ate dinner together as a family. I knew these images were going to be beautiful, because Whitney is stunningly beautiful and Grace is the most precious little girl; however, I was not prepared for the amazingness of the sunset that we were blessed with! This session was amazing and I want everyone to view the beauty of this beach sunset and Whitney and Grace.

Here are a few of my favorites!

I just cannot get over this session and the incredible sunset that we had this night!

Whitney you are the most selfless, strong, loving, and caring mom to sweet Grace! Grace is so incredibly blessed to have such a good mama that does everything in her power to take care of and love her unconditionally. I love you two immeasurably and I’m glad I get to call you beautiful girl’s my family.

xo Brittany ox


Why I am a Photographer

I always get asked this question; “why did you become a photographer?”. I always struggle with my answer. I have always loved photography. From middle school until now, you would never see me without a camera in my hand. That is usually what I tell people, but there is a deeper reason why I actually started my business over 4 years ago. 

When I was a senior in high school, my dad was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He immediately started chemo and radiation and the tumor shrunk dramatically and he was able to stop treatments. Unfortunately, a few months later and one month before I left for college, my dad went for a check up appointment and was told that his cancer was back and had spread and strengthened. My dad went back to receiving treatments, but this time was much more difficult; he remained in the hospital for the majority of his treatment. My dad fought all he could, but sadly passed away on January 10, 2012.

I remember going through pictures to make a slideshow for my dad’s funeral and being devastated that I didn’t have more current pictures of him and our family. As much as I had a camera with me, I still didn’t have many images of my dad and our family together. Our family had not had professional portraits taken since I was about 9 years old and the only professional image of my dad alone was from my parents wedding day in 1990. This is where my passion for creating professional quality photographs and memories for other people. 

I am not a photographer just simply because I enjoy taking pictures; it’s much more than that. I want to ensure that no family has to go through the loss of family member without any current portraits to accurately remember them by. When you lose someone you love, all you have left to cling to are the memories and pictures. I aim to create memories, not just images. When you look at the images that I have created, I want them to ignite emotion and memorialize every season of you and/or your family’s life. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, so why not make the most of the days we are living right now? Take lots of pictures, have professional portraits taken every year; do not be left without images of your loved ones to cling to when all you have left are memories and pictures. You’ll only regret the pictures that you didn’t take. 

Creating memories for people is my passion; this is why I am a photographer. 

xo Brittany ox


Maria Spaulding Maternity Session

Maria was one of my professor’s from college at Liberty; she taught my educational assessments course and was also my student teacher supervisor. For those of you that don’t know, I graduated from Liberty with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. I now work at a local high school as a special education teacher aside from owning my photography business; I do both and I love it! 

While in college, I always remember thinking that Maria was superwoman! She taught college courses, supervised student teachers, ran 10 miles every day, had two small boys and homeschooled both of them, taught exercise classes, and always looked put together and adorable. It still baffles me to this day how she does it all. And to top it all off, she loves the Lord fiercely and inspires so many people daily.

Maria is now pregnant with her third boy; that’s right, 3 boys! Maria, her husband Mark, her 2 boys, and I headed out to the new wedding venue, Glass Hill Venue, for her maternity session. Oh my gosh y’all! This venue location is INCREDIBLE!! Glass Hill Venue is about to break ground to begin building the actual venue on their property and it is going to be an amazing venue! The land overlooks the mountains and the sun sets right in the center of the mountains; it made for the most beautiful backdrop. Thank you to Glass Hill Venue for allowing us to come out for this session.

And now, let’s actually get to the actual session! Here are my favorite images from Maria’s maternity session.

Maria’s two boys are so sweet!

These boys had the best time with the machines there. We made a deal that if they posed nicely for all of the pictures, then they could get a picture on the big machine.

The sunset this night was breathtaking. I am so grateful that this precious family chose me as their photographer and I cannot wait to see those precious photos of baby Dawson!

xo Brittany ox