Chelsea + The Wind

“i am a museum full of art but you had your eyes shut” ― Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey The magic that is progression. Maybe last week, I didn’t really see any changes to my work. I thought I was producing the same photos after every session. I knew what I wanted to produce in my head, but I wasn’t seeing it in editing. Long story short, I was in a rut. Enter; Wind. Wind has the opportunity to completely change an image. I purposely asked Chelsea to shoot at the beach to incorporate as much wind as possible. To my surprise, what I imagined in my head was coming to life. The emotion, the wind swept hair, the beautiful dress. It was all hitting. It was almost like I had a checklist in my head and I was checking all the boxes. After almost every photo I would look back at my boyfriend and cheese so hard. I was so happy. I was finally progressing, thanks to the wind and Chelsea. Chelsea has such a natural beauty. Although she told me she was really nervous, she settled in rather quickly. The wind took her hair and the water splashed around us. It was like a scene from a movie. So I would like to thank Mother Nature. Thank you for producing the wonderful phenomenon that is wind. And thank you for helping me get out of my rut. The results were stunning. You can check out more from Chelsea’s session below! & you can learn more about a session with me, here.

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Chelsey + the Flowers in the Tub

“The kindest words my father said to me Women like you drown oceans.” ― Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey One of the greatest feelings is when I conquer new things. Whether they are just something I have always wanted to try, or if I had been scared to attempt it. This photo shoot, I simply had not attempted. I honestly never thought I would be able to. Never in a million years did I think someone I knew would let me. Yet, here we are. I’m not going to lie, Chelsey did amaaaazinngggg. Cause I had no idea what I was doing or how they were going to turn out. I knew what I had pictured in my head more than likely wasn’t going to happen in real life but I was still hopeful. Honestly, 99% of the time I was just trying to make sure my ISO wasn’t too high. I didn’t want to lose a whole afternoon to too much noise. But then I would snap shots that made me excited. The ones where the light was hitting just right. Or the fierceness was just too much to handle. As the time went on, I could tell she was getting more comfortable. (Even though it was so hot in that bathroom!!) This was my very first “Bath Tub Water” session.. Or whatever you would call it. And Chelsey was a trooper. There were a lot of laughs and a lot of sitting and staring. Was also a lot of lens changing. There was even a point where I wasn’t sure that any of the photos were going to be usable. But for my first try, I think I nailed it. It helped to have such a beautiful subject. I hope to offer an all around experience soon, because I really want to help people feel their best human. Too many of us struggle with body positivity and self love. I want to help. Here are a few more from her session: Pin it! And If you would like to schedule a session with me, you can read all about it here.  

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Start em While They are Young: Meet Paislee, my Youngest Sunflower

“we are all born/ so beautiful/ the greatest tragedy is/ being convinced we are not” ― Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey As I am sure most of you know, I ran a giveaway a few weeks ago to celebrate my blog anniversary. I gave away two sunflower sessions to two beautiful and deserving women. One of those women asked if she could give her session to her daughter, Paislee. Of course I said yeah. But I was even more excited when I thought about what this meant. Paislee and children like her, are a good example of what we once were. She is adorable. Even when she doesn’t smile, she just has so much energy that it’s contagious. You can tell she loves so fiercely, because the entire time she saw an animal, she just wanted to pet it and take it home. She acknowledged the beauty in the world, as she ran free spirited from picnic table to picnic table, trying to climb on top. Paislee was a force to be reckon with. And it made me think of what I once was. Did I too not care about what others thought about me so heavily? Did I also run, free spirited and loving of all things? When I think about it, I think I did. So what does this mean? Well, to put it simply, it means that we are taught not to love ourselves. We are taught by our peers and society that our bodies have to be a certain way, that our hair has to be a certain way, and that we can not love everything. But Paislee has taught me, that I don’t have to lose those parts of me. I can remain care free, and love myself and everyone around me if I choose. I can choose to not let what others say to or about me impact my soul. Oh, and I can have all the stray kitties I see. You can schedule a session with me here.

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Shane & Hannah

“he placed his hands on my mind before reaching for my waist my hips or my lips he didn’t call me beautiful first he called me exquisite – how he touches me” ― Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey   Shane & Hannah are two of the most lovey-doviest couples I’ve ever been around. No joke, they love each other, and they love to show it. But they are a fun lovey-dovey couple. So it’s not really awkward being there. They made me laugh the entire time, and when I couldn’t really tell them what to do, I just captured what they did naturally. So every photo was captured authentically, because they truly love each other. I had found these prompts on the internet that I just had to try. But with the weather not really cooperating, it was really hard to get a time and day where I could actually use them. With a stroke of luck, they told me they were free on a Thursday evening in an hour time frame. Having shot them before, I knew I had to jump at the opportunity. Oh man what a wonderful decision. Here are just a few of the photos I took that night of them. From sexy strawberries, to drawing triangles on his cheek, to seeing into the future, Shane & Hannah did it all with a smile, and I think I laughed so hard I cried. (You try watching someone purr and snuggle someone like a cat and not laugh.) And the best part is, we did this whole shoot in a random empty lot next to a Kroger. Sometimes as a photographer, you have to be able to capture the beauty wherever that beauty may be. And their love was too passionate to miss. Want to schedule a session? You can see more of my work and contact me here. I’d love to work with you!

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Anniversary + Photo Session Giveaway!

I didn’t really wake up knowing it was the anniversary of my blog. It was when I logged on to Facebook and saw a “On This Day,” post that I realized. Holy shit guys, one whole year. To be even more honest, I didn’t think I would make it this far. I usually don’t last once I start these ventures, as I can easily get distracted and overwhelmed. However, this, I stuck with. I know that some of you have stuck with me too, which is why with this anniversary I have decided to give back. As you all know, or at least, should know by now, I started Holmes Photography. Photography has been a passion of mine for I don’t know how long, and with my mom buying me my first DSLR camera for my birthday, I decided to try and do it more professionally. One thing that I have learned is that photography can be a powerful thing. And with my sunflower session being a huge success, I decided to add that in as an option within the next couple of weeks. It won’t be an expensive session, but I aim to help people get through whatever self-love rut they are in, whether they have been struggling recently, or for a good part of their life. I love showing people how much they are beautiful sunflowers. That’s part of the reason I put my blog through a rebrand. So many people were struggling with the very same things I am, and I figured everyone could use someone that resonated with them. Since then, I’ve had people message or text me to tell me how much they had been through, and how they were learning more about themselves each day. It just warms my heart knowing that I am helping people. So I want to help even more. I am giving away 2 Sunflower Photo Sessions. Two people will get the chance to experience what’s to come with my Sunflower sessions. These sessions will last an hour, and the winners will receive any and all photos that are not throwaways, blurry, and that meet my expectations for professional quality. The minimum number of photos the recipients will receive is 10. They can be at any location in the Hampton Roads Area of Virginia, and must be redeemed between June and August. The giveaway will last from April 19, 2017 until May…

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