Bridal Portraits | Christen at the Norfolk Pagoda

We had the fun opportunity to get to know Christen Allocco, of Allocco Design a few weeks ago. She just got married this past March and we met up with her at the Pagoda in Norfolk during the golden hour(s) to take some bridal portraits.

Stead | Portraits

It's been over 20 years since these two had their pictures taken! Ray was still in the Navy at that time, but now he and Benet get to enjoy their retirement.

We almost got hit with a disc-golf disc at this park. People are a little too serious about something that's basically frisbee throwing with more accountability. 

They have a monster cactus growing in their yard, so Kat and I were happy to cut some off and add it to our little budding cactus. It started in a tiny little flower pot, but Benet said she kept walking into it and getting pricked, so outside it went. 

Ray's a goofball, which is good, cause I'm a goofball. He tickled Benet's belly button when she wasn't looking, claiming, "It's a navel attack!" That's gold, people, straight gold.

It was more fun knowing it had been so long since their last portrait session. That makes the work exciting, knowing they're excited and anticipating our pictures. It's a pleasure to be of service to people, but the Steads make it extra fun.

Joy | Graduation

A friend of ours is graduating!  This shoot was especially fun, since we’ve all known each other for years. It’s like having a conversation over lunch with your friends, excited about something, except you’re working instead of shoving pasta in your mouth. We’re good at keeping our subjects relaxed and comfortable, but our talent for that wasn’t necessary this time. Joy was as comfortable and sassy as she ever is, and her mother, Rita, couldn’t decide between exuberance and proud tears (but she only cried once, for, like, 45 seconds, and she wants you to know that.)

Somehow, at this location, I always find a reason to climb this one tree.  Maybe I need a drone. Anyways, Thanks for reading!