La Vache Microcreamery handcrafts caramels right here in Charlottesville, VA. I was thrilled to spend a morning with Stephanie, learning about her process and the ingredients that go into her artisanal treats while styling and capturing lifestyle images for her marketing materials. And, of course, I had to sample all of the flavors. They are as delicious as they are beautiful. Pick up your own at Roxie Daisy, JM Stock Provisions, or directly from Stephanie through her website.
I first met Sandy years ago when C-Ville Weekly hired me to take a portrait of her in her favorite space. When she got back in touch, wanting portfolio images for her website and product vignettes for her online store, I was thrilled. Who wouldn't want to spend hours with a talented designer, surrounded by French antiques, chatting about food, travel, and family? We hit it off immediately and had a lovely couple of days building her image library.
Check out Sandy's shop, Studio Brocante, filled with pieces she has personally chosen while traveling in France. I'd like one of everything, please.
I am completely smitten with this home on Rutledge Avenue, listed by Loring Woodriff. The owners are long-time friends and clients of mine, responsible for some of my favorite home shoots. Check out Liberty Mills and Monticello Avenue for more of Holly's impeccable style. I have a feeling this one won't be on the market for long...
Just outside that door is this adorable back porch overlooking the backyard and play set...
Beautiful, newly-renovated kitchen...
Master bedroom...with a wood stove...
Back outside to that sweet little writer's studio...
Ready to move in?
I was honored when Corry asked me to create images for his new website and online shop (coming soon!). Brian and I have been admirers of his work for many years and are proud owners of many of his beautiful pieces. I was especially excited when Corry handed me creative control over his photographic brand...even in our back-and-forth discussion about material backgrounds and props he kept repeating 'I trust your eye'.
To be respected by another artist is the best compliment of my work. Thank you, Corry!
Tudor Grove; a home and property steeped in history and filled with character. I was first introduced to her by Abby, whose mother, Camille, inhabits Tudor Grove's many walls. Having photographed Abby's home the previous year, I was especially excited to see Camille's, expecting a similar commitment of style applied to an historic context. Not disappointed, I spent my first visit eagerly soaking in each room trying, unsuccessfully, to take in every, single detail. Camille is a collector; of books, art, plants, photographs and natural curiosities, among other things. It is impossible to see it all at once and even now, many months later, I am still discovering pieces in the images that I missed with my naked eye.
Welcome, to Tudor Grove.
Living Space is a personal project inspired by real spaces being inhabited by real people in a very real way. If you know of a home that would be a good subject for this series, please get in touch with me, here.
I love working on styled shoots. The meticulous detail and care that went into creating this image with Matt Thomas of Convoy speaks to the architect in me. Convoy created a brochure for Main Street Market featuring all of the businesses enveloped within its walls. I love how it turned out.
Delicious images captured in the last couple of months for Red Pump Kitchen, on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall. They've just released their new holiday cocktail menu...make your reservations immediately!
I loved working with the Virginia Distillery Company to capture images for their new website designed by ID Company. We shot the first image of the bottle and glass in the C&O bar, a classic Charlottesville spot with moody lighting. Bottles are always challenging; bottles in a dark space are especially challenging and this image made me push myself in an exciting way.
The distillery is located in Lovingston and will soon feature a visitor's center where the public can learn more about their Virginia Highland Malt Whiskey!
Our labor of love for the last 8.5 years, 402 Harris Road, is for sale! Check out the MLS listing, #518455. We really hope that this home's next owner loves it as much as we have.
And, I apologize for the number of images of our son's room. I just couldn't help myself. :)
When I was in in the master's program at the UVA School of Architecture I spent a semester working on the ecoMOD Seam project. It was an incredible experience working with other students and our professor and project creator, John Quale, to design and build a real home as part of our education. This summer I was thrilled to photograph the newest project, ecoMOD South, for their portfolio. Here are a few of my favorite images.
I am just starting to emerge from the fog of having a newborn join our family. Clyde is sleeping a bit more at night and is finding his way into happy, alert awake time during the day. This past weekend we joined friends for a weekend in Montross; our first nights away from home with Clyde. We spent a weekend last November at this same wonderful house with these same fabulous friends, minus our two babies. It's amazing how much life can change in twelve months. Maybe next time we visit I'll figure out how to balance caring for and enjoying our son while also capturing photographs; the latter task was limited this year. Even so, these are memories I don't want to forget and I am glad we have a few moments captured at this beautiful place.
For a better representation of the Country House, visit this post.
Two weeks ago Brian and I welcomed our son, Clyde Thomas, to the world. Born at 5:18pm on September 27th at 7 pounds 1 ounce and 19 inches long, he's perfect in every way.
The Oakhurst Inn, opening late this fall, will have a cafe headed by chef Jeanette Peabody (formerly of Hamiltons'). I spent an afternoon with Jeanette photographing a few of the dishes she has planned for the menu...and tasting them, too! With food like this, guests aren't going to ever leave!
Another Wolf Ackerman project, The Oakhurst Inn, is under way at the corner of JPA and Oakhurst Circle. The historic renovation of these three homes was actually a project that I worked on when I was a designer at Wolf Ackerman 3+ years ago. What fun to see three of the rooms in one of the homes complete and ready for marketing photos! Styling by Kenny Ball Design.