Abandoned

Here are just a few frames of an abandoned property my husband and I explored over the weekend. There are so many unanswered questions in each frame. Each frame has a story to tell.

  

 
     
  
  
  

 

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Princess’ in the Woods

As a documentary photographer, I prefer to shoot my clients in familiar settings-primarily their home. However, a location that is near and dear to their heart is great too. On family land, chasing their dogs among open fields, cows, a creek, and mountains. Playing in the tree house in the middle of the woods that the family used for hunting trips and games of hide and seek.

 

 

The Broadhead Family| Hart’s Desire Documentary Photographer

This family. Oh my goodness this family. I always look forward to their sessions and this past fall was nothing short of amazing. They live in the most beautiful place in the county; among mountains, streams, and the most gorgeous fall color you ever laid eyes on.  Enjoy!

 

 

Brightwell| Hart’s Desire Family Documentary Photographer

Oh how I love this little family. I’ve documented baby B’s parents engagement and then wedding. Watching and documenting their family grow from 2 to now 3 has been such a blessing. THIS is why I’m only offering in-home documentary photography for families in 2016. Documenting your REAL life, real connections, real emotions. Because REAL IS BEAUTIFUL.  You feel most comfortable in your own home so it feels only natural to document you where are you most comfortable.

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Wood Wedding| Hart’s Desire Wedding Photography

Nothing beats a fall wedding in Virginia.

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Location: Flint Hill Public House in Flint Hill, VA.

Sedona, AZ

My husband and I took a mini getaway to visit a friend who is currently in AZ. It was the first time we’ve really been away from our son. It was weird. And fun. And quiet. And weird-not having a 6 year old with us.

We were staying in Cottonwood but traveled to Sedona most days. We did a lot of hiking this trip. The weather is incredible. Sunny, blue skies. The sun is intense as soon as it pops up. I never really noticed a ‘sunset’ like we have hear in VA. The sunsets we saw was the light setting against the rocks.  I have no other time of year to compare the weather to but if you are ever looking to travel to Arizona, I highly recommend October.

 

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Jerome, AZ

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All of the locals we spoke to said we had to stop at the Cameron Trading Post if we were looking for authentic souvenirs. Next door to the trading post was a Native American Art Gallery. It did not disappoint.

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The Ruger Family| An Intro Into Documentary Photography

I’ll be posting all of my recent sessions over the next few weeks in addition to a wedding and a personal trip.  First up is the Ruger Family. I love this family so much. I went to college with Lori and have been photographing their growing family for 4 years now! I just love watching the girls grow, and they love to pose for my camera!

I’ve been moving towards an in-home documentary approach to my family sessions this year. If you’ve ever had a session with me, you know I’m very laid back in my approach with little to no posing during a session. In these documentary sessions, there is NO posing. Just me, in your home, documenting your family during this season of life. Not every image is technically ‘perfect’ but every image is perfectly you. Real. Genuine. Beautiful. Life isn’t always pretty. Sometimes is chaotic, and messy; with toys everywhere, laundry piled up, or dishes in the sink. But that’s life. That’s real. And I want to tell your family story. I want to capture your real; because real is beautiful.

OBX June 2015|Hart’s Desire Documentary Photographer

OBX on the Corova 4×4 beach. 4 families. 9 kids. 2 dogs. An amazing vacation.

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Those early days in the beginning of the week were so humid. Even first thing in the morning while I sat on the porch with coffee trying to read a book before the house woke up.

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I didn’t start taking any pictures until that second day. The first day on the beach was about relaxing and letting go. The dogs were so wiped out after that first day, they barely got off the floor!

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The horses were right in our backyard some days.

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Little “L” is telling one of her infamous stories.

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She hated the sand in the beginning of the week

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Every night the lightening was incredible.

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We were only about 2 miles or so away from the VA line.

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Right before the wave took them out!

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The Print Shop is now open

 

I’m happy to announce that the Hart’s Desire Print Shop is now open.  You have two ways to shop. You can click on the Print Shop at the top of the page on this site to find affordable art prints for sale in various sizes or you can visit my Etsy Shop and find some of my images adorning blank greeting and Thank You cards. 

 

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There are 12 different card sets available in the Etsy Shop.

Each one is printed on textured paper which can also double as art prints after the cards are given.

Simply frame and hang up!

 

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$10 of each set of this card set, featuring food out of my garden, will be donated to the Warren County Backpack Program which provides kids in need a backpack full of food.

Enough to feed that child over a weekend.

With each set of this card purchased, that’s enough to feed TWO children over one weekend.

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OBX in May |Hart’s Desire Documentary Photographer

We already had our vacation plans set to go to the beach in June, but when an opportunity came up to spend an extra week at the beach? and at a beautiful sound-side home? we’d have to have been crazy to turn that down!

 

The most beautiful ‘non beach’ beach house I’ve ever set foot in.

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It was originally a hunting/fishing lodge.  The house has been restored and remodeled. The owners kept as much original as they could.

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Original wood floors. Even the numbers on the old lodge doors were kept.

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The ‘softest blanket ever’ was a gift right before this trip. He has slept with it every night since it was given to him.

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What came first? The horses or the people? It’s hard to tell as the horses aren’t bothered by people at all.

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These guys were literally right outside our door and crabbed all day. We were lucky enough to get almost a bushel of crabs before they hit the fish markets.

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I find it amusing the things he decides to ‘collect’. He was fascinated with the crab claws.

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