I was recently approached to try out the new Strike a Pose workflow preset package for Adobe Lightroom and offer a review of it. I took several images from previous sessions to play around with. Some of them were in the studio, and some were taken outdoors. My first impression of the Develop presets were that they were a bit heavy, especially on the studio images. They were less offending on the outdoor images, where there are more tones to… Read more »

I have been much more active on social media lately than the blog. I blame sleep deprivation. My brain is functioning much better in images and short sentences. The perils of being a working mom! Or, you know, just being a mom. (Those little buggers of mine are too stinking cute though!) So, I thought I would pop in here and update a little bit about some of my favorite images from the past few months, starting with Taylor’s GORGEOUS… Read more »

Here’s a quick shout out to Lusti and her beautiful family, who I got to photograph on their wedding day last January! I say “their” because I feel like the creation of a blended family is really a marriage between all of them. It’s many people becoming one unit, and it makes for some great pictures when the kids are happy witness the ceremony that marks the joining! Funny thing about Virginia, on their actual anniversary date last week, we… Read more »

Hello! I hope this year has treated you well, dear reader. In this time of round ups, wraps, countdowns and reviews, I decided to take a peek at what I’ve been up to in this crazy year that’s about to end. And now that I’m looking, I’m kind of amazed. Most of my work this last year has happened in just the last 6 months! In July, I signed the lease for the studio and was hired by Bella Baby… Read more »

Well, Summer is here and things are finally slowing down a *little* from my spring-time-chaos. I got to shoot at some lovely universities for graduation season. I’ll be starting a new job in a few weeks creating newborn portraits for Bella Baby, and I can NOT wait to capture all that newborn snuggliness!! I have also opened up an official STUDIO SPACE for Metcalf Photography!! So yeah, I’ve been a little busy. But now that things are starting to come… Read more »

“My friend has a nice camera. She’s going to take some pictures for us.” Every wedding photographer has heard this line at some point. And that’s ok, I guess, if the person actually knows how to use their nice camera. Off of Auto. Because the camera doesn’t take the picture, the person holding it does. And if the person holding the camera doesn’t know how to set up a shot, or what moment to keep an eye out for, what… Read more »

This wedding was one for the books! I have never seen a small at-home wedding done so well! The paper flowers used to decorate the alter space turned out beautifully! They were made by the bride and her mother. The neighborhood provided a perfect park for some lovely portraits. And the weather was just lovely, even providing a wonderfully colorful sunset that I just HAD to bring the couple back out for a few more portraits.   These two were… Read more »

I was contacted by a blogger friend recently for a headshots session. She needed them as soon as possible because her blog and current campaign is suddenly getting national attention (if you’re at all interested in sexual health and/or depression self-care, please check her out!) We had planned for a nice outing to the Canal Walk in Richmond but the day was cold and a flare up of Fibromyalgia forced us to stay inside. Luckily, she had a clear spot in… Read more »

After publishing Emily’s engagement post, I realized that I had never made a post for her last session with her then-boyfriend, Cameron. We went down to Old Towne Petersburg where there is a good variety of settings in a short distance of each other. This set was much more along my usual style, which is a bit more high contrast, especially on the black-and-whites. Because of a scheduling snafu with Daylights Savings Time, we ran into dusk earlier than we… Read more »

Ok, so I’ve been a little busy lately, and the blog posts have gone by the way side, but fun things have been happening! One of those is that my little sister Emily got engaged to a great guy! So, of course, they wanted engagement pictures, but she wanted a warm and airy style, which is a little out of my normal edit techniques. So! The great thing about family pushing your boundaries is that you get to use them… Read more »