One of my favorite weddings last year was at Khimaira Farm in Luray, VA. It’s been a little bit since I’ve shared a full wedding post with you so let’s go for it!

Travis and Heather were married in my absolutely positively FAVORITEST (!) venue in the whole wide world, Khimaira Farm, in Luray Virginia. I have to say… maybe it’s because we had our own wedding there and just being there gets us all nostalgic about our own wedding day, but I’d like to think that there is something beyond nostalgia that drives this element of magic to each wedding we photograph at Khimaira Farm. If you’ve ever been there, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about!

The wedding details from this event are my absolute favorite ever!  I am so happy that we were lucky enough to be chosen as their wedding photographers. Heather and her mom were a dream to work with, and listened to every suggestion I had while we were building the photography timeline for the day. This makes such a HUGE difference in how many pictures you will get, as well as how well the day will flow. There are so many options that they can use for their album, and I absolutely cannot wait to see what they choose for it! Enjoy the photos (there are quite a bit!), and let us know what we can do for you!

WEDDING VENDORS
Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Khimaira Farm ~ Luray, VA
Getting Ready Venue: Shenandoah Woods Cabin ~ Luray, VA
Wedding Dress: Jeanette’s Bride ‘N Boutique ~ Burke, VA
Tuxedos: Jos A. Bank
Florist: Vivian’s Flower Shop ~ Luray, VA
Catering: Main Street Bakery & Catering ~ Luray, VA
Cake: Bijou’s Sweet Treats~ Winchester, VA
Entertainment/ DJ: Josh Nichol at Khimaira Farm ~ Luray, VA
Photography: Swadley Studio ~ Martinsburg, WV

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The girls got ready at their cabin at Shenandoah Woods in Luray, just down the road from Khimaira Farm.

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When we all arrived at Khimaira, Heather wanted to check out her reception area. BREATHTAKING!!!

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Heather is a professional dancer and so I incorporated images that portray her love for dance.

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I’m obsessed with this shot of her and her bridesmaids, with her dance inspired shoes 😍

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More details from the barn reception…

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And OH MY GOODNESS, look at this dessert spread!!! SWOON!

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Sadly, Heather’s father passed away so he couldn’t physically be there. But during this special dance with her uncles, it certainly felt like he was there in spirit. Not a dry eye in the house (including my own!).

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So many amazing dance pictures!!! Someone PLEASE invite me to a wedding like this so I can partake in the dancing!!!

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If you’ve been here to the blog before, you’ve probably seen this shot we captured toward the end of the night. If not, here’s the story again… Khimaira has this awesome sofa that you can use for your photography. Everyone uses it during the day, so I wanted something different (as always, lol). I knew I wanted to do a night shot, but it was somewhat cloudy and completely pitch black (no moon to help with lighting). I knew if I opened the shutter long enough I could get a nice blue or purplish tint to the sky against the mountain in the field where they held their wedding ceremony, so that’s where I decided to do it. While Travis & Heather were busy dancing and mingling with their wedding guests, I recruited a big strong guy to help Jon carry this sofa down steps, around a house, through a garden, past roaming critters all the way to the middle of this field. You can’t tell from this picture, but trust me when I say it was pitch black. I used my phone’s flashlight to guide the way, but it was still pretty dark and hard to see holes in the ground. Once Jon & I set up the shot, we went and found Travis and Heather.  I was in control of exposure and posing, and Jon was in control of lighting the couple. It took us one song to pull them away and have them sent back on their merry way. When looking at the shots on the back of my camera, I knew we got the perfect shot, but it was still really small so I couldn’t see the stars in the shot until I got home and pulled it up. After I brought out the highlights and bumped up the background exposure, I was thrilled when I saw this amazing shot of the Milky Way in the perfect position behind them! It’s like it was positioned there just for them (perhaps her dad had something to do with that!). Thank you so much Heather & Travis for trusting us in the complete dark to give you something special from your wedding night.

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I couldn’t just choose one, so here’s another one!

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Thanks for following along on our photographic journey! If you would like more info on our wedding photography, use the contact form at the top of this page to request our exclusive wedding magazine. We also shoot senior portraits, newborns and headshots and would love the chance to work with you! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest to get updates on everything happening here at Swadley Studio!

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I loved Deborah & Julio’s energy during this shoot at the Shenandoah Lodge at Lake Frederick Weddings & Events! This is the perfect lake wedding location, and they have the most beautiful terrace that is great for not only a wedding ceremony but for cocktail hour and reception as well!

WEDDING VENDORS
Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue: Lake Frederick Weddings & Events ~ Lake Frederick, VA
Wedding Dress & Bridesmaid Dresses: The Valley Bride ~ Winchester, VA
Tuxedo: The Valley Bride ~ Winchester, VA
Florist: Carper’s Florist ~ Front Royal & Winchester, VA
Hair Stylist: I Do! by Laura ~ Luray, VA
Makeup Artist: Enlightened Styles ~ Warrenton, VA
Cake: Farmhouse Cakes~ Front Royal, VA
Photography: Swadley Studio ~ Martinsburg, WV

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Thanks for following along on our photographic journey! If you would like more info on our wedding photography, use the contact form at the top of this page to request our exclusive wedding magazine. We also shoot senior portraits, newborns and headshots and would love the chance to work with you! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest to get updates on everything happening here at Swadley Studio!

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Newborns/Maternity

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A gorgeous dress can elevate your maternity portrait to a breathtaking piece of art. Most of us girls love the opportunity to buy new clothes for special occasions. Except when it comes to when we are 7 months pregnant, right?!?

Over the last several years, I’ve seen and heard the struggles of expecting moms trying to find the perfect dress for her maternity portrait session. All the questions when deciding on which gown to purchase online:

Which color would look best (does the color on the screen even match the actual color of the dress?)?

How thick/think is the material and which undergarments should I wear underneath?

Will the dress I receive actually be the dress in the photos or is this a knock-off China that will make me look like a mad cow, LOL?

Which size will look best on me at my maternity session?

Where will this fit in my closet after I wear it this one time…

 

 And then the wardrobe malfunctions when people arrive for their photoshoot:

Dresses that are too tight or too baggy in spots.

Knock-off maternity dresses that reflect light that the camera picks up as looking cheap.

Colors and/or textures that don’t match the accessories that were picked out beforehand.

A dress that was advertised as flowy, yet material that doesn’t allow it to flow well in pictures.

A maternity gown that looks gorgeous, yet ended up not matching the mom’s personal style so the artwork was never used in the home.

We have enough to think about these last few months of our pregnancy, all while carrying around a 30 pound weight 24/7, that worrying about what to wear for your maternity portraits shouldn’t be another thing to add to the list. So last year, I started investing in creating a client closet for moms to borrow for their maternity and newborn portraits, much like my boudoir closet for my boudoir photography clients. Most of my gowns have been made by luxury designers that make gowns specifically for maternity photography. I also have a variety of fabrics and dress pieces such as tutus and skirts to create a custom look that you won’t find anywhere else. Check out my favorite 5 minute pieced-together “dress” I created last year:

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Not bad for a temporary dress, huh?

Below are some of the dresses I have available to borrow for your maternity or newborn session. Note that the color of some dresses are able to be changed easily in post production if you would like a color to match your home where your final artwork will be displayed. Also, if you are tiny like I was, don’t worry if a gown is too large initially. My past in the fashion industry has taught me all the tricks to make a larger gown fit beautifully:)

Blue Lace Gown: full length, see-through. Looks great with nude undergarments or our Nude Sienna dress shown further down this page. Sized for size 0-8 pre-pregnancy.

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Dusty Rose Juliet – Made from soft fitted jersey, double lined in the chest, with bell sleeves and extended train. This train is meant to rest or have a subtle lift (not a flowy train due to the cut). Fits up to size 18 pre-pregnancy. Also works as a dress during your newborn session.

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Black Bella – Made from a cotton/spandex blend, has a ruched neckline, long sleeves that are worn off shoulder. The chiffon skirt is split front to reveal a cute baby bump, or we can keep it closed as in the third picture below. Design includes extended train that is perfect for tossing. Fits 2-14 pre-pregnancy.

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White Lace – Full length, see-through, split open front to show off bump. Great option for studio black and white portraits. Looks great with plain white undergarments. This dress cannot leave the studio. Sized for size 0-8 pre-pregnancy.

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Red Adrianna – Jewel tone dress in thin jersey cotton with low stretch. Wear on or off shoulder, sweetheart neckline. Train can be at rest or have a small flowy effect. Fits pre-pregnancy 4-16. Also works as a dress during your newborn session.

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Nude Sienna – Strapless and features a ruched sweetheart neckline. Also available with seperate long sleeves that are not attached to the gown. Made of cotton/spandex blend, makes it nice and stretchy, but also holds everything in the right place! Pairs perfectly as an undergown for the Blue Lace gown. Pre-pregnancy 2-14. Works great as a dress during your newborn session. (note: this image is from the dress designer and was not taken by me. I only have images of this dress used as a post-partum dress during the newborn session. The photographer is the amazing Felicia Saunders outside Las Vegas, NV).

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While I don’t have images with this dress used for maternity yet, I think this would be a beautiful option with so many different ways to wear it! Material is super soft and delicate, but not too thin to be see through. This dress cannot leave the studio. Fits pre-pregnancy 0-10.

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Mini-dress in black – For a more intimate portrait, this black sheer dress has a top in magenta.

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If we don’t have a fabric in your color, I can change it to your preference in post production for the perfect fit!

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In studio, I love when expecting moms let me drape them in white fabric for stunning black and white portraits, or fine art maternity portraits.

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Or, if you truly want artwork that focuses on the beauty of pregnancy, you can request a fine art nude portrait.

maternity photographer martinsburg wv winchester va shepherdstown charles town While I love these most of all, I want you to feel completely comfortable during your time with me so I would never push you to do something out of your comfort zone. During your consultation, we will go over everything from wardrobe, hair & makeup options, what to bring, what to do before the session, as well as how comfortable you are with your body.

Thanks for following along on our photographic journey! If you would like more info on our maternity and newborn photography, use the contact form at the top of this page to request more information. We also shoot senior portraits, weddings and business branding and would love the chance to work with you! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube to get updates on everything happening here at Swadley Studio!

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