Spring Where are You!!!

So… we had wonderful spring weather for a few weeks this winter… and just as the starting date of spring is upon us, (next Monday… which actually happens to be my birthday) we have a cold spell here on the East Coast. Luckily, for us in Virginia, we didn’t get all the crazy snow they were talking about. My oldest was excited to have a day off of school and I was happy to have the kiddos home to bake cookies with their cousins and watch Disney movies. (I’m a grownup kid…)

I don’t know about you, but my absolute favorite time of year is Spring. The birds chirping and the air filled with warm sunlight and crisp cool mornings, it is invigorating, new, FRESH! I love bulbed flowers blooming, trees flowering and gardening. I love the smell of hyacinths and Easter lilies!

I thought I would share some of my favorite springtime sessions of the past. I would LOVE to capture a session during the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC! Who’s in? Some of the most wonderful light and blooms happen this time of year. I want to start this spring off with some gorgeous sessions filled with beautiful smiles and blooming flowers. 

Here’s the website for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. They have some really great events scheduled. National Cherry Blossom Festival | 2017

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I guess it sounds strange to me, the phrase “Happy Memorial Day”. The word memorial means to remember or celebrate something or someone and most often when they have died. I guess thinking of being happy about the brave men and women who chose or were drafted into a military life and fought for our freedom in war and didn’t return home just doesn’t make sense to me. I am, however, deeply grateful for them and for their bravery. I cannot imagine what it must be like to lose a loved one in war. I know what it is like to have a loved one at war. The worry and yearning for their safe return is a feeling I cannot describe. My husband is in the military, the Marine Corps to be exact. Months after we met, and days after he proposed, he left for training to soon deploy to Afghanistan. I had  never experienced something like this before. I was happy and petrified all at the same time. I was celebrating our engagement but feeling lost in feelings of fear and worry. I guess I should have had some sort of clue as to what deployment would be like as I worked for the Marine Corps for years on the very base that my husband and I had met. But still, no one can be prepared for something like that. I prayed everyday for his safe return and for us to have the opportunity to start our life together as husband and wife. I prayed that he would come back unchanged and the same person I fell in love with. It was ‘old hat’ for him, as he had deployed and been to war before. It was all new to me. It as during that time that I really truly understood what sacrifices are made for us by our military and their families. Can you imagine not seeing your home or family for seven months to a year or even longer? Can you imagine being in a foreign country and wondering whether or not the very people you are trying to help will turn on you? Can you imagine having to write a letter to your loved ones in case you didn’t return home to them? I have no idea what my husband must have felt and what other men and women fighting for our country must feel, but I do know that I am forever grateful and proud of them. I, personally, could never do what they do and have done for us. They are much braver than I am.

So, on this Memorial Day, I won’t wish it a happy one for you. I will wish that you all think about what it really truly means. I wish that you feel grateful as I do for the freedom that we have and for the brave men and women that sacrifice their lives and time with their families to give us that freedom. I hope that you know what it means to be an American. I hope you know what our flag symbolizes and the values our great country was founded on. We need to remember. Memorial Day is about remembering, appreciating, valuing, and feeling proud.

God bless you all!

Pictured below are some images I recently captured during a few events at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. If you haven’t had a chance to visit, it is one of the most beautiful museums rich in Marine Corps and American history. It is a great place to wander around and absorb the traditions and history of our nation’s great Marine Corps. The volunteers are amazing and many are former military. While there, check out the Tun Tavern or Devil Dog Diner for a bite to eat and even check out the Museum Store. http://www.usmcmuseum.com
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Happy Sunday everyone!!!

I feel like I have waited a million years to finally write about this. Thank you to Classic Bride for featuring my gorgeous bridal session held at Gary Melcher’s Belmont in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I have waited to blog about the bridal session until now. Allie, the stunning beauty in the pictures came to me with an idea to capture some before images of her wearing her mother’s wedding dress. She had planned on wearing it for her wedding but wanted to make a few changes to it. We brainstormed the perfect location for a sunset bridal session. We met at Belmont for her session and took advantage of the gorgeous sunset in the gardens. The golden light made for perfect pictures! We really had a wonderful session. Allie and I worked on an album for her mother so she could give her the surprise photos at the reception the night before her wedding. Her mom was so touched by them and it truly meant a lot to her to have something so special. Her mother did not see the changes made to the dress until the day of the wedding. Allie looked absolutely stunning in both dresses, the before and after. Pictured below is the bridal session at Belmont and then her mother helping her with her dress on her wedding day. One of the sweetest stories ever. I am so blessed to have been a part of such a sentimental occasion and special time in their lives.

I am super excited to see the bride’s story and images featured on Classic Bride. This gorgeous bridal session would not have been possible without the trust of friend and gorgeous bride in capturing these special images for her. Thanks to her for setting us up at Belmont for her photo session and thank you Sarah at Classic Bride for sharing her story and photos.

Check out the story on Classic Bride!

http://classicbrideblog.com/2016/05/preppy-bridal-shoot-in-fredericksburg-va.html/

-Stacey-

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WELCOME FRIENDS!!!

Welcome to the new home-place for Stacey Taylor Photography & Design. I have been working hard to finally put the finishing touches on the website. I still have a few tweaks here and there but for the most part, “J’ai fini”! (I am finished!)

I am so excited to hear what everyone thinks. There are so many new areas I needed to add as I am doing so many different things these days. From the photography I have been doing to some new commercial projects, as well as more design work.

Annnnndddddd… I am excited to announce I am finally being featured in May on a popular bridal blog site. Yayyyyyyyy!!! I can hardly stand it! I’ll be posting to the blog on this in more detail but I am so super honored and excited. I have been waiting for a few months now to post a very special bridal session and now that it has been accepted to a bridal blog I can finally blog about it. It was by far one of my most favorite sessions… EVER!

So, the new sections on the site are a ‘featured’ section, ‘commercial’ section and coming soon will be some informational sections on preparing for your sessions, etc.

Have a gorgeous weekend!

Stacey

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What a year! 2015 brought many wonderful new things to our lives. I started 2015 off pregnant with my second little angel, Corinne Baylee. My oldest daughter turned nine! (yesssss nine!) and soon after, in July, Corinne was born. Addison continued to make straight A’s. (she’s such a smart cookie!) She loves gymnastics and was a cheerleader for the third year in a row. Not only did my business see many new and exciting changes, but my husband started a business as well. We are so proud of him! He makes custom knives and bottle openers from salvaged and reclaimed metal. What an artist! ( https://www.etsy.com/shop/BVTKnives )  We took an amazing trip to Maine. I was in shutterbug heaven! Over the summer we welcomed a lot of visitors anxious to see our newest addition. It was so nice having everyone here with us. Later in the year, my second niece was born, baby Giuliana. We are so blessed to have all these sweet little girls in our family! Christmas was such a fun and special time and we all really enjoyed the time off to rest and relax together.

Stacey Taylor Photography + Design added a few new lenses to the collection as well as a brand spankin’ new Canon 5D Mark iii. For Christmas, I upgraded from my laptop to an iMac. I was also fortunate enough to gain quite a few new clients and meet some really amazing people. I met new vendors and look forward to working with them in the future. I continue to snap way too many photos of my kiddos… I can’t resist! These years go by so fast. I cherish every second of this time with them and I want it to last forever!

Hello 2016! This year, my plans are to overhaul the website. So, look for a new, fresh look this month. I cannot wait! I am also opening a print shop on Etsy. There, I will be selling some of my images as well as inspirational quotes, etc. They will be instant download. I can’t wait for it’s debut!

I am hoping to blog more. I am really excited about this. I have tons of great topics I want to cover this year, from making sessions easier for families to ways to keep your memories safe, photo print books and wall art. One of my own personal resolutions this year is to make memory books from all of the many photos I take. I have a bad habit of photo hoarding all of my digital images. They are all trapped on this computer for no one to see! I want to print more pictures, hang more canvases, and make more memory photo books. The kids love seeing how much they change year to year and so do we.

This year I would also like to book more weddings, and hire a second shooter to help with larger weddings. I would also like to offer more seasonal session specials and find some amazing new locations for clients.

Well, I could go on forever about what 2016 will entail, but I will stop here. I have big plans, big dreams for this new year. What are some of yours? 

Thank you ALL for making 2015 a wonderful year. Let’s make 2016 even better!

– Stacey –

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