Cati, Hedgesville Senior

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I’ve known Cati for a couple years now and I’m so happy that I had the opportunity to take her senior pictures! She always lights up a room and I loved trying to capture that light. She rocked the serene serious look, but only for a second before that infectious laughter broke out. Honestly, I like the laughing pictures even more!

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We started Cati’s session with a little mini-hike up to Jefferson Rock and I could have spent the whole session there. The light was just gorgeous. Plus, you’ve gotta love it when your model just nails all the poses right from the beginning!

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When Cati showed me her wardrobe for our shoot, a lightbulb went off. She brought her prom dress, and I had the perfect spot.

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Boom!

Formal dress + Waterfall = Epic Shoot!

I mean seriously, how cool is this!? Cati actually had on her converse sneakers under this bright floral skirt, but I still was a bit nervous about her climbing on top of a boulder! But when you’re willing to get a little dirty, you get some amazing images!

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Finally we ended Cati’s shoot up on a hilltop squeezing the last bit of sunlight out of the sunset!

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A heartfelt thank you to Cati and her family for bringing me out to Harper’s Ferry for this FUN shoot. I can’t believe Cati is graduating this spring and can’t wait to see what roads she takes. Shepherd College is lucky to have such a vibrant young lady in their incoming class. God bless and blaze trails!

 

 

Focusing on relationships and real moments, Claire Watson specializes in photography that captures true beauty and feels genuine and authentic. Claire Watson is a West Virginia Wedding Photographer based in Martinsburg, WV. She joyfully serves clients in West Virginia, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.

Kora, Martinsburg Senior

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What is with all you seniors looking so grown up and polished! When I was a senior I did NOT look like this! Heck, I don’t look like this now! I jokingly asked Kora to shape my eyebrows, lol. #kiddingnotkidding

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I had a blast hopping around Shepherdstown with Kora last week, and it was especially cool because Kora’s going to be a Ram this fall! She’ll have lots of fun walking up and down German Street over the next four years!

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I shoot in Shepherdstown a ton so I was on a mission to find new spots and angles for this session and I LOVE how these turned out. Forcing yourself to find a new perspective, even when your tried and true spots are available, is a great way to get a fresh look. Now, we may have got busted TWICE by posing Kora on the front steps of beautiful homes, but come on, you cannot have that pretty of a front porch and not expect rando-photographers to perch models nearby. haha! (Thank you, patient home owners of German Street!)

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I was also really happy when Kora said she was definitely an outdoor kinda girl. So towards the end of our session, when the light was soft and golden, we headed out to my new favorite spot- a hidden little field off the side of the road. Horray for golden hour light and models who aren’t afraid to sit in the weeds for a good shot!

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I’m totally loving these! Kora’s long dark hair and romantic dress are the perfect compliment to the natural background. And I love how the sunset is painted ever so slightly on the side of her face.

It was such a pleasure to meet and work with Kora- she’s such a sweet girl and really seems to be centered and grounded. Turns out she’s going to Indonesia in a few weeks for a mission trip- holy moly! Say a quick prayer for her group’s safety and for the hearts of those they are seeking to serve!

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A big thank you to Kora and her family for inviting me to document this special time in Kora’s life! She’s a real joy and you have so much to be proud of!

 

Focusing on relationships and real moments, Claire Watson specializes in photography that captures true beauty and feels genuine and authentic. Claire Watson is a West Virginia Wedding Photographer based in Martinsburg, WV. She joyfully serves clients in West Virginia, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.

 

Family Session, Leesburg, VA

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Emily Frye was my best friend in Kindergarten. When I changed schools after first grade, we exchanged letters on Lisa Frank stationary. We stayed friends by going over to one another’s houses now-and-then and stuck by each other’s side each year at our county’s 4-H camp. We remained good friends throughout high school + college. Then, one fateful day, she married my cousin! I know Lee and Emily’s love story is not about me, lol, but seriously, I wish I could go back in time and tell those kids playing hide-n-seek on golf carts (long story) that they would be cousins some day!

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Anyway, my cousin Lee emailed me awhile back to ask whether I could take their family pictures as a birthday present for Emily. I excitedly accepted and we started plotting where and when we’d be able to meet up. I couldn’t wait to spend an evening with Lee, Emily, and their sweet baby girl. The prospect was made even sweeter when we found out Emily and Lee were pregnant WITH TWINS! We made a family date night out of it and had my husband and little girl tag along. Kevin and our little girl passed the time playing in melting snow and mud with sticks. Nearly 2-year-olds know how to party.

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We are so very excited for this beautiful growing family! Thank you Emily and Lee for allowing me to capture this special time in your lives. I wish you all the best and pray for a healthy and happy pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum recovery! xoxoxox!

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Focusing on relationships and real moments, Claire Watson specializes in photography that captures true beauty and feels genuine and authentic. Claire Watson is a West Virginia Wedding Photographer based in Martinsburg, WV. She joyfully serves clients in West Virginia, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.