Hawk’s Nest Engagement/ Hannah & Gabe / Tabitha Stover Photography

Hannah and Gabe are such a sweet couple full of so much love!  I was so excited when they told me they wanted to do their engagement session at Hawk’s Nest because it is such a beautiful place! I fell in love with their story from the start! I asked them how they met and Gabe said Hannah’s grandpa arranged the meeting which was unusual in itself for her grandpa,  and when it was time to show Hannah chickened out and didn’t show up! She eventually did meet him and they hit it off! Gabe did the sweetest surprise proposal at this exact spot. His family accompanied them for what seemed like a regular day off site seeing. They asked Hannah to check out a Hawk across the Gorge and when she looked through the viewfinder he dropped to one knee!  It poured the rain before and after the shoot, but Hannah and Gabe stuck it out and I’m so glad they put up with the weather because they were a joy to shoot!

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Valentine’s Day Winter Engagement Session New River Gorge

It’s awesome when you can call up your friends and they are down to go on a little snowy adventure to do  a super fun Valentine’s Day Winter Engagement Session in the New River Gorge! I am so grateful that they were down  to put up with below freezing temps! I am so excited that Karrah and Brian will be tying the knot! They are an awesome fun couple and you can really see how much they love each other! Also we should take a minute to point out they are a gorgeous couple and Karrah is a snow princess! Although they are both gorgeous I have to admit  the true star of the shoot was  Molly  the model pooch, and she knew it! I love photo sessions with fur babies!  This has been the most adventures engagement session that I have done to date, but that is totally fitting for this couple! We started the session with  a beautiful hike out Fern Creek Trail and then hit the road after some near by gunfire. Then we  headed to play around some frozen waterfalls and huge icicles.  Crazy fact about this adventurous  couple, Brian has kayaked over these waterfalls and Karrah has worked as a zipline guide flying high above this creek! I also learned that standing under giant icicles is super sketch as one came crashing down when we walked away!  This is the kind  of shoot I love , where I can just tag along on a fun adventure and capture moments as they unfold! I love that their love is real and you can see it in their eyes when they look at each other! Thanks  for letting me tag along! I am excited to see all  your future adventures together!

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What Is Glamping?

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I have been a fan of camping and backpacking for a long time, but I was just recently introduced to the term Glamping! My bffab ( best friend forever and beyond) just bought a tent and I was so pumped to go camping together! Then she informed me that she would not be going camping, but she would be Glamping instead.   What? I actually had to Google it. What is Glamping, you ask? Its glamorous camping! Yap, you heard me right. Haaaaa!  Because camping is oh so glamorous, sleeping on the ground, bugs and all.  I was a bit skeptical at first, not the most practical   past time. But, the more I researched, and by research I mean the more I looked on pinterest, the more I was intrigued. Glamping combines your traditional camping set up with  a luxurious twist and some of the convinces of home. I decided to give Glamping a go and surprise my husband with a little Glamping under the stars set up!

Along with camping I also love junking and repurposing old items, so Glamping gives me another use for some of my favorite finds! I like to decorate with rustic elements and add a little feminine flare to the items to create a romantic cozy space! You can go as simple or as fancy as you like with Glamping. I took four twigs and crisscrossed them to create a tepee and reinforced the structure with some zip ties and twine. I covered the structure by making a patchwork quilt out  of old blankets, sheets, and a lace table cloth. You can even Glamp up an old yard sale tent! A few elements are key to Glamping it up a notch !  One of the universal elements of Glamping is having a comfy spot to sleep. It’s amazing how a sheet and a comforter can transform an air mattress! This beats being confined in a sleeping bag any day! Throw on a couple pillows and you have a luxurious nest!

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Side tables can also up your glamping game.  I used an old crate I found at a flea market for 3 bucks and an old chest I found at goodwill.

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My favorite Glamping accessory was the chandelier! I took an old lantern and  I added some strands of glass beads to Glamp it up!You can add battery operated led lights from Hobby Lobby to make it functional.

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I also added a rug to make the spot even more cozy and comfortable! I would love to see pictures on how you put your own flare on glamping, so post away! I think this would be an awesome set up for an engagement photo session so I can’t wait to use it! The whole family enjoyed!

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All American Mini Session Photography WV

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I love ” All American Mini Sessions” and I just shot this session with this gorgeous couple! Meet Mikaela Toler and  and Darren Neal! This adorable couple met romantically at the old Kmart in Oak Hill.  Darren just finished his training for the Army so it was an honor to do a session like this!   Both are currently students studying nursing. They are super sweet! If nursing does not work out they have a future with modeling, they just naturally strike a pose and are meant to be in front of the camera! The weather had been nasty all day, Mikaela asked me if I had a back up spot to shoot and I told them a cave. They were so upbeat, they were even down to make a cave work! Darren joked about having to dodge bats! Ha!  We ended up getting a break from the storm and it was a joy shooting them! It ended up being a beautiful evening in the New River Gorge!

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