Welcome to the brand spankin' new Worthington Photography Blog! We are Sam and Mel, a husband-wife photography team based in the "rivah city" of Richmond, Virginia. We hope you'll come on in, sit a spell, and browse through Mel's journal of our most recent shoots and adventures. If you wish to reminisce, you can still access posts from our old blog here. Enjoy!

bunnies and blossoms

March 25th, 2015

Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way…

Its our first Easter as residents, rather than guests, of the DC area.  Like every year there will be hyacinth on the dining room table and the garlic in the fresh Polish sausage will overwhelm more delicate aromas coming from my kitchen.  Some things will be the same as they have been for generations.

There will be differences too.  We’re going to miss our Richmond traditions this year.  Egg hunts in historic Church Hill were nothing short of magical. I came close to buying a hat for Monument Ave’s Easter Parade last year and then thought better of it, knowing that I was likely to encounter fewer Southern-belle-hat-wearing-opportunities where we were headed.  Yup, I’m going to miss seersucker… or am I?

But what is spring, symbolically speaking, if not the opportunity to start something brand new?  Is there Easter magic in your backyard or neighborhood waiting to be captured?  A special spring tradition in your family that should be recorded and remembered?  Rope me in….

Even if all this Easter stuff isn’t really your thing, the cherry blossoms are right behind the bunny with a peak expected between April 11-14th.  Ready for spring in DC?  If so, give me a holler, I’m game.  As for the pics below, just some food for thought from our Easter archive:

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seasons change

March 18th, 2015


Over the past week my son and I have both slipped on the ice out front and splashed in the creek out back, and so it goes when the outdoor temps toggle between 20 and 70 degrees on any given day.  As long as we’re in the thick of seasonal confusion, I might as well add to it with more pics from fall mini sessions, right?

Scheduled “Family Days” at both Libby and Cherry Hill parks filled up quickly and necessitated an overflow day at each location, a “take two” if you will.  There were also a few mini sessions at alternative locations that shouldn’t be missed.  Mini sessions are quick outdoor bursts of fun and after looking at these again I’m inspired to find new locations and ideas to try once the weather takes its final turn away from the cold.  It always feels like spring is taking its sweet time to arrive after a hard winter but hang in there.  Seasons change, you can count on that.

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Welcome, Baby Archie

March 4th, 2015

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To A:  Welcome!!!!  We’re so happy you are here.  We need you, buddy.

To B:  We miss you.  All the time.  Always.

To C:  Congrats, big guy!  We’re so excited that you are a big brother so you can teach him everything you know…. like how to booty shake.

To D&E, our best friends:  You are brave as hell and we love you.

What if you had chosen a different city after Katrina?  What if my Georgetown sweatshirt hadn’t been in the dryer when Erin came to see the apartment?

Who would we be?

The feeling is mutual: meeting you guys ten years ago is one of the best things that ever happened to us as a couple and as a family.

Fate is a mystery, that’s for sure.  No one knows if the planets will align, only that they must all bow to the sun.

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From Libby Hill Park to Cherry Hill Park

February 12th, 2015

Shortly after our arrival in Falls Church Fiver asked me something along the lines of, “Do you know what’s good about moving?”  I must have been playing Tetris with the boxes in the closet because I remember my response  verbatim. “No, son, I really don’t. Please tell me.”  He told me that you get to keep your old friends and you get to make new friends too.  That’s actually good information but I wasn’t in much of a place to hear it, much less think about what it might mean for my business.

By fall though I was beginning to come around.  I decided to try and set up a Family Day in Falls Church at a new jaunt of ours, Cherry Hill Park, amidst its impressively tall pines and big, grey barn.  Thanks to Cortney (thank you, thank you, thank you!) I booked the day solid and an old friend helped me start something new.

I’ve changed my tune when it comes to mini sessions.  In the past I found them posey and less enjoyable for everyone involved.  It seemed like someone in the group was always “off” and that I was always running out of time to make magic happen.  The result?  A whole lot of bribery during the process and and a lot of head swapping in Photoshop afterwards.  I decided mini sessions weren’t really “my thing”.

Realistically though, not every family can hack a full session and sometimes a wee update is all that’s really needed.  I decided that the process was in need of change, not necessarily the product.

Family life isn’t lived sitting still.  And its rare that everyone is smiling at the same time and looking in the same direction when it comes to just about anything.  So why do we try so hard to make it look that way when we send out our holiday wishes?  We should take some advice from our Elsa obsessed daughters who are always singing, “let it go…”

So I did.  We played games.  We held contests.  We ran all over the place, dropping coats and layers like oversized breadcrumbs.  I got so many high fives my hand nearly fell off.  Compliance wasn’t a problem from the oldest participants to the very youngest, I can’t recall a single reminder of a reward promised being uttered.  It was actually fun!  Instead of seeing the short timeframe as a handicap I made it an advantage and instead of telling kids to smile I gave them things to do so that the smiles came all on their own.  Its a subtle difference but the proof is in the pudding and I can’t wait to try it again in a new and different context.

Revisiting these pics makes me excited to meet up with these fantastic families again and motivates me to keep pursing new relationships, new methods, and new ideas in this new place.   That boy of mine is seriously onto something.

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