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!

Laura & Tom’s Wedding on Saturday, June 20th 2009

June 26th, 2009

Laura and Tom’s wedding brought us back to Williamsburg, Virginia on a beautiful, sunny day.  The ceremony took place at St. Bede’s Church with a reception at Ford’s Colony Country Club.  

While all the bouquets were shades of white, each bridesmaid had her own bunch of one particular flower, all of which came together to make up Laura’s bouquet.  It was such a subtle but beautiful and symbolic detail.  Laura also made table assignments for each table with framed black and white shots from their engagement session with us last fall, they really looked great!  Check out this swatch:

We may have underestimated the dance party that was before us as the reception got started.  Laura and Tom kicked if off with their first dance: while its not unusual for a couple to work on a choreographed dance routine for their first dance, dancing to M.C. Hammer’s classic “Can’t Touch This” is definitely pretty unique.  Having given it some thought, perhaps Hammer pants (aka parachute pants) and wedding dresses aren’t so dissimilar?  And thank goodness, its been You Tubed: how fantastic is this?

As the evening went on the dance party evolved into a dance frenzy, it was really fun to photograph.  We can’t wait to share all of what we got since it couldn’t all fit into this slideshow with some favs from the day.  If you would like to be notified by email when all the photos are available for viewing, click here.  Congrats to Laura and Tom, it was a blast!


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Baby Caroline at 9 months

June 24th, 2009

Baby Caroline is sitting, crawling and even pulling up a little so walking can’t be too far down the road!  She confirms what parents everywhere know: that no matter how many brightly colored, noise making, education toys family members buy for your child to litter your living room, the most entertaining things to play with are never toys at all.  Caroline especially loves shoe laces on sneakers and a set of plastic University of Virginia keg cups (much to her parents’ approval).

I just love this shot of Caroline in her preppy blue dress and pink nursery, learning what to do with just two legs is quirky process:

I can admit that I Photoshop a lot of drool out of my photos but I had to keep it in this time for a dribble worthy action shot:

I love the resonance between Caroline’s pink hair bow and the bumper ties on her crib:

Caroline always has a bow or barrette in her hair, this one has a C just for her:

We got some cute mommy and me shots while Caroline played on the bed…

After some play time in the house we packed up and went to the park for some afternoon activities.  The swings are always fun…

Here’s a slideshow of the session and if you would like to view the online gallery, click here.  I’m already looking forward to our next shoot!

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Natalie and Dave’s Wedding on Sunday, June 14th 2009

June 19th, 2009

Natalie and Dave were married at Historic Mankin Mansion here in Richmond under fully sunny skies.  Prior to the chuppah ceremony, the men gathered for a ketubah ceremony after which the mothers were invited inside to break plates.  We didn’t have time to ask about the plate breaking, that was new to us!  Then the men sang their way to the main house where the bedeken ceremony was to occur and everyone gathered round to watch Dave veil his bride while the family bestowed blessings.

Guests traveled from all over the world to attend including Canada, South Africa, Zimbabwe and the UK.  The reception was celebrated underneath a tent on the mansion grounds with a bar beneath the pergola for cocktail hour.  Votives in glass bowls lit pathways and porches.  Check out this swatch to see how it all came together:

The party was amazing and the day was full of emotion – there’s just too much good stuff to include in a slideshow but we tried nonetheless!  If you would like to be notified by email when their online gallery is available for viewing, click here.  Congrats to Natalie & Dave and thanks to the Graham and Goldberg families for their hospitality, it was a beautiful day.


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Baby Roscoe at 2 weeks

June 16th, 2009

Just two weeks after Roscoe’s birth I returned to his home in Northern Virginia to see how much he had grown.   Check him out!

Jacqueline and I emailed frequently through our pregnancies and she told me how the act of creating Roscoe’s nursery was a creative outlet for all the energy and emotion she and Andy felt for the little guy.  Now that we are working on a nursery ourselves I completely understand what she meant – I often find myself walking into Fiver’s room and imagining what it will look like, what he will be like and what we will be like as a family, its a really special space.  I adore Roscoe’s nature themed room with its neutral tones, bright accents and knitted toys.  With the tree Jacqueline and Andy made out of vintage wall paper, its straight out of a magazine:

Like most newborns, Roscoe was much happier when swaddled and close to mom and dad but we did manage a few bare baby shots, could this be a smile?

I love these photos with the new parents:

We even got Chloe in for a family portrait or two…

Here’s a slideshow of the session and if you would like to view the online gallery, click here.  A big congrats once again to Jacqueline and Andy on their beautiful little boy.  Thanks again for spending so much time on the shoot, I really enjoyed hearing more about Roscoe’s birth, the choices leading up to it and your experience as new parents.  I can’t wait to follow in your footsteps.  And yes, I came right home and registered for the adorable layette we photographed him in… I am a total copy cat mom!

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