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!

Welcome, Baby Jackson

December 30th, 2010

I walked into Caitlin and Kerry’s lovely home and was shocked to see garland strung up the stairs, stockings hanging from the fireplace and a Christmas tree seated prominently in the window and fully trimmed.  What a sec, you have a two week old baby and you put up Christmas decorations?  Moms everywhere know that’s no small feat and I didn’t know whether to accuse Caitlin of being an overachiever or feel like a slacker.


Baby Jackson was such a perfect little subject, happy to doze for sleepy baby shots and captivated by his parents’ faces whenever he was awake.  Caitlin and Kerry were equally captivated by his sweetness, these three people are in love…


Catilin’s mom made the valence, crib set and crib quilt in the nursery by hand.  What crib would be complete without a little college rivalry?   Caitlin and I agreed that the Longhorn mobile sings, “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” while Kerry argues that its the Texas fight song.  What do we Virginians know?




We took a couple holiday pictures too.  After all, Christmas in its origins is about a baby boy.  I don’t know what I said to make Kerry laugh but I love this shot:



Congratulations to Caitlin and Kerry on their greatest gift of the season.  Enjoy this slideshow and here’s the online gallery too.  I’m so excited to photograph this little guy as he grows!













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Logan and Joey, on Weddings Unveiled

December 28th, 2010


We just received word that Logan and Joey’s beautiful spring wedding is featured on Wedding Unveiled’s blog today, check out the post!  Congrats, you two!!!

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Introducing Baby Dahlia

December 28th, 2010


I was so excited to hear that Natalie and Dave, whose fabulous wedding we covered at Historic Mankin Mansion in the summer of 09′, were expecting.  Natalie gave me the big news by way of a really kind compliment.  At the wedding I was 7 months pregnant and competing, in size, with the big brick house in the background.  Natalie told me that she had all the more respect for me for running around and shooting in the heat now that she was toting around a baby belly of her own.  Which made me feel so happy for them and a little like Super Mom, all at the same time.  In July, just a few weeks after celebrating their first wedding anniversary, we received news that Natalie and Dave were the proud parents of a sweet baby girl.

We took the opportunity to get together close to Dahlia’s five month mark when the family came to visit her parents in Richmond for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Because I usually shoot for families in their own homes, I wasn’t sure what to expect but Natalie’s childhood home was cozy and familiar to everyone and made a great backdrop.

I love photographing babies with their own things so Dahlia’s parents brought all her favorite comforts from home including handmade blankets and her favorite toy, Sophie the giraffe.  For those uninitiated into the Sophie phenomenon, its an organic, rubber giraffe teether from France that has become one of the most gifted and beloved baby teethers worldwide.  I tried chewing Fiver’s Sophie once  just to see if there were gum numbing agents or crack cocaine in there somehow but I’ve yet to find an explanation for the magic.  Ladies love Cool James and Babies love Sophies, that’s just the way it is.




Dahlia’s disposition is so sweet, she is like an old soul: she looks you right in the eye and gives knowing smiles.  While her personality shines through these pics, its the adoration of her parents that I find the most special.  Just look at how they love on her.  I can only imagine how much these photos will mean to Dahlia herself one day…




Dahlia insisted on skipping her morning nap lest she miss out on any fun but she couldn’t resist falling asleep in her daddy’s arms.


After a quick nap that gave the adults some time to catch up and swap parenthood stories, we took a walk over to the neighborhood lake.  It was getting chilly fast so we didn’t stay out long but its good to venture out for a little fresh air.





Mom and Dad chose The Talking Heads’ Stay Up Late for their slideshow, how very appropriate!   And here’s the gallery too.  I can’t wait to meet up again as this sweet girl grows!







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Warmth and Wonder

December 23rd, 2010




To those of you we know and to those of you we have yet to meet, we wish you and yours warmth and wonder this Christmas.  May you have family near by to hold close, a pair of warm (footie!) pajamas to cozy up in, an exciting dash down the stairs Christmas morning and at least one special meal to share with others.  May you give and receive something precious this year.  May you make and record memories that keep you warm every day of the year.  This is our wish, from our home to yours.


(Fiver and his cousin Jordan with Santa!)

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