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!

Love and Light

September 26th, 2014


Folks often ask if we still shoot weddings.  The answer is yes, yes we do.  If a couple really, really likes us that is…  New locations and life priorities have yanked us out of the gravitational pull of advertising, networking, and SEOing our site into relevance where weddings are concerned, leaving us afloat until a really special couple comes along and tugs at the line.

I actually get the butterflies the morning of a wedding now just like I did when I first started shooting, a sensation old and new because the flutters quelled themselves years ago.  But then we roll up to the wedding site and something flips in me like a switch and I’m back in the zone and we leave that night wondering why we don’t do this more often.  I haven’t shared the weddings we shoot here in quite some time and the real shame there isn’t the loss of business opportunities but the chance to follow that little red thread that runs through everything we shoot regardless of occasion.  Because god is in the details.

Christy and Justin’s wedding was our first event at the impressive Dover Hall Estate, one of Richmond’s newest and perhaps most opulent wedding venues.  I got lost more than once within the immensity of the house and grounds but truthfully I need a GPS for most things.  (I believe my mother once used the phrase, “can’t find her way out of a paper bag” to describe my sense of direction).  Its hard to believe that Dover Hall was a private residence at one time, such is its splendor.

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At first we worried that the uniqueness of a couple would be swallowed whole by such a setting, scenic views and photo ops beckon at every turn.  Fear not though, shutterbugs, for at the end of the day love and light still reign.

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Christy happily shared the spotlight with their son, Fletcher.  Because everybody’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man…

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And its not a party until Kay does the splits….  This job has gifted us with clients who have become friends and even family and we can’t wait for the next wedding so we can hug on the Hunters now too!


I’m just sitting here sighing and smiling.  Maybe its not every weekend but its still the best job ever.  The pictures say it all.

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Last glance at summer

September 16th, 2014

The insects are still performing “Summer’s Greatest Hits!” from the tall grass outside our sliding door but the pool is covered and school has started and the days grow shorter.  I need one last look at the green, summer grass before it is silenced by a thick coat of autumn leaves.

I’m also enjoying the opportunity to revisit snaps of one adorable baby  girl in and around the forever house her parents have been working on since before their wedding.  (Remember these guys?)  Baby Phoebe, eleven months here, played hard both inside and out before it was time to wind down, read The Giving Tree and sack out in her parents’ arms.   Carrie and Josh are exactly the playful, loving parents that I knew they would be and sweet Phoebe is… as both the pillow on the bench below and the song that played during C&J’s first dance as husband and wife suggest… the luckiest.


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Letting Go

September 11th, 2014

Letting go doesn’t always mean saying good-bye.  Sometimes it means saying hello to something hard but also new…


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August 6th, 2014

Back when Jen and Tim were married over five years ago now I was just pregnant enough to start worrying about who I would be as a parent.  And wouldn’t you know what wonderful, wonderful Jen had the nerve to do the day of her own wedding?  She ran up to me, hair done up and full of glee and handed me a beautiful, thoughtful baby gift.  With all she had to do that day, all she had to bring with her and assign and sign she had taken the time to wrap up a beautiful silver spoon and hand it to an emotionally overreactive pregnant woman that she barely knew, all while getting ready for her own wedding.  Predictably, I cried crocodile tears.  And then I cried more of them during their ceremony an hour later.  Thankfully I’m pretty good at shooting through tears.

The next day I remember thinking, that Jen, she’s going to be a good mom.  I don’t have it nearly together enough to do this, I can’t even send my sister a birthday card on time, I really really want to be a more thoughtful and generous and patient and organized person but truthfully I’m just not.  Jen and Tim are going to be good though.  Even on the days when they suck they are still going to be good.

So I smiled pretty big when I got the email that they were expecting.  When I look at these photos with their daughter Adelaide, just over two weeks old here, I see their immense gratitude as well as the peace of mind that has been slow to arrive but is now coming.  Ya, I think they are going to be pretty good at this.  I think they already are because its always who they were.  Its just bigger now.

As for me, my worry back in June of ’09 was probably fair but I turned out all right.  I won’t be publishing any parenting books anytime soon but you know what?  I show up.  I hang in there.  There are parts of me that have changed for the better and T1 diabetes has made me way better at math.  I still can’t get a birthday card out on time to save my life  and I’m always working on all the qualities of being that I hope he will one day grow to don himself.  But in the grand scheme of things?  Its OK.  I’ve got this.















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