Now that you are Engaged: Save the Date!

ave the Date Session/Products

Sending out Save the Dates are important for a few different reasons: 

-It is especially important to send them out if you have a lot of out of town guests planning to attend the wedding. This gives them plenty of time to prepare for travel. 

Wedding Series: How many hours do I need to book my photographer for?

How Many Hours Do I Need My Wedding Photographer?

One of our most frequently asked questions is: How long should I book my wedding photographer for? This is a great question, and we’re here to help you find the answer.

Before you Graduate: How to prepare for your session (for girls)

Preparation Tips for Senior Girls

Now that you’ve booked your session, we have a few tips for you to help you get ready for your close up. Follow these guidelines the weeks leading up to your session and we’ll take care of the rest!

Now that you are Engaged: Let Us Capture Your Proposal!

Proposal Photo Services Available

Did you know that SmartShot Photography offers proposal photo services? That’s right! We will come to your proposal and photograph the whole event for you! Don’t worry, we’ll be discreet – she’ll never even know we are there until after she says yes and you tell her we are there. You may not know this, but photographers are also trained in the art of being spies. 

Wedding Series: Photogs Get Hungry, Too!: Feeding Your Photographer

Feeding your Photographer on your wedding day

A wedding typically lasts 10 to 12 hours. If we take getting ready shots and are there all day, we try to eat a big breakfast before we get there, but that only lasts so long. We are often running around like crazy all day trying to cover the whole wedding, and don’t have time to snack or take a break.

Before you Graduate: How to personalize your senior session

Incorporating Sports/Hobbies

Your senior session is all about YOU! We want to make sure that we really show off your personality and make your photos unique to you. Now is the time to start planning your session so we can fully showcase you during your photo shoot. Think about your routine – where you like to go, what you like to do, etc. We want to get to know you through your photos. We’d love for you to take a list of your hobbies and extra-curricular activities and send them over to us so we can help you prepare your perfect session. 

Louis + Ronke Are Expecting TWINS!

Louis + Ronke Are Expecting TWINS!

What a wonderful session with this beautiful family.

Wedding Series: The Benefits of having an Unplugged Wedding

Hampton, VA, Historic Post Office Wedding

Hampton, VA, Historic Post Office Wedding

What is an unplugged wedding?

An unplugged wedding is where you ask your guests to turn off their phones, cameras, tablets, and other mobile devices during your ceremony. 

What are the benefits?

  • There are many benefits to having an unplugged wedding. 

  • When guests use their own cameras, there are many ways that this affects the photography that you’re actually paying for. Guests oftentimes are taking photos at the same time we are, and their flashes interfere with our cameras, leaving you blown out completely (and unsalvageable) or having weird shadows or lighting throughout the photos. 

  • Guest cameras can leave a red or green dot from their focusing mechanisms. These will show up in our images. 

  • If guests don’t turn off the noise on their cameras, they could be very loud when taking the photos. This can be very distracting to you and your guests. 

  • Speaking of distracting – let’s talk about iPads and other tablets used to take photos. They are HUGE and are very distracting. If we are taking a wide photo of your ceremony, your eyes go straight to the tablet and completely ignore the beautiful couple exchanging vows. 

  • Guests will often get in the aisle or stand in front of the professional photographers, blocking their shot. Sometimes, it’s too late for us to be able to get them to move, and we certainly don’t want to upset your guests by making them move. 

  • During family formals, guests will often stand around photographers to get shots of their own, which can create harsh lighting if they use their flash. Even if they don’t use their flash, it causes the group to constantly be looking around, leaving wandering eyes. It’s hard for the photographer to get a good photo with everyone looking at the camera when there are multiple people taking photos around you. 

  • Most importantly, if your guests are taking photos, they are not fully able to enjoy the moment. They are absent and distracted by their picture taking and posting. 

Tamika & Boochie, Historic Post Office Wedding

Tamika & Boochie, Historic Post Office Wedding

We highly recommend having your wedding unplugged, but respect your wishes if you choose not to. If you have any questions concerning this or how to unplug your wedding, feel free to contact us and we can chat.

Mike & Ty Engagement shoot

Suffolk Engagement Shoot

You know what we're afraid of? Hairy spiders, our local Chick-fil-A closing shop, and vampire movies. You know what we're NOT afraid of? PDA. In fact, we are all about it, especially when we're photographing a gorgeous and super in-love couple like Mike and Ty, who were constantly stealing kisses and wrapping themselves up in each other throughout our entire engagement session!

Working strictly off of good vibes and positive energy, Mike suggested our shoot start in the parking garage of Christopher Newport University. He said it reminded him of a music video in which he and Ty were the stars! We knew Mike and Ty are as extra as guacamole at Chipotle, so we had to do this different. To switch up the scene for theme, we stood back to witness how steamy things got in the elevator for them as we made our descent to the lush green grounds of the campus. We love that we didn’t have to prompt them at all to lean in and get close, either. Can’t you feel that passion and heat through your screen? YOWZA!

We asked these two about their love story, and Ty told us her sister hooked them up and believe it or not, they didn’t even like each other. To quote her more accurately, she said they “HATED each other’s guts”. Imagine the football jock picking on the quiet nerd…yep this was the unexpected start to their budding relationship. As for the proposal, Ty said, “Michael proposed to me at my college graduation cookout. My mom and him hid the ring inside of a box of ring pops and once I found it at the bottom of the box he popped the question..”

And can we talk about the ring? Get ready because Ty has been blinding us all week!

Suffolk Engagement Shoot
Suffolk Engagement Shoot
Suffolk Engagement Shoot
Suffolk Engagement Shoot
Suffolk Engagement Shoot

Congratulations on getting married soon, and we are looking forward to photographing your wedding, Mike and Ty. May you forever have a relationship filled with passion and love!

De'von & Miata: Hampton Historic Post Office Winter Wedding

Historic Post Office Wedding Photography

People! We are so excited to share Miata and De’von’s wedding with you today, which could have seriously been featured (and very well may be in the future) in ANY bridal magazine across the world. These two have impeccable taste, to the point where we cannot even describe how perfect every single detail was. It’s a good thing we’re photographers, then, yeah? 

From the insanely gorgeous centerpieces and floral arrangements to the opulent venue and decor, there wasn’t a thing that wasn’t thought of and carefully planned. And when we saw Miata in her wedding dress, we all almost lost our breath! (We can’t even imagine how De’von must have felt seeing her walk down the aisle)! 

Devon Cook surprises long time girlfriend Miata Palmer with a proposal dinner. Shot by @signedcms & @sonny.forbes (instagram) Edited by @signedcms *** I do not own any music in this video ***

These two college sweethearts were so anxious to see each other throughout the day. They really thought the other would have an anxiety attack before the wedding even started! But with careful coaching from each of their animated bridal party members, they made it to the altar just fine. They choose not to see each other before the wedding so they could truly enjoy all the anticipation leading up to the “I dos”. They say it gave them an opportunity to show their family and friends their first reactions.

Here are a few more shots from their picture-perfect day: 

Historic Post Office Wedding Photography
Historic Post Office Wedding Photography
Historic Post Office Wedding Photography
Historic Post Office Wedding Photography
Historic Post Office Wedding Photography
Historic Post Office Wedding Photography
Historic Post Office Wedding Photography

What a joy it was to photograph you on this special day, you two. We hope your years are full of happiness, light and just as much beauty! 


Cake: TastyLue Cakes

Make Up Artist: Evangelene Medley-Jenkins

DJ/Music: Izzy The DJ — Derrick Isabel 

Wedding Planner: Raise The Ruth Events

Dress: Maya Couture 

Caterer: Xavier McGee - Chef X

Florist & Decor: Graceful Designs Tanya Frazier

Wedding Venue: Historic Post Office

Wedding Photographers: Ronny & Reggie Smart SmartShot Photography

Wedding Cinematographer: Marcus Johnson & Ricky Viz Ink

Wedding Photo Booth: SmartShot Photo Booths

-Ronny and Reggie Smart