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Louis + Ronke Are Expecting TWINS!

Louis + Ronke Are Expecting TWINS!

What a wonderful session with this beautiful family.

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!

Now that you are Engaged: Finding Your Engagement Session Style

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How to Find Your Engagement Style

This is one of those things you really don’t need to be stressed about. The key is to look inward and to consider your current life habits, hobbies and interests. From there, you’ll be able to find your engagement session style and incorporate it into your photographs seamlessly.


  1. Think about your respective, and shared, hobbies and passions. For example, do you both love music? Or is cooking every night something you always do together? Maybe you love to go swing dancing. 

  2. Your respective professions can definitely contribute to your e-session style. Is he a firefighter? A scientist? A farmer? Is she a chef? A kindergarten teacher? A geologist? Whatever the case may be, incorporate your professional lives into your photographs. Maybe it’s as simple as a chalkboard, a hay bale, or a chef’s hat. 

  3. Are you into sports? Show some team spirit in your photographs with jerseys, sports equipment or something similar. 

  4. What’s your favorite kind of music? Are you both country lovers? Maybe you’re more into the classical music scene. Don’t be afraid to dress the part.

  5. Where do you feel like you’re really in your element? Is it outdoors at your favorite park? In the museum perusing the art? Or maybe you love the buzz of a colorful city.

  6. What always makes you two laugh or have fun? Maybe it’s a board game, or a visit to the fair or circus.  

Before you Graduate: Let Us Capture Your Graduation!

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Graduation Services Available

Did you know that SmartShot Photography offers graduation services? That’s right! We will come to your graduation and photograph the whole event for you! We’ll be there for the speeches, to watch you walk across the stage and capture that moment you reach for your well-deserved diploma. We’ll even stick around after and take photos of you with your friends and family members! We also offer a mini album for you to store all of these cherished memories in. 


You can purchase this service a la carte, or we can add it on to your senior package. For pricing and booking information, please contact us at smartshot757@gmail.com. 

Lamar and Quanetra Wedding Blog Post

Lamar and Quanetra Wedding Blog Post

A truly elegant and unique union took place this weekend in the historic town of Suffolk, Virginia.  With all of their closest friends and family present, this couple said I do. There was not a dry eye in the house as the couple exchanged their handwritten and heartfelt vows.

Mario & Portia

Mario & Portia

A love without a limit, that's what Mario and Portia share. With mutually friends in common, the met at a house party which ended up being the first brick to their house of love...

Exclusive Wedding Day Sneak Peek: Dereck & Shay Wedding Day

Exclusive Wedding Day Sneak Peek: Dereck & Shay Wedding Day

Nestled on the illustrious campus of Hampton University, Dereck and Shaquaia said I do with all of their closest friends and family present. 

Draped in a gorgeous one of kind custom made wedding gown Shaquaia was ready to say recite her vows and marry the man of her dreams. Dereck looked daper in his 3 piece suit with bow tie and matching loafers but his smile outshined it all. He grinned from ear to ear as he eagerly awaited the arrival of his best friend and mate for life. 

Jordan & Casey

Jordan & Casey

Smitten by Jordan's big brown eyes and stellar integrity, Casey is counting the days until I do. Jordan is reveling in anticipation to marry the woman of his dreams that has the most positive and bubbly personality he has ever seen.

Aurise & Sheena

Aurise & Sheena

Eternal love never dies. 

22 years ago, this beautiful couple met and fell in love, but they just didn't know it. Apprehensive to this growing attraction, Sheena decided to give ladies' man Aurise a chance at love. High School took the two their separate ways but they always stayed in touch. Life gave...

Now What?

Congratulations! You are ENGAGED! Now what? Call SmartShot for your FREE ENGAGEMENT SHOOT! No obligation and no strings attached! This is your chance to interview this husband and wife team. We are very personable and would love to meet you. Your wedding day is a reflection of family and friends and your need someone who "gets you" on your big day! Call (757) 667-9796 to schedule your FREE Engagement Shoot!