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SHARE Group Shoot-Out!


Heeey, friends! Welcome to my SHINY NEW BLOG! :) It’s been a long time coming, and a bit of a trying process getting the web-design constraints to do what we wanted, but in the end, no coding is a match for the great Jennifer Olmstead of Deleted Space Creative (the same brilliant talent behind my new website)! We (and by that, I mean she) conquered all design-foes and I’m so, SO happy with the result! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you’ll update your subscriptions and blog feeds so you can keep up with me on my new blogging home. It makes me so happy to post photos on such a beautiful canvas, and I hope you enjoy it, too! :)

WITH THAT SAID, what better way to break in this lovely new space than with a slew of photos of fellow photographer friends?? It only seems fitting that this particular group happen to be fellow Showit users – which is the super fabulous company that we’ve all used to build our custom websites. I’ve only been part of the Showit “family” for a month, now, but I’m already blown away by the sense of community that they’ve built from the very top down. I’m amazed to be cared for, encouraged and be-friended by so many photographers here in my community, annnnd across the country! I already feel like these Richmonders (in what is known as our SHARE group) have become true friends, and I look forward to each monthly meeting with much anticipation! Mega thanks goes out to Katelyn James for being the leader of our local group and making get-togethers so stinkin’ awesome! We met up on Wednesday to do a “shoot-out” (aka, take updated photos of each other) and it was sooo much fun. But really, I think I’ll just show you instead of continuing to TELL you about it!

My lovely shooting partner was Katelyn (you should check out her post, too)! I’d be lying to say it wasn’t intimidating to photograph such a talented photographer, but at the same time, Katelyn is the sweetest, most friendly, and most genuine person you could ever meet. I’m SO grateful to have gained her as a friend over this past year of living in Richmond (in fact, she was the first local photographer I met). She goes out of her way to love, encourage and serve everyone around her and that passion is contagious and inspiring!

Is she INSANELY gorgeous, or what??

Woooorrrk it!

I LOVE the drama of these. The hair blowing, the lighting, her face. And she didn’t think she was good at the “serious” face!

More of the lovely ladies (Jen & Stephanie) we were hanging out with!

We wandered around and found the rest of our group occupying an entire street. Hah!

I then grabbed Chrissy to do some shots of her. (Is she STUNNING, or what??)

I LOVE these black & whites….especially the one on the right.

We grabbed Ashley and added her in for some, too!

Laura and I are traveling to, and rooming together, at WPPI (yay!) so of course I had to grab a shot with her!

Before we headed to dinner, Katelyn insisted on doing photos of “the blondes in the grass”. Haha. So, the rest of us grabbed some, too, while she was at it!

The next few are quite possibly my favorite from the evening….

Laura’s necklace was KILLER.

Whew, sorry! I know that was a lot of photos, but it was so hard to narrow down favorites because, as you can see, these ladies are GORGEOUS. I’m sad that I didn’t get a chance to photograph everyone, but it was still a ton of fun and I can’t wait to continue to see what everyone else got throughout the evening!

In summary: yay new blog, yay Showit, and yay photographer friends! :) Check back again soooon as I’ll now REALLY be catching up on posting shoots and weddings that I was waiting on, so they could be seen here.


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  1. Katelyn James

    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Tori YOU are the sweetest!! I just adore you and your personality and your style and your heart! Thanks for being my partner!! haha You had no idea what you were getting into! :) I love them! You’re so goood if you can make my serious face look good!! ;) xoxo

  2. Abby Grace

    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I really do think I’m going to start looking into a designer for ShowIt. I LOVE the sense of community yall have and I really want in!

  3. Benjamin

    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    fantastic pictures and a beautiful blog :)

  4. Sara

    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    So I think I’ll have to go with Showit for my new website so I can just hang out with you gals & guys :) looks like a great time! LOVE the photos of Chrissy laying in the grass…& I need to know where to get that necklace she’s wearing!

  5. Erin Schrad

    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    The new blog looks great! Congrats!

  6. Tori

    February 3rd, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Sara, I believe Chrissy said that her necklace was from Nordstrom! :)

  7. Tori

    February 3rd, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Thanks for all the kind words about the blog, friends! SO glad you all like it! :D

  8. Courtney Reese

    February 7th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    These are fabulous Tori! Love the new blog too :)

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    February 17th, 2012 at 11:21 am

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