Nautical Cake Smashes | Virginia Beach & Norfolk Cake Smash Photography

One of our most popular themes for first birthday cake smashes is "nautical".  Sometimes, it's more beachy, sometimes more in the theme of the Navy, sometimes anchors and ship wheels!  Our goal is to create something unique and different for each baby that comes into our studio - we talk a lot in our pre-session consultation about style to be sure that the theme matches the color scheme desired.  But putting all the elements together is so much fun! It takes a lot of time and planning, but the results are always worth it!  

Here's just a sample of some of the Nautical themed cake smashes we've created over the past few years!!

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Red White and Blue Cake Smash 4th of July
Nautical Sailboat Cake Smash
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Beach Sailboat Waves First Birthday Cake Smash

Beach Maternity Season Begins | Virginia Beach Maternity Photographer

Our first beach maternity session of the season was on one of the most beautiful days we've seen here in Virginia Beach this year! We had the perfect amount of sun, clouds, and a slight breeze that made it a lovely evening.  The beach always makes for a gorgeous backdrop and we love the different looks at an evening session near the water here in Virginia.


3 Reasons to Book a Spring Family Minisession

Why choose Kimberlin Gray Photography for a family minisession?


Reason #1 - Experience

Here at Kimberlin Gray Photography, we have the experience to make your family minisession a painless, dare I say even FUN, time.  I've been taking pictures of families since 2009 and have photographed families of every size, combination, personality, and quirks out there!  I've had families with multiple toddlers, families with multiple teenagers....families where brothers fight and mothers lose their cool...families where dad really doesn't like to have his picture taken and mom is worried about how her body will look in the pictures.  I've had sessions where kids refuse to look at the camera (at first!) and ones where goofy boys make silly faces.  But you know what I've never had?  A family who wasn't pleased with our service and the way we relate to your kids and get the best pictures possible!  When you book with us, you know that you're getting all our years of experience AND all our tips, tricks, and past relationships rolled into one!  I'm happy to chat with you on the phone before your session to help you with wardrobe choices, accessorizing, and strategizing about how to get your particular family to enjoy the time we spend together AND get the best pictures you've EVER had taken!  


Reason #2 - Skills

I use every tool in my arsenal to be sure you love your pictures!  One of these tools is knowing how to pose families. I pride myself on helping families look their best through proper posing. Worried about how you look? Don't! I can quickly and easily use different poses to help you look your best! I know how to use the light and the environment and the settings on my camera to make your family look like they belong on the pages of a catalog!  Another of those tools is post-processing of images. If it's a cloudy day, I can take the dreary out of the sky!  I can easily take out that scratch your toddler has on her cheek or the water stain she got on her dress on the way to the session.  My favorite thing to do is to be sure you get the absolute best images of your family with the skills I have!  

Reason #3 - Memories

Your kids deserve to have pictures of their family just as it is, right now.  So what if you're 10lbs (or 50lbs) heavier than you want to be?  Your kids love you just the way you are! And when they are older, they will LOVE looking back on these pictures. One of my favorite things to do is to look back at pictures of my family in the 80's!  The fashion, the hairstyles, and most of all, my parents. It's so fun to remember those days - and the pictures help me do that. I have exclaimed, "I remember my mom wearing that sweater - it was so soft!"  Photographs help us relive the moments of our childhood. And they bring back happy memories of days past.  Your children don't care if you have a few gray hairs or want to lose a few pounds.  They love YOU and they love their FAMILY.  Give them the gift of freezing this moment in time and allowing them to keep the memories of their family right now, in 2018!  Allow me to give you that gift!

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So - what are YOU waiting for?  Sign up now for your Family Mini-Session and let us show you the difference!  

Saturday, April 7, 2018
The Pagoda Gardens, Norfolk VA

Kimberlin Gray Photography is a full service studio in Norfolk, Virginia. We serve families all over Hampton Roads including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton and Portsmouth. 

Photography Classes in Norfolk & Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Want to learn how to use your camera? 

Let's be honest: your "big girl camera" is stuck in auto mode (you know, the dial is set on that green box because the other dials and buttons look SOOO complicated)??  Most of the time, you just reach for your phone because figuring out how to actually use that big camera just seems so overwhelming, doesn't it? I get it!  I was totally where you are - back when my daughter was first born, I just wanted some decent pictures of her to send to the grandparents!  I'm here to tell you that it's not as complicated as it seems - and I'll prove it. 

Join me in our brand new studio for a day of learning!  I'll be teaching photography for both beginner and intermediate photographers!  During the morning hours, I'll cover the basics for newer photographers who are just learning how to work their cameras.  The afternoon sessions are dedicated to intermediate and hobbyist photographers who are interested in learning more about some of the advanced features of their camera & basic cataloging & editing of images.  I'd love for you to take both workshops back to back and enjoy lunch with me in-between classes!  If you invest in the workshop bundle, you get both levels of instruction, lunch, AND access to our online FB group where you get feedback and a place to get questions answered and support when you need it!

These fun hands-on photography for beginners classes will give you the confidence and skills you need to take better photos! Let's discover what all those knobs and buttons on your camera do, learn basic composition, understand light, and begin to unlock the mystery that is your camera!

Camera, NOT Phone: The Workshop

next date:  July 14th, 2018


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How do you pick which class is right for you?  Well, I recommend starting at the beginning, of course, because there are so many little tidbits of information in the beginner class that are assumed knowledge in the later intermediate one. There are so many different modes, buttons, and features hidden in the menus and we'll be going over all of them during the morning session!

Beginner Course will cover:  Basics of camera holds, how to avoid motion blur, different shooting modes, focus modes, depth of field/aperture, shutter speed, composition & lens choice.  We will practice shooting in aperture priority & shutter speed priority modes and will touch on manual!  You must have a DSLR and is best for those who rarely, if ever, move from Auto (the green box) mode on their cameras!

Intermediate Course will cover:  How and when to change camera settings, how light influences your photos (including back light, & adding light via speedlight), white balance, how to get the perfect composition (blurring the background, using negative space, leading lines and changing angles), the exposure triangle, manual mode & a walk through of Lightroom for photo cataloging and basic editing.  You must have a DSLR and be using it in manual (or have taken the beginner course) to get the most from this class!


Can't make July 14th work for your schedule?  Never fear, if there are enough people interested, I'll offer another date.  Just click to join the wait list below and send you info as soon as I know the date of the next workshop!



Can't WAIT to see you in class!