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Willy Wonka Baby's 1st Birthday | Virginia Beach Cake Smash Photographer

This is one of my absolute favorite cake smash themes EVER - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a classic and when Hunter's mom mentioned wanting a Willy Wonka themed birthday cake smash, I almost shouted YES! at the top of my lungs!  I knew that Ebony and Mark at Tutu Cute Cakes were going to have a ball with this theme, too - and they did not disappoint!!  I think this is one of the most amazing birthday cakes I've ever seen.  Hunter loved it too, as you can see from these pictures!

Willy Wonka Birthday Cake Smash
Baby Eating Birthday Cake Smash
Cake Smash Toes Virginia Beach
Candy 1st Birthday Cake Smash Norfolk Virginia

Hunter is one of our baby planners who came for our Milestones Plan, which is sessions at 4 months, 8 months and 12 months (including our boutique cake smash session).  It is always so wonderful to watch babies grow through their first year.  Here is the collage we put together for his mommy and daddy to remember how much he has grown!

baby first year collage virgnia beach newborn photographer

Kimberlin Gray Photography is Hampton Roads premier newborn and family photography studio serving Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth and beyond. We have sessions to capture the most important moments from pregnancy through your child's graduation from high school.  


2016 Artistry Series | Capturing the Magic of Childhood

Artistry Series 2016

Capturing the Magic of Childhood

If you loved the 2015 Artistry series, you are not going to want to miss this year's sessions!  Our artistry series is a unique and special way to capture your child(ren).  We have a different themed photo session each month of the year - our goal is to create an experience like no other!  Each theme has special props, wardrobe or elements added in post production that illustrate the essence of childhood and help you to always remember the little details.  Please click HERE to see all the themes from last year!

NOW is the time to sign up for the Artistry Portrait Club.  We only offer the portrait club at two times during the year - and joining the club offers you the chance for more images for less money!  Open enrollment starts now for the March-July sessions and then re-opens in July for the August-December sessions!  If you don't sign up for the club during open enrollment, you have to book each session individually. Here are the descriptions of the first set of Artistry sessions of 2016:

March:  B is for Baking - Join us in a brightly lit kitchen to cook up some cuteness!  Because of the unpredictability of VA weather in the late winter/early fall, we are planning this indoor shoot to keep things fresh. Your little one(s) will don a special apron and chef hat, dig into the flour and have a ball while we capture the adorable way they work in the kitchen. This can be a mommy & me shoot or just for the kids!  Custom designed aprons will be available from Carousel & Co. for those interested!

April: Splish Splash - April showers bring May we are heading out to splash in puddles and play in the rain.  If it isn't raining, we will create the atmosphere!  Bring your favorite rain boots for sure and we will have some adorable umbrellas to use to keep dry!  Your child(ren) will absolutely love this high-energy session!

May:  Fairy Fantasy - An enchanted world of garden fairies can only be found through us! We will have some beautiful dresses and even crystal wings for your little fairy to flit, fly, and forever remember when she was able to be just like Tink!

June: Teddy Bear Picnic - Bring your special stuffed friends along to this picnic for a sweet and memorable picnic in the park.  Not only will we have a cute-as-a-button tent set up, but this is a great way to remember your little one(s) favorite stuffed friends as they get older!

**BONUS for Portrait Club Members ONLY**  Camping Out - a "Father's Day" special, we will 'camp out' with Daddy or Grandpa (or if you are a single mom or a two-mom family, you are welcome instead of a male presence!), roast marshmallows and catch fireflies!  A not-to-be-missed event!!

July:  Sandcastles in the Sun - Our famous beach sessions are always a favorite!  This time, we will be building sandcastles, digging and even maybe knocking down some sandy towers together! The beach is a beautiful summer backdrop for timeless childhood portraits!

Two Ways to Book!

You can choose to book an individual Artistry Session any month which includes 5 digital portraits or purchase a membership to our Artistry Portrait Club and come to them all! Becoming a member of the portrait club has major perks – not only do you get to come to any (or all!) of the monthly Artistry Sessions with a different theme/set for each one, but you’ll receive 10 digital portraits from each PLUS a bonus Artistry Session that will only be available to Portrait Club members and special secret perks!

The Fine Print: 
*All Artistry Sessions will be held on a weekend - dates will be announced about a month in advance.
*Because of the elaborate sets and props, these are not able to be individually scheduled and there are no reschedules except in the case of inclement weather.  You will get at least one extra session as a club member, so if you are unable to make one, that can serve as the make up session.
*We suggest no more than 3 children during any individual Artistry Session. When siblings are photographed together, individual portraits are not guaranteed. Just let our photographer know if your priority is siblings together or individuals of children. We can't always do both )depending on ages and cooperation of the subjects)!
*Sessions are best suited for children 12 months and up - but we can make accommodations for babies during most sessions.
*Artistry Portrait Club fee automatically charged to your credit card each month (must commit to a five month period)

***You can only join the Portrait Club two times during the year - Open Enrollment for the first time in Feb-Mar (for sessions February through July) and the second time in June-July (for sessions held July through Dec).
*To join the Artistry Portrait Club, simply email us at today!

2015 Artistry Series | Hampton Roads Child Photography

The Artistry Series

Our first year offering these unique and creative sessions each month was a HUGE success! Tina is the creative visionary behind this new type of session - one that truly captures the magic of childhood!  Each month, we chose a different theme and created a set that no one else has! 

We had many families who chose to take part in our Artistry Portrait Club.  They committed to coming each month and in return received more images and a lower rate on each session.  We absolutely loved getting to know those families better and watching their children grow throughout the year!  

Here is our Year-End review of some of our favorite images of the year of Artistry Sessions!

Woodland Fairy Tale:

Fairy Tale Creative Minisessions | Artistry

Starlight, Starbright:

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star | Starlight, Starbright Artistry

The Vintage Garden:

Vintage Garden | Springtime Portraits

Super Kids:

Superhero Kids | Super Friends | Virginia Child Photography

Swingin' into Summer:

Kids on Swings | Tire Swing Pictures | Virginia Beach Children Photographer

By the Seashore:

Seashore and Mermaid Photos | Virginia Child Photographer

Bubble Bath:

Bubble Bath | Bubble Minisession | Virginia Beach Kid Photo

The Vintage Circus:

Vintage Circus | Norfolk Children Photography | Creative Minisessions

Fall Fantasy:

Fall Fantasy | Creative Fall Child Portraits

The Night Before Christmas:

Night Before Christmas Photo | Creative Christmas Pictures | Virginia Beach Photography Studio

Beach Family | Virginia Beach Family Photographer

Family on Beach | Gorgeous Beach Sky Family Portrait | Virginia Beach Family Photography

 Beach sessions are some of my favorites!  It allows our families to interact and play with their children, which make the most amazing images.  Genuine smiles are our specialty.   This beautiful family of four had no shortage of amazing smiles for me.  

Swinging into Summer | Artistry Session | Virginia Beach Child Photographer

To be young and carefree again! What better way to represent the freedom of childhood.  One of our summer Artistry session was a perfect day swinging on a tire swing and a old wooden bench swing.