My Own Milk Bath Maternity Session | Mariah Springs Photography | Virginia Photographer | Danville, Virginia Photographer

My Own Milk Bath Maternity Session | Mariah Springs Photography | Virginia Photographer | Danville, Virginia Photographer

THIS! I've always wanted maternity milk bath photos, and yay! Here they are! Thanks to my husband for getting these shots and for totally going the extra mile to get cool shots. This dude brought in his ladder and everything! He was paparazzi-ing like a champ! And I love everything about them! Milk bath sessions NOW AVAILABLE in the studio as an add-on! 

A Special Mommy & Me Session: Ashley & Tanner | Lowe's Home Improvement Garden Center

A Special Mommy & Me Session: Ashley & Tanner | Lowe's Home Improvement Garden Center

I have had this idea for so long and have been DYING to do a session at a garden center. A special thanks to Ashley & Tanner for joining me at the butt crack of dawn at Lowe's to get these GORGEOUS shots! Tanner's overalls and Ashley's dress and hat are all from Mariah Springs Photography Wardrobe Collection, and let me tell you, styling this session was SO MUCH FUN. I had a vision, and it came to LIFE! BEAUTIFUL! 

My Little Sister's Prom 2017: Rainey & Evan | Mariah Springs Photography | Danville, Virginia Photographer

My Little Sister's Prom 2017: Rainey & Evan | Mariah Springs Photography | Danville, Virginia Photographer

Every year now, since my sister Cutler's very first prom, it has been tradition that I do their makeup and take photos. I look forward to it every year! This year, I airbrushed Rainey's makeup, and then had to get some shots of her awesome room while getting ready (this girl is ORGANIZED, ya'll--Cutler and I just can't relate haha!). We had the opportunity to do studio shots this year too, which I'm in LOVE with! I can hardly believe that NEXT year will be the LAST year of these festivities. "Big Sissy" is going to have to "go big or go home" with ideas for senior year! And I'm going to need a LARGE box of tissues then too! Check out one of my favorite days of the year! 

Jericho's Visit to Home Depot

Jericho's Visit to Home Depot

I've been on a roll doing all of the shoots and ideas that have been on my mind! I just simply haven't had the time, but guess what? I'm making the time now! This stuff has been too much fun to NOT do! I love this boy right here, and he's only this little for a very short while, so hey, let's throw on a tool belt, some overalls, and a hat and go say hey to some folks over at Home Depot. And let me tell you, we may have looked like some crazy people, but he made a lot of people smile this day...including me. 

A Painting Party with My Jericho

A Painting Party with My Jericho

I find myself constantly telling people that their babies "are only little once," and I realized that I've been working so much that I've neglected to hold onto my own memories lately. I wanted to take photos of my boy, but he's getting older and more annoyed by photos each day (ha!), so I needed something that would not only allow us to spend some time together, but something he would think was COOL and FUN! And we nailed it! Jericho had a blast and now has his first painting to hang in his room!

Jericho & Canon: A New Love Story

Jericho & Canon: A New Love Story

Oh my. How do I write this without sobbing? Our fur babies are our real babies. My child's best friend in this entire world since birth was our Yorkie named Charlie. Charlie passed away in his sleep in the early hours of Christmas morning. This Mama was devastated, not only because I had lost my first child, but because I had no idea how to make Jericho understand. I said I didn't know if I could ever get another dog after Charlie passed, but literally the day after, I couldn't stand the silence in the house. My child was constantly looking for his best friend. I didn't care how soon it was. We had to have another companion to help soothe our hearts. Meet Canon (yes, like the camera). He is by no means a replacement for the family member we lost, but he is slowly helping us regain our happiness with his whimsical personality and his precious face. I only hope that Canon can become Jericho's very best friend in the years to come. 

Self Portraits | Virginia Photographer | Danville, Virginia | Photography by Mariah | Mariah Springs Photography

Self Portraits | Virginia Photographer | Danville, Virginia | Photography by Mariah | Mariah Springs Photography

I've decided that as frustrating as is to take my own self-portraits, that sometimes, it's a must. After a crazy season of photographing everyone else, it was time to take a little time for myself. These are the first series of self-portraits taken in my new studio. 

Halloween: Our Jericho Lee

Halloween: Our Jericho Lee

Your child's first real halloween is challenging! Usually I'm one of those who search on Pinterest and find something super creative for a costume, but really ya'll, October is BUSY for a photographer! So, I thought, "What is my child's most favorite thing in the world?" Dogs. He loves dogs. He literally wakes up in the morning barking. He plays in our Yorkie, Charlie's, dog bowl every chance he can get. So, naturally, this was his favorite shoot of all! Woof woof!

Christmas in September: Minisession Samples

Christmas in September: Minisession Samples

Here it is! My early "Christmas in September" shots! These are the sample shots for my mini-sessions happening in November. All spots are currently full for these sessions. Contact me if you are interested in being added to the waiting list, as I may open up a weekday spot if I get enough on my list. 

Studio Session: Jason Springs' Album in the Making at Music Mania Recording Company | Burlington, NC | Photography by Mariah

The last two weeks we've headed down to Music Mania Recording Company in Burlington, NC to record the debut album from Jason Springs, "Blue Collar Bones & Busted Knuckles." The following pictures give a glimpse into our time there.

 

Jericho Lee's 1 Year Cake Smash

Jericho Lee's 1 Year Cake Smash

I cannot believe that I am even typing this right now. My child is almost ONE! You know, people tell you and tell you that it will FLY by, but you never really know until you're there, and it's happening. A lot has happened in this first year of Jericho Lee's life. My father passed away, but he got to meet his first grand baby, stayed in the hospital all night waiting for his arrival. Then, I was on maternity leave for a semester, so I started booking more photos than I ever allowed myself. And then I went back to teaching where I decided it was time to be a full-time photographer. None of the events in Jericho's first year were planned. Everything I have done has been for him, and besides all of that, amongst the joy and the tragedy, here is a little boy whose life has truly changed those around him in just one short year. 

Jericho's First Trip to the Beach

Jericho's First Trip to the Beach

My baby's first trip to the beach was a success! He absolutely loved it! And I was so glad that I took my camera down to the beach to capture these photos and video to bring back home to Da-Da (who had to work and couldn't go). Of course, these are just the action shots. We did a portrait session with my sister and her boyfriend that I can't WAIT to work on this week after I finish all of my other work! 

Rainey: My Sister/Senior Model | Virginia Photographer | Photography by Mariah | Keeling, Virginia

Rainey: My Sister/Senior Model | Virginia Photographer | Photography by Mariah | Keeling, Virginia

It is only appropriate to pair this post of my sister’s photos with the full poem, “The Type” by Sarah Kay. "If you grow up the type of woman men want to look at,/You can let them look at you./But do not mistake eyes for hands or windows or mirrors./Let them see what a woman looks like./They may have not ever seen one before.

Jason Springs & Spencer Key Live at Franks Italian Restaurant | Virginia Photographer | Photography by Mariah | Singer Songwriter | Danville, Virginia

Jason Springs & Spencer Key Live at Franks Italian Restaurant | Virginia Photographer | Photography by Mariah | Singer Songwriter | Danville, Virginia

My husband is a hard working man. He not only works his 9-5, but he also plays music at several different venues and bars in our local area. Jason & Spencer's combination of 90's alternative and singer-songwriter Americana meets folk meets country sound (We can never figure out how to label my husband's music) draw in the crowd with every performance. I promise I'm not just saying this because he happens to be my husband. They are GOOD! Head on over to Franks Italian Restaurant in Danville, Virginia on a Saturday night and you're likely to see these two jamming! Support local music! 

My Family: Impromptu Saturday Morning Tripod Session | Virginia Photographer | Photography by Mariah | Keeling, Virginia

My Family: Impromptu Saturday Morning Tripod Session | Virginia Photographer | Photography by Mariah | Keeling, Virginia

So, we have a family session scheduled with an AMAZING photographer friend of mine at the beginning of April, but I decided to give this a go with my new shutter remote (every other one I've had is a total piece of junk, but THIS one actually works!). Not a lot of versatility, but it's kind of hard to get tons of different angles when you're actually in the photos!