Kait Winston Photography » Wedding Photographer Based in Richmond, VA

Richmond VA Birth Photographer

I have been so lucky to be the life photographer for Christy and James ever since their engagement years ago when I was first starting as a photographer. These two humans are the kindest and most generous people you will ever meet. It has been my good fortune to get to know them in so many different ways.  It is beyond an honor to be considered their friend. From their wedding to their first born Slate, I have seen Christy and James throughout all the big life moments. When they were welcoming baby boy number two into the family, it was only fitting I be there for the journey.

Christy and I had been staying in touch daily for the past two months about baby Atlas’s status. This kid was not in a rush to be born. It was lucky that I happened to be in town for a wedding when Christy went into labor. As soon as my wedding ended, I drove to their house. An hour later, we drove to the hospital together and very shortly afterwards, welcome Atlas into the world.

There is nothing quite like being in the delivery room with a couple as they welcome their child into the world. It’s even more special when it is a pair of very good friends that you respect so much. I loved witnessing the emotion from the pain to the joy. Birth is a whirlwind journey full of emotions. Every bit is as beautiful and miraculous as they make it out to be. I have been a part of other deliveries, and this one was just as special.

Little Slate was with us the entire night and morning. I think he was more excited than all of us to be welcoming “his baby” into the world. He couldn’t stop smiling!! My favorite photos are the ones of Slate when James is bringing Atlas into the recovery room for him to hold. Slate could barely contain his excitement, and the joy is so authentic and pure.

Being a Richmond VA birth photographer has led to so many incredible experiences. I look forward to meeting more couples who want to share this journey with me!

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Check out Christy’s maternity session for Atlas HERE.

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    Charlottesville VA Garden Wedding

    The last time I was with Brooke and Trevor was their engagement session in downtown Richmond VA this past fall. These two are really hard not to fall in love with immediately! And basically, that’s the story of their relationship. It was love at first sight for both of them! Brooke and Trevor met when they were both studying in Australia and have been together ever since.

    Charlottesville had beautiful weather for them on their wedding day. Brooke has such amazing style, that it came as no surprise that this was one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen. She arranged all the details herself and planned every single bit! If she hasn’t ever considered a career in event planning and design, she definitely needs to. I have seen so many beautiful outdoor garden weddings this year, and this one was a dream.

    Trevor and Brooke have a contagious positive energy around them. When you are around them, you just smile and feel so happy. Their love is palpable and radiates every room they walk into. It was so incredible to see them share their love with all their family and friends who traveled the world to celebrate. These two hold family very dear, so it was an emotional day for everyone.

    From the beginning of the day, I have so many beautiful bridal details of Brooke’s to photograph. It felt like I was documenting items for a bridal magazine. This has been a highlight of my wedding photography career, and I am so excited to have been chosen to document this dream couple’s wedding day. I know they are having an incredible honeymoon in Greece and have an amazing life together ahead of them!

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    Check out Brooke and Trevor’s adorable fall Richmond VA engagement photos HERE.

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      Bald Head Island Wedding Photographer

      Abigail and I were lucky enough to go to Elon University together for undergrad, and she is such a sweet human being. When she met TJ her life changed for the better. No one could have put this transition into better words than her maid of honor. During her toast she explained that as soon as Abigail met TJ, she became a better person. The two of them together have the cutest traditions and quirks that make them the couple they are today. They care deeply for each other and others.

      I knew this wedding was going to be a special day for so many reasons. First, Abigail and TJ had to reschedule their wedding from last fall to May of this year because of hurricanes. Bald Head Island was under water during their first wedding date! These two patiently waited for several more months to be able to share their vows with each other on the island that means so much to them and their families.

      As soon as I arrived at Abigail’s beach house on the morning of her wedding day, the room was filled with joy. She had a collection of uplifting bridesmaids sharing their favorite memories of Abigail. TJ was having the same experience with his groomsmen in their own house.

      When we drove to the marsh where they wanted to share their first look, everyone was full of emotion. It finally settled in that they were going to have their dream day. The exchange between Abigail and TJ as they shared their first look was precious. I’ve never seen smiles so big. I lost count of how many times they said I love you!!

      The day continued to be full of emotion. This included happy tears and laughter. All the guests were interconnected and shared the same love for this couple as a whole. It was evident in so many ways, and there was no shortage of people willing to share sweet memories of Abigail and TJ.

      This year has been full of weddings that have left me speechless in the best ways. Abigail and TJ had a beautiful day full of boho decorations. However, what I really took away from it wasn’t how aesthetically lovely everything was. These two have a palpable connection. You could feel the love between them. They glow in each other’s presence. You can see it in the way they look at each other. These moments are what make weddings come alive.

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      Check out Abigail + TJ’s Grayson Highlands engagement session HERE.

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        Charlottesville Mountain Engagement Photos

        Katie and Sean have the cutest story of how they met. Sean’s mom is a coworker of Katie’s and came up to her one day with a proposal. She wanted Katie to date her son, but not until he was more settled and ready for dating! Flashforward to a year later and these two met at Sean’s mom’s wedding. Apparently Sean was super shy and the two didn’t hit it off right away! Timing is everything!

        As a bit more time passed, Sean moved to Charlottesville and these two cuties started hanging out more. They soon realized they had an awesome connection! Sean’s momma has a good eye for matchmaking!

        For their proposal, Sean brought Katie on a trip down south to Charleston for a beautiful getaway. They were celebrating their year and a half anniversary and Sean told her he had a present for her! They had spent a lovely day exploring Charleston and enjoying the best southern food and drinks. When he told her he had a surprise, Sean asked Katie to close her eyes. When she opened them, he was down on one knee!! They immediately called all their closest friends and family to share the news, and these two babes are getting married in September!

        I love when couples share their love stories with me. It gives me such a sweet insight into your connection as a couple, and I love hearing what brought everyone together. It’s always so different, and I love that Sean’s mom played such a big part in their meeting. Family means everything to them, so it’s only fitting that family brought them together.

        Katie and Sean live in Charlottesville, but are moving to Richmond! Because of this, they wanted their Charlottesville mountain engagement photos to reflect their love of the city where they fell in love with each other! We had a perfect day together and I am so excited for their wedding and life together!

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        Check out another sweet Charlottesville engagement session HERE.

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          The Renaissance Richmond VA Wedding

          Katlyn and Shane planned a beautiful May wedding at The Renaissance in Richmond. These two have such fun personalities, and I knew their wedding was going to be beautiful and have a fun reception.

          The ladies spent their morning getting ready at Quirk Hotel in downtown Richmond. Katlyn gave all her bridesmaids matching floral robes to wear as they had hair and makeup done. The robes were perfect in celebration of spring! Quirk is one of my favorite getting ready locations for weddings. The hotel has so many beautiful spaces for bridal detail photos and bridesmaid pictures. It was also conveniently down the block from Katlyn’s wedding venue the Renaissance.

          I love being able to take all the portraits of the wedding day on the streets of Richmond. Every block has it’s own unique character. We were able to photograph the girls in so many locations that were different from the groom and groomsmen. It gives you so much variety! The bridesmaids and Katlyn also walked down the middle of Broad Street for some group photos and had a lot of people shouting congratulations as they drove by!

          The Renaissance was decorated with beautiful florals and uplighting that matched the color scheme of the day. It was easy to transition the space from ceremony to reception, and the florals were able to be used twice! This is such an awesome idea when you are trying to get the most out of your floral investment.

          All in all, Katlyn and Shane had a beautiful day full of fun celebrations. They ended the evening with a light saber exit in a nod to May the Fourth be with you.

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          Check out Katlyn and Shane’s Richmond VA engagement session HERE.

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