Catherine Verdier   |    Hampton Roads, Virginia   |    703-615-1552    |    willowbayphotography@gmail.com

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March 7, 2018

Sometimes you photograph a family and you just fall in love. There are a lot of factors that lead to it -- they're photogenic, easy to work with, fun -- but the main one is that they are so in love with each other and it shows. It shows in every frame.

Laurra and Troy w...

February 19, 2018

Isn't this a lovely photo of new parents with their first baby?

Psych! This is Edison, and he's his parents' fourth kid. But look at those faces. That wonder and tenderness and delight is always the same whether it's the first, fourth, or fourteenth baby. 

Brand new babi...

February 10, 2018

This week,  February 5-9, is Feeding Tube Awareness Week

When my best friend D. asked me two years ago to take photos for her adoption book, I was only too honored! The thought of helping an amazing family reach their long hoped-for baby was so exciting and meaningful...

February 8, 2018

This is one of the most frequent questions I get from clients here in Hampton Roads: do you do milk baths? 

Why, yes. I do!  

But not as often as I'd like. Most people who are interested eventually end up deciding to do something else for their session. For some rea...

February 5, 2018

We took a walk this weekend down by the James River. It was cold enough so that Gus decided he'd rather snuggle with dada but Anouk braved the cold and found some shells, fossils, and played and climbed in an amazing driftwood palace. We brought the dog and the camera,...

January 31, 2018

S. and her children (British accents, gigantic violet eyes) accompanied us to the Hermitage Museum's Stickwork exhibit when it was new, a loooong time ago, and I brought my camera along to try out a new lens. I didn't intend to tell a story with the photos but what I f...

January 31, 2018

When some people think newborn session, they think of a POSED newborn session, with babies posed on beanbags with props and buckets and sweet furry backgrounds. I am a huge fan of those sessions. They make lovely prints to display. But I do feel, when I see them, like...

January 25, 2018

This is the question I am asked the most by clients. What should we wear to our session? 

For sessions featuring multiple people, I advise clients to start with a pattern. For instance, a beautiful floral dress or shirt, like in the photo below. You can then reach into...

January 23, 2018

When should my session take place? 

I find around the start of the third trimester is when mamas-to-be are feeling their best and most glow-y.  But we've taken beautiful maternity photos of women all the way up to a day or two before delivery ... all baby bellys are bea...

January 7, 2018

Around Christmas, a canvas we'd ordered from a recent family session arrived and as we hung it on our living room wall, my six-year-old daughter looked at it and proclaimed: "It's like we're in a museum!" As a mom, I was glad she enjoyed it but as a photographer, it ma...