Us with the RV

A Family Photo Session Done Right

About a month ago, we had the pleasure of a family photo shoot with Libby Selle Photography. Libby moved back to Richmond from Alaska and reached out to me after reading about in Richmond Family Magazine.

I was both excited and overwhelmed because we wanted to pick a Richmond place that has meaning to our family and all the playgrounds around town are busy in late September. We finally settled on Belle Isle since this is the first place we went as a family after our son was born. We’ve taken the kids back there almost every year, but this time it wasn’t my awful photography attempting to document it. Hooray!

We showed up in our brand-new RV because we had so many places to be Saturday we needed to bring a house.

Us with the RV
Meet our newest family member: RV RVA. (We need help with the name.)

Obviously, this wasn’t going to be Libby’s typical photo shoot, but she was a trooper.

Family and train
I love the train in the background because I don’t think there is a place in Richmond, Virginia where you cannot hear a train whistle.
Daughter and mom
Just match-y enough to make my mama heart soar.
Kids laughing
They are laughing the same way. And they are laughing at a photo shoot. Amazing.
Son and mom
Love my boy and that my hair doesn’t look THAT awful.
Daughter piggyback
My daughter’s favorite way to hike
Father and son
I think this was more of a tackle than a piggyback ride, but Libby still caught the joy.
Scott and Me
Scott and I have so few pictures of us over the past eight years. I was glad when Libby suggested them even though our kids tried to run off so some of the photos are of me yelling “STOP THERE!”

Yes, Libby even jumped rocks over the James River with her photo equipment to get a good shot.

James River rocks
We are always on an adventure even when we are supposed to be having family photos.

I think the tell-tale sign of a good photo session is when your 8-year-old, who only wants wears “athletic shorts,” gets upset when it’s time to go home. Also, I had a difficult time narrowing down what photos to post here, but hopefully, you will be placated with these.

Libby Selle Photography logo

Thanks Libby for a great experience! I know that we will be using her again and hope any of my Richmond area readers will reach out to Libby as well. She was kind and flexible and knew what she was doing when it came to bring out the best in my kids as well as choosing the right lighting and lenses. Even when I had some issue with her website, she was right on top of it and reached out to her web designer as well. I often feel the most telling aspect of working with someone is not when everything is perfect but how someone deals with a challenge. She met all our challenges including the RV.

Please check out the Libby Selle Photography website.

Like her on Facebook.

Visit her blog (and check out her post on us).

Most importantly, book her for your family (and more!) photos.

Disclaimer: Libby Selle Photography gave us the digital photos and photo session in exchange for a blog post on our experience. I was not told what to write so thank goodness she was good.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

13 thoughts to “A Family Photo Session Done Right”

  1. Every shot is gorgeous, your family just leaps out at us. The location was perfect and the photos are all keepers.
    These pictures made me miss you!

  2. You are a breathtakingly photogenic family. These photos are amazing.

    Also, your RV should be called “Ranger Richmond” because it says “Ranger” right there and I adore alliteration.

    1. Ooh, Ranger Richmond would be awesome. Scott was very bummed that we didn’t get the fancy license plate yet. RNGR RVA?
      And thanks for the compliment! I would definitely give credit to Libby for bringing that out it us.

  3. What? The naming contest is over already? I call do-overs. Because the RV is a house that comes with you it is also a home. Warm and nurturing and female. So name her “Riva”.

    So there.

  4. I love when I look at photos and see a family who looks happy and in love with each other 🙂

    Also, I got married on Belle Isle. Not YOUR Belle Isle, but the one in Detroit. So that’s a fun fact for you 🙂

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