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.

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Ricky's Spooky House

Edgar Allan Poe As A Children’s Book (Plus A Giveaway)

A local Richmond author and friend of a friend took an Edgar Allan Poe work and made into a children’s book.

Ricky's Spooky House
Ricky’s Spooky House

There will be a subset of people who read that first sentence and say YAY! without a flinch. Others will be a little concerned. Both will be happy to hear the book pulls off Edgar Allan Poe without scaring the bejesus out of little kids. (I didn’t just write that so I could use “bejesus” — okay maybe a little.)

The book is based on the The Fall of the House of Usher (feel free to click that link for the synopsis. I did!) but without the dead/back-from-the-dead body (unless you take “sleep is the twin of death” very seriously). The illustrations are haunting and beautiful (and available as postcards!). Although the book is geared towards 2-5 year olds, even my 7-year-old was drawn to the book, and I loved it as a jumping off place to talk about Poe.

Edgar Allen Poe as a children's book
But my 5-year-old love it best.

The best news is Micah Edwards and Tom Brown may collaborate on more books based on Edgar Allan Poe. I’m pulling for The Tell-Tale Heart mostly because I heard a beating heart for weeks after my first reading of it.

The second best news is they’ve agreed to giveaway a book for one lucky Late Enough reader.

To qualify for any Late Enough giveaways you have subscribe by email, RSS, Bloglovin, or newsletter. If you already follow along (or just signed up), enter this book giveaway by leaving a comment on this post letting me know what favorite author or tale you would like to see as a children’s book. “Easy peasy,” as Poe would never say.

This giveaway ends on June 11, 2014 at noon EST and is open to U.S. readers only. I will use to chose the winner based on the comments below and notify them by email. If you use Facebook to comment, please include your email address in the comment. The winner has 24 hours to reply, or I will have to choose a new winner and everyone will be sad except the new winner. Read official rules here.

If you can’t wait for the giveaway, buy Ricky’s Spooky House for the coolest kids you know.

Disclaimer: I was sent the book and offered to do a giveaway for free because I like books and local authors and Edgar Allan Poe.

THE WINNER IS TARA (who found out right after the giveaway ended, but I forgot the update this post! So sorry!)

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