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Hope Taylor  Virginia wedding photographer educator, speaker, blogger, believer. Lover of Charleston, ice cream & fluffy flowers. 🌸 📩: hello@hopetaylor.com


It's my little sister's BIRTHDAY!!! This little cutie is turning 12 and I couldn't be more excited to be home spending the week celebrating with her ❤️ She is the sweetest, most talented and genuine girl I've ever met and I'm so lucky to be her big sister. Just to prove how much kindness this little body can hold, her number one gift that she wanted from mom and dad? A $30/month donation to the local SPCA. I just love her 😭 Happy birthday, Abby!!!

I just wanted to share a little encouragement on this Friday morning for anyone who is feeling stuck, unworthy or drowning in comparison. This was the home page of my website 4 years ago, and it popped up on my TimeHop yesterday. This little Weebly website (with my super original slogan ✊🏻) is what helped me build my business as an 18 year old high school student with a tiny budget, no experience and (clearly) no idea how to create a brand or a website on my own. But, guess what? We all start somewhere. And this was my start.
If you're feeling discouraged this week, please know that we ALL started in the same exact place. Not one of us came out of the womb knowing manual camera settings, having incredible skill in design, knowing all about marketing or being masters of social media. We all walk in the same footsteps and we all have the same end goals. We're in this together 🙌🏻

I've been a little absent from social media these last couple weeks, and that's so unlike me! But, here's what I haven't told you: I took the month of July almost entirely OFF of my business. I had visions of a sabbatical month with poolside drinks, lake days and traveling adventures. But, instead this week has been full of doctor's appointments, bloodwork and scheduling procedures 🤦🏼‍♀️ I've had some ongoing health issues for the last 2 years and am so thankful to *hopefully* have some answers here soon, but am definitely wishing I was poolside with a daiquiri instead. Sometimes things don't go as planned, and life has been throwing lots of curveballs at me these last 10 days. BUT, I know a few things: God is good. My friends are amazing. And everything happens for a reason. 🙌🏻 If you're having a rough "when it rains it pours" kind of week like me, know that you aren't alone! My feed may be pretty but real life definitely isn't - so here's to keeping it real on your Tuesday ❤️

A brand new wedding just hit the blog!!! Amanda and D'angelo's big day at @moraisvineyards was breathtaking in every way. And it was on a TUESDAY!!! Come see it all at the link in my profile! #hopetaylorweddings

2018 seniors: I can't quite believe it, but my senior session dates are now ENTIRELY booked through 2017! There are no more available dates this year, and the spring is already filling up quickly! If you're hoping to become one of my #hopetaylorseniors, now is the time to lock in your date! I'm so excited for an incredible year ❤️

There is a brand new wedding day on the blog!! And Samantha and Patrick's day was unique and wonderful in so many ways...you don't want to miss it! My favorite part was the wild flowers hand-picked from her mom's garden that adorned the entire wedding day. Link in profile to see the rest!!! #hopetaylorweddings

Today was absolutely amazing!!! And yes, we had a wedding on a TUESDAY :) and I loved it!!! Amanda and D'angelo's big day was so much fun and I got to work with a dream team of vendors that I love! I can't wait to share more on the blog here soon!!! ❤️ #hopetaylorweddings

These two are tying to knot TODAY!!! I can't wait to celebrate with Amanda and D'Angelo and photograph the wedding with one of my absolute best friends! It's going to be a good day ❤️ #hopetaylorweddings

Happy Monday!!! If you need me, I'll be culling this beautiful wedding day and prepping it for this week's blog post 😍 This is my new favorite dress shot to date!! #hopetaylorweddings

Samantha and Patrick are MARRIED!!! And I have never seen anything quite like yesterday's wedding day! Samantha's mom collected THOUSANDS of wildflowers from her garden to decorate the reception, bridesmaids handmade their own bouquets and a pizza food truck replaced a formal dinner. They cut donuts instead of cake, the bridesmaids wore floral gowns and these two will be traveling the WORLD for nine months in lieu of a traditional honeymoon. It was absolutely magical!! I can't wait to share more ❤️ #hopetaylorweddings

It's Samantha and Patrick's wedding day!!! I cannot wait to be a part of this celebration - I know it's going to be an incredible day ❤️ See you soon, you two!!!

Flowy gowns + fluffy florals + golden hour in an open field = every photographers dream. 😍 #hopetaylorcouples

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