This post is a little late coming on my part but only because this shoot was squeezed in at the last minute on my last trip to DC a few weeks ago but I am finally thrilled to bring you the adorable and spunky Bonham Family; Darah, Julie, Riley & Reese. I actually still struggle to call Darah “Darah” because I have been calling him “Coach” for so many years that it’s a habit that is tough to break. So for a little background, “Coach Bonham” was my lacrosse coach back in high school. He was about 10 years older than we were which meant that we thought he was incredibly old at the time. And now thinking back I can only imagine what the terror of having 20 16 and 17 year old girls harassing you all the time may have felt like. And harass him we did. We harassed him about those little gray hairs that started to sprout (which were probably our fault), he got to hear from the principal when no one could prove that the girls’ lacrosse team teepeed yet another house…although it was always hearsay. :) But needless to say, we put the poor guy through a lot. But the downside of having a coach who is not that much older than you is the fact that he was in much better shape than any of us and put us through excrutiatingly long “fun” runs the purpose of which was never quite clear. Were we being punished? Were we being conditioned? Or were we bonding as we held each other’s hair back while vomiting half-way through the course after eating improper pre-exercise foods? I guess now we’ll never know.

What I can tell you is that Coach Bonham was by far the best coach that we ever had and the year that he took over as the varsity coach, we became a team that went undefeated for 32 games straight over 2 seasons. Not bad, eh? That was way back in 1995 and 1996. So you can imagine my surprise when I received an email from Julie Bonham last year who had stumbled onto one of my blogs completely by accident. It was so wonderful to hear from her that I knew we needed to be back in touch on a more regular basis.

So when the opportunity to shoot this wedding in Charlottesville (where the Bonham’s live) came up, I knew that I would have to go for at least a little visit. And we did, they made us a beautiful brunch and then I got to run around the backyard with Riley & Reese, the most fun, little, blonde, crazy monkeys you’ve ever seen. These girls were so excited to play and showed me all over their house and their yard. And along the way, we attempted to grab some portraits of them and here are a few faves…









Thank you for your wonderful patience, Bonham family, I hope to see you all again very soon! xo

If you live in Charlottesville, VA and would like to have a session with me, please leave a comment below and I’ll get in touch when I have another trip planned.

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  1. Ashley AYRES says:

    Wow, what beauties! Just gorgeous photos! So neat to see Bonham as a Dad coaching his own little girls!

  2. Awesome session, Justine! Hope to meet up again at DWF.

  3. Kelli Mullen says:

    Those are the best photo’s. I have known Julie and Darah since my JMU days with them. So great you captured just what great parents they are. If you are ever in Tampa….let me know….I would love for you to photograph my family!

  4. Liz Meltzer says:

    These are absolutely adorable and full of life. I hope my own kids are that cute and playful!

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