RVA Senior Portrait Photographer

Slightly different senior portrait session on the blog today. We did this session for her upcoming graduation from Hollins University. We went over to Meadow Farm in Henrico and hit some spots around Carytown too.  We had such a nice day for her session. Hopefully spring will show up for real soon and we’ll get more of these beautiful outdoor sessions is. Good thing we have the studio to use too when we need it. There is still time to schedule your spring senior portrait session so email me today and let’s get talking about what you’d like to do for yours. Remember ladies we have hair and makeup styling available for your session too. Spring is a great time to get them knocked out so your look doesn’t melt in the Virginia summer heat and humidity.

422 Studio is located in Richmond, Virginia.

Richmond Snow Day

I am not one who normally loves the snow. Don’t get me wrong Richmond is gorgeous when it snows and Virginia has some of the mildest winters I’ve ever lived in so I’ll count my blessings. When we get a warm wet snow like we did today I just have to get out and play in it. Not real play like sledding mind you but picking up a camera and playing. On the way home from school today we talked about how beautiful and magical the snow clinging to the tress looks. How it reminds us of Narnia and how much tranquil it is to walk around in. Then she let me play dress up. She doesn’t often allow me the joy of taking her pictures. I guess that’s part of having a teenager. No more joy hopping in front of the camera. Today though, she let me play and even smiled for a few. We kinda wrecked the base of this vintage gown but it’s worth it and we can wash it. I am so grateful to have a child who will still let me play, even if it’s not often. Having images of our kids at this age is also magical because before you know it there are full blown teenagers and we only see them while they’re home to drop off school supplies and go hang out with friends. Middle school is a pivotal point in their development and social foundation. I’ll be happy for every single image she lets me create. What a great way to spend a snow day. Of course we had to treat ourselves to hot chocolate too because what snowy photo shoot would be complete without that. I know I’m a little biased but she is pretty amazing. We should get pictures of your teen before they’re in high school too. You won’t regret it!

422 Studio is a portrait photography studio located in Richmond Virginia.

Guest Post Dayna Cobb Makeup

Today’s post is a special guest post by the lovely and talented woman in these photos. Enjoy and Thank You Dayna!!!

When you feel good, you do good.

That has been my philosophy as a makeup artist. I am blessed to say that makeup artistry has been my passion for the past 14+ years. I love the transformative effect makeup can have on a woman, and not just physically. Some of my favorite shoots to do makeup for is boudoir sessions. I find that for a lot of women, their session was a gift from that someone special in their life. As they sit in my chair, they tell me one hundred reasons why they are not looking forward to their session: they are not the size they used to be, gravity has taken a toll on their figure, their laugh lines are too prominent, they just don’t feel sexy. Life and motherhood have given them a different view of themselves than they used to have.

And then the reveal happens, and I get to show them the sexy woman that was there all along! This beautiful, wild, vivacious woman, who no matter her age or size, still has IT. With a little blush, a set of false lashes, and some great lip color, I get to remind my clients how gorgeous they are! I love it when I see them taking selfies before their session, and I make them promise to not ignore the woman they see in the camera – this powerful, confident, beautiful woman who is ready to retake on the world.

For me, makeup is not about vanity. I believe that when we feel good, we do good. And makeup makes me feel good. I feel better prepared to meet someone new when I have eyebrows. I feel stronger in a bold red lip. Blush gives me a boost and mascara means business. I conquer the world with contour. And five years ago, my world changed…

My son was born prematurely at 29 weeks and spent a total 53 days in our local NICU. He was seven days old when I finally got to hold him for the first time. It was a hard experience; not just for me as a new mom, but for any mom. When you child is hospitalized, many of those things we do for our children (and take for granted) we can no longer do. It’s incredibly hard to be a mom, but even harder to be a “hospital mom”. Throughout my journey I have met many hospital moms, and although our children’s diagnosis varies, our feelings are the same. We are scared, lonely, angry, dealing with guilt and wondering how life goes on outside the hospital while we sit bedside, battling for children.

Five years later, my misery has become my ministry. I founded A Mother’s Keeper, and we are a dedicated team of volunteers in central Virginia, who through personal experiences, are committed to providing comfort and encouragement to mothers caring for their hospitalized children through our care package program. On Mother’s Day 2017, with the help of a thoughtful community, we delivered 140 care packages to five different Richmond-area care facilities. During Christmas we assembled and delivered 250 care packages to seven area hospitals and two care organizations. The response has been amazing, and it’s incredible what a simple care package can do to lift the spirits of a hospital mom. For 2018 we hope to double our impact and increase our reach to provide care packages not only in Richmond, but in Charlottesville and Fredericksburg as well.

We support our giving activities by hosting various donation drives and fundraising events. To find out more about A Mother’s Keeper and how you can get involved, please visit www.amotherskeeper.com. A Mother’s Keeper is a partner of Reach Richmond, a 501(c)(3) charity.

And if you’re ready to retake on the world, but need a makeup refresher, contact me! I am available for weddings, photo shoots, event makeup and also one-on-one and group makeup application lessons.

Dayna Cobb Makeup Design

Head Shot Sessions

I need your face in my gallery!! Looking for head shot models. I’m looking for women and men to feature on my site and on studio social media like Instagram and Facebook.

The end of the year is fast approaching and I can hardly believe that 2017 is wrapping up. I have set some pretty lofty goals for this year and have made so many of them happen. One of these goals, as you may have noticed, was to open back up the portrait side of my studio. I have done it and so far it’s been a lot of fun working with people in a different capacity than boudoir, which is what I’ve been exclusively shooting over the last few years. I’m excited by the prospect of shooting different genres of photography again. I’m really ready to get out and do more. I love working with high school seniors again. We’ll be doing special mother/daughter beauty portrait days this spring. I’ll even be setting aside time for personal art projects this coming year. I am still focused on boudoir and beauty for the vast majority of my work but I have to admit I love photographing a larger variety of people so this is working out nicely.

I reintroduced head shot sessions earlier this  year and they’re included in my top boudoir collection. I  do offer them as a stand alone session too because some times that’s all you need. Just a quick head shot to update your website, social media, business cards or company bio. I can get you taken care of and get you head shots that aren’t boring and don’t suck and are authentic to you. Even though I started offering them earlier this year I don’t have a lot of images I can share in my gallery. Most of my head shot work is older and my style has evolved over the years. I need to update those galleries so I will be offering 2 days in December 19th or 29th, where you can come into the studio and have yours updated during this head shot model event. All it takes is about 45 minutes of your day, a signed model release and a $99 session fee (normally $150). That fee will include a credit that you can use on either, your makeup styling for the session or, a studio credit for 2 images. You get to choose which way to use the session fee credit. That is my thank you, to you, for giving me permission to share your images. Shoot me an email today so we can talk more about what you need out of your head shots.


422 Studio is located at 2405 Westwood Ave in Henrico, Virginia.

Holiday Mini Sessions Richmond VA

Need quick photo’s of your kiddo’s for Holiday cards? We are doing a day of holiday mini-sessions on December 2nd. As a special re-introduction for my family portrait line I’ll be offering these sessions for just $99. That will include about 20 minutes of photography time in my holiday set, time for 1 outfit, and your 4 favorite digital images from the day. You’ll have the chance to select those images immediately following your session and you’ll have the option to add images and products to your order. These mid resolution, print ready, digital files will be emailed to you so that you can get your cards ordered from the printer of your choosing and in the mail right away. This date is already half full as I announced it on Facebook yesterday and it will fill quickly so don’t delay!Email me today to reserve your space. The session fee is due at the time of booking to hold your place. No appointments will be held without payment of this retainer.This set is best suited for small families of 2-5 people. Contact me about larger groups before booking. This special is for in studio sessions only. My studio is located in Richmond Virginia.

I can’t wait to see your family again or to meet all of you new folks for the first time.


Richmond VA Senior Portraits

Hello Richmond area moms. I’m so glad I’m working on this site. It’s been a long time since I’ve worked with families and I’m looking forward to doing it again. As I am rebuilding my family site here I will be in need of High School Senior Portrait Models, girls and guys.  Since we’ve missed the cutoff for most of the area’s year book submissions I’ll be looking for Juniors for this project too.  More info coming soon so keep your eyes open for the details!

New Blog New Site

Hi guys! I am working on getting this new site up and running for my senior portrait and head shot work. Please be patient while I work out the kinks! Keep checking back for updates! You can still find all of my boudoir work over at Richmond Boudoir if that’s what you’re looking for.