Charlottesville Family Photographer | The Ainsworth Family

Celeste was my first friend at the University of Virginia. I had arrived as a transfer student my third year and I was scared to death. I didn’t really know where I lived in relationship to the campus at large, I had no idea how to get around Charlottesville (even though I had a car), and I didn’t know a soul. Thank goodness I had contacted the leaders of Chi Alpha, a Christian fellowship on Grounds, before I packed up and left San Diego for the wild unknown of central Virginia.

After a long day of lugging furniture, clothes, a mini-fridge and books into my dorm room, I was delighted to find at my door step an invitation to a Something-in-a-Mug party hosted by Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship. My first invitation! My first college party! I was then struck by the fact that I would have to venture off Grounds to find this house. It also occurred to me that I would be walking in alone without any certainty of how I would be received. But alas, I did not let my fears get the best of me, and when I arrived at the house the first person to greet me with a warm smile, open arms and a mug was Celeste. Little did we know that our friendship would continue on after graduation and that we would both go on to start businesses in wedding and portrait photography! Celeste is the fabulous owner of Celestial Sights Photography, but a few weeks ago she switched sides of the camera, as I had the privilege of photographing her and the entire Ainsworth family at the lovely King Family Vineyards.

Isn’t this place amazing?! It had been raining all morning, so the clouds were low and diffusing the light perfectly!

The Ainsworths!

This is Arianna. I don’t think there’s any question about her being the star of the show.:-)

Such proud grandparents!

Mom and daughter. Absolutely precious!

Daddy’s little girl.:-)

Such a sweet family!

Yay for aunties!!

My sweet friend, Celeste. So beautiful and talented!

Thank you, Ainsworths, for allowing me to document these moments in the life of your family. I hope these pictures bring you much joy for years and years to come!
Un abrazo,
Natalie
Lynn Ainsowrth - April 7, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Natalie,

We viewed your awesome photos on my birthday today when John, Celeste, and Arianna came for dinner. You captured the personalities of all of us Perfectly. Thank you so much for getting us to relax, enjoy the photo session, and be ourselves for our first ever family photo. Thank you too for your promptness to get them ready for my birthday. How fun it was to share them with my kids. I just talked to Aly, in the yellow pants, who saw them and loved them too!! Your blog about meeting Celeste meant a lot to her! She is such a gem to have in our family. Happy Easter. He is risen indeed!! (You’re welcome to use any of my comments for advertising if you want.) You really have a great eye for photography, light and composition!! Happy Easter. Lynn and George

Amber Inofuentes - April 20, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Natalie – these are beautiful! I especially love the one of Celeste and Arianna, perhaps one of the best pictures I have seen of the two of them.

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