hand hewn living photography

 Photo by Katie of @thecommoneer

Photo by Katie of @thecommoneer

Hi I'm Selene, a overall wearing, ginger photographer from the Virginia Mountains and Valleys. I love taking folks pictures. People are wonderful, different, interesting and complex. No two stories follow the same path and every person I have the pleasure of meeting with my camera has a new one to tell. Those stories and the emotions they bring out are why I love photography. I am a lover of the outdoors, of neutral and natural colors, live music and overalls. I have a special place in my heart for outdoor, backyard, river side, barn and cabin weddings. I love a bride who isn't afraid to stomp through some mud to find that perfect sunset spot. I live for those moments when dad's cry, and the maid of honor makes a room roar with laughter. I love those in-between moments of special days. I love the ordinary days though too, just as much as the special days. Not all of life is picture perfect, but it doesn't mean it shouldn't be captured either. Both of those moments are what keep me picking up the camera. 



My story with photography started when my dad bought me a film camera as a kid. I wasted so many rolls of film on fences and flowers. I used to make him take walks to the small river down the road so I could expand my subject material to include water. My next camera was a Nikon D60 in high school and bless the people who let me capture their memories with it. I still am a Nikon fan these days, although I fell in love with a Canon AE1 during college in a black and white film class. That class required us to develop all of our own work. That is where I fell in love with the darkroom. The smells, the quite, and the darkness. I hope to some day have a makeshift darkroom of my own at home. Speaking of home, that's the other big part of my story. My boyfriend and I have been working on remodeling our first home for the last three 3+ years. It is a old hand hewn log home (hence the name) that we are reconstructing. We didn't quite know what we were getting ourselves into, but there is no going back now. We both have a love for old things and love that looking back we will be able to know we made this house a home with our own hands (and loved ones hands too I will add, bless them)