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Photography in Chesapeake, Virginia,
(757) 692-0798
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 27 Reviews


    Sarah Gregory

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  • Lia came highly recommended from several of our friends who had been married over the last few years. She either photographed their engagements and / or wedding. We had even attended a few weddings she was working! We met Lia and her husband, Tyler (he's one of her second shooters) for lunch and hit if off instantly with them! They are so sweet - and their love for each other radiates. We felt instantly comfortable knowing they'd be the ones following us around on our wedding day. We laughed and connected and talked details about the wedding / their booking process and how they operate their business. It was the best "business meeting" I've ever been to! The focus was always on our vision, who were were as a couple, and how they could achieve capturing that from a photography standpoint. The attention to detail was unlike anyone else we met with and we knew immediately we'd be hiring them. The whole process was seamless, never stressful, and they were incredible on our wedding day. Our... Read more

    Stephanie Charles

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  • OMG - where do I even start?! Lia is amazing. So so amazing! She travels up and down the east coast, heck all over the country + internationally, goes to soo many different venues, and works with soo many different people that her experience in this industry radiates in her beautiful photography which radiated in our beautiful wedding photos! It's really clear that Lia loves what she does, because she treats her clients like gold and is sooo kind! I recommend her to anyone and everyone who asks for a photographer!

    Lauren Waters

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  • I don't even know where to start with saying how amazing Lia is at what she does! From Lia's very first email to us we absolutely knew she was going to be our photographer because you could tell that she genuinely cared about us as a couple. She went above and beyond in connecting with us, and made the entire booking / planning process so easy and hassle fee but still totally professional. When we got together for engagements, Lia had made such an effort to get to know us, that it was like we were getting together with an old friend that just happened to have a camera. We were totally comfortable with her - so there was no awkwardness going on. She also does an insane job at capturing authentic pictures by giving you things to do instead of just posing and snapping photos while you stand still. We were walking, holding hands, dancing, snuggling - allll kinds of stuff! It was seriously SO fun, even my fiance enjoyed taking photos with her! On the wedding day Lia was such a calm + fun pr... Read more

    Marcela

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  • Lia was the ultimate professional. She is creative and has tons of her own ideas but she is also flexible and wants to incorporate as much of the bride's style into her photos. I am extremely happy with her!

    Michelle Mayer

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  • Excellent and well organized with very little instruction on what we wanted. Photos were beautiful!

    Nicole Lewis

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  • Lia was sooo much more than just a vendor to us. Throughout the planning process, it was so evident that she really cared about who we were as a couple and wanted to make sure that carried through into what we wanted photographed on our wedding day. We had already connected so much before our engagement shoot that she easily brought out genuine interaction and smiles between me and my fiance. The experience was so much fun! We walked away with amazing photos, and amazing memories. Her professionalism, attention to detail, and her spirit are just a few of her amazing qualities. If you're looking for an authentic, kind-hearted, and talented photographer: you've found her!

    Tiffany Reon

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  • Lia is such a sweetheart and her work is beautiful! She's fun, kind, and so professional! We lived a few states away from where we were getting married, so all of our planning was done via long distance. Despite the distance, Lia was always there for us helping every step of the way! Our images are beautiful - a true reflection of who we are as a couple. We will cherish them forever!!

    Megan

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  • For my husband and I, finding the right photographer was one of the highest items up on our list. We knew that a good photographer could make even the most drab of spaces appear magical and come to life. From the moment I saw Lia’s work, I could tell she had the exact style we wanted for our wedding and I was eager to meet with her. After our very first meeting, it was a done deal, I knew she was the perfect match and she made me feel comfortable right away (which is so important!) Lia’s passion for her work is contagious, her attention to detail is remarkable, you can tell she takes pride in what she does and she does it very well. Going into our wedding I didn’t have much guidance or experience and she helped me through every step, explaining thoroughly how things are typically done but also giving us the flexibility to change and cater anything to our own personality. Prior to our wedding day, she met with us for an mini-session engagement shoot which helped prep my husband to... Read more

    Carly Rogers

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  • We searched and searched for photographers! Once we found Lia, we just knew she was who we had to have. Lia was the only one who offered so much more than just wedding day coverage. It's evident that she truly cares about her clients and takes so much extra care so that you know how much you mean to her! Her Wedding Photography Magazine to help with planning is the best, and the Questionnaire she sends out to brides left me feeling 150% confident she would capture exactly what we wanted on our wedding day. She also helped arrange our timeline so we would get the most out of our day, including giving us a family formals shot list to fill out to keep everything organized. I am totally obsessed with her editing, the gallery she sent us is breathtaking. She is so talented, and was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding day!

    Jessica

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  • We are so thankful to have booked with Lia. We booked her more then a year in advance because we heard so many great things about her. She saw the vision that we wanted for our wedding day. She made us not feel awkward during our engagement shot by making us laugh and feel confident. My husband and I are so happy to have made a friend. Do yourself a favor and book Lia!

    Capri

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  • One word to describe Lia and her work - INCREDIBLE. We booked Lia nearly a year out from our wedding and she went from a vendor to a friend in no time at all. She works endlessly to make you feel comfortable with her and her work and the connection she makes with you is wonderful. The day we took our engagement photos with her was the day we met her and it was as if we had been lifelong friends. Throughout the wedding planning process Lia reached out to make sure we didn't need assistance or guidance with anything and offered to meet to talk to ease my mind. We talked monthly and sometimes even weekly/daily leading up to our wedding. As if she wasn't a great person - her work is PHENOMENAL! Her style is more "photograph" like and moody as opposed to the "light and bright" editing style you typically find and it really transforms your pictures from "just pictures" to art. She poses you and guides you but also gives you the freedom for you as a couple to be you and sticks it out no ma... Read more

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    Capri!! You are the best! It has been such a treat working with you and Aaron for the past year, and I can't believe you finally had your big day!! It was so perfect, and was an honor to be there for you both! I'll never forget the mosquito forest, orrrr how poor my choice of wearing all black was when it was a literal inferno out - but I'd 150% do it again for you guys!! I can't wait for your anniversary photos, but it better not be a year before I see you guys again! Xx -me

    Mandy Jefferson

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  • From our first consultation all the way through the planning process, and through the wedding day, Lia was amazing! She constantly went above and beyond for us. She is available day or night via cell phone and email to her brides, and is seriously willing to help every step of the way. She did two venue walk throughs with us, and a final details phone meeting to be sure we didn't have any last minute questions for her in the weeks leading up to the wedding. Our planner constantly talked about how amazing it was to have such an organized photographer who was easy to communicate with. Lia is so so sweet, everyone at the wedding kept raving about how bubbly and kind our photographer was! She really felt like a part of the family! Lia gave us over 1,000 STUNNING images from our day, and we couldn't have been happier with her services.

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    Mandy!! Oh my goodness! I seriously love you and John so much! It was a pleasure to be able to help you during the planning process, and to see everything come together on your wedding day was incredible. You two were a dream! -Lia

    Laura T

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  • Lia is amazing to work with and her photography speaks for itself! I've always been a huge fan of her photos, and I'm so glad we had her do our engagement photos. She was flexible with our schedule, and even though it was 20 degrees on the beach and 1 week after a snowstorm, she was still 100% committed to our session! It was our first time having a professional photographer take photos of us, and Lia made us feel so comfortable and at ease! She was also very patient with our Australian shepherd, who sometimes didn't have the best attention span. I highly recommend Lia!

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    Laura - oh my goodness! You are the sweetest! I'll never forget how *freezing* it was the day of your session! I was bundled up in a coat, hat, gloves, and a scarf and you two were in dress clothes and TOTALLY rocked it!! Like to the point of where I don't even think people would believe how cold it was because you guys looked so good! I'm still obsessed with your sweet puppy, and I'd play with her in 20 degree weather on the beach any day! Thank you for your kind words! Xx -Lia

    Elisa

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  • So professional and very sweet! Our pictures turned out amazing and everything that I ever wanted- breathtaking! Would highly recommend her!

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    Elisa you are so kind! It was seriously an honor to photograph your wedding! You were the sweetest bride, and I love that we've kept in touch since the wedding! All the best, -Lia

    Linea Johnson

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  • When Ron and I did our research for our wedding photographer, we looked for quality photos that didn’t appear too “posed” or inauthentic. We wanted raw and authentic love to be captured in film. We found Lia in Virginia Beach and she had breathtaking photos. We were so excited to book her. What we FAILED to do, however, was see if she had photographed minorities before - and more specifically, darker skinned minorities. I want to emphasize the fact that Lia was extremely easy to talk to before the wedding. She made the process easier and even purchased biodegradable confetti for our wedding in the days leading up to our wedding. Our wedding day came and went and all was well. All was well until she sent us some sneak peek photos. Our skin (my skin more than my husband’s skin) were blotchy and didn’t translate well. I also appeared fat in many of the photos and I’m a petite woman. I expressed our dislike of the photos and she indicated that they were only a few of the ph... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your experience and my services. I truly appreciate your feedback; although I do have to say as a professional woman and business owner, me being a “Caucasian photographer” as you referenced in your review has absolutely nothing to do with my capacity as a photographer. Most would agree that this is an erroneous correlation, and to imply that the color of my skin could impact my ability to perform a job is quite discriminatory. I do want to add some details to this review to help potential clients understand the full scope of the situation and that I attempted on many levels to ensure this bride’s happiness. On the day of the wedding the client’s makeup artist ran so far behind that it caused over an hour delay in ceremony start time. The makeup artist failed to apply any makeup to the bride’s neck or chest after doing heavy facial makeup. I would assume this could be because she was incredibly rushed. The bride had active neck, chest, and back acne blemishes that were visible to my professional camera in close up shots. When the bride expressed dislike of the initial edits I sent her as sneak peeks 48 hours after her event, I requested she put together an email for me outlining specifics so I could come up with a solution for her. I assured her that since these were just sneak peeks, we could tweak the editing to please her with her final gallery. In her responses to me, her exact words were “with the way my makeup was compared to my skin tone from my neck down, the contrast is very noticeable” and “I don’t think it’s your photography, I just don’t like the way I look”. It was important at this point in the communication process for me to clarify whether she was simply unhappy with the way her makeup and skin tone translated, or if she was unhappy with the overall warmth of the images as well. Again, her exact words via email to me were, “I touched base with Ron after reading your email, and it’s just my skin tone that is the issue. His is fine”. She also referred to herself as looking “extremely fat” in one sneak peek image I sent her, which completely broke my heart because as she mentioned, she is a very petite woman. It would be impossible to make her look “fat” in any situation. The particular photo she referenced was a candid shot, of her and Ron embracing. He was close to her ear and whispered something that made her giggle. Her shoulders drew up as she laughed, and she had a huge grin on her face. It was pure love in that moment - and I snapped the photo. I included this image because she told me she had a love of candid, authentic imagery, and I thought she would think it was a genuine moment preserved in time. Based upon this information, I formulated an email and offered her five different editing options all ranging from minimal retouching, to heavily retouched to cover the blemishes and blend the unevenness of her skin tone due to the lack of makeup. I also included the RAW images [unedited images that come straight out of camera] for her to have a true comparison in collage formatting so she would have an easy visual of the before + after progression of the sample images I was providing. Typically RAW images are not provided to clients, but I felt this situation warranted her seeing the starting point to finished product to help her choose the editing technique she felt portrayed her skin in the best light. Upon receiving the updated editing options, the client told me, “the images where you edited the clarity of my skin and added warmth are fine”. Based upon this feedback, I began editing the rest of her gallery utilizing heavy retouching. This type of editing is not considered standard and when I consulted a professional retouch artist, I was quoted up to $75/image to fix the contrast between her face + neck and conceal the blemishes. I chose to do the additional edits *for free*, as I felt for the bride and wanted her to love the way she looked on her wedding day because that's what we all want as brides! This editing would have otherwise cost her thousands of dollars. As she already invested in me as her photographer, I felt it was the right thing for me to do to go ahead and do that for her. So, I did. I worked around the clock on her gallery, and several weeks later, I delivered her and her new husband over 1,000 images. I notified her that her gallery was emailed, and that I would be sending her USB + photo box in the mail the upcoming week. Instead of emailing me and discussing her dislikes of the final gallery, this client chose to take to her Instagram platform of 30,000 followers urging minority couples to do their research if they chose to work with a Caucasian photographer. I thought I was going to physically vomit reading something so distasteful. In 2019, this client is literally saying that the color of my skin impacts my ability to perform a job. Unfortunately, it didn’t stop there. As Linea posted only her petite version of the full story on her social media platform, and neglected to publish any of my extended attempts to satisfy her, I began to receive hate messages based on my race from her followers, and I ultimately started receiving threat messages on my personal Instagram. These threats were from several men, telling me that if they came to my house and kidnapped my “three precious white children”, and held them for ransom, they bet I would offer my clients a refund in exchange for returning my children. I also received picture messages of my home from these individuals, with my car in the driveway. These messages were taken to the police, and as one of the men had a history of violent crime as well as armed robbery with breaking and entering, the threats were deemed credible, and restraining orders were filed. My communication with Linea was sparse after this happened because I was under the advisement of the local police as well as my attorney in order to protect my children and family from harms way. They all felt it was best if I ceased communication with this client since I had already fulfilled far beyond my contractual obligations to her. In conclusion: I did everything within my power to satisfy this client based off of her feedback, and unfortunately I was unable to do this. I have photographed over 100 weddings in the last four years, and I would have never imagined to encounter such a tragic situation. I stand behind my work, and I stand behind my business. I own and operate a high-end, reputable business, and the events that unfolded here are just truly disgusting. I never in my wildest dreams could have imaged something like this happening, and it really is so disheartening. I am happy to email the full gallery from the day with anyone who would like to see it, because the couple is truly beautiful, as was their wedding day. As you read reviews from my other clients, it is abundantly clear how much I truly care for my clients and for my business. Not only do I love them as clients, but as humans, and as friends. My heart is broken over this situation, and I pray that no one ever has to encounter something so completely awful. With love, Lia Owner, Lia Everette photography

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