Christene Schaaf, Photographer

About C.S. Photography, Inc.

C.S. Photography features the unique Home.Life.Art family sessions and Bébe Firsts sessions. What is Life Art? Well...Life Art is YOU! It is the relationship that is captured between family. A moment... a portrait created by me and turned into beautiful Life Art décor that makes you smile every time you walk by it and inspires your home to greet you.

My blog is filled with the inner workings of my photography passion. I will be featuring sneak peeks, tutorial tidbits, Life Art Décor suggestions, product offerings, client gallery designs and inspiration.

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Archive: ‘Love’

Welcome Home Rawhides! | Norfolk Homecoming Photographer

Monday, November 5th, 2012

The USS Enterprise returned home this past weekend and this lucky lady was one of the first to greet her husband in the 1st wave of homecomings. After two extensions and a hurricane delay it was an emotional sight to see the ear to ear grin on her face. Thank you for your service and sacrifice and WELCOME HOME!!!

Young Love | Colorado and Virginia Photographer

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Young love and a gorgeous Colorado countryside… This post may make you want to move to Colorado with your own cowboy. :D

Love and Life | Colorado & Virginia Lifestyle Photographer

Monday, May 21st, 2012

A city girl falls in love with a country boy. Their life is filled with sacrifice, beauty and love. I hope they realize how inspiring and beautiful they are together. You can follow more of Veronica’s story on her blog:

Be Mine ~Vintage Valentine | Virginia Beach Photographer

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

One of the best decisions I’ve made is to switch to the Showit platform for my website. The community is incredible. Not only the larger national/international community of photographers but our local group as well. Our SHARE group, led by Chelsea LaVere at Bit of Ivory Photography gathered one afternoon for a Vintage Valentine shoot. The concept was the work of Sarah Mariel Photography and we cleaned out the house of Melody Gillikin Photography for all the beautifully vintage props and Somer Chambley of Somer Anne Photography baked the delicious goodness. We had a blast with Valerie Demo, April Renee Photography, and Katy Blevins Photography as well.

I had to laugh at myself though because with all these amazing props at our disposal I hardly used any of them. It was a good thing to be out of my element though.

I loved Ash’s pink hair for this Valentines shoot! She and Aric were married last year in a gorgeous ceremony photographed by the amazingly talented Valerie Demo.

I spent the most time I think with Megan and Tennant who’s love was infectious. They can flirt with each other all day I think if I asked them too. :) And of course I loved the attire they picked out for this shoot!

And the last couple I worked with was Laura and Jake. These two aren’t married but immediately I noticed how much they light up when they are together. The way he looks at her is energizing. Yogi the bulldog was pretty happy to be included too!

Thank you to all our models and the to the Showit ladies for your community of support! In an industry where there is so much negativity and unwillingness to share and collaborate, Showit is at the forefront of changing that perception. If you are in the Hampton Roads area and are interested in making the switch to Showit, a Showit Open House is being held by Bit of Ivory Photography on March 27, 2012. You can message me for all the details!

Winter Light | Virginia Beach Maternity Photographer

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

My first shoot of 2012 was a maternity session with this gorgeous momma-to-be and her hilarious hubby. I think I’d like to hire him on as an assistant. A performer for me just to get people to laugh. After a quick indoor shoot we headed outside and I’m sure they thought I had lost it with my enthusiasm for the warm winter light that gleamed off the grasses. In fact I just couldn’t let them go. I think we headed to the car about 3 times when I’d see something else and wave them back.

Home.Life.Art Featured Client Display | Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake Photographer

Monday, August 15th, 2011

I’m so excited to feature one of my client’s bedroom decor from their Love Fest session back in February. We did a 16×20 Metallic bronze frame with rubbed silver trim above her bed to compliment the wall color and charcoal gray colors in the room and I love how it turned out! We also may add 2 smaller circle frames flanking the 16×20 at a later date with life art from that same session. Did you know I offer circle frames? :)

Welcoming Home the Sunliners | Virginia Beach + Norfolk Military Homecomings

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

They love passionately. I could tell from the moment he planted that first kiss on her. I don’t think they could hug any tighter. She is a service member herself and they’ve been on opposite deployment schedules. This wasn’t just any homecoming. They are both home. Together. For a little while at least. Thank you both for your service and sacrifice! Here’s a quick sneak peek for you!

D.C. Senior | Virginia Photographer

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

This is another senior I met up in D.C. a few weekends back. So incredibly smart and genuine. And of course I love when mom and dad are willing to pop in for a portrait! :)

First Kick | Virginia Beach Homecoming

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Oceans away, he found out she was pregnant. That he was going to be a daddy and his life would forever be changed when he returned. She has probably felt it countless times, but today it was pure joy to watch him feel it…for the first time. Those kicks, the first hello’s as he welcomed his daddy home from a long deployment. And because I know how much she loves black and white, I thought I’d do a b&w sneak peek for her!

When the lights go out | Portsmouth, Norfolk Photographer

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

A few more from my Love Fest Couple. Check out my facebook page for the full album and Fan me while you are there!


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