A Girl Named Leney


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I Must Love You

"Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single
friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore

I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds
or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of
praying, as you no doubt have yours. 

Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit
on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds, 
until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.

If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love
you very much." 
— Mary Oliver

My beautiful country girl. I'm so happy to have you home. 

Though, somehow, even more happy about the fact that you have a little being you'll be bringing into the world soon.
I cannot wait to meet them and smother them with my love and all of the baby knits and baby overalls.

You've always been one I can go to the woods with.

Goodnight Things I Love

"i always say goodnight to the things i love. just as i would people. i think they like it."

— anne of green gables

goodnight brooklyn red rug.
goodnight plants.
goodnight blue chair.
goodnight stack of books.
goodnight bed.
goodnight lamp.
goodnight little spot on the wall.
goodnight favorite mug.
goodnight slightly ajar window.
goodnight home.
goodnight rain.
goodnight moon.

Photos taken during a rainstorm in Quicksburg Virginia

Life Long Virginian

What a breathtaking state I live in.
Virginia is truly the epitome of beauty in the way of it's eastern shore, coastal towns, rolling green hills, fall foliage, charming historical cities, winding rivers and blue stony mountains.
I've traveled all over the country and to a few others as well and while there are many places that have captured my heart, I can't say I've yet found a place that feels the way this one does in that goldilocks just-right way.
I plan to live somewhere else for a time, at some point in my life. I've felt that season approaching and if it is in fact time for it I will welcome it with open arms.
But I do hope that this is the place I settle down when it comes time for it.
Because I do love it so.
And because no matter where I go, or where I live, at heart I think I will always be a life long Virginian.

Photos shot in Lexington, VA on 35mm film

Leney Film, VirginiaComment
To Your River

Been traveling these wide roads for so long
My heart’s been far from you
Ten-thousand miles gone

Oh, I wanna come near and give ya
Every part of me
But there is blood on my hands
And my lips aren’t clean

In my darkness I remember
Momma’s words reoccur to me
"Surrender to the good Lord
And he’ll wipe your slate clean"

Take me to your river
I wanna go
Oh, go on
Take me to your river
I wanna know

Tip me in your smooth waters
I go in
As a man with many crimes
Come up for air
As my sins flow down the Jordan

Oh, I wanna come near and give ya
Every part of me
But there is blood on my hands
And my lips aren’t clean

Take me to your river
I wanna go
Go on,
Take me to your river
I wanna know

I wanna go, wanna go, wanna go
I wanna know, wanna know, wanna know
Wanna go, wanna go, wanna go
Wanna know, wanna know, wanna know
Wanna go, wanna go, wanna go
Wanna know, wanna know, wanna know

Take me to your river
I wanna go
Lord, please let me know
Take me to your river
I wanna know

—River by Leon Bridges

Engagement | Jessie + Drew

But I love your feet
only because they walked
upon the earth and upon
the wind and upon the waters, 
until they found me. || Pablo Neruda

The drive to the Rappahannock River is a drive I love taking and I always welcome any excuse to take it. Especially on a beautiful mid October day that allows for rolled down windows during the scenic drive.
Jessie and Drew will be getting married in the same place and on the same day these were taken, next October.
Such a sweet little detail in their love story.
A love story I can't wait to continue documenting.

Chris + Karli | A Rainy Rehearsal Dinner

A rainy rehearsal dinner on a humid summer evening before a beautiful and love filled wedding.
It's evenings like this one that reenforce the love and passion I have for my job and documenting people's stories. 
Chris and Karli and their family and friends were such a joy to be around during all of the festivities of the weekend.
I'm sharing a few of my favorites in black and white because, to me, they mirror the feeling and mood of the evening. 

Virginia | Senior Portraits

Where did feelings go when they disappeared? Did they leave a chemical trace somewhere in our minds, so that if we could look inside ourselves we would see via the patterns of neurons some of the important things that had happened to us in our lifetimes? || Evelyn Lau


Here are a few favorite snaps from a senior session last fall.
Because I am missing chilly rain filled mornings, crisp breezes, bare trees, knit scarves, jean jackets and mugs with warm drinks today. 
Oh favorite season of mine, you cannot come soon enough. 

Featured | State x State
A Girl Named Leney virginia gift guide

My lovely and dear friend Ashley of Rosewood Clothing Co. is being featured over on State x State today! As am I, as it so happens, with my photos of her as well as having The Traveling Scarf being featured in her gift guide! 
She's the bees knees though and deserves the spotlight for sure. 
So go head on over and read Ashley's Q&A, her top recommendations for RVA and her Gift Guide which also features a few other Richmond makers.

If you live in Richmond or are coming to visit anytime soon, go say hi to her at the shop located on 16 W Broad and open Monday-Friday 12-7 and Saturday-Sunday 11-6.
Tell her I sent you.

Smithfield Engagement | Daniel + Ally

“Appreciative love gazes and holds its breath and is silent, rejoices that such a wonder should exist if not for him, will not be wholly dejected by losing her, would rather have it so than never to have seen her at all." ― C.S. Lewis

Spent a beautiful afternoon in Windsor Castle Park in Smithfield, Virginia with this love filled couple a few weeks back.
I'd never been to Smithfield before and thuroughly enjoyed the scenic drive on the way to and from it. A nice little afternoon roadtrip . Of course we had to cross the street to the little marina across the way for a few portraits there as well. Because, well, we all know how I get with being on the water.

Wishing you all the best and all of the love Daniel and Ally. xox

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