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A VB Basics Giveaway: Win a mini session with Jess Hill Photography {Closed}

September 7, 2016

Jess Hill Photography 05If you haven’t figured out by now, I love photographs. Usually, I’m the one behind the camera, documenting the heck out of my life and those around me. So when I need someone to capture photos with me actually IN them, I’m quite particular as to who I choose to work with. I want someone who is comfortable with lighting & location, flexible on scheduling, up for a challenge, and they must be good with children.

Jess Hill has all the qualities I want in a photographer. Having recently relocated with her family to Virginia Beach, she’s been settling into the easy going beach life that we all love so much here. When she’s not working as a Labor & Delivery Nurse, you can find Jess at the beach with her kids and husband, camera in hand. She’s always loved taking photos, especially of births, newborn babies, beloved pets, children & families. Jess Hill Photography 03With each photoshoot that she’s done for me and my family, her photographs have been exactly what I wanted, and they speak for themselves. She knows her stuff! She works quickly, efficiently, has great ideas, has a great sense of humor, and is a wiz at getting children to smile. She’s also great at dealing with the elements and being flexible: crazy summer heat index? No problem. The windy aftermath of Tropical Storm Hermine, bring it on says Jess! Maybe the best part was sneak peaks of the photographs popping up in my email just a few short hours after the shoot.

Take a peak at a few of her beautiful photos she’s taken over the years.Jess Hill Photography 02




Jess Hill Photography 2

Jess Hill Photography 01Ok, now on to the fun part. To properly introduce and welcome Jess to Virginia Beach, she will sponsoring a giveaway here on VB Basics. One lucky winner will receive a FREE Mini Session! PicMonkey Image


Simply leave a comment (on this post) of a LOCATION in Hampton Roads you’d like your mini session to take place!


Winner must be a local resident or be able to travel to the Hampton Roads Area. Mini session is to take place in September or October of 2016. Winner will also receive a CD with all full resolution edited photographs produced from your session. No cash value. Contest ends Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.. Winner will be chosen at random, and announced September 13, 2016.


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  • Reply Ashley Love September 7, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Added Jessica hill on Instagram and FB. Mini photo session in Pungo

  • Reply Alicia September 7, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Followed Jess hill photography on Facebook. Mini session at the beach

  • Reply Karen Psimas September 7, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Beautiful work! This family is long overdue for some family photos…Sandbridge in the fall would be perfect!

  • Reply Rachel September 7, 2016 at 10:56 am

    as the mom i am usually the one taking the photos so rarely am I in them. I would love photos of my family playing at the beach.

  • Reply amber genung September 7, 2016 at 11:21 am

    The ocean front. 🙂

  • Reply Scott Flax September 7, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I would love to have family photos at first landing. My wife and I had our wedding photos there and then to have some with the kids would be great.

  • Reply Lesleyanne Mulkey September 7, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    We just bought a new house on Lake Trant, and I would to have photos done to use as our Cheistmas/Change of Address cards!

  • Reply Susan Gall September 7, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Would love a mini session at the beach or botanical gardens.

  • Reply Price Hall September 7, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Would love a mini session with our newborn (soon to arrive!) on the beach by our new house at the North End. Love these photos!

  • Reply Michelle Maguire September 7, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Love to have family pics at Rudee Inlet or VIBE district!
    Following on FB and Instagram!

  • Reply Sara Froehler September 7, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I would have to if I had to choose one location it would be the beach. What can I say I’m a born and raised beach girl. Another location would be my home the heart of my family and the easiest for me!!

  • Reply Caroline Monninger September 7, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Just started following Jess on Instagram and Facebook! I would love a mini session on the beach!

  • Reply Candace Curet September 7, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    A mini session at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens would be so lovely! Welcome to Hampton Roads! 🙂

  • Reply Jessica Folck September 7, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Would love a mini session anywhere of our family + the dog = challenge.

  • Reply Colleen Benkovitz September 7, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Would love a fall photo session somewhere with the autumn leaves.

  • Reply Tricia September 7, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Liked and followed Jess Hill.
    Fall Mini Session at Hunt Club.

  • Reply Leslie Cutchins September 7, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Would love a family session on the beach!

  • Reply Emma Potter September 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    A mini sesh at sunset on Chubb Lake, Chicks Beach. & just followed Jess on Instagram!

  • Reply Liz Selby September 7, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Would be so happy to have a mini session at First Landing State park. Excited to be following Jess on Instagram and Facebook now.

  • Reply Riya Thorson September 7, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Liked and am following Jess on IG and will hunt for her on FB! Would love my family pics taken at Holly Ridge!

  • Reply Courtney September 7, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Oooh, I’m copying Michelle’s idea! A mini sesh of our crazy boys in our old stomping grounds, the ViBe district!!

  • Reply Jessica September 7, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Love this and her beautiful pics! I’d love a mini session in the Vibe district or the steps of the courthouse to celebrate Alejandro’s recent accomplishment of becoming a US citizen! Or of course a session at the beach would be a first for us and totally match our house. So many places to think about…..

  • Reply Meghan Stufflebeem September 7, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Oh my! What beautiful photos! My ideal family pic would be in First Landing by one of the old, giant, gnarly Live Oaks.

  • Reply Joann King September 7, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Family pics at the Eastern Shore

  • Reply Ashley Dostie September 8, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Mini session at the Botantical gardens. Did FB & Instagram too! 🙂

    • Reply Tessa Duquette September 13, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you for entering!

      (And congrats on the newest addition to your family! He’s perfect.)

  • Reply Jenny Snyder September 8, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Pleasure House Park!

    • Reply Jenny Snyder September 8, 2016 at 7:09 am

      Liked on Facebook!

  • Reply Gillian September 8, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Great photos, especially Laura L!! I would do a mini session at the Pleasure House Nature Preserve Area.

  • Reply Gillian September 8, 2016 at 10:26 am

    And I liked on Instagram (as gretel)

  • Reply Betsy September 8, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Would love to have pictures done at the beach or bay!

  • Reply Betsy September 8, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Following on FB and IG

  • Reply Jill King September 8, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Family pic at the narrows would be awesome!

  • Reply Blair September 9, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Would LOVE a mini session at the Brock Center!

  • Reply Lis Peale September 9, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I added her on Instagram and like her on Facebook! Her pictures are absolutely stunning! I would love beach pictures of my Littles – in all the time we’ve lived here we don’t have any!!

    • Reply Tessa Duquette September 13, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Thank you for entering!

      Cannot believe you don’t have any beach photos of your little ones!

  • Reply Jeremy Krupnick September 9, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Would love to have a photoshoot at the botanical gardens

  • Reply Christina Merry September 10, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Beautiful lighting and beautiful people! I’m leaning toward First Landing State Park.

  • Reply Becky vasquez September 12, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Anywhere!! Lol 🙂 been years since we had family photos and would love to get some before hubby goes away for a while. We love the beach, the park, Pungo, even our home 🙂

  • Reply Genny September 12, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Added on Instagram and FB. Would love a mini session on the beach with my cute family for Christmas cards. Thanks.

  • Reply Milissa Croghan September 12, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Adding on IG and FB. I would love to capture some happiness at Back Bay!

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