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Expertise Winner

5 years in a row

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what we 

DO.

 

Our

press.

 

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WE HAVE BEEN seen

IN OVER

70

 PUBLICATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY

Our

STORY

 

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Christal Marshall

OWNER/SUPER MOM/ SUSHI LOVER

It all started out of depression

and losing a child.

I have a Masters in Education and always thought that I was going to go into teaching full-time and be a principal by the time I was 35. But my plans changed when I had my first child In 2010. I went from working full-time, being a director of a nonprofit that worked for inner-city kids and writing curriculum, organizing summer camp experiences to changing diapers and being alone in a basement apartment filled with mold for two years.

Then we lost our second child in the first trimester and it brought me to the point of contemplating suicide.

We then couldn’t even afford to live in a basement apartment in Washington DC and so we moved to one room of a family’s house for two months to try to make ends meet. Then we moved to Virginia Beach and got a small apartment while I started my business and my husband volunteered as a minister.



I started shooting photography for friends and family from the knowledge that I gained from watching YouTube videos in 2011 with a $400 camera from Amazon.


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We became a licensed business in Chesapeake, VA in 2012. We have added videography, an event photobooth, social media management, marketing & graphic design to our list of services that we taught ourselves.

Now we mentor, coach, teach and rent our studio space to local photographers


We work with an average of 14 to 20 different brands and small businesses each year- creating contact with them each and every year through graphic design, websites, marketing co suits branding and logos


We have been featured over 60 times on various online publications and we were voted One of the Top Photographers in Va Beach in 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

In 2020, after the loss of my husband’s minister position, we started not one but two different businesses for him. He specializes in home renovations, reclaimed furniture creation and tiny homes.

Now me and my husband run four businesses full-time and we homeschool three children. Our house is a constant construction zone and creation zone. Besides homeschooling, I mentor other photographers in the area and my passion is educating other business owners to create and manage successful businesses.

Follow our crazy life here: 

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www.instagram.com/virginiaphotosandfilms

www.instagram.com/handyandyfixes

www.instagram.com/nomadearthdesign

we are more than in love with our pictures! We are on cloud 9 and these pictures are absolutely breathtaking We are so thankful and I literally can’t put into words how much these mean to us. You captured this day beautifully and we are forever grateful for the Marshall family. Without you guys, none of this would have been possible

 

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