I'm Patricia Lyons and welcome to my blogsite. I am an international lifestyle photographer based in Virginia.
I shoot, well, everything, but you'll find I mainly photograph editorial for select magazines, as well as beautiful weddings in Virginia and around the world. Some photo slideshows are stacked below to the right, and you can even watch them all if you have a whole lot of time and a jug of coffee (and I've been told a box of tissues). You can also 'search' the blog if you are looking for something specific.

Or I suppose you could just enjoy the ride back in time, as everything happened.
I know I have.

You can find me at (804)387-5722 or email patricia@patricialyonsphotography.com

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Martha Stewart Weddings' 'Top Photographers List'

Honored. And floored. Swear. 

Several months ago I was asked by an editor at Martha Stewart Weddings to fill out a questionnaire for an article about photography to be in their next issue.  Just normal stuff, you know, how long you've been in the business, describe your style, do you travel for weddings, advice for brides, that sort of thing. I was very careful with my words, and a bit verbose I suppose (that's just how I roll), and submitted my novella wondering if they'd use a quote or something.  I mean, wouldn't that be cool??

Fast forward a few months and one day I get a Facebook message from an old friend saying 'Congratulations on being named one of Martha Stewart Weddings' Top Photographers!!' Whaaa?  I made her send me a snapshot of whatever she was reading because I didn't even believe her.  But there it was in print, some sort of otherworldly validation by the masters of all things weddings, of ten years of shooting, and learning, and just plain working my butt off (and shhh... doing what I love).  Let me tell you, it made my day, my month, my year, my career.

But my 14 year old warned me not to let 'ranking hubris' affect me (I still think he made that up but have been meaning to check). And so it is. I am beyond thrilled to be part of this list, but back I go to chatting with new clients, committing dates for summer weekends well into the near future, editing until my wrist feels weak and my eyes start to cross... and making brides, grooms and their families happy capturing one of the best days of their lives.  Because that's truly the best validation there is.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Kelsey and Patrick's Kiawah Wedding // Coastal Living Weddings Magzine

Many moons ago I photographed Briana and Ben's gorgeous Kiawah Island Wedding at The Sanctuary, and I swore I'd be back one day. I just loved that quiet, beautiful, Southern Coast island and could easily appreciate their family's attachment to it over the years. So when Briana's Mom, once of the nicest people you'll ever meet, called to let me know that her other daughter Kelsey was engaged to the cute boy she had brought to her sister's wedding, I was so excited! 

Kelsey is a very patient bride, a skill learned in part by falling in love with a Navy man, so navigating (get it?) the calendars far in advance to determine he would be on his deployment was hard enough, but ensuring the River Course at Kiawah Island, her dream venue, would have been rebuilt in time after a heartbreaking fire made the wait seem ever longer.  They set their date and we waited. And waited. And planned. And wow, was it worth it.

The day started hazy and humid, storms threatened from the west, but spirits were high given Kelsey and Patrick would finally be married!  All went smoothly and then suddenly, I kid you not, DURING the ceremony, the sun peeked through and never stopped. It was pretty spectacular. 

Take a look in this spring's Coastal Living Weddings, and enjoy.

Event Planner: Engaging Events // Invitations and Programs: Sixpence Press //
Bride's Dress: Madison Row // Bridesmaids Dresses: LulaKate // Cake: Market Street Sweets

Monday, January 13, 2014

Jackie and Scott's Bahamas Wedding // Coastal Living Weddings Magazine

Jackie and Scott had visited the One&Only Ocean Club Resort in the Bahamas with Jackie's family numerous times, and it always held a very special place in their hearts.  They knew early on they would use this perfect venue for the wedding, and the ever-talented Dickie Morris at just a little ditty events brought us all together.  I am still trying to figure out how Dickie got that Sperry Tent down there!  The vibrant Caribbean-hued flowers and accents, the bridesmaids' dresses (which were designed and made by Jackie), her gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown, and lovely invitations by Bella Figura,  plus many more details came together brilliantly.

Jackie and Scott were great about heading to the beach for a few portraits after the wedding, though the wind was picking up, and as always the images turned out to be some of my favorites.  I love when the bride and groom get to step away from the activity and take a few minutes to themselves (with me, their personal stalker, of course).  The joy mixed with excitement, amazement, and maybe just a touch of relief that everything went the way the bride had dreamed, always, always, without a doubt always, come through in the images.
Last summer I was contacted by an art director working on a new magazine called Coastal Living Weddings. You mean as in Coastal Living magazine, I wondered?  The magazine that always features dreamy, breezy homes with insane views and makes me wonder why the heck I live two hours inland?  Yup.  So with the help of some seriously good fortune, both weddings I submitted were selected. Stay tuned for the next installment.

Now go make yourself a little frozen drink with an umbrella, and enjoy, and look for the 2014 issue of Coastal Living Weddings on newsstands now!!


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Town and Country Fun

Needless to say, but I'm gonna say it anyway, this was a blast to see in this month's issue of Town and Country.  Doesn't it make you want to get married in Switzerland?  I mean, I can come shoot it, just sayin'....

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

And what about the weddings?

Ohhhh the weddings... my friends, it has been one busy, wonderful year with many, many weddings to share.  I loved them all. I have so many favorite images, such lovely couples, it's daunting to consider selecting from them, but I will, I will!  The editorial shoots are just so much easier to blog because the image selection has been done for me.

2012 has introduced me to the most fabulous brides, grooms and families, as have the past years.  For all the time-sucking evils of Facebook I am thankful that I get to keep in touch with many of them and see where their journey takes them, and even watch some of their families grow.  Amy and Jack's precious twins, Lindsay and John's adorable son, the Trivette's growing crew... I love it, love it, love it.  I'm now waiting for two new baby announcements this month.  Squee!  New families!

This year's wedding journey started on a pretty January day in Charlotte, NC, then moseyed on through Charlottesville, Richmond,  Henderson, NC, then up through Warrenton, VA.  Came back through central Virginia, across the Atlantic to a timeless magical town in a tiny 1400's hillside church in Switzerland, back to a beautiful farm in Virginia then down to the sunny fun Bahamas.  Richmond and Charlottesville round out the rest of this fantastic year then... 2013. Can you believe it?

2013 brings more wonderful weddings and travel which at the moment include Kiawah Island, SC, Washington, DC, Easthampton, NY, Montclair, NJ, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Warrenton, NC, to name a few, and one state I have yet to ever visit, Wisconsin.  Lake Geneva here we come!  And of course some Charlottesville and Richmond in the good old VA.  Love that place.  I can't wait to see what else develops.

Stay with me, the photos are indeed coming.  These couples and their celebrations are too amazing not to share.

(above, my bridefriend Davita as we ran to catch the fading light in the vineyard in Cressier, NE, Switzerland. I've been practicing running and shooting simultaneously... ha)

A Gem

This summer, on the hottest and possibly most humid day of the year, I headed up to the Shenandoah Valley to photograph Elizabeth Locke's estate for Garden&Gun, one of my favorite magazines ever. Needless to say, it was divine and even her chickens were quite photogenic.  The house had been featured in Architectural Digest so my focus (ha) was on the gardens and the gardener extraordinaire.  Elizabeth and her husband John had the gardens and home looking perfect (which I suspect they always do) and graciously extended an invitation to stay overnight in their guest cottage (yes, please!).  We enjoyed dinner on the veranda, where I enjoyed hearing their stories and all about how Elizabeth started her jewelry business over delicious foods from her garden. Perfection.

Photographers typically prefer to shoot exteriors and landscapes in the morning or evening light, so I try to schedule these so that we can shoot, sleep, then shoot again in the pretty morning light.  Everything looks completely different when the sun is coming from the opposite side, so it's nice to be able to see the options and shoot things the way they look best. One of the greatest payoffs was coming up to the house at 5:45 am or so and catching the sun rise over the greenhouse.  The pinks and yellows were so dramatic, I knew we had our shot! 

Elizabeth herself was a treat.  A very cool lady, even in the torturous heat, who managed to look like a million bucks while my hair was pasted to the left side of my face and I continually wiped the um, humidity from the camera screen.  I loved her green sneakers which matched her stunning peridot necklace! And being the perfect hostess, she sent me home with two large bags of delicious vegetables, and flowers from her cutting garden.

Elizabeth, thank you for a lovely shoot and I do hope our paths cross again (in a cooler climate perhaps) soon!