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

Laird & Ross in Brides Magazine

  This month, Brides magazine was relaunched in a cool, updated format. Yes, the same Brides that's been around so long I can remember lugging it around like a dog-eared wedding Bible long, long ago when I got married... which may or may not have been around when the internet was invented. I can't imagine a more perfect way to inaugurate the new look than with Laird and Ross' absolutely, drop-dead gorgeous wedding in Sea Island, Georgia.

Sea Island is a little gem of a place near St. Simon's Island on the southern coast of Georgia that I've been so fortunate to visit over the years with friends, and to shoot weddings on as well. Think massive trees, palms, Spanish moss, golf and bicycles. The Cloister is the main resort on the island that is breath-taking, in an oooh and ahhhing kind of way, and will spoil you rotten.  It is an idyllic place full of history and charm, and the G8 Summit was even held there in 2004.  

Laird is one of those girls who was born stylish, and it came through in every detail.  Her Carolina Herrera dress was perfection on her, and the girls in their black gowns looked so elegant.  Laird had help from the talented team at Kristin Newman Designs as it was quite a feat to pull off such a full and wonderful weekend of events, and her sweet family couldn't have been more accommodating and lovely. You can see more images and read their wedding story here

Laird and Ross, I wish you the best and thank you for letting me take part in your big day.  And for risking the rain with me for some portraits between those crazy Southern storm fronts, I think we did quite well! 

Home for Garden&Gun

One fine day, my Photo Editor at the ever-awesome Garden&Gun magazine called and said they were fiiiinally ready to do a city profile about Richmond, Virginia.  YAY!  I had been creating a list in my head forever, waiting patiently for this fantastic opportunity to show off my town.  Of course I know this place so well after living here for 16 years, what a breeze this would be to shoot, right?  I practically had the article written for them!  Uhhhh-huh. Then I got the shot list as long as my arm and I hadn't even heard of some of them.  Tricksters!  What was this BBQ place I had never heard of?  This pub? This bookstore?  The adventure had begun.

Like a Type-A scavenger huntress I google-mapped all the locations on the shot list (what you see in the final article is a mere portion, as the images I took could have filled a coffee-table book).  I broke the locations down into navigable chunks, designated shoot days for each with the owners (thanks to Margaret's help), coordinated them with the appropriate good light for each, packed up my stuff and hit the road.  While I enjoyed seeing some familiar faces and places, what I found were even more delicious dishes, more of the kindest people you could want to know, and really cool new-to-me places and spaces. I fell even more in love with this city I now call home. 

My friend and author Dean King wrote the wonderful introduction and the list of locations came from the writer Donovan Webster with a few ideas sprinkled in from Dean and me.  While it would have been much simpler if they had just asked my opinion (I mean, just ask my husband, I know EVERYthing), we all would have missed out on a lot these great spots!  Apparently I don't get out as much as I thought I did, but that would soon be remedied.

Some highlights of my shoot (and yes, it is a job folks, but it's a really fun one) included visiting some favorites of mine, Comfort, Lemaire, and Midtown Acacia restaurants.  Comfort sent me home with a large bag of food (shoot it, eat it is my policy), and yes that banana pudding is DIVINE.  I loved catching Flogging Molly at The National with my husband and shooting from a safe distance (have you seen a drunken Irish mosh pit? their fans are wonderfully nuts), and taking my kids to Belle Isle (you can see them running away from me on the bridge below... kids... kids... come back!!).  Shockoe Slip and Bottom are areas I just don't get to enough, and next time Rosie Connolly's Pub is a must visit.  It feels like a small pub on some side street in England, and they made me try a dark ale (I do suffer for my art) that was delicious and the owner could actually pour a perfect four leaf clover print into the foam.  The good luck was all mine.

Another fun shoot with Garden & Gun. Check!  More to come...

A Room with a View

A few months ago RHome asked if I could photograph this stunning Garden Tour home that looks out onto the mighty James River. As I've said before, I always come back to my humble abode after these home shoots and want to purge, redecorate and paint, and maybe even buy myself a couple of Picassos and Sally Manns. But I was too tired... and the store was fresh out of Picassos. Dern.