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    Growing up in Louisiana I learned a few things, be polite, have a good time and don't take yourself too seriously. Being a skaterat (80's style) led me to pick up a camera. 30 years later, the skateboard only gets attention sporadically, but the camera never leaves my hand.

    Whether I'm on commercial assignment, a portrait shoot, documenting a wedding or just hanging around town, you can bet I'm taking photographs. Every. Single. Day. Because it's second nature to me, and I truly believe if you love photography and live a creative life then you're inspired by anything and everything...every day.

    My philosophy is simple. A wedding is an event that took months upon months of serious planning, so on that special day make sure you hire an experienced professional that knows how to handle the rhythm and pace of a sometimes hectic, demanding and possibly challenging day. One who's energetic, fun, appropriate and qualified, and who can capture your day with the style represented on their website. Someone who knows the intricate mechanisms of the camera, because while natural light photography sounds poetic, in the real world low light situations are the norm and you need someone who knows their way around a camera. I take great pride in photographing beautiful portraiture, but the essence of my work is capturing those true moments that really happen. Those fleeting moments are the photographs you're going to treasure forever. My approach is candid and unobtrusive, to make sure the attention is on the bride and groom, as it should be--this day is all about YOU. Because really, you could be reading this and find out what my favorite color is, but wouldn't you rather know what makes me the photographer that can handle the job?

    I'm a Virginia Beach wedding photographer. Since 1997 I’ve shot over 500 weddings, countless portrait sessions, been published by magazines and blogs that I'm truly proud of and worked with the best of the best in the wedding industry -- I really couldn't imagine doing anything else. So please take a look through my website and blog. If our vision is in sync, I hope to hear from you.

Meredith + Brad’s Hermitage Museum and Gardens Wedding | Norfolk Virginia

From Meredith! “The memories that Echard captured on our wedding day exceeded our expectations! HisView full post »

Kathy and Steve’s Winter Wedding | Yacht Club at Marina Shores | Virginia Beach

Wedding Coordination: Reva Stein Hair and Makeup: Behind the Veil Dress: Pure English Catering: Cuisine andView full post »

Featured in Virginia Living Magazine | Lauren + Phil’s Wedding at The Historic Wells Theater | Norfolk Virginia

 I honestly cannot say enough nice things about my friends Lauren and Phil, their fantastic families, their incredibleView full post »

Amanda and Kevin’s Early Mountain Vineyard Wedding

Venue: Early Mountain Vineyard Gown: Lian Carlo from Carine’s Bridal Atelier Hair and Make up: Best FaceView full post »

callie and ryan | gorgeous virginia beach backyard wedding

Gown: Silk Bridal Lighting: Stage Right Lighting Catering: Cuisine & Company Event Planner: Reva Stein Tent:View full post »

Diana and Chandler’s Super Fun MOCA Wedding

Wedding Coordinator: Michelin Gary Hair: Carly and Lori at Bridesmaid MUA: Kim Wadsworth at Bridesmaid Dress: BellaView full post »

Elizabeth + Gregor’s (Gnarly Weather Won’t Stop US) Eastern Shore Wedding | King’s Creek Marina and Resort

MUA: Blushing Brides Flowers: Roost Flowers DJ: Astro Entertainment Cake: Shockley’s Sweet Shoppe Venue: KingsView full post »

Lauren + Ethan Got Married | Lesner Inn | Virginia Beach

Event Coordinator: Jamie Leigh Events Hair & Make up: Behind The Veil Studios Flowers: Black Iris Cake:View full post »

Courtney + Bryan’s Backyard Wedding (aka Mudstock)

Catering: Sweetwater Cuisine Coordination: Courtney Williams and Cydney Paskey Dress: Maya Couture Hair + Make up: LizView full post »