A Just Because Couple's Session in Downtown Charlottesville, Virginia: Jen + Cameron

Cameron and I will celebrate four years of marriage and eight years as a couple this year, and when I look around our home, photos of the two of us are nearly nonexistent.

Even though I’m the Editor-in-Chief of Catalyst and I deeply believe in the importance of having photographs to remember the moments of joy throughout your life, not just photos of your wedding day, we had not managed to take any real photos of us together in the last four years. The daily routine of marriage, bills, and careers had meant we hadn’t taken as much time for each other as we would have liked, and it’s something we’ve been intentional about changing in the last few months.

So when friend and photographer Ayesha Ahmad said she would be moving to Charlottesville from Maryland this summer and wanted to add more photos of Charlottesville to her portfolio ahead of her move, we were thrilled to get to spend time in front of her camera!

Charlottesville has been my home for the last fifteen years, and while it has been the site of some of the worst days of my life, it has also been home to some of the best, and most of those great days have to do with Cameron. Downtown Charlottesville is so important to us. It’s where we had our first date, where we were married, where we have both worked, and where we have spent most of our time socializing, eating, and drinking over the last eight years. We were so excited to share some of our favorite spots with Ayesha as she photographed us around the city, sipping on coffee, stopping in alcoves, and taking in the mountain views.

Every day I am thankful to have Cameron. He is such a loving, supportive, feminist partner, and he is the high point of all of my days.

I am so glad we had the opportunity to have Ayesha capture us on camera! If you are looking for a photographer in Central Virginia, I definitely recommend hiring Ayesha! She’s available in the area for weddings and events beginning in September 2019.

Words by Jen Siomacco. Photos by Ayesha Ahmad.


Born and raised in the South, Ayesha has lived in the D.C. area for 19 years, during which she earned a graduate degree, worked as a reporter, got married, started a family and then a wedding and portrait photography business. She struggles with an iPhone addiction, but she loves reading (fantasy!), hiking (so excited about the Shenandoah Valley!), baking (ask her about her rustic apple-pear pie-crisp), handwork (knitting, crochet, embroidery, oh my!), and hanging out with her awesome kids, who are 13 and 7 and generally a hoot. Ayesha is moving back south next month, to Charlottesville, Va., and will be available for portraits in that area starting in July and weddings starting in September.