Hey there! We are Michael & Chelsea Rowlands, a husband & wife wedding photographer team based in Hampton Roads, Virginia. We met when we were teenagers, got married in our 20’s and now we have wild toddler and an adorable little girl who bring us a rare form of joy. We love serving people by photographing their most cherished moments and we are passionate about capturing true love in a beautiful, authentic and captivating way. We love to photograph couples who desire to have beautiful wedding day images that reflect their love, but most importantly, who can’t wait to build a strong, long-lasting marriage. We live for beautiful sunsets, slow Sunday's, summer days on the river, and family get togethers around the dinner table.

Est. 2014

Say hello to Rowlands Photography

Now that we have 2 kids, we try to schedule a monthly date night so that we can take time to "date" each other. It can be hard to schedule at times, but it's always worth it when we get to reconnect as husband & wife.

We've watched the series so many times we lost count, so you can count on us referencing The Office at least once during your wedding day. If you shoot one back to us, we will become best friends on the spot.

We love when we get to go to a new venue that we've never been before. Richmond, Charlottesville, Luray, Washington, D.C., North Carolina, South Carolina, across the world - you name it and we're there!

This 52 week journal has been a game-changer for our marriage this year. Giving us a time each week to talk about our needs, desires and struggles has changed the way we communicate with each other throughout the week. Highly recommend for couples at any stage of life!

We jumped on the Financial Freedom train last year and we're never jumping off! We are currently on Baby Step #3 and saving for our forever home. We love the changes we've made and get excited about setting up a budget each month.

A few of Our FAvorite Things

Lover of a classic tux, fun socks, chatting about the stock market, traditional wedding vows, Cookout milkshakes, current events, dancing with Chelsea and telling the best dad jokes

Meet Michael

Lover of cathedral veils, all cream bridal bouquets, The Office, berry sangria, historical fiction, father-daughter dances, brunch, wedding cake and emotional first looks

Meet Chelsea

After meeting at the NorVa in 2010, we were married in late 2014 and Rowlands Photography was born.

We added to our family in November 2017 with our son Isaiah and then again in March 2020 with our daughter Adaline.

Meet our family

Making people feel comfortable, taking killer groom shots, dragging Chelsea to the dance floor, carrying our flash during portrait time, making sure your groom's hair stays fly, laughing with your grandparents and having the best time during your wedding reception

Michael is best known for...

Being extra organized, cheering you on on social media, carrying your train, helping to plan the perfect day-of timeline, demonstrating group photo prompts, quoting The Office throughout most conversations and smiling behind the camera 99.8% of the day

Chelsea is best known for...

Get to know us

For the first 4 years of our business, we specialized in natural light photography, only using flash during receptions. At the end of 2018, we started incorporating flash in our portrait times to be able to give our clients consistent, evenly lit, beautiful portraits, no matter the weather, the lighting situation or the sun position. Utilizing flash allows us to photograph our couples at noon when the sun is at it's harshest, as well as after the sunsets for those romantic and dramatic night portraits.

Why we use off-camera flash

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behind the scenes vs. the final shot

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(and why you should book a photographer who does too!)

a snapshot of our love story

From two teenagers in love, to husband & wife, to business owners, to mom and dad


Rowlands Photography  || michaelandchelsea@rowlandsphotography.com ||  Virginia Beach, VA 23464 || 757.514.1610