I'm a published wedding and portrait photographer located in a small town outside of Charlottesville. In addition to capturing beautiful images, I love spending time with my family, am freakishly good at word games (Hey Wheelmobile!), love an ice cold can of Coke or Dr. Pepper, know every line to Hocus Pocus and can never pass up a Chick-fil-A waffle fry or a trip to HomeGoods.
In 2021, I had the opportunity to participate in a styled shoot at various locations throughout Lynchburg, including Firehouse 4. The shoot raised funds for the YWCA of Central Virginia which aims to empower women, children and families. They have a domestic violence prevention program, a sexual assault response program and a women’s residential housing program. They also operate Church Street Bridal which offers designer gowns at vastly reduced prices. The funds from Church Street Bridal benefit the YWCA.
Firehouse 4, a former working firehouse, is fun and funky, with an eclectic, industrial vibe. It served as a firehouse for approximately 90 years, from 1905 to 1995. It was then purchased to become a private home and later served as rental spaces for college students before being purchased by Tim and Shannon Woodland and turned into an Airbnb and event venue. It really sticks to its firehouse roots with a fire pole, lots of firehouse memorabilia and a firetruck. It’s a ton of fun.
This particular shoot really played off of the fun firehouse vibes with bright and colorful decor. There were hanging florals, a kind of boho table surrounded with pillows, lots of macrame, colorful food, a nod to Tom Petty and more. Of course, I had to get the models out on the firetruck because if you’re in a firehouse, you should show it, right? I had a drama teacher in high school (who really hated me by the way) say if you have a prop you have to use it, so I use it. I don’t have fond memories of her, but the advice is pretty solid.
We used all of the firehouse fun. If you’re looking for a unique venue in the Lynchburg area, this is it. Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot.
Venue: Firehouse 4
Planner and Design: Something Blue Events
Florist: Rosefield Farm and Flowers
Furniture Rentals: Happily Ever After
Stationery: Melissa Spence Designs
Calligraphy: R.E. Written
Cake Design: Sweet Indulgence Bakery
Macrame Detailing: All Strings Detached Macrame
Food Styling: Suzy Q Etc.
Hair: Locks & Lashes
Makeup: BJohn Beauty
Cocktails, DIY, Favors: Hill City Bride
Dresses: Church Street Bridal
Men’s Accessories: Elegant and Royal Collection
Event Charity: YWCA Central Virginia
Event Organizer: Amative Creative
Event Team Manager: Tina Lane Events