I met Desmond when he was around one month old and he reminded me so much of his big sister at that age. He even wore one of the same outfits that she wore for her newborn session a few years ago. It's amazing how much change change in a few years! I really love arriving to a session and capturing those last few minutes of getting ready before we start. It gives kids a little time to adjust to having me in their home and we really capture some nice "real life" moments :)
We had a beautiful warm and sunny morning for the A family's session at Ridley Creek State Park. When we scheduled the session I was not sure if there would be any leaves left on the trees (this was in early November) but we ended up finding some pretty foliage :)
I am vowing to never get behind on blogging again, but I will say, I love revisiting these fall sessions and I am finding new favorites for each session as I look through the galleries again :) We had a beautiful night for the A family... perfect temperature (which was a nice surprise for November!) and a beautiful sunset. I absolutely love working with this family. I knew I could take them to this location and that they would be up for a little hike ;) They totally go with the flow and give their kids endless love. We captured lots of fun and lots of love.... which is always my favorite <3
I am so behind on blogging my fall sessions and I've been eagerly waiting to get to this session. I was so excited to work with the T family again. I did A's newborn photos and it was incredible to see how much she has grown. Valerie is an amazing local photographer (I can't get enough of her posed newborns!) and we spent a good bit of time deciding on the perfect location... we wanted lots of grasses and a gorgeous sunset. Beautiful light was a top priority. We ended up with a perfect night and I love the casual, lifestyle images we captured. Their gallery was HUGE and it was so tough to pick my favorites to blog :)
I love to do fun, casual Extended Family Sessions. I do capture some portraits of the family together, but there are plenty of moments in between that I capture and include with your gallery. We explored Ridley Creek State Park for this session and we had such beautiful light at sunset. It was great to see these two girls again and I loved meeting their grandparents :)
I had a wonderful time with this family and their sweet little girl. We explored the park and tried to stay cool on a hot summer day! She loves reading The Hungry Caterpillar so we took a break to read for a bit part way through the shoot. It was so fun to wok with these three!
I've known Vera's mom since we were seven. We did summer swimming together, went to school together, and now are moms together. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to photograph my friends - new and old <3 I don't take that lightly. I loved spending the afternoon at Ridley Creek State Park with these five (!) to capture some images for Vera's first birthday. Vera adores her big siblings and always has her eye on them. Pretty soon, she will be able to keep up with them too :) Thank you for trusting me to capture these memories and fleeting moments for you!
I am always so honored when I have the opportunity to photograph families I know. I recently did newborn photos for my husband's cousin's family. Lindsay was so peaceful and totally content in her parents' arms. We photographed her in her nursery and other favorite rooms in their house - including the kitchen! In this session, I love the bright and airy images just as much as the moody black and whites. We spent a great afternoon together and I can't wait to see this sweet girl again!
I spent an unusually warm (almost 70 degrees!) November afternoon with this sweet little girl and her family. We decided to embrace the warmth and do some photos outside before moving inside. I absolutely love sibling photos and capturing natural interactions. R is a wonderful big sister and even shared a few leaves with little G.
This family has been so patient waiting for their images! I was so close to finishing them up and then we had "fall back" and well... we all know how that goes with kids. P was such a sweetheart and so easygoing during our evening session. She has the most sparkly eyes and just adored her mom and dad. We captured a great variety of images and P was so tuckered out by the end, she fell asleep in her mama's arms. It doesn't get any better than that!
I fell in love with photography soon after my first daughter was born. I spent hours upon hours reading about photography during late night nursing sessions and spent my days practicing what I learned so I could get the perfect portrait of my daughter. It wasn’t long before I realized that my favorite images were the ones captured between the posed portraits. I love looking back at the pictures of my daughter’s tiny hands stacking her alphabet blocks or holding our favorite books. I love seeing her sweet eyes peeking through the holes in the laundry basket that I’ve had since college. And I love reminiscing when I see her tiny feet from the day she crawled into her toddler bed for the first time. For me, photographs mean so much more when there is context and memories associated with them. I’ve always loved looking back at the pictures my parents took of us when we were growing up. I especially love all of the details: the linoleum kitchen floors we roller skated on, the pink living room couch we sat on while we waited for the bus on rainy days, the wooden rolling pin that my mom has always used to make sugar cookies.
As much as we take photographs for our own personal memories, we also take them for our children to look back at years from now. Their favorite images will be the ones that stir up memories of their childhood: ordinary moments from everyday life. For me, these ordinary, often simple moments are the ones that make life extraordinary.
I want to capture these moments for you and your family so you can share them for generations to come. In my Storytelling Sessions, I’ll capture a glimpse of your favorite family activities: baking cookies, playing dress-up, planting flowers, getting ice cream, bedtime stories, bath time, playing at the park, a game of catch, potty training, folding laundry for the baby-to-be, riding bikes, eating finger food for the first time… you name it! I would be honored to capture these fleeting moments for you and your family.
Please contact me for more information on these special sessions!
I was so excited to wrok with this family again. I did Kate's maternity photos in the fall and it was so fun to see them again and to meet their new baby girl! Baby E was welcomed into such a loving family and has a big brother who totally adores her. I love capturing memories for families in their own home and am truely honored when they invite me in for a few hours of their day. Congrats again, B family!
It seems like ages ago that I met up with the B family to take some maternity photos - a lot has changed for both of us since then! We had been having some really cold weather, but we lucked out with a relatively warm, winter morning. I was excited that there was still some snow on the ground! Little N was definitely excited to be a big brother, but he was even more excited to explore the really neat grounds of the Mansion House. He helped us find some really creative spots along the way. I loved capturing this soon-to-be family of four!
Around the holidays last year, I met up with the M family on an chilly afternoon. We braved the Longwood Gardens crowds to get some holiday photos and I'm so happy with how they turned out! Little A was such a good sport and loved checking out all the holiday displays. You can see where he gets his amazing smile from! We had such a fun time!
I met up with the M family on a freezing, cold Sunday morning. Good thing the conservatory at Longwood Gardens was nice and warm! Little H was such an explorer and had fun checking out all the plants and flowers. He loved seeing all of the water and splashing in the Children's Garden at the end!
I recently had the opportunity to work with my local babywearing group (BWISEPA) on a fundraiser to raise money for our lending library. I was thrilled to work with these beautiful mamas and their sweet babies. Babywearing is something that my daughters and I have always enjoyed and this group has helped our experience be a safe and successful one. When I first joined the Facebook group, it was just a local babywearing group with a couple hundred members. Since then, it's become an international chapter with a nearly a couple thousand members! I've enjoyed being a part of this community and was honored to give back to such a great cause.
I spent a wonderful morning with baby R and her family last fall. She was such a peaceful sleeper and loved being cuddled in mommy's arms. I am always so honored when clients welcome me into their home - especially newborn families! The first few weeks with a new baby are such a crazy, sleepless time. This new family of three was such a joy to work with and I can't wait to watch little R grow up!
I owe a huge thank you to all of the people who let me practice taking family portraits last year as I was building a portfolio and practicing photography sessions! Everyone was SO patient with me and I really had a great time capturing these images for everyone!
We spent a beautiful morning chasing S around and capturing some casual two year old portraits for his birthday. He loved exploring everything and gave me some great smiles along the way. And I just adore those blonde curls!! I had so much fun at this session and have loved watching S grow over the years.
I loved spending the morning with this sweet family and their new baby girl. Their first baby girl wanted to be everywhere we were and even made it into a few of the shots! Baby O was so easy going and dozed off and on throughout the shoot. I love the variety of shots we were able to capture!
I am so excited to be part of a new Blog Circle featuring Lifestyle Newborn Photography. We will be sharing some of our newborn work each month as part of the Blog Circle. Be sure to continue through this blog circle to see some other talented lifestyle newborn photographers! Up next is Sandi Farrell from Four Wishes Photography, Northern Virginia Newborn Photographer. Her work is amazing, so make sure to check it out!