Meet my energetic little friend.  When she gets super excited, her slight frame starts shaking, her smile shines, and her eyes sparkle.  She can’t contain the excitement!  It was easy to catch her smiles because she’s just so happy all the time.  What a dream of a girl!

We met downtown at the National Museum of the American Indian, a very special place for this family and one of the most beautiful buildings in DC.  Not to mention one of our favorite lunch places!  Their cafe is amazing, which is no secret to most locals.  At lunch, you see many suits from the Capitol meeting there.

We had a beautiful afternoon enjoying the museum grounds, exploring an adjacent garden, and soaking in the warm sun.  Like I said before, it was an easy day for me.  My friend’s excitment and her family’s beauty are so evident and natural, it can’t be missed.

Thanks, guys, it was a real pleasure!  Enjoy!

 

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Yesterday, I posted some images of two close sisters who are growing into beautiful young ladies.  Today, I have another set of gorgeous sisters.  These two, though, are all baby.  And I LOVE their bright inquisitive eyes and their baby chub.  These little girls are just so CUTE!

It was a real pleasure to catch up with them again (you might recognize the older sister from some of my baby gallery images) and meet their newest addition.  What a precious little sister she is!  You have a beautiful family.  Thank you for spending the afternoon with me!

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Meet my dear friend and her beautiful daughters.  Together, for 4 years, we’ve parented together, worked together, prayed many prayers together, and watched each other’s family grow.

This special day was the youngest’s birthday.  We met together to play and take portraits to document the year.  And while these sisters have plenty of fun together, I can’t help but look through my camera lens and see 2 little ladies growing up.  They are becoming so caring, smart, and mature.  They are beautiful inside and out, and I can’t wait to watch and admire them for years to come.

I love you!  I hope you know how gorgeous– inside and out– you are!

 

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Last Sunday I met up with this spunky girl and her parents down at the new Yards Park in DC.  The sun was warm, the park was neat, but this little girl’s smile was best part of the session  She just lights up the camera!  Her adorable freckles, beautiful curls, and energetic spirit are amazing.

After an hour of exploring the bridges, benches, and views, we wrapped things up.  Then, she looks at me with her great big smile and says,  ”Great!  Can we play now?!”  I was whooped from all the activity.  I think her parents were too, but not this little friend.  She wanted more play time!

It was a blast.  I hope I captured just an ounce of her fun-loving spirit here.  Enjoy!

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When I received a photography request from this mom, she said she was on a quest for a fantastic family photo.  Tis the season when we all head outside and try to capture the perfect image for our holiday cards.  And that’s not easy to achieve!

This past Saturday morning, we headed to the Woodend Sanctuary to try to get a great family picture, and in our time together, we got that and so much more.  We got beautiful portraits of these blue-eyed beauties.  We played, explored, jumped, and enjoyed the bright morning sun.  It was a real pleasure.  Thank you for being so wonderful– enjoy!

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Meet a big brother who is rockin’ Kindergarten, losing teeth left and right, and playing baseball like a pro.  Meet his little sister, a real beauty with mesmerizing eyes and spunk and grit that can’t be matched.  (See if you can make out the swing they made from a tree limb.  Creative and daring!)  Both are about to become a brother and sister again as the family is awaiting the arrival of a sweet little baby soon.

And meet their wonderful parents who display such authentic love, zeal for life, and natural beauty that shines from within.

I had such a fantastic evening with you all.  Thank you for being real, easy, and fun.  Enjoy!

 

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The third time is a charm!  After 2 rained out session dates, we finally got a beautiful fall afternoon to get together and take some stunning pictures.  Aren’t these children gorgeous?!  The big brother is such a gentleman, the middle brother is so affectionate, and the baby girl is the adored princess.

We had a lovely time together in their rose garden.  It was fun, relaxed, and pretty.

Thank you so much for being such joys.  Enjoy!

 

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I just love them!

I love these kids. I love their parents. I love their creative spirits.  I love their big brown eyes. I love their sweet, gentle personalities. I love their adorable outfits.  I love that the brothers love to kiss their baby sister.  I love that I get to photograph them so often.  (The sweet sister was my first newborn model!)  I love that I get to see them weekly at church.  I love this beautiful setting at the Rockville Mansion.  I love it all.

Thank you for being a part of my life and for letting me capture these special years of young childhood for you.  Enjoy!

 

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Meet the 10 beautiful children (11th on the way!) of this extended family.  What a fun and polite group of children!  It was special to see the siblings and cousins interacting– they gave hugs and played and giggled.  They fought over who could hold the babies, and they all posed and dazzled in front of my lens.  So happy and precious!

Leaving the session on Sunday, I was reminded why I love family photography so much.  Families get together, record this unique time when they are all in one place at one time, and will have and cherish these images for years to come.  It’s fun for me, and special for them.

You all are so lovely!  Enjoy!

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August 28, 2012 First Day of School

Just like many of you, we sent our little girl off to school on Monday morning.  She is a new kindergartener.  *Tear!

It was a tremendously proud day for my husband and me.  Our little girl has come a long way.  We’re proud of her courage, excitement, and responsiblity.

She was so excited for school.  She couldn’t sleep Sunday night and was up bouncing around at 6am Monday morning.  She hurried through the morning, jumped for glee as we walked to the bus stop, and busily talked with her friends as we waited for the bus.  And then it happened so quickly.  The bus pulled up, the kids lined up (oldest first, youngest last), and to the bus they marched.  I leaned in for a final hug, she pushed me away, and never looked back.  And that was it.  Off she went on a gigantic yellow bus.

And home she returned with matching excitement.  She loved her day at school, but she says the best part is riding the bus because they don’t have to wear seat belts.  :-)

We love her and are so proud.  Before we know it, we’ll be snapping pictures of her on her graduation day.  *Tear!

 

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