I’m a children’s photographer.  I love to run around, roll in the grass, tell silly jokes, and play games to get the most authentic expressions from children.  I love taking pictures as children grow and mature.  I love their honest little faces and curious spirits.  Children’s photography is what I do best.

But from time to time, I take pictures of their parents, and that’s pretty fun too.  During most sessions, I ask parents if they want a couple picture.  Most haven’t had a professional picture since their wedding.  They usually jump at the chance and are so pleased.  I also will fit in a quick head shot picture if mom or dad need an upgraded LinkedIn or Facebook image.  We all need quality pictures of ourselves.

This time was a little different, though.  These parents, parents to 2 beautiful young girls, came to me alone.  They wanted pictures of themselves, couple pictures similar to an engagement session.  Except, unlike an engagement session, their love is deeper, stronger, more mature, and more beautiful now.  After years together, they are growing closer and looking forward to the years ahead, together, with their family.  And  I LOVED celebrating that.  I loved getting to document their love years after their wedding, years after their children, looking ahead to what is to come.

Such beauty.  Enjoy!

 

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I’ve always found inspiration at I Heart Faces.  This week they’re running a contest for the “Best Face for 2012.”  As we’ve ended on year and started another, I’ve thought a lot about some of my favorite photography moments of 2012.  On a personal level, we welcomed a new baby girl this year, and I think her face has been my favorite to capture.  She changes so much everyday, and I love seeing her personality really emerge through her many expressions.  But, I can’t settle on an image for her.  My most recent is usually my favorite of our sweet baby.

There’s one image, though, that I’ve loved for months.  This spunky preschooler gave me some of the best expressions this year.  She’s got style, she’s got attitude, she’s got fun, and her gorgeous face shows it all.  Her face is so expressive and honest.  And here she is, collapsed on my blanket after an hour of running through the park, thinking….  thinking about something….  probably thinking of her next move.

 

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Happy New Year!  There is not a better way to welcome the new year than to welcome a gorgeous new baby!

I was thrilled to meet my 5 week old niece over the holiday.  I had the true joy of spending time with the whole family in the home documenting their life as they prepared for their photos, taking some pictures of everyone together and the baby alone, and then teaching my sister-in-law and brother about their new DSLR camera.  Sidenote Parents with young children–  invest in a DSLR.  It doesn’t have to be super fancy; it just has to have a fast shutter speed to catch all your litte ones’ expressions!

Little baby sister is so well loved.  Their community has outpoured with love (love those pictured mugs!), her parents dote on her every move, her brother is proud, and her sister is just beside herself-hugging, kissing, stroking, all-eyes-on-deck kind of love.  It’s the kind of love that makes you teary-eyed because it’s so lavish and good and right.

I hoped to capture just a bit of what this new family of 5 is like now.  Enjoy this peek!

 

 

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What a pleasure it was to meet these two little people last weekend.  They are the sweetest, most quintessential baby and toddler.  They light up when they see their mommy and daddy (and wonderful aunt).  They play and snuggle.  They hug and laugh so easily.   Their features are so perfect and pure.  She is the perfect toddler, and he’s the perfect baby.

I love these ages because every time I look through my lens, I catch a different look.  Babies and toddlers are so uninhibited, expressive, curious and so natural.  So I was not surprised to arrive home last weekend and flip through all the images we got to see so many gorgeous and different looks.

It was a real pleasure for me.  Thank you all  for a wonderful afternoon.  Enjoy!

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When these brothers and 1 gorgeous sister get together, they have fun.  They were itching to let lose and clown around, but first, we had to get some portraits.  We used the eclectic setting of Kensington’s Antique Row as our back drop, braved a cold foggy morning, and enjoyed our time as we got some great pictures.

All the little guy wanted to do was jump into his sibling’s arms, and so finally, we let him.  They were all tickled and I loved seeing the smiles on their faces.  And from there, they danced.  A 9am Gangum Style dance party.  I was laughing, their parents were laughing, and they were laughing.  Then off they went to their busy Saturday schedules.

As always, it was fun to photograph them.  It was fun to admire their good looks through my lens, and it was especially fun watching them dance.  Thanks guys!

 

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What a fun time I had with these special sisters.  They did such a great job sitting, posing, holding hands, but I could tell that I was just holding back their true spirit.  I was burying their inner divas.   They were just itching to show me what real models they were.  So when I said “strike a pose,” WOW, did they go for it or what!?

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Unfortunately, their dad could not make it to our session, so I circled back with them the following day to try to get some pictures of the entire family.  We changed the scene to a Christmas theme.  Aren’t they so pretty?  But you know, as do I, that beneath their sweet posing is something fierce.  (-:  The greatest models are versatile!

I LOVED working with you.  So.Much.Fun.  Enjoy!

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It’s their family tradition to enjoy chocolate croissants together on Saturday mornings at a bakery in Bethesda.  So, that’s what they did on this chilly morning!  They enjoyed croissants together and took me along with them.

It was cozy and comfortable to be with them and also fun to run and play with them outside.  I loved watching them play around the magnificent Christmas tree and catching their dark brown eyes whenever they flashed them my way.  They are sweet children, and this morning together reminded me why I love my job so much.

Thank you all for bringing me along for your croissant tradition!  Enjoy!

 

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Meet this sweet baby girl.  Big blue eyes, perfect soft skin, and the only baby I’ve ever met who LOVES playing on her tummy.  She is strong, happy, and playful.  She’s the perfect match to her big brother. This little guy’s memory is incredible.  He knows baseball players (Go Nats!) and their stats like the back of his hand.  Throughout our session, he pretended to be different players.  Some kids like to be dinosaurs, others are little princesses, and this guy, he’s Bryce Harper.

What a fun morning we had together.  Although it was a cold day, we had a great time and got some gorgeous pictures.  It was really fun to meet you all!

Enjoy!

P.S.  See that first picture?  See her sucking her thumb?  One of my favorite moments/images of the year!

 

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Meet a cool West Coast Family enjoying an East Coast fall for the first time.  Isn’t great?!  We met downtown by the beautiful monuments and memorials and enjoyed a brisk but beautifully sunny Friday morning together.  I loved being downtown with them, experiencing the electric feeling of history and beauty.  And, I loved that we could catch and capture this unique time in their family’s life, especially with their grandparents in town.

It was a fabulous morning, and I think we got some gorgeous pictures.  It was a real joy to be with you all.

Enjoy!

 

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About 7 years ago, I met these wonderful friends.  Living in a small Pennsylvanian town and in a tight seminary community, we quickly became friends.  I remember eating some delicious turkey meatballs at their home, watching Arrested Development (hilarious show!), and cheering on the Steelers together.  Now, we are both pastor families.  Our friendship is deep and being with them is always refreshing.  So, of course I loved having them come by Wednesday for some photos and dinner.

It’s fun looking through my viewfinder and seeing my friends’ beautiful children.  At times, I see their dad in them, and others, I see all mom.  They’re a beautiful combination and loads of fun.  I loved seeing my girls run and play with them (and chase and scream and tackle….)

Thanks for being my friends!  Enjoy!

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