I remember my session last fall with this family so fondly.  When I met with them again this weekend, I couldn’t believe a year had past.  On one hand, it felt like yesterday I was taking their pictures, but on the other, they have grown up quite a bit!  It was fun to catch up with them.

When I asked who wanted to take photos first, the middle sister enthusiastically yelled “ME!”  Music to my years!  She is so eager and happy and kind.  When I asked what he was for Halloween, the big brother said “Gangum Style.”  Hilarious!  That had me laughing.  And when I asked her favorite color, the little sister said, “blue and yellow for Michigan.”  She’s making her father proud, I’m sure.

I love working with these kids.  They’re fun, easy to be with, and great listeners.  Thanks for another great fall photo session!

Enjoy!

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I knew coming into Monday’s session I’d have a great time with these sisters.  Not only does their natural beauty light up the camera, but their sweet demeanors, good listening, and playful spirits is just fun to be around.  They love to take very feminine portraits, they love to snuggle in close with mom and dad, and they love to explore and play in nature.  At the end, after an hour together, they very politely asked if we could be goofy.  Yes!  Of course!  And then they sprung into action, running, cartwheeling, making silly faces, and jumping into each other’s arms.  And I’m so glad they did, because without following their lead, we would have missed the piggy back photo.  It was a favorite last year, and I think it’ll be a favorite again this year.

I knew we’d have a great time together, and we did.  It was a sincere pleasure for me!

Thank you girls!  You are both so beautiful!

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One of my favorite aspects of my family sessions is the quality time a family spends together.  For an hour, a family interacts, hugs, plays, and spends time together.  It’s a special time set apart when everyone is present.  It is also a rare and beautiful thing in our ordinary days.

Togetherness is one thing that really stood out for me last Saturday with this family.  They really enjoy being together.  They are not rushed, they are present, they’re feet are solid on the ground.  They are loving, caring, and interested, and they listen to each other.

And, I count myself very fortunate because not only did I sense this on Saturday, but I also know it from years of friendship through church.  Together, they are strong and at peace.  Together, they are joyful and fun.  They really love being together, and I loved being with them to take these beautiful images.

Enjoy!  I love you guys!

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As it is hailing out my window, I’m working through the beautiful images from this weekend.  It was so colorful, sunny, and splendid!  And, to top it all off, I had the pleasure of meeting this new family of three who is completely in LOVE.  It’s not uncommon to see the love the parents have for their children during a photo session, and I definitely saw that.  What struck me most on Saturday morning, though, was the palpable love these parents have for each other.  Their deep joy was so evident and inspring to me!

I loved working with them and meeting their sweet baby girl.  Her big blue eyes, happy spirit, and cuddles are PRECIOUS.  And, she is growing fast.  We saw her start to crawl during this session!

What a beautiful family!  Thank you for meeting up with me, Enjoy!!

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You might recognize this sweet baby girl…. this sweet baby girl who just turned 1YEAR OLD!  I was privileged to meet her in her first days of life and capture newborn photos as well as others throughout the year.  Looking through these images, I can hardly believe she is now cruising, crawling, playing, and eating cake too.  The first year of life is so miraculous.  She has grown so much!

This family is special to me, and once again, I was happy to spend an afternoon with them.  They are always good for a great laugh!  We started in their home with this princess all dressed up in her party dress.  Then we headed out to walk the blocks of their urban DC neighborhood.  It was also a lovely time to get some photos with grandma and grandpa.

You guys are the best!  Congratulations on a fantastic first year.  Enjoy!

 

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Meet my friend and her beautiful family.  She is warm and kind and has a sense of style that is to be envied.  She brings a Southern charm to this city that at times really needs it!  She and her husband have created such a beautiful home and family, and it was a joy to meet them there and documents their precious lives.

Meet her first born, her golf-loving son.  He is the big brother, although he is still just a babe himself.  Bright blue eyes, a sporty spirit, and cuddler at heart.

Meet her second born, her perfect daughter.  She is still so tiny but has a million dollar smile and a strong spirit to match it.  It’s fun to think of all wonderful traits she will have as her personality emerges.

I had a fantastic morning with them all.  Thank you for being so wonderful!  Enjoy!

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What a dream this was!  I’m thrilled to have been able to meet this beautiful family earlier this week.  We caught some of the warm sun rays and enjoyed the fresh air.  We were in and out of this session in 45 minutes and achieved some of my favorite images to date.  It all came together perfectly this afternoon, and I’m excited to share it with you.

This precious little girl is a golden.  I learned that to get her to light up, you just cheer and clap and celebrate, and she’ll join in right with you.  I also learned that she loves her dog.  And, I think the affection goes both ways.  This pup is super cute and well behaved.

Enjoy!  It was fun!

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Right before Hurricane Sandy hit, we snuck in a family photo session with this adorable brother-sister pair.  Aren’t they precious?!  They showed me around their home and gardens, played with their rockets, shared a wagon ride, and even jumped on their parent’s bed at the end.  It was such fun to meet them and be in their home, the special space they share their lives together.  Homes are my fovorite places to do family photo sessions because they are so intimate, comfortable, and we can really capture an authentic moment in time.  This was such a dream session for me!

It was a real pleasure to meet you all.  Your children are wonderful!  Enjoy!

 

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I’ve done  a lot of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd birthday photo sessions, and I love doing those.  But this birthday session was in many ways even better.  All of her family traveled from about 5 different states to be together for her very special day.  What a happy day it was!  A happy, happy birthday!  Happy 75th Birthday!

I loved that everyone came together as a family.  They enjoyed yummy coffee cake, fresh coffee, and lots of laughs.  The little ones played with the older ones, and the infant snuggled with her mommy. One of the brightest parts of the day was getting pictures of the great-grandparents with the grand babies.  What a unique moment in time!

You guys are all so unique and fun.  I really enjoyed our time together!  Thank you and enjoy!

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This is one of my favorite families in DC.   Our children have been in class together for several years, and we’ve enjoyed watching them play and grow together.  These children are funny, happy, and as you can see, so stinkin’ cute!

My daughters love playing with them, and the best part is that I LOVE hanging out with their mom.  She is my friend!  She is  caring, energetic, supportive, and real.  It was my true pleasure to meet up with them at the National Cathedral’s Bishop’s Garden and take their pictures.

Enjoy these images.  You are all so stylish and BEAUTIFUL!

(And Happy Halloween!)

 

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