A few months ago, I donated a session to a Family Fun Day in Silver Spring, MD.  The event raised money in support of blood cancers, a cause close to the organizers’ hearts and one that touches all of us.  It was a wonderful event, and I was pleased that this sweet family won my services.  They took full advantage of the session and got portraits of everyone.  It was truly my pleasure to take individual shots, couple shots, family shots, and more, especially since the grandfather was in town visiting.

We had a lot of fun together hanging out by the creek.  The family joked with each other, the dogs splashed in the water, and everyone was at ease.  There’s something so peaceful and easy about being outdoors.

I hope they’ll treasure these images for years, as they represent love, family, and life.  Family is precious, and it’s always special when everyone can be together.  Don’t forget to celebrate and record today.

Every day is a gift!

 

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We met this little baby on Friday with tears in our eyes.  We’ve anticipated her birth for months and are thrilled for her arrival!  She’s beautiful and perfect.  And, she has the most wonderful parents you could imagine.  Congratulations to you all!  We love you all and can’t wait to see your little girl grow throughout the years!

 

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August 9, 2012 They’re married!

There’s an incredible church in Pittsburgh called Shepherd’s Heart, where people come to experience God’s love and restorative grace in some of the most tangible ways I’ve seen.  My husband and I were blessed to worship there while in seminary.  And while its a church that primarily reaches out to the homeless and addicted in Pittsburgh, its a transformative place for all who walk through their doors.

We knew the pastor’s daughter while she was in high school, and even in her youth, she was one of the most self-assured, compassionate, and talented people we knew.  And now that she’s older, she’s even more spectacular.  And so, it was with great joy, we got to see our friend Christen marry her love a few weeks ago.

The entire day was filled with love and friends and family pitching in to help. Her aunts were bustling about in the kitchen, her friend’s mom made the shaws for the girls, friends played the music while others filmed and photographed the event. Christen’s grandmother who couldn’t travel to the ceremony, sewed so many beautiful blankets for the children to use as picnic blankets during the reception. We have 2 here at home, and when my daughters cuddle with them, I think of the love and devotion they represent.

It was a perfect day of love and worship and celebration. We were thrilled to be there and witness it all.  And, I loved slipping behind the scenes to capture Christen and her bridal party prepare for the big moment.  Thanks for letting me help capture a part of your day, Christen.  You are such a stunning bride!

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Our vacation to Colorado was fabulous.  The mountains and big skies make my heart soar.  We loved every special moment we had with our family, and now we’re home again, resting, recovering, and remembering all our fun adventures.

Every year, I make a book with the images from vacation.  It’s a yearbook of sorts.  We love looking through them all year and talking about all our family members.  This is especially wonderful for our kiddos as we live far from our family.  It helps us feel connected.

What do you do with your vacation photos?  I’m sure you’ve got some beautiful ones from this summer!  I encourage you– Get them off those memory cards and enjoy them!

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I had the real pleasure of meeting this sweet baby this week.  3 months and growing fast!  She’s full of smiles and snuggles and chubby rolls and sweet coos.  3 month olds are just so fun to photograph.  Pure love!

Her parents are pretty excellent as well.  You know the type of people that are easy to be with?  Comfortable, easy going, and interesting?  Yep, that’s them!

Enjoy your images- Your daughter is perfect!

 

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You can’t get more perfect than this– celebrating forty years of marriage, surrounded by the blessing family and life. The grandchildren playing and hugging, chasing a bunny, and smiling big.  The children catching up and enjoying the beauty of a summer night.

It was lovely.  It’s something that’s rare, beautiful, and inspiring.  And, it was an honor to capture it for them.

Congratulations on such a fantastic accomplishment!  Blessings on the many years to come.

 

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Life is a journey and when children are on board, it’s always adventurous. We explored the Chevy Chase Audubon on Saturday dodging rain clouds, watching the deer, and unfortunately, falling victim to bees. Poor little guy was stung! He was a trooper though, and bravely hung in there.

It was fun hanging out with you all. I love these smiles and the movement of all the images!

Enjoy!

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Meet this sweet young family. They’re busy loving on their little ones, caring for them, chasing them, kissing them and enjoying every minute of it. It’s hard work, no doubt, but it’s apparent to me, that its well worth it.

These are new friends to me. Friendly, fun, and full of life. It was a such a pleasure to spend the evening with them. I feel considerably blessed that I enjoy my work and the incredible people I get to work with.

Thank you guys for hanging with me in the heat! Enjoy!

 

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We met our dear friends in a wooded park by their home yesterday. As always, it was fun, beautiful, and life-giving. I love each of you! It always fills my heart when I spend time with you.

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I really enjoyed my time playing with these two guys today, not to mention hanging out with their sweet mom. They spent the afternoon playing in their yard, and I got to take it all in. The first born just turned 6, had a baseball themed party, and thinks Batman is really cool. The second is freshly one, doesn’t complain about crawling on hot pavement, but isn’t so sure about prickly grass.

They are full of fun movement and play. What a pleasure it is to watch them grow!

Thank you to you all for making my afternoon such a joy!

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