Such beautiful children!  My family and I love these special friends so much.  We love them for their playfulness, kindness, and creativity. We love them for their faithfulness, consistency, and care.

We love them because they are so loving towards us.

We love them for the inner beauties of their hearts, but what’s fun about my job, is that I get to also see how beautiful they are on the outside.  I get to show people how beautiful they are and how the world sees and appreciates them too.

I love you guys.  Thanks for a wonderful evening!

 

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It was a beautiful evening Monday at the National Cathedral’s Bishop’s Garden.  I had the pleasure of meeting these beautiful blondies and their nice parents.  We roamed the rose garden, posed in the gazebo, and explored all the twists and turns of that beautiful place.

I couldn’t be more excited about how these images turned out.  Everything came together perfectly that night- enthusiastic children in adorable outfits, a warm spring night, and a gorgeous setting.  It was just spectacular!

Thank you all for a wonderful night!  Your family is precious.

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I first met this little girl last summer.  She was just a few months old, snuggling with her mama in her nursery.  Now, she’s walking, saying “up,” clapping her hands, and showing everyone she is 1.  One thing hasn’t changed, though, she’s still incredible adorable and absolutely cherished by her parents.

When talking with her mom about what she wanted out of the photo session, she said that she wanted to be in lots of pictures.  She’s typically the one snapping the shots, and it’s her turn to get in front of the camera.  I get that, and I love that.  It’s one of my priorities in every photo session- to get images with mom and dad, showing their love and care for their children.

It was a beautiful morning together and a joy for me to see this little one grow.  Thanks to you all-  your little girl is so amazing.  Enjoy!

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When I drove up to this home on Friday morning, I was struck by how beautiful and unique it is.  The early morning sun was peaking out from over top of it, and I was in love.  It is incorporated so nicely with its Virginia surroundings.  Whether you’re indoors or out, you feel like you’re part of the natural setting.

I knew this family would have a cool and tranquil vibe to them.

And I was right!  This family just seems to live in harmony.  Mom and dad and son and baby-girl-on-the-way, were so peaceful and happy together.  Their histories are so interesting and unique, and they seem to intertwine so wonderfully.  At one point I asked, “how did you meet?  You guys seem to be a perfect match!”

Now they have an adorable little boy who can scoot and explore to his heart’s desire.  There’s a little girl on the way, ready to meet the family.  And here they are-  so beautiful, natural, and relaxed.  A gorgeous morning at home.

 

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I loved meeting these little guys this past weekend and am thrilled at their beautiful images.  We dodged the storms, braved the gnats, and got a little muddy, but you’d never know it.  These little ones were fun and precious and unfettered by the worries we adults had about the weather.

They also reminded me of how special life is with little ones.  This brother-sister combo are so precious, excited, creative, interested, and beautiful.  They are uninhibited and playful.  It’s truly a unique period of life that I love and hope to capture.

Thanks to you all for a fun session.  It was a true pleasure to meet you all!

 

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This inspiring family is one reason I love Facebook.  Thanks to Facebook, I’ve reconnected with an old childhood friend here in the DC area and am continually updated on her amazing life and heroic journey as a mother.

She’s a mom extraordinaire.  4 beautiful children –  2 big brothers and baby twin sisters- who are so sweet.  With each up and down on her journey of motherhood, she has acted with transparency, gratefulness, energy, and a sense of perspective that I envy.  This mom takes on all blessings and challenges the same-  with love and capability.  And her supportive and caring husband is right there with her the entire way.

In other words, when you’re with this amazing crew, you’re thinking, “Wow.  How do they do it all and make it look so easy?!”

I’m so pleased to have these Texans up here in my neighborhood now.  Enjoy!

 

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Picture perfect!  These lovely sisters in their amazing garden.  Confident beauty and fun-loving sisterhood.  They twirl and squeeze and giggle and laugh.  It’s always a great pleasure to look through my lens at spring time and see how they’ve each grown.

I’ve known them for over 4 years and have watched their precious chub melt as they grow taller and taller.  Their hair is longer, vocabulary larger, and confidence stronger.  I see their unique beauties emerge each day.

I think I love seeing them grow so much because I love them each so much.  They are just perfect!

Thank you for another fabulous spring afternoon!  Enjoy!

 

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I love this gorgeous family.  They quickly became friends to us almost 2 years ago when they moved to our neighborhood.  They’re so funny, honest, and real, and we (my entire family and I) cherish them.

So it was a real honor to take their pictures on Saturday morning.  Bright sun, cool air, and lots of space to play.  It was the perfect setting.

I’m just in love with their images.  They represent what I love about family lifestyle photographer- relaxed, fun, togetherness, and beautiful.  A glimpse into life with young children; what their life looks like today.

Thank you to you all!  Enjoy!

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For this special weekend, family traveled from all over the country to be together.  They had a busy weekend planned, and of course, much of it revolved around their precious grandchildren.  (How cute are they!?)  I was pleased to meet them at Glen Echo Park to help them remember their time together.  After a fun puppet show, we gathered the different family groupings and got their images for keepsakes.

They’ll look at these images for years to come and say, “That’s grandma and grandpa.  They love you very much!” and “Can you believe you were ever that small?” and “Did you know that’s when our baby was in mommy’s tummy?” and “That was so special because everyone was there together.”

When family is scattered across the country, time together is especially precious.  I was honored to help this family celebrate this weekend together.  Celebrate life and family and togetherness and love.

Enjoy these images for many, many years to come!

 

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“Home is wherever I’m wih you.”

These are the sweet and true lyrics from one of my current favorite songs by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.  It resonates with me because I’ve moved so often in the last 10 years.  I think it’s true-  you are at home with the people you love, or in other words- “home is where the heart is.”

But it’s not entirely true.  I believe the space in which we live our lives, love our spouses, care for our children, eat with our friends, is also very special.  Morning, afternoon, and night, our lives are created in our specific space, our homes.

And that’s why I LOVE this session with this sweet family.  They love their home, especially their front porch, because it is where they have laid their roots for so many years.  It is a place they cherish and want to remember.  They’ll be able to look back at these pictures and remember that little tricycle, the rocking chairs, and the time they spent together there.

Plus, this brother-sister pair are too cute.  Little brother can move around on this knees like nothing I’ve seen.  His curls and big blue eyes will melt you heart.  Big sister is full of play and wonder.  She’s growing up, riding her tricyle, talking about her preschool friends, and jumping off the porch.

What a pleasure it was to be with them in their beautiful home.

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