Together with other DC photographers, I’m participating in the 10 at 10 photo challenge.  We take an image from every hour of the day, ideally at 10 after the hour, challenging ourselves creatively. With this project, I wanted to incorporate some video with my stills, as I enjoy exploring that medium, and work with my self timer. I wanted to depart from my “go-to shots” and create an essence of my day.

I’ve waited for the *right* day for this project– ideally, a warm day with sunshine and happy children and help.  When I have the 3 children alone, I can hardly pick-up my camera once, let alone 10 times.  But as I waited, I realized there is no perfect day.  So, I went ahead with it.

It’s not my typical joyful style, but I think it reflects my love of documenting what is real  And this was real.  A gloomy, cold, windy Saturday.  Nothing much planned.  Just a day in our life this winter.

A little austere, a little bored, a little tired.

An unmemorable day, remembered.  And I think there is beauty in that.

 

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Winter is wearing on us.  We’re getting some cabin fever over here.  So, to spruce up our late afternoons, we twirl our streamers, pump up the music, and DANCE!

Who else is ready for Spring?  I’m ready to get outside and see some beauty!

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Grandmother and cousins coming to town is always a wonderful event!  Children get to play and know each other better, grandparents enjoy watching them play, and the parents can catch up and compare notes.  When you live far from family, it’s such a special time.  And it’s a time you want to get captured.

This lively family is no different.  It was a frigid day when I met this family, but we had fun nonetheless.  The kids ran and played and jumped and snuggled.  The adults’ challenge was just to keep up with them.  I think we did a pretty good job, and I think their energy is infectious in these images.

It was an honor to join them and take these special pictures on such a big weekend for them.  Thanks to you all!

 

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Good morning, baby girl!  A peek into my morning today.  Yes, she’s still waking up in my bed.  Although I wish she could sleep through the night in her own, I’m also treasuring these moments I have with her.

Have a great weekend!

 

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As my daughters and I left gymnastics last night, we were thrilled to notice that we didn’t need our flashlight to find our car.  (Those of you familiar with the parking situation at our local gymnastics spot will appreciate the juggle it is to get 3 little people to your car in the dark!)  We were thrilled we could see and the air was a bit warmer.  These are all signs of good things to come.

So, let’s celebrate spring with special pricing on a family photo session.  Spread the word!

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Meet this sweet little princess.  Among her big family– 2 parents, 3 doggies– she rules the roost!  And that she should, she’s an adorable little angel who all adore.  I loved meeting up with her at her grandparents’ home and seeing her smile and light up when grandmother would call her name behind me.  But nothing beat the smile we saw when she sat down with her doggies.  Seeing her next to her 160 pound mastiff just tickled us all so– what a princess.  She may be the smallest in her family, but she’s the brightest of them all!

Enjoy these beautiful pictures!  Your baby girl is perfect in every way!

 

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What a sweet joy to meet this little baby boy and his family on a cold and brisk winter day.  All snuggled in their home, drinking coffee, resting, playing with puzzles and dice and stuffed animals, snuggling with the their new baby boy, and enjoying each other’s company.  Life with little children is hectic and takes a lot of work.  The time we set aside to just be together is precious.  And, it was an honor to come into their home and help document it for them.

It was an honor, and it was easy.  This little guy is relaxed and gorgeous.  He was awake most of my time there, just hanging out and checking out the world with his handsome blue eyes.  He is sweet and already greatly cherished by his family.

Congratulations to you all!  Your little guy is something special!

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It’s always hard for me to pick my favorite images from a session, but this weekend, I just couldn’t do it.  It’s hard to leave images out when they are all so precious!  Precious and beautiful.

Meet this splendid family who genuinely loves being together.  They love each other and their boys so much, and what a pleasure it was to capture some of that family time together.  It was a gloriously sunny day, so we spent some time inside and out, the boys got to break some rules — jumping on the bed, dogs in the bed– and have some fun, and in the end, ice cream!  I love when photo sessions turn out to be quality family time too.

And not only was the time precious, it was beautiful.  Mom and dad have impeccable style and a talented eye for art and design.  Mom is a talented photographer as well-  you can find her at Stefanie Harrington.com- what an honor to photographer her!  But most importantly, those little boys’ handsome faces!  How adorable are they?!

They are so CUTE!

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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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