I love that children are so at peace and comfortable in their own homes.  I love coming to into their worlds- where they sleep and play- and catching their joy in those places.  I get to meet their bunny lovies, their Alabama pillows, their marching monkeys, and beloved train sets.  They are so proud to show me their rooms, and it’s so fun and easy, natural and real.

I think you’ll see all that pride and  joy in these beautiful images.  A brother and sister happy at home with mom and dad on Saturday morning.

This duo is not just beautiful, but they are also so sweet and happy.  I’m bit biased, though, because I think the world of their parents.  Our friendship goes back to our college days, and it’s been a real pleasure to be their friends and neighbors for the last four years, to meet their babies as newborns, and watch them grow over the months and years.

You guys are awesome!  It was a wonderful morning.

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It was a real pleasure and honor to meet up with an old high school classmate on Friday, and meet her perfect week old baby girl.  Though she came into the world earlier than expected, she is as perfect as can be.  And, her parents are over the moon happy.

Not only did I ooooh and ahhhh over baby girl’s beautiful face and marvel at her dainty fingers and her tiny toes, I was also very impressed as to how well her parents are adjusting.  They are calm and at ease with their firstborn.  Joyful, peaceful, and proud.

Congratulations once again!  I can’t say it enough, it was a real honor to be with you and meet your baby girl.

She is perfect.

 

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I met up with these friends this past weekend at their beautiful new home.  I love doing sessions at home– it’s so personal and comfortable.  And, while it was a cool cloudy day, you wouldn’t know it would you?  The giggles and fun we had were warm and bright!

These adorable sisters jumped, climbed, rolled down the hill, and played with their 3 animals.  (Do you see sweet sister burying her face in her kitty?  A spunky girl and her gracious cat!)  Between all of their preschool energy, we even caught a few sweet snuggles with mom and dad.

It was a joy to be with you all.  Thank you!  I hope these images help you remember and cherish this precious life stage with your 2 little ones.

 

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Twins are special.  I think they share a special bond that other siblings may never know.  These twins showed me that bond time and again when I met them on Saturday morning.  They hugged and held hands and so easily loved each other.  They were kind to each other, so sweet and connected.

And, they were such a joy to photograph.  We enjoyed the warm bright sun this weekend and discovered a beautiful path at their grandparent’s home.  They jumped, twirled, and played, and I loved working with the gorgeous light and surroundings.

It was fun to get back back into the swing of photo sessions again after a dreary winter.  Thank you all for making is so easy and fun!

Enjoy!

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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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