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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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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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“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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Saturday morning was perfection.  Crisp cool air, lush grass, blooming cherry blossoms, and best of all, 2 beautiful girls and their loving mom.  As you’ll see and probably already know, these little girls are just wonderful.  Sweet, pretty, and giggly.  (But watch out, they’re really fast too!)

It really was a serene morning.

Thank you for a wonderful time, girls.  It was so wonderful to meet you!

 

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Check these adorable little guys.  Have you ever seen such cuteness?  Big brother is such a sweet and smart little boy.  He was so comfortable with me there and just chatted up a storm.  Baby brother is the new addition.  He’s smiley with the most magnetic blue eyes.

It was a pleasure to meet up with them again at their home.  Their sessions always turn out to be some of my favorites because as a family, they are so easy going and lovely.  (And, have I mentioned how cute these kiddos are?)  They make my job easy and fun.

Enjoy!  You guys awesome, thanks!

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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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When these brothers and 1 gorgeous sister get together, they have fun.  They were itching to let lose and clown around, but first, we had to get some portraits.  We used the eclectic setting of Kensington’s Antique Row as our back drop, braved a cold foggy morning, and enjoyed our time as we got some great pictures.

All the little guy wanted to do was jump into his sibling’s arms, and so finally, we let him.  They were all tickled and I loved seeing the smiles on their faces.  And from there, they danced.  A 9am Gangum Style dance party.  I was laughing, their parents were laughing, and they were laughing.  Then off they went to their busy Saturday schedules.

As always, it was fun to photograph them.  It was fun to admire their good looks through my lens, and it was especially fun watching them dance.  Thanks guys!

 

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