Cromwell Valley Park Fall Portraits

Let’s keep it real. There may or may not have been a snake(s) in that field…. We will never know.

FACT about me. I am NOT brave. Not in an obvious way that is. I cry when getting shots, I jumped around like a LOON to scare away any snakes in this picture and I normally would NEVER be brave enough to wear a hat like this. I am a Plain Jane. I order what I know I’ll like at restaurants, am too nervous to online shop, and try to avoid change at all costs.Read More »

Baby Girl Coiner

Baby Girl Coiner
Canton, Maryland

Just a few months ago the Coiner family welcomed this sweet sweet baby girl into their lives.  Katie heard of me through a good friend of hers that I happened to work with at school and I was so excited to take on this job for her newborn photos.  I love newborn sessions and there is something so magical about photographing first-time parents.  I love the sweetness, the way they breathe in that newborn smell and soak up this moment, frozen in time.

Katie and Josh met in college at UVA which gave us something instant in common.  Now Sterling and I didn’t go to UVA but Sterling is from Charlottesville and is a big UVA fan.  It’s an exciting year to be a UVA fan with the two big National Championships and their football team is actually doing pretty well!  Katie and Josh moved up to Baltimore and into this great townhouse in Canton, complete with an exposed brick wall and stacked decks – a classic.  Their place is right near a large park and I loved hearing how they go on walks through the park together.  The best topic of conversation though was definitely getting to hear all about Katie’s job!  She works at the Maryland Zoo!!  She works with the animals directly handling care, feedings and more!  HOW COOL!?  Needless to say I asked a lot of questions – I couldn’t contain my curiosity!

Katie and Josh’s sweet addition is already so much bigger than she was in these pictures.  She was a dream to photograph, barely stirring as she slept the entire time with just a small short feeding break.  I love the soft pink images that feel so dainty but I especially love the images that include the hand-crocheted blanket her Grandmother made.

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2019 Holiday Minis Announced!

I am so excited to be writing this post and announcing that for the first time EVER I’m going to be hosting holiday mini sessions in BOTH Richmond Virginia and in Baltimore Maryland!

As I was going through the images from last year’s minis it hit me how much I LOVE them!  I’m scrolling through all these sessions with people that I LOVE so dearly and are such good friends I come across my friend Sarah’s mini from last year.  Her daughter had just turned 1 just a few months before and was PRECIOUS!   As I’m looking through these pictures I’m struck by how much smaller and younger she looks from just one year ago! This is my FAVORITE part about family photography.  The chance to be a part of a family’s journey and capture their kids growing up as we try to freeze time – even for just a little bit.  It’s amazing to see how much each kid changes from year to year!  I genuinely look forward each year to minis and getting to reconnect with families and see how much they’ve grown.

This year I’ll be hosting minis in Richmond and in Baltimore and I’m so excited for the locations that have been picked!  I’ll be hosting minis in Richmond on November 9th and 10th and in Baltimore on November 16th and 17th.

So what do Christmas Minis entail?  It’s 30 minutes with a guaranteed 15 images.  It’s perfect for busy families who really want fresh new images but don’t always have the time for a full-on session.  It is also great for those who are looking for a few images for a holiday card! To snag your spot please feel free to email me at alex@alexandra-michelle.com with the day you’re hoping to do a mini for and I will get back to you with more details to move forward.  🙂

So excited to hopefully see you in November!!  In the meantime check out some of my favorites from last year.  Also if you’re in the Baltimore crowd, keep scrolling for a sneak peek for our Baltimore location. 🙂

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Our 2nd Year of Marriage

Our second year of marriage was really lovely!  Compared to how many curve balls our first year threw us with changing jobs (twice for EACH of us), new schools, TWO moves and all the “did that seriously just happen”s in-between we learned how to lean on each other as the best source of stability and comfort!  Which led us into our second year which was smooth sailing!  Read More »

Fidler Girls Motherhood Mini

Maddie is turning TWO in September and it doesn’t feel that long ago that I took her newborn pictures!!  (see post here In her newborn session she slept the entire time and let me tell you, she has definitely livened up!  🙂

Maddie girl is a curly top beauty who is active, curious and independent.  We got to Libby Hill Park and Maddie was instantly on the go!  She wanted to see everything and more than anything wanted to run.  She was fearless as she took off down the concrete hill – this girl will be a force as she grows up and I mean this in the best possible way!  I can see her growing up to be a leader who charges forward and an energy people want to be friends with.  She perfectly embodies one of my FAVORITE quotes “and though she be but little, she is fierce” – Shakespeare (A Midsummer’s Night Dream).Read More »

Our Casual Summer Walks

After last year’s crazy summer of moving, I was so ready for this summer and the time to just relax.  It’s been amazing!  Best of all is that our summer has been really casual.  Nothing crazy but just settling into those warm summer nights and taking on some home projects.

My favorite part about summer is being outside.  I love going on long walks and spending time in the sun.  I’ve gone to my parent’s house to be by the pool almost every weekend/chance that I can get and each night Sterling and I take the dogs outside and walk for 30 minutes or so.  The girls love these walks! Read More »

Virginia Beach Sunset – Family Portraits

This might be my favorite session to date.  It’s true, I said it.  It was a mix of everything going just right in the most important ways.  The session was during golden hour, in a beautiful location, we took into account where the sun was setting so the light was ideal, and most importantly, we were SO comfortable with each other!  I should add that the reason why we are so comfortable together is because we are good friends from JMU!  Drew and Sterling (my husband) are fraternity brothers from JMU and Stacy and me are sorority sisters from JMU.  Since we are good friends from college, coming together for this session was so sweet and easy!  Additionally, Stacy’s mom and dad came along which was so nice to have extra helpers to watch our bags and be the smile task force.  They were so sweet to come and help and such a Godsend!  Read More »

Baby Will Turns One!

You may remember Will’s newborn session from last summer – it was one of my favorites to date!  I remember meeting this sweet boy and loving his full head of hair!  He slept the entire time and did such an amazing job being wrapped and posed for his newborn images (not always an easy task).

His one-year session was no different except he didn’t sleep the whole time but did rock it!  He LOVED the balloons and especially loved cheesin’ it up for smiles and laughs!  He is a big fan of “Baby Shark”, clapping and being a total ham!  He loves his parents and thinks they are hilarious!Read More »

Pink and Green, Lilly Pulitzer Mommy and Me

Alysa is my grandlittle and for anyone who was in a sorority (or fraternity) reading this, you know what this means, but if you’ve never been in Greek life than you may not understand.  In fact, Grammarly just told tried to correct me and when I highlighted over the word it said “Unknown word” haha!  Basically, it means she’s in my sorority family and that we spent a lot of time together through college!  Lucky for me, our fun continued after college when she moved back to Richmond!  We did almost everything together!  From setting up classrooms and class materials to sewing, wine tasting, and even being a practice model for me, it was always nice to have Alysa in the same town to hang out with!  Fast forward to now and she is married and has a baby!  It’s crazy to think about how much we’ve grown since the days back at JMU.

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