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).
Her mom is a great friend of mine. We taught together for years and still keep in touch even as I’ve moved to Baltimore. I love her little family and was really excited to do our Mommy and Me Mini with not just her and Maddie but also her mother, Nancy. I think it’s really special that Maddie will have images like these to pass to her children. It makes these images more than just a snapshot and more of a legacy to pass on and I love that!
While I love all of these for the colors and the moments, I think my favorite is the one of Sarah and her mom arm in arm in the background watching Maddie run. 🙂 I love how Nancy is supporting Sarah and they are watching from afar as the next generation takes charge. This may sound silly but I feel like it really represents motherhood in such a universal way.
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 »
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 »
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!
We started our session off with a cake smash since the light was too harsh outside and created the perfect lighting inside. He wore a sweet blue gingham outfit that showed off all of his little baby rolls. My favorite part of the outfit was definitely the criss-cross back – it’s so sweet! He loved his cake especially loved the icing and did a really good job staying pretty clean. After the cake smash portion, we headed outside for some more classic portraits with Mom and Dad. He has the sweetest little giggle and capturing it in photos was the best part of the session.
Check out my favorites from our session together and let’s all say a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Will who just turned one! Also a huge shout out to Anne for being the easiest going client, letting me take over her house and always being extra prepared with the cutest props! Yall are the best!
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.
Nothing gets me more jazzed than talking about my days at summer camp Camp Mont Shenandoah! Singing the songs, reminiscing about old memories and traditions, and wishing for Sunday’s lunch with the BEST fried chicken you’ll ever have. So when Priscilla, one of my counselors from camp, told me that her son Wyatt knew the camp songs and LOVED them – you better believe we started singing them.
We were at Libby Hill Park for our mini session sing/screaming about a girl who is silly enough to trust a crocodile and float him down the Nile river. The best part besides the fact that Wyatt knew the words was that in the part when we sang “Well the croc winked his eye as she waved them all goodbye, wearing a HAPPY SMILE!” Wyatt just BEAMED with this huge smile and CLICK, we got the picture. 🙂 Most of the time taking pictures of little ones that can wiggle and move and RUN becomes a game of how can we distract you long enough to set up the shot and then make it a game to get you to smile so that I can CLICK, get the picture. Well, this trick worked and it gave me so much joy singing camp songs in the middle of the day! Win – Win. Read More »
Three generations of women met for this portrait session. A baby blessed to a woman who will cherish her every day of her life. A baby who was prayed for when she was just an idea and now her sweet sunshine is here and the joy she gives to others is palpable. Read More »
On Wednesday we did something really special. We took a day off work and met up with Sterling’s sister, brother in law, and our niece and nephew to go to the National Aquarium! Now as a Baltimore native, I love the aquarium but honestly haven’t been in years, since Sterling and I first started dating. What made it the best trip out of all of them was getting to see it for the first time through children’s eyes.Read More »
It’s crazy to think that the last time I saw the Brown family they were welcoming home Elizabeth as a brand new baby! You may remember that session and her gorgeous floral bow! Not to mention Joseph’s camera take over and the cuteness that instilled! This is something I especially love about the milestone package, I get to watch families grow over a year. I can’t get over how much bigger Elizabeth is and how much older Joseph seems! Not to mention seeing Elizabeth grow from a sleepy little infant to a baby with rolls for DAYS! She is ADORABLE! Joseph becomes more and more active with every session we do and it’s so fun. At one point I turned to Lindsey and had to say “so sorry for all the screeching!” as Joseph and I played stormtroopers and I died valiantly as he shot me first. 🙂
Senior Best Friends Session – Libby Hill Park
Richmond – Virginia
Y’ALL! This past weekend a dream came true in my life! I got to meet (drumroll) THE BABYSITTERS CLUB! All my 90s girls will know EXACTLY why this is so exciting!! Though when I mentioned this to the girls I’m not sure they had heard of it… so, girls – go to the link and watch the movie trailer and you’ll understand. 🙂 So while these girls aren’t actually the babysitters club – they emulate everything fun about that childhood classic! Plus there are 7 of them!Read More »