A year ago this month, doubt started to creep into my head. Something that seemed normal and easy for everyone else around me, was starting to not be easy for us. November had come and gone, December too, then January and February joined the mix of disappointments. Month by month I went from hopeful and excited to sad and distant. Each month I would take a test I dreaded knowing it would be no but secretly hoping I’d be wrong. Each no making me feel more and more like a failure.
I think the hardest part of walking through 12 months of NOs was that feeling of deep failure only to walk into the next month and have to try and find hope again. For me, praying kept me hopeful. I prayed and prayed and prayed that God would give us a chance. That God would give me patience and remind me that this was not on my schedule, my timeline, my control. Real talk? This sucked and was really hard. For someone like me who loves to plan and finds comfort in knowing, not having any control was disheartening. Part of me thinks God was waiting for me to stop planning, stop counting months, stop worrying and just TRUST him. Let go of the control, let go of the anxiety and fear and just give it to him. Read More »
Have y’all ever met a bug doctor before? Well, I have! It’s true!
I got to this session a few weeks back, stepped toward the car and was introduced to Even, a three-year-old self-proclaimed bug doctor. As you can imagine this naturally sparked my interest because I mean hello – science! After some more inquiring I learned that he performs operations on bugs when they are very sick. – Just the cutest! Read More »
Monticello Trail | Charlottesville Virginia
Sterling and I headed down to Harrisonburg Virginia a few weeks ago to celebrate some good friends’ wedding! It was stunning, from the decorations to the sweeping field views to the great friendships that were reunited and of course the love of Darren and Chelsea! It worked out so well that their wedding was on a Friday so Sterling and I got to wake up on Saturday morning and head over to Charlottesville to spend time with his family.
It makes it so nice to have that extra time with loved ones whenever you get the chance. While in Charlottesville we got some time to sneak away and take pictures of our niece Cora, nephew Sam and Sterling’s sister Sarah! We walked part of the Monticello Trail, giggled, explored and best of all – played! Read More »
When I met up with Chris and Emily this summer in Baltimore, I knew we’d be a great fit almost immediately! We met up in Canton to grab a coffee and just get to know each other before their big newborn session in the fall. This is something I highly suggest for those looking for newborn photographers because you want the person coming into your home to photograph your newborn baby to not feel like a stranger.
Emily, Chris and I hit it off right away! They brought their adorable Goldendoodle Winston which obviously got me instantly talking about my Goldendoodle – Winnie! Don’t tell Winnie but their dog Winston is definitely way better behaved, which is saying a lot because Winnie is pretty good! The rest of our morning we spent just walking around and chatting as if we were old friends that had known each other for years. We talked about our love for our Virginia universities, they went to Tech but connected with me through a mutual JMU friend!Read More »
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 »
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 🙂
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 »
It has been a month since I’ve posted here on this blog and I have to admit that it kind of feels longer. (yikes!) I have so much content to post but am excited to start with a summer recap (part one) of the memories from time with friends and family!Read More »
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 »