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.
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 »
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 »
Yall have been asking for it – waiting for it – excited for it, and now it’s HERE! The May Minis SNEAK PEAK!! Each of these sessions will get their own blog post in the upcoming weeks but for now, I wanted to show off just a taste of how GORGEOUS and fun our sessions were this past weekend.Read More »
This session was the perfect POP of spring colors and fun! Christina is a sorority sister of mine and I realized as I was driving down to DC that hadn’t seen her since we graduated! CRAZY! Last time we were together we were dancing about to pop hits of 2010 and jumping about in general 22-year-old excitement for life. Now she is married with a 1-year-old little boy – Lincoln!
As I drove down to DC on Saturday morning I was a little nervous… it had rained the whole night before and was still overcast and drizzling. I kept looking at the sky saying “Common now – you need to break up these clouds for me”. Sure enough, as I got closer and closer to the location the clouds started to move apart and let that sunshine come through. The day turned out even better than I could have imagined – bright sun, 75 degrees and simply beautiful! Read More »
Teacher Tuesday is BACK! The last time I posted one of these blog posts was in 2015 and I posted about my homemade grade book! Being a teacher is a HUGE part of who I am and I LOVE sharing about it, I’m honestly not sure why I stopped doing these posts. What I’ve reflected on recently is that this place should be a space where I can share about beautiful sessions with families but also a place where I can share about my passions inside and outside of photography. I’ve realized that I’d like to start treating this space as a legacy that I can look back on years from now as a glimpse of what my life was like back in the day. Originally that was what this blog was for – a place where I could share about my adventures around Richmond with others. So it’s time to get back to my roots and share the whole story, me in all aspects of my life. I’m bringing back TEACHER TUESDAY! Q: S Club 7 song: Bring it all back! Read More »
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in moving forward and the numbers game, comparing myself to this person or that person that I forget about what it felt like to be a dreamer.
Back when I started this journey I never intended to have people pay me to take their pictures. I was a young girl in a new town with very few friends and no family nearby. My college friends were scattered about, my family was in Baltimore, my boyfriend Sterling was down in Mississippi and I felt scared, sad and alone; with the notable exception of my friend Leslie and our Monday Margarita dinners at Nacho Mamas. But I had a camera. A new shiny DSLR camera (one of the big ones that can change lenses!)Read More »