Finley’s Newborn Portraits

New mom confession: We took these pictures weeks ago (like 10 days after she was born) and it took me until this past weekend to finally finish editing them. One thing I love about Finley is that she loves to be held and is such a snuggle bug. But, one thing that’s hard about Finley is that she loves to be held so I don’t have full access to my hands to get things done. My mom guilt made me feel pretty bad that it every day editing these images was on my to do list and each day I just couldn’t get it done. I eventually had to realize that this is my new normal and I needed to give myself all the grace!

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Fairfax Family’s Newborn Session

My dear friend and Alpha Phi sister from JMU welcomed her second son into her family this past month and her family of four is precious.  You may remember their family session from last spring which had beautiful bright pink colors from those spring blooms.  Looking back at just a year ago it’s crazy to see how much their first son Lincoln has changed!  He was so much smaller.  Now he’s grown into such a sweet big brother to baby Theo.  While I can’t speak from experience, I would imagine that many parents bringing home a second baby worry about how the first baby will feel and react.  Christina and Erik are over the moon to see how caring and helpful Lincoln is as a big brother!  You should have seen how sweetly excited he got when it was his turn to hold his baby brother.  He was perfectly calm and stepped up to the responsibility like a champ!  Read More »

Falls Church In-Home Newborn Session

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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 »

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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Richmond In-Home Newborn Session

My girl Maggie is one of my FAVORITES to photograph because she is SO down to earth and I love it (in my sing-song praise voice)!  Her family is so cute and southern but more importantly, she and Rob are also just so sweet!! They make me want to hustle my booty back down to Richmond so we can all be best friends that casually drink wine and hang out!  Plus I think Rob and Sterling would just love each other as good ole southern boys.

I first met Maggie a few years ago when I went to her house to take her first born baby, Cabell’s, newborn images.  Fash forward a few months and I ran into her at Jack Browns (a burger joint in Richmond) and she immediately lets me know she wants to get on my calendar for Mommy and Me’s!  Now it’s over a year and a half and we’re meeting up again for her newest addition, Raleigh Jane’s newborn session.  Read More »

Baltimore Newborn Session – Baby Pike

Pike Newborn Session

— Baltimore, Maryland —

Can you believe I’ve known Peyton since we were TEENAGERS!? Yes!  She was 14 and I was 12 when I first started going to Camp Mont Shenandoah and she became not only a friend to me but in a lot of ways a mentor.   As a camper, I looked up to her as a legacy camper, a Green team cheerleader and then the Captain!  When I joined her as a counselor she helped show me the ropes and always made sure I was included.  She took me along with her on days off, showed me how to be a mentor to younger campers and even sat outside a bathroom stall of Junior Four (a bathroom at camp) when I was in tears because I was so afraid of going to college.  When we moved back to Baltimore this summer she was one of the first to reach out and invite us over to hang out and have dinner.  She is a great friend.  Read More »

Brown Family Newborn

Brown Family Newborn

— Richmond, Virginia —

Y’all!  I couldn’t be more excited to share with you the Brown Family’s newborn session!  I’ve gotten the pleasure of working with this family over the years and have loved getting to know Mr. Joseph!  He is quite the ham!  Seeing him with his new baby sister during this session was nothing short of adorable.  He was so sweet, calm and gentle – it’s obvious he’s going to be a GREAT big brother!Read More »

Best of Newborns – 2018

Yall!  Could this job get any better?  Looking through the newborn images from this past year it feels like “no way!”.  I LOVE working with newborns and I especially LOVE the newborn sessions from 2018!  I can’t even believe there was a time when I was turning down newborn enquiries.  Yeah, I was!  I was SO intimidated by these tiny humans!  Plus I didn’t think I’d be any good when I couldn’t run around with them, couldn’t make up games and silly phrases to get the smiles and instead had to be careful and quiet.  Quiet isn’t normally in my nature…. but once I took on my first newborn session it was love! Read More »

Tenney Family Neutral Newborn Session

Tenney Family Neutral Newborn Session

— Richmond Virginia —

When Anne reached out to me a few months ago about doing her newborn pictures I actually had a moment of “pinch me!”.  I knew Anne in college as she was kind of a big deal in sorority life at JMU!  She was a Tri Delta and I was an Alpha Phi and while we never officially knew each other I definitely knew of her!  She was Panhellenic President and was known as one of the nicest women at school.  Panhellenic for anyone who isn’t a sorority person is the overarching organization that each sorority is involved in.  It’s kind of like a community counsel and puts on events such as recruitment.  Being President of Panhel is a HUGE honor and an even bigger responsibility!  It’s a two year commitment and running recruitment is no easy task!

After we got talking she sent me over a Pinterest board of the type of shots she was hoping we’d get.  It was such a wonderful surprise to see that most of the pictures on the Pinterest board were mine!! I couldn’t believe it!! They were mixed in with other images by people that I really admire and look up to which was so humbling!

When I got to Anne and Aaron’s house it was nothing less than what I expected, beautifully spaced with an amazing layout.  Her nursery was decorated neutrally with basic white, grays and light beige/brown.  I honestly had never seen a nursery that neutral before (usually there is more splashes of pink or blue) and I loved it!  It was easy to get bright and clean images of the space and of the baby plus it had a simple feel that was refreshing and classic.

What impressed me more than their beautiful home and their clean and well planned nursery though was Anne and Aaron and how gracefully kind they both are.  They are people of faith and you can tell it’s very important to them.  I walked into their house and immediately felt welcome and trusted.  Anne and I talked like two old friends and I have to say – she really is one of the nicest and down to earth people I’ve ever met! She was kind enough to hold up a blanket in the background as a reflector for almost the entire time!  Beyond their kind hearts, Aaron and Anne are such natural parents and in the most genuine way.  I noticed it in the simple ways they care for Will and each other. Like how Aaron snuggled up with Will just to watch golf, or how Anne talks to Will to sooth him and calm him.  They were born to be a parents and God has blessed them in a beautiful way.  Their parenting was never flashy or braggy, but sweet, humble and natural.  You can tell that this was path is blessed by God and that they are in it together every step of the way!

Anne and Aaron – I LOVED getting to know you better during this session and am so glad that we are doing at least two more milestones together!  You have a beautiful family and hearts of gold, I’m grateful to get to work with you both!

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