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 »
I love doing newborns with a family for a second (or third… or fourth + ) time! It’s awesome because they already know what to expect, the poses, the timeline, the helpful tips to keep the baby sleepy. It’s a dream scenario and one of the reasons I love working with families because I get to see them time after time. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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!
These two are probably one of my all time favorite couples! They started dating at JMU and so when Sterling and I started dating at JMU we would all meet up on the dance floor on Friday and Saturday nights! Mike (also fondly known as Big Sexy by almost everyone) lived in the house behind Sterling’s house and we were always at either of those two places during my Grad year. Kevyn is a teacher like me and tons of fun! The two of them are the kind of friends you want to stay have in your life forever.
The two of them are genuine in every sense of the word, they are loyal, kind and warm. Kevyn has a spirit that lights up any room she’s in and a contagious laugh! Mike gives the best hugs and an equally good listener. The way they treat their friends though is nothing compared to the love they have for each other. It’s undeniable. Even just the way they look at each other from across the room, you can tell that they deeply cherish one another. It’s a love that their son is so blessed to be a part of, one that some people only dream of and others can only emulate; true, constant, big love that pushes into everything they do. To see these two as parents was amazing because it’s as if the love they have for each other just grew ten fold to include this little tiny baby boy.
Mike and Kevyn, we love you guys and feel so blessed to call you friends. I’m so glad to have gotten to take these images for you.
Ps. You may also remember them from their engagement session! Click here to walk down memory lane!
My first real memory of Leslie was initiation night my first year at camp, circa 2000. She was a JC (Junior Counselor) and this year’s JC group decided to dress up as crazed electricians. Or something to this affect. You see, at camp every summer we initiate our first year campers will a scary (and often times silly) story, a walk around camp and a fun introduction to the rest of camp. Leslie’s group being the “crazed” electricians were dressed up in jeans, plaid, hats and drawn on fake beards (if memory serves me right). I was 12 as a first year camper and she was 16 and we had no idea we’d be such good friends.
Fast forward 5 years and Leslie is my first co-counselor at camp. I felt pretty lucky actually because Leslie was the “Mother of the Row” and I was less nervous knowing I’d have help from a pro! We lived in Pony Express with about 12 nine to ten year olds and boy was it a crazy summer. Note-ably of course, was the 2 week long guessing game of “who is wetting the bed?”. Which ended with a surprise twist and cabin sweeps for three cabins. Truly a memorable summer! In our time as co-counselors together she taught me how to sweep away homesickness, laugh through the weird moments and of course get 12 crazy nine year olds to bed, which is not always an easy task. She was a role model that I always looked up to.
Leslie quickly became a very close friend of mine and a person who I can always call on for help. She is fiercely loyal, a great listener and silly. Greg is the calm in any storm, easy going and a perfect match for Leslie. Seeing them become parents has been a real honor. It is already evident that Greg and Leslie are great parents, they are grounded in love for each other and their new baby. This family of five (let’s not forget the two pups) is simply lovely! Congratulations Leslie and Greg! I’m so happy for you guys!
Meet my new nephew!! That’s right this little cutie is my sister in law’s son and so obviously I’m biased in thinking he’s precious! He is officially a month old now and doing very well! His sister Cora has adapted so well and is really sweet with him. She is gentle and kind and even calms him down by saying “It’s okay little buddy, it’s okay.” ::swoon:: Sam meanwhile is an observer, calm and quietly takes it all in. He has big blue eyes that watch you intently. It’s going to be great watching these two grow up! Read More »
I’m not going to lie to you, I always get nervous before newborn sessions. Mostly because I don’t have children of my own yet so I don’t know all the ways to sooth them the ways mothers do. Also because I’m never 100% sure of how it will go. With kids I can distract them or play games or try to make them giggle but newborns can’t be distracted easily with games or silly phrases.
While I always get a little nervous before hand – I always sink into calm the moment we start. Newborn sessions are special – they are new and exciting and sweet. It’s calm and slower and intentional. It’s not about games and being silly it’s about sweet little moments. Capturing the way moms look at their baby, the way dads hold them and look at their wives. It’s about little toes and tiny ears. Small little smiles and sleepy poses and details. I always love taking newborn images and even more so editing and delivering newborn images. They are a milestone, not just a picture for a card but a memory, a moment, a blink.
Lauren’s little girl made our session perfect. She was sweet and when she wasn’t sleeping she was staring right at the camera with these beautiful big blue eyes. Lauren has these white curtains in the room which we were able to use as a perfectly clean white background. The nursery is decorated with sweet little touches of giraffes – a favorite of Lauren’s. 🙂
Here are some of my favorites from the William’s newborn session, I know I’m biased but I think they are simply precious!