Ida Lee Park, Leesburg Maternity Session

Chris and Julia in college were the friends that everyone just loved being around!  They were always willing to hang out and are so easy going that being around them is easy fun!   What I mean by “easy fun” is that friend that it’s easy to have fun with, no matter what.  These friends are GOLD!  You can slip right into great conversations, instant giggles and making new memories without having to rely on just the nostalgia.  Not all friends are like this you know?  Some friendships for better or worse are a little more work and require a little more effort getting back into.   But Julia and Chris?  Not so!  They are the old friends who you want in your life always!

So getting to hang out with Jackson, the combination of these two amazing, fun and genuinely kind people, was a dream!  It’s cool to see what aspects of each of them he has and also how their natural parenting style has impacted his personality as well.  Because they lived abroad for some time and traveled a lot with him he is the easiest going kid around!   He was a little shy at first but then soon after, warmed up and wanted to explore and talk and learn new things.  He is sweet and thoughtful like his parents and curious but cautious too.   As we walked around he was immediately interested in the wildlife around and wanted to explore, all while with an air of “easy does it”.

We spent our first of three milestone sessions together at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, Virginia.  It was my first time there and I was VERY impressed!  It is a huge park with a ton of space and areas to take pictures.  I can only imagine what it’s like in the Spring and Fall when everything is in bloom or crisp with color.   The nice part about this park was that since there was so much open space we had plenty of privacy and were never bothered by others.  We spent our session together walking around the park talking and avoiding the serious gusts of wind that blew by.  As we finished up we found a small little playground and stopped to play, a great way to end an already awesome time together!  Jackson was such a ham as he played!  He’d sing “The Wheels on the Bus” as he pretended to drive a school bus, put his hands up to slide down the swirly slide and cautiously took risks like climbing up one of the wiggle walls (not the official term).  We had a blast!

Below are some of my favorites from our first session together!  The next time we meet for a session I’ll be meeting their new baby Ryan!

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Newborn Portraits – Virginia Beach Session – Sexton Family

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.

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Ps.  You may also remember them from their engagement session!  Click here to walk down memory lane!