National Arboretum Spring Family Session

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 »

Pocahontas State Park Fall Maternity Session

What I love almost as much as Christina and her sweet family is the colors from this session!  What you can’t tell is that we are literally in a parking lot of the park but the trees in this small patch between lots had the most beautiful fall colors.  Christina came to the session in this deep blue dress that looked stunning on her.  Her little girl Florence was all dolled up in a velvet pink dress but the accent of her flower headband made her curls pop off the background.  Some of my favorite images from this session are definitely those of Florence and her Dad.  Tommy knows just the way to make Florence laugh and these two giggling together is everything I’d want from a picture of my (one-day future) children and Sterling.  They are so precious!  The colors are beautiful in these but more so you can feel how much these three (now four!) love each other!Read More »

Harrigan Family Session in Charlottesville

All I have to say about this session is that Sterling better WATCH OUT!  I’ve got myself a new boyfriend and while he may be merely 3, he is quite the gentleman!

This session was the third milestone session with the Harrigan family and it was especially exciting because I got to meet their newest little hunk – Ridley.  🙂 Our previous two milestones were when Roland (Ro) was much younger and while he was precious then he is quite the charmer now.  I can only imagine what this duo will be like when Ridley can talk too!Read More »

Rafferty Family Portrait Session

Rafferty Family Portrait Session

— Frederick, Maryland —

When we were debating whether to make the move up to Baltimore, one of the points on the pro/con list that came up with that this business had started in Richmond and had a large client base there.  Ultimately when we decided to take a chance and move, I have to admit that I was nervous about the future of this business.  I didn’t know if I’d be able to get clients in Baltimore or even if anyone up here would be interested.  And then we announced we were moving and I was blown away with gratitude when Krystal contacted me almost immediately.

Krystal and I were sorority sisters at JMU but hadn’t been in touch for a few years since we had graduated.  It was such a wonderful surprise to find that she had been following along in my photography journey!  Not only that but she wanted to schedule portrait sessions for her family!   She told me she was pregnant with her third baby and wanted to ensure she could get photographs of their family in this precious stage in life.  It was a great feeling, my first session in Maryland was going to be with an old friend who I already knew and felt comfortable with!Read More »

Beat the Heat! 3 Tips for a Successful Summer Portrait Session

Summer is the BEST!  Well except for the bugs… and the insane heat… and the hair frizz?…. and the humidity…?  Let’s be honest, summer looks like an amazing time to take pictures, and it is!  You may have a little more free time, your kids aren’t in school, you can get great outdoor images with flowers and lush greens in the background, PLUS your outfits can be a little more freeing and fun!  While all this is true, there is one big downer that can turn any summer portrait session to the dirt… the heat.  More specifically, the humidity which is just killer for us in below the Mason Dixon Line.  So what can you do to have a great summer portrait session that will beat the heat and feel amazing!  Keep reading!  I’ve got three big planning tips that are necessary to survive your summer portrait session (especially if you have kids). Read More »

Zedaker Mommy and Me Mini!

This girl is one of my favorite people!!  She joined our science team at Quioccasin my third year teaching and we became fast friends.  We would laugh our way through the obscure moments, cry through the tough moments (or at least I would) and she always had starbursts for me to eat.  I’ll never forget when she told me she was pregnant with Zack in the drive thru of Chick Fila as she looked at me and said “Oh yeah so.. I’m pregnant”.  I SCREAMED with delight!   Fast forward and she welcomes Zoe to the family making this one cute family of four.Read More »

Best of 2017

This year was a challenging one for me but one in which I got to do some new things that pushed me to improve.  To start I did more newborn sessions than any other this year!  Two years ago I was telling myself that newborns weren’t for me and that it wouldn’t be something I offered.  I quickly began to understand that if I wanted to be considered a “Family Photographer” I’d have to accept the challenge of newborns because let’s be honest – newborns are a huge milestone for families.

And so, this year I decided to say yes to newborn sessions!  It challenged me because since I’m a natural light photographer – I usually prefer to be outdoors.  With less access to the sun it can be challenging to shoot newborn sessions without studio lights inside.  I used to struggle to get good clean colors and skin tones with indoor photographs but with the help of an expo disc and having these sessions I feel so much more confident at getting great clean color.  Now I love the clean and soft skin tones of newborn sessions and the slower pace that feels refreshing.

I also offered two dates for holiday minis to accommodate more families and found huge success!! With a total of 15 sessions I got to work with amazing families and my bucket was filled after chasing around and playing with so many littles!

This year I also registered for some new and exciting educational experiences which I’m taking time in 2018 to dive into!  More about this to come!

I’m looking into 2018 with excitement and ready to grow!  But for now – here are some of my best images from 2017!

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Holiday Minis pt. 3

The last two families from the Holiday Minis are two close friends that I worked with at Quioccasin.  When I switched into my new role as an ITRT at a new school the hardest part was not getting to see my people every day.  Catherine also became an ITRT this year so I get to see her fairly often but I don’t get to have my daily chats with Becky and others who I love which sometimes is really hard.

Getting to see them and their families for holiday minis was such a treat.  I love how fun and kind these two families are and what great examples of good parenting they are.  Their children are precious and kind and love each other – something that is instantly obvious!   I feel like these women need to write me a mom manual that includes everything they’ve done from the beginning to raise such beautifully sweet littles.  🙂

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Holiday Minis pt. 1

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You’ve seen the glimpse of the minis from October a few blog posts ago and now it’s time to show off the other 9 families!  🙂  Since there are so many and each deserve their beautiful spotlight I’m sharing the rest of the minis in three parts!  Also who doesn’t love looking at these beautiful fall colors a little longer?

Today we have three amazing families each with a unique story which made these sessions really special.

The Putnams

This mini session was especially special.  Katie was my roomie in the Alpha Phi House and one of my best friends through college and now.  When she asked if we could add in her in laws to the mini session there was no hesitation in saying “of course!”.  You see her mother and father in law just moved back to Virginia from Houston Texas and were there during the hurricane.  They were safe but with all the flooding they lost some of their most treasured things – most devastatingly – all of their family photos.  When Katie told me this my heart broke.  I can’t image this and so I spent extra care to make sure I got great photos of many different family combos.  🙂

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The Driskells

Katie and Hagan are dear friends of mine and so getting to spend time with them and their little girl Ellie was sweet.  Katie and I have always loved swapping sessions and going on photography adventures together.  I got to take their engagement pictures years ago and then their maternity photos this past spring before baby Ellie was born.  🙂  Just look how cute she is!

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The Shait Family

This was the first time I’ve worked this sweet family and it was instantly comfortable and fun!  Their son Camden is precious and full of joy!  His giggle lights up everything and everyone around him – there were countless images of him giggling because I couldn’t get enough!  I loved getting to spend time with this family and hope we get to again!

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