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 »
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 »
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 »
The last time I saw Christi was soon after they got their puppy, Wallie who is a Goldendoodle so naturally, I’m in love! We took pictures together with Christi’s whole family and this time around we got images with CJ (her husband)’s side of the family! We planned it Charlottesville because I was going to be in town for another family session and to spend time with Sterling’s family. The nice thing about getting back in Virginia for sessions is there are so many different spots to get images. Charlottesville especially is simply gorgeous!Read More »
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 »
34. THIRTY FOUR! I had 34 sessions this year and worked with the most AMAZING families! From mommy and me minis, to 1 year cake smashes, all the way to holiday minis this past fall, I was so blessed this past year! I worked with people who are so creative, kind, funny, warm and let me be my full wacky goofy self. It was the best! Read More »
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. 🙂
This past October when I announced the dates for the Holiday Minis I was nervous. Nervous because I had been absent from the blog for awhile and wasn’t sure I would get any response. I also took a leap and decided to host minis on two dates so accommodate more people. The response I got was amazing! The November date sold out in 48 hours and with the October date I got to work with 16 families!
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.
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. 🙂
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!
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!
My ideal clients are the ones that want genuine candids of their kids just being kids and playing. These are the families where we get a few formal family portraits together but then spend most of the session just running around and playing – it’s my favorite! The reason is because I love to get images that show children’s expressions and true personality! This is why I don’t prefer wedding photography – I think it’s beautiful and I love being able to design a shot and it turning out how I envisioned but I find myself missing moments that capture the spirit which I get when I work with children and families.Read More »