Mommy and Me Portraits – Francisco Family

We met early at Forest Hill Park for this session which was great because it got HOT that day!  I got to the park a little early and saw it, the most gorgeous tree with the most gorgeous low hanging branches!  SWOON!  We spent almost the entire time in this one spot.  Margaret wore a purple dress which popped off the background and showed off her baby bump so beautifully.

While this session was a mini and shorter in time than a typical session we were able to go a lot of images and variety!  We were even able to incorporate their dog!!  My favorite part of the session though was playing with Scarlett at the end as she picked me flowers and brought them over to me as little gifts!  Read More »

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. 2!

It’s time for another four families from this past year’s Holiday Minis!  The colors from these sessions seriously POP and I couldn’t be happier with the way they turned out!

The Bostain Family

This family couldn’t get any more beautiful if they tried – inside and out.  The best part about getting to spend time with them is that these boys are such boys!  They are explorers and giggly and love to wrestle!  These two boys absolutely love each other too, you can tell by the way to play and look at each other – the way you look at your best friend.

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Kourtney don’t hate me for posting this one – I think it’s so fun!!

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These two boys absolutely LOVE each other!  They are so cute!

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The Bowdens

Best part about this session besides the beautiful family who are good friends of mine – the light! It was so light and airy and gorgeous!  Just look at the rainbow coming across in the bottom corner of the first picture!!  I also had the most amazing little cheerleaders!  After each picture Ryleigh or Parker would give me little doses of encouragement like “oh that’s so cute!” haha it was great!

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The McKays

I have known Cathy since I was 12 years old!  She is a fellow camp girl and also an Alpha Phi!  She was my program director while I was a camper and counselor and then at JMU was my sorority advisor!  Ryan used to be at camp with us too when they were married so I’ve known him forever as well!  Needless to say we know each other really well but this was the first time I got to meet her precious son Cap!  We spend the entire time together laughing and laughing over who knows what!  Honestly I’m still not sure but I think it was ninnies?  Whatever it was, it made Cap burst out laughing!  He is such a hoot!  These images are gorgeous – just check out these colors!

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The Davidsons

Lordy lordy – how cute is Cora!!?  We got to take these images on Thanksgiving and the light and colors were perfect!  The POP of color is gorgeous! Not only that but look how excited Cora is about her baby brother!  ::swooning:: 

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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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Fall Color Flashback pt. 1 – Franciscos!

So if you know me at all you know that snow is my all time favorite thing – ever!  I absolutely love everything about it.  I love how quiet it is and how calm it can be, I love how people snuggle up inside and drink hot chocolate and watch movies while it falls and I love playing in it!

This weekend when it started snowing here in Richmond I was OVER THE MOON, literally squealing out loud in the library at school… As it was falling and I was hanging out inside watching my movies I realized that with the snow was the official end of fall.  Now snow may be my favorite thing but fall is my favorite season so it did make me a little nostalgic of fall and all the bright beautiful colors.  This got me thinking about how I hadn’t blogged out the rest of the minis and all these beautiful fall images.

And so, to celebrate the beginning of Winter (unofficially- I know it technically doesn’t start until the 21st or something) I am spending this whole week sharing out and reminiscing about fall colors with my #fallcolorflashback!

To kick it all off we have the Francisco family and their beautiful little daughter!  You may remember them from last spring when I did an extended family session with them.  I was excited to see them again for a holiday mini!  The colors in these images are beautiful only to be matched by a really beautiful and kind family!  Margaret and Ben – thanks for a great session!

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Fall & Holiday Minis 2017!

It has been awhile since I’ve been here.  A lot has happened over the last few months and it has been a crazy adventure that has taken away some of my focus but not my intent.  I got married!  I switched jobs!!  Oh yeah and all of this happened within two-ish weeks of each other!  Our home, is a mess… as of right now we’ve kind of unpacked from the wedding?  We still have an entire room filled with wedding stuff… and another room filled with my teaching stuff…. It’s been kind of crazy but I’m excited to have some time to slow down and come back to this place that has been a great outlet for me and a way to connect with people that I love.  It feels only right to come back with gusto and announce that this year I’m doing not just one but TWO mini sessions in the fall!! Read More »