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!
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 »
Our maternity session was perfect but as we were getting in the cars and leaving I kept feeling like I hadn’t done something. It was as I was driving out of Crump Park that I realized what it was… we forgot to get images of just Kayleigh, by herself, in all her maternity glory. I knew I wanted those images and I had a feeling Kayleigh did too. We must be on the same brain wave because just as I was about to text her asking if she’d mind meeting up again, she beat me to it! Asking if I minded if we could meet up again and get a few more of just her? Mind!? Of course I didn’t mind, I wanted these images for her just as much as she did. Maternity images should be about the upcoming family and the excitement and love the parents feel for this new life but also to celebrate the woman who is building this little life step by step. Maternity sessions should pay tribute to the strength and grace of the future mom who is in my opinion, a warrior princess. 🙂
So we met back up and just when I thought it couldn’t get better, it did. The light was gorgeous and the park seemed to have even more great spots for images than before. Oh and Kayleigh, she is seriously the best. I mean it. The. Best. I saw a corn field off in the distance and I thought oh man, I really want to shoot there. But… there was a fence… with a lock… and a pregnant woman in a gorgeous dress who I thought, may not want to climb a fence, in a dress, to go into a field of overgrown corn to get images…. Oh boy was I wrong. I suggested it to her and she was like ‘yeah girl, absolutely’ in the most cool girl I climb fences, kind of way. Like I said… The. Best.
So we did, we climbed not one, but two fences and got ourselves in a corn field to take GORGEOUS images. I was swooning then and I am swooning now. I love these images.
So Kayleigh – Thank you for being on my brain wave the entire time and being such a fun, easy going person to work with. I’m so glad we did this and I can’t wait to meet your little guy soon. 🙂
It’s crazy to think that it has been three years ago since I went down to Belle Isle with these two and took their engagement pictures! (Check them out here) I’ll never forget sitting in Nacho Mamas with Amanda and talking about how when Jamie proposes she wants me to take her engagement pictures. I’m pretty sure my reaction was “Uh what!? Me!?” She was the first person to see this as more than just a hobby and she is the one who helped snowball my love for photography into something real and I’ll always be grateful for her trust in me. Read More »