Maddie is turning TWO in September and it doesn’t feel that long ago that I took her newborn pictures!! (see post here) In her newborn session she slept the entire time and let me tell you, she has definitely livened up! 🙂
Maddie girl is a curly top beauty who is active, curious and independent. We got to Libby Hill Park and Maddie was instantly on the go! She wanted to see everything and more than anything wanted to run. She was fearless as she took off down the concrete hill – this girl will be a force as she grows up and I mean this in the best possible way! I can see her growing up to be a leader who charges forward and an energy people want to be friends with. She perfectly embodies one of my FAVORITE quotes “and though she be but little, she is fierce” – Shakespeare (A Midsummer’s Night Dream).
Her mom is a great friend of mine. We taught together for years and still keep in touch even as I’ve moved to Baltimore. I love her little family and was really excited to do our Mommy and Me Mini with not just her and Maddie but also her mother, Nancy. I think it’s really special that Maddie will have images like these to pass to her children. It makes these images more than just a snapshot and more of a legacy to pass on and I love that!
While I love all of these for the colors and the moments, I think my favorite is the one of Sarah and her mom arm in arm in the background watching Maddie run. 🙂 I love how Nancy is supporting Sarah and they are watching from afar as the next generation takes charge. This may sound silly but I feel like it really represents motherhood in such a universal way.
Woo lawzy it has been a hot second since I’ve posted here. 2018 was a serious whirlwind and life is finally starting to slow down (thank goodness!). During December I let myself relax over the holidays so I could totally process the year and prepare for 2019 in mind and spirit. I’ll tell you honestly, as great as it was to step back for a bit there was a big part of me that felt guilty like I was falling behind. Even though part of me was distracted by this feeling of neglecting things I wanted to get done, 90% of me was able to have really intentional reflection about 2018. Good LORD was this needed and here’s why. Read More »
When I taught Malone in 7th grade I have to admit she was one of my faves. As a teacher you’re not supposed to have “favorites” but while you love all your kiddos for individual reasons, there are some that stick out through the years. There are always ones that you hope come back to visit and catch you up on all their new adventures. Any teacher will tell you that getting to catch up with old students is one of the best parts. It makes up for all the late nights, weekends spent grading, and endless emails. You grow to love your kids and seeing them as young adults who have grown so much but still have a lot of that 7th grader in them is such a joy! Read More »
This session is one of my all time favorites because it is SUPER special to me!! Sarah was one of my students in the 7th grade and now she is a SENIOR!!! Her mom is one of my friends from work and so this session was like a little reunion and is just what I needed. Getting to catch up with them completely filled my bucket!
Getting to see my old students and catch up with them is by far my favorite part about being a teacher. I love it! Which is one of the reasons that moving to Baltimore was so hard for me because I knew I wouldn’t have little run ins with my kids anymore. Getting to catch up with Sarah while also taking her senior portraits has now become the best part of being a photographer so far! It was a combination of two things I love and it was so fun! Read More »
When Anne reached out to me a few months ago about doing her newborn pictures I actually had a moment of “pinch me!”. I knew Anne in college as she was kind of a big deal in sorority life at JMU! She was a Tri Delta and I was an Alpha Phi and while we never officially knew each other I definitely knew of her! She was Panhellenic President and was known as one of the nicest women at school. Panhellenic for anyone who isn’t a sorority person is the overarching organization that each sorority is involved in. It’s kind of like a community counsel and puts on events such as recruitment. Being President of Panhel is a HUGE honor and an even bigger responsibility! It’s a two year commitment and running recruitment is no easy task!
After we got talking she sent me over a Pinterest board of the type of shots she was hoping we’d get. It was such a wonderful surprise to see that most of the pictures on the Pinterest board were mine!! I couldn’t believe it!! They were mixed in with other images by people that I really admire and look up to which was so humbling!
When I got to Anne and Aaron’s house it was nothing less than what I expected, beautifully spaced with an amazing layout. Her nursery was decorated neutrally with basic white, grays and light beige/brown. I honestly had never seen a nursery that neutral before (usually there is more splashes of pink or blue) and I loved it! It was easy to get bright and clean images of the space and of the baby plus it had a simple feel that was refreshing and classic.
What impressed me more than their beautiful home and their clean and well planned nursery though was Anne and Aaron and how gracefully kind they both are. They are people of faith and you can tell it’s very important to them. I walked into their house and immediately felt welcome and trusted. Anne and I talked like two old friends and I have to say – she really is one of the nicest and down to earth people I’ve ever met! She was kind enough to hold up a blanket in the background as a reflector for almost the entire time! Beyond their kind hearts, Aaron and Anne are such natural parents and in the most genuine way. I noticed it in the simple ways they care for Will and each other. Like how Aaron snuggled up with Will just to watch golf, or how Anne talks to Will to sooth him and calm him. They were born to be a parents and God has blessed them in a beautiful way. Their parenting was never flashy or braggy, but sweet, humble and natural. You can tell that this was path is blessed by God and that they are in it together every step of the way!
Anne and Aaron – I LOVED getting to know you better during this session and am so glad that we are doing at least two more milestones together! You have a beautiful family and hearts of gold, I’m grateful to get to work with you both!
Wanna know why I love working with Maggie and this sweet family? About a year ago this time I took her newborn images and instantly felt comfortable. Maggie is so down to earth and easy going the whole session felt like hanging out with a friend. We got some gorgeous images that are hands down some of my favorites – especially the clean black and whites images that we got.
But then! Flash forward a few months and I run into Maggie at Jack Browns. It’s been months since I’ve seen them and they still say hi and talk about their newborn images! Better yet! She emails me about making sure to get on my calendar months in advance! AND THEN! I meet them for our mommy and me session and Maggie says “Alex! I wanted to bring some glasses and wine so we could hang out while we did this but I just didn’t have time to get it together.” GIRL! YOU are my THE BEST!
I love working with women and families like this who are loyal and keep coming back but also who get me! It ends up feeling a lot like working with a friend than just a client and we always get GORGEOUS images. My favorite part of childhood and family photography is getting to work with families through the years and watch the kids grow up and their family evolve! This loyalty means the world to me and makes this whole business feel x10 more personal and worth it.
For this session we met up at my favorite spot and the light was perfect! We basically stayed in the same two spots the whole time because the light coming through the background created the most creamy bokeh!
Check out this my favorites of this amazing family of three!
OH MAH GAWD! So a few weeks ago I woke up early and tried to run some errands around town, you know, pick up dog food, get birthday card for friend, etc. etc. etc. Well the pet store wasn’t open yet so I had some free time on my hands and I decided on a whim that I was going to go down to Belle Isle and walk around. It was about 8am and as soon as I started walking around I knew that I HAD to do a morning session here! The light was amazing! Seriously so glowy and clean. Well a few weeks later Anne contacted me about adding to her mini session with her daughter Morgan and I thought, well I’ll just throw it out there and see if they’d be willing. Sure enough Anne said yes and it was GAME ON! I was over the moon! We set the session up for 8am and while it was early it was SO WORTH IT! Read More »
It’s always a good sign when you roll up to a session to meet the family for the first time and you connect instantly with the family and kids. I arrived to Forrest Hill Park and walked up to meet Kelsie and her husband Brent and within seconds their gorgeous daughter Maddie did what I always hope the kiddos will do, she opened her arms and reached out to me. AHHH my little heart almost exploded!! She got passed over to me and I knew in that moment – this was going to be a GREAT session! Read More »
Yup, it’s happening. Soon too. I’ve struggled with how to write this post because I have so many mixed emotions about the whole thing. I’m sad. Deeply sad but also proud and excited for this next chapter in our lives.
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 »