Crashing waves

Beating hearts

Anticipation

Adoring smiles of loved ones.

Selfies

and a quiet rain that passed just as the bride walked down a aisle

It was the perfect Cancun day for this BEAUTIFUL couple and their lovely children to become an official family of 5.

Just a couple of my favorites.  This bride and former middle school walking buddy, was just as beautiful getting ready and the morning after her wedding, as she was walking down the aisle!

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Perfect

Ok so this is only my opinion but every family needs one perfect picture all staring and smiling at the camera, maybe for the Christmas card or a Facebook profile pic :)

As perfect as those family photos are, no family is perfect but every family has perfect moments.

I loved this session with these three sisters because they gave me so much “perfect” to capture!

Enjoy!

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Senior Pictures – So. Much. Fun! Gaaaah!

I’ve been very fortunate over the last several months to photograph so many amazing families.   I haven’t yet had the opportunity to focus on the individual and even more importantly the SENIOR!  This session had to be one of my all time favorites.  It was an opportunity to blend this beautiful girl’s personality with her deep rooted love for her family and their family home.  

 

When she said she wanted her senior pictures done in her “backyard” I was a little nervous.  I always “location Scout” and don’t like showing up for a session completely blind but WOW what a pleasant surprise this was.  Barn’s from the 1800’s, large tires, acres of wheat fields, just to name a few hidden gems.  I hope this girl likes her pictures half as much as I do!

 

Best of luck to you in the future, I have no doubt big things are ahead for you

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FUN!

We are all busy.

But what is more important in our lives than having fun and enjoying each other?

I’ve learned it’s not the perfect pretty smiles that make a memorable photo ( although these are great for the family Christmas card) it’s seeing our children have FUN and enjoy us and each other that we want captured and memorialized.

There was so much FUN in this session that’s what I choose to blog about and share.

These photos, this family make me smile.  I hope they make you smile too!

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Love at first sight

When shooting kids there are usually two types.  The ones who want their picture taken and those who don’t!  Thankfully these two loved it ( ok maybe sister loved it a little more)

These two were AWESOME, creative, fun and SUPER sweet!  It was such a pleasure meeting them and their mom.  Thanks to their creativity and participation we were able to get some good stuff.

Kudos to Mom for raising such distinctively different but equally awesome kids!

Aw a Mama and her baby boy!

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6 Months, 2, 3 and 60!

Starting August 25th – and through October 18th, almost every single very close friend, family member, parent, niece, nephew, cousin, and child, with few exceptions celebrates their Birthday!. A clear indication of how our families celebrate the Holiday Season…

This weekend we had the pleasure of heading to Pinehurst to celebrate Grandaddy’s 60th birthday and celebrate some milestones of the littlest littles!

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Triple Washington DC Wedding

It’s not often you hear of, or better get to witness a triple wedding. Often brides and grooms are fixated on creating their own special day with a celebration exclusive to their individual vision.  There is nothing wrong with that ( I’ve done it twice ) however how unbelievably cool was it for me to witness a ceremony that was truly about nothing else than the commitment to one another and the celebration of six very important friendships.

Younger and less experienced couples will tell you until they are blue in the face ( myself included)  that they understand the true meaning and the hard work and sacrifice necessary to  commit yourself to another person.  Without the life experience to back it up, it’s tough to know what that really means.

These 3 amazing couples have overcome a wide variety of obstacles to share the privilege and joy to commit themselves to one another a little later in life.   With that comes a deeper understanding, a deeper connection and real and very raw emotion.

For these couples it was a real honor to be able to share their day make it exclusively about each other and CELEBRATE.  What an amazing day and I’m proud and happy to show some previews of not one, not two but THREE beautiful celebrations of love and friendship!

White House brides

They even shared the flowers ( well sort of)

Fun with the wedding flowers

The DC War Memorial.  What a perfect place for a wedding.

DC WAR MEMORIAL

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The Ring.. It’s official!

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And the day wouldn’t be complete without help for the photographer!

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Babies, Wine and Photography

Navigating the windy roads of Virginia’s wine country has always been a favorite past time for my husband and I.  I certainly thought having a baby, and a full time job as well as taking a leap and launching a photography business wouldn’t allow us the time or energy to enjoy one of our favorite past times.  I’m pleased to find out that, that couldn’t be further from the truth.  With a VERY hectic work and personal schedule these hours that we can steal in the peaceful countryside setting have become a past time that neither my husband or I plan on giving up anytime soon.  What we discovered is just in fact how welcoming and family friendly most of our favorite spots are.   We are able to enjoy time alone and time with family and friends and of course there are PLENTY of photo opportunities.

 

Fun with a beautiful tree at 868

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 868 has a restaurant with the most amazing brunch.  They have a delicious watermelon soup!
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Often the wineries have live music for the little’s to dance to.  
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Uncle/ nephew bonding time
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Nothing makes this guy smile bigger than his Daddy
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Bringing your own toys ( and tunnels is a must!)
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Freddie Long at Tarara
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Sweet Girl Madison
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Plenty of “zoo like” animals for the babies
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The M Family

Walking into a house with three boys, one would fine exactly what you would expect.  Lots of wresting, jumping and a lot of balls ( get your mind out of the gutter people)   More importantly you would also find lots of laughter and lots of joy.

Everyone knows I love props, elaborate backdrops and over the top costumes.  What everyone may not know is how much I love capturing everyday moments as simple as bath time or playing catch with Dad.  These moments pass us by quickly and are so important to capture.  That being said thank goodness their oldest son picked up his brand new football uniform today, it’s kind of like a costume right?

Had a great morning M Family.  Enjoy a day in their life
                          

 
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Jumping on the couch

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Park Images

Brothers

Baby Photo

Family Photo

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