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As parents we can’t help to hit the FAST FORWARD button.

What decision will we make today that will affect our children tomorrow.

When a Dad is told he will be a father to a little girl there are flashes to teenage years, first dates and of course, what it will feel like to walk his precious little girl down the aisle

As mothers what can we do to ensure our little girls are confident, strong, adventurous and most importantly happy.

As we watch them grow and with each milestone we want to hit the STOP button.

Stop growing.

Your perfect how exactly how you are at this moment, not realizing we said that just moments ago..

Stop the Alarm

Stop the time that is spent away from you

Then there is the REWIND button

Oh how we miss the days of cuddling our little newborns.   Feeling your breath on our ear as you sleep.

Please rewind the clock so you don’t have to venture off to your first day of school alone.

Let’s rewind the clock back to the days when you would reach for my hand and asked to picked up.

The most difficult part is to just PLAY.  To enjoy the simple moments without life getting in the way.  To  appreciate every moment for what they are and to stop worrying about the future or living in the past.

Let them PLAY, let ourselves play with them.   Realize our presence will make them strong confident, adventurous and most importantly, happy.

My session with Jessica and Claire was PLAYFUL!

Claire loves princesses.  When does every girl feel more like a princess than she does on her wedding day?  How amazing for her to slip into her Mom’s wedding dress and to feel like a princess.   How special for Jessica to play dress up her daughter and the most special dress she’ll ever wear.

How incredible it must have felt for Claire to JUMP on a bed with no worries, run with the birds and to toss her crackers in the air without fear of being reprimanded for getting the floors dirty.

I mean really, who doesn’t want to run around naked?

Claire.. you are a very lucky little girl and cherish one of my favorite quotes.  Treat yourself like a Queen and your King will come.  Mommy already thinks you are a princess so you are off to a pretty good start!20140905-DSC_5998

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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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Colton!

I’ve had so much fun photographing all the baby’s that “cooked” along with my precious little guy.  Most everyone knows it took a lot for Michael and I to bring Drew into this world.  When we finally discovered we were pregnant we were fortunate enough, later in life, to be able to share that experience with so many of our friends.   Seeing these little guys ( and girls) grow with Drew is just as thrilling as it was to watch my belly grow along with their Mommy’s belly!   Colton is a very special little boy and it was so fun to hang out with him in the Country ( even though it’s not as country as Mommy and Daddy would like)  Enjoy some pics of this very special guy and his awesome parents.

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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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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

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The Magic of Disney

Disney = Magic.  It doesn’t matter if you are 6 or 65.  Of course there is the obvious magic of watching a little girls face light up when she sees “the castle,” her fairy Godmother, the thrill of the fast moving coaster and the delight that comes from seeing your favorite character.    The magic of Disney however goes deeper.  It’s watching the basic summer staples turn into magic.   The  magical slippers next to your bed in the morning, the ice cream dipping down your arm in the afternoon, twirling with your Daddy in an empty ballroom, or an evening swim with fireworks cascading over a purplish sky.  Disney is magic.

 

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The Map
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Glow in the dark

The best thing about Summer is playing outside until WAY after bedtime.  For photographers it means cranking up that ISO, breaking out the tripod and seeing what your camera can do with limited light sources.

This beautiful northern virgina girl loves to have her picture taken and this photographer loves to take her picture! 

Nothing fancy,  but below are just a couple quick test photos of this beautiful girl and her handful of glow sticks!

 

Glow in the Dark

Child Photography Virginia