Archive for January, 2011

Inn At Little Washington Wedding: An Elopement!

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Two firsts in one day: My first elopement (LOVED!) and my first time to Washington, VA (LOVED!). Hilary called me a few weeks ago asking if I was available. She and Drew decided to elope, along with his son Owen, and have an incredibly romantic and memorable get away to the Inn at Little Washington.

They are a beautiful couple together, giving the sweetest vows with a special part of the ceremony devoted to the three of them as a new family. I can’t help but wish them years of happiness and fulfillment of their dreams together.

I had no idea Washington, VA, nestled in the Shenandoahs is so close Washington, DC and so perfectly quaint and charming that you don’t want to leave. It really took my breath away. It is the prettiest area of Virginia I have found, yet. The Inn itself earns every one of its five stars with impeccable staff and service, and I have not stayed for dinner yet.

Somethings are worth waiting for:

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And here I thought Washington was tall!WashingtonWeddingPhotography
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DC Family Portraits: Times Two

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

January is proving, yet again, to not be so slow. On top of building two gorgeous wedding albums, one coffee table book, one First Year album and a wall collage, I have plenty of families wanting to get their moment to shine and am shooting my first elopement at the Inn at Little Washington this Saturday (I am so excited for this). I have a couple of new toys I purchased as well. I love my 5D Mark II and my new Cheetah (light) stand. The Cheetah Stand is the best, best, best  thing around.  Let me give that guy/girl a big hug, and a $100.  THANK YOU!  You made lighting easy.

Penelope is about to welcome a new baby to her family. Jenn looks beautiful, and shining as always.  Penelope isn’t quite two years old, and having met her when she was so, so little she is getting so, so big! She is adorable, sweet, silly and must have the darndest stickiest bottom around:

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Griffin (I love this name–we would have named our boy Griffith, had we had a boy, that is) and Caroline are so much fun, and such little handfuls of energy and love. I remember my kids at this age. I was exhausted, and felt a little underwater in general. So when I showed up for our 9AM I completely related to the kids in their jammies with runny noses, and Griffin just in the mood for some cartoons (photographer schmofographer). I remember it so well!

But these types of sessions work out beautifully. It gives me a little time to take the kids to their rooms and play, very relaxed, while the parents catch up. And it’s always nice to have another person in the house keeping the kids busy and giggling:

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“Hey Griff. Really, the photographer isn’t so bad. You don’t need to hide under the bed!”

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Northern Virginia Baby Portraits: Baby Blake

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Oh Blake–you are precious. And I couldn’t be any happier for this family. Brandon, at eight, was so excited to welcome his brother that he would rather have a brother than skate on the ice at halftime during the Caps game.  And he was excited when his Mom went into early labor just before his big moment to hit the ice. And he LOVES ice hockey. But he loves his brother more. Already.

Brandon knows loss, and I think, because of this, he cares for and appreciates his siblings more. He doesn’t take them for granted, and at eight that is something.

Always taking the opportunity to educate people on Infant Swim Resource, a program our girls completed 3 years ago: http://www.infantswim.com/community-of-caring/foundation.html

Welcome Blake!

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And my favorite, because the eight and one-half year old blanket is definitely “real” if we lived by the rules of the Velveteen Rabbit. That was a blanket?

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Holiday Portraits: Welcome New Year!

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

So it’s 2 weeks after Christmas… And the holidays were so busy that my computer was a distant memory. But after scanning old hard drives, I found our holiday pictures and all of our videos. My babies are growing up!

So here are pictures from Christmas past along with some of my favorite cards my couples and families sent during 2010!

Only George and Katie would make a birth announcement so *perfect*:
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I love the picture Mike & Meghan selected:
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Janelle had very fun Save The Date cards done at Gold Dog Communications.  I just love them.  Janelle & Matt have impeccable taste:
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Here we go, counting backwards:

2010: The girls have come into their own:
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2009: I love that it snowed and I got “the” picture:
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2008: Totally Nut. Totally Bug.
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2007: My daily life in 2007:
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2006: Where did my babies go?!? Merry Kissmas!
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2005: How sweet!
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2004: SO SO LITTLE: Cheeks Crayton in the house!
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