Posts Tagged ‘northern virginia baby photography’

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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GreatFallsFamilyPortraits

GreatFallsFamilyPortraits

GreatFallsFamilyPortraits

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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Northern Virginia Photography: All right here in Great Falls

Friday, November 19th, 2010

After much encouraging from my previous model Marlo, Gaby decided to let me get her belly shots before her delivery in the next two weeks.  Eva is already estimated at 8 pounds (holy cow)!  Gaby looks beautiful, as always, and she played right along and together we got some gorgeous images in her little afternoon session.

NorthernVirginiaMaternityPhotography

NorthernVirginiaMaternityPhotography

NorthernVirginiaMaternityPhotography

NorthernVirginiaMaternityPhotography

Jacqui, Alex, and I have done our little sessions for four years now (really?). We love this family, in so many ways. Gracious. Giving. Real. They are wonderful, and we are blessed to have them in our lives.

A few years ago over a busy girls dinner, Jacqui asked me to do some images for her family, including some that were black and white with just little red highlights (AKA spot-coloring). Catching me on a bad day when I was obviously feeling a little under appreciated and stressed, I let her know I don’t do that cheesy %#% and she obviously doesn’t get what I do. Of course, I apologized and compromised with some desaturation and sepia toning. We continue to have a good laugh at it.

Leaning more traditional, I try to throw in some fun. I think they will like it!

NorthernVirginiaFamilyPhotography

NorthernVirginiaFamilyPhotography

NorthernVirginiaFamilyPhotography

NorthernVirginiaFamilyPhotography

DC Family Portrait Photography: I’m so lucky

Friday, November 12th, 2010

“You make your own luck.” Sage words from Tyler of Wirken Photography.  Tyler has been my mentor at two different workshops and I just can’t say enough good about the man, his photography, and his motivation to get that shot.  I was so glad to spend 3 beautiful days in Kansas City (what a great town–who knew, except the people that live and have been there) honing my skills and listening to a host of some of the most talented and forward-thinking photographic minds on this continent.  And of course, spend a little time with Tyler.

You make your own luck.  You have to be there at the right place at the right time, but with intuition and listening, you can be there.  Great photography doesn’t just happen.  It doesn’t just happen when you buy an expensive camera and gorgeous lens.   You need patience (thank you Candice Cusic for the reminder).  You need to know your equipment, and be ready.  And you need to listen with your ears, eyes and heart (thank you Still Motion) to the families and people you are with.

I am inspired and can’t wait to watch Meghan and Mike say their vows tomorrow in Baltimore.

Before I left I had a few photo sessions with some beautiful families.  Here they are.

Carson & Cooper.   I was warned in advance that Cooper was very shy with strangers.  As it turns out, he isn’t shy with a stranger that nibbles on his toes and rolls around on the floor.  He thought that was A-OK!  Carson has grown up beautifully, and he is quite the Jedi fighter and cowboy, depending on the props in hand:

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RestonVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography
RestonVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography
RestonVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography
RestonVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography
RestonVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography

Caleb & Dylan. John and I became great friends while I was still working as a CPA in NYC. John lived across the hall from my roommate, and then me. He is so easy to be with, and the memories I share with him are some of the best I have in NY–he was as flexible as I was. I can’t say enough good about him, his kindness, his easy laugh, and his love of his family. He met his beautiful wife Kim shortly after I left and now has adorable boys. I was so glad when they came to VA to visit my family (and get some great pictures)!

NorthernVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography

NorthernVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography

NorthernVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography

NorthernVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography

Sydney: I met Sydney one year ago and was welcomed into their warm home. Sydney, now walking sometimes falling, is simply stunning with her big blue eyes, sweet smile, and happy-go-lucky demeanor. They were so easy to be with, and I loved being a part of their morning:

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MarylandPortraitPhotography
MarylandPortraitPhotography
MarylandPortraitPhotography
MarylandPortraitPhotography
MarylandPortraitPhotography

2010 starts off sweet

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

I am cruising through 2010 with some great sessions, fun times with the girls (including a ski weekend starting tomorrow), and I’m sticking with my New Year’s resolutions, mostly.

Every year I find I have to turn away too much business in the fall and still I stressed. I can’t manage all my balls in my air with the grace I want. I learned to say “no” much more in 2009, learned to maybe not take things so personally, but I still haven’t learned to not be stressed. So for 2010 I vowed to devote some time to meditation almost every day AND get on my mat. And breath. Talk from my heart. I finally opened a good book which gives me incredible daily words of wisdom, and sometimes it talks so honestly to me I am afraid to admit it.

So check in with me in the fall to see how I’m holding up…

This is the third time I’ve met up with Penelope, and she just keeps getting more and more scrumptious. Just look at her:





These peeps are a riot and I love meeting up with them, from their wedding to their now THREE girls. Go Ruizes Go!





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