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“this kind of love
it’s what I dreamed about”
-sister hazel
Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters01it was so sweet seeing how Lily adored her baby brother! she was in school the day we did his newborn portraits, so this was my first time to have the two of them in front of my camera together!Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters05Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters10Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters12such a happy little guy!Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters20Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters22scrunchy nose smiles are my faaavorite :)Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters23love love love!Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters24Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters28Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters32Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters34Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters37Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters38Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters40Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters45doesn’t he have the sweetest smile?!Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters46Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters50Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters51Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters56Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters58happy wednesday! :)

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“tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
– mary oliver
Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen01this little lady just celebrated her very first birthday!! can you believe it? we celebrated with a little trip to the park and some birthday cake.. what could be better? :)Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen02Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen04Tori is a girl on the GO these days! she wouldn’t sit still for anything, especially if she saw something that looked like fun, like this little ball!Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen06Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen10Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen16i love that Connor put his hand on her back as he’s saying “look! look!” :)Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen17Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen21Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen23Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen24Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen30Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen31this is Connor’s version of a “family hug!” :) love love love!Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen32Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen35Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen37this was Victoria’s first time ever on the slide… safe to say she’s a BIG fan :)Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen41Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen42Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen43oooh this boy. he makes the very best expressions :)Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen48Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen52i’m pretty sure i’ve seen the saaaame look on Connor’s face many many times before :)Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen57then it was time for birthday cake! she dove right in! believe it or not, the majority of little ones don’t really love cake, whether it’s because it’s too new or messy or sweet, but there was no hesitation here :)Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen71Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen72i think that look on the right is her reaction to “okay just one more bite than we’re all done!” ;)Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen75Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen76Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen77happy 1st birthday sweet girl! :)victoria-one-year

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“promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance
and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
i hope you dance.”
– lee ann womack
Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee01this little lady has changed so much since her last portrait session! and she was quick to tell me so as she kept stretching her hands up to show me that she was “SO big!”Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee03Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee05Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee06she is trying her very hardest to start walking, and i bet i’ll be chasing her around by her next session!Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee07so SO big!Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee09Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee15Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee19Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee22love those little toes :)Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee23Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee24kisses for her momma ;)Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee28Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee31it’s her favorite party trick ;)Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee32Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee34Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee36Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee37Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee43i’m pretty sure this is her happy place :)Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee45Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee47Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee51Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee55Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee57Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee59Leesburg_VA_Photographer_Lee62happy friday! have a great weekend! :)

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“As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that things truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. It is not the things you have that make you happy. It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good.”
― Laura Ingalls WilderManassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines01This was my 11th (eleventh! holy cow!) time having Scooter and Ashley and their family in front of my camera since 2009, and by now you all adore this family as much as I do :) those families who allow me to be their “photographer for life” hold such a special place in my heart. The last time I saw them was for Miss Emerson’s newborn portraits, and good gracious both she and Parker have changed so much just in 6 months!Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines02a flower for baby sister:Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines05Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines06Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines11gah doesn’t she have the sweetest smile?!Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines12Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines14Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines16Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines18my favorite favorite :)Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines19bwManassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines22Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines26Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines27Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines32teaching Parker and Emerson how to make a wish :)Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines36Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines39Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines43melt. my. HEART.Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines44ya know, just getting comfy :)Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines46Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines62Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines65Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines66okay this one might tied for my favorite image from their session! the light was PERFECT that evening! and goodness gracious I could have photographed these guys all day long!Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines68Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines70love Emerson’s little scrunchy nose smile :)Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines72Parker was right in the middle of another verse of “‘C’ Is For Cookie” at the top of his lungs and it was the best thing ever :)Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines77Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines79Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines83Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines85and i’ll end with one last favorite:Manassas_Battlefield_Portrait_Photographer_Vines87i couldn’t adore you all any more! thanks for spending your evening with me! xoxo!

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“if you needed me
i would come to you
i would swim the seas
for to ease your pain”
– emmylou harris
Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest01bwaren’t those the most precious baby toes you’ve ever seen?! I love them all curled up :) this little man had just turned 6 months old, which is my favorite age to photograph! he was feeling a little bashful at the beginning of their session, although that turned around very quickly!Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest02Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest05Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest07Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest08Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest11Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest12Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest15such a handsome little man!Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest19Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest25Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest27Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest28Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest29love these next few of Sawyer and his beautiful mama!Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest34Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest37mmmm toes are the best!Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest39bwMegan requested a photo of Sawyers cute new diapers, but I had to include those yummy little leg rolls along with it :)Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest40Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest48Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest52Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Vest55

Happy Monday! :)

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