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“your mother, well, she’s strong and steady
southern drawl and good lord, she’s pretty
she’s better than anything i dreamed
and honestly, i’m scared to death
i’ll breathe at last at your first breath
everything you need, i’ll try to be.”
– dave barnes
Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler01i’d like to formally introduce you all to my newest and tiniest BFF, lennon! she belongs to some of my best friends, brian and sarah, and she’s got me wrapped around her tiny finger already.  sarah called me two days before a wedding we were shooting together last october and said, “well, either one of my students gave me the flu oooor there’s a baby in there!” and i may or may not have squealed with delight two days later when she confirmed that it was NOT, in fact, the flu ;) there’s something so incredibly special about being able to walk through this season of life right from the beginning with a friend. from taking their announcement photos… getting the calls after each doctor appointment with the latest update… to hear that (i had been correct from the beginning!) it was a girl… to see and feel the kicks and flips… to watch sarah throughout this pregnancy display SO much grace, patience, joy, and incredible strength… to see brian’s sacrificial love and care for wife in a new way… and now to watch them both fall head over heels in love with their daughter… it all means more than i can say. thank you both for letting me be a part of this season for your family and for sharing your sweet lennon with me. i couldn’t be happier for the three of you! and i mean seriously, have you ever seen a more beautiful baby girl?! :) Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler03Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler04Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler05she’s perfect. completely perfect. Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler06Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler23Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler29look at that sweet little smile! dreamy newborn smiles are the best! Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler30Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler35oh man, these two. i don’t know that i’ve ever seen someone take to being a dad as quickly and effortlessly as brian has. he is SO natural with her, and i’m fairly certain that he would prefer her to be in his arms than anywhere else. he was totally made to be a dad, especially to a daughter. she’s so very lucky to have him as her dad!
Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler44bwAldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler45Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler59Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler60Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler62Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler70Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler73bwAldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler74i remember after they found out it was a girl, i sent sarah a text explaining how thrilled i was for them, and how i was just so happy that she had the opportunity to be a mama to a daughter.  don’t get me wrong they would have done so well with a son too, but somehow i knew that just like brian would make the best girl-dad ever, that it would be so incredibly special for sarah to mother a daughter.  to model for lennon what a woman after God’s heart looks like. to teach her how to love well, serve joyfully, and always trust in her Heavenly Father. lennon has THE best example to follow after as she grows. Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler80bwAldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler82Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler84Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler86Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler93Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler97Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler98this series of photos of sarah with her girl are some of my favorite i’ve ever taken during a newborn session: Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler100Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler103Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler112bwAldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler114is there anything better than baby snuggles?! :)Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler115bwAldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler117Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler119Aldie_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Morgenthaler120thanks again for sharing her with me! happy wednesday! :)

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“you look so wonderful in your dress
i love your hair like that
and in a moment i knew you best”
– ed sheeran
Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman01i met up with nick and claire just across the street from their gorgeous venue, and we did their engagement photos at meridian hill park and it was the perfect backdrop, and the perfect early summer evening! even their cute pup arnold agreed to skip his dinner to join us… well, he might not have agreed to that specific piece, but he was a good sport none-the-less ;) nick and claire, i had the best time with you both! i can hardly wait for the wedding day this november! Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman10Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman10bMeridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman11Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman15Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman23Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman24Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman28Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman31Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman33Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman34Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman37bwmeridian park was a gorgeous backdrop! one of my favorites!Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman39Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman41Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman42when your pup decides he’s had enough and turns into a pouting toddler instead ;) not going to lie, this is one of my absolute favorites from their session even so! Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman44Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman46Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman49Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman55Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman56Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman59Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman62bwMeridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman66Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman68Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman69Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman72Meridian_Hill_Park_DC_Engagement_Photos_Bateman76happy monday!

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“take courage when the road is long
don’t ever forget you’re never alone
i want you to live forever
underneath the sky so blue.”
– drew holcomb
Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch01have i told you lately how 8 months is my favorite age to photograph?! ;) good gracious i could not get enough of benjamin and his sweet smile!Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch02Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch05Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch06Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch09Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch14Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch26Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch29Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch32Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch34love this one of kristen and her boy :)Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch35Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch36Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch37i’m pretty sure this next one needs a frame ASAP! :) Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch40Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch42Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch44Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch50Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch51Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch53he was so enthralled watching all of the horses at frying pan! perfect way to end the session :) Northern_VA_Baby_Photographer_Ritch67happy wednesday!

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“i’m proud of the house we built
it’s stronger than sticks, stones, and steel
it’s not a big place sittin’ up high on some hill
a lot of things will come and go but love never will
oh, i’m proud.
i’m proud of the house we built.”
– brooks and dunn
Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti04this darling little man is already 4 months old, and as smiley as a baby can be! Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti06Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti08Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti13Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti18Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti21Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti23Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti25Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti27Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti29Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti32Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti42Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti46Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti47Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti50Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti56Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti59Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti63Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Gigliotti64you can go back and see jackson’s newborn portraits HERE! happy monday! :)

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“but the wild things cried, “oh please don’t go- we’ll eat you up- we love you so!”
– maurice sendak, where the wild things areWashington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman01Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman02Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman03Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman07Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman09Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman11Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman14Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman15Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman19Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman27Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman29Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman31Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman38Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman40Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman44we even made a little froggy friend during the session! he blended in perfectly with the fence and was content to sit and let noah pet him for a few minutes ;)
Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman48Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman49Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman50Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman51Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman54Washington_DC_Family_Photographer_Lieberman57you can go back and see zachary’s 6 month session and 1 year portraits as well! happy tuesday!

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