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“starting here and starting now
I can feel the heart of how
everything changes”
– sara bareilles
Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rodriguez01remember this little lady from her birth story post earlier this week? well I got to stick around for some official newborn portraits too once they got home! I’m pretty sure if Eva had it her way, her baby sister would spend the next 25 years in her arms. safe to say, she’s pretty smitten with baby Josie! as we all are! :) I miss these little ladies already!
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“i remember when you were just a heartbeat that i heard
and now our eyes meet
forever is not enough to love you…”
– Bethany dillon
Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez01this past Tuesday was pure magic. there is something so sacred about being able to document someones first breaths. the first time their mama looks them in the eye. the first embrace. the first tears. the first snuggles. the first time sisters meet. the relief that comes knowing, “wow I did it! she’s here!” watching a family fall completely in love with it’s newest piece. photographing the tears that fall because you weren’t sure you were ever going to get that final piece of your family’s puzzle, and now here they are in your arms. the journey of the day and the waves of struggle, relief, struggle, joy, struggle, rest, struggle, and overwhelming all consuming bliss that wash over you… it’s just… the absolute best. this job that I get to do? it blows me away sometimes. nicole, dan, and eva, thank you THANK YOU for letting me be a small part of such a special day for your family.Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez06Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez10-2Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez16Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez19Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez23Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez33Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez37Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez40Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez45Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez47Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez48Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez53Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez57Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez64Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez67Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez70Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez78Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez79Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez86Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez89Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez91Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez92Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez98Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez102Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez107Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez126Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez128Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez131Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez132Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez135Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez138Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez141Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez143Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez147Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez156Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez159-2this little lady celebrated her 4th birthday on Monday, and it still seems like just yesterday we were at the hospital photographing her birth day!Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez168Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez172Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez175Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez182Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez186I’m not sure it gets any better than this… a baby in one hand, and pizza in the other! Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez192Eva needed to keep an eye (and usually also a hand) on ‘baby Josie’ at ALL times! :)Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez196Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez204Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez207Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez213Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez217Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez218the next day we did a little quick ‘fresh48’ session to get a few announcement photos, and Eva could not get her hands on Josie fast enough! I’m pretty sure she’s not going to put this baby down until she’s 25 yeas old. Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez219we referenced something Josie would do “when she gets bigger” and Eva almost burst into tears… “nooo but I want her to stay little like thiiiis!” :) you and me both, kid. you and me BOTH. Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez220Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez221Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez223Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez224Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez225I remember talking to Nicole before the baby was born and she was wondering how Eva would do in her new ‘big sister’ role. I’m pretty sure my exact words were, “oh I think she’s going to take to it like a FISH to WATER.” safe to say, I was right! Loudoun_VA_Birth_Photographer_Rodriguez226

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“and that’s my home where dreams are born
and time is never planned
just think of lovely things
and your heart will fly on wings
in never, neverland.”
Disney_World_Family_Portrait_Session_Hamrick01we’ve been dreaming about this session for almost a year now, and this past Monday it finally happened! I mentioned on instagram that I’d love to do some portrait sessions at Disney world, and Paige was one of the first to reach out and say, “we’re in!” :) this is very much “home” for their family as well, and we had the best morning walking around the park playing, riding a few rides, meeting a few characters, and exploring their happy place. I’m already excited for more sessions here over the next few years! who else wants to add a bit of magic to their next portrait session?! :) Disney_World_Family_Portrait_Session_Hamrick03Disney_World_Family_Portrait_Session_Hamrick05Disney_World_Family_Portrait_Session_Hamrick10Disney_World_Family_Portrait_Session_Hamrick11Disney_World_Family_Portrait_Session_Hamrick16those “empty” castle shots are totally worth the extra early morning start time! :)
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“i never knew
that i could love someone
the way that i love you”
– ben rector
Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler01this tiny bff of mine stopped by yesterday for her 9 month portrait session, and i absolutely canNOT get enough of her sweet little snaggle toothed grin!! :) Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler03Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler04Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler11Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler13Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler14Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler15Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler22Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler47Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler48Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler53Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler58Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler63it was freeeeeezing outside, but they braved it for a couple minutes at the very end of the session!Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler65Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler68Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler72Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler73Sarah kept saying, ‘where did she GET that scrunchy nose smile?!” umm, I think that would be from you, my dear friend… and it’s the BEST :) Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler74that bottom lip sticking out in the photo on the left?! pretty sure it will get her ANYthing she wants!Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler78Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler79Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler92Leesburg_VA_Baby_Photographer_Morgenthaler96-2happy wednesday!

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“to me
she is
those final steps
the turn around the last bend
and a little house
with a light on
and a fire lit
with a faint laugh
floating on the warm wind—
she is
my always,
coming home.”
– atticus
01Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks25oh friends, you are going to love these two just as much as i do! the way they laugh together, their playful nature, and how considerate they are of one another… as soon as i met gene and laura i felt like they were old friends that i’d known for years and years. they’re just wonderful like that :) i can’t wait for their wedding this October! enjoy lots of favorites from our session around their neighborhood in dc!
Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks03we even lucked out with a few cherry blossoms! Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks05Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks08Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks12Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks12bWashington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks13a favorite for sure! :)Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks14Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks23Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks28Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks43Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks46Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks49Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks52Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks54Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks61Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks64i love that we got to do some photos on their street, and even a couple right on their front porch! a location that really means something to my clients is always my first choice, so i’m so glad we were able to work these in!Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks65Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks67Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks74Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks76Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks77Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks78Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks81Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks85Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks87Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks90Washington_DC_Engagement_Photos_Banks98happy thursday!

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