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“my life gets brighter by the day
from how you shine
I don’t think you even have to try.”
-dave barnes
Green_Springs_Gardens_Family_Photographer_Mini_Session01this past weekend we had our first night of summer mini sessions, and we couldn’t have had a more perfect evening! 75 degrees and sunny in the middle of July?! it doesn’t get any better than that! normally I’m only able to offer mini sessions just before the holidays, but I’m so excited that we’re able to squeeze a few in while everything is green and in bloom! I’m doing ONE more evening of summer mini sessions this upcoming SUNDAY JULY 15th in Leesburg VA, and I still have 2 time slots left if you’d like to join us! :) here are a few favorites from this past weekend:
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“Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.”
– Barbara de Angelis01Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane822Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane07Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane08Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane14Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane29Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane30Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane35Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane47Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane57Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane69Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane74Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane79Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane80when you look at the above images and how bright and cheerful they look, you’d never imagine what was happening literally right next to where we were standing…!! I’ve seen some crazy storms blow through at SC before, but this one might be the quickest/craziest yet! Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane83Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane86but inside, it was all sunshine! I’m so thankful for this gorgeous bridal suite and all the natural light it offers, even on the rainiest of days!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane96Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane100Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane101Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane105Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane119Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane125Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane128Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane133Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Zane145and then by the time their first look rolled around, the rain was gone and the sun was out full blast! you’d never know looking at these photos the insane storm that had come through just minutes before!
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Venue- Shadow Creek Weddings and Events
Wedding Dress- Ava Laurenne
Florist- Carly Johnson, Affordable Arrangements
Hair and Makeup- Tamar Ceki
Wedding Coordinator- Laura Dugas, Laura Dee Events
DJ- Mike Blaufeld
Cake- Trang Bowers, Sweetz Bakery
Catering- P.I.G.S
Bridesmaids Dresses- Azazie
Groomsmen Attire- Mens’ Warehouse
Invitations- Zazzle
Photography- Jessica Smith Photography
Engagement Portraits

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“People tell you a lot about how much parenting will change your life and they’re right. But usually they mean that you won’t ever sleep in again (you won’t) and a few other things about how much we “give up” to become parents. No one tells you how much you’re going to laugh. No one tells you how much wisdom resides in these small humans, how much they will teach you about love and life and friendship and forgiveness and worship. No one tells you how good and freeing it is to leave your selfishness behind. No one tells you about recapturing your own wonder and innocence, about re-reading the Ramona books, about playing football in the basement, about birthday parties and snow days and every day beauty. All the best things I know about the big nouns and verbs of a life came back into my life because of them.”
– Sarah BesseyReston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland01Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland03this was her mama’s baby blanket, and I love that we were able to use it for Olivia’s newborn portraits too!Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland05Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland07Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland10Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland14Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland15Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland19Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland20Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland21Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland29Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland30Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland31Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland34Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland35Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland38Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland41Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland44Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland48Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland49Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland50Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland54Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland64Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland66Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland71Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland72Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland73Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland84Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland87Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland92Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Borland96happy Saturday!

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“and the stars blinked
as they watched her carefully
jealous of the way she shone.”
– atticus
Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone01I’ve been photographing this family since both of those boys were this tiny, and it’s hard to believe how fast time flies! seems like just yesterday we were photographing Benjamin’s newborn portraits, and then Harrison’s newborn portraits as well! It’s such a sweet gift to get to photograph this family throughout the years, now including their new baby SISTER! Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone03Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone08Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone11Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone14Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone16Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone20Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone21Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone22Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone25Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone29Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone50Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone51Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone55Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone62Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone66Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone67Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone68Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone72Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone73Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone80Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone81Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone90Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone102Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone105Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone109Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone110Vienna_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Stone114

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“The smile that flickers on a baby’s lips when he sleeps- does anyone know where it was born? Yes, there is a rumor that a young pale beam of a crescent moon touched the edge of a vanishing autumn cloud, and there the smile was first born in the dream of a dew-washed morning.”
― Rabindranath TagoreGreat_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos01Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos02Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos03Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos05Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos08Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos14Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos15Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos17Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos21Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos22Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos29Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos32Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos35Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos36Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos43this little man dished out so many of those sweet dreamy smiles!
Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos44Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos51Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos52Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos53Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos55Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos56Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos62Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos66Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos68Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos75Great_Falls_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Georgopoulos77happy tuesday!

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