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“sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
– dr seussNorthern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock03bwit’s been just over a year since i last saw Brooke and Jonah, but since he just celebrated his very first birthday we were able to document the occasion with some updated family pictures! :)  how gorgeous are his sweet smile and big blue eyes?!Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock04Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock06Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock07Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock08Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock10… gotta love those big sisters ;) Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock14i kinda love that this little bear made it into this years family portraits as well :) he was a welcome presence in our last session too!Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock16Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock17family tea party time!Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock19Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock20who needs toys when you’ve got a big empty box?! ;)Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock22Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock26i’m still completely smitten with Brooke’s gorgeous curls!Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock27that shot on the right? it just might be my favorite from our session because of the ‘realness’ of it. one of their favorite games to play is hide and seek, and as soon as Jonah found his mama he celebrated with a little snuggle :)Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock29Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock35Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock36something tells me that she probably spends quite a bit of time dressed like this ;) Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock40every princess needs to be dipped! :)Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock43Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portrait_Photographer_Binstock46bwhappy 1st birthday, jonah! you can go back and see his newborn portrait session HERE. happy thursday!

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“a shaft of sunlight at the end of a dark afternoon, a note of music, and the way the back of a baby’s neck smells if it’s mother keeps it tidy,” answered henry.
“correct,” said stuart. “those are the important things.”
― e.b. white, stuart littleNorthern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield01this little lady is Piper and she’s the new apple of her mama and daddy’s eye! clearly as evidence by this next picture, they’re quite fond of each other :) Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield03Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield05Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield06Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield13Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield15Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield18Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield19Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield24Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield28Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield32love that little smirk on piper’s face :)Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield33bwNorthern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield36even cana is a big fan of her new little sister!Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield39Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield42bwNorthern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield44Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield46bwNorthern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield50bwNorthern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield51Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield52Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield55bwNorthern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield56Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield62Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield63Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Bonifield65happy monday! :)

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“look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. we couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.”
– l.m. montgomery, anne of green gablesGrand_Wailea_Resort_Photos01so, unless you are my mother, my grandmother, or one of my fabulous aunts, you could probably care less about this post! but if you are one of the above mentioned ladies, then keep scrolling! :) i’m not sure how i ended up in a family that hates photos/having their photo taken, but i used alllllll my powers of pleading and persuasion to get them to agree to 20 minutes of updated family pictures one evening before dinner! success!! hey when you’re all in the same place, and have maui as a backdrop, you take full advantage of the situation! :)  ps- isn’t my grandpa the cutest? i think he was making friends with the koi fish :)Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos02Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos05Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos06Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos09Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos12Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos13Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos19Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos22Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos23Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos24don’t be fooled, she jumped up on her tiptoes REAL quickly ;)Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos26Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos28the best grandmas ever! we love you both!
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  • melanie avjean

    Your fabulous aunt is very grateful! These are precious! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

“if you shut your eyes and are a lucky one, you may see at times a shapeless pool of lovely pale colours suspended in the darkness; then if you squeeze your eyes tighter, the pool begins to take shape, and the colours become so vivid that with another squeeze they must go on fire. But just before they go on fire you see the lagoon. This is the nearest you ever get to it on the mainland, just one heavenly moment; if there could be two moments you might see the surf and hear the mermaids singing.”
-j.m. barrie, peter panGrand_Wailea_Resort_Photos01sigh… is it too soon to jump on a plane and go back?! we kicked off 2016 in the best way possible, with a family trip to maui! my parents have been there several times, but this time they generously brought the whole family for a week. there was spa days, boat rides, so many whales (!!!), fruity drinks, gorgeous beaches, 57th wedding anniversary celebrations, stunning sun sets, and good gosh SO much food. what more do you need?! i honestly didn’t take TOO many photos on this trip (that’s what happens when your family hates having their pictures taken!) but in a way it was nice to be able to truly relax and not worry about carrying my heavy camera everywhere. enjoy some favorite photos from our week at the Grand Wailea Resort, this post is a mix of both big camera and iPhone images, and tomorrow i’ll share some of the more formal family portraits we took while we’re there! but for now, grab a fruity drink and enjoy some lovely maui scenery! Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos03how adorable are my grandparents?! they celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary while we were there!Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos78Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos79since we had dinners booked every night at 6:00, this was typically what was left of the sunset by the time we got there. but that cotton candy pink sky was still to die for! Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos87one afternoon we jumped on a sailboat and headed out to find some whales! this time of year there are tons of whales in maui, and we saw so many. you could see them all day long from the balcony of our house, but this day we were able to get a little more up close and personal. we also did a little bit of snorkeling and made friends with a few sea turtles :) Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos90you see that little rainbow? i was hoping to see a couple over the week! where we were staying, it didn’t rain on us ONCE (which i was thankful for!) but that also meant the rainbows were few and far between. so this little one we saw out on the boat made my day!Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos91a few more iPhone photos from the week… the guys rented that little sporty car for the afternoon and had a blast. I think it was a replica of a 1957 porsche? either way, it was pretty cool! Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos92Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos94bGrand_Wailea_Resort_Photos95Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos98Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos99Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos102Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos108Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos109any of my wonderful couples want to have their wedding in this adorable chapel?! all week long i kept imaging how incredible it would be to photograph a wedding right here! so charming! Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos110Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos111Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos115one night i bailed on dinner with everyone and went on a hunt for the best spot to watch the sun set, and it was incredible. i found a bench just far enough away from the business of the resort, turned some worship music on and planted myself here for the evening. i had done some research before the trip and the main thing everyone said was “never miss a sunset!” and after watching it, i can say they were absolutely correct. it was breathtaking! Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos119Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos121Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos126whew. maui, i think you have ruined me for other sunsets to come. i’m not sure how it gets better than this :)Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos127one night we went to the luau, and everyone loved it! the dancing was so so lovely and I enjoyed hearing about all of the history and different stories. Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos131Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos132Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos133Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos135Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos142you see all of those stars?! so incredible. you don’t see ANYthing like that where i live. Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos143Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos143bkevin’s super adorable girlfriend joelle came with us and i’m so glad she did! she was the sweetest, most welcome presence on this trip and it was so fun to get to know her! Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos144umm, hellooooo?! over here, you two!! sheesh. Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos145Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos148Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos149Grand_Wailea_Resort_Photos150maui, i miss you already! mahalo, until we meet again! :)

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“it’s a place called home
full of love and family
and i’m there at the door
watching you come home to me”
– a christmas carol
Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham01remember this handsome little christmas baby from his birth story that i shared a couple weeks ago?  now i get to share his officially newborn session! his big sisters are completely smitten with him and truly can’t get enough! Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham02Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham03shelby has been patiently praying for and waiting for her baby brother for a looong time now, and it’s so sweet to see her so excited now that he’s finally here!Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham05she really is the best big sister :)Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham07bwLeesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham15bwLeesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham16Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham18Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham21Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham22Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham27Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham31Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham33shelby has also been begging for bunk beds and to share a room with harper for quite a while, so we made sure to sneak in a few photos of them in their new room together!Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham34Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham35Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham46Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham49Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham53Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham60this was the same hat that his daddy came home from the hospital in too!Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham66this little man, WHEW he made his parents and i really work for these sleepy baby photos! but they were so totally worth it! they all give in and sleep… eventually :) Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham67bwLeesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham68Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham72Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham75Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham76Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham80Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham82Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Bickham86bwyou can go back and see their maternity portraits and definitely make sure you go back and view their birth story photos as well! happy friday!! :)

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