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“you don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. and if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.”
-walter m. schirra, sr.Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti01this little man has grown quite a bit since the last time i saw him a year ago! he was all smiles for me!Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti04Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti07Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti09Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti10Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti14Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti18Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti19Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti22Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti23Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti24peek-a-boo!Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti30Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti33Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti37Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti42Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti47Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti50Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti51Williamsburg_Family_Photographer_Mazzitti55happy 1st birthday, sweet boy! :)

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“above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.”
– roald dahl, charlie and the chocolate factoryMiddleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston01this handsome little man has me completely wrapped around that cute little finger. i mean c’mon can you even handle that sweet face?!Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston02Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston05love that smirk :)Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston06these days benton is a boy on the GO!Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston08Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston09Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston14Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston19those cheeeeeeeks! be still my heart!Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston20Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston21bwMiddleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston28this about sums up benton’s thoughts about our session… “but guys i don’t want to SIT! look, it’s a stick!” ;) Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston45Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston48Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston49Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston50Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston52Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston55Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston56Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston57another favorite:Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston62Middleburg_VA_Family_Photographer_Preston71happy 1st birthday, benton! i completely adore you! :) you can go back and see his six month portraits and newborn portraits as well! happy wednesday!

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“i wish you freedom, i wish you peace
i wish you nights of stars that beckon you to sleep
i wish you heartache that leaves you more a man
i wish you places that sit so still
where people never ever change
and never ever will”
– marc broussard
Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby018 months old never looked so adorable! :)Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby02Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby05love those two tiny bottom teeth! :)Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby09Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby10Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby16Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby18Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby21Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby23Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby24Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby26Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby29Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby31Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby34Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby41Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby42Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby44Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby49Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby53Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby58Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby61Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby68the ultimate portrait of a baby… toys, bare toes, a lovie, and puffs scattered everywhere ;) Green_Springs_Gardens_Photographer_Ashby69you can go back and see thatcher’s four month session, and newborn session as well! happy monday! :)

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“all in all, it was a never to be forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.”
– l.m. montgomery
Roan_Mountain_TN_2016_Family_Reunion01i don’t think i could explain it any better than that quote above. go back and read it one more time, in case you skipped over it the first time :) a rare occurrence to have so many of us in one place. a rich, rich heritage. delightful weather. delightful company. delightful outings. as close to perfection as i could dream our time together would be.

instead of focusing on taking photos, i wanted to do something a little different while our family was all together last month. this was the house where my grandfather grew up, and now belongs to him and my grandma, so we’ve got about 100 years of family history on this little corner hidden away in east tennessee. this is “home” for everyone in my immediate family, and has more meaning and significance than I could explain. since we’re spread out all over the country, it’s incredibly rare that we can all be in the same place at the same time, much less have so many aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family there with us too. it was truly something we had been looking forward to for almost a year.

i knew i wanted something a little different to mark the occasion, and i am thrilled and humbled and so very excited to share this video of our time together. there are four generations present here, a gift we absolutely do not take for granted.

while I am most definitely NOT a videographer, my very talented friends Phil and Katie were able to take my chaotic video clips from the week, and turn them into something beautiful that our entire family will cherish for years to come. this video turned out exactly like I dreamed it would from the very beginning. thank you both for your work, time, and talent to bless our family with this!

enjoy a little glimpse into our own little piece of heaven on earth :)

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“through the darkness and good times
i knew i’d make it through
and the world thought i had it all
but i was waiting for you.”
– celine dion
Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee01the last time i saw this little lady was for her newborn portraits, and good gracious look how she has grown! we managed to sneak in this family portrait session just before her 1st birthday, and just before her daddy deploys for a while, so the timing was perfect! sarah had told me what a serious baby ada is, but she was so super smiley during their session! Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee03Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee04… this is how she felt about the grass ;) NOT amused! Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee06Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee09Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee12Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee14bwManassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee15Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee20Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee28bwManassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee29Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee31Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee32Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee34Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee35Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee36Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee37Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee41Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee52Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee55Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee57Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee58it’s a tough life when your daddy demand a kiss in exchange for your snack ;) Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee59Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee63Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee64Manassas_Battlefield_Family_Photos_Bugbee67thanks again for making the drive up here! it was great to see you all! :)

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