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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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“you’re my peace of mind in this crazy world
you’re everything I’ve tried to find; your love is a pearl”
– joshua kadison

Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams01as soon as i met these two i knew we’d be good friends, but i knew they were my kinda people from the moment we bonded over harry potter during their engagement session. their wedding was absolutely perfect, and every piece was so very caitlin and colin. there was even a breeze coming through the mountains that made it feel like a gorgeous april afternoon, instead of it being the middle of july and the typical humidity that comes with it! colin’s sweet momma told us that she had specifically prayed for the weather, and her prayers were answered big time! we all said several times that you couldn’t have asked for a nicer day, and these two deserve nothing less :)Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams03Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams13Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams15my new favorite spot for dress shots at whitehall estate!Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams18Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams25Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams26Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams33Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams38those cufflinks were a gift from caitlin:Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams55Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams57Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams63Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams69Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams70Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams71Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams107gahhh caitlin! you are stunning my sweet friend!Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams109Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams116Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams121Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams126Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams134bwthis was one of my favorite moments of their day… caitlin and colin wrote out personal vows to one another that they read during their first look:Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams138Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams149Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams160Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams165Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams169Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams170Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams174Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams177Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams185Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams191Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams194Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams198Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams203Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams207Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams210Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams216Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams219another favorite:Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams221Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams233Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams300Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams305Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams326Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams334Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams340Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams344Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams350Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams354Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams368Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams478Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams487Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams490Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams493these guys were all kinds of fun! Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams505Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams516Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams518Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams522Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams527Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams541Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams554Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams561Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams564Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams566Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams577Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams578Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams600Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams601Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams605Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams609Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams632Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams653Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams660Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams662Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams668Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams687Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams701Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams703colin… this one is just for you ;) “but why does HE get to be Rose?!?” ;) Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams715Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams722Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams727Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams735Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams745Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams799gotta love technology! :)Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams800Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams804Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams821Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams843Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams894Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams896and of course, my two faaaaavorite photos of the day!Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams900Whitehall_Estate_Wedding_Photographer_Williams901Congratulations again!! I hope you’re having the best time on your honeymoon! xo!
Venue: Historic Whitehall Manor– Bluemont VA
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Florist: Affordable Arrangements
DJ: Hesson Entertainment- Craig Perry
Invitations: Minted.com
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Macys
Photography: Jessica Smith Photography
Engagement Portraits: Jessica Smith Photography

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“it is no slight thing, when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.”
– charles dickens
Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks01this handsome little man is the newest addition to dan and lindsay’s family, and has the whole crew wrapped around his tiny little finger! :) Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks04Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks06Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks08Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks10Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks11Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks12bwturner leon ricks shares a name with his wonderful grandfather, leon, and i love that we got to work in a few photos of the two of them together :) Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks16Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks17Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks32Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks33Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks36Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks37Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks41Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks42Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks48Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks53Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks56Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks60Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks64Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks67Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks71Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks75Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks78Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks80Oakton_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Ricks83 thanks for having me over for the evening, it was wonderful to see you all! :) congratulations again!

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