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“what makes mothers all that they are?
might as well ask, “what makes a star?”
– peter pan
Arlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson01Miss Audrey is the perfect addition to Allison and Matt’s family:Arlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson03Arlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson05baby toes… they are irresistible!Arlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson07Arlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson11doesn’t it look like she’s smiling back at them in this one? :)Arlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson12Arlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson14one of my favorites :)Arlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson17Arlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson21Arlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson24Arlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson27Arlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson30Arlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson34Arlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson39Arlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson41Arlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson43Arlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson45bwArlington_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Nicholson56Thanks for sharing your girl with me for the afternoon! Happy Wednesday! :)

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  • Allison

    Thank you so much Jessie! We can’t wait to see more.ReplyCancel

“the world is but a canvas to the imagination.”
– henry david thoreauAshburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli01A few years ago you met Abhi on the blog right before he turned one, and today they are back celebrating his baby sister’s first birthday!Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli04bwAshburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli05Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli11Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli13Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli15Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli21Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli22Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli27Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli28Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli32this boy was attached to his daddy the. whole. time. you can tell they are best buds :)Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli38Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli39Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli45Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli47Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli49Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli53Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli57doesn’t she look like a little Cinderella in that dress? so sweet!Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli63Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli68Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli69Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli75Ashburn_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Kanumilli80Happy Monday!

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“I want to raise tinies who rest in their God-breathed worth, who walk in the fullness and wholeness that comes from living loved. I don’t care much about the Romans Road or star charts or behaviour modification techniques. I want to raise tinies who walk humbly and do justly. I want to raise them to know and understand the importance of family and community. I want them to see, know, and honour the men and women who have walked ahead of us on The Way.

And so that translates into a lot of “come along and see for yourself.”

Come along, sweetheart, come along and see for yourself. Come along while I pray, while I write, while I read, while I visit friends, while I minister, while I cook, while I do laundry, while I learn, while I worship, while I go to church, while I preach, while I advocate, while I clean this house, while I rest, even while I do an undignified circuit work out in the multi-purpose room at Church for girls in Uganda.

Come along and see for yourself what I think it looks like to be a disciple of our Jesus. I’m figuring it out as I go along, come figure it out with me. It will look different for you, of course, but a little child shall lead them.”
– Sarah Bessey
Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow02Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow06Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow10climbing in trees at grandma and grandpa’s farm is the kind of thing childhood memories should be made of :)Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow19Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow26Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow30Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow31Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow33Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow35Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow38Dani and Matt have photos from their wedding right here on this same road, have photos with Jillian from her first birthday session, and now some that include their boy as well :)Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow42Joshua is still getting the hang of this whole ‘walking’ concept :)Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow43Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow44bwsuch a sweet boy!Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow46Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow47quite possibly my favorite from their session… his momma is stilling there saying “don’t eat that flower!” and can’t you see that mischievous look in his eyes?! love it :)Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow49Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow51Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow55Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow67they recently discovered that Joshua needs a dairy free diet, so he ended up with a big brownie instead of cake, which clearly he could have cared less about ;)Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow71but he WAS willing to take a look once we topped it with (dairy free) whipped cream and marshmallows! ;)Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow73then it was time for a little dunk in the tub! this same washtub has made an appearance during Jillian’s 8 month portraits, and again at Joshua’s 6 month session, and i love that we were able to work it in one more time!Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow75Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow80oooh goodness gracious… who is this little teenager?!? she cracks me up! i think they said this was her “Sporty Spice” look ;)Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow83Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow85Dani came prepared with little water guns for everyone, which was a huge hit with everyone… even Matt! ;)Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow89Happy first birthday, little man!! :)Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Tamillow90

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“it’s the oldest story in the world. one day you’re seventeen and you’re planning for someday. and then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. and then someday is yesterday. and this is your life.”
– nathan scott
Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti01Joe and Kathleen are such champs for braving the heat for their portrait session, you’d never know it felt like a million degrees outside as we walked along the streets of Colonial Williamsburg getting to know each other! They explained that they’ve been able to take engagement and wedding photos in these same spots, and Kathleen has a vision of coming back here 50 years from now with their grandkids doing portraits still in those very same places… which i fully support :)Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti03their first baby Madison was able to tag along for pictures too! she is the sweetest! so calm and friendly! can’t wait to see her with baby Jackson in just a couple months :)Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti06Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti11Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti14Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti15Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti19Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti21love love love these next three! i know they’re all fairly similar but i loved them all and couldn’t pick! :)Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti23Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti25Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti27Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti29Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti30Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti32Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti35Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti38Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti40i can already picture that photo taken 50 years from now in front of this same tree :)Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti42Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti44Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti48Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti49Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti50how perfectly does that lavender match her dress?! :) couldn’t have planned it better if we’d tried!Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti58Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti62another favorite for sure :)Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti67Colonial_Williamsburg_Maternity_Portraits_Mazzitti71can’t wait to see you both again in August and meet Jackson! :) thanks again for showing me around all of your favorite spots! happy monday!

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  • Emily

    Beautiful pictures Kathleen! I can’t wait to meet Jackson :)ReplyCancel

  • Jamie Recio

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Campbell

    Beautiful pics! Can’t wait to see the next set when baby Jackson is featured, too :)ReplyCancel

  • Jennie

    Such beautiful pictures of your family :) Can’t wait to meet Jackson!ReplyCancel

“When over the years someone has seen you at your worst, and knows you with all your strengths and flaws, yet commits him or herself to you wholly, it is a consummate experience. To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.”
– Tim Keller
Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy001Whitehall Manor is starting to feel a little like a 2nd home these days, with all of the gorgeous weddings I’ve been able to photograph there over the years! It truly is one of my favorite wedding venues in the area, it’s packed with charm, elegance, and character! Andrew and Rachel had a whirlwind wedding weekend, with a traditional Cambodian wedding ceremony all day Saturday, and then part 2 on Sunday at Whitehall! In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if they were STILL catching up on sleep after last weekend! ;) Everything went so perfectly, with a big thank you to Lynn from The Finer Points for coordinating the day! It was so sweet to see how supportive and involved both of their families were throughout the whole day; Andrew and Rachel walked around during the reception to greet each and every table, and both sets of parents insisted on tagging along too so they could meet everyone and thank them for coming. You could tell by the end of the weekend that their hearts were so full, and that their family and friends made them feel so loved, which is really all that matters! :) Andrew and Rachel, thank you so much for allowing me to play a small part in your day, it was truly an honor!Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy01bRachel used her grandmother’s clutch and handkerchief as her “something old”:Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy17Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy18the broach on her bouquet was taken from her mother’s wedding gown:Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy19Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy21Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy68Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy81one of my dear friends Sarah has recently started her own little photography business down in Williamsburg, and it was so fun to have her tag along for their wedding! This next photo is hers! :)Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy82Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy88love this shot of Rachel and her sister Hilary :)Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy112another one of Sarah’s photos! every momma should look at her daughter just like this on her wedding day :)Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy128who knew cufflinks could be so complicated?! ;)Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy129it started raining riiiiiight as they were about to do their first look, so we improvised a little bit and kept right on going!Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy132Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy136Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy140Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy146Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy149Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy151Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy155Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy160Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy173Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy178Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy179Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy180Rachel explained that one of the things she loved best about Whitehall was all the meadows and open space, so we made sure to work that into their portraits!Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy182Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy197Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy203Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy209love this photo Sarah took of Rachel and her dad about to walk down the aisle:Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy278he was such a proud father as he stood up there with Rachel :)Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy300Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy316Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy318Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy329Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy348I don’t normally include family portraits in the blog post, but this one was too sweet to leave out :)Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy396Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy411lovely ladies!Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy420Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy432this next photo just might be one of my favorites from the day! Sarah grabbed this photo of Andrew trying to protect his new wife, looks like specifically from his brother and her sister who look like they’re ready to attack! ;)Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy438and this was my view :)Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy443Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy458isn’t she the most stunning bride?! :)Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy491Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy523Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy542Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy545my favorite shot of Andrew from the day:Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy556in keeping with tradition, they walked around to greet each table and bowed to the elder at that table. love this photo of them, and how happy the gentleman sitting down looks to see them! can’t you tell how excited he is for Andrew and Rachel? :)Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy609Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy647Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy651Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy652Rachel’s grandfather was the best dancer out there all evening! :)Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy666thankfully the sun did decide to eventually come out, and we were able to sneak away for a few more portraits during the reception!Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy677Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy684Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy686another one of Sarah’s portraits:Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy697one of my favorites from the day. I think they were needing a quiet minute and I was more than happy to steal them away for some pictures and a break from the dance floor :)Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy701Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy702Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy709Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy711Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy717Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy749not sure what was the problem was here, but it made for a aweeeeesome photo :)Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy752Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy753and of course, my favorite way to end the evening :)Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy856Whitehall_Manor_Wedding_Photographer_Koy857Hope you’re having the best time at Disney World! Say hi to The Mouse for me! :)

Vendor Credits:

Venue: Historic Whitehall Manor in Bluemont VA
Wedding Gown: Bridal Heirlooms – Casablanca
Florist: Rick’s Flowers
Hair & Makeup: Alison Harper & Company, LLC
Wedding Coordinator: The Finer Points Event Planning – Lynn Iannizzi
DJ: MSE Productions
Cake: Sweets by E
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

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