Jack: One Year! – Fairfax VA Family Portrait Photographer

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”
– Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things AreJack: “guys! i GOT it! I can walk all by myself, thankyouverymuch!” :)his little scrunchy nose smile is just all kinds of cute :) one of my favorites!there are only so many ways you can make a boy on the go stay still… this being one of them ;) he’s a lucky boy to have grandparents like these! it took him a few minutes to figure out that cake was awesome at his birthday party, but this 2nd time around he had learned his lesson and he dove RIGHT in! Sure Buddy, that seems like a fine place to rest your feet :) do you see that gigantic chunk he has in his hands?! he wasn’t messing around :)then it was time for a little dip in his pool to wash some of that cake off!those little curls just melt my heart! splish splash!the best part of bathing a baby are the snuggles that follow :)Happy Birthday, Jack!! :)You can go back and view his 6 month portraits HERE! it’s one of my favorites! :) Happy Monday!

Isabelle: One Year! – River Farm Alexandria VA Family Portraits

“Your love is wide open spaces where I can run
and yet we’re tangled up roots in the warm broken earth
yeah, our love is sure.”
- Audrey Assad
if anyone out there can figure out how to make that first year of a tiny life pass by a little slower, I am ALL ears… We have a shot just like this one on the right from Elle’s newborn session, she’s changed juuuust a little bit since then :)Elle has been cruising and taking some steps with her walker, but this was the first time she had mom and dad on either side and goodness she couldn’t get going fast enough! she just took off! she knew exactly where she wanted to go and made sure to steer them in the correct direction :) she was pretty pleased with herself! such a happy baby! no need to sit on anyones lap, she prefers her own seat (thank you very much!) :)love these next two of Elle, and how you can see all her little teeth! those baby belly laughs where you just throw your head back and giggle are the best :) a few snuggles with her mama make everything better:
Happy 1st Birthday, sweet Isabelle! 

Meet Scarlett – Fairfax VA Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

“It is no slight thing, when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.”
– Charles DickensYou will remember Mike and Katherine from their portrait session just a couple weeks ago, and now I’m thrilled to introduce you all to sweet Scarlett! one of my absolute favorites! Scarlett’s big ol’ kissable cheeks and perfect scrunchy lips just stole my heart! another favorite:pretty baby:Happy Monday!

Kalli: One Year! – Leesylvania State Park Portrait Photographer

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl
Kalli wasn’t too sure about the concept of sandy toes and couldn’t figure out how to get it all off :) she will learn to love the beach soon enough :) I don’t remember what she was amazed by at this point, but clearly it must have been somethin’ good! ;)oooh sweet Kamdyn. thank you for running up to me and giving me a big hug the moment i got out of my car. you’re one of my favorite little friends :) but a session wouldn’t be complete without her giving me that look on the left, the one of “hey miss jessie! you’re here to PLAY, remember?!” I truly have a photo of Kamdyn giving me that look from each of their 8 portrait sessions over the past 2+ years :)i know these next two are so similar, but i couldn’t pick a favorite! isn’t this the most pathetic (and hilarious) fake pout of a face you’ve ever seen?! ;)the girl has places to go and people to see.. but she also has to use her arms for balance big time ;) high fives all around!and then we ended with the good stuff :)Mel and Jason, thank you for sharing your incredible girls with me and making me part of your family over the past 2 years! I can’t wait for many more adventures with your family in the years to come :) Happy Birthday sweet Kalli K!You can go back and see her 8 month portraits HERE! Happy Monday! :)

Adam and Caitlin- Whitehall Manor Bluemont VA Wedding Photographer

“There’s no music, no confetti
crowds don’t cheer, and bells don’t ring
but you’ll know it, I can guarantee
when the right one comes along
all that changes is only everything
when the right one comes along.”
-Sam Palladiohow gorgeous is Caitlin’s bouquet?! and those shoes! can’t believe she found the perfect shade of blush :)I think Adam was the first groom I’ve ever photographed to get that tie tied correctly on the first attempt… future JSP grooms, challenge extended!
a big thank you to my talented friend Jonathan for 2nd shooting for me for the day, this next image is his! first look excitement:I think I could shoot every wedding at Whitehall Manor and be perfectly happy!and this pup was the special guest of the day! Their dog Riley got to be a part of all the festivities and had free run of the entire property all day long! I’m pretty sure she’s the only dog in the world that’s calm enough to handle that, but I think it’s safe to say she had the best day ever :)how precious is she?!? Jonathan took this photo of their sweet flower girl: these guys were all kinds of fun:time to get married! :)Jonathan’s view on the left, mine on the right:Adam’s grandfather gave the sweetest blessing over the couple:Narrowing down photos for the blog is always the haaaardest thing for me to do since I have so many images that I love, so family formals don’t usually make it in. BUT I want to make sure to mention every now and then that I DO take them at every wedding!I don’t think these 3 could adore their brother any more than they already do:see that gentlemen in the middle there? he and his lovely wife raised the 8 boys standing next to him. EIGHT! Eight BOYS! Can you imagine? I asked him if he had written a book, he said “not yet!” :)I have a feeling that Cait spends a lot of time with Adam laughing til her belly hurts like she is in that photo on the left :)i LOVE it when a couple will sneak out for some sunset pictures! We caught just the veeery last little bit of the sunset, and it was totally worth it! another one of Jonathan’s from their first dance:Adam and Caitlin asked their DJ to kick off the dancing with Moves Like Jagger, which is a certain little flower girl’s favorite song :) clearly, she loved the idea ;) ooooh grandpa… this just might be my favorite photo from their reception :) he had some serious moves! I remember talking with Adam and Cait at their engagement session about how of COURSE cake was going to go everywhere on their wedding day, and I’m SO very glad they stayed true to their word ;) thank you both so much for allowing us to be a part of your perfect day! hope you had the best time in Bermuda! Venue: Whitehall Manor
Wedding Gown: James Clifford- Betsy Robinson Bridal
Florist: Wegmans Dulles
Hair Stylist: Julie Flury- Jewel Hair Design
Makeup Artist: Marquia Kinard- Blend Makeup Artistry
DJ: MSE Productions
Cake: Evan Sanderson with Sweets by E
Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss
Invitations: Sarah McCay