Victoria: 5 Months- Leesburg VA Family Photographer

“But the last one: the baby who trails her scent like a flag of surrender through your life when there will be no more coming after – oh, that’s love by a different name. She is the babe you hold in your arms for an hour after she’s gone to sleep. If you put her down in the crib, she might wake up changed and fly away. So instead you rock by the window, drinking the light from her skin, breathing her exhaled dreams. Your heart bays to the double crescent moons of closed lashes on her cheeks. She’s the one you can’t put down.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood BibleI got close enough where Connor could see the shutter opening and closing inside the camera and he goes “AHHH! THE EYE!! THE EYE!! IT’S SCARY!!” and ran away laughing hysterically :) but “the eye” was able to take this picture of his precious smile before he got up and ran ;) tickle tickle, baby sister!oooh she has the biggest kissable cheeks and pretty blue eyes! one of my favorites :) these two are such buddies already!pretty baby!! love those big blue eyes!Can’t wait to see you guys again in just a few months! Make sure you go back and see Victoria’s newborn session as well! :)

Clara: One Year! – Alexandria VA Family Photographer

“I can hear her heart beat for a thousand miles
and the heavens open up every time she smiles.”
-Van Morrison
The last time I saw miss Clara was almost exactly one year ago today for her newborn portraits! and now look how much she’s grown! I’m pretty sure the only reason that headband is still on her head is because her daddy is holding her hands.. but still! I’ll take it! :) One of my favorites :)learning to walk is tricky business!love that smile!!such a beautiful little girl!Happy 1st Birthday, sweet Clara!! :)

Meet Kailas- Arlington VA Newborn Photographer

“There are words in the soul of a newborn baby, wanting and waiting to be written.”
― Toba Beta
a sweet little smirk… ever wonder what they’re dreaming about? :)I adore her beautiful, crazy curls! I hope my girls have curls like that one day!a few complete family photos:
these two brothers are going to be best buds one day soon :)ha! SO cute! she’s pretty smitten with her baby brother too :)and their Grandpop was in town too, so we added him to a few family photos as well!one of my favorites. motherhood is such a beautiful thing!

Happy Monday! :)

The Ricks Family- Northern VA Family Photographer

“I wash your face
to make room for all the kisses of tomorrow
and every day that I get to be here with you
is sweet.”
- Plumb
The last time I saw this sweet family was for Cooper’s newborn session back in 2011, and I was so thrilled to get Lindsay’s email that they were needing some updated family portraits! We even got to include the boy’s Grammy and Grampy in some of their photos as well!This handsome little man stole my heart right away! Doesn’t that smile just melt you?! such a sweet boy!we even managed to sneak in a few updated photos of Dan and Lindsay too! :)love this!something tells me these two spend QUITE a bit of time out in their back yard with the soccer ball :)such a happy boy!!secrets secrets!!this totally made my day! Cooper was cruising all over their cul de sac in his mini cooper :) Isn’t he the cutest?!and William was quite thrilled himself to catch a ride in the mini cooper! :)and I’ll end with one more favorite! Love his little arm hanging out the back :)Happy Friday!!

October 10, 2014 - 8:14 am Lindsay - These look great! Thank you! You are an incredible photographer!

Brad and Katie- The Barns at Wolf Trap Wedding

“cause all I know is we said “hello,”
and your eyes look like coming home
all i know since yesterday
is everything has changed.”

- taylor swift
Katie wore her mom’s veil, and it looked absolutely stunning and complimented her bridal gown in the most perfect way:Katie was jumping for joy. LITERALLY jumping for joy! She was absolutely glowing!
One of my dear friends and talented photographer Katie (not to be confused with this sweet BRIDE Katie!) agreed to 2nd shoot for me for the day, and I LOVE this shot she grabbed during their first look! here’s my angle:and this was Katie’s view!we lucked out with a beautiful windy day for their wedding, and i looove how you can see her dress blowing in the breeze here :)these next two are both Katie’s photos!these guys were all kinds of fun!love these ladies!right before we finished their wedding party portraits the guys said, “wait! we have one more picture to take!” aaaand then the photo on the left happened ;)
LOVE this sweet shot of Katie and her dad right before he walked her down the aisle :)
I mean c’mon, have you ever seen a happier guy?! He couldn’t have been smiling any bigger!one of my favorite images from their day :) Brad and Katie were married in the most adorable little church, and I’m so glad we budgeted time to do some extra portraits in front of the church! thanks to Katie for this next image :)they have a comfortable, easy kind of love. at one point Katie said to me “I feel like we’ve been married for years and years, now it’s just official!” :)they make me happy :)we snuck back into the church for a few extra portraits, and these ended up being my absolute favorite from their day! I love the simple southern charm, the big windows, and the old white pews, but not as much as I love this sweet couple!Katie, you are the most stunning bride!LOVE this one!!then we headed out to the reception at the Barns at Wolf Trap! How cute are their table numbers?! They had photos of them at each specific age that coordinated with that table number! too cute! they had the BEST dance party from start to finish! the dance floor was packed all night long!Brad and Katie had the Rollex Band play for their reception and they were SO great!! These guys kept the dance floor packed ALL night long and added such a fun vibe to their reception! thank you both for making us feel like family for the day, for letting us jump for joy right along with you, and for trusting us to tell your story. it was an honor to say the very least! 

Ceremony Venue: St Mary of Sorrows
Reception Venue: The Barns at Wolf Trap
Wedding Dress: Lea Ann Belter, Lovely Bride
Florist: Loda Floral Design
Hair Stylist: The Studio Hair
Makeup Artist: Meredith Runion
Reception Band: Rollex Band
Cake: Edible Incredible
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung
Grooms Attire: The Black Tux
Invitations: The Paper Source

October 8, 2014 - 11:53 am Luciana - This is beautiful!

October 13, 2014 - 5:39 pm Laura - Jessie, you did a beautiful job capturing this wedding! I wish all the best to Katie and Brad, it looks like they had a great time!