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you are the answer to every midnight prayer
it took some time to wait it out
but I see it now
you’re worth all the dreaming of
you’re mine to love.”
-Dave Barnes
Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette01oh friends, i am so thrilled to be introducing you to miss Emery Jane today. Jeff and Kristy have so graciously shared their story and their journey with the people in their life, and have allowed us to come along side of them in praying over the future of their family. i never had any doubt that one day we’d be doing newborn portraits for their family, but when God’s timing is SO not our own it can be nearly impossible to persevere. there were so SO many times i’d pray for their family and just flat out insist, “okay Lord, it is THEIR TURN NOW! this is not a hard thing for you to do, soooo just make it happen!” and oh how i’m sure He smiled and shook his head at me, knowing full well exactly when Emery was going to show up. this baby has had more prayers poured over her life than she will ever know, and she is the perfect answer to each of those.Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette03Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette07Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette08Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette09bwisn’t she a doll?! those chubby cheeks are the very best!Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette13Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette18Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette27Kristy, i have truly never seen you so joyful. it made me SO happy to see how completely smitten you are with your girl. you are such a natural and Emery is so lucky to call you hers.Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette37Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette38Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette39even Emery is smiling :) my favorite of their family!Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette43Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette47Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette51Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette53be still my heart! this is one of my favorite newborn portraits I’ve ever taken :)Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette55and these two… daddy/daughter photos get me every time! Jeff has been one of the pastors at our church for a few years now, and I got to know him well when he worked specifically as the student ministries pastor. maybe its because he’s already so great with kids, but i have to say that he was one of the most natural “new dads” i’ve ever seen… and in this job, i see a LOT of brand new dads :) it was like he had known Emery for years, the way he talked to her and knew immediately how to soothe and comfort her. He and Kristy are the very best parents :)Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette57Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette59oh hi there, blue eyes!Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette62Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette65Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette77Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette81Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette85Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette90i had given this onesie and bow to them when they found out they were expecting a girl, and Kristy asked if we could do a few photos of her in it at the end of the session. She said that it was such a part of their story, of Emery’s story, and i happily obliged :) and yes, sweet girl, you most certainly were worth the wait… it seems all the best things in life are :)Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette97Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette99Emery wasn’t too sure about the headband, but she tolerated it for a few minutes just because she knew her mama reeeeeally wanted a picture of her wearing it :)Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Nicolette103thanks again for sharing her with me, i’m so so thrilled for your family and can’t wait to watch your sweet girl grow :) happy wednesday!

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  • Anna

    AHHH!!! LOVE :) Your words beautifully describe this dear family. Emery is gorgeous – and yes both Kristy & Jeff are complete naturals at this parenting “thing”. Congratulations Nicolette Family!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy Nicolette

    Jess, these are truly the most beautiful pictures!! Thank you for sharing in our journey and capturing out little girl. You are so very talented, and everyone should use Jessica Smith Photography, for sure!!!!ReplyCancel

“when push starts shoving
you’re left with nothing
just know we’ll always be family
after all that we’ve been through
I will walk with you.”
– Matt Wertz

it has officially been ten years since the Borror family welcomed me into their home to help care for their children for the summer, and we all decided that i should just stay forever. if you’ve been around the blog for a while, you will recognize these faces and be just as amazed as i am how they have grown. lauren and sam were some of my very first little sources of portrait inspiration back when I very first started this business. they have been on the blog celebrating birthdays (and more birthdays)… summer visitsdisney tripsfamily portraits (from 6 years ago!)…  girls mornings… my happy place where i go on days that seem harder than the rest… and just being an overall source of incredible joy in my life. seriously go back and click on some of those posts to see how they grow up right before your eyes… especially that last link! ah!

i truly can’t believe it’s been 10 years since they hired me to help with the kids, and what a blessing it has been to me that what started as a summer job very quickly turned into my family. thankfully now i live about 20 minutes down the road, so i still get to spend holidays and birthdays with them, attend their sports games, take them on special dates, and have the privilege of being a part of their family. i can’t adequately explain how important they are to me, no word is big enough. but gosh the lord sure knew what He was doing when he had our paths cross.

when julie let me know that all 5 kids would be home for this short window we decided to fit in some updated family portraits! the last time i had all 5 kids in front of my camera was almost 3 years ago back in 2012 when we decided to surprise julie for her birthday with a couple photos of the kids. you can go back and see those photos here: family- part one. this photo below was taken then, and the one right after was taken last week! isn’t it crazy how much changes in just a few years?!BorrorsGreat_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror01i told them to squish in a little closer.. now a liiiiittle closer… even cloooooser! :) sometimes when you’re photographing older kids you’ve gotta get silly to get those genuine smiles :0Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror02Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror03Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror07of course we had to include Chester in a few, who decided photo time was the peeerfect time for a dip in the creek behind their house ;)Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror12Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror19Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror22Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror28Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror31… guys, you nailed it :) just might be my favorite of the 7 of them :)Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror37julie and paul, thank you for sharing your children with me and for trusting me with their hearts. i know it takes a lot for a parent to really trust their children with someone else to the extent that i get to be around them, and it’s a privilege i do not take lightly. thank you for modeling what a Christ-centered marriage looks like, and what it means to support and actively choose each other every day. thank you for your friendship and for the ways that you care for me. it is such a humbling, sweet gift to know that someone is praying for me as often as you do. thank you for constantly welcoming me into your home and for making me an official part of your family.Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror42jen, i’m so thankful for your friendship right from day one. on the days where i’d spent hours building blocks and playing princesses with lauren and sam, it was always so sweet to have you walk through the door, catch up with a friend, and have an adult conversation :) it always makes my day to get a little bit of time to hear what’s going on in your life. you are such a stunning young woman and i so admire your strength, and your passion for life and adventure. you love the people around you so well, so completely. your siblings are so lucky to have you as their big sister.Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror43joshua, oh man you won me over with your charm (uh, mischievous charm might be more accurate) right from day one. i so appreciate that you are real with me, about the good, the bad, and everything in between. i love that you assumed that of course i was coming to your high school graduation, and i hope you know i’ll be there when you graduate college too cheering louder than anyone else. you’re one of my favorite people to cheer on, whether it’s at a lacrosse game, graduation, or just in life in general. you have the biggest heart and so much to offer. several years ago your mom called me up and said “i just wanted to tell you, josh asked me last night if miss jessie’s ‘prince charming’ had shown up yet, cause he had been praying about it.” and that melted me into about a hundred pieces. even if that just happened only once 5+ years ago, it meant the world that you would pray for me, and pray for whoever he is. we both appreciate it :)Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror48oh matthew, you have always absolutely amazed me with your creativity. whether you were making up a song off the top of your head, crafting a new recipe all on your own, or just bringing a fresh perspective, i’m always so impressed with you. you are a rock star athlete and you give the game and more importantly the people around you 100%. you’re dedicated and push yourself in the best way. i literally cannot believe how you have grown up recently, you’ve turned into a man in a blink it seems. before i know it you will starting your own successful gourmet restaurant, or some other endeavor that is guaranteed to be a success, because you are driven, talented, and will accept nothing less than success. i’m so very proud of you.Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror52my sweet girl, you are such a gift to me. Lauren, you taught me what it looks like to love deeper and give more. i think God knew that we would be best buddies when He put us together 10 years ago; He knew that your dreamers spirit would match up perfectly with mine. you make anything more fun, and you have always been one of my very favorite people in this world to spend time with. your laugh is contagious and my goodness you have the most beautiful heart; you are so very kind. you have always been so quick to care about the people around you, especially your little brother. you are the best helper, a great friend, and so so very smart. you’ve always had a love of learning and i hope you never lose that. thank you for letting me be a part of your world, you are most certainly one of the best parts of mine.Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror60and sammy, you were the missing piece to this family. God knew that it just wasn’t complete until you were a part of it. you bring so much joy, spunk, noise, laughter, and love to your home and i can’t imagine life without you in it. you are so dearly loved. spending time with you is just the best, whether we’re jumping on the trampoline, playing a game, seeing you ride your new bike, or snuggling on the couch watching a movie, i just like being around you all the time! your belly laugh when i tickle you is seriously one of the best things i’ve ever heard, and i hope you always laugh loudly and often. you have made me SO very excited to be a mama to a son one day. i hope he is just like you, spunk and all. Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror63can you hear that laugh i was talking about in this next photo? it’s the very best.Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror65Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror67she has the most beautiful, tender heart.Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror68Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror81bGreat_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror88bwif you didn’t already, go back and look at this post from 2009… same swings, bigger kids :)Great_Falls_VA_Photographer_Borror91lets make updated family pictures a more common occurrence, okay? okay good :) love you all! xoxo!

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“but from the very start, there is that small streak of steel within each child. that thing that says “I am,” and forms the core of personality.”
― diana gabaldon
Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor01i’m so excited to introduce you to this little lady today! Margo is the newest addition to Casey and Jared’s family. If you’re a past client and you’ve received a box of adorable, delicious ‘thank you’ cookies, those came from Casey’s kitchen! She’s been doing my client thank you gifts for over a year now, and if you’re ever in need of something sweet and delicious for your next party or event, Casey is definitely the one to talk to! It was so fun to finally have the perfect excuse for her and Jared to jump in front of the camera too, and goodness gracious Margo was the perfect little model! She didn’t fuss at all the whole time I was there, and even dished out a few little smiles :) she hung out with us for the first half of the session insisting that she was NOT tired, but these big yawns gave her away ;)Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor05Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor09she was fascinated by the click of the camera shutter :) love these ones of her looking right at the camera:Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor10Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor11Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor12doesn’t it look like she’s smiling at Jared in the photo on the right? :)Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor13Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor18Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor21love her sweet little smirk :)Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor23Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor24Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor26Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor29Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor33Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor43Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor44love all that dark hair and those chubby little cheeks!Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor45Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor53Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor55Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor59Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor63Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor67Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor72Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor74Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor76and of course we had to include Pepper at the end of the session too! she and Margo are going to be best buds in no time :)Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor81Reston_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Taylor82thanks again for sharing your girl with me for the afternoon! congratulations again! :)

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“this kind of love
it’s what I dreamed about”
-sister hazel
Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters01it was so sweet seeing how Lily adored her baby brother! she was in school the day we did his newborn portraits, so this was my first time to have the two of them in front of my camera together!Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters05Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters10Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters12such a happy little guy!Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters20Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters22scrunchy nose smiles are my faaavorite :)Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters23love love love!Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters24Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters28Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters32Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters34Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters37Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters38Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters40Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters45doesn’t he have the sweetest smile?!Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters46Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters50Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters51Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters56Arlington_VA_Portrait_Photographer_Waters58happy wednesday! :)

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“tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
– mary oliver
Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen01this little lady just celebrated her very first birthday!! can you believe it? we celebrated with a little trip to the park and some birthday cake.. what could be better? :)Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen02Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen04Tori is a girl on the GO these days! she wouldn’t sit still for anything, especially if she saw something that looked like fun, like this little ball!Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen06Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen10Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen16i love that Connor put his hand on her back as he’s saying “look! look!” :)Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen17Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen21Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen23Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen24Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen30Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen31this is Connor’s version of a “family hug!” :) love love love!Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen32Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen35Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen37this was Victoria’s first time ever on the slide… safe to say she’s a BIG fan :)Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen41Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen42Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen43oooh this boy. he makes the very best expressions :)Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen48Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen52i’m pretty sure i’ve seen the saaaame look on Connor’s face many many times before :)Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen57then it was time for birthday cake! she dove right in! believe it or not, the majority of little ones don’t really love cake, whether it’s because it’s too new or messy or sweet, but there was no hesitation here :)Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen71Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen72i think that look on the right is her reaction to “okay just one more bite than we’re all done!” ;)Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen75Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen76Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_VanHusen77happy 1st birthday sweet girl! :)victoria-one-year

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