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“heres to you
every missing tooth, every bedtime story
here’s to barbie cars, light saber wars
had to crawl before you walked, before you ran
before i knew it you were teaching me
the only thing love can
hold hands through it
when it’s scary, you’ve got me”
– nichole nordeman
Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines01it had been WAY too long since i’ve had one of my favorite families in front of my camera, but their sweet blakesley recently turned one, so of course we had to get something on the calendar! if you’ve been around my blog for a while, you will know and love this family as much as i do! you can go back and see blakesley’s newborn session here, it’s so crazy to me how much all THREE of them have grown and changed this past year! we did more of a “lifestyle” session in their home, and they invited me in for the morning to catch all the stories, dance parties, light saber wars, and tickle parties, and i wouldn’t have had it any other way! my favorite place to photograph a family is always always always in their home! enjoy lots of favorites of some of my favorite people! :)Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines02Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines04look at that scrunchy nose smile! be still my heart!Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines05emerson’s curls are seriously the best thing i’ve ever seen!
Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines06Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines09Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines15Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines19Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines22Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines23Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines25Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines29Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines30Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines32something tells me scooter and ashley spend a good chunk of the day playing “catch the kid” ;) Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines33Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines34Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines35Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines37Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines42Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines44Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines47Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines51Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines59blakesley (just like emerson and parker) was not a big fan of the cake. she had fun making a mess with it for about 5 minutes, but once a big chunk of icing got on her foot she was ready to be DONE! ;) Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines64i think this sums up her feelings towards cake ;) Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines66Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines69you see her lifting her foot up off the ground? she was not a fan of the mess!Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines71Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines73emerson showed her how it’s done! once emmie showed up blakesley was a bit more willing to try again :)Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines75Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vines77love you guys! thanks again for having me over! happy monday! :)

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“when the voices in your head are anything but kind
and you can’t believe your Father knows best
i love you just the way that you are
i love the way He’s shaping your heart”
– andrew peterson
Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo01i have been waiting this whole year to meet miss josslyn, and she celebrated her first birthday this past wednesday which was the perfect opportunity for us to get together! i had the privilege to photograph kevin and heather’s gorgeous wedding and it seemed fitting that we bring josslyn back to the same spot we took their engagement portraits: downtown clifton! josslyn had me melting over her from the moment i met her, but i knew she and i would be best buds :) enjoy lots of favorites, and happy 1st birthday sweet girl! Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo01bClifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo02that scrunchy nose smile gets me eeeeevery time!Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo05Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo08Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo09Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo10Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo15Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo17we wandered down this side street looking for one thing, and stumbled across this perfect spot instead! i think i could have done their entire session right here and been perfectly content with it :) Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo18Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo20Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo21Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo27Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo28Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo32Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo38Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo45Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo46Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo47Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo51Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo51bClifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo52Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo60and we ended the session with one of her favorite things, if you couldn’t tell ;) Clifton_VA_Family_Photographer_Colombo68happy friday! :)

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“if you feel your value lies in meredly being decorative, i fear that someday you might find yourself believing that’s all you really are. time erodes all such beauty, but what you cannot diminish is the wonderful workings of your mind: your humor, your kindness, and your moral courage. these are the things i cherish so in you.”
– louisa may alcott, little womenVienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez01miss eliana is about to celebrate her 6th birthday, and it’s been quite a while since i got to do a full family portrait session for these cute girls, so it was about time!! :) can you even believe how much they’ve grown?! one of the best parts of this job is getting to see the same families year after year and watch their sweet babies grow! Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez05Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez09Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez10Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez12love those sweet sister giggles!Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez14Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez16Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez17Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez23Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez26Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez27tea time!! Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez32Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez33there’s ALWAYS time for a mid-session tea party break! :) Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez34Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez37Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez39Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez42Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez43Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez46Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez48Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez50Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez53Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez58Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez60Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez65Vienna_VA_Family_Photographer_Rodriguez69thanks again for having me over! happy wednesday!

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“you were made to shine under southern stars
in my arms tonight
i can feel the beating of your heart
i’m gonna make you mine”
– high valley
JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin01i met matt and hilary at her sister rachel and andrew’s wedding a few years ago and secretly hoped that one day i’d hear from the two of them again, and sure enough now they are getting married this october and i have the honor of celebrating with their families again! i drove down to harrisonburg to go explore matt and hilary’s favorite place for their engagement session, and the storm clouds looked CRAZY. the radar map showed rain the entire time, and i was sure we were going to get soaked. well, as you can see, in harrisonburg apparently a 100% chance of rain actually equals a gorgeous sunny evening, complete with the perfect sunset! success!! :) JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin03JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin04JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin08JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin10JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin12JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin15JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin19JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin20JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin23JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin25one of my favorites! good gosh you two are adorable!JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin27JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin30my other favorite! love love love!JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin32JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin35JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin36JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin39JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin40JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin43JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin44JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin45JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin47JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin51hilary knew the perfect spot to catch the last little bit of the sunset, and thankfully the clouds parted just in time for us! JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin55JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin58JMU_Engagement_Wedding_Photographer_Cronin61happy monday! :)

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“some day we’ll wake up
with thousands of pictures
65 years in this little house
i won’t trade for nothing, the life that we built
i’ll kiss you goodnight and say i love you still”
– dan and shay
Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich01these two invited me into their gorgeous home that they’ve turned into their own personal sanctuary and retreat from the world for the engagement portrait session, and i could not be more excited to photograph their at-home wedding in just a few short weeks! i can completely understand why they are so crazy about their home, they’ve worked so hard to make it something really special, and i love that they are officially starting their lives together and becoming husband and wife in the place that means the most to them! :)Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich09oh and did i mention, angela is wearing the same dress she was wearing the night luis spotted her across the restaurant and knew he just had to meet her?! :) swoooooon!! Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich12Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich14Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich17Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich18Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich21Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich23Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich24luis built those round tables from an old tree that had to be torn down on their property, i love how he breathed new life into it and what a gorgeous statement piece they make next to the pool!Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich30Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich32Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich34Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich39Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich45Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich48Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich53they have THE most gorgeous porch off of their main house, and no matter the season they spend every evening right here on this porch! i would do the exact same!Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich58Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich60every session should end with toes in the pool and a glass of wine in hand :) Great_Falls_VA_Wedding_Photographer_Emrich65can’t wait to see you both again in just a few short weeks! happy monday! :)

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  • […] this was such a special, unique day to get to be a part of. no big wedding party, no decked out venue… just a head-over-heels in love couple, their own back yard sanctuary, and all of their most favorite people in the world celebrating their happiness at joining their lives together. i loved every moment of their perfect day, rain and all! :) how many brides get to wear cute rain boots under their dress?! and thankfully, once we got back to their home to start photos, we didn’t see another drop of rain all evening, and the day even ended with the most gorgeous pink sunset! perfection :) angela’s daughter sabrina did her hair and makeup, and she did the most fantastic job! her mother-in-law was the master at bow tying :) love love love!they had the ceremony in their back yard, and there couldn’t have been a more perfect spot for these two to promise forever. can ya tell they were excited to officially be husband and wife? :) unknowingly, i even managed to coordinate perfectly with their wedding colors! ;) thank you both so much for allowing me to be a small part of such a special day! it was a complete honor!  Venue: The couples home, “Casa Alegre” Cake: Edibles Incredible Hotel: Hyatt Regency Reston Town Center Officiant: All Faith Weddings, Rev. Dan Kane Wedding Gown: Ricca Sposa Bridal Boutique Catering: Saint Germain Catering Florist: Maryam Flowers Bridal Hair and Makeup: Sabrina Richardson Photography: Jessica Smith Photography Engagement Portraits […]ReplyCancel