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“take me home where we met so many years before
we’ll rock our babies on that very front porch
after all this time, you and I
oh my, my, my”
– taylor swift
leesburg_va_newborn_photographer_lawless01i’m so excited to introduce you all to sweet catherine, the perfect addition to todd, emily, and jillian’s crew :) this session was about capturing their new family of four, but also about this home that they’ve brought their babies home in. they will be moving out of state in the spring, and they wanted this session to capture this specific season of life in this home that they love. sessions like these that have more of a ‘lifestyle’ feel are my FAVORITE kind of sessions to photograph! :) enjoy lots of favorites! oh, and it looks like jillian agrees that baby toes are completely scrumptious as well! ;)
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“all this time, i believed with all that i am, that i would find you.”
– tyler knott gregsonhistoric_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti01with virginia weather, you truly never know what you’re going to get. because it’s been a much warmer fall so far, all of the gorgeous autumn colors and leaves decided to stick around just for matt and alison’s gorgeous wedding at whitehall estate! i’ve never seen whitehall look so lovely! it was a little chilly outside, but nothing could phase these two. one of the best parts of my job is having a front row seat to see amazing clients/friends like matt and alison truly enjoy the best day of their lives. they were both so joyful all day long! they had the sweetest friends surrounding them all day, and a pretty epic dance party during the reception :) matt & alison, thank you so much for letting sarah and i celebrate with you!! we loved every minute! historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti04historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti05historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti06historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti08historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti14historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti19historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti32historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti39historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti43historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti46historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti53historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti54historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti72their first look was one of my favorites yet!historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti86moments like these next three are why i LOVE when my couples do a first look! you just don’t get this kind of interaction at the end of the aisle!historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti98historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti103historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti105historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti107historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti119historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti123historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti127historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti128seriously i could not get over this line of perfectly yellow trees! i could have stayed right in this spot all day!historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti131any Anne of Green Gables fans out there? this spot reminded me of something straight out of Avonlea!historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti140historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti143historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti151historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti160historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti168historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti170historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti173historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti180historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti185historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti189historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti194historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti205historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti216historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti220historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti230historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti236historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti248historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti253historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti257historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti261historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti269for those of you wondering, YES I always do family portraits! i don’t usually include them in the blog post, but this is definitely an important piece to the wedding day!historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti299historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti318historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti340historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti344historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti350historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti400historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti412historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti425historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti434historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti441historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti447historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti464historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti472historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti478historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti489historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti490historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti491historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti508historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti510historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti518historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti527historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti532historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti572historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti574historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti581historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti631historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti632historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti637historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti638historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti640historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti649historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti656historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti688historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti689historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti698historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti703historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti729historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti739historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti759and of course, my favorite photos of the evening! :)historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti760you guys, this was a hilarious “first” for me! as we were grabbing this photo with matt and alison all of a sudden i hear a voice running up to me at top speed saying “I WANT A PHOTO WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHER!!” and i was, ahem, lovingly ambushed by this group of gentlemen ;) historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti761now that’s more like it! :)historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti762

Venue- Historic Whitehall Estate
Wedding Dress – Allure Bridal, Lizelle’s Bridal Boutique
Florist- Affordable Arrangements
Hair and Makeup – Amazing Occasions Hair and Makeup
Wedding Coordinator – The Finer Points: Lynn Ianizzi
DJ- Kirkabee DJ
Cupcakes- Bookshelf Bakery (sister of the groom!)
Bridesmaids Dresses – David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Attire – Jos A. Banks
Invitations- Wedding Paper Divas
Photography- Jessica Smith Photography
Engagement Portraits

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  • Nancy

    The pictures are gorgeous and really capture the feeling of the day. Quite honestly, I thought you WERE friends of Matt and Alison. Great job!ReplyCancel

“grandma and grandpa painted a picture of 65 years
and one little house
more than a memory
more than saying ‘i do’
kiss you goodnight’s and ‘i love you’s”
– dan and shay
arlington_va_family_photographer_burner01i first met these cute little faces almost exactly two years ago, and they have become some of my favorite little friends to photograph! :) every time, as soon as i pull up in front of their house, avery is always there with her face pressed up against the window ready and waiting with a big hug for me. best welcoming party ever! :) and this black and white photo right here? one of my favorites i’ve taken of their family. love those sweet expressions! arlington_va_family_photographer_burner01bwi love that we get to start their sessions in their home, doing some of the kids favorite things and really capturing this season for their family:arlington_va_family_photographer_burner04arlington_va_family_photographer_burner07arlington_va_family_photographer_burner11arlington_va_family_photographer_burner16arlington_va_family_photographer_burner17arlington_va_family_photographer_burner20arlington_va_family_photographer_burner23bwarlington_va_family_photographer_burner26arlington_va_family_photographer_burner29arlington_va_family_photographer_burner31arlington_va_family_photographer_burner32arlington_va_family_photographer_burner33arlington_va_family_photographer_burner36arlington_va_family_photographer_burner38arlington_va_family_photographer_burner42arlington_va_family_photographer_burner48arlington_va_family_photographer_burner50arlington_va_family_photographer_burner53arlington_va_family_photographer_burner54arlington_va_family_photographer_burner56arlington_va_family_photographer_burner58arlington_va_family_photographer_burner59“here ya go, sister!” arlington_va_family_photographer_burner64arlington_va_family_photographer_burner67arlington_va_family_photographer_burner68you can go back and see landon’s first birthday portraits HERE! :) happy friday!

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“and so i’m offering this simple phrase
to kids from one to ninety-two
although it’s been said many times many ways
merry christmas to you!”
– the christmas songnorthern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session332here are all of sunday’s sessions! in case you missed it, you can go back and check out part 1 of this years holiday mini sessions HERE!northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session333northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session334northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session335northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session337northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session341northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session346northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session350northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session354northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session355northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session358northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session364northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session369northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session375northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session378northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session380northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session382northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session385northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session390northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session395northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session399northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session402northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session405northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session409northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session441northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session444northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session447northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session450northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session454northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session457northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session460northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session462northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session474northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session478northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session482northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session484northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session487northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session488northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session494northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session504northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session511northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session513northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session515northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session522northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session528northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session532northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session535northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session538northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session543northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session546northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session547northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session551northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session560northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session567northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session571northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session576northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session579northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session584northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session588northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session593and i will end with my most favorite photos from the weekend :) you three are the best of the best! thank you again for everything!northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session594northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session612northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session613northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session614katie and sarah worked harder than anyone else all weekend! they were the ones dancing around, singing songs, dishing out the fake snow (and dumping it on my head…), tickling tummies, throwing marshmallows, and doing absolutely whatever it takes to get those gorgeous natural smiles! these quick 20 minute sessions absolutely would NOT happen without them! here are a few silly behind the scenes photos from the weekend :) northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session615northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session617northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session626northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session627northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session628northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session632and that’s a wrap!! thanks again for a great weekend!! :) happy wednesday!

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“our cheeks are nice and rosy
and comfy cozy are we
we’re snuggled up together
like two birds of a feather would be!”
– sleigh ride1christmas_mini_session_2016_covert28can you believe holiday mini sessions have already come and gone?! just when you thought they couldn’t get any bigger, we had a record number of families join us this year! 35! holy cow! 35 families over two days, whew! and what warmed my heart so much is that 27 of those families were repeat clients. that’s truly the best compliment i could receive is families that come back year after year :)

this event truly does not happen with out my amazing friends/support team. i was talking with one of the families that came to mini sessions and what they repeated a dozen times was “i loved your friends, they were so great! it was like your own nascar pit crew, i couldn’t get over how wonderful they were!’ which is what i hope everyone left there saying! yes the photos are so fun, but the experience is such a huge part of it, and i couldn’t do this without the incredible people that come along side of me to make this happen! katie, sarah, and brian– i couldn’t/wouldn’t have done this without you! thank you thank you THANK YOU for loving me and my clients so well. YOU are what made this weekend so successful! thank you for creating the set and putting it together, greeting clients, moving props, loading cars, hanging stockings, dumping snow on my head, bribing with marshmallows, and for getting all of these sweet smiles out of the cute faces in these photos!

thank you to the von kahle family for once again graciously opening your home to us and allowing me to take over your sunroom and garage for a few weeks! i so admire your ministry mindset when it comes to using your home, and i pray that my home will have the same “open door” welcoming atmosphere.

thank you to my sweet mama for making all of the snacks- aka the reason people come back each year! without fail EVERY year people mention how they’ve been so excited for the snacks that we offer at mini sessions, mostly my family’s tried and true snickerdoodle recipe ;) never underestimate the power of a homemade cookie!

thank you to all the families for joining us this year! it was so fun to see you all! thanks for sharing your cute babies with me, and i can’t wait to see all of your holiday cards this year! christmas_mini_session_2016_covert12christmas_mini_session_2016_covert25christmas_mini_session_2016_covert38northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session01northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session03northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session10northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session11northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session21northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session28northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session30northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session31northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session37northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session40northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session48northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session52northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session54northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session56northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session59northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session61northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session71northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session76northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session77northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session79northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session85northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session89northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session93northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session96northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session101snow!! i swear the $1.99 bag of fake snow is the BEST investment i make for these sessions ;) northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session104northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session108northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session115these two helped me three weekends in a row with mini session prep, and then showed up at 7am both days for mini sessions to help ALL weekend! so of course i had to force them in front of my camera for a few minutes during our lunch break one day :) northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session120northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session121northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session144northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session150northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session160northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session163northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session165northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session168northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session175northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session178northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session180northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session187isn’t that sign adorable?! leah letters made it just for us! check her out! :)northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session194northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session196christmas pajamas are my faaaaavorite!northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session202northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session204northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session209northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session214northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session219northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session221northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session229northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session234northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session238northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session241northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session248northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session255northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session258northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session262northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session263northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session269northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session275northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session279northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session283northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session286northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session293northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session297northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session300northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session304northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session314northern_va_2016_holiday_mini_session320happy monday! :) stay tuned for all of the sunday sessions in part TWO coming on wednesday!! :)

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