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“your little hand’s wrapped around my finger
and it’s so quiet in the world tonight
oh darling, don’t you ever grow up
don’t you ever grow up, just stay this little.”
– taylor swift
Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer01don’t you just melt over those big blue eyes and sweet smile?!
Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer02Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer04Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer07Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer10Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer17Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer20Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer22Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer24Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer28Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer29Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer32Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer35Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer37Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer45Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer47in natalie’s world, books are for reading AND for teething! :)Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer50Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer54Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer59one of my absolute favorites!Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer60Herndon_VA_Family_Photographer_Filer68happy friday! :)

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“when God made woman
He must have been proud
He must have been crying or laughing out loud
it must have felt like the first time
getting kissed by the sun
when God made woman”
– keith urban
Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle01love when they dish out a few newborn smiles!
Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle05Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle09Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle10Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle11Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle15Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle16miss lily already thinks that ainsley is her best bud :)Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle18Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle19Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle29Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle32Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle35Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle37Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle40Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle41Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle48Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle55Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle56Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle64a favorite for sure! love those smiles! :)Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle68Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle72lily’s puckered up lips are my favorite! Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle74Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle77Leesburg_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Rettelle78happy monday! :)

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“had to crawl before you walked
before you ran
before I knew it
you were trying to free your fingers from my hand
‘cause you could do it on your own now somehow
slow down…”
– nichole nordeman
Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman01this little girl is my sweet “niece” kate, and i’m in complete disbelief that she’s as grown as she is! the last time you saw her on the blog she was about 10 months old, and now look how grown she is! AND, she’s about to become a big sister in April! Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman01bNorthern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman02Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman04Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman10Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman13Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman14love that sweet giggle :)Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman18Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman21Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman22Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman28Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman29Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman33Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman35little girl is wanting to do everything on her own these days, hence her refusal to hold either of their hands in the photo on the left… who told her that she was completely grown?! ;) Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman37one of my favorites!Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman39the journey to “motherhood” wasn’t an easy one for this beautiful friend of mine, but WHEW it looks so good on her now! can’t you see it in beth’s smiles here how much joy she gets from being kate’s mama? Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman45Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman48Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman49Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman53Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman54you slay me, little girl… Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman58kate has a “baby brother” in her belly too! ;) if by ‘baby brother’ you mean soccer ball! Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman60Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman67Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Vriesman69happy wednesday! :)

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  • Grandma Velting

    Excellent pictures! Great subjects! Great photography!!ReplyCancel

“always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”
– e.b. whitepurcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova01purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova05purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova06purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova09purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova12purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova16purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova17purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova18the last time i saw this little man, was for his first birthday portraits. safe to say, liuben is COMPLETELY smitten with his baby sister! he wanted to be right where she was, touching or holding or caring for her in whatever way he could. if she needed anything he was quick to say “i got it!!!” and he was on a mission before we could even try :) she’s a lucky little girl to have a big brother like this!purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova24purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova25purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova29purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova30purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova33purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova35purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova38bwpurcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova39purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova43purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova44bwpurcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova51purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova54purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova57purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova62purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova65purcellville_va_newborn_photographer_emanouilova66happy wednesday! :)

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“there’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”
– steven chbosky01historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_2016bts03-copyi’m pretty sure this post will always rank as the most ridiculous of the year, and one of my favorites all at the same time! :) safe to say, we have a GOOD time doing what we do on a wedding day, whether it’s an emotional, crazy, sweet, or hilarious kind of moment, we always leave a wedding day with fun stories and thankful hearts. i’m so lucky that i get to bring such talented, awesome assistants with me on wedding days, and for all the different ways that they enhance the entire wedding day experience! i’m pretty sure most of these photos were the result of me just jumping in katie or sarah’s way (sorry!!) but i’m thankful they put up with me and my shenanigans :) here’s a little glimpse into some of my (ahem) finer moments on a wedding day ;) 02bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_2016bts0203bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_2016bts0804bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_2016bts0905amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney_2016bts0106historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_2016bts01-copy07historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti_2016bts76908historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_2016bts13boutonnieres, bustles, and veils are alllllllll part of the job! 09marriott_ranch_wedding_glen_gordon_manor_wedding_glass76and here’s the lovely and talented laura of laura dee events working her magic and creating a gorgeous ceremony backdrop! :) 10shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie_2016bts85711historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti_2016bts76812amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney_2016bts0413img_1542-copy14historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti_2016bts77015shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_2016bts001she didn’t know her job would end up being part 2nd photographer, part “puppy flower girl” attendant ;) 16amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney_2016bts09this little visitor decided this was the perfect spot to camp out on sarah for a while during portraits! 17amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney_2016bts0718strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams_2016bts855this is why leggings with dresses is always a good idea ;) 19keswick_vineyards_wedding_photographer_mccarthy_2016bts919the direction i just gave to abby and eric right before this photo was snapped… “okay eric, your job for the next few minutes? do NOT let them all knock your wife over!!” clearly abby is thrilled with this idea ;) xo! 20strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams_2016bts85821historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti_2016bts77121shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_2016bts006always a great day when peter von kahle is there to shoot video!  22historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_2016bts08if you’ve gotta stand there so i can test my lighting, might as well strike a pose! ;) 23bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_2016bts0624bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_2016bts10yep, it’s working!! 25shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross_2016bts93926shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross_2016bts940when they start playing whitney houston and i go right to my happy place… ;) 27historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_photographer_2016bts01028historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_2016bts11when all you have time to eat for dinner is a cookie and a roll… bring on the carbs! 29amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney_2016bts13i’ve got a whole series of ‘katie karate chops cake’, but i’ll leave you with just a few of my favorites instead ;) 30bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_2016bts05“don’t worry guys, I got it!!” 31historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_photographer_2016bts00932shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_2016bts00532shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_livingston_2016bts02and who could forget this moment?! as we were grabbing our 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 ;) 33historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti625-copy33historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti626-copythis is always the most TERRIFYING moment of the night ;) 34amelia_island_ritz_carlton_wedding_kearney_2016bts16this is the reason why i LOVE what i get to do every day! spending time getting to know all of these incredible couples?! and getting to share in their most special day?! it’s the best of the best :)
35strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams_2016bts856and i know i shared these in my last post, but they are so worth sharing again and my most FAVORITE images from the whole year!! so thankful for each of you!! 36historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_einsmann852-copy-237bluemont_vineyard_wedding_photographer_berard712-copy-238shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_livingston784-copy-239whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_williams583-copy-240shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_fahim884-copy-241ospreys_at_belmont_bay_wedding_legard744-copy-242marriott_ranch_wedding_glen_gordon_manor_wedding_glass768-copy-243shadow_creek_wedding_purcellville_va_photographer_gross843-copy-244rust_manor_house_wedding_leesburg_va_bullard794-copy-245historic_whitehall_estate_wedding_photographer_rich904-copy-246keswick_vineyards_wedding_photographer_mccarthy800-copy-247shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_gillispie702-copy-248strong_mansion_wedding_photographer_abrams844-copy-249historic_whitehall_manor_wedding_ragghianti624-copy-250shadow_creek_wedding_photographer_wilcox699-copy-2blog2016jessicasmithphotographybrides-copyhappy monday! :)

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