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“there’s no good reason for the way you love me
but you’re my walking dream come true
there’s no good reason for the way you love
but i thank God that you do.”
– dave barnes
Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May01i remember meeting allie and kevin at andrew and emily’s wedding back in 2014 and knew immediately that they were wonderfully adorable! i took a photo of them together during the reception and i remember thinking to myself, “oh my goodness, i seriously hope i get to photograph THEIR wedding one day!” and that day is here!! i was so excited when i got allie’s email saying that they were engaged and getting married next year! i truly had the best experience with their family for andrew and emily’s wedding, and i’m thrilled to have such a great excuse to see them all again! :) allie and kevin made my job SO very easy, and we had a blast exploring one of my favorite spots for their engagement portraits, meadowlark botanical gardens! happy viewing, friends!Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May05how gorgeous is allie’s dress?! they coordinated their outfits so perfectly!Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May09love love love!Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May15Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May16Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May17Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May20Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May23Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May24Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May32Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May37Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May45Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May47Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May55Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May58Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May60Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May65Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May66Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May68Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May73Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May75Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May77Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May84Meadowlark_Gardens_Wedding_Photographer_May86i’m already excited for your wedding next july!! :) happy monday!

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“i never felt like this before
i knew i’d love you
but this is something more”
– dave barnes
colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen01this little girl was smiling and giggling with me from the moment they pulled her out of the car! melt my heart!colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen06colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen12colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen14love that scrunchy nose smile :)colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen16colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen18bwcolvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen22colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen25colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen29colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen31colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen32colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen33somebody was NOT a fan of the grass, but it was too cute not to share :)colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen35colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen38colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen40colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen46colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen48colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen50colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen53colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen55colvin_run_mill_family_portraits_hansen57you can go back and see liana’s 4 month portrait session and newborn portrait session as well! happy thursday! :)

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“lookin’ back i wouldn’t have it any other way
i’m proud of the house we built”
– brooks & dunn
Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling01no matter how many pretty locations i discover to do sessions at, my most favorite place to photograph a family will always always be in their own home. it’s where little ones are most comfortable and in their element, which results in the best smiles and happiest kids :) and it allows us to really capture all of the fun parts of that particular age, like playing “doctor” and being so brave when its time for shots ;) Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling03and teaching baby brothers how to build tall block towers:Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling08Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling14Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling18bwNorthern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling19bwabby invite us all to her bedroom for a special tea party, and she even had a cup for me! :)Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling20her other current favorite game is to play hair salon, and give her mama all sorts of fun new hair-dos! :) she takes her responsibility as a hair stylist VERY seriously! Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling27despite how it looks, those are not, in fact, real scissors! but i can’t get enough of the pleased look on abby’s face, and the slightly concerned look on her mama’s face ;) Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling28bwNorthern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling31bwNorthern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling33Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling34Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling37Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling39Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling47Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling51bwNorthern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling54Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling59Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling62and we finished the session with abby showing off her new writing skills :) Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling65Northern_VA_Family_Photographer_Schimmerling70

happy tuesday! :)

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“we will have hope, we will have doubt
there will be memories we could never live without
we will have tears, but there will be grace
there will be prayers we never thought we’d pray
amen… amen”
– dave barnes
Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim01when i walked in and the first thing i see are those blush and gold dresses lined up next to christine’s gown?! i knew it was going to be a goooooood day :)Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim02Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim03Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim10Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim17Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim24Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim30how adorable are her shoes?! one of my favorite details of their day!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim33christine was one of the most organized brides i’ve ever worked with, and truly thought of every tiny little detail! her personal touch was on every aspect of their day! she had custom cookies made for her bridesmaids, and she surprised antonyous with his favorite donuts!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim39Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim63Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim75Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim76Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim77the guys were equal parts thrilled about their donut & coke treat, and terrified they would get something on their nice clean suits! ;) Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim89Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim94she had fun surprises for everyone!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim108Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim135doesn’t she have the most beautiful smile?! :)Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim140Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim145a few sweet moments from their first look:Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim170Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim180Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim185Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim208Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim209Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim214Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim215Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim221Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim231Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim243my favorite portrait from their day :) Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim246Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim249Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim256Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim259Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim262Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim269bwShadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim276Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim278Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim280Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim284Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim288Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim298Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim305these guys were alllll kinds of fun! :)Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim311Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim319Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim321they each had chalkboards that said how they met christine: Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim330… and then the other version ;) Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim332i love love LOVED how all of their dresses came together! Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim338Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim349Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim351Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim352Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim399Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim411and then it was time to head to the church!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim448bwShadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim455Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim471Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim482Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim503Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim539Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim549Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim558Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim565Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim567they had their reception at my most favorite venue, shadow creek! and it’s never looked lovelier!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim612Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim613Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim614Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim620they had a cake table set up with a big handful of smaller cakes, so there was a flavor for everyone! Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim628Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim630Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim669love this photo of christine and her dad:Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim685Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim693Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim721Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim735Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim738Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim744Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim776Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim780Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim818a few special ladies in their lives made all of the cookies as favors for their guests! i was able to sample a couple, and i can testify that they were SO very yummy!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim819Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim840Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim841Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim848Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim861do you remember these two?! chris and claudia will always hold a very special place in my heart :) i still send their gorgeous 2012 wedding out as a sample to every new client inquiry i receive! it was such a fun treat to get to hug them both!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim875and of course, these next two are always my most favorite from the whole day :) i’m so thankful for the couples that invite katie and i into these special occasions!Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim883Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim884Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim888Shadow_Creek_Wedding_Photographer_Fahim889

Ceremony: St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church
Reception: Shadow Creek Weddings & Events
Wedding Dress: Rosalin’s Bridal Boutique– Moonlight Bridal
Florist: Flowers by Lisa
Hair & Makeup Stylists: Tara Duffy, Brooke Elizabeth, Betsy Moston- Presley Laurent Salon & Spa
DJ: Dan Lamaestra
Videographer: Chris Cruz, 8 Media Group
Wedding Cakes: Fresh Dizicheh, Two Sugars Studio
Catering: Paige Bryan (Coordinator), Purple Onion Catering Co
Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell and Ralph Lauren- Macy’s
Grooms Attire: Bar III, Macys – Ties from Bows N’ Ties
Invitations: Minted
Photo Booth: Silly Shotz Photo Booth Company
Limo Rental: Point to Point Limousine
Calligraphy: Shiry Guirguis
Photography: Jessica Smith Photography
Engagement Portraits

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“i’ll do whatever it takes
i’ll make a million mistakes
i’ll make the world safe and sound for you”
– lin-manuel miranda, hamilton
Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown01you guys, i cannot tell you how i squealed for joy when i got carrie’s email that they were coming to town for a couple days, and asked if we could fit in some updated family photos! the last time i saw them was about 5 years ago, we did the full baby’s first year package for willow before their family moved to texas. i was so thrilled for the opportunity to see them again, and meet their two newest additions zoe and cooper!! willow is the BEST big sister, if you couldn’t tell ;) Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown02Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown04i’m pretty sure willow is cooper and zoe’s favorite person in the world :)Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown06Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown10Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown15Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown19Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown23willow is going to have these babies walking in no time! :)
Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown24Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown26Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown28Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown30Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown32Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown34Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown40Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown43Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown45Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown46Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown52Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown56hugga muggas all around :)Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown58Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown64Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown67Alexandria_VA_Family_Photographer_Brown71thanks again for fitting me into your trip! it was so so great to see you all! i vote we make it a yearly thing instead of every 5 years, yes?!? :) happy wednesday!

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