Family Portraits: Dan & Elizabeth

Time for the 1st post of 2014. I thought it would be fun to look back at a Christmas session :) Better late than never!

 

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I love motivated people. They inspire! And these people are MOTIVATED! He goes to work in a flight suit, representing the US Air Force. She wears a Doctor’s coat because she is a nurse practitioner for an endocrinologist. They are a very special couple and they share a very special love. It is obvious that they are a team unit and they are happy to be back together. Dan just recently returned from deployment and he was definitely missed. It was a pleasure to spend time with them out at the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant and get a glimpse into their love. Dan & Elizabeth you guys are very special people and I deeply respect your hard work and loving hearts.

Family Portraits: Ashburn

I need to have a cool quote here or something that speaks to what a beautiful phase of life this family is at. Sam is raised, she is accomplished, she is a jewel in their crown. And now BJ and Brian don’t just parent her but also really respect her. When BJ talks about her daughter she beams. Mega Watt! The light in her eyes and the joy in her voice is very powerful. Sam is going some gr8 places and everyone who knows her… know that! It was a pleasure to spend time with these people. They are my neighbors and it was really nice to go from seeing them in the front yard to getting a glimpse into their family. Thank you for allowing me that view.

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See the Mega Watt smiles. The love is right at the surface. I LOVE that!

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2012 Highlights: Ashburn, VA Photographer

Wow have I been behind on blogging. Wow- The only reason that I am doing it now is because I am in the back seat of the car.  My 2 boys are watching a video and my husband is up front driving and is chatting with my Mom. Oh-yeah, and the shoot that I did yesterday is still importing. Life has been SO busy. Actually busy doesn’t cover it, so I think it is time for me to make up a new term. Cyberbusy? Galatically busy? Please don’t misunderstand me, I am not complaining, I am simply saying that life for the past few months has been a consistent juggling act. And every now and then I drop a ball. And every once and a while I put a ball down so that I don’t have an anxiety attack. And that is why I haven’t been blogging, that was one thing that I let go for a little while.

But I have met so many special people in the last few months, and I have had the distinct privilege to photograph families that have added a new member, 2 people that fell in love and became family or women that still had their family growing in the bellies and their hearts. Here are a few of my favorite…

 

 

Virginia Maternity: New Starts

How do I say this honestly… I have been putting off blogging. I have been running myself ragged trying to do everything, but  not being able to enjoy what I am doing because I am anticipating what is coming next. I want to make a confession: I am NOT Superwoman. Surprise!  There I stated the obvious but some how it felt necessary. I have been around amazing woman who seem to do it all, effortlessly and they make me feel like… less than. Ok, they don’t make me feel less than, I do. I look at all they are able to do and juggle and it seems easier for them somehow. I don’t make all my meals from scratch, I can’t make an amazing birthday cake for my kids, my make-up isn’t always perfect (sometimes it is the complete opposite), I am not a size 6, my house is not perfectly styled and clean, my children do not always behave, and the list goes on…. Either I am hanging out with Super Women and I am less than… Or__________________

Why do I say this on a photography website? Because I have been hearing lately that before clients want to get pictures they want to: loose weight, get their hair done, it will take to much time to pick the perfect outfit, they don’t know of any ideal locations, etc. etc. etc. Please don’t misunderstand, I don’t say this to drum up more business. Because my plate is spilling over full these days. It is to say that no time will ever be perfect and sometimes the imperfections of reality are what we are going to want to remember years down the road. The simple truth :)

Here is a picture from one of my last sessions and I thought it was great. 1) because it is the truth of motherhood and 2)it speaks volumes of love for her child and that is what will be remembered + it is pretty funny! Heidi was so relaxed and stunningly beautiful. The was she loves her son seems to radiate out of her. She moves in such peace and grace. She is fun and makes me laugh but she also encourages me to listen to my inner voice and seek peace. She just had a baby girl and I will be sharing a few of those pictures soon.

And all it takes to make a picture perfect is to be present in the moment and loving the people you are with :)

I am going to try to blog more. And make more things from scratch,

try not to make inappropriate jokes, pick out jewelry that matches my clothes…

Maybe!

Howell Family: It’s a wrap!

Wrapping, planning, and making more lists than my iPhone can keep up with. I really do LOVE Christmas, I just wish I had more time to accomplish all the things that I want to do during the holidays. Maybe, next year I will set up a christmas tree right after Thanksgiving dinner and get started on my lists….  All that is to explain why I haven’t been blogging. Well, that and I don’t want to reveal anyone’s Christmas card picture prematurely.BUT, here are some pictures from a session I did a while back of the Howell Family.

It was a pleasure to go on an adventure with them for the afternoon. They are a beautiful family!

Virginia Family: The Tomlinson’s

Where to start…

  • Should I start at the beginning? When I met Anna & Chris in California right before their wedding and ended up having the pleasure of meeting both families, making new friends and snapping a few pictures?
  • Or should I start when Travis (my incredible husband) and Chris went to college together?

Ok, I will start with what I remember. I had only been in California for a short time and Anna was so welcoming. I was 7 months pregnant with our first child (who will be 5 next week) and Anna mentioned that a lot of fun pregnant couples would be at their wedding. She wanted us to come and meet people and have a good time. I will never forget her generosity. It meant so much to me! And it was such a gr8 night. All the preggo women bonded and tried not to eat all the food.

This is them on their wedding day and their ceremony was absolutely memorable and touching. I still get chills thinking about it. The words, the sweet looks, the flowers and them driving away on a motorcycle! I knew that these were my kind of people.

Anna and I have had some gr8 times together. When it was time to cut 12 inches off my hair, Anna was by my side. When, Kai had colic and I needed a friend to come make me laugh, Anna was by my side. She was there on Kai’s first birthday and was always an encouragement. Ok- I am getting mushy!

And, then when Chris wrote a fabulous book called Crave and I had the pleasure to spend the day at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with him taking pictures for the cover. We had a fabulous day of exploring the museum and getting to know each other better. This is just one of my favorites from that day.

*Just a note-Chris had a full time job and busy life at the time that he wrote the book, but Chris felt passionately about it and got it done. It is so fun to see how God uses him and how he let’s God use him. If you are looking for a very thoughtful book to read, I recommend his *

Then skip ahead a bit and I found out that Chris and Anna were leaving LA and headed to the east coast to so small town in Virginia. We said our goodbyes and I wished them all the best. (But I honestly didn’t know when and if I would have the pleasure to see them again.)

Then a few months before our move to Virginia, I posted a question on Facebook about Virginia. Chris responded and then after a few wall posts later- REALIZED that we would be living very close to each other. I was thrilled!! I really had missed them and LA wasn’t the same without them. Now, we live so close that we bump into each other at the grocery store, can have dinners at each others houses, and are involved with the same small group :) God is good! I am so blessed by these people!

Oh yeah! Days after we moved to VA they welcomed Miss Avery to their family and she is a SWEETHEART!! So cute! She is almost a year old now. Time goes by so fast! So, when Anna and Chris asked me to do Family pictures of them, I was super excited. It is such a blessing to have them back in my life.

We had a perfect fall day and it was fun to spend time with their adorable family. Even their dog is cute :) Here are a few favorites:

It is so amazing and look back at the beginning and then come to present day. Friendship is such a fun journey… You just never know what God is going to do next.

Morris Family a new family of four

A few weeks back, I met back up with the Morris family and got to meet their newest bundle of love. I had meet the family while he was still in the oven, so I was excited to see him on the outside. He was such a good baby. I have to say that what struck me the most was how good his older sister was. She was attentive and caring and very excited about him. Watching her nurture him made it such a sweet and special time to take pictures.