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!

Virginia Maternity: Miss Cate

I am counting the days till this little one arrives on the scene but until then I am enjoying watching Cate be pregnant like a rockstar. Nothing stops her! She is fun to be around and she brings the party with her. When she was 5 months pregnant she was still riding Kai’s big wheel. When she was 6 months along, she insisted that she was put in the rotation with the kids for the swing in our backyard. At almost 7 months, I watched her race her 2 year old around the back yard in a push car and as she stood up, I called her name and snapped this picture.

Pregnant women have a glow about them and Cate is no exception. There is a joy surrounding her and her embracing this stage of life and so excited about the little one coming. I hope her kid knows how cool her Mom was …. IS!

 

Virginia Maternity: Rebecca & Johnathan

The clock was ticking, Rebecca knew that she would be meeting her baby girl very soon. We originally had a date set a week prior but the rainy weather wasn’t agreeable, so we wondered if we would get the chance to do maternity pictures. So, we rescheduled for a day that turned out to be a GORGEOUS fall day! The leaves were bursting with colors that were inspirational. Rebecca looked stunning and hardly a day over 8 months. When I was 8 months pregnant with my first, I looked… Well, let’s just say, I looked “ripe” with baby, so ripe, people would ask me if I was having twins.

Rebecca was full of excitement and joy. She didn’t complain or belly ache at all. She was up for anything and she brought such a fun spirit. Joy! She was radiant and Jonathan was so attentive to her. I am sure they are going to be gr*8 parents to that sweet little girl :)

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.