Ashburn, VA: Professional Portrait

I really do love to take pictures but I dread posting on my blog. I am so hard on myself. I have a bully that lives in my head (have you seen the movie Inside Out?) and when I sit down to type out a post….yikes! It is no fun. But I believe that bullies should be STOPPED so today I have purposed myself to tackle my…. myself.

A few months ago I had the wonderful fortune to do some head shots with the lovely Victoria Ro. Victoria is a Real Estate Agent who has been helping families find or sell homes. She really does care about the whole process as much as you do. Sincera Properties offers an all-inclusive service and support that takes you through a step-by-step process, which allows their clients to buy comfortably, knowing exactly what they can afford.

She is dedicated to connecting the right family to the right home and she is such a sweet and fun person that I am confident she makes the experience delightful. 



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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!



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.

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…


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 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 Newborn: Rebecca & Johnathan & Bella

I was so excited to meet Bella. She was just 12 days old. Fresh. New. Pure. Innocent. The first days and weeks as a family can be a roller coaster ride but such a sweet and memorable ride. You know you really lived each day. Because when you finally fall into bed {If you manage to make it to bed} you feel like you really used every ounce of energy possible. Exhausting but incredibly satisfying!

Jonathan is steady and strong. Ready to step in when needed and always looking at his bride with love. And his little girl makes his eyes light up and his smile appear. Seeing a father with that look on his face brings tears to my eyes. A love that will stand the tests, challenges and conflicts that life will surely bring and will always see his little girl as “His little Girl!”

Rebecca is a teacher! (Round of applause coming from me) She is one of those women who give her heart to other peoples children everyday. And-may I add-she did it up to the very last days before Bella was born. She is a natural mother. She has a vibe that she gives off of joy and nurturing. Bella is a blessed little girl.

And Bella…well she is a little angel!

And I wish this new family of 3 tremendous blessings!