2013 Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s

I was really honored when I was asked if I’d be interested in participating in this event. I’m always happy to help out with charity events, but this one was personal for me, too. My great-uncle passed away from Alzheimer’s, so I’m aware of how heartbreaking this disease can be. Since 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association has been the leading advocacy organization for this disease, supporting research, developing policy resources, and providing support for Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers.

Over 3,000 people participated in the DC walk and raised almost $700,000 in support of the organization! It was so clear how important this issue is to the participants and how meaningful it was for them to take time on a (very chilly!) Saturday morning to come out for this event. Some people had signs and t-shirts in honor of the friends and family they were walking for. Kids and dogs got into the act, too! I was glad to see so many people having a good time raising awareness and am honored I had the chance to be involved.

There’s no way I could share all the photos I have of the great teams that participated on the blog, but I’ve included a few of my favorites from the day below!

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Mark & Linda’s Ben Breman Park, Alexandria Engagement Session

I was excited when I got my first message from Mark. I had donated a gift certificate to the Yellow Ribbon Fund as an auction item, and Mark got the gift certificate from the auction and wanted to use it for engagement pictures with his fiancee, Linda! I knew they’d be great people because they were supporting a great charity, but I really knew they were awesome when they told me they met at a neighborhood martini night. :)

We had fun checking out their neighborhood park, Ben Brenman Park – it’s sort of tucked away in an Alexandria neighborhood and I’d never realized it was there! Really cute place – lots of walking trails, a great lake with fountains, cute gazebo. Definitely a great place to spend some time with these two.

Thanks again, Mark and Linda, for having me out to do your photos – it was wonderful to meet you both!

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Focus on a Friend: Fuzzypants Pet Photography

Aaaahhh!! I have been waiting to be able to do this post because I am excited to show off my friend Carina and the amazing work that she does. Carina, of Fuzzypants Pet Photography, is featured in the summer edition of The Virginia Maryland Dog magazine. This issue of The Virginia Maryland Dog features Carina’s sixth cover for the magazine – and all the covers show off dogs in the VA/MD area that are available for adoption! Carina is affiliated with Hearts Speak, a coalition of artists that provides pro bono services to help draw attention to the countless animals that are looking for forever homes.

Carina and I had been talking about doing a photo swap anyway, so I was so honored when she asked if we could do the swap and she could use the images I took of her and her work with my Skylos for the magazine article. OF COURSE. I’m so pleased to have connected with such a talented photographer who also happens to support a cause that’s so very important to me as well.

You can check out the feature on Carina and Fuzzypants Pet Photography here: http://issuu.com/thevirginiadog/docs/vamddog_sum13web (Page 34) and I’ve included below a few other photos from my session with her for you to enjoy as well. Thank you, Carina, for having me take these photos for you, and for the awesome work that you do for animals in need!

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Steve, Lisa & Christopher: A Gravelly Point Park Family Session

I met Lisa, Steve, and Christopher on a windy Saturday afternoon at Gravelly Point Park in Arlington for their family photo shoot. This is one of my favorite locations in the area, so I was excited when they picked it. This park is neat because it is right next to Ronald Reagan National Airport, so planes are often taking off or landing right overhead. The Mount Vernon Trail runs through the park, so it’s a great jumping off point for walking or biking, and as you walk towards the city, you can get some great views of the monuments in DC. It’s a great mix of urban and nature and one of my top places to hang out in the area.

I was also excited to meet this family because they came to me in a special way. I’m a big proponent of supporting causes that are important to you, and one thing that means a lot to me is finding a way to support our military members and their families (which is why all current and former military members and their families get a discount if they book photography services with me). A few months ago, I donated some photography gift certificates for use by the Yellow Ribbon Fund at some of their charity auction events during the year. Lisa and Steve graciously bid on and won my gift certificate at one of the charity events, and it’s a win-win – they support a charity that is doing great work, they get family photos taken, and I get to spend an afternoon with another fun family!

Christopher was all about exploring at the park

Why walk if mom and dad will just swing you along?

Or if you can catch a ride on dad’s shoulders!

Talk about perfect timing – just as we walked under this bridge, a train came along, so we stopped to watch

Someone was clearly excited for the train :)

It’s not like dad really needs to see where he’s going, right?

Thanks so much, B Family, for letting me spend the afternoon with you all, and for supporting the Yellow Ribbon Fund!

The C Family

This family found their way to me by bidding on a donated photo session at a school fundraising auction. They were getting ready to relocate to Italy and wanted to take family photos before they left. We went to Quincy Park nearby their house, where they spent a lot of time together as a family, just playing on the playground and kicking around the soccer ball. We had a really good time just goofing around on the playground – there is just something special about a family that likes to play together :) I hope you enjoy checking out these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!