Todd, Whitney, Bailey & Peter: A Herndon, VA Family Session

OMG, guys. This family. So much fun, and the kids were a riot. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen siblings get along as well as Bailey and Peter did. Peter would just light up whenever Bailey grinned at him, and they laughed (and made us laugh!) so much.

I was *so* happy to get to do this family session. Whitney and I have been friends since shortly after I moved to this area. She and I were roommates when she began dating Todd, and I think one of the best things is when friendships last long enough to see your friends evolve through the different stages of their lives. Whit and Todd will be married 10 years this year, and it’s clear how in love with each other and their kids they are. I am so very grateful to be involved with this whole family, and am glad I got to capture the fun they have together.

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Celebrating My Best Friend

This guy:

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is Skylos. My furry best friend.

He’s TWELVE today!! Look at all the handsome gray on his chin.

Knowing my track record with goldfish and plants, I wouldn’t have put money on me being able to keep a living creature alive and thriving for 12 years, but…here we are. Every day I am grateful that I have him. For someone like me, who struggles with anxiety and depression, having this guy in my life has been a blessing from the universe. He makes me laugh, he gives great snuggles, and he makes sure I get out of bed every day.  I can definitely see that he is aging, and it hurts my heart knowing he won’t be around forever, but I am glad we are taking his journey together.

Now, like any good labrador retriever, Skylos eats everything in sight. But he’s also a weirdo. He absolutely *loves* bananas.  So he had a happy birthday banana this morning, but lest we be thought of as the equivalent of someone who hands out apples to trick-or-treaters, we will probably take him out for some vanilla ice cream this weekend.

Happy birthday, buddy! Here’s to (at least) 12 more, right?! We love you!

Jhonna, Ryan, Quinn & Riley: Northern Virginia Maternity and Lifestyle Newborn Photography

Jhonna and Ryan first appeared on my blog in 2012 (!) when they were expecting their first baby, Quinn. Now Quinn is turning into an adorable young lady and is officially a big sister to baby brother Riley!! I got together with Jhonna, Ryan, and Quinn in October for a maternity/family session and then got to see them all again when Riley arrived in November. This is a compilation of both those sessions – they were keeping Riley’s name a secret until he was born and the maternity photos would have given away the first letter of his name, so I couldn’t share some of these until after he arrived!

Needless to say, I adore this family and am so lucky to watch their family grow! Thanks again to all of you for inviting me into these special moments.

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Justin, Sara, Sydney & Rootbeer: A Burke Lake Park Family Session

I always love seeing this family! They are SO much fun, cheerful, wear wonderfully coordinated outfits, and consider their chocolate lab part of the family – and if you know anything about me, you’ll know that makes them awesome in my book! We met up early on a Saturday at Burke Lake Park and had fun exploring (and avoiding a disc golf tournament!) to get these shots. Thanks again, guys, for sharing your family with me for a morning! I hope you had as much fun as I did.

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Sara, Justin, Sydney & Rootbeer: Burke Lake Park Family Session

So I am informed there is some big football game going on Sunday…? I admit I am not a football person; I am definitely one of those people who watches the Super Bowl for the commercials and halftime show and I get way more excited about the Puppy Bowl than I do for the actual game. But I know a lot of people go all out for the big game (and ok, I admit, it’s a really good excuse to eat a lot of nachos) so I figured it was appropriate to share my shoot with this football loving family (and there is in fact a “puppy” as well, as a bonus!) Enjoy, and have fun this upcoming weekend, whether you’re cheering on a team, rooting for the underdog pup (yes, bad pun intended), or ignoring it all and doing your own thing.

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Kendall, Bill & Sadie: A Claude Moore Park Family Session

It’s been a gray, dreary, rainy day here in Virginia. I think my dog has had the right idea – he’s been snoozing pretty much all day, sometimes even under a blanket! (Spoiled? No way!) So it was really nice to put together this blog post – from a sunny and warm fall day, with an adorable little pup included! Sadie probably stole the spotlight at this session (look at those soft, floppy ears and big brown eyes!) but I have to say Bill and Kendall were both looking pretty darn good as well. Thanks to all of you for having me out for this – was a great way to spend an afternoon!

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Cara & Mark: Old Town Alexandria Engagement Session

These two are pretty much the perfect couple. Seriously. It’s SO easy to see how much they love each other. They’re cute and they’re goofy and it was easy to see how much they enjoy just being together! And I love their story – dated in high school, went their separate ways after graduation, got back in touch, did the whole “hey, we should visit and catch up” thing, and then Mark popped the question, complete with family and fireworks (no, really, there were fireworks)! How is that not perfect?

They’re also very accommodating – they were willing to get up at the crack of dawn to meet along the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria for their shoot, which they rocked, in spite of the drizzly start to our day!

Cara and Mark, thank you so much for having me do these photos for you! I had such a fun time with you both and hope you enjoy your Washington (State!) wedding in November! Best wishes to you both!

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