Happy Mother’s Day

As this Mother’s Day comes to a close I want to wish all the mom’s, mom’s to be, and caring motherly women out there a happy day.  This mother’s day has been one filled of mixed emotion for our little family.  1 year ago today my Calmer and I found out that we would be expecting our first child, our guardian angel, Bella Rose.  There was some sadness leading up to today as we remembered her and what could have been. But, there was also excitement as we celebrated a renewed sense of hope and the anxious arrival of our little girl to be in September.

Most importantly though, we spent the weekend with my mom who has raised two daughters with grace, love, and patience.  She is amazing and I only hope I can be half the mom she has been to my sister and I. Love you mom, I hope you had a wonderful day with your two girls!

B’s One Year Session | Leesburg, VA Baby Photographer

B’s mom, Tricia and I have known each other quite awhile.  We went to the same middle and high school together, and then our paths managed to cross again about 6 years later when we worked together as first grade teachers at the same school.  We don’t work together anymore and when she asked me this fall about a photo shoot for her little man to celebrate his 1 year birthday during the spring I was psyched. It feels like we’ve been planning this session for ages, and the unpredictable weather recently caused us to have to reschedule not once, but twice!  Finally, we found ourselves out on a gorgeous Friday evening and I had a great time with B. and his mom and dad in the Leesburg subdivision, River Creek.  B. wasn’t quite sure what to make of me and my camera at first, but after some play time with mom, dad, and me  he quickly began warm up to the idea of pictures.  Here’s a little sneak peek from our evening together, enjoy!

Baby D’s Mini Session | Leesburg, VA Baby Photographer

This little guy has been no stranger to my blog. Baby D’s mom and I go way back and have been friends since middle school. So its no surprise that I’ve had the opportunity to watch this guy grow and photograph him as a newborn and again at 3 months when he was Baptized. Mom has been wanting photos of him at 6 months and the beautiful Spring weather this past week seemed the perfect opportunity for a a mini session at Ida Lee park.  Here is a little sneak peak from our time together. This little guy is sitting up, on the move, and is one happy baby!

A Breath of Fresh Air

Spring is in the air here in Virginia and it’s been so great to get outside and take photos.  Last week I took a little Spring Break staycation, playing tourist in my own hometown. For the past 3 years I have really been wanting to make the trek into DC for the annual Cherry Blossom festival but have never found the time to get myself there.

Finally this year I not only made it to the festival, but made the trip during peak blossoms, got to spend a lovely day with a longtime friend, and I got to play around with not one but two cameras. My trusty dslr of course made the trip, but I also dug out the Polaroid One Step for some vintage fun as well.

The Cherry Blossoms did not disappoint and really solidified the exciting fact that Spring is here!

How are you enjoying this breath of fresh air and bringing in the Spring weather? I want to hear your spring stories and see your spring images!

Jen’s Maternity Session | Northern, VA Maternity Photographer

A few weeks ago I put out a Casting Call on my blog requesting models to help me round out my growing portfolio (side note: I am still searching for more models so if you’re interested please contact me). I was so excited when Jen emailed and asked if I’d take her maternity photos. This was my first maternity session and it was great fun. Expecting a little girl in late May, Jen definitely epitomized the glowing pregnant mama and it shows in her images.  We spent a gorgeous spring afternoon at the historic Civil War landmark, Manassas Battlefield. A location with rolling hills, beautiful trees, and historic buildings.  Jen was a great sport too. I felt terrible asking her to stand up, sit down, and walk all over the place at 32 weeks pregnant, but she took it all in stride and enjoyed every minute of being out in the sunshine.

Jen, it was great fun spending the afternoon with you and taking these photos. I hope you enjoy your preview! Your excitement about becoming a mother is definitely apparent and I am so looking forward to meeting your little one for newborn photos not too long from now.

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