summer daze

Family Picture Days are generally popular events, I love the convenience and my clients love the discounts. Everybody wins! I offered a summer FPD for the first time this year here in the DC area and it was a tough sell.  I get why its intimidating: July is generally stinkin’ hot, there are swim events…

where we are right now

“Brett, myself and Indy (the dog) are a family so you aren’t straying too far from family photography! :)” Lisa wasn’t taking no for an answer and I’m glad she didn’t.  In her first email she asked if I would take engagement photos for herself and Brett.   In my response I politely turned her…

To be seen. Really seen.

This family.  I’ve been following them for awhile, from their engagement into the realm of parenthood and then from Kellen’s newborn days to this shoot close to MacKayla’s first birthday. When I think of families I hope we emulate I think of this one immediately.  There’s a trust they have in me that I am…

Happy Father’s Day

As a child I was tender hearted.  As a young adult however I became brazen, always coming home with crazy ideas and plans.  My mother was often exasperated while my father always believed. Its taken some time to understand why.  I think that my mother was worried about the woman I was becoming.  She could…

Backyard Adventure

We have been dreaming about it forever it seems: a get away for two.  Our tenth wedding anniversary came and went but when your kid has a chronic illness that requires monitoring through the night, we hesitated to ask for help.  For the past two years a photo from our honeymoon sat underneath a magnet…

The seeds of smiles

I came back to this shoot because of the soft, spring like colors that I’m already starting to miss as my neighborhood transitions from the pastels of spring to the fresh greens of summer.  There’s so much to update in Addy’s world since last you saw her, since last  I saw her actually, so let’s introduce…

Picture her more

None of these women are me and none of these children are mine.  I’m tucked away safely behind the lens but I know their moment. If I’m not taking the picture I’m ducking out of the frame when I suspect the lens might be trained on me.  I know I’m not the only one.  …

The gift of color and play

“So there’s this thing I want to do for Mother’s Day – I mean not on Mother’s Day itself – for my gift – Dina invited us to come too and…” I went on to make the case for going to the Holi Festival with Dee’s family, describing my favorite holiday from back when I…

Family Picture Day: The Spring Fling

I finally took action this year and put a Family Picture Day on my spring calendar.  Family Picture Day is a way to group mini sessions into a single place and time, which means I get to drive less and charge less too… double win!  It has become a popular option in the fall when…

Stars, Stripes & Christmas Lights: Part 1

Pierce’s nursery suggests the Fourth of July but the time was Christmas.  This is my first “now and later” post, so to speak.   I want to share some photos now since we’re closing in on a six month shoot, making introductions a must!  But I’m also tucking a few away for the days when…

Outside and In

I think I open every post about belly pics the same way:  I talk about the challenge of it.  I’m sure its no picnic going the staged photography route either, I mean there’s a pretty fine line between the art of Queen Beh and the disasters that become the next post on Awkward Family Photos!…

Magic Bugs

I read the first line of Beth’s email last summer and was ecstatic…”expecting baby #2″…YES!  Only to have my heart skip a beat while reading the next line…”will be born in London”… Wait.  What?  No! Before you think me too possessive of my longtime clients (I am, I totally am), here is one of my…