Golden | Kent Island MD Family Photographer

The Eastern Shore of Maryland truly is a sparkling gem. I love it here. The light shines a little more golden here. The smiles stretch a little bit wider here. The pace is a little bit slower here. The hugs are a little bit stronger here. 

And if this isn't happiness personified, I don't know what is. What a beautiful evening, with two beautiful families. 

Our Nation's Capital | Washington DC Family Photographer

I have been lucky enough to live in some of the East Coast's coolest cities, and DC? It ranks right up at the top. I love it here. It is so rip with history and everyone you bump into does something fascinating and important. It brims with an excitement not found in other cities, DC is different.

DC also provides some of the coolest backdrops for photos. With so many picturesque spots and nooks and crannies, there's always somewhere to grab a slice of sweet light and beautiful scenery. Which is why, for the fourth year in a row I was back again for a day of minis - I just cannot say no to this city!

We had a great day <3 

A Trip to the Beach | Kent Island MD Family Photographer

My first shoot back from maternity leave.... I was nervous! Did I need to be? NO! Not at all! I couldn't have asked for a better set of families to welcome me back :)

We live in one of the most beautiful places, and I love having such gorgeous locations right at my fingertips. Such a lovely day at the beach, with a lovely bunch of families. 

I loved seeing so many favorites, so many littles who had gotten so big!, and making so many new friends :)

Memories and Special Places | Easton MD Family Photographer

Being asked to photograph another photographer's family is pretty much the highest compliment I could get. It's also incredibly nerve-wracking!! But when the photographer and her family are as sweet as this group, it washes those nerves right away. 

Stephanie asked me to come and photograph her family at a place that was incredibly important to them, and I can see why it is so special. We happened to meet up on one of the coldest days of the year, but they kept warm by snuggling, laughing, jumping and running! Even their sweet old pup got in on the action. 

I am so happy I could spend this time with them and capture these memories. 

Baby Bro | Easton MD Newborn Photographer

Oh, this family <3 <3 <3

You know when you meet someone and you're instantly comfortable with them? When you feel like they could have been old friends, long lost cousins, they are just straight up kind, genuine people? This is them. AND they have two ridiculously cute little guys, to boot. 

I was so excited to meet their newest addition, and he showed how excited he was to meet me too by staying awake for our entire session!

Besties | Annapolis MD Family Photographer

This group has my heart <3

Every year they plan a day together, to bring their families together, to laugh, play, chat, and get some amazing pictures. They make time in their schedule and make family pictures an event. It's about the experience, for them, and that experience leads to photos that don't just capture a second - they exude the memories of that day, and the feelings of happiness and togetherness that they share. 

I love them. And all of these pictures. 

Talent | Stevensville MD Senior Photographer

At the very last minute in fall of 2013 I enrolled my then two year old daughter in a beginning dance class at a local studio. I had no idea I had managed to choose the BEST dance studio ever, but I did. And while I can tell you lots about the world of 2, 3, and 4 year old dance, having not been a dancer myself, the rest of it has always been a bit of a mystery to me. I sit in awe at the showcases at marvel at the talent of both the students and the teachers at this amazing studio. 

So, when they asked me to do a shoot with their student teachers (proteges), I jumped on it. I love everything this studio represents, and I was excited to see these young people in action. 

And wow. 

WOW. 

Like most parents of young school agers, I'm a little nervous around teenagers. Here is an entirely new breed of kid that I know nothing about. But these young men and women are exactly the kind of teenagers I hope my kids grow up to be - polite, funny, engaged, kind, and so incredibly strong and graceful. They are athletes through and through. I was blown away.

Heyyyyyyyy Alamo! | Travel Family Photographer

This is my friend Michelle. Michelle and her family live in Texas and I... I do not.

It's painful, when you're a photographer and you have beautiful friends with beautiful families who live on the complete other side of the country, and who you can't get in front of your lens. 

And then suddenly the stars align, fate intervenes, and a speaking job at a photography conference lands you in Texas! Near your dear friend! 

And then magic happens <3

Sunday Funday | Washington DC Newborn Photographer

This family stole my heart a long time ago. It's been amazing watching them grow up and together as a family, and this session just makes my heart burst. Seeing them with their newest little sweetheart, existing in the world of second-time parents, managing a newborn and a toddler with ease... it's moments like these that remind my why I do what I do. 

I love my job. 

I love these guys <3

Springtime, Sunshine, Mama-to-be | Alexandria VA Maternity Photographer

The weeks, days and moments before your family of three becomes a family of four are immensely special. All of a sudden you start to see your firstborn in a new light. She isn't your tiny baby anymore, she's growing and changing and about to become this incredible, nurturing, amazing big sister. You compare her giant diapers to the teeny tiny ones that the new baby will wear, and you think "wow, where has the time gone?" You start to imagine the relationship they will have - your two babies - and your heart is overwhelmed. 

And then there's your husband, who you also see in a new light. You see the man that you love as the apple of someone else's eye, you watch the way your daughter looks at him and you know he would never, ever let her down. You think about how the two of you have created this most perfect family, and about how it's about to get even bigger, and your overwhelmed heart overflows.

New babies are indescribably awesome. But so are the moments before the new baby. <3

Oh, Big Families <3 | Easton MD Family Photographer

 

Big families have this energy and spirit that I'm always amazed and so inspired by. There is this undercurrent of inside jokes, easiness, shared history, love, light, and connection that is so strong that I feel like I could reach out and touch it. Or capture it. I love this. 

I met this wonderful big family over the weekend. They lucked out with a beautiful evening for pictures, and I had a great time with them :)