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

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 :)

Turquoise | Easton MD Family Photographer

I feel like if turquoise were a person, it would be this family. They embody everything I think about turquoise - vibrance, uniqueness, excitement, happiness, adventure. That's this bunch to a "t." 

During our session they pulled out a book of adventures, places they wanted to visit in the world. They all sat around and discussed it, animatedly. The whole family, together.

This group is what people strive to be, what we all want to have. What a beautiful connection they share <3

Bringing the Love, on the Eastern Shore | Easton MD Family Photographer

These families are all so special to meeeeee! I've literally watched these kids grow up in front of my lens, and while I can't take ownership of them... they're not mine... I feel like maybe a little bit they are <3 It's so incredible to be able to reconnect with families year after year and see their little ones blossom from babies to rambunctious kids to just plain old awesome teenagers. 

The J. Family | Elkton MD Family Photographer

I'm going to tell you a secret. Are you ready? I have favorites. It's true. When I see families over and over and I get to see kids grow up through my lens, I can't help but fall in love with them over and over again. I'm pretty sure that qualifies someone as a favorite :) So, these guys? You know, them? Remember? Definitely some all-time favorites <3 Can you believe how big those kids are getting? So big! I love how expressive they are too, especially big sis. And she's as smart as a whip, with a killer sense of humor. I can't wait to see what kind of personality little bro will have :)

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The H. Family | Elkton MD Family Photographer

I love big families. Love 'em. I have one myself, and I see other people's and I think: YES! I love the noise and the chaos and the surprises and that the amount of love is multiplied by so many :) I know from experience though, that when you have that many kids and you want them all to do something... well... it doesn't always work out as planned. I think when that happens it can make a session even cooler, and you can really get to the heart of true expressions. And, you know, sometimes you get some grumpy faces - but hey, it's a real picture of what they are like in that moment! Life isn't always magazine perfect, I prefer real life to a magazine any day :) I loved meeting the H. family. I hope I get to see them again soon! <3

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The L. Family | St. Michaels MD Family Photographer

There are some sessions where I want to share every. single. picture. on here, and I have to restrain myself, otherwise you'd be here all day. This is one of those sessions. Gorgeous family? Check. Awesome location? Check. Really good time, lots of laughing, beautiful sunset? Check, check check. Really, you can't ask for anything more :) Oh! And a certain little one is pretty close to celebrating her first birthday - so send some birthday wishes her way! :)

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Beautiful Baby P. | Easton MD Newborn Photographer

I was smitten with this family the minute I walked through their door. Perfect house, adorable children, super, suuuuuuuper nice people. It doesn't get any better than that! The star of the show was of course Baby P, and isn't she just gorgeous? She was an absolute doll for our session, and watching her snuggle with her parents and her brother made for one awesome afternoon. These guys can go ahead and have another any time, I can't wait to meet up with them all again! :)

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The R. Family | Easton MD Family Photographer

On a beach in Costa Rica in 2008, I was lucky enough to photograph two amazing people say their vows and begin their lives together. At the time I had no idea that we would become lifelong buddies... but yep, that we are :) I love these guys. I feel so fortunate to have been there to see it all begin, and to watch their family grow and grow again, and now I'm in love with these two little stud muffins as well :) It's sad that they live in Michigan, which is just so far away from Maryland :( But every time we get together it is like no time has passed <3

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The G. Family | Stevensville MD Family Photographer

Once upon a time, long, long ago… Ok, really it was about 9 years ago - I met a group of amazing, supportive, intelligent, beautiful women on an online forum for destination wedding planning (fun fact about me: I got married in The Bahamas and am a total sun and vacation junkie!). What grew out of these wedding chat sessions was a friendship that has endured through years, weddings, jobs, moves, kids, and countless other life events. These friends are my rock, and I cherish my friendship them more than I think they even know <3 Unfortunately we are spread from one end of the country to the other, so I don't get to see them all that often, but when we do get to get together it's always a blast. Our families blend seamlessly, at this point our husbands are also old friends, and our kids have known each other since birth.

So, last summer when I was in Michigan visiting my grandparents, there was no way I was going to leave without making a stop in Detroit to see the G. Family (and the R. Family too! They're up next!). And this gorgeous and talented family (you may have seen him on Broadway in Jersey Boys, in his killer one man show From Broadway to Obscurity, or a multitude of other projects, and she is a super talented cookie maker/decorator) was made to be in front of the camera… so you'd better believe we did a little mini session :) Oh, and these just might be my future daughters-in-law, not that we have plans or anything ;-)

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Baby Sister is Here! | Easton MD Newborn Photographer

She's here! Sweet baby girl R. is here! You remember her gorgeous mama's maternity session from a few weeks ago? Well this is the little love we were waiting for… and now that she's here it's time to meet the rest of her family :) Mom was more than ready for baby R's photographic debut, and had a bunch of special and sentimental props for us to use. See those pearls? Those were her mother's. I love, love, looooove things like that.

This was such a fun session. I love being able to capture that relationship between bigs and littles, parents with their first born and their new born, brothers and sisters, and brand new families of four <3

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Beautiful Baby S. | Stevensville MD Newborn Photographer

Have you learned by now that I am a sucker for daddies and their daughters? I am. Total. Sucker. And then this sweet dad basically one upped every other dad by holding his little girl and singing to her. Want to know what he sang? Life's A Happy Song from the newest Muppet movie. It goes like this: "Everything is great, everything is grand I've got the whole wide world in the palm of my hand"

Yeah. That happened <3

This whole session was like that, sweet and wonderful. It's no surprise since this is a sweet and wonderful family, and an adorably sweet and wonderful baby girl. Welcome to this world, Baby S. :) Your mom and and big brother love you so!

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