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

A Baby Sister on the Way | Stevensville Maternity Photographer

This is the gorgeous and lovely Miss Jessica.  Jessica is my daughter Claire's dance teacher, so she sashay'ed into our life last September, and we are very thankful for that! I have an incredible amount of admiration for this woman, especially after watching her wrangle a class of unruly two year olds and turn them into mini ballerinas. When I realized that Miss Jessica was pregnant, I of course said "HEY! Did you know I'm a newborn photographer?!" and we were off to the races :)  She said that she'd really wanted to do a maternity session, to make sure she was documenting this time in her life, her final pregnancy, carrying her baby girl who would complete their family, and I was all about that.  The afternoon of our session was bitterly cold, and this mama was a huge trooper.  She's so graceful, even at 8.5 months pregnant, she kinda blew my mind :)

(Im)patiently Waiting | Eastern Shore Annapolis Family Photographer

It's been a while since I've seen these guys, so I was super excited to meet up with them again to photograph the family of three before they turned into four! We lucked out with an absolutely beautiful late fall day, you never know with the weather around here it could be 75 and sunny or snowing, this time of year.  Anyway, this little group is just as happy and easygoing as the last time we saw each other :)  I'm psyched for baby brother to arrive, he's going to round out this bunch nicely.  What a lucky dude to be born into a family like this! And seriously, this is one gorgeous mama.