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I have been super anxious to tell everyone but had to wait until they made the official announcement… but the photo session I did the other day of my brother was actually a PROPOSAL!  He had me ask them to model for me so I could “try out some new gear”.  He was so worried about her catching on, so he tried to throw her off a few times during the session.  I was trying so hard not to laugh.

I brought little chalkboards to try to keep it fun, interesting, and candid.  These were their portraits of each other.  LOL.

**Click on the image to view a larger size.**

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Then he suggested writing something sweet to try to throw her off his scent.  He was very convincing.  She said later she thought that might be it.

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And then… while we were shooting in the woods, my husband secretly set up an easel with a super cute frame my brother made with sweet momentos… the napkin and check from their first date, a photo of them together, and a heartfelt message.

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It took several minutes to try to lead her over to the area where it was setup, which is a hilarious story in itself.  Anyways, here is the proposal!

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She said no!  Just kidding, she said yes and I am so psyched for them!  We are all so excited to welcome her to the family and I am so, so honored that they allowed me to be there to photograph this special moment.

I’ve been keeping busy adjusting to our new life as a family of four.  It’s been rough and I’ve felt a little crazy some days, but it’s awesome.  Every day is something new.  I’ve got lots of fun stuff coming up on the photography front.  My summer calendar has been booking up steadily with weddings, family sessions, and random events.  I am trying to find a good time to run a couple of mini-sessions before it gets too miserable outside.  Just waiting on a few things before I announce any more details.

Here are just a couple photos I’ve taken in the last couple of days.

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Baby is girl here!  She has been tolerating my camera pretty well, I am pleased to announce!  It had been awhile since I had a brand new squish to photograph and I didn’t realize how much I missed it! 

But anyways, I am ready to start taking on sessions again.  The weather is getting gorgeous again and grass and turning green, which I am always happy to see!  

I’ve got some fun stuff planned for late spring/early summer, so stay tuned for that announcement.   I’ll post something as soon as I figure out a few more details :)



I’ve been in the process of getting ready for this baby, so I’ve been slowing down my sessions and it’s driving me mad. I so want to be back working consistently, despite being so ridiculously pregnant. I scheduled a couple sessions this weekend, so maybe they will do me in. Or make the baby make an appearance… we’ll see!

In the mean time, I’ve been doing some behind the scenes work on my business, coming up with some super fun ideas for spring/summer mini sessions that you will NOT want to miss out on! I will be announcing and will start booking for them in the next couple months, so keep your eyes peeled. I am SO excited for it!

I’ve also been taking this downtime to do some learning, and am super psyched to be able to put all this new knowledge to use once I can get myself around. I may be doing some casting calls in the near future as well, so if you’re interested, make sure you have liked my page AND hit the ‘follow page’ button at the top since Facebook won’t show you most of my posts.

I’m posting this from my phone, so the quality won’t be great, but I’ll leave you with a photo I took the other day :)

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It has been a busy summer/fall season for me.  I’ve learned a ton of new tricks and have been trying to play around with new techniques.  It’s been fun!  But my poor, poor neglected blog, ha.  Also had this awesome lady come visit me and help me second shoot a wedding!  We’re such goobers… took this photo in a mirror after the wedding reception.  I wish she lived closer to me so I had a permanent photo buddy!

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Here are a couple photos from some weddings I’ve been keeping myself busy with this fall.  I love photographing weddings.  I love seeing people so happy and I love being able to capture memories from one of the happiest days of their lives.

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I will have some more photos posted soon!  Make sure you become a fan of my Facebook page to receive updates!  This month I have two big events going on for holiday photos.  I am offering mini-sessions in Mechanicsville as well as Doswell, so check my page for details!  It’s a great deal, fun for the kids, and a great way to get photos for your holiday cards!

We have been enjoying our vacation this year with family at the beach so far.  Hurricane Arthur comes through today, but should be sunny again tomorrow.  The weather has been beautiful and the ocean warm almost every day we’ve been here.  Kellan really did not enjoy the sand at first.  He kept wanting me to brush off his feet and hands, but he got used to it by day two and now he loves getting his bucket of “wa-wa” and splashing his toys in it.  He has gotten too brave for me by trying to run into the ocean and also trying to jump into the pool before someone is there to catch him.  Little daredevil has no fear.

Here are a few pics of my little guy on the beach.  More pics to follow on Facebook this week.

I’ve had the privilege of photographing quite a few babies recently.  I love babies!  They’re definitely challenging, but it’s so rewarding to be able to watch them grow up.  Newborns come with their own set of challenges.  I never know what to expect when photographing a new arrival.  Sometimes the baby is perfect.  Sleeps the entire time, minimal fussing, easy to maneuver… but most of the time, the little one requires quite a bit of shushing, rocking, folding, holding, feeding, changing, etc.  As long as you have patience, it can be done!  I have some tips on preparing your newborn to be photographed on my All Things Baby page, if you’re interested in scheduling a session.  Here are a couple newborns I’ve photographed since I last updated, and also a couple 6 month portraits from one of my babies doing the Baby’s First Year package I offer.  So sweet!

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