One of the most rewarding things about my job is the ability to capture the tiny little moments that, when pieced all together, tell these beautiful stories of the connections and bonds between souls. That is one of the reasons I absolutely love photographing mommy & me sessions. As mothers, we spend so much time pulling out our phones and photographing everyone else as they are creating family memories that will shape their childhood and even entire adult life. We are rarely IN any of these photographs (and I don’t mean those obligatory selfies!). I always encourage mothers to participate and be present in the photographs. Years from now, this little girl will be a young woman and she will always have these amazing images of her and her mother that she will treasure and be so incredibly special to her. She will remember how her mother brought her to a farm in Virginia (all the way from PA!) and she got to meet a real unicorn. She will remember how they laughed and danced and had skipping races through the fields. Looking back on these images, she will remember how her mother used to hold her and gently caress her hair, how she smiled and her eyes sparkled whenever she looked at her. She will remember how she she felt so safe, happy, and loved. It was an absolute pleasure photographing these two remarkable ladies and I am so thankful have played a little part in their memories decades from now.
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I had the pleasure of photographing this adorable little girl recently. She is as sweet as can be and was shy in the beginning, which is very understandable for a kid meeting a new person! I was very shy as a kid, so I feel like I know how to relate and can draw out their personalities… in their own time, of course. Once they see me jumping all over and rolling on the ground like a ninja, me and my big camera just aren’t so scary anymore 😉 We had such a fun time playing together and creating these beautiful images. Watching her dance around like no one was watching and without a care in the world made my heart so happy! We should all live like this.
Katie wanted to surprise her husband with some portraits of herself and their girls with my unicorn on our little farm. We had the best time dancing in the fields and enjoying the warm sunshine. The girls did amazing and their session resulted in some absolutely stunning images that they selected on metal prints for their walls (metal wall art for the grandparents too!). I’m so excited to finally share a few images from this fun afternoon!
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It’s no secret that the weather in Virginia lately has been a bit of a wet blanket lately (haha… see what I did there?), especially for photographers trying to get in all of their spring and early summer sessions! We lucked out with some dry weather and a happy toddler to create some sweet memories of this adorable family. I had such a fun time with them and their beautiful little girl! We got some of the cutest little expressions from her. Here is a little peek at their super cute family and unicorn session!
PS– this dress is now available for use in my client closet! Isn’t it gorgeous??
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I think this unicorn session is one of my favorites to date! I had such a wonderful time getting to know this amazing little girl and creating these images with her. Afton’s session was filled with lots of twirls, flower picking, giggles, and sunshine. Unicorn sessions are such a special and unique way to capture childhood innocence before they grow up. They’ve become one of my absolute favorite types of sessions to photograph. I just love creating these magical portraits and it makes me so happy to know that they will be cherished forever ❤
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I love, love working with this sweet little family of three (soon to be four)! They are seriously the cutest ever. Kelly and I have been planning out this unicorn session for quite some time now, and it honestly could not have come together any more perfectly. I just adore all the emotions captured in this gallery. And how about the adorable expressions their little girl gave us when she set her big blue eyes on Poppy the unicorn! THIS is what every childhood should be filled with! Love and a little bit of magic ❤
I found out today the official rankings of the photos I entered into the Shoot and Share contest, which is the world’s largest photography contest. I entered on a whim and using only photos that I happened to have handy on my hard drive at the time. The talent I saw during voting was absolutely insane! I was super shocked to find out that I made it as far as I did! I actually had quite a few entries that made it further than I expected, but here are the top four ranking images from my submission.
This image made Top 100 out of nearly 24,000 submissions in it’s category! ❤
This image was one of the more adventurous sessions I had in 2016 (slippery rocks over the river while carrying heavy camera gear almost had me freaking out, not gunna lie, haha). This photo was a finalist in the Lifestyle category, which had over 10,700 entries!
This was probably one of my most challenging sessions in 2016, as you can see, LOL. We had a blast and laughed the whole time, but worked hard to get the final images! This was an outtake I entered into the “That Just Happened” category, and was also a finalist in that category with 4300+ entries.
This portrait of these twin girls is one of my favorites ever. It made the top 10% in it’s category with almost 24k entries. And here are some of my badges for these particular photos, because I’m fancy. 😉