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angelina, charlie + jeremiah: lifestyle session!

saturday morning fun.

i was beyond thrilled to spend more time with one of my new favorite families this past saturday morning – a perfect start to the weekend! you will recognize these adorable children from my recent post just a few days ago, angelina: an adoption story. in addition to documenting the adoption proceedings on wednesday, we made plans to do a lifestyle portrait session – my favorite! i definitely think families are best photographed in their own home, so i spent the morning capturing all sorts of fun + craziness as the kids (and their parents!) played, danced, tickled, jumped, and even braved the cold to run around outside! angelina has the most amazing, exhilarating laugh and the boys are just a riot. as i expected, there were tons of smiles + great amounts of laughter from everyone. megghan + wes are simply awesome parents, and the kids are amazing! love!




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angelina: an adoption story.

what it means to be a family.

angelina’s big day!

it was almost 3 years ago that i returned from months of traveling through south america and (much to my own surprise) embarked on impromtu career in photography. with no experience and no plan, i traded a pen for a camera, and thus began the transition from working as a writer to a photographer. i was, and still am, incredibly passionate about telling stories and the importance of preserving memories. initially, i found great satisfaction doing both of those things with a combination of words and images. however, i began to learn that it was only with a photograph that i was able to truly capture the fleeting moments and emotions, and that i could tell powerful and immediate stories without words. it was my passion for people – their stories, their love, their lives – that truly made me passionate about photography.

over the last few years i have been incredibly lucky to document so many different stories, those of love + joy, of family + tradition, of struggle + sorrow, of all the emotions and moments that make up the crazy and unbelievable story that is life. regardless of how many times i document a certain type of event it is always a unique experience because of the emotion and personal connection i feel for everyone that i photograph. for me, the camera is like a perfect window into people’s lives – allowing me not only the ability to watch what is happening, but also to connect and experience it in a very intimate way. this is precisely why i feel so lucky and so honored to be a photographer. i am able to turn moments into something tangible, and it is so rewarding each and every time. however, there is something particularly wonderful about documenting something completely new, something i have never experienced – like an adoption. it was an amazing privilege to witness and photograph the wonderfully emotional adoption of angelina this week.

angelina is a beautiful, happy 2-year-old little girl who found her way to her family through foster care when she was just 12 weeks old. her mother, megghan, told me it was love at first sight when she and wes met angelina. within a year, megghan + wes’ family grew exponentially – while fostering angelina, megghan gave birth to baby charlie, and also began fostering angelina’s biological brother jeremiah, who was born just weeks apart from charlie! the “twins” as they call them, charlie + jeremiah are now both a year old, making for one very busy household! megghan and wes radiate love and goodness – you know instantly that they are the most wonderful, loving parents and you see it in the smiles on their children’s faces.

angelina’s adoption has been a long and difficult process for the family, and wednesday was a very emotional and happy day for everyone. i was so excited to meet megghan + wes and the kids, and i felt very privileged to sit in on the proceedings and document the morning’s events. everyone at the courthouse was simply wonderful, and the judge was amazing – she reflected on their journey and commented on the sanctity and power of family. at the end of the proceedings she read a touching poem, to an adopted, as she announced that angelina was now legally megghan + wes’ daughter.

i can’t explain what it means to me to be able to witness the most important moments of someone’s life, to be welcomed into celebrations as if i am family, and to be given the opportunity to document the entire experience. i am forever changed by the people i meet and the moments i capture, and so grateful for everything i have learned. experiences like being present at angelina’s adoption are absolutely life changing for me. i can say with certainty that this will forever stand out as one of the most incredible lessons about the power of love, the rewards of perseverance, and the importance of what it means to be a family.

when her dad asked her what time it was angelina said, “adoption time!”

happiest angelina!

little brother jeremiah!

little brother charlie!

the judge read the poem “to an adopted.”

a very happy family!


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gracyn + kimsey: lifestyle session!

new baby + new big sister!


hello baby gracyn!

this delightful 4-week old baby girl was such a joy to photograph. i loved spending the morning with her + big sister kimsey (don’t you just *adore* their gorgeous names?) – it was a joy watching their amazing mom shannon swoon over them! shannon is good friends with the fabulous kristin demarco – nursery designer + mommy extraordinaire – so it was no surprise that i fell in love with shannon + her girls immediately.

i love seeing mothers interact with their children – there is something wonderfully overwhelming about witnessing that kind of limitless, unconditional love. plus, seeing such tiny perfect replicas of people always excites me! i am totally, completely in awe of babies, families and everything and i feel so lucky to document their lives!






i LOVE this image!








and because i think there is nothing *cuter* than a crying baby…



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liam + lily wynn: lifestyle family session!


say hello to liam + lily wynn! last week i had the pleasure of meeting these absolutely adorable children for a lifestyle family session with their parents + grandparents – so fun!

they were very excited, especially after liam confirmed with me that he “didn’t have to look at the camera” (too funny!) and i had a great time watching them riding their bikes, blowing bubbles, and playing on their awesome swing set. even better, their parents got in on the action – swinging and even sliding down the slide with the kids! they are such a fun and loving family – there was lots of laughter (due to lots of tickling!), lots of hugs, and so many silly faces. i just love seeing siblings play together – learning their favorite games, and funny things they like to do. i especially love how kids always want to show you things – they are such fabulous little entertainers! 








silly faces!

silly family!










family photo with grandma + grandpa!


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matty: lifestyle session.

a rope swing, a giant sunflower, and the many faces of matty.

matty is awesome. from the moment we met he was super flirty (aren’t all little boys?) and loved the attention of my camera. i had no problem making him laugh and catching him being happy + silly, he has a wonderful family and a very happy, fun life :)

i loved chasing matty around his yard, watching him swing on the rope swing and hearing his funny stories – he cracked me up! his parents joined in the shoot for a few fun family photos and i was able to capture some interaction between matty and the baby growing in his mommy’s belly – she’s expecting in just a few months and matty already loves the baby and i can’t wait to come back and see the whole family together! 



the whole family!



matty is so excited to be a big brother! 

gorgeous mama!

and the rest of the family…the kitties!



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sydney + tucker: lifestyle session.

backyard adventure!

last week i drove up to new jersey for lifestyle sessions with two great families: both moms have babies on the way and i bounced back and forth shooting fun candid images of these happy neighbors and their beautiful families!

i started at sydney + tucker’s house: they have a great backyard with lots of gorgeous trees, an amazing swingset, and lots of room to run around! these two have so much energy and love to have fun, especially tucker! he is a boy on the move! they are both very excited about the new baby that is on the way and their mom, jen, is absolutely glowing! 

at the end of the day i was able to get jen alone for a few quick shots – she’s so beautiful and i know this baby is going be gorgeous!


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