i had the most wonderful time visiting my friend holly + her gorgeous family! it’s been years since i’ve seen her — and our early morning family session was a striking change from our old late night karaoke rendezvous! yay for facebook and fantastic friend (re)connections! holly was just as fun + beautiful as ever, and glowing with happiness! and with good reason — she’s head over heels in love with a hunky hubby and darling new baby! little harper is 8 months old and has the cutest personality (and beautiful face!) and i absolutely loved spending the morning with this family!
sunshine + smiles at the arboretum.
one very happy little boy at the national arboretum in washington, dc.
i love the national arboretum. it’s an incredible gem in the middle of the city — a vast expanse of refreshing greenery and abundance of shade, it’s the ideal place to spend a summer afternoon! i was very excited to meet dhillon and his family at the arboretum a few weeks ago for a fun family session, grandparents and all! dhillon and his daddy are too cute for words and this little man completely stole my heart with his dapper outfit and *amazing* smile!
darcy, jamie, tyler + george.
last week i had the pleasure of meeting baby george *and* his awesome family! just a few reasons why they are great: older brother tyler was a total sweetheart (not to mention absolutely adorable!), dad is also named jamie (yay!), and i feel like i’ve known darcy (mom) forever! to top it off, grandma is a veterinarian in easton, md and has worked with halos haven horse rescue! such a wonderfully small world!
george is just 3 weeks old and so teeny tiny! he had zero interest in sleeping or curling up even for a minute – he was all over the place! a true baby of action!
big brother tyler!
…and of course, trout!
adrienne + steve = james. excellent formula.
james is one seriously cool kid and he’s oh so incredibly adorable! i had the absolute best time ever running the streets of annapolis after this little guy – he was super adventurous climbing all over and exploring everything. truth be told, he started the session a little skeptical of me – giving me some super serious looks, but i totally won him over (check out the high-five he gave me below!) and managed to get some sweet smiles and a few laughs! i mean, the kid is seriously stylish – and with his cool outfit, big blue eyes, and super blonde locks, i fell in love with him immediately. let’s be honest – he’s the cutest thing ever with a personality to match. proof: we’re walking downtown and james wanders into a bar to start dancing…turns out he loves to dance…to frank sinatra no less…*smitten*!
i *love* family sessions!
…and i even managed to sneak just a few of james’ parents being so very cute together! *love* these two!
and the sweet high-five! thanks to my intern/mentee renee higdon for this awesome capture!
the littlest heroes project!
a few weeks ago, i had the opportunity to document another session for the littlest heroes project – an outstanding organization that matches photographers with families of children who suffer from a serious illness or life altering disability. you can read more about their mission and the families on their website :: www.littlestheroesproject.org :: the program became so popular this year that they were fielding thousands of requests a week, and as a result stopped accepting applications earlier this fall. they are currently working through their growing pains, and will resume in february 2010.
bella’s mom had contacted me this spring about setting up a session, however between our hectic schedules and my crazy travel plans, we were just able to get together this fall. i was very excited to meet them after the last few months of emails, and decided to honor their session regardless of the organization’s hiatus. and i’m so glad i did! bella is an amazing + energetic 2-year-old little girl with a fantastic, loving family. i feel so lucky to have spent the morning watching them have fun together!
bella’s inquisitive nature + sassy little personality made her a joy to photograph – and i especially loved watching her squeal with delight and laugh with her brother + parents! her down syndrome poses certain challenges, but from what i saw, doesn’t limit her ability to enjoy every moment and have fun with her family. she’s as sweet as can be and super smart and she totally brightened my day!
love + laughter.
i simply had the best afternoon photographing this family! we were so lucky to have warm november weather and lots of smiles + laughter from abrianna + zoe!
their dad, kevin, contacted me a few weeks ago to arrange a shoot for all his girls and i was so excited to meet them! i absolutely *love* when men get in touch with me and are super excited about a session – there’s something wonderfully special about that in my opinion :) *plus* there was so much love in this family that i really felt so lucky that they found me – spending time with them was a wonderful experience. there are so many times that i feel like my clients truly make me a better person just because i get the chance to know them – and this session was one of those times.
i met them at their home where i met the coolest (and bigget!) cat ever – freddo! abrianna showed me her room and her artwork and then read to her little sister zoe, keeping her entertained and making her laugh like crazy. they played on their swingset and explored the backyard before we all headed down to the c&o canal for some casual family portraits.
i couldn’t be happier with these images – they totally depict how fun + awesome their session was! enjoy!