Extended Family Session | Northern Virginia Portrait Photographer

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One thing is certain in this world, when I go into a session with the Kien family, I know it's going to be a blast. I'll admit, I was a liiiiittle nervous when mama Lara told me she wanted a one year session combined with an extended family session. We also had very little wiggle room on the date because family was in town from across the country, and we had to make it work rain or shine. I was also nervous when Lara texted me baby Sam's go-to facial expression which I managed to capture in a shot or two.

We ended up with a really beautiful albeit humid morning, and I know that I had a great time, I hope that everyone else did!

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Heather & Jason's Maternity Session | Northern Virginia Maternity Photographer

Real talk, I FORCED Heather to do her maternity photo session. I’ve known Heather for 10 years, (I’m doing the Wayne’s World flashback thing in my head)…We met at the corporatest job I have ever worked, and I’ve worked some corporate jobs. The company which will go unnamed was somewhat cutthroat, not an environment that I was used to. I had to literally force myself to go to work every day. I would arrive, sit in my cube and the minutes would slowly tick by. No one talked to each other, and everyone on my team was spread throughout cubes on a floor. It was the strangest place, and I felt invisible.

I mentioned to my boss that I wish there was a social aspect to the company, or at least people who spoke to each other, and I’m pretty sure he forced two normal people to be friends with me. Heather was one of those people. I remember going out to lunch with her and being so seriously nervous. I was like “Oh my gosh, if these people don’t like me, I’m going back to solitary confinement. I neeeeeed them to like me!” Good news, I think they did, at least a little.

So here we are, 10 years later. I was thrilled to be able to go to Heather and Jason’s wedding, and fueled by wine, kind of held her hostage in the bathroom at her own wedding to tell her something that seemed really important that I say: that I was so happy that she and Jason found each other.

Here’s the thing about Heather. She’s freaking gorgeous, but I’m pretty sure she doesn’t know it. I know she doesn’t love having her picture taken, so I knew it was going to take some serious arm twisting. Somehow I managed to convince her, and I personally am in love with the images.

I consider myself a lifetsyle photographer, however I do pose my clients quite a bit to at least facilitate connection. Usually they look and feel so ridiculous that we end up getting real smiles. But none of that was really necessary, as Jason had us both cracking up. I was dying when I tried to get Heather to do a sexy face, and Jason kept demonstrating it to her. Her and Jason and so perfect for one another, and I know that their baby girl will grow up loved and laughing.

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Lucy & Cora's Sister Session | Loudoun County Family Photographer

I realize that I’ve been blogging about friends who’ve used me as a photographer a lot lately. I swear, people, I also photograph complete strangers! But let me tell you about the mother of these two beautiful girls who is one of my best friends. When I first became a “photographer” Allison trusted me, hired me, and paid me. Believe me, if you saw the images I delivered back then, you’d be astonished (they’re horrible…my fault). Despite that, she kept supporting me as I worked on learning everything I could about my camera and about photography, and she always cheered me on.

Look, I have A LOT more to learn, but I am also very proud of my personal growth. I am so thrilled that I can finally deliver the caliber of images to Allison that she deserves. Allison went through a lot for her girls, she is such a strong woman and role model, and unsurprisingly, she’s raising two smart, headstrong and very capable young girls.

Older sister Lucy came to the session ready to go. She struck these poses that shocked both Allison and I. Apparently she’s been taking on some modeling gigs in her downtime. Literally, right out of the gate, sat down on my little chair and struck a pose with her arm up (see below). Little sister Cora was pretty wary of me and my camera, but she warmed up after a bit…even if it did mean bribing her with bubbles.

Also, check out some gorgeous pieces from my client closet on both of the girls (we did an outfit change!)

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Aidan's Fresh 48 | Northern Virginia Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

I photographed this beautiful family welcoming their third boy at the Birthing Inn at INOVA Loudoun. I've known Cat, most people call her Catherine but she'll always be Cat to me, nearly 10 years ago through my now husband, as she was dating (and is now married to) one of his best buddies. 

Over time, we've bonded over photography, babies, and our off brand sense of humor, and I feel blessed to call her my friend. Two years ago she photographed my daughter's fresh 48 session, and the images where my son met my daughter for the very first time are my absolute favorite images in our short (but growing) family history. When she asked me to photograph her newest arrival, I wanted to deliver images that moved her as much as hers moved me!

Let me back up a bit though, you might be wondering what a "Fresh 48" is. It's a newborn session that takes place in the hospital within 48 hours of baby's birth. I'll be honest, when Cat was doing mine, I had no makeup on, I was going through some stuff on account of my second c-section, and I wasn't convinced that I was going to like the pictures. But something about this tiny window of time produces the most raw, real and emotional images, and I'm unapologetically drawn to that.

Make sure to check out Gavin's reaction to meeting his new brother, and possibly realizing that he's not the baby anymore!

 

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