The R Family | Northern Virginia Family Photographer

You probably can’t tell from the images, but we shot these family photos (meant for a holiday card) in 80 degree heat. And now it’s in the 50s. Welcome to Virginia where we hit all of the seasons within days of one another. Another fun fact that you can’t tell from the images, but dad Matt was suffering from a sprained ankle and we basically had him hobble around slightly, then posed everyone around him as much as possible.

Seriously, such troopers. I love this family!

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The V Family | Northern Virginia Family Photographer

I am just dying over the light for this family’s fall photo session at Morven Park in Leesburg.

Mama Ania had reached out to me while the family was living in another state, in anticipation of a move to Northern Virginia. Before booking, she wanted to make sure that I was ok with dogs, and that I could photograph theirs. I mean, I LOVE dogs…I always hope that I can photograph them well, but more than that, I just really like sneaking in some scritches.

Real talk. Buster the dog shouldn’t have been a concern, he was a model citizen. Baby Zosia however did not like me for the first 20ish minutes of our session. I’m starting to question bleaching my hair because since I’ve done it, I swear that little babies have been a bit wary of me. But I digress…

The good news is that we managed to get over our differences, and I dare say, became buddies by the end of the session.

Also, I can’t post about this session without a shout out to my would-be assistant if she didn’t live across the country. It just so happened that one of Ania’s besties was visiting the DC area from California for work. She stood behind me and jumped around like crazy trying to get Zosia to smile, created some wind for me, sang songs from a really strange amazon prime playlist. All in all, she gets a gold star for sure.

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The K Family Session | NOVA Family Photographer

Mama Jess and I went to middle and high school together, she was always super cool and I was a total nerd. Now here we are, mothers ourselves and wanting to document our children. Jess reached out for family photos, and we had to reschedule about 57 times because the weather has been such a douchebag this year. We ended up shooting on a cloudy day which isn’t ideal, but the love and connection in her family was enough to light up the images. And oh my gosh, check out her adorable daughters.

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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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