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Ella and Jimmy – Year Three – Virginia Family Photographer

I’ve been working with Jen and Myke for four years now. In fact, they were some of my first clients, participating in a mini session when Jen was seven months pregnant with little Jimmy. I then did Jimmy’s newborn session, where we began to build a collection of wall art for the family. Jen’s very good about printing pieces that the family and guests will enjoy every day. 
We unintentionally began a tradition at Jimmy’s newborn session, where I took this image (and the image in the frame above them, from their maternity session): 
In each session, we’ve repeated the shots on the bed, as the family has grown. 
 Then along came Ella Rose:  
I can’t adequately express how privileged I feel to capture these images for this family. To know that they’re hanging on the walls of their home and becoming family heirlooms….well, that’s what this job is all about. They printed the above image in my Heritage Line style, a giclee print with a hand deckled edge, and float mounted and framed in an archival museum frame. It hangs side by side with a shot of Jimmy from his one year session, also from the Heritage Line. If you’ve been to my studio, you’ve undoubtedly seen it. 
So, it was so much fun to do the fall family session for these guys this past week! A few favorites (it gets harder to narrow down the more you work with a family, the more they know me, and the more great images we get). 
The post would not be complete without this series: Boys will be boys! 

From Jimmy’s one year session:
Two years later, at the same spot (and yes, he did this all himself – no prompting! A good little subject 🙂
And a little fun under the covers and pillows – where the kids were “comfy and cozy”!
From Jimmy’s first year session: 

And this year….
This is one of the walls that we’ve begun to design. I’ll take some better images as we continue to build this and the wall adjacent to it, aka Ella’s Wall. 
Myke, Jen, Jimmy and Ella, it’s absolutely my great joy to work with you year after year! 

Apple Seed Shoot – Old Town Alexandria Family and Kids Photographer

If you haven’t been to Apple Seed Maternity and Baby Boutique in Old Town, Alexandria – get yourself there! It’s a gorgeous little shop, run by two mothers (one of which is momma to this gorgeous little girl) who really know their stuff. When I was there hanging a print installation on their walls, I heard Dina chatting with all of the customers that came in, expertly guiding them through the unknown world of maternity and infant wears. 
I had the pleasure of working with Dina’s family for this shoot last week….Old Town, and her little girl, could not be more photogenic!

Dahlia Coco – Washington, D.C. Family Photography

Good friends Laura and Phillip brought their baby girl, Dahlia Coco, down to Rock Creek Park for a fun end of summer photo shoot. Laura and I taught yoga together at Past Tense Yoga Studio in Mt. Pleasant, and it’s been such a blessing to see her life grow full with the addition of little Dahlia. It was such a fun, cool morning…and a great kick-off to a full and spirited fall. 

Colette and Kevin, Georgetown Portrait Session, Washington, D.C.

Colette and Kevin were married five years ago this past weekend, so hired me to do an anniversary portrait session. An idea I love, by the way. We headed to Georgetown in the late afternoon heat, and everyone hung in there, with periodic breaks to cool down. When we reached the water feature by the waterfront, it was all we could do to not join the little kids running through the sprinklers.
They were just gorgeous to shoot, and a lot of fun to spend the afternoon with. I LOVE what they chose to wear, a balance of classic pieces with pops of color. Just perfect. Happy anniversary you two, to many more!

Mark and Josh’s Wedding – JW Marriott and The Source, Washington, DC

Josh and Mark are an amazing couple. Their quiet admiration and love of each other is apparent at first glance. Their humility and kindness is what makes them cherished friends to many. And their obscene talent at creating both gorgeous and delicious things is off the charts. 
Josh is a baker, and I was first introduced to him in the kitchen at Buzz Bakery. He was the company’s baker, and whipped up some of the most amazing creations. Photographing his treats (the apple pie photo, for those of you who have been following this blog for some time), was, indeed, a treat for me. 
But before long, I got to know Josh as a friend, and am so lucky to have done so. He gives freely of himself, supporting everyone around him in their endeavors. I met Mark a bit later, and it was apparent to me from the very start that he’s the perfect partner for Josh. 
Needless to say, it was such a pleasure to be asked to photograph their wedding at JW Marriott here in Washington, DC. An intimate celebration with fewer than 25 guests, the wedding was full of perfect details and infused with spirit. After being driven indoors (into the hotel suite!) by the wild storms on Saturday night, it was quickly apparent that an already intimate plan was going to become more so. And was it ever. All of the guests could hear the vows clearly, see the couple easily, and were truly witnesses to this monumental step. Many congratulations Mark and Josh, it was a perfect day. 
Mark talks with his hands. 
XO cufflinks for Josh.
Traditional type-set cufflinks for Mark. M and I, his initials.
Mark’s niece, the precious flowergirl, and his brother. 
 The flower girl was having NONE of walking down the aisle. She instantly picked up her legs and dad had to walk her down the aisle. It certainly added charm to the ceremony.
 My favorite picture from the ceremony.
 The original ceremony location – post rains!
 My favorite picture from the day. 
 Josh was most excited about the table at The Source, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant. 
The guests said that the meal was unbelievably good. 
 Flowers by the always amazing Petal’s Edge.
 The broach on the cake is Mark’s grandmother’s. She couldn’t attend the wedding, so was there in spirit. 
Venue: JW Marriott, Washington, DC
Reception Venue: The Source
Flowers: Petals Edge
Cake: Kendall Barrett