11.24.2011

11.20.2011

The Campbell Family | Bethesda Family Photographer




As the leaves begin to spend more time on the ground than on the trees, I've started to reflect on another year in this beautiful city. This small town girl from Pennsylvania gets to live her dream everyday. So as Thanksgiving approaches, I am thankful for all of the usual things(family, friends, etc.) but most importantly I am thankful for my clients. Ok, ok, I know it sounds cheesy, but without the beautiful and gracious families I have had the pleasure of getting to know this past year, I would never be able to not only express myself with photographs, but to make lasting connections with all my new client friends.  So cheers to smiles, giggles, mischief, races, and jeers to student loan payments and traffic. Gobble Gobble.

11.18.2011

The Lindsay Family | Arlington Family Photographer

Meet little Elena.  A little girl with a smile that could light up the world. Her mother, Naomi, has a matching grin. Can't quite figure out who makes the other more happy. Thanks for allowing me to capture your little bundle of joy before she grows up too fast.






11.14.2011

In Front of the Lens | Bethesda Family Photographer

Generally, I show up to my shoots in my comfiest clothes with a starbucks pumpkin spice latte in one hand and some gummy bears in another and think, "God this is going to be so much FUN". I stroll up to meet the family and often find tense moms with weary looks on their faces and I can't help but wonder why they are so stressed out? This has got to be so much easier than going to a portrait studio right? We are just going to have a fun morning and run around and play and you can't get less stressed out than that right? WRONG 

You know that saying, "Everything happens for a reason". Well, my family photoshoot this weekend was the perfect slice of humble pie I could have ever received.

I scheduled our family shoot in between 3 other shoots Sunday and had "plenty'" of time to get ready for it(yeah right). I was getting my hair done after my morning shoots, a friend was coming over to take the pictures, and how much time could I possibly need for our pictures? WHAT COULD BE EASIER? I'm a pro, I do this all the time. 

Well, let me tell you something...it was anything but easy. It felt like my wedding day all over again. Rushing to get everything and everyone ready, making sure Lucy had a bath and was brushed and her outfit was laid out. Tearing my husband away from the Redskins game and constantly asking him to shower and shave. Then our friend was lost in the parking lot at our condo complex, Rob had temporary amnesia on how to get to Glen Echo, and just to make things oh so much more fun....Lucy got away from us at the park and almost ran into MacArthur Blvd. All I kept thinking is "WE DON'T EVEN HAVE A CHILD!"

So, to all of my client moms out there who have much more than a puppy to get ready for a family fun shoot, I applaud you. I grovel at your feet. I want to buy all of you a trip to the spa. Because I don't know how you do it. You always come at the craziest of hours to sometimes the most inconvenient places in the worst weather and you always smile and have fun.

You deserve so much for your patience and love and graciousness. Thank you for allowing me to capture your family love and for being the best clients I could ever ask for. Because in the end, the pictures are so worth it!

Here is a sneak peek of all my hard work



11.10.2011

Photo Adventures!


The Greenwood Family | Arlington Family Photographer




The Greenwoods are the NICEST family I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Kim is so warm and friendly and her husband, Dan, adores her and their son Charlie. There is so much love in that family, it makes me want them to adopt ME. Here are a few photos from their Georgetown shoot on a beautiful fall day.

11.04.2011

Sneak Peek | The Smith Family






This is the second time the Smith Family has modeled had their family photos taken with me. Jessica's daughters are gorgeous and I think they all belong on the cover of a J.Crew catalog. Can't wait to share more from this session with everyone.

Fall Family

11.03.2011

The Old Stone House | Georgetown




The Old Stone House in Georgetown is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to photograph. The garden behind it is magical and there are always flowers in bloom no matter what the season. The light is yummy and it is hardly ever crowded.

 A little history courtesy of the National Park Service

The Old Stone House, located at 3051 M Street in Georgetown, was built in 1765, making it the oldest standing building in Washington, DC. The exterior of the house is constructed of locally quarried blue granite. The house was built by Christopher Layman, a cabinetmaker by trade, as both a residence and a shop. Layman died shortly after constructing the house. It was sold to Cassandra Chew who added a wing to the rear of the house in 1767. The street (then called Bridge Street) was a main thoroughfare for road traffic from the Western frontier and paralleled the canal into Georgetown. The house has been used throughout its history as a residence or residence/shop, until it was purchased in 1953 by the U.S. Government.

11.02.2011

The Villa Family | Georgetown Family Photographer






When Shelbie asked me if I would drive up to their family home in New Market, Maryland I was so excited! See, I love my usual spots. They are magical anthropologie sweetness. But every once in a while it is good for me to leave my comfort zone and try something new, and the Villa family lake house community did not disappoint. They live in the most charming community north of Washington, D.C. and I am officially in love with it. It is quaint small town, meets friendly neighborhood Connecticut charm, meets pocono mountain scenery. It is the kind of place you dream of raising a family, and Rob doesn't know it yet, but once they invent a high speed non-stop train from New Market to Georgetown, WE ARE MOVING THERE!