Welcome, Baby Girl: Arlington, VA Newborn Session at Home by Megan Landmeier

Newborn photography sessions at home bring me such joy, but newborn sessions with friends bring me extra joy.  Our neighbors had this sweet little girl on Cinco de Mayo, and at ten days new, I headed over the back fence to celebrate with them and capture baby P.

She has a full head of hair, the best little facial expressions, and parents (plus two dogs) who adore her.  Her parents rarely looked at the camera, because they were staring at her!

Wire + Honey: A Special Needs Friend Session by Megan Landmeier

When my daughter Ellie was two, she started preschool almost full time.  For kids with disabilities, our county offers early childhood special education classes.  In that class, she met her friend Wayne and eventually his little brother.  Wayne and Ellie were in class together for their first three years of school, and now they play baseball together.

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So when Wire + Honey needed more models with disabilities, of course I texted Wayne's mom and committed him to this session before I even gave his mom the chance to say "yes."  (She did.  Like I knew she would.)

The shirts featured here are:

Caroline in Shoes that Fit (benefits a sweet non-profit)

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Jay in Good to Be

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Wayne in Proud to Be

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Special needs parenting/parenting kids with disabilities/whatever you want to call it can be hard.  And not because of our kids.  It's hard when people don't understand, or you are dealing with paperwork and Medicaid and a billion phone calls and meetings.

But the friendships our kids have are amazing.  Wayne has been Ellie's rock for ages.  Ellie will always speak up for Wayne.  Although over three years apart, Ellie and Jay play together well.  Caroline idolizes Wayne.  And as for the parents?  It takes a village, especially a village willing to let your kid help tackle.  Fortunately, there's no photographic evidence of my contribution to the village - a performance of YMCA to make Wayne happy.  Did I mention that performance was on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk?

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I love that Caroline and Jay have each other, as they're getting to ages where they'll start to have questions about disability.  I'm thankful for brands like Wire + Honey that actively seek out representation of kids with disabilities AND include the little siblings.  (The image below has the best background ever and sums up a lot of the kids' relationships.)

All of these were taken at the beach with tired, overstimulated kids, two of whom have impulse control problems due to disability and two of whom have impulse control problems because they're under four.  They were great.  This isn't my typical posed product work, but Wire + Honey assured me that real is good!

Family and Doodle: Alexandria, VA Old Town Session. by Megan Landmeier

Carlyle House is one of my favorite photo locations for active kids (and Bernadoodles!) thanks to the fencing, gazebo, and and bright doors all in a small area.  This family was full of laughs.  The boys are hilarious and every genuine smile involved saying "fart" or "butt."  

Mom is simply stunning and surrounded by boys, except for her doodle.  She's such a great boy mom and deals with snakes and creepy crawlies and doesn't bat an eye.

Grandma and Grandpa joined us for the session.  I wish I had the energy of these kids!

Washington-Lee High School: An Arlington, VA Senior Session in Old Town Alexandria by Megan Landmeier

When "Can I have my dog in some photos?" is part of the photo inquiry, I know it'll be a great senior session.  After rescheduling for freezing winter weather last fall, we got this session done and had a blast!

Old Town Alexandria is such a great photo location, and Kayla was fun to work with (as was Mozzie the pittie mix.)   We wandered the cobblestone streets and waterfront, and Kayla got to show off her soccer skills, too!

 

A Weekend of Headshots by Megan Landmeier

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to photograph two beautiful women back to back for headshot sessions.  I adore these quick and simple sessions, which can give a huge lift to your online professional presence.