Family Meeting Santa

I take a break from photography in December, aside from newborns, so this space may be quiet for a bit. However, I had to share these images from the Shirlington Village Tree Lighting last night!

This was the best Santa ever! Ellie, age 7, has been back and forth about believing in Santa, but I think last night has her back squarely in the “real” category.

Holiday in Old Town: Alexandria, VA

The weather was freezing, but the Christmas decorations in Old Town were on (almost) full display on Black Friday. The tree was up but not yet lit, but greenery, ornaments, and lights were everywhere! We bundled up between shots, and mom knocked the outfits out of the park with the girls’ winter coats in Christmas colors!

Love and Laughs: A Carlyle House Session

When I see little N, who is almost three, love and laughs are the first two words that come to mind. He is so full of energy I don’t think he sat still once during our session (or maybe once for a bribe?) but he had me rolling with laughter. The last time I photographed him, he was nearly two, and the difference is amazing - he talks SO much now, and had so many observations to share with us.

His parents are also absolutely delightful, and I love having clients that have become friends!

Carlyle House: Family of 3 in Old Town Alexandria

This sweet family of three met me at Carlyle House for a very cold session the weekend before Thanksgiving. This darling boy was a ham, and so fun to photograph jumping, running, and generally being silly. I love this preschool age - although 3 and 4 year olds are rarely still, they are so full of life and energy!

Six Months Old at Green Spring

Thursday morning was my first time photographing at Green Spring Gardens, and I will certainly be back! The permit process was simple, the grounds beautiful, and the clients lovely.

Baby J was celebrating her half birthday milestone. She gave me lots of smiles and silly faces and was simply adorable. Her parents were great and amazing sports - everyone was coming off being sick and they showed up right on time anyway! We had an amazing time exploring… I can’t wait for my next Green Spring adventure!

Ft. Ward, Family of 4

Families with older kids have such a different and fun dynamic when compared to the little ones. Parents and kids still joke and laugh, but the kids can help pose themselves, assist when the dog goes rogue, and follow directions! This family was not only delightful, they were so full of grace. When they asked about scheduling a session, I had ONE day free - but the catch was that I didn’t have childcare that afternoon, so I’d need to bring my kids. Well, they were even great with my wild ones!

Laughter and leaves abounded, the girls were absolutely stunning, and mom and dad were so fun!

And the dog liked me until I took his close up in a Santa hat. After that, we weren’t on great terms. He’s adorable, though.