Carlyle House: An Old Town Alexandria Family Session

I love Carlyle House. When I got connected with this family, with kids age 2 and almost 5, through my running group, I thought of Carlyle House right away. I love that kids can play and that there’s only two exits! Despite reports of a coming hurricane, we had a mix of sun and clouds with no rain!

The girls were adorable, one serious, one silly, and I laughed a lot, which is always the sign of a good session! I loved the colors mom picked, and we even found the first glimpses of fall.

First Sari: A Beautiful Tween Event

In South India, a girl receives her first sari as a gift from her maternal grandmother in a ceremony surrounded by family and friends. Although N’s maternal grandmother is no longer living, N was surrounded by family and friends while she received her first sari, gifts, advice and love a couple weeks ago.

The tradition begins with a bath in rose petals, and then many hands dressed N in her sari, brushed and blow dried and styled her hair, applied her makeup, and assisted with jewelry and bindi.

We took photos outside, then she came downstairs to greet a crowd of women and girls, accompanied by all of the little girls present, all decked out in beautiful traditional Indian clothes.

N received prayers, blessings, advice and bible verses, she was given gifts and flowers. She was glowing and beautiful, and I could not be happier to be part of her life.

Arlington County Fair: My Happy Kids

My kids LOVE the Arlington County Fair.  After letting them tag along for Chloe's session on Wednesday, I returned Thursday with just the kids for a special trip.  They loved the Fun Slide, the train, and all the colors and lights!

Photos at the fair are a favorite part of my summer, from long before I opened my business.  The fair may be small (#smallcountybigfun), but I love the small town feel and running into everyone we know - classmates, friends from the Down syndrome community, neighbors, and past clients.



Arlington County Fair: A High School Session

The Arlington County Fair is one of my favorite spots for photos.  The lights, the color, and the chance to do something a little different make me so happy!  I met Chloe, the subject of these photos, for the first time at the fair, but she's the subject of a photo I took at the student walkout in March that was picked up by a few minor news outlets.

I'll be back at the fair tonight with my kids to hit up the areas we missed yesterday - specifically, pig racing!

Florida: Vacation Time!

I can hardly believe it's been so long since I posted a session!  I stayed busy the week after my last post with headshots, then running Vacation Bible School, and then my family spent a week in Naples, Florida!  

I love the beach, but due to red tide, we spent most of our days at the water park.  Growing up in California, I never realized that red tide was so very dangerous at high levels.  My family all experienced respiratory issues at the beach, and we sadly saw some dead sea life as well.  However, we also had a wonderful time just being together in spite of those issues.