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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.

North Old Town: An Alexandria Family Session

It was my fourth year in a row photographing this family, so we wanted to do something different. Instead of the traditional spots in Old Town Alexandria, we went north of King Street, and froze while getting these cute photos! I will restate it in every post about returning clients: Photographing the same families every year is a gift. I love watching these kids grow. Little ones who barely spoke to me turn into preschoolers who tell me about their favorite animal. (For the record, it was a rhino the day of the session, which was news to both mom and dad, so the favorite animal today could be different.)

**A note on the train track photos: NEVER EVER photograph on train tracks. Tracks that seem unused can still be used, tracks that seem empty might not be. There is one exception. If you can see the end of the tracks and they end in a tarp at the waterfront, you can probably assume that the area is safe.

Old Town Alexandria: Family of Three

I’ve photographed Miss C once a year around her birthday for three years in a row. She’s sassy and funny and beautiful and all the things a photographer longs for in a child client. She’s also just a month younger than my littlest, so I always feel sentimental when I make her images.

Her parents are delightful. Some people laugh easily and that makes them ideal photo subjects.