Extended Family in the Park, Thanksgiving 2014

I shot my first two extended family sessions ever on the same day. They were both on the day after Thanksgiving 2014, one with 10 family members, and the other with 11, and both with family members stretching from the East to the West Coasts. Many thanks to R for setting this session up months in advance, and to all for a great session!

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Extended Family, Thanksgiving Session

It was my honor to photograph this relaxed and friendly, extended family the day after Thanksgiving. The family is spread from California to Maryland, so it was a special time for them to get together. We scheduled on very short notice and kept the session low impact by shooting in the family’s back yard (OK, and their neighbor’s yard, too!).

Autumn Family Session in the Park

This beautiful family contacted me to book a session just as I landed on a trip to Montana. We schedule the session in mid-November and we got chilly temperatures, as the sun set. The payoff, as planned, was gorgeous light on the city’s last beautiful fall leaves as we wrapped up. The kids were troopers as it got colder, but the daughter hung in there, and even perked up a bit with the promise of a warm bath and cold ice cream once they got home. =) Relaxed and warm family. Thank you very much for trusting me with your photos and I hope your photo gifts were received very well and bring joy for many years to come!

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Family Session at the Playground in Autumn

This sessions was super fun. It was cold and windy, but the family was energetic, fun, and easy to work with. Also, I LOVE the little red wagon they brought along. Thanks so much, guys!


Impromptu Headshots

This lovely lady is a neighbor of mine. One fall morning, before my youngest and I had eaten breakfast or even gotten dressed, she contacted me from across the street, on her way to work. She needed some head shots in short order. We shot for about 10 minutes and her favorites are below.


New-ish Year, New Life Chapter: A Letter to my Dear Clients

Colorado Prairie Dog in Snow
Colorado Prairie Dog in Snow


Dear Clients,

It is with mixed emotions that I sit down to pen this letter to you. As a mother who left her architecture career to raise her young children through their ongoing formative years, then mustered the courage to pursue a 20+ year bucket list dream of converting her lifelong photography passion into a business, I thank you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reaching out to me, trusting me with your precious family memories, being wonderful to work with, and giving me the rich experience of creating me-time while simultaneously fulfilling my big dream. I believe in the value of photography, from many angles, including preserving fleeting newborn and childhood days; wedding joy; high school seniors off to see the bigger world; and capturing loved ones in photos that one day will be core to memories of those we have lost.

I have very few photos of myself as a young child, and similarly few of my father, who died much too young. I had no photos of my grandfather who passed away three months before I was born until I was well into adulthood, and the first and only one I had for many years was when he was a teenager. Years later, I was elated to receive several from his adulthood, helping to fill in the gaps of a life I never knew, but deeply wanted to know. I encourage you to continue documenting your lives in still photography, ensuring you have physical artifacts – such as prints, canvases, and books – to hold onto – whatever may come of digital files as technology marches on.

To those of you who have helped build my business through word of mouth, including in person and on local listservs: you are GOLDEN. You are the BEST a small business could ever ask for! Ultimately, though, I have something else to share with you. Roots and Twigs Photography is in the process of moving to Fort Collins, Colorado. I remain in DC, with limited session availability, until early March. Please touch base if you would like to squeeze a session in with me before I move!

Upon relocation, in addition to Fort Collins, I will locally serve areas including Denver, Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette, Niwot, Loveland, and Longmont, Colorado; as well as Cheyenne, Wyoming. Destination photography is always of interest, of course. I will also travel to Washington, DC, my home for more than 11 years, for pleasure, as well as to photograph clients, as opportunities arise. The same is true of NC, my home for the balance of my years to date, and where I will continue to visit friends and family. Please let me know if you would like a session, and please stay in touch! Email me, follow me on Facebook, whatever works best for you; I would love to hear from you!

Finally, keep an eye out for new Fine Art Photography from my upcoming, stunning, outdoors-intensive life in the Rocky Mountains and throughout the many fabulous National Parks surrounding them! You can view Fine Art on this blog, on Facebook, and in my Etsy Shop.

All the best to each of you,


Snow Day Mini Session with a Neighbor

This beautiful young lady’s mother and I have had a casual, running conversation about doing a session of her for a number of months now. Between school, spelling bee competitions, roller skating around the East Coast, and a busy DC life, in general, on her end, and a packed fall and winter schedule on mine, we just hadn’t pulled it off. Then we got a beautiful snow day yesterday and I suggested we do it. We shot these in my yard, as I took a break from clearing snow from the sidewalk and as my kids sledded down the bank in front of my house! But you’d never know it, right? I have known this young lady for almost 10 years, and it was my pleasure to take these, her first professional photos. I sincerely hope her family enjoys them for many years to come!


2014 Fall in the Park with the D Family

Life has been absolutely overflowing with travel, big life changes, and work the past several months. I am trying to catch up in many areas, one of which is my blog! I have posted a few photos from a number of my fall sessions, but I haven’t created my customary posts. So here’s a new one for you…

I had the pleasure of working with this beautiful family at local parks, where the kids’ big personalities took center stage. I seriously couldn’t get enough of them. Thank you for your kind feedback and the great fun working with you, D Family!

(Note: a couple of these are sized smaller than others and a couple are unedited proofs… I may try to update them when I get caught up more!)

Photos with Santa Claus to Benefit the OTBA, Saturday, December 6th at the Nature Lab, Takoma Park, MD

I am excited to announce that Roots and Twigs will spend Saturday, December 6th with Santa Claus’ local stand-in, Takoma Park Mayor Bruce Williams, and all of you who come out to support the event! This is a drop-in event, running from 2-5pm, at the NatureLab, 7003 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD. Please stop by for holiday fun and photos by yours truly. Photo pricing: $20 for a 5×7 print or $30 for a high resolution JPG, plus 6% sales tax. Event is a fundraiser for the Old Takoma Business Association, Your Main Street Takoma.

Come prepared with the following payment information.

Payment Options:

Cash (exact amount would be super helpful – see below);
PayPal (send to tori@rootsandtwigs.com day of, before photos are taken, with a note indicating your name and email address used for the event);
Credit card (Mastercard and Visa, others TBD);
Checks will also be accepted, but must clear before product delivery

Payment Totals, including Sales Tax:

$31.80 for High Resolution JPG file, digital delivery
$21.20 for (1) 5×7 print

In addition to photos with Santa, Roots and Twigs will offer fine art photography for sale. Please come enjoy the event and support our community!

2014 Fall Sampling; Fort Collins, CO Family Photographer

For those who have not been following along on Facebook, you might think I have taken some time off. Quite the contrary! I just can’t keep up with blog posts for the all the sessions I have been working on this fall. Thus, I thought I would post just a few here, to give a taste of what I’ve been up to (in addition to weddings that DID get preliminary blog posts), until I get time to prepare some proper posts. Almost all of these are unedited, awaiting client selection, but I still hope you enjoy them! Many thanks to ALL of my fabulous clients for making my first year such a huge success!


2014.11.01 National Mall Session; US Capitol, Washington Monument; Washington, DC Photographer

Loved, loved, loved this session. Adorable pug puppy and her super nice humans. Relaxed and easy, and we scored some lovely light, after the threat of rain passed. You guys, thank you!!! I hope to work with you again!

2014.10.25 Wedding Preview, Washington DC Wedding Photographer, Roman Catholic Ceremony

I will post more from this wedding once edits are done, but I want to share some previews now, as selections then image edits may be 6 or more weeks away. There are some fun stories about how this couple came to be, and the First Dance shot with the umbrella alludes to some of that. Think “Bus Stop” by The Hollies.


2014.10.12 Wedding Preview, Washington DC Wedding Photographer, Greek + Russian Orthodox Ceremony

I shot my first professional wedding! I wasn’t pursuing weddings, but it happened anyway. My second wedding is in just over a week, before my one year business anniversary. It’s been quite the year! I will certainly prepare a more formal, extensive post for this fabulous affair, once I go through everything and work with the clients to choose images for retouching, but I just can’t wait to share some here. This wedding was a Greek and Russian Orthodox traditions mashup, which kept things lively and fun all day. I hope you enjoy!