Family in the Park, Autumn 2014

Could they be any more adorable?! I love Mom’s red hair and boots, and the balance of their wardrobe choices – absolutely perfect for the autumn colors and light, while hitting all the right notes for a casual outdoor session! I am posting only the client’s selections here for now, but there are more personal favorites I will add if I get time. This family was generous and warm. Loved working with you!

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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.

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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!)

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!

 

2014.10.25 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!

2014.07.15 M’s High School Senior Mini Session

Here’s another High School Senior Mini Session I shot in Western NC in July. This Senior is involved in color guard and band, playing clarinet. I really loved this old, abandoned farm as a location.

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M's Senior Mini Session, Western NC
M’s Senior Mini Session, Western NC
M's Senior Mini Session, Western NC
M’s Senior Mini Session, Western NC
M's Senior Mini Session, Western NC
M’s Senior Mini Session, Western NC
M's Senior Mini Session, Western NC
M’s Senior Mini Session, Western NC
M's Senior Mini Session, Western NC
M’s Senior Mini Session, Western NC

 

And here are best friends, after we wrapped up the individual shots:

 

M's Senior Mini Session, Western NC
M’s Senior Mini Session, Western NC

2014.07.15 MB’s High School Senior Mini Session

As many of you know, I mostly took the summer off and took a looong (really long!) trip with my kids. I spent almost all of the time in Western North Carolina, in and around Asheville. Since I had no other adult help and it rained a lot, I wasn’t able to do much shooting, but I am going to share a few photos in the coming days. First up: a mini session for a new high school senior! MB’s mom and I have been friends for 25 years, since our days in high school together. Yes, TWENTY-FIVE years. My friend has a high school senior and I have a toddler!!! Anyway… This session was actually in conjunction with one for MB’s best friend, and since we got a late start, we ran well past sunset. That made light a bit challenging, but it also gave us some nice color in the sky on a few shots. MB knew about an abandoned farm property near her home. We parked our cars on the dirt road closest to dilapidated buildings and tromped through the field, with grass and weeds as tall as us. Thankfully, we found no snakes! The longer we were there, the more interesting spots we found to shoot.  All total, we shot for just over an hour and came away very satisfied. I am sharing client selections here, but I may add a few of my favorites later, too. MB is enthusiastic about band and plays both the clarinet and bassoon, both featured in her session.

 

MB's Senior Mini Session, Western NC
MB’s Senior Mini Session, Western NC

 

MB's Senior Mini Session, Western NC
MB’s Senior Mini Session, Western NC

 

MB's Senior Mini Session, Western NC
MB’s Senior Mini Session, Western NC

 

MB's Senior Mini Session, Western NC
MB’s Senior Mini Session, Western NC