bump to baby

I love Maternity + Newborn sessions.  It is really exciting being with a family right before and after they have a baby.  It’s such a special time and a part of my gets to relive my own excitement through them. bump to baby b2 b3 b4 b5 b6

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the Cahills

I first “met” Matt + Heidi several months ago while editing and listening to The Meredith Vieira Show.  I don’t really watch while I edit but I like the background noise. However my ears perked up when I heard Meredith start talking about a couple from Falls Church, VA (turns out we are neighbors!).  Just months after their marriage Matt was diagnosed with cancer and then a few years later Heidi also received the terrible diagnoses that she too had cancer.  The treatments unfortunately left them unable to conceive so they started down the long road to adoption.  They made an adoption video which quickly went viral.  After hearing their story I knew I wanted to reach out to Heidi.  I messaged her on Facebook offering her a session once she was home with her new baby.  I quickly received an email back from her saying she would be thrilled to work with me!……Now we wait……..I was so happy for them the day I received Heidi’s email telling me that they were parents and would soon be bringing their daughter home!  Working with this family and seeing the love and happiness they have for one another was truly beautiful.

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The Hamel Family

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

~Elizabeth Stone


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the Burgher Family

This post could be titled “How to get the best possible photos from your session”  Mom & Dad smiled and laughed through our entire session.  They made it fun for the kids which made it fun and easy for me.  A great attitude is the key to a great session.  Welcome to DC, Burgher family!blogpng

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The Morehouse Family

Ashlee + Jeff were referred to me by some past clients.  I love getting referrals and take them as such a compliment!  I photographed Ashlee when she was pregnant and then had the great pleasure of photographing them again when their newbie, Walker, was born.  Here are some Morehouse fun facts:  Ashlee and Jeff are both from Texas.  Texans take Texas seriously!  And to ensure that baby Walker (whom is named after a county in Texas) was a true Texan he needed to be born over Texas soil.  So Ashlee & Jeff’s families made sure they brought some with them when they attended the birth, slid some soil under Ashlee’s delivery bed and VOILA!  Walker was born over Texas soil.  I love it.  This kid will know his roots for sure!  Well without further ado, I present one of my favorite newborn sessions to date.


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Sweet baby Paisleigh

This is my second session with Garri & Jillian.  The first was to photograph Jillian during her pregnancy and then I was welcomed back once little Paisleigh arrived.   I love this family.  Not only are they warm and welcoming but they are very much comfortable with one another and in their own skin.  This makes my job a whole lot easier and way more fun.  Both Garri & Jillian are deaf leaving me the odd man out during our sessions since I can sign my name and that is about it.  I feel like since they really need to make eye contact with one another that they are more connected than so many other couples that can “uh-huh, sure honey….” their way through a conversation.  You could see that connection in their maternity images and you can see it in their newborn images. I am very proud to share this session with you all!   – On a side note, I would like to thank Jillian for allowing me to share the image of her nursing Paisleigh.  In this photo they are signing “I love you”  This was my first ever “viral” photo with over 15k views, it is now being shared all over the internet as a wonderful example of a mothers’ love.  apage1

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Jillian + Garri

Jillian and Garri are expecting their first baby any day now.  I really do mean any day.  They have decided to wait to find out the sex of the baby and also have secret names picked out.  I really hope they have patient family members.  When I was pregnant with my first, my husband and I decided not to find out the sex,  I really thought that my sister’s head might explode from the anticipation.  I am very lucky because I got to photograph the proud parents-to-be with their baby’s name written on a chalkboard….don’t worry guys, these lips are sealed.  blog

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Elizabeth + Evelyn

I love mommy and baby sessions.  They are so sweet and intimate.  This was a great session start to finish.  The house was quiet when I arrived.  Baby Evelyn was napping and Elizabeth and I enjoyed a cup of coffee.  Before we woke her I snapped  a few shots of her sleeping.  We felt bad waking her, she looked so peaceful and comfy.  (Plus, why would you ever want to wake a sleeping baby!)  This session was very organic, I snapped away while Elizabeth and Evelyn snuggled and played.  So sweet, so so sweet.


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Double Exposure Fun

We are snowed in so why not have a bit of fun editing.  It is way better than cleaning the house!  These images were created in Gimp (A free software) using layers and brushes.  Stay warm DC!


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the Harris family

I met the Harris family at their gorgeous row house in Old Town.  They had just moved in which is already hard work but with 6 month old triplets (TRIPLETS!) I would think that it would be nearly impossible.  Anna & Nick were so fun and relaxed.  I would guess that you have to roll with the punches with 3 babies at home and they seemed to do it effortlessly.   I loved every moment of this session.  What’s not to love?  Gorgeous Parents, beautiful babies and a fantastic old house with tons of character in a great part of town.  Meet the lovely Harris family.


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