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welcoming madelon :: northern virginia lifestyle newborn photographer

It isn’t every day that you get to take photos for a close friend of yours, especially one that goes as far back as college days. Gwyneth and I met in the music department at the University of Maryland, and we’ve been lucky to stay friends ever since. A couple of years ago she and […]

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welcoming lia :: washington dc newborn photographer

Lia’s absolutely beautiful newborn session was a perfect example of why I shoot “lifestyle” and not “posed” newborn sessions – this girl knew what she wanted and she did NOT want to be put down! It’s a good thing that my absolute favorite thing to capture is the connection a new mom and dad have […]

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angel :: northern virginia maternity photography

As I get back into my blogging routine coming off my maternity leave, I’m finally blogging a few sessions from last year that never made it up here. This one is one of my *absolute* favorite sessions, EVER, and it wasn’t even a “full” or “client” session. It was for my best friend Angel, last August […]

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the birth of braden daniel :: northern virginia birth photographer

Braden’s mama Keri contacted me just a few weeks prior to her due date and in our brief meeting before his birth, I learned that she was a woman who goes for what she wants. She wasn’t afraid to switch from a hospital birth to a birth center birth at the last minute, she wasn’t […]

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sharon :: northern virginia maternity photographer

There is no greater compliment than having a client from two years ago call you up and say that they’re having another baby and they want you to photograph the whole story all over again! I absolutely loved working with Marco and Sharon when they welcomed their son, Jethro, in 2013, and I am SO […]

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first48 :: Theo

After Theo was born, we were all so tired that I didn’t feel like I got as many “snuggle” images as I normally do after a birth. So less than 48 hours later I went back to hang out with Theo and his mom and dad for an hour to capture all of those beautiful […]

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the birth of theodore william :: northern virginia home birth photographer

A woman becoming mother…it amazes me. Undoes me. Splits me into a million pieces and makes me whole. There’s nothing like it, and I swear I am one of the luckiest people on earth to be able to witness it again and again and again. When my friend and fellow birth photographer Meghan contacted me when […]

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the birth of austen elise :: maryland birth photographer

Very little could have pulled me out of maternity leave just 2 months after Fiona was born, but photographing the birth of a dear repeat client from last year was certainly one of them. I photographed Julie’s first birth 14 months ago. In the 22 hours I was there for that hard-fought victory, Julie became […]

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the birth of fiona rose {personal}

I was looking back through my (apparently) neglected blog and realized that somehow, I had neglected to ever mention my own pregnancy and upcoming maternity leave. On October 11, Fiona Rose joined our family. We couldn’t be happier that she is here. I will be taking the rest of 2014 off from photographing births and […]

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the birth of elena augusta :: northern virginia home birth photographer

When Clarissa first contacted me about photographing her birth, I told her that I would be out of town from June 28-July 5 – her due date was June 26 so obviously there was a good chance the baby would be born while I was gone. She decided to take the risk, and I carefully […]

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the birth of junah jack :: northern virginia home birth photographer

This birth holds a special place in my heart. It was the 20th birth I photographed, but even more importantly, it was my first repeat client. Karen was my second portfolio client back in 2012. Her first birth was a planned home birth turned hospital transfer after 24 hours of hard labor with not a […]

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{belly} Clarissa :: Northern Virginia maternity photographer

I knew from the moment I met Clarissa and her beautiful family that I wanted to photograph them. They literally ooze joy and happiness. I was so excited to meet up with them two weeks ago at Jones Point Park for an evening session to celebrate the anticipation of their little girl, due any day […]

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the birth of matthew rhodes :: northern virginia home birth photographer

Four and a half years ago, I got a phone call early one Saturday morning from my longtime friend Stephanie. She was in labor – in New York City – and I was home in Virginia, preparing to teach a long day of violin lessons followed by our end-of-year violin recital. I would never wish […]

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{belly} Sarah :: maryland lifestyle maternity photography

I absolutely loved hanging out with Sarah and her family for a warm March afternoon a few weeks ago. Their joy was infectious and the love they have for each other was tangible. Any day now, they will be welcoming a new little one into their home and their hearts – and this family has […]

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welcoming magnolia may :: northern virginia lifestyle newborn photographer

I’m so excited to start the new year with this tender newborn session. If you happened to see their maternity photos or watch their birth story, you know that little Maggie May was welcomed into an adoring family. There were lots of hugs and kisses and grins a mile wide to capture at this session. […]

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the birth of maggie amanda :: northern virginia birth photographer

As Austin and I sat in my living room talking about birth, babies, homeschooling, and all kinds of other subjects, I felt an instant connection. I was so excited to capture what was going to be Austin’s fourth home birth. For Austin and her family, this birth is a story of surrender. When things don’t […]

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the birth of magnolia may :: northern virginia home birth photographer

I am struggling to find words to describe the incredibly beautiful home birth I was privileged to witness this past Friday evening. In my 15 months as a birth photographer, I have seen the highs and the lows. I have seen births that were beautiful and “easy,” and births that were hard and did not […]

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welcoming luke alexander :: northern virginia lifestyle newborn photographer

Finding the words for this blog post is hard for me this go around. This is a story of love, and dashed expectations, and more love. Pretty much nothing has gone as “expected” for this little family – a difficult pregnancy, a birth-center-to-hospital transfer-to-c-section, an unexpected medical condition that wasn’t detected on ultrasound and has […]

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