Anybody else ready to try something new for your family photos this year? Bonus, this is PERFECT for families with older kids, including teenagers!
Let's do something that shows some real personality, that captures a tradition, that features the magic of the holidays, and the details that make this season of life so special!
Everybody loves a good before/after story. Well, baby plans are basically the best for that -- especially for a first child! How cool is it to capture the moments of waiting between a couple in love, excited to grow their family, but savoring the quiet connection between them that began it all?! When their kids are older, they'll see their parents' smiles, their style, their affection and joy.
This family's session is such a sweet reminder that all photos don't have to be wide smiles and sitting still. As I photographed them on a warm, fall evening, I was also reminded just how wonderfully unique siblings are.
Though these two sisters clearly look alike, their personalities are vastly different --the oldest was silly and outgoing, while the youngest was very soft and reserved. As our time together unfolded, I was able to witness some true family dynamics as the parents adjusted their play, their speech, even their gestures toward each child in a way that honored their differences so beautifully without even realizing it.
To my honey,
People always say they want time to slow down, to press pause... and there are surely things about this season I will miss, but I am also fascinated by watching you grow. With every new milestone I cheer you on in wonder at how much, and how quickly, you're learning.
Yes, you're growing up-- but you're growing up to be an caring, strong, and curious girl. The world needs more of that!
This couple first came to me just wanting a maternity session, but as we chatted more and discussed their needs and hopes for the session, they decided to go ahead and book a Journey Plan for 3 sessions to celebrate the beginning of this new journey and Rose's first days.
It's so exciting to share all the amazing images of fall family sessions and newborn cuddles from all my Firefly families in this space, but I also want to realign with the part of my mission that is centered on being a community together.
And whether you know me in person or just through this screen, I want to level with you-- mama, fellow photographer, neighbor, friend, dreamer-- to show you my realness and my fears, the big and small, the challenges and wins. To be candid about what's going on behind the scenes and the fact that I'm not just here to photograph your life-- but to show you why it's important and how I practice what I preach. To show and how we celebrate little wins, embrace the realness, and laugh at the spilt milk--because I'm right there in the thick of it, and my life is worth capturing, just as much as yours!
This mom contacted me with a very specific vision for a vintage-styled family session that was also very natural and candid for their fun and lively crew. I was SO on board from day 1 and super excited to collaborate with her vision to create something a little different but that still spoke to my approach of energy and connection! The sweeping hills and stone patios of the Boar's Head Inn was the perfect setting and Michelle did an incredible job sourcing the outfits for the perfect vintage wardrobe pieces for everyone. I mean is that pop of orange perfect or what!?
Early in the year, we celebrated this little man in a big way with this fun balloon pregnancy announcement shoot (seriously, if you missed it, you should pause, check that out first, then head back over for the rest of the story!).
After a rough and troubling pregnancy, mom nurtured and fought hard to keep little man healthy and safe all the way past term, and finally, got to welcome their little miracle baby boy. The affection of these two parents was practically floating in the air. I lost track of the number of times we 'aww'-ed during this session because he was just so sweet.
As a mom, business owner, and photographer, I wear a lot of hats. I don't say that to toot my own horn or be a martyr by any means, because I know I'm not the only one who's juggling! That's why I wanted to share a little behind the scenes insight to the methods and tools I'm using to help keep my ship running smoothly. When I was first starting out, I dug my heals in about every new tool because I was just so overwhelmed. But with the growth of my clientele and the growth of my family, the value of time, effort, and quality have a whole new perspective. At any given time, I have about 20 different clients for multiple different session types (newborn, family, long distance extended family, documentary, etc. )engaged in some point of a 30+ step workflow soooo...
It's always one of my greatest pleasures when the people dear to my life hire me to capture the milestones that are dear in theirs. Rachel and Jason came into my life through The Point Church when we started attending community group together over a year ago, so I was lucky enough to get to know them prior to parenthood and learn about their story and their hearts.
I watched the Lord's hand in their lives as they settled from a move into their new life in Charlottesville, started new jobs, bought their first home, and then discovered they had a baby on the way! They are both such selfless individuals and we always joke that even though Jason is quiet and reserved, he's the wisest man in our circle because when he does speak, it's either incredibly profound or incredibly witty. Or both! These two are such a sweet match and it's been a joy to walk through this journey with them and capture their next big adventure unfolding. Baby Noah is surrounded by love and support and we can't wait to watch him grow over the years!
Enjoy some favorites from Rachel and Jason's maternity and newborn sessions and experience some true happiness from these new parents today <3