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
Remember this sweet newborn session featured last week? It was a baby shower gift from this super thoughtful friend, who I was lucky enough to work with as well! In our planning, Jenny (mom) knew they would be moving soon and wanted to capture their family in a place that they enjoyed together during their time in Charlottesville. BellAir Farm is a CSA on the outskirts of town that their sweet daughter Sadie has grown up visiting and holds fond memories of fresh air, family, and good food! What more could you want, right?
This family is a tight little crew who loves to play and be silly, and keeping up with their bubbly and curious little Sadie would keep anyone on their toes! When Jenny described her as loving to dance, rarely sitting still, full of expressions, and quick to laugh, I knew we were in for a fun shoot and boy, she did not disappoint!
I couldn't let summer fade without one last hurrah of celebrating summer love on the blog. Meet Loghan and Nate - a couple sooo so dear to our family. Their story is one of many twists and turns, a story of God's perfect timing, and the wonderful reward that comes when we follow his voice in our hearts.
After dating in high school, the relationship ended and they moved to separate states, moving on to other relationships and challenges, but always wondering about the other. Eventually, the stars aligned and when they decided years later to give it another go, they both fell fast in love. In having the chance to know these two intimately over the past year through our church life, I've had the privilege of watching them navigate that season from dating to engaged, to witness the core of how they support encourage one another. They've become close friends whom I admire and will cheer on through every stage of life ahead, so to capture their engagement session and honor the start of this next season through that was just a real treat.
In an effort to provide a product option that really fit the needs of my clients, I recently began offering a gorgeous collection of frames. Quality, archival frames are not just lovely decor to put on your wall, but protect the images you've invested in.
**(Ever tried to change an image from a frame and found that it stuck to the glass, or the tape rips off part of the image/mat? yep, me too. That's because they weren't archival.)
Along with the standard sizes for individual prints, I wanted to offer something that would allow families to display multiple images in an elegant way. This is the answer!
When this dad reached out to schedule a documentary session for his wife as an anniversary present, I was instantly excited to get to know their story. Through our planning prior to the shoot, he informed me that they were going through a season of big change, including a new home, new schools, and watching how their babies were turning into little boys with big personalities. The "normal" every-day activities are so dear to them and it was important to capture the comfort and enjoyment they find just being together in this stage of life.
Last week, many of our local parents sent their kiddos back to school, and I don't care who you are or what you do or how old your kids are, the moments after you wave goodbye are bound to tug at your heartstrings.
But this post isn't about what kind of schools are best, or what age you should/not send your child to school, or the nature of working parents vs stay-at-home parents vs work from home parents, or even the heart behind our own family decisions regarding childcare. I mean, just google "sending a child to preschool" or "first day of school" and you'll get an overwhelming list of "10 ways to prepare for the first day" or "5 reasons why (insert type of education) is the best choice for your child" to make you question yourself, your security, and your capability as a parent. People are so passionate about their childcare and education decisions, and to be fair, I think they should be because they're important.
It's just that sometimes, we get too hung up on shouting into the abyss to defend our decisions to the world instead of harnessing those passions for ourselves and our children.
In preparation for a first baby, new parents often find themselves among piles of gifted diapers, clothing, and gadgets to ease the transition into parenthood. But this couple was gifted a photo session with me, and I know I'm partial to sentiment, but I think there are few gifts more valuable than the one that tells a story of new life and family.
This logistics of this session was like a Pinterest dream - their beautiful home was light and airy, the atmosphere calm and serene, and baby Oliver sleeping sweetly for almost the entire thing. His elephant-themed nursery was adorably minimalist with the sweetest, simple touches.