The leaves in Northern Virginia never disappoint in the fall – it’s a real trick to try and determine when they will peak, as clients are frequently looking for colorful fall backgrounds for their portrait sessions. This year, the leaves peaked a bit later than normal, the first weekend in November, and OH MY GOD were they beautiful! Priya + Abhay were a couple of the lucky recipients of all the peak weekend glory, and it resulted in a colorful and romantic engagement session for the two of them. By now, the two of them are on their way to India for their marriage ceremony, which I am sure will be beautiful and special, as they will be surrounded by their closest family and friends. They both live here in the States, so I thought it was so sweet that they wanted to have an engagement portrait session before their wedding to commemorate their lives here as well. I met up with Priya + Abhay at my fave fall location, Silver Lake Park, in Haymarket, Virginia, and we wandered the grounds scouting all of the best spots. It has been a really rainy and gray year, so a lot of us photographers have been dealing with overcast skies and rescheduled shoots, so I was so happy when the weather was forecast to be gorgeous on the day of this session. The light ended up being so beautiful, and it reflected so well of this beautiful couple. Here are some of my favorites from our session!
Our besties are so close to welcoming a baby boy, and we could not be more excited! My husband (Zac) and Kyle go waaaaay back. All the way to elementary school, when they were neighbors and instant best friends. What’s even more funny is that Kaylin + I also go way back…to when she was in elementary school and I used to babysit her! It makes her sound VERY young and me sound VERY old, but really I was like 12 or 13 and she was 7 or 8, so only a few years age difference :).
When Kyle was turning 30, we planned a fun trip to New Orleans to celebrate. He surprised the heck out of Kaylin by proposing to her a few days before we left, at his own surprise birthday party! We were so excited and happy to go and celebrate and we had the BEST time. Thanks to the New Orleans open container laws, we were feeling really good one evening. I remember sitting in the back of an Uber, and we were talking about babies in general, and somehow we got on the subject of their future children and what their names would be. They said they had a name picked out that would work for a boy or a girl and that there was no WAY we could guess it. I guessed Logan and from the look on their faces, I knew I had guessed right! I was sworn to secrecy and actually forgot about the whole exchange (open containers, duh) until now, years later when they finally get pregnant, and are having a sweet baby boy, who will actually get to be named Logan.
I met up with Kyle + Kaylin a few weeks ago to document her cute baby bump and then a week later, we showered her and Logan with a Where the Wild Things Are-themed shower, and so today I am excited to share images from BOTH of these events with you!
A couple of weeks ago, I got to spend some time with one of the sweetest newborn baby girls, and her equally sweet family. Emma was such an old soul. She seemed completely wise, and was such an agreeable little lady. Her mom, Christa, assured me that it is her regular demeanor and that she is pinching herself to make sure that she is real. Emma has so much character, with her wise demeanor and red hair, but the best and coolest surprise was that she has a tooth!!! I have heard that sometimes babies are born with teeth or get them very soon after birth, but I have never met one until now! When I met her she had one tooth in and one about to pop through. Her pediatrician told her mom & dad that she would lose those teeth and they would be replaced eventually by real baby teeth. I was so fascinated by this and joked that the tooth fairy was coming to see her VERY early! Christa + Patrick also have a very sweet fur baby named Teddy who was super enamored by his human sister, and wanted to be involved in her shoot. (Have I mentioned that I love when people include their doggies in our sessions!?) He was a total gem, and sat and looked at the camera like a good boy.
A few weeks ago, when we still had SO MANY green leaves on the trees, I met up with one of my favorite families – The Nagels. It feels like an eternity, because we had leaves, and they hadn’t really changed colors much yet, and today they’re pretty much all brown and on the ground. When Megan & I were brainstorming locations for their family session this fall, we threw out a bunch of options. We had done Crockett Park last year, and over the summer we staged an extended family session on her family’s land. We wanted some variety across her sessions, so we weren’t too big on repeating those locations, even though they are both beautiful.I asked her if there was a place nearby that had any special significance for their family, and she suggested Whitney State Forest. I had never been to this particular forest park, and was excited to check it out…even more so when she told me that it is the place where Russ proposed to her! It was so fun to wander among the gigantic trees with their two little ones, Ryland + Brinley, and even though it was cold out, they were total troopers! Here are some of my favorites from our morning
Baby Rumi is finally here! I have been working with Pragya + Kapil for several months now, from baby shower photos to maternity portraits, and finally newborn portraits! It has been so fun to watch them and their friends and family prepare for their first baby (a girl!). I was more than excited to go to their home in Great Falls, VA to meet Rumi and capture her in all of her newborn glory! She did not disappoint – she was the sweetest and calmest little newborn. Her little cord stump fell off just in time for our session, too, so I think she was ready for me! It was also fun to meet Pragya’s parents, who are here visiting their sweet new granddaughter. I ended up having so many favorites from our session and I am excited to finally share them with you today!
Today I get to share so many of my favorite portraits from a family session with one of my favorite families ever! I have known the Miller family ever since I was in 9th grade! Mark is my best friend Rebecca’s older brother, so when I met her over a shared stick of deodorant at freshman basketball try outs (we obviously hit it off), I quickly became friends with Mark and his group as well. I have spent so many years loving this family, that I don’t actually feel like I ever lived a life that they were not in. Our group spent every single day together over every single summer throughout high school and college. Pretty much every single weekend we would frequent Blockbuster (I know…we are old) to pick a movie, and take it to our friend Mitch’s house to watch. I love having old friends – I think there is just something so cool about people who know you so well and every bit of your history and still love you anyway. We have been through it all together – vacations, relationships, deaths, marriage, and babies. Getting to live life with these people is such a treasure. One of my favorite stories is about Mark + Blair, but I am not sure if they even know this :). Back when Mark + Blair first met, my good friend Kelly sent me a text saying “I know the girl who is dating Becca’s brother. She is one of my close friends from college…tell me everything about him!” and I couldn’t respond fast enough to obviously tell her all the great things about Mark and his family. I also demanded she tell me everything about Blair so that I could relay that message onto Mark’s sister. She told me all the important details – she is super sweet, comes from a great family, and knows how to have a good time. Later, when I got to know Blair for myself, I could see that everything Kelly told me about her was true. Mark + Blair are an awesome couple, and since that conversation so many years ago, have gone on to have a couple of awesome kids too. Here are some of my favorites from our session at my favorite place – Silver Lake Park!