Friday, November 16, 2012

The McDowell Family ~ Northern Virginia Family Photographer

These past few weeks have been totally wonderful, there hasn't been much time to write on my blog but it has been full of seeing and meeting some of the awesomest little babies and kiddos ever. I know that I talk a lot about my favorite parts of my work, and I am not going to lie there are many....but in my top 5 reasons why I love what I do is..... meeting the children and babies of people that I knew when I was not much more of child myself.

In plain terms, I love meeting the children of some of the old friends that I had in high school and I love seeing their parents again. The McDowell family falls into this category...not once but twice. You see Chase and Juliet's parents BOTH went to high school with me and ended up getting married. Chase was the perfect mixture of his mom and dad, while Juliet's sparkling blue eyes and squishy cheeks were just about as cute as it gets. Chase has his mama's beautiful brown peepers and his smile is nothing short of amazing. 

We had their family photo session at Manassas Battlefield, however we weren't the only group in the park that day. If I had a dollar for every family that was walking around with coordinating outfits on while accompanied by someone with a large camera and a reflector.....well I wouldn't be rich....but I might have like $15 bucks. It was a sight that I had never seen before, I literally had to post up at my spot and sprawl out so that I could have the lighting and area that I wanted. And of course, we probably were having the most fun. ;) But anyhow, here are some of my favorite photos from our afternoon together. It was so great meeting the whole McDowell family! 











Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Emme ~ October Mini Sessions ~ Harrisonburg,VA Child Photographer

  This October has been pretty crazy. Not only have we had craziness on the homefront but I have been busy with working as well. It's nice when I get to spend a calm morning setting up for one of my favorite littles. There was a soothing quietness to the park and a I could feel the crispness of autumn settling in while I checked lighting and prepared for Miss Emme and her mommy. 

Here are a few from her mini session earlier this month.  :)
I am playing around with some new designs for the blog so below is also a little sample of that!















Monday, October 29, 2012

Smart Beginnings Charity Tot Trot ~ September 29, 2012 ~ Harrisonburg Virginia Event Photographer

As this blog post is long overdue....I have decided that I really need to come up with some sort of schedule. So in my quest to be an organized mother and respectable business owner I am going to be better on the blogging. LoL. I mean its worth a try right? 

Soooooo....anyhow,  I had the awesome opportunity to photograph the first annual Smart Beginnings Charity Tot Trot. If you don't already know about Smart Beginnings it is an organization that focuses on implementing strategies to prepare children (birth to five years) with the tools to help them succeed when they enter the school system. It is an awesome organization and it was great to have my daughter be involved with the Tot Trot and I was able to photograph these little champs. It was probably one of the most adorable things I have ever witnessed, I literally almost cried watching the kiddos in the race. I don't know why it struck a chord with me but for some reason it hit me in the heart. I am known to be somewhat of an emotional person....so this was not uncharacteristic, but I wasn't the only one watching that was a little misty eyed. Here are some photos from the event, if you are in the Shenandoah Valley and would like more information about Smart Beginnings, please visit their website and/or email Alysia at davis4am@jmu.edu. Her information is also listed on the website. 



































Monday, October 22, 2012

October Photo Challenge ~ Rock the Shot



October Photo Challenge: Something Orange

I thought I would submit a photo for Rock the Shot's October Photo 
Challenge :) This little girl has the best smile and prettiest blue eyes! I just loved how her eyes pop surrounded by all the golden tones of fall. 






Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Argiro Family ~ Natural Chimneys Family Photographer ~ September 30

As the fall season is getting into full swing, life is starting to get busy. I love the FALL! Its probably my favorite season, despite the over active allergies and shorter days....there is something about fall that brings back so many memories of my younger days. Friday night football games, the one night that it gets cold enough to wear my favorite hoodie, and the leaves.....the bright, beautiful colors that warm the world around us. I love every part of it. The smell of wood burning in the air, makes me want to curl up in front of the fireplace (that we don't have LOL) and drink hot chocolate....okay, now I would probably spike my hot chocolate with some Irish Cream and Whiskey...but nonetheless some sort of delicious warm drink and flannel PJs. 

The Argiro's were the first official "fall" session and what a way to kick off the season. They picked me up in their "oh so posh" van that came equipped with Sirius radio and the Redskins were on...even though Kevin was rooting for them to fail....I was fist pumping in the back seat to their touchdowns and feeding Bella cubes of cheese. The child was actually sleeping and eating. I was amazed. I have never in my life seen a 3 year old actually sleeping with their eyes closed (duh), while munching on snacks. Amazing. 

After much deliberation we decided to do their family photos out at Natural Chimneys. It is a beautiful park in Augusta County. If you have never been there, I would highly recommend checking it out. I hope to take the girls out there again before it gets too chilly. There were not many people out there and the light was gentle and warm. Here are a few of my favorite photos from there session. I hope you enjoy!!