Thursday, December 24, 2009

I lied, one more for 2009! Baby Boy C: 2 months old | Northern Virginia Photographer

So, my previous post was going to be the last one for this year BUT one of my closest friends from college came through town and stopped by for a visit with her brand new baby boy! I of course just HAD to be the first to take pictures of him! So, after dinner we set up a mini photo shoot before they had to head out.
My friend is one of the most joyful people I know, she always has a smile on her face and a sincere laugh no matter what the situation and I am so blessed to have been able to call her a friend for the past 10 years! And now, I'm so excited to see her enter this new phase in her life. I just know she is going to be an amazing mom and her husband is super sweet and will also be a wonderful dad! Her little guy is just like her, even at 2 months old he is the smiliest little thing I've ever seen. They make an adorable little family! So, here is an early Christmas present for you! Merry Christmas!

Check out that handsome boy!
Sweet grin!

Some of my favorite images or of dad's with their babies.

Look how excited he is! He loves his mama!

Again, Merry Christmas!

I lied, one more for 2009! Baby Boy C: 2 months old

I lied, one more for 2009! Baby Boy C: 2 months old

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Christmas! | Alexandria, VA Photographer

Earlier this fall I decided that I would take the month of December off! So, as people were calling and wanting to schedule sessions in December I had to decide, over and over, to stick to my guns and just say no. Saying no to business is very hard to do, especially when you run your own business and each client, in a way, keeps your business alive! Last year I had a big Christmas party for all of my current clients and it was a huge success and I so hoped to do it again this year but I knew, amidst trying to get our house ready to sell, having a second little one in the house and the older one in school, that I would put myself over the edge! As this month has ticked by so quickly I am so grateful that, amidst all of the busyness that comes with the holidays, I have been able to keep it manageable! Although I've still been fulfilling Christmas orders, maintaining client relationships & working on some changes for 2010, I have been able to focus on what's most important, my family & friends. We've spent time baking, going to Christmas concerts, playing in the snow and just hanging out! It has been wonderful! Recently I've found that you'll never regret saying no to things and just slowing down! I've been working hard at it all year since adding baby #2 and I hope I've found a balance that I can maintain. Being a mom and a great wife are my priorities and they can so easily be shoved down to the bottom when you do something you love like I do! This also means taking on fewer clients each month, so, if you know you want to book a session contact me NOW! I'm already completely booked for January, February March & April, less because I'm the most popular photographer or the best and more because I'm only taking on what I can handle which will then allow me to be a better mom and wife. So, feel free to contact me and I'm glad to put you on a waiting list for the spring or to book you for a future date.
I hope you are making time for the important things in your life and looking around you to see what others might need. Anything from helping someone carry their bags to adopting a family in need and giving them the Christmas of their dreams! Absolutely nothing has made me feel more fulfilled than surprising someone with a completely unexpected gift!
I hope to be hosting a BIG Christmas party at our new house next year to show you all how much I have appreciated your business, your support and your loyalty! In the meantime, I hope you all know how much it has meant to me this past year. My business would be nothing without all of your beautiful faces!
So, Merry Christmas everyone!
Until 2010!

Blizzard December 2009!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Bundles of Energy! | Alexandria, VA Children's Photographer

As you know, I have 2 girls and for the most part have recently taken pictures mostly of girls for some reason. Well, that just changed! I've had sessions with one boy before but 2, wow, I could hardly keep up! I so admire mothers of boys, they are so different than girls, so much energy! But, these 2 were also so sweet, especially with each other. And we even managed to get a few of them together!

I love how bored they look! Cracks me up!

How sweet is this?

sweet, sweet brotherly love!

Until next time!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Baby Girl G: 10 Days Old | Old Town Alexandria Baby Photographer

This morning I got to meet the newest addition to this lovely family! You may remember mom from her maternity pictures with her 2 year old at Fort Ward Park about a month ago. Well, "G" arrived just before Thanksgiving weighing just under 7 lbs, so tiny! She looks just like her very proud, older sister too! She was nice and sleep when I got there and after I kept complimenting her on being such a good sleeper she decided to challenge me and stay awake for quite some time! But, we waited her out and wore her down until she finally gave in and we got some very sweet shots!
Thanks "M" family for having me back! And if you know this sweet family then SHHH! This, along with the maternity session are both surprises for dad's upcoming birthday! They've done a great job of keeping a secret so far, hopefully they can make it a few more weeks!
I had so many favorites from this one!

Just look at their faces side by side... sooo much alike!

Mama and her girls!

You can tell how new she is by her skin! Love that newborn skin!

One of my favorites!
Check out that gorgeous mouth!
Until next time!