I had the chance to spend time with the Brooks family again this year and once again it was unseasonably chilly! We pushed back our session start time to avoid 40 degree weather... and settled for mid 50's. Maybe it's the south Georgian in me, but mid 50's is still pretty chilly. Thankfully Hunter, Sarah and Abby weren't phased and were up to explore the park. Abby is definitely an independent little lady full of spunk and the most gorgeous eyes EVER! Now that I have my own toddler with a mind of her own, I have a WHOLE new appreciation for how hard it is to physically prepare for your family photos AND also to mentally prepare for the shoot. Sometimes capturing a little magic takes time with little ones and that's ok! That's why it helps to pack a snack, some patience... and maybe have their favorite movie or song ready to hit play on your phone. Sarah and Hunter - thank you for giving up your morning to get your steps in chasing a little one around Piedmont. I know it may have been daunting, but I think it was so worth it!
On a super dreary fall day I got to meet a precious little boy named Andrew and his sweet parents! Often my newborn clients are past wedding clients so there is a level of comfort there for new parents. Since this was my first time meeting Meredith and Alan, it was not lost on me that I was being invited into an intimate and super vulnerable time for first time Mom and Dad! Thankfully it felt more like meeting old friends. Andrew was such a precious little nugget... a hungry little nugget, but so precious! I loved getting to incorporate some fun details into this session like the New York Times from the day he was born (a nod to Dad's job!) and the amazing map rug that fit perfectly with Andrew's travel themed nursery. Meredith and Alan - thank you for trusting me to capture this special time in your family's life!! Congratulations again!
I had the pleasure of hanging out with the Ferguson family and their newest addition, Miss Elsie Jayne! Although I am pretty sure Elsie's big brother, Baxter, thought I was there for him. I can't say I hated getting to love on him a little too! Elsie was a champ throughout her session and just wanted to snuggle and she especially enjoyed the warmth of the beautiful blankets her great grandmothers made for her. Rebecca and TJ were already so comfortable in their new roles as Mom and Dad. This little one is so lucky to have them as her parents and for the big support system of family and friends excited to watch her grow. Congratulations again you two (three)! I am so happy I was able to capture this fleeting time in your lives!!
I had the pleasure of photographing two of the sweetest people at their intimate wedding at Barnsley Gardens. This was my second wedding of the weekend, but the energy and excitement Katie and Ryan had surrounding this day was more than enough to help me power through! It didn't hurt that I had my girl, Suzanne White at the helm... literally the helm of the golf cart and also making my job a breeze! My favorite moment of the day wasn't the cool vintage car, exploring the Ruins or the colorful blooms, it was after Katie and Ryan exited their ceremony and Ryan looked at Katie and said, "This is the best day of my life." Talk about sweet!!
I first met Meghan and Garrett in DC for their engagement session. After meeting at sunrise and exploring the Tidal Basin on a chilly morning I learned quickly that they are such a sweet, laid back couple. It should have been no surprise that they rolled with the punches when the forecast said 100% chance of rain for their wedding. I've had rainy wedding days before, but usually there's at least a little break... Not so much for Meghan and Garrett's day. Thankfully they were ready to get a little creative for their portraits with indoor spaces and the covered entryway to the Capital City Club. There were so many sweet moments throughout their wedding day, but one of my favorites was after their first kiss when the entire church erupted in cheers and applause. It took a minute for everyone to settle back down as they still had the second half of the service left! It was just one example of how excited everyone was to see Meghan and Garrett officially married. These two are loved and were celebrated so well throughout their wedding day and it was truly an honor to be a part of it!