Monthly Archives: November 2015

Survivor | VA/MD/DC Personal Branding Photographer

What the? Two blog posts in one day? YES! Normally I would wait until a weekday morning to do another blog post. You know when people are at work and looking for anything to distract themselves from what they have to do:) Not a Friday evening when folks are sitting down with that cocktail to end the week. But I just couldn’t make Paige wait another second for her sneak peeks.

I met Paige through Pure Prana Yoga Studio as well. I was teaching Vigorous Vinyasa Friday evenings and she was a regular in that class. I remember her learning to do headstand without being next to the wall because she was going on a yoga retreat where there might not be a wall to literally lean on. Then a few years later we ending up in the same teacher training at Pure Prana! After our teacher training ended we decided to get tattoos together to mark that time. Paige was working in a somewhat conservative field and got her tattoo on her foot where it could be disguised somewhat.

Then life got complicated. My husband became paralyzed from a staph infection and I got tied up with some care taking and his recovery, which over the last five years is at about 90% or so. Pretty miraculous stuff. Then Paige had a stroke. Yes, you read that right. How does a healthy, fit, yoga and meditation teacher have a stroke?? Because life throws serious curve balls at you and doesn’t care how healthy and fit you are or that you take the time and work at being stress free. Paige has recovered very well from that stroke, although, just like my husband, just because you look ok on the outside, doesn’t necessarily mean all is 100% hunky dory. There’s always lingering things and really you are never the same person again. But maybe you’re a better version of yourself.

Since then Paige has stepped out of the conservative work life and is now working for herself teaching yoga and meditation full time! So she wanted some photos to use for some marketing purposes. But she also wanted to capture who she is right now. Which is awesome. She might be a different version of herself but her awesome personality and silly self that I remember is still very much there. I knew going into this session that it would be a blast and that there would be lots of laughing. And she got another tattoo! On her forearm this time. To mark the journey of being a stroke survivor.

We got together on a fabulous Fall day to get some images of her and her hubby along with their cute little dogs. I wanted to get some shots of her meditating at home because I knew the dogs would be right there with her:) Then she and I headed into Old Town Alexandria where we hit the train station and she did tree pose, right there. She had just been able to do tree again recently on the side that was affected by the stroke. We tooled around the streets, she ran, she played in leaves and she meditated under a beautiful tree.

Check Paige and her musings out at PaigesYoga.com. It has been wonderful to reconnect with her and I’m so grateful she trusted me to capture her, where she is right now.

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Posted in Couples, Headshots & Promo, Personal Branding, Yoga

Serenity Now | VA/MD/DC Yoga & Personal Branding Photographer

Serenity now. And not the Seinfeld, Frank Costanza version! But real, true serenity now is what I was honored to photograph a couple of weeks ago. Faith, who I know through Pure Prana Yoga Studio, wanted some yoga photos and headshots, personal branding is what I would call it. Faith teaches Yin Yoga as well as restorative and therapeutic yoga with the goal of making it accessible to everyone and their unique needs. If you’ve never done a restorative type yoga class, stop what you are doing and go to one of Faith’s classes at Pure Prana or the Yogi Underground. This type of yoga is SO needed in our lives of running around and trying to power through everything. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Faith wanted to make sure that the photos showed the quiet and stillness of the practice, basically the serenity. Well that wasn’t hard because the moment you meet Faith her energy exudes just this. So it wasn’t hard to capture what is innately there. I also wanted to take her outside, in nature, where that quiet, calm energy also resides. Combine Faith with that and hello relaxation:)

Thank you Faith, so much, for such a wonderful morning. And now, prepare to be relaxed by simply gazing upon Faith’s beautiful essence.

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Posted in Headshots & Promo, Personal Branding, Yoga

Polka Dots, Stripes and Rainbows | VA/MD/DC Family Photographer

I had planned on posting the sneak peeks today from one of my favorite family’s sessions a few weeks ago. Then I realized it was also their 6th wedding anniversary. So once again, we are taking a stroll down memory lane. I have had the honor of capturing so many life events for Dave and Carrie, all starting with their engagement session in 2009.

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Then later that year they trusted me enough to photograph their wedding. I was still very, very new to this whole journey and had only photographed two other weddings prior to theirs!

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Then things were all quiet for awhile until their baby girl joined them in late 2011. They decided to do a Year in the Life series. So we started when the little one was about 3-4 weeks old.

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The second session of the Year in the Life was when little Miss was about 4 months old.

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Next up about 9 months.

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Then we got together when she was walking and was just over 1 year.

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Since then we have gotten together every year for annual family photos.

2013 fun in the leaves and lots of cuteness!

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Last year I noticed the big difference between two and three. There was the obvious communication but something more about her shining personality was just bursting through.

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And now here we are in 2015. She’s a kid now! No more baby or toddler, but full blown dancing, performing, popcorn eating sassafras kiddo! And look at that smile!! If this isn’t one happy little girl, I just don’t know what is. Her cheeks had to be sore from smiling so much! And I LOVED her outfit. I even said as much and Carrie said she picked it out herself. YES!! And we even had a chance to get the rock hands in at the end. Considering her favorite song is “Rainbow in the Dark” it was very appropriate:)

We had so much fun on such a beautiful Fall morning. And, Dave and Carrie had moved to Philadelphia earlier this year. But they still wanted me to do the annual photos. Man I am blessed. So we met half way in Bel Air, MD at this cool mansion, the Liriodendrun. Next year I’m headed to Philly:) Happy Anniversary Dave and Carrie! I am beyond grateful that you have allowed me to capture your lives.

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Posted in Couples, Engagement, Families, Kids, Weddings

Seven Years! | VA/DC/MD Family Photographer

Back in October I got together with my first family for their annual photos. I realized I have been photographing them for SEVEN YEARS!! They are my first family because they are the first family I ever photographed and can I say what an honor and blessing it is that they have asked me to do the same every year! Wow.

I remember when a former co-worker’s sister was having her first baby. I overheard my co-worker’s side of the conversation basically saying I’m on the way! As she was leaving to join her family in the hospital for the first baby’s birth, I mentioned to her, hey if your sister might be interested in some free photos of the baby, let me know, I need to build a portfolio. Obviously she took me up on it.

I thought it would be fun to include photos from each year since 2008. And what a trip down memory lane it was. So here we go …

2008 – Baby #1 is born. And she wasn’t a happy camper that first time we got photos. But that’s ok we got shots in between her grumpies.

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2009 – Baby #2 is born just after baby #1’s first birthday. He was a little more chill than his sister when she was that age:)

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2010 – No one photo of the whole family together because both of them were mobile without consciousness! Each one needed mom or dad to chase them down. Good times:)

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2011 – From toddlers to little people now.

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2012 – And bribery starts to work:) I think opening a present early was used as leverage for listening and the Elf on the Shelf was watching to make sure they were good!

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2013 – I remember talking to mom about the kids being in school. School!? Weren’t they just born??

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2014 – Wow! I think Halloween candy was the bribe this year:)

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And 2015! We went to Leesylvania State Park this year. The kiddos are now in 1st and 2nd grade. This year we used a surprise at the end to keep everyone focused. The surprise being they would get to go in the water! If they dared. So we dared them! Not sure if they thought are these people crazy or what kind of plot is this:) All I can say is when is the last time you had this much fun doing something so simple as getting your feet wet? This should encourage us all to just get out and play. Life is too short. Go step in the water now! Thank you, thank you to the Smith family for allowing me the privilege to document them every year for the last seven years. While I don’t want time to speed up (it’s going too fast as it is) I’m excited to see where these kiddos are in another seven years!

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