The Weavers are… | Family Session + more!!

Expecting! I’m so excited to share this wonderful news and on such a special day as Valentine’s Day!!
Back in November last year, I had the honor of photographing the Weaver family, Lucas, Autumn, and Alya. Toward the end of the session, they shared a secret with me. A HUGE secret. They were expecting!!! I was so excited for them and I love that they trusted me with this secret and that they wanted to include their wonderful news in their session. They hadn’t yet told their families and wanted to have photos to share their big announcement. So we quickly put some ideas together to announce their new baby!
Recently, Autumn announced her pregnancy on Facebook. Their little one is doing well and getting big. With their permission, I am sharing the photos that we took during their session back in November where they announced they would be going from a family of 3 to a family of 4! I just loved little Alya, she was so good and I am sure she will be a great big sister! Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day.

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My favorites from 2013

This has truly been an amazing year! I started my photography business in 2013 and it has been a wonderfully, blessed journey. I am so grateful for everyone that supported my business this year. This year I had 32 different paying clients!! I know that may not sound like much, but I only started charging clients in May and only did sessions on the weekends. I worked with so many wonderful couples, families, and children. I cannot wait to see what 2014 brings!! Here are some of my favorites from 2013. Enjoy!

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Christmas Mini Sessions 2 | Bergey’s Breadbasket

So the first Christmas mini sessions went so well and I had had some interest from people about offering more, that I decided to hold a 2nd day of them. I again decided to hold them at Bergey’s Breadbasket in Chesapeake. They were so wonderful to work with and I really loved the way the first session photos turned out.
I again had a wonderful group of families that signed up for these sessions. It was a lot colder on this day, but the skies were clearer. Everyone looked so nice and each session was unique. Thank you to all of the beautiful families that signed up. I enjoyed working with you all so much and I hope you enjoy their beautiful Christmas-themed photos!

Thank you again to Bergey’s Breadbasket for letting me use your location.

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The beautiful Grabias family.  We wrapped up sweet Kynlee to keep her nice and warm!

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The beautiful Zwick family and their sweet baby Owen! Love his reindeer hat and the cows that joined in on their session!

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The beautiful Devlin family.  Love this family of five and their sweet kiddos!
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The beautiful Jones family! They are now a family of four, and it was very special to be able to take baby Wyatt’s first Christmas pictures!

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Steven is 2! | Watch me grow up

I am so thankful that I started taking pictures of Steven when he was first born. It had been amazing to watch him grow through these photos. When I first started, I wasn’t a photographer. I took his photos with my point and shoot camera. Hopefully you can tell towards the end of these photos, I did improve my photo-taking skills.
I love seeing how big he got in the cradle and the mile-stones I documented. From sitting up to pulling up, standing, and being able to get into and out of the cradle by himself, I got it all. I love how his little personality comes out more and more each month.
I took his picture monthly for the first year, then 18 months and now 2 years. He actually turned 2 a couple of weeks ago, but things have been a bit busy around here! Maybe I’ll try to take them at 3, we’ll see how it goes. At 2, things were pretty challenging getting him to lay down long enough to snap a few shots!

The cradle that I used was made for my by my grandfather.  Neither Steven or I ever slept in it, but it is a wonderful keepsake!

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Zimmerman Family | First Landing State Park

   I swear I have some of the best clients. The Zimmerman family is no exception, they were so amazing during their session! I had never met them before that day, but Breauna and I are sorority sisters!! She graduated before I joined, but we are still both Pi Phis! I was so excited to hear that one of our sisters had recommended me to her. Thank you so much to Kristy and make sure you check out her Etsy store for her jewelry business The Funky Tangerine!
Breauna and her husband Bret have two of the most beautiful girls. Ellie and Eva are just gorgeous and they did so well during the session. Breauna chose First Landing State Park as the location for their session and it was so beautiful. I had never been to this location before, but I love it when my clients pick somewhere that they love! It had beautiful beach, trails and bright fall leaves. The backdrop was perfect for fall photos!
Thank you so much to Breauna and her family for allowing me to capture all the fun silliness and love in their family! You guys were so awesome and you all totally rocked your photo session!  Check out this gorgeous family!!

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The Stotesbury Family | Family session on the Farm

With every session that I book, I am so thankful and amazed that someone would choose me to capture their precious memories. I know that probably sounds cliché, but it is the truth! I am still so new to this business, but I am so thankful to Leisha and Joey for supporting me from the beginning.
When Leisha asked if I would take pictures of not only their family again, but also her sister’s along with their parents, I was so thrilled and nervous at the same time. I’d never done a large family session before and these types of sessions are extra special. I know how hard it is to get a large group of people together. With schedules and kids it can seem impossible. But they made it work and we had a perfect fall day!  Thank you to some of the wonderful photographers I network with, I felt prepared to rock this session!
I love that they wanted to have their session done at my family’s farm. The cotton was ready to be picked and make for a beautiful backdrop. I love the old barn and tree. The kids seemed to enjoy the setting, feeling the cotton and exploring the fields. Getting four kiddos under four to all cooperate can be challenging, but their little guys did great. Its funny, because they didn’t plan it, but all four kids have “k” sounds to their name. Kylee, Caige, Carson, and Carter. They did so good too. We even got some sweet pictures of the grandparents with all of their grandbabies! 🙂

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Lily Claire | 6-month old session

So Lily has to be one of the cutest and happiest babies I’ve ever met. After a long car-ride from Baltimore, she was still all smiles!! I can’t believe it. I am so honored and grateful that my family friend Sarah drove with her husband and Lily down to Virginia Beach just so I could take her pictures. Wow! I was so flattered.
Lily definitely made it all so wonderful. She totally rocked her session and loved the beach. It was her first time ever seeing the ocean and sand. She seemed to love it. Those big, beautiful eyes and sweet smile. She is just gorgeous! I hope you enjoy her pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them. She was a pure joy to work with!! Thank you Sarah and Rob for honoring me with the pleasure of capturing your sweet baby girl and all her 6-month old cuteness!!

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Peyton and Grant | Fall Mini Session

Ok, so these kids are just adorable. I can’t believe how lucky I am with all the cute kids I got to photograph during the Fall mini sessions. Peyton and Grant of course are no exception. I love that their mom Nicole also brought their Halloween costumes. Such a cute pirate and the sweetest little bat I’ve ever seen. Little Grant has changed so much in just the few short months since I did their family photos. He is now 6 months and getting so big! 🙂

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Tyler | Fall Mini Sessions

He is only 7 months old and little Tyler did pretty good for his first solo photo session. I had the pleasure of photographing Tyler when he was just a couple of months old with his mom and dad. He mostly slept through the entire session that time. This time he was wide awake and fully aware of everything going on around him. He didn’t last too long, but long enough for me to get some sweet shots for his mom and dad to remember this precious time in his life. Just look at those sweet cheeks!!!
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