The Youngs + 1 ~ January 2014
It was an absolute pleasure photographing the Young family as they prepare to welcome their second little one into the world. Nedvonne, Natasha and little miss Milan spent the afternoon with me in the studio capturing this beautiful time in their lives. I’ve known Natasha for years – sharing both college and sorority ties – and it is a joy to see her and her family happy and growing. So, without further ado, please meet the Youngs…
Congratulations and I can’t wait to meet the newest little addition!
Evan and the Great Museum of Natural History Escapade ~ January 2014 ~ Washington, DC
This has been a COLD winter so far! And so, as much as I adore photographing people outside, the winter challenges me to come up with fun indoor session locations. On this blustery winter Saturday, it was great to head to the National Museum of Natural History to catch up with Raychon and little Evan, with Uncle Kyran in tow. I’ve said it before…it is such a wonderful privilege to see and photograph families over time. And cutie pie Evan seems to be growing so fast! We had a great time making our way through the Museum – and it’s quite possible that the grown-ups among us enjoyed it just as much as the little one! (If you haven’t been to this museum lately, you should definitely check it out again!) Here are a few of my favorites from the day:
We did take a little time to stop and, well, play…lol.
What a fun day! Looking forward to the next museum visit!
Courtney & Ericka: Married! ~ December 31, 2013 ~ Alexandria, VA
I had the great pleasure of bringing in the New Year by capturing the wonderfully beautiful and intimate wedding of Courtney and Ericka. What better way to celebrate the new beginnings of a new year than by witnessing the beginning of a new life for such an awesome couple! Their gorgeous wedding was held just a few blocks from where they had their first date, bringing everything full circle. Every detail of this night and this wedding was magical. Want to see? Take a peek by checking out their slideshow below…
Congratulations Courtney & Ericka!
Cancerversary! ~ November 2013
Not too long ago, a client of mine contacted me with a request for a photo session. Not an unusual thing…I’ve had the opportunity to photograph her and her growing family several times over the past few years. They are a beautiful family and it is always a pleasure to catch up with them. However, the request on this day was quite different than anything we’d done in the past. She wanted to do a photo session in advance of what she called her “Cancerversary” celebration. She shared with me that, about a year ago, she had been diagnosed with rectal cancer. Recognizing that the resources available to those diagnosed with rectal cancer were hard to find, Anissa, a healthcare professional, decided to do something about it. In addition to the big task of beginning her own chemotherapy and radiation treatments, she decided, with the help and support of her family and friends, to start the Ferguson Foundation. The Ferguson Foundation, Inc. is an advocacy group that supports individuals affected by rectal cancer. (Please feel free to make a donation by visiting her site at www.thefergusonfoundation.net) She decided, in the midst of her own struggle, to try to help others. How incredibly awesome…and courageous. So, as she approaches the anniversary of her diagnosis, she has decided to host a celebration of life. She continues to fight her battle, but chooses to praise in the meantime. Which brings us to the purpose of this photo session. She wanted to document this moment in her and her family’s life. She wanted to give witness to the fullness of her life and the love that surrounds her. And I truly hope that that is what we achieved.
To be honest, I was quite nervous about this session. The weight and importance of it. But, I felt truly honored to be able to capture this for her and her family. With the help of talented make-up artist, Erica Coates of Creating Visions Makeup Artistry, we were able to bring Anissa’s vision into being. I didn’t want the photos to be all about her battle, but I didn’t want us to run from it, either. So, we did a little bit of both. Here’s what we came up with….
And just a little out-take with the guys…
Continued prayers for Anissa and her family as she continues to both conquer her battle and help others face theirs! I’m truly humbled by the opportunity to take part.
The Washingtons Go To Washington ~ November 2013 ~ Washington, DC
I always love when I get to photograph a family multiple times – it’s such a joy to watch a family as it grows! I met the Washingtons a few years ago and was happy to hang out with them again the other weekend. We had initially planned an outdoor session, but it was COLD! So, instead, we decided to spend the afternoon (inside) at the Kennedy Center – with its expansive halls, stately spaces and fabulous furnishings! Here are a few of my favorites from the day…
The Coffey Family ~ November 2013 ~ VA
I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with the Coffey family and their two precious little additions – the cutest twin boys. We got to take advantage of a gorgeous fall day to get some great photos of the boys. Here are a few of my favorites from the day…
Congratulations on your gorgeous family!
Family Time ~ October 2013 ~ NC
After an awesome week in the Outer Banks, I swung inland to check out one of my favorite families. Before I hit the road to come home, we snuck in a couple of minutes at the park to catch a few memories! Sisters, Toni and Al, wanted to get the boys together for their first shoot. These little ones are such cutie pies! Take a peek at some of my favorites from the day:
And perhaps my favorite chuckle photo of the day:
LOLOLOL! LOVE THIS!
This has been a Monkey Down production…lol…
Until next time my NC kiddos!