Full disclosure, this beauty is my very own niece. As you can imagine, I jumped at the opportunity to a) get to spend time with her and my other nieces who live 2 hours away and b) photograph this lovely lady who will be graduating high school this year. Seriously, where does the time go? Enjoy a few of my favorites from this session below!
I have gone to the same dentist since I was a kid. In fact, most of my family still goes to this dentist even though at least a few of us now live at least a 45 minute drive from their office. I think that in and of itself says a lot. This practice is made up of awesome people, and over time my family and I have built friendly relationships with the staff. I had my daughter in July of this year and took her newborn pictures, which my mom was showing off to the staff at the office during her appointment. One of the hygienists said “hey! my daughter is about to have a baby and is looking for a newborn photographer!” and that is how I met the A family.
Lucas and his family are awesome people, great clients, and a dream to photograph. Lucas’s older brother Noah is beyond thrilled to have “his” new baby, and you can see how much he loves him. Usually when we have older siblings to photograph with a newborn, after finishing those shots, the older sibling(s) leave so that we have a calm environment to photograph the star of the show. I am here to tell you that Noah was not happy about leaving his baby brother, it was beyond adorable. These two are going to have so much fun growing up together, I have a feeling they’re going to give their parents a run for their money!
Before I tell you about this Christmas family session, I have to back up and tell you how I met Becca, the gorgeous pregnant mama in these shots. Both of my children were born at INOVA Loudoun at the Birthing Inn, and one perk that the hospital touts is their new mom support group. In all honesty, that wasn’t something that I would have pursued if not for a friend of mine who already had a baby who strongly encouraged me to attend. I went for the first time when my baby was 3 or 4 weeks old, and after a somewhat traumatic emergency c-section, it was one of my first outings with him on my own. Being a first time mom is no joke, this group turned out to be a real Godsend to me. I learned so much as other moms and as the weeks went by, the ladies in this group became my friends. Our children are toddlers now and although we don’t get to see each other as often, it’s been such a blessing to have met these moms and watch our children grow together.
Here’s a link to information on the group for anyone who might be interested.
So about this session! On a cold November day, this immaculately coordinated family and I met up for a quick little photo shoot right before they headed out of town to visit with family for Thanksgiving. Their son Gage had already had a busy day partying it up at a pajama party at his school but was a total trooper. A cold front had just come through so we had to move through the session a little quicker than usual. Despite the cold, the S family handled the shoot like a bunch of old pros. It was such a blast to get to hang out with these awesome people, and capture these precious memories for them.