I was super honored when my friend Michele asked me to photograph her family.  Kody, their sweet dog, is getting older and having more health issues, and she wanted to be sure they had photographs of the three of them together.

We photographed in Old Town Alexandria in one of my favorite gardens on a warm summer evening a few weeks ago.

Michelle and Brian, thank you for allowing me to capture your family in this season of life!

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Remember sweet little Henry?  This is the gorgeous album I got to create for his mama and papa!  Newborn albums are one of my favorite takeaways because they encapsulate a moment so sweet and so brief in that child’s life.  Henry’s parents chose the luxe leather cover with blind embossing and I’m a little obsessed with how it turned out!

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My beautiful best friend gave birth to the most perfect, red-headed baby boy at the end of May and I had the incredible joy of photographing him his first week at home.  I photographed through tears as I watched her embrace her and her husband embrace their new role as mom and dad.  What a gift this precious life is, and I am so honored to get to document it!

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newborns…sometimes they laugh…

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and sometimes they love that paci (can you blame them?)…

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If you’ve had a baby then you know all too well that they don’t stay a “baby” for long at all.  Their little bodies change so quickly and their personalities quickly emerge…one day they are curled up against your shoulder and the next they seem to be giggling and rolling over.  Each one of those seasons while short, is so sweet.  I was just telling a friend with a newborn that I can honestly say that each new season seems to be my favorite.  I have loved each stage of Elise’s life thus far, complete with its joys and challenges and I am loving experiencing them all over again with Lydia.

I do my best to do a quick session each month with my babies throughout their first year of life (I only missed one with Elise and I’m 5 for 5 so far with Lydia), but I often forget to share!  Here are some favorites from Lydia’s 5 month session and a cameo of Elise at the end!

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and my big girl who now proudly tells anyone who asks (or doesn’t) that is is “two and a haff”  (in darling southern accent).

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This is a crazy season of life with kids, business, and the adoption soon to be complete (more details over on the adoption blog).

I’m incredibly thankful for two healthy, loving girls and I am doing my best not to take them for granted amidst our messy, hysterically funny days!

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