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  • Susannah and Josué

    She's the artist, he's the tech guy.  She's the dreamer, he makes it happen.  She's sporadic, he's grounded. 

    We are Josué and Susannah!  Husband-wife, bilingual {spanish-english} photography team.  We love art.  We love travel.  We love pictures, people and moments. 

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    Buen viaje!

38 years later…

On our wedding day a guest (I wish I could remember who) greeted Josue and I with a big hug and told us how happy he was for us.  Then he went on to say that he wouldn’t be congratulating us that day.  Because the wedding is the easy part…it is a marriage that stands the test of time the deserves the congratulations.

I’ve photographed and witnessed countless weddings, and there is so much symbolism and beauty in a wedding.  But it pales in comparison to a marriage.

I’ve thought a lot about that over the years as I approach my 5th anniversary with Josue.  There are highs and lows, celebrations, hard conversations and challenges along the way, however working through each one of those brings a deeper level of trust and appreciation.

Today my dear parents celebrate 38 years of marriage.  38 years!

I’ve watched them serve one another, encourage one another, work as a team, challenge one another and bless one another through the years, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the example the have set for me; for us.

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the 5 kids

the crew including spouses and kids as of last summer (we’ve since added little miss Elise and another little fellow to join in September)!

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If you’ve spent any amount of time with me you’ve heard me talk about my family…and how much I love them.  We laugh until our faces hurt and stay up way too late when we are all together because family is precious.

Thanks Mom and Dad for teaching us that.  For making family a priority and teaching us to cheer one another on in life.  Thanks for the sense of adventure you gave us (probably linked to the many motor-home trips and backpacking excursions).

I love you so much…Happy 38 years!

 

All photographs by the immensely talented and super sweet Whitney Neal Photography

June 13, 2014 - 8:48 am

Sandra Marlowe - What a beautiful anniversary tribute! Thank you, Susannah, for these kind words. You, and all the family, bring us so much joy! We’ll keep cheering each other on, always.

Family Portraits: Ji Family Spring Session {Alexandria, Va Family Photographer}

This sweet family…I’ve been photographing them since little Mr. Mason was born and now he’s almost a year and a half old!  You might be thinking I’ve seen a lot of them on this blog…it’s because we are creating (together) the Heirloom Family Yearbook!  Many  more details to come on that later, however if you are interested in more info just shoot me an e-mail and we can chat!

 

Alexandria, Va Portrait Studio

 

Alexandria, Va Portrait Studio

Mason…and that hat.  He’s the most stylish one year old I know!

Alexandria, Va Portrait Studio

Alexandria, Va Portrait Studio

Alexandria, Va Portrait Studio

Alexandria, Va Portrait Studio

Alexandria, Va Portrait Studio

Snapshot: Baby Snuggles on a Rainy Night

I sat in the glider, slowly rocking back and forth, holding my sweet sleeping baby to my chest.  The room was dark, and the house was peaceful and quiet.  I listened to the sound of the rain beating steadily on the roof, and soaked in the rhythm of Elise’s breathing.  The occasional flash of lightning lit up her cozy nursery, and I whispered another quiet prayer of gratitude.  Gratitude for my home, my dear husband, my precious daughter, for health and life.  For the rare opportunity to snuggle with Elise asleep on my chest.

The time is flying by and she is growing so quickly.  This week has held so many changes for her…she now crawls (YES SHE’S CRAWLING) around the house, stands in her crib, smacks her lips when she wants something someone else is eating, plays bongos, claps to music and laughs all the time.

She rarely falls asleep in my arms anymore, so I’m doing my best to treasure these peaceful moments.

And like any good parent, I iphonograph her all the time.  Here are a few from this week:

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Family Portraits: The Kroggel Family {Alexandria, Va Family Photographer}

One of my favorite things about portrait photography is getting to watch and document the growth and changes of my clients and their families.  Last week while I was in Kentucky I got to photograph the Kroggel Family.  I’ve been photographing them since these girls were 18 months and 3…now they are in elementary school!  Here are a few from our fun Keeneland shoot!Lexington Kentucky Family PhotographerLexington Kentucky Family PhotographerLexington Kentucky Family PhotographerLexington Kentucky Family PhotographerLexington Kentucky Family PhotographerLexington Kentucky Family PhotographerLexington Kentucky Family PhotographerLexington Kentucky Family PhotographerLexington Kentucky Family PhotographerLexington Kentucky Family PhotographerLexington Kentucky Family Photographer

Kitchen Wall Gallery: McKenny Family {Alexandria Va Portrait Photographer}

There are few things I love more than seeing photographs on walls.  We display things we value, so when you hang your family photographs you are telling your kids and your spouse how much they mean to you.  A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go back to the McKenny family‘s home and see (and photograph) the custom framed wall gallery that I helped them create!

Take a look!

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