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Following a Family :: Wedding and Lifestyle Photography in DC :: The Ceceres


This is why I do what I do!

I’ve been photographing this family since 2008 and it’s such a joy to watch their love and family grow. Last fall we did a session with the crew and it was such a blast! James and Kristina, thank you for inviting me into your lives, year after year!

I would love to continue (or start!) documenting your love story, too.

Ready to book a session? Let’s do it!


Winter Family Photo Session :: Frederick, Maryland :: Dula Family

On a very chilly day (20 degrees!) I met up with the Dula Family once again. I photographed Krystal and Sean’s wedding in a much different temperature in 2013- it was a July wedding and it was 106 degrees! It was nice to see this wonderful couple and their family- and their new babies! Sean and Krystal have two adorable little ones and it was so fun to meet them!

We did the session at their home in Clover Hill and it was perfect. We used their front room for the big group photos and then braved the bitter cold for a few photos in their big backyard. Krystal’s brother and sister were both in town from overseas (Italy and the Philippines!) so it was a very special session and I am so glad it all worked out and we were able to capture some special moments for this growing and world traveling family.

DC Maternity Lifestyle Session with the Zahn Family

I’ve been photographing this sweet little family since they got engaged and got married at the Meridian House…. it’s so fun to watch them grow!

A few weeks ago I headed over to their beautiful home in Northwest DC for one last photo session as a family of three.

Sweet little Kelly took a few minutes to warm up, but once she did her smile was just so darling!

Kelly loves her books so that’s where we started the family photo session, then we headed downstairs for a few more. And lucky little girl, all her aunties were in town that day to spoil her and little Kelly was just soaking it in!

Thanks Zahn Family for having me over, and I cannot wait to meet the newest addition soon!


Salamander Resort 40th Birthday Party

Lisa wanted a fantastic celebration for her 40th, and she sure got it! Associate Photographer Jenn did an amazing job of capturing the joy and friendship that accompanied this party held at Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia. Cocktails, some football watching, dinner and some dancing- that sounds pretty perfect to me!


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Following a Family :: Wedding and Lifestyle Photography in DC :: The Avins

This is why I do what I do!

I’ve been photographing the Avins for six (almost 7!) years now and it’s such a joy to watch their love and family grow. A few weeks ago┬áI got to meet baby Brinn- she’s just the cutest! I would love to continue (or start!) documenting your love story, too.

It’s just such a cool thing to follow a family from their engagement, to their wedding, to their maternity, newborn, and family sessions. Honestly? It’s the best thing I get to do in my business. I love love love being able to do this and it is such a thrill to continue documenting such amazing families.

Gil and Elaine, (and A + B!) thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me document a part of your lives and journeys as a family!










Ready to book a session? Let’s do it!

Washington, DC Newborn and Toddler Family Session :: The Avin Family

It’s so much fun to see the Avin Family! I have been photographing them since 2011- engagement, wedding, and now the kiddos. So sweet!

I headed to their home this week and was greeted by Asher, the new big brother! Asher couldn’t wait to show me all his trucks and toys. Meanwhile, baby Brinn was a smiling machine- and I can’t even believe she the amount of hair she has! Just like her big brother.

Thanks for having me by, Gil and Elaine! Loved it!































Urbana Holiday Family Photos :: The Hallowitz Family

I know I say this a lot, but it’s true- one of the very best parts of my job as a family photographer is coming back year after year and watching families grow. The Hallowitz Family is one of those families!

I have been photographing the Hallowitz Family at their Urbana, Maryland home for many years. It really is such a treat to see these kids grow and see their personalities develop.

This year they asked me to stop by for their holiday photos and I was so excited. Not to mention they have adopted two German Shepherds and they were a fun part of the session as well!

I am excited to see what holiday portraits they use for their Christmas cards this year! Three kids and three dogs made for an exciting photo session, but we got it done and I love all the photos we got!








Mount St. Mary’s Engagement Session :: Emmitsburg, Maryland :: Christine + Sean

Christine and Sean are engaged! They decided to do their engagement photo session at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland where they met. Christine was a freshman and Sean was a sophomore.

They also brought their boxer pups! They were the cutest and so cooperative.



Alexandria, Virginia Newborn Photo Session :: Baby Graham

Baby girl Graham is here! I was thrilled that M & R asked me to come out to their cute as a button home in Alexandria, Virginia and photograph their newborn baby girl. She was wide awake when I got there- which I loved! I think photographing a newborn with those beautiful new eyes is so much fun. Towards the end of our time, Graham fell asleep and we got to get some darling shots of her catching some z’s.

The grand finally was that their pup Harry (which was celebrating his 10th birthday!) decided to participate and got in on a few photos. Harry is so sweet and gentle with Graham.

Thanks again for having me over to photograph your newborn baby, M & R!



Washington, DC Family Photo Session :: Fredericks Family

Another perfect fall deal led to some lovely fall family photos!

Meet the Fredericks Family- they are so cute! Little Henry is such a doll. When I first met him he was sound asleep. When his mom picked him up to start our photo session, I thought for sure this sweet little man would be a little grumpy. But no, he opened his eyes, looked around and smiled. What a doll!

Henry is such a go with the flow five month old. On a blanket, passed parent to parent, and hanging out with me- a stranger with a camera. He did so great!

We did the family photo session in their northwest dc neighborhood park- a perfect setting.

Thank you for having me capture your sweet family- I can’t wait to see you guys again!


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