If only every day can be a day for fun, relaxation and just focusing on nothing but the ones you love! Instead we have busy lives, ruled by commuting, working, chores and doing... stuff that's not always so enjoyable. Teri and Colin contacted me for an outdoor engagement session. I came up with the idea to have a picnic style session. Take a look at the fun and quality time they spent that day!
The Thanksgiving holiday is here and I'm taking time to stop and share all that I give thanks to. I am horrible at slowing down long enough to blog and share with you all the exciting things going on (I would give up coffee for like 8 more hours in a day! No seriously, I think I would and if you didn't know... I'm a huge coffee 'enthusiast'). So I'll start by giving thanks for this time I have to stop and share... while my daughter runs delirious circles around me. I really wanted to recap my Fall season and give thanks to how beautiful it has been. Magical almost. So I'll start there... Fall, I am thankful for:
1. Gold and Pink Sunsets
2. Pumpkin Patch Fun
Photo by BFritz
5. Halloween and Haunted Forests
6. Fall Weddings
7. Fall Photo Sessions
Above all, I give thanks to family and friends. Your support and encouragement is everything!
Last, I want to give a HUGE THANKS to my customers. I am so thankful to have been part of your lives and have gotten to know you!
Life would not be wonderful without you all!
This Fall family photo session took place in at my studio location and at Doukenie Winery. The weather was perfect and this family beautiful! The boys enjoyed exploring and a mini picnic while Mom and Dad may have enjoyed some wine after the session wrapped up...
I can't wait to photograph this family again next year!
For those who don’t know, 7 years ago we moved to Woodbridge, Virginia from Las Vegas. It was quite an adjustment for me since I’d lived in Vegas for 20 years and prior to that in the Los Angeles area. The East Coast is… different and I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love the seasons; except I hate the winter. I love the landscape and the wildlife; but I hate the mosquitoes. I love my photography business and clients I have gotten to know and the opportunity that Virginia has provided my husband and I… but I miss my family… every day I miss them.
I think I will always have this love/hate relationship to some degree but I had to focus more on why I love Virginia and expand on that love because it has been so good to us! So, to do that we decided to move to Purcellville, VA for a slower pace, great schools and to be surrounded by beauty. Why Purcellville? Well we had friends who lived there and each time we visited we loved it. We realized that most of our weekends the last 7 years (weather permitting), we spent “exploring” Virginia’s countryside and taking in the beauty. The most important reason for Purcellville was we want to raise our daughter in a calm environment where our focus is on family.
Luckily, a house we fell in love with .9 miles away from my friend’s home came on the market. After a few bumps in the road (we’ll save that story for another blog) and after a few months, we got our dream home. We’re surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and others I don’t even know what they’re named. There are many farms surrounding us and did I mention wineries?!
I’m excited to expose our daughter to new things and myself as well. I am excited to share this with you as well. I have big plans in mind and hope to share them with you someday! For now, here is some of the fun we’ve had!
This Father's Day I wanted to share images I've captured of some awesome dads. As I sifted through all the sessions, I soon realized how many great moments I captured between a father and their children and wrote a bit of a poem. Here it goes...
Fathers are there from the very beginning There through all the tough times...
And sleepless nights...
There for bottle feedings
and to tell you everything is alright.
And give you away on your very special day
This Father's Day make sure to recognize the special guys in your life for all they do!
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