Literally can’t wait to get back outside for family sessions. Especially when they are as fun as this family. Literally every frame had them laughing and goofing off with each other which is my favorite! The little guy has a personality larger than life! Colonial Williamsburg is such a fun place to shoot with lots of backdrops and locations.

fun family lifestyle photography session in colonial williamsburg, virginia

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It started with their original session getting rained out. We looked for a date to reschedule and then I sent this text..”I have this crazy idea. What do you think about finding an evening to go to the state fair?”. Thank goodness, this Momma was down with the plan and just needed to convince Dad. Of course, it wasn’t without a little doubt. On our way, it started raining! Yes, raining. We kept driving and thankful it cleared up and made for a fun and memorable evening. I’m so thankful that they trusted my vision and I couldn’t be more excited with the types of images we created. So much so, I think I’m going to offer a couple sessions next year during the fair. Let me know if you’re interested πŸ™‚

fun family lifestyle photography session in colonial williamsburg, virginia

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It started years ago…Sean and I would talk about places we dreamed of visiting. Sean’s first choice was always HAWAII.

We knew it was a major trip and would require a lot of planning (and budgeting). As we got closer to 2018 (also known as the year Sean was turning 40 so we decided to make it happen, nothing makes you forget that you’re turning 40 like going to Hawaii). We researched and started planning the trip based on things we dreamed of doing on the islands (Pearl Harbor, helicopter, incredible snorkling, etc). We narrowed our visit to the middle of the Pacific down to three islands…Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island (aka Hawaii). They were very intentionally selected based on experiences we thought would make instant memories of a lifetime.

Maybe one day I’ll do more posts on the mad science of how I plan our summer trips but for now, I’ll give the highlight reel of our trip and then come back to the planning, camera gear, traveling with kids, etc.

We started with the gorgeous island of Kauai, also known as the Garden Isle which is one of the oldest islands. Kauai was on our list from the jump because my little cuz lives there along with a coworker/friend of mine. I expected a small island with a true Hawaiian vibe, small towns and an incredible landscape…it delivered! It met all my dreams and more. We arrived after dusk so we were thrilled when we naturally woke up for sunrise (ahem, jet lag) and took in this!

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It was totally worth the drive to see my BFF and her sweet family. These kiddos are beyond fun and I love the images we created within their neighborhood! Thankfully you can’t see how HOT it was on this afternoon!

lifestyle family session in arlington, virginia

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I spent a decent amount of time on the James river in the summer. The weather can be unpredictable and you have to watch how high (and fast) the river flows but the images are truly magical. Being able to make these images with a family who is as kind as they are beautiful was truly a gift.

family session with ferris wheel games rides at virginia state fair

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“Can you photograph my daughter’s first birthday party?”


This family has been so special to me and it was an honor to be a part of the celebration.

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A few years ago, I was looking for a way to be more present during Christmas morning. I felt intense pressure to capture the moment but also not miss the moments because I was behind a camera. The idea of doing a time lapse each Christmas has changed that for me completed. I still use my phone for snapshots throughout the morning but overall, I sit back and enough the magic and joy of Christmas morning.

Over the years, the family loves that we capture these moments and have even spent time trying to one-up each other with funny frames.

Want to see past time lapse videos?

  • Our first video was in 2013. For comparison it was 415 images. This year was close to 2,000 images.
  • 2014. This was the year of Sean’s walk across the sofa and the beginning of funny frames.
  • 2015 was warm outside so no fireplace. Declan did a copycat sofa walk and Von Miller dancing was all the rage! Also, it looks like it was the first year of LED lights. Believe it or not LED lights flicker but you can’t see it with the human eye. The camera catches it if your shutter is at a certain speed so it looks like our tree lights flicker but they don’t.
  • Sadly, I don’t think I made my 2016 video. I took the photos but never put it together. Grace, not perfection πŸ™‚
  • 2017…here you go:

If you’re interested in the set up of the


Goodness gracious…this is what you get when a family as kind as they are beautiful meet a crazy gorgeous fall day. I’ve been photographing this sweet family since before the little guy was born and it’s such a joy to watch his personality.

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Aug 30, 2017

Some of my very favorite shoots are at home…the kids feel comfortable, the background is familiar and you make memories in the place that’s most sacred to you.

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Each time I capture a family, I start with a questionnaire so I can learn a little more about them, what they enjoy and the types of things they do together. I was instantly connected with this family because of our love for travel and ironically, we’re taking similar summer vacations. So fun! And then, I meet them and all three boys had long hair which has a special place in my heart since my little guy rocks the long hair.

Mom described her family as faithful, active and fun and she couldn’t have been more accurate. Enjoy a few images of our time running around Maymont! read more