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Advent 2015
December 23rd, 2015

“If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children,
for the children are the makers of men.”
~ Maria Montessori

In this season of waiting for the birth of a baby who will save the world, the most earnest thing I can do is look to my children to save me. When the world feels too brutal and too sad, they are the light. They demand I rise. And, to that and to them I graciously say amen.

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Lucy at six months, part two
June 16th, 2015

Working with these images over the last few days brought on all the feels. These three might the cutest ever, and photographing Ashley and Ryan loving on sweet Lucy made my heart sing.

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breathing room | arlington virginia family photographer
August 11th, 2014

I will be taking on fewer clients for a while as I tend to other matters that (also) have my heart. With every inquiry from a potential client, I doubt myself and my resolve to step away. I allow anxiety about the outcome to creep in and question the decision that I making for the now. One the most difficult things sometimes is to tune in and listen to that quiet voice within – to give it space and to nurture it and to allow it to lead the way. Yes?

So, although it is a scary thing to step back a bit from a business that I have invested so much in, that is what I have decided to do. It is time to give myself some room to breathe.

What does this mean? While I still very much plan on working with my returning clients, I won’t be taking on any new clients for the time being. And, my fall availability has been cut significantly. As of this moment, I have only ten session slots available from now until mid-November. I hope that returning clients who are interested in a fall portrait session will be in touch as soon as possible. I want to see you!

On that note, let me introduce Oliver, who I have photographed every year since he was born. He is now three, and I had the pleasure of attending his birthday party this weekend. Being with him and his family reaffirmed for me what this journey has been for me at its best. It has been joyful and hopeful and filled with the love of others and the deep connection I feel to those who truly open themselves and their lives up to me. It has allowed me to connect with people in the most wonderful and profound ways. As I chatted with Oliver’s mother before leaving, I felt very emotional about what I have built in this business. It is, for me, about those connections. I can’t imagine not photographing this family (and so many others) again, which is why I will continue this business for as long as I can even if I can only do it in a very scaled back way.

This image brings me so much joy. In it, I see a well-loved boy who is happy and smart and a lover of life. I see his parents three years ago right before he made his arrival. I see him at one and then two. It brings back such wonderful memories. Happy Birthday to him.

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(Of course, I will still be here sharing my personal projects and little bits of my life and fall sessions and all of that good stuff. I thank each and every one of you for stopping by and journeying with me.)