Andrew | Newborn Session

Baby Andrew's session almost had to be postponed due to the winter weather that blew in, but I braved the snow and was so glad I did! Although Andrew was probably the most awake baby I've ever photographed, thankfully, he was a chill little guy. He just enjoyed contentedly being swaddled and looking all around him and out the window. Isn't he cute? Look at that little smile . . .


So cozy.



I think these two brothers are going to be great friends!




When I found out Kindred magazine's fifth issue had "Nest" as it's theme, my thoughts flew right away to a photograph I'd taken some years ago. I had taken the image to illustrate this quote from Joan Walsh Anglund:

Thoughts, rest your wings. Here is a hollow of silence, a nest of stillness, in which to hatch your dreams.


I was so excited when the photograph was accepted to grace the inside cover of the Winter 2014 issue!

The creator of Kindred is Amanda, of The Habit of Being. I have long followed her lovely blog. I count her as a mentor of sorts, even though she is far away and we've never met. As a homeschooling mama of five who also loves words and photography, I admire how she has followed her dreams to create Kindred.

She describes this publication on her website: "At Kindred we believe in the power of story to bring people together. We believe stories are written to be shared, to change people, to shape culture, to spark a desire to know and be known. It is in the creation and celebration of story in all its forms: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and visual that we celebrate home. In embracing the idea of home, we celebrate the messy, the meaningful, the people, and places we hold near and dear to our hearts." 2014-02-18_003

I was impressed with the high quality and beautiful design of this full-color publication. If you're interested in a creative publication that features original writing and photography/art, I suggest you order a copy to enjoy.


Captured in 2013

This year I was honored to capture three families, one set of triplet seniors, a head shot session, a maternity session, and a brand new baby girl! Each captured image signifies a moment in time: a new life, students marking the end of the high school experience, or the love between family members. Thank you for entrusting me with capturing these special mile markers in your life! Thank you for allowing me to freeze a moment from 2013 for you to always remember.



Emmalyn | Newborn Session


I have a confession to make. I get very nervous before a newborn session.

And here's why: despite the fact one would assume newborns sleep all the time, newborns are actually one of the most labor intensive subjects to shoot. And little Emmalyn had me sweating when she decided to cry for almost 45 minutes after just a few clicks from the camera. But she and I worked it out once I was able to finally lull her to sleep. And once she was out, she was out.

Then we were able to get these gorgeous shots of her in dreamland. Isn't she pretty? And such chubby cheeks!



Emmalyn was born the week of Christmas so it was appropriate for her to don a Rudolph hat!




So excited for Emmalyn's mom and dad as they begin the parenthood journey!


Emmalyn's mom is quite the DIY crafter. She made the gorgeously whimsical mobile below. And such a sophisticated color scheme for the nursery.


So excited to meet you and capture these special moments, Emmalyn!



Five of Twelve 2013

My personal project, Twelve of Twelve was for the second year in a row, a bust. I'm trying not to let this bother my perfectionistic spirit. ;) Preparing to move really did me in when it came to this project. But that said, we still ended up with five family photos we probably wouldn't have if it wasn't for this project. So here's our year in review:


Picture taken at Josh's grandmother's funeral. This was her church where she was an active member in for many years.



Here we are gearing up to put our house on the market! My favorite picture from this project.



Easter Sunday at my Mom's.



Instagram shot at my Nanny's former home.



Beach vacation at Emerald Isle!


October Instagrams


It's fun to return to some personal posts on this blog, after so many photography sessions!

October was a busy one but full of fun! We've been having lots of fun doing astronomy projects with homeschool friends, apple picking in an orchard with friends, painting, reading, decorating for fall, and getting our pastured poultry in the freezer for winter. A highlight of the month was going to The Maryland Zoo with friends. Ironically, we'd never been to the Maryland Zoo, although we've been to the National Zoo many times.

Here's the snapshot of our month through the eyes of Instagram . . .


The Tripleheps! | Senior Session


When the first picture you take for a session looks this good, you know it's going to be a good day.

The beautiful family above are quite inspiring to me. They have babysat my kids and I've taught them English literature in homeschool co-op. I can only HOPE my kids will be as intelligent, respectful, and responsible when they are their age.

So when they contacted me about doing their senior portraits, I was pretty excited! Take a look at what we captured . . .





Gotta love the dreads!


When talking about group shots and what they Hepler trio enjoy doing together, reading immediately came to their mind. And so it was fun to capture some quirky reading shots as they displayed some well-loved childhood books.



Another activity that the three have enjoyed with their family over the years has been camping. We commemorated the camping experience by getting some group shots around a fire pit while roasting marshmallows.


Congratulations Hepler family on your high school graduation! So excited to what your future holds!

Maher Family | Orchard Family Session


I was so excited to do this family's annual session! You may remember seeing this handsome guy and his family last year as well as when he was three months old. It's been so amazing capturing this family as they've grown. Our first date for our session got rained out, but thankfully, we were able to reschedule and scored a gorgeous evening at Brown Croft Farm. I'm just in love with these pictures and the family interactions we were able to capture!




Someone was excited to check out some farm equipment!


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Looking at the pictures I bet you never guessed Mom is expecting baby #2!

But she is! And we captured some images to use for the announcement once she finds out if she's having a boy or a girl in just a few weeks!


We used this awesome chalkboard cloth Celebration Banner with a chalk pen to create the announcements.


 Thank you, Maher family for allowing me to capture such a special time in your family once again!

Stacie+Scott | Maternity Session


Isn't she radiant? I've known Stacie a long time and know how excited she is to be expecting a little bundle of joy in December! So I was delighted to be able to capture this special time for her and her husband, Scott.

Sunshine, water, and fall foliage provided a beautiful backdrop to their session. Enjoy!



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 Can't wait to meet your little one soon!



Sutton Family Session

In September, we made a trip down to visit Josh's family in Virginia. One reason for the trip was a family session for Josh's cousin Beth and her family. I remember meeting Beth on my first trip to meet Josh's family when we were still dating. We connected right away and it's been such a privilege to watch her own family grow as she married and had two sweet little boys. I only wish she lived closer us!

Beth chose to do her session in Waynesboro's Ridgeview Park. It was perfectly beautiful with a serenity garden full of autumn colors and a stream with a large grassy area for the boys to run, play, read books on a blanket, and watch the ducks.

As you can see, we had lots of fun!


Seriously, the picture below is so magical! I just love it!


What a ham!


Thank you, Beth, for asking me to capture your adorable family!