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Ashley & Rich’s E Session

I woke to an overcast sky this morning, but fortunatley no rain, so I was able to meet Ashley & Rich at Quiet Waters for their engagement session.  These two were great to work with…willing to do whatever I asked, no matter how goofy.  But it defintley paid off…

















They are so in love…









We headed down to the overlook for some more fun…

















We were all trying not to fall down a hill while trying to get this one…I think this might be my fave:

















Thank you guys for choosing me…I had a blast!



The Ricker Kids

Trying to get four kids looking in the same direction at the same time is never easy, but I think we pulled it out at the Ricker’s last week.  Here are the kids together:










I think that we got FABULOUS shots of each of these guys alone, too…





















































And here is the side of beef that is 9 month old, Dani…she is so cute and pudgy…you can’t help but pinch her!  The dress she is wearing belonged to her mom when she was a baby:

















You guys worked so hard for me…you were great! 


The Marshall’s

BOY, am I behind on blogging!  I’m sure no one has noticed… 🙂

Miss Olivia turned a year in July, so we were a little overdue for photos.  So I met these guys at the beach by their house, and we got some really fun photos.  Here is the whole gang:

















Just the kiddos, Andrew & Olivia:










Here is the birthday girl:

















And I love this one with she & Daddy:

















It was great seeing you guys!  Sorry this took so long…


Greger’s in the Rain (Almost)

It was sprinkling when I arrived, so we got to work immediatley not knowing how long we had til the sky was going to open.  And boy did we get a lot done in a short amount of time.  The Greger’s have a beautiful back yard, so we worked quickly and got some great shots.  Here is the fam:









And Lisa’s mom & dad stopped by to jump in a few, and here they are:










This shot is hard to get on sunny days, so the overcast sky came in handy for this one:










Mom & Abbie got a little silly and jumped in the pool in their clothes (LOVE IT!):













And then Ellie thought she & Daddy should have a picture with….with…I CAN’T REMEMBER HIS NAME!  Their very sweet pup with a name that escapes me (sorry!):















You guys were awesome!  Thanks so much for being so cooperative, and such good listeners!  I don’t think I’ve taken that many photos in 30 minutes in a while!  🙂



The Reyes Kiddos

Yesterday I met the Reyes family for the first time.  These three are very bright, very busy, and cute as can be.  The photos are to celebrate the adoption of their daughter, Sonia, who is quite a girl.  Here she is with her two big brothers, Daniel and John:










John wasn’t too interested in taking photos, so while he was busy showing off his flash-like running skills, I got this great shot of Daniel and Sonia together:









Sonia was getting very close to nap time and got tired of my games pretty quickly.  But mom started a little airplane game, and really got her giggling:

















It was so great to meet you guys!  What a beautiful family!  And thanks to Shelley Mazzuca for the hook-up!



The Morse Family

Well, it has been a long time since I have posted about these guys.  More than two months has passed since we lost baby Jeremy, and the Morses are taking life day by day, enjoying every moment God has given them, and trying to adjust to the Jeremy-sized hole in their home and hearts.  Amy and I got to have dinner together last week, which is something we don’t get to do often, and it was so great to just sit, sip margaritas and pour out whatever needed to get out.  Since the moment I met Amy, I knew she was special, and I am so thankful to call her friend.  It is so difficult to watch your friend go thru such a horrific time, not knowing what to say or do, knowing that you can’t do anything to fix it or change it.  But I cherish Amy’s friendship, as well as Scott’s, and each of her beautiful children, no matter how lost for words I am.  I know God has put us together for a reason.  Amy has started her own blog called Finding Sunshine, and if you have the time (and I know if you’re reading this YOU DO!) check it out.  She is an absolute inspiration.  The last post she wrote talked about the dreaded question, “How many children do you have?” and how to answer it.  Up to that point, there wasn’t anything about her situation I could relate to.  But when she wrote that, I thought, “Hey!  I understand that!”  As some of you may know, I have a son who I placed for adoption 15 years ago.  I have a Zach-shaped hole in my heart that I live with everyday.  I know it isn’t the same, and I chose my situation, and Amy most certainly has not chosen hers, and I have peace of mind knowing that Zach is alive and doing well, and Amy was not afforded such a luxury.  But just focusing on that question…I feel like I have one thing that I actually get.  I know its not a big thing, and it is very different, but it is something.  And sometimes it is all we need. 

So when I went to visit them last week, we wanted to do something to honor Jeremy.  Amy bought some balloons, and had the kids write messages to Jeremy, and we let the balloons float up to heaven so Jeremy would know how much they miss him.  Each of the kids took pride and care with what they wrote and drew, even 2 year old Nolan.  It just breaks my heart that they have to try and understand why their brother isn’t here anymore, but these kids are so amazing, and they celebrate Jeremy in so much of life.  Its just precious.  Here is Trevor making his message:









And Meredith (she was looking at his birth announcement so she wouldn’t misspell his name):

















  And Nolan:


















Once all the messages were made, we tied them to balloons and headed outside to let them go.  The sky was unbelievably blue!  And I love the look on Nolan’s face in this photo:


















Up, up and away!


















This was such a sweet thing to witness, I am so grateful to have been there.  They had done this before as a family at the cemetery, and Amy shared about that on her blog.  It was very touching.  There is a photo of Meredith on her knees praying over Jeremy’s grave…I can’t stop looking at that photo.  Just precious.

And as I was leaving we grabbed this shot of everyone’s feet…the kids donning their Jeremy bracelets, and Amy with her sunshine painted on her toe…all in honor of Jeremy. 













Thank you, Amy, for letting me be part of your life…for better, for worse.  I’m here for it all.  I love you.


The Shaeffer’s

It was an early start on Saturday with the Shaeffer’s, but the boys were in great moods and have grown a TON since I last saw them!  They have settled into their new, beautiful home on Gibson Island, where there are so many great spots to take photos, it should keep me busy for quite a while!  Here is the whole fam under the crape myrtle:

















The boys are only 7 1/2 months old, but their favorite position is standing! 

Here is Daddy & George (I hope I got that right):









And Mommy & Charlie:









Daddy worked up a sweat and put on quite a show that got the boys giggling:









And this is one of the last photos we took, and I just love it…









You guys are so great…it was wonderful to see you again! 


The Sands Family

Last week I got to visit with the Sands family down in Edgewater.  We visited the beach close to their house and enjoyed the cool weather (well, cool in the shade).  Jacqui is cooking baby #3, so their family will have a new look by the holidays, but here is the foursome of today:










Brian and Kylie were having fun playing in the sand, but we managed to get them looking in the same direction for a brief moment:










Here is Kylie looking so grown up:

















And Brian is one busy liitle bee, so all of his photos were action shots.  Here he is playing a most amusing game of peek-a-boo around a tree with Daddy:

















And I love this shot of Daddy and the kids:









It was great to see you guys again! Can’t wait to meet the new baby in December!


Steve & Shelane’s TTD

I have known Shelane for, gosh…13 years?  She was a bright-eyed, sweet girl when I first met her…her dad & I worked together at the Picture People back in the day.  He taught me a lot about shooting weddings, and I have both her parents to thank for thinking outside of the retail-studio box.  But back to Shelane…she has since grown up, become an outstanding teacher, and married her high school sweetheart.  She & Steve are celebrating thier 5 year anniversary in a few weeks, so in honor of that, we did a Trash the Dress session at Patapsco Valley State Park.  What a great way to get back to work after vacation!  This is one of my favorite images of the day…the light was just yummy…

















Shelane looked SO pretty…


















There was a lot of giggling going on…









We headed up the Cascade Falls Trail, and got some very romantic stuff…


















Shelane was up for anything, so we totally soaked her and got some real sexy stuff…









Thank you guys so much for indulging me…you were awesome! 


The Marx Family

It has been a year since I saw Olivia, and she she is now turning five and excited about starting kindergarten!  She has grown up so much, but she is sweet and pretty as ever!  Look at this girlie:









Mommy & Daddy got in on the action this time…

















What a good looking group! 

We met at Benjamin Banneker Park for our shoot…it was so nice!  I didn’t even know what Benjamin Banneker did!  Sometimes I am embarassed to live in such a history-rich part of the country and know so little about things that happened here.  If you’re interested, read a little about him here.  Don’t say I never taught you anything…

Anyway…it was a great spot to learn some local history, and take pictures!

















And we ended with this fun shot:










Olivia…you are an AWESOME jumper!  You should think about cheerleading!  😉 


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