Phoebe & Duncan's Wedding

When I arrived at Duncan's parent's house for his and Phoebe's Woodstock, Maryland wedding, I knew it was going to be one of those creatively fulfilling, easy as pie afternoons. The earliest guests were just starting to arrive, so we snuck out the kitchen door for secret portraits by the woodshed. Phoebe's dress kept picking up tiny leaves and it looked so at home trailing behind her in the grass. She was like an extension of the nature that surrounded us. When it came time for the ceremony, a few chairs from the dining room were set under two enormous trees for grandparents and everyone else crowded around. Phoebe gracefully walked out the front door and met Duncan to exchange vows. Time stood still and you could hear every bird, every whisper of wind, every sigh. 

The Robinson Family Flower Farm

I met Caitlin on the internet back when her oldest, Maisy, was still in diapers. They had just bought their little farmstead and I was still deep in the throes of my own farming adventures. A lot has changed since then- namely the fact that she has three more babies (!), found her calling as a flower farmer, and (most excitingly) we finally met in person! 

During our session, the kids nibbled goldfish instead of dinner, ran around with dirt between their toes, played hide and seek in the cosmos patch, and licked ice cream cones on the greenhouse porch. All the things childhood is made of. This was their first time asking a family photographer to document their life, and I think we made some absolute magic together! 

Thea's First Birthday

Kat and Cris asked me to document their baby girl's first birthday, right in their Maryland backyard. Tissue paper flowers hung from every tree, linen buntings were draped between them, and a tiny play theater was definitely the main toddler attraction! Older children crafted owl masks for each other, and everyone looked sweet as can be, hooting around. Mama walked her homemade strawberry cake with flickering candles out to her baby, tears were held back, and wishes made.

Phoebe and Dolly

When you have the opportunity to meet a bride to talk wedding timeline and meet her grandma in the process, you take it! It was the perfect opportunity to capture some photographs of the two since Dolly wasn't able to attend her granddaughter's wedding. Phoebe wrote a little about her grandma:

Dorothy "Dolly" Cochran, 95 years old. A true remaining doll of the 1920's era. Dolly was the apple of her fathers eye, and was particularly close to her sister Alice, traveling to numerous countries together in their youth. Dolly stated that in order to go downtown, "one must always wear a hat, and gloves." Married at the age of 25 to a U.S. Navy sailor, together they adopted two children from Germany whilst stationed in Holland. Dolly had dreams of becoming a nurse, but ultimately stayed home to raise her children. Dolly has since become a deeply beloved mother, grandmother, and now great-grandmother.

Unposed Family Session // Glyndon, Maryland

It's always a good sign when the family cat greets you first, right? Because of this lovebug, we dove right into their backyard photo session. Everyone wanted in on the snuggles and summer's sun cast the most beautiful glow. The boys of the family were a little apprehensive about having pictures taken, but they quickly realized this was all about play, not posing. We explored the creek, climbed the neighbor's fence, swung on trees, pretended we won the lottery (jumping around like crazy), and the kids had more than one tickle fight! I love photographing families at home.