Brothers Avik and Som had a blast running around this wildflower filled meadow playing superheroes and finding new insects and flowers to explore. Their mom and dad were all about embracing their kids’ wild and free nature and because of that, we captured some honest and intimate moments whenever the boys naturally went in for cuddles (instead of forcing poses.) I’m such an advocate for child-led sessions!
Rorri Lee’s nursery is a picture of zen and this newborn session took on exactly that vibe. She spent lots of time happily nursing and then snuggling with mama and papa. I loved that this family wanted to include their fur babies in their photos and they were SO well behaved!
This newborn session was everything a newborn sesh should be- lots of snuggling, snoozing, and a hearty dose of love. At only three weeks old, tiny Rollie slept almost the entire time and finally woke up after an hour to gaze at us with wise eyes. I always try to focus on the kinds of pictures I’d want of my own baby- a few details of tiny fingers, newborn wrinkles, and peachfuzz, but mostly images that make me remember what it felt like to hold him when he was so small. I really hope these photos bring back those feelings for Rebecca and Sean as their first baby grows into a little boy.
Adrienne and Greg actually hired me to photograph their wedding several years ago, and when I learned about little Finn, I could hardly contain myself!! It was so fun catching up and seeing them in their new roles as mom and dad.
I really wanted to capture some mother-daughter affection, so we played a game called "telepathy" and it worked like a charm!
Diana and her boys enjoyed a golden hour family session on a beautiful spring evening. They picked flowers, played in the creek, and pushed each other in the tree swing.
This cutie pie was wide awake during the majority of our session, wide eyed and cuddly. She stared at her mama and papa as they did what all new parents do- fawn over the peachfuzz, the rosy cheeks, and every last finger and toe.
Crystal and Renee live in a cozy little row house in Hampden with exposed brick, beautiful hardwood floors, and charming stained glass windows. I love that the aesthetic of in-home newborn sessions is always defined by the style of a person's home.
Grace and three month old Lia are visiting from Turkey, so grandpa hired me for an at home photography session to document this precious time in Lia's babyhood.
For all of my in-home sessions, I like to walk around a house and scope out where the loveliest light is. At Mary's house, the nursery and living room were absolutely beautiful and filled with natural light. I loved how bright and airy they felt!
Even though it was a cold, rainy afternoon, we stayed warm and dry in the beautiful Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park. I'm normally down to make photos in almost any weather, but when tiny babies are involved, that can be tricky. I'm so glad this amazing venue exists!
Photographing kids in their element means following their lead, getting down on their level, and occasionally enticing them into situations where they're cuddling up on mom. (That often takes creativity, since running around independently is pretty exciting!)
This is the third year I've had the privilege of photographing the Lindamood family, and watching their girls grow has been a complete joy. While they've gotten taller, more independent, more introspective, goofier, one thing has stayed the same- their affection for one another and their parents.
Oregon Ridge Park Nature Center is one of my favorite locations for family photo sessions because it has SO much variety- there's the nature center itself, full of fish, birds, snakes, bugs, giant taxidermied animals, and outside is full of fun adventures.
Hanna reached out to me about taking photos of her new baby girl around the time she turned six months old. They wore matching blue calico dresses and Marlow’s hair only turned curlier in the light mist that fell.
It was only fitting that we have a "painting party," so my partner Matt went all out and built her a DIY spin art bike for kids. Her guests had a blast and everyone went home all tuckered out and (hopefully) ready for a long nap!
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.
Mama walked a homemade strawberry cake out to her strawberry-loving girl, tears were held back, and wishes made.
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.
Everyone piled on mom and dad's bed, baby nursed, dad read a few picture books, and we all marvelled at how much their family had changed in just a few years!
Kat and Thea came to my meadow for a mother-daughter mini session when the buttercups were in full bloom. Our time together was quiet and reflective.
This easygoing family session in Patterson Park was full of laughter, dancing, and fondly recollecting family memories.
Dominique and Ina joined me at dusk in a field of buttercups to document her first trip around the sun. Ina was still getting a feel for her walking feet and those little fingers wrapped around mama's fingers were so precious and trusting.
We found a magical grassy spot tucked away in the forest and played in the dirt, spotted a beautiful opening into a neighboring meadow, and eventually made our way down to the creek where the kids had a blast cooling off in the water.
Rachel and Amelia joined me in Washington DC for an informal mother-daughter portrait session. The weather was perfect and the park was filled with families enjoying themselves.
Lauren , Josh, and their two toddlers met me at Sherwood Gardens in the height of spring for a golden hour mini session among the tulips.
For Louisa’s first birthday, we met at sunset at Oregon Ridge Park. The light was soft, leaves were crunchy, and Louisa wore the softest pastel dress. I love how it paired with the muted tones of fallen leaves.
Before I was a photographer, I worked at a Montessori preschool where Parker and Preston attended. In fact, when I first started there, Preston wasn’t even born yet! It was such a privilege to photograph these brothers in their element, years later.
Each year, Erica has chosen a new spot for family photos. This year it was the alleyway behind their Roland Park home which lead to a sunny field.