Oh, little Miss Harper Rhea. Seriously never a dull moment with this girl!! If you want to have some fun, hang with Harper! I definitely got my little preggo workout in chasing this firecracker all over for her 2nd Birthday Celebration session! Harper is FAST, but oh so sweet and witty, stating, “I AM the princess!” Her grandma asked her if she had any sugar yet, and she responded, “I AM the sugar!” A couple accidental dips in the fish pond and pool and it was quite the event. Haha!
One of my favorite moments? When Harper opened up some pretty sparkly pink shoes, her face lit up and she exclaimed, “Shoes!!” and subsequently hugged and caressed her new favorite foot apparel. 🙂
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The Vecchio Family contacted me about doing a family session for them and to capture their fun little boy right after his first birthday! It was such a joy to hang out with this sweet family on the beach of First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach at sunset. There is nothing like a beach sunset!! Amelia & Mike’s little guy adventured through the park, conducted an antique train car, and sneaked numerous samples of Virginia Beach sand!! Haha!
The following is Amelia’s intro and description of their adorable little man…
“When I was pregnant we were so excited to meet our little boy. ‘What will he be like?’ We’d say. ‘Who will he be?’ Well, within a few days after he was born we figured out that he was a smiley, happy, interactive little guy, who nursed with enthusiasm and took to tummy time naturally. As time went on, we learned he had a silly side, a determined/stubborn side and an adventurous side, among others! Now that he’s a year, we have a walking, running, exploring, chattering, sweet little boy who laughs easily, and brings smiles to many people’s faces. We had such fun during this photo shoot! Many of these sides came out and several of our family shots had to be delayed while he explored his surroundings. Boy did he love the train and the sand!!”
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My hubby Karlton and I have been together for over 13 years, but this August we celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary! This year we decided to celebrate in an extra special way, with the help of Michelle of Michelle Marsh Photography!! Michelle is a good pal of mine, and I couldn’t have asked for a better, sweeter, more talented photographer to do this special session for us! I really wanted some super romantic shots of the hubs and me, and I also had a couple other big ideas in mind as well!
The last five years have been wonderful as we’ve gotten married, bought our first home, both started new careers, and of course started our family with our Kam Man!!! The past year hasn’t always been an easy one, especially with the pregnancy loss we experienced in June. Nonetheless, our relationship has remained strong, and we really love the life we’ve built together. First, here are a few throwbacks from our 13 years together!
Please make sure to also scroll to the bottom for a very special video compilation of the AMAZING photo shoot that we had with Michelle. Please check it out to see why it is sooo special and meaningful to us both!!! 😉
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Most can only imagine what life with three boys aged 3 and under is like on a daily basis, but the West family lives it every day! What fun, energetic, curious boys Ryan & Melissa have! Three-year-old twins Owen & Oliver, and two-year-old younger brother, Spencer. Despite the unusual September heat, the boys had fun exploring Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia.
To get the big smiles, we did have to do some silly talk specifically geared toward little boys, but all three boys definitely showed their great sense of humor!! Check out the behind-the-scenes action of dad passing out some treats in-between shots as some nice Skittles reinforcement! 🙂
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Melissa waited for Pat as he proudly served in Afghanistan in the Army, and once he returned, he has spent his time repaying Melissa every day by romantically meeting her needs, big and small! It was an honor to spend time with this sweet, self-proclaimed, “lovey dovey” couple, as I documented their first year of marriage in their first home together in Alexandria, Virginia. Melissa is obviously quite the decorator, and I instantly fell in love with her sense of style and design! The multiple antiques, photos of their wedding day and special moments, meaningful momentos from throughout their relationship, and special memorabilia from Pat’s Army days were gorgeously displayed around their home.
One item in particular was a little glass jar that Melissa sent to Pat while he was deployed to Afghanistan. It read, “100 Reasons Why I Love You,” and you could see that she listed (over) 100 reasons why she loved him on little pieces of paper inside. So sweet!! Just a small example of the many sweet things throughout their beautiful home.
Melissa & Pat cooked strawberry sprinkle pancakes together, laughed over the extremely thick syrup that Pat picked out, and toasted with mimosas to celebrate their first anniversary! They even shared some anniversary cupcakes — finally with their cute bird cupcake toppers (that were supposed to grace their actual wedding cake)!
After the lovely and intimate lifestyle session we did at their home, we headed to nearby historic Old Town Alexandria where I captured the two in a more formal out-on-the-town look! I just had to sneak in that American flag from a docked ship in the background for this patriotic couple!
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So, little Mr. 8-day-old Brendan was not feeling it at the beginning of our photo session… soiling all of our blankets one by one and staying awake for 3 hours!! We got a few very quick nakey shots, but decided that the only way we were going to be able to keep the little guy happy was to swaddle, bundle, and wrap his little cozy self up! Brendan is definitely a little cuddlebug who loves his mama already! Right at the end of his session, he relieved himself quite loudly, totally broke through his swaddle, and gave us all a “Peace out!”
Big brother Ashton was very curious and sweet, nicknaming me “Mama man,” riding the antique wooden “choo-choo” train, playing with his favorite huge elephant (who also sleeps with him), and giving his little brother “dinosaur kisses!” He also easily recited most of his E.T. book out loud during our session. 🙂
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