Amber’s loves

If you live on the East Coast, you know it’s rained a lot this spring.  That’s tough on a natural light photographer .  We did manage to get a few sunny mornings and I kept thinking of that song while editing : “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day.”  The funny part is the next line is , ” When it’s cold outside I’ve got the month of May.”  Amber wanted these done before Greg’s deployment overseas.  What a sweet family!

One of my sweetest clients shared something very personal after our photo session that she’s graciously agreed to share with you who read.

from Rae:

“I want to share something with you, in hopes that I can fully express our appreciation and gratitude. I initially contacted you last fall, thinking about maternity and newborn sessions. Shortly after I did, we lost that baby. Since then, we have lost 2 more. Needless to say, it has been the most painful and heartbreaking year of our lives. But, let your photographs serve as a testament, that it has also been the most beautiful. That joy is greater than pain, and that love will heal a broken heart. I look at these and feel whole. They really are a gift. And we are so grateful. You even managed to capture the words on my bracelet that honor my sweet babies, so it’s like there is a photo of all of us.”

Needless to say, I was in tears after her email.  My hopes in sharing this her words is for healing.  Life truly is a gift and a miracle, our future is never certain but we can do our very best to love and live in the present.


One thing that is so exciting to live and experience is the love you feel when you bring home another child. You can wonder, will I love one less to love another more?  No.  Immediately, your love multiplies.  Like a place in your heart you didn’t even know or existed.  Just like the birth of that baby, this love is an inexplicable feeling and a gift.  You can’t make it happen.


A beautiful January afternoon of 2016 was truly a triumph of love.  A union so sweet nothing but joy, hope and love overflowed in every minute of the day.  With their immediate family, Katie and Tim married at The Greenbrier, West Virginia.  I really can’t put one moment as my favorite from this elegant and gracious wedding.  When I asked Tim’s nieces and nephews at the end of the night, they all immediately said, “The ceremony!”  Katie and Tim’s vows to each other touched everyone’s heart, not a dry eye.  The kiss – they kissed looked at each other, hugged and kissed again.  It was right out of a fairy tale, just perfect.  So happy to share a most wonderful day!  Congratulations Katie and Tim!


richmond, virginia has some seriously great murals!  ariel was so great to let an alternative, fun backdrop be part of her family session.  not only did they brave it between two rainstorms but the kids were great.  featured murals are by jerkface  @incarceratedjerkfaces and jason woodside @jasonwoodside

as thanksgiving approaches, i’m so thankful for this family and all the families who make time to have me photograph the chapter in their lives.  i’m so touched and honored.  family is everything, and it will just fly by.

1015202125303540455060657580859095100110115120125130135140145161162b164band they lived happily ever after.

miss lucie.

seeing caroline and reid together was quite a sweet moment.  when the two look at each other, little sparks would fly and the two just melted side by side.  with lucie, there was no difference.  she is home melted in all that love.  i’m really excited to show you both of these sessions together.

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