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Jade & Paul | Arlington maternity session

Jade and Paul just bought a house, in time to fill it with their ridiculously tiny dogs and an itty-bitty new person Jade is growing. I’m excited to meet the new little human later this year, but for now Jade and Paul wanted to document this time of transition in their lives. We took a few around their new digs, then scooted over to a really lovely park near their house. I hope the baby has a huge head of curly hair, too.


I generally like dogs, but these are really really cute dogs. I think if there were only one of them, I wouldn’t be tripping.


Warning: fake laugh ahead. It works, what can I say?


Congratulations, guys! See you before you know it!

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Shawn, Randall & Baby R | Maryland Documentary Family Photography

One of the joys of being a part of such a big moment in my clients’ lives is watching them grow from there. I come in at a big transition, and sometimes I get called back in for other changes, like new additions. Shawn and Randall had Baby R just a couple weeks before I came to their house to do a few portraits and document a little sliver of their lives as new parents.


We shot in their home, as that is where new parents spend all of their time. I believe the “normal” is beautiful – the wonder, discovery, gratitude and also the exhaustion, the spit-ups, the poopy diapers. Life is short. Photos help. Doggies too.


(S&R – don’t worry. I gave you a ton of color photos too. I just thought the black and white worked well for the setting.)


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Beth, Chris & N | Philadelphia documentary family photographer

Beth, Chris and N were kind enough to invite me up to Philadelphia to photograph them in the neighborhood where Beth grew up. It’s a really cool area, where we couldn’t go more than half a block without running into someone Beth knows. I met this rad family at another client’s wedding and it was great to see them again. And always exciting when folks are looking for that documentary angle to their family pictures (because I really don’t do any other kind of family sessions).

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Beth grew up walking around these woods.

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I think this might have been when N said Jamie was “too slow” to play tag.

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It’s possibly never going to snow again in DC, but they had a good bit on the ground in Philadelphia that day.

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Thanks again Beth, Chris, N and Jamie!

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