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Kate, Joey and Baby J | documentary family photography | Arlington, VA

Not gonna lie, I know almost nothing about babies. I come in for an hour, encourage cuddling and smiles, then I hit the road and process the images. But it’s really interesting how two-week-old newborns have such different personalities. They can’t tell you much, but their eyes are doing lots of things. And their mouths. And, hey, who are we kidding, their butts.

Kate and Joey invited me into their home to document a piece of their first days with Baby J.

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This is one of my favorite family photos ever. Their poor dog is feeling neglected with the new addition. And: owls!

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It was mad overcast that day but their house has tons of beautiful light.

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I had one foot out the door and Baby J started doing his asleep-smiling thing. We caught one!

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Congratulations guys! He’s beautiful.

March: Stray Frames | Personal

Here’s what happens every winter: I look at my calendar with so much empty space and I say “dang, I’m going to be sooooo bored.” I then proceed to say “yes” to my every tiny whim. For instance, this winter, I was simultaneously taking classes or self-directing learning in calligraphy, Judaism, ceramics, Java programming, guitar and yoga.

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In March, I traveled to Charlottesville for a friend, took the Northern Virginia Short Course in Photojournalism, spent a few quality days in NYC, and juggled many things for a styled shoot last week. It feels like it’s been crazy and Spring has barely broken through.

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But, truth be told, I love to be occupied. Gaining new skills makes me feel useful and travel is always on the agenda. I have a really big announcement to make but you’re probably going to have to wait quite a while to hear it. My mental energy feels like it’s split right in thirds: clients, side projects and enrichment, and “the news”. I’m being vague on purpose. You’ll have to deal. Or talk to me in person.

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I love your style of shooting!

Miranda & Josh | Mexican Cultural Institute wedding | Washington, DC

Miranda and Josh got married at the resplendent (that’s a new word on this blog!) Mexican Cultural Institute last month, amid scads of friends and family and minus frills and buffet seating and white dresses. These two threw exactly the party they wanted with all the things they needed – good food and drink, lots of folks, an amazing venue and none of the fuss. Miranda and Josh:

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Miranda skipped a giant white fluffy dress for this elegant azure number.

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The Mexican Cultural Institute has these amazing murals in the stairwell, echoing the Federal Buildings in Mexico City. When we met before the wedding to walk through the venue, I was floored (walled?).

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And the rest of the house is really sweet too – that’s an organ on the right!

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