Archive for 'family'

August 21, 2017
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1I first met seanna when she was a bridesmaid in nettie + bryan’s wedding and have had the pleasure of getting to know her more at her sister, erin’s, wedding to nick, and then again when lindsey and jeremy got married.  but this is the first time that I’ve actually worked with her and her husband, matt. this was also the first time that I was meeting their adorable daughter, dylan, and family pup, ruca. we had an absolutely perfect day on assteague which is a favorite place for all of us. from the first snap of my shutter, I loved this session. dylan is such an adorable little girl and happiest when she is in the arms of her parents. and ruca.. we were soul mates from the get go. I had such a wonderful time and hope that this is one of many more sessions to come!

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August 18, 2017
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1several years ago, when I first met kristin and rob, I was struck by their kindness and their warmth… and I clearly remember thinking to myself, ‘they are going to be such awesome parents.’ since then, there has been a wedding and many sessions in between but as I drove up to annapolis to meet their daughter, amelia, for the first time, I recalled that first day. this sweet little nugget was awake, alert, and I swear that she gave me a little grin when I bent down to say hello. and my friends? they are so smitten over their girl, so in love with her and each other ~ to document such joy made my heart smile. I am looking so forward to watching you all grow together over the years.. love you!! xoxo

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August 08, 2017
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1the last time we worked with the villani family was two years ago. jillian photographed this beautiful bunch shortly after their youngest son, evan, had arrived and to join siblings cate and ryan. needless to say, everyone has grown up quite a bit since then and we returned to the beaches of assateague for their latest session. when we met up in the parking lot, it wasn’t looking good… although clear, you could hear thunder rumbling in the distance and all the weather apps were showing doom and gloom but we decided to go for it – and I’m so glad that we did! the bad thing about an incoming storm is the uncertainty and there were moments that we took shelter under the walking bridge. but the awesome thing about summer storms is the dramatic sky and the lighting it provides and we took full advantage of this crazy weather. family sessions are typically a team sport.. with parents helping me with positioning the kids, letting me know the little things that make them smile, etc. but on this day, the whole family was on board! I’ve included some outtakes in this post that made me giggle.. from evan doing some mid-session stretching to big sister cate helping me to get a smile with her stuffed animal. I had so much fun with all of you and am looking so forward to the next time!

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July 21, 2017
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1I spent a wonderful afternoon on the beaches of ocean city with this big and beautiful family…. three generations of super fun personalities and lots of love were awesome to capture. each family was unique in their own way, with kids of varying ages – there was even a fresh engagement in the mix! I walked up the beach to meet them as all 23 made their way out of the hotel and was immediately smitten with this bunch. everyone was so nice and greeted me like an old friend and while each family was a little different, the joy this family shares spans all generations. and as we wrapped up the session, everyone gathered around the matriarch and you could see where everyone got their spunk and humor from. I had such a lovely time and hope to revisit all of you the next time you gather down my way!

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1it seems like only yesterday that we were photographing kelly’s maternity session, but this little guy is already 6 weeks old! when I arrived at the house to meet baby dylan for the first time, I was greeted by proud older siblings, daniel and hadley. not that they would remember, but I had done this very thing with them and it was so cool to see them so excited for this time with their little brother. dylan could not have been easier to photograph… he is adorable, curious, and peaceful. to get all of the kids together for some photos was so much fun ~ there is so much love there and it will only get bigger as they grow up together. kelly and alex were as blissed out as they had been with every addition to their beautiful family… a little tired, maybe :) but SO happy! to document every silly moment, every tender gesture, and every hug and kiss was such a joy. I love all of you and am so happy for you xoxo

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July 03, 2017
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1sometimes you have that moment.. or in this case a series of many moments during a session. the weather is ideal, the wardrobe choices are perfection, and the client is fun, fearless, and just gets you and your vision for the shoot. such was the evening that I spent with this lovely mother-to-be. cailyn is the younger sister of my dear friend and client, amanda. many moons ago, amanda and I worked together and I remember cailyn coming in to visit her sister… she seemed so young at the time ~ and she was. time has flown! not only has amanda had two beautiful children since then, but now cailyn is expecting her first. we had such a beautiful evening on chincoteague – given the time of year, it was downright chilly and glorious. cailyn was simply amazing as she went along with anything that I suggested and then some ~ this being her first pregnancy, she is so comfortable in her skin and it shows in the way she moves and in her sparkling eyes… she’s SO excited to be a mom and I am so very happy for her. I can’t wait to met your baby and the newest addition to a family that I love dearly xoxo

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June 15, 2017
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1wren is the daughter of two of my dear friends and I have had the pleasure of knowing this little girl since the day after she was born. her mom, who is also a photographer, contacted me about her upcoming birthday and asked if we could get together for a bit in berlin to document this big milestone… wren, balloons, and ice cream? I am so in! these photographs really speak for themselves… wren is an inquisitive, happy, and beautiful child and I am so grateful to watch this family grow together. happy birthday little miss! loads of love surrounds you xoxo

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June 08, 2017
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to document the journey of a couple is one of my greatest joys as a photographer. from engagement to wedding day and then getting that call that they are expecting a child and becoming a family ~ these are such life changing moments and I feel honored and humbled to capture them… and such is the story of the esworthy family. I met erika and josh years ago when I photographed their beautiful wedding day and not too long after that did their daughter, hayden, arrive. my first session with her was almost 8 years ago, and in the years since I have photographed them 5 times (click here, here, here, and here if you’d like to see our past sessions). every time I am with them, I am completely smitten with this family. erika and josh are still as as crazy as ever about each other, and hayden is growing into such a lovely young lady in front of my camera. she is spunky, thoughtful, funny, and so very sweet. as always, I look forward to our next adventure together! xoxo

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May 16, 2017
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1this session has been several years and three babies in the making.. see, in the west household, I have been given the nickname, ‘the inducer’. when I photographed kelly and alex’s wedding, I knew how excited they were to start a family ~ so when they learned that they were expecting their first child, daniel, I knew we were going to be doing a maternity session. we got the session on the schedule and then shortly thereafter, she went into labor. everyone was fine, but the session never happened. then, a couple of years later, kelly was pregnant with their daughter, hadley. we got the session on the schedule and kelly even went out and bought a dress. and then….. yep, she went into labor. happy and healthy little girl, but no session. so this time… this time! we were on a mission. kelly texted me to let me know that she had gotten the dress and I teased, ‘okay, lay down and don’t move until the session’. we laughed, but I think we were both crossing our fingers at the time. but we needn’t have worried ~ we were given a beautiful day and I had the best time working with all of them. daniel and hadley are so much fun and kelly and alex… well, they’re just about the coolest couple I know. I am looking so forward to meeting the newest baby west and am really grateful that we were finally able to make our many plans and ideas a reality this time. I love you all and am so happy for you! xoxo

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April 25, 2017
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1a few short weeks before I photographed this, I visited my cousin, caitlin, and her newborn son, kie, at the hospital. we had a quick session to document this special time, but I knew that I would return to include big brother, gray… and the family pup, diesel (long but funny story there… :) ) when they were still at the hospital, gray wasn’t too sure what to make of this new person who everyone was coming to visit. but now at home, it was so lovely to see that he’s starting to figure out that he’s got a brother, a sidekick, a best friend… for life. I love all of you so much and am so happy and grateful to share this time with you xoxo

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