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One of my favorite things about photographing families is watching them grow, year to year. Mom contacted me to get some updated images of her family of three. She wanted to stick with Patapsco State Park and hoped we could recreate some of the images in the same location. How precious! Unfortunately, all of the locations we'd used last year were along trails still closed due to the flooding in Ellicott City. None the less, we met at the park and utilized what locations they still had open. A little change seemed to work out because these images are absolutely adorable!
When your bad-ass sister-in-law messages you the week before her 35th birthday and tells you she wants to do a cake smash, you burst with excitement! Rachel ordered a tutu and picked up a cake. After our Saturday morning kickboxing class, Rachel went home to shower and I went home to sketch out her chalkboard facts. We went to her favorite spot in Patapsco State Park, blew up the balloons, and got started. When she was just about to pop the champagne, a park ranger drove by... "Are you Rachel?" (ut oh, we're in trouble) "Happy Birthday," he said as he pulled away. It was a fun day & I think her images capture her, perfectly. Happy Birthday Rachel!!!
Like most moms, Alison wanted some fresh family portraits. Dad & little man, Josh, arrived in the most adorable matching plaid. Aside from being dressed for his portraits, Josh wasn't into it. We wandered around hoping to find a location that interested him, but all he wanted to do was get back in the car. Despite him being a typical one year old, we had a great time chatting as we walked the various paths. In the end, we captured some great shots. Enjoy!
Sometimes your day goes according to plan. Sometimes you get a flat tire and end up running frantically late. Last Saturday was one of those days. Fortunately, I was meeting the sweetest family ever! Meet the Stays. A family of 6 with the kindest hearts and lightest of spirits. I met the family at Patapsco State Park and we quickly got to shooting. The kids loved wandering and climbing trees while dad came up with playful tasks to keep everyone close by and happy. They totally turned my rough start around and I hope they find their photos are charming as I found them.
You might remember these cuties from a family shoot I did last fall. Heather and I were sorority sisters in college and then coworkers when she began teaching at my previous school. A lot has changed since our college days. She's met the love of her life, had an adorable daughter, they purchased a home, and most recently - they got a pig! Omg, the cuteness! Anyway, a few weeks ago, Andrew popped the question. The two were hanging out at home. Heather says Andrew put some music on, like he usually does, but then insisted she dance with him. He put on her favorite song, and they danced. When he spun her around, she found him on one knee. Ring in hand. And of course, she said "yes!" Or was it, "about damn time"? Either way, I could NOT be happier for them! Congratulations love birds!
Last weekend I met this adorable family at one of my favorite locations, Patapsco Valley State Park. Mom wanted some updated family photos for, what I'm going to call, their week of anniversaries! Not only does this week contain their wedding anniversary, but it also contained their son's 1st birthday! We wandered around the park, hitting all the cute nooks the right side has to offer. Their little man, Silas, just started walking so as long as he could move, he was happy!
Leamya, or more intimately known as Mya, is currently wrapping up 5th grade and mom wanted spring portraits just as unique as her daughter. We met at Patapsaco State Park on a overcast Saturday afternoon. First, Mya rocked some authentic Navajo wear, including shoes her mother wore on her wedding day. We snuck onto the train tracks and Mya enjoyed admiring the spring foliage. Then, in true diva fashion, she did a quick change into her "Hammer Time" romper. (her words, lol) Mom and I couldn't keep her out of the trees, but decided to roll with it. In the end, I don't think her portraits could have developed more perfectly!
Meet Jessica. She's a family friend of beautiful Brittany, that I photographed last month. Jessica was eager to capture some photographs before Melanie, baby #2, arrives in February. She text me maternity photo ideas she'd found online and we began gathering our props. We met at Patapsco State Park and got right to work despite the December chill. We checked all the shots off her list and I couldn't be more excited with the shots we captured! May the rest of your pregnancy be as quick and easy as today's shoot!!
You can't choose your neighbors, but at my husband & my 1st home we sure lucked out! Meet the Hartman family. Great fire pit company and good people! Mom requested we meet at Patapsco State Park, but she'd never been there. I recommended meeting at the swinging bridge. Mom and Dad were NOT fans of the unstable bridge, but that didn't stop us. Even Skylar, the lovable family dog, joined in on the action!
Meet the Presley family. Thanks to these two cuties, I rocked my "Weekend Warrior" Fitbit challenge! Mom wanted some fresh family portraits. We chose Patapsco State Park for its fall foliage and water features. The girls are adventure seekers. They go hiking regularly with Dad so they zipped all over the trails, leading the way! With a high of 69 degrees we could not have asked for better mid-November weather. I loved capturing the girls' sweet, infectious smiles and could not be more thankful I had the opportunity to shoot this lovable family!
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