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This is home

This is one of those sessions that was in the works for months. We had to keep postponing it because of weather and schedules, but I'm so glad we finally worked it out before this wonderful family moves away from Germany. For the location, Kristin wanted to keep close to home, overlooking their village. I love that we were able to capture some memories here in a spot that means so much to them. Kristin, your family will be dearly missed. I am excited to see what adventures lie ahead for you.

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We're going on a bear hunt...

We're going on a bear hunt.

We're going to catch a big one.

What a beautiful day!

I had so much fun photographing this family. It was the perfect type of session: we went on a walk, laughed and talked, paused for snacks, laughed some more, and captured moments in between. As I have been sitting here editing, I can't stop thinking about one of my favorite childhood books: "We're going on a bear hunt." On each page of the book, the family in the story has to make it through different obstacles in order to continue their hunt. Although they meet challenges along the way, they never give up, and their adventure continues. Tanae, who is an amazing photographer herself, inspires me with her love of the outdoors, her love of travel, and her love of adventure.  But she inspires me most by her kindness, her desire to share her talents, and the way she travels through life's challenges with such beauty and grace. "What a beautiful day!"

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Summer Light

It's probably not hard to tell that this family is amazing! I just love every excuse I have to hang out with them. We lucked out with a perfect evening, filled with lots of summer sunlight. I am so glad I was able to help capture and observe these special moments with this family. It's pretty inspiring to see the unity and love they all share.

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Snow, snow, snow, snow, SNOW!

We had the best time staying at this little cabin in the German alps last weekend.  I always miss my Utah mountains this time of year, but this little piece of heaven definitely hit the spot and we can't wait to go back!!




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Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also {Kaiserslautern Family Photography}

The ultimate treasures on earth and in heaven are our children
Dallin H. Oaks

Meet the beautiful Mikkelsen family. I just loved hanging out with them during their family session last week.  Not only are they beyond adorable, but they are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. Their love and affection for one another made my job super easy. Thanks so much, Joni, for asking me to photography your family, and for being such a wonderful friend. I love the way you love and treasure your kids. :)

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I heart Stone Harbor

Life has been such a crazy blur these past few months.  With all the stress of moving, I haven't had any time to photograph, or blog, or do any of my FUN creative things.  I've missed it so very much.  We always have such a great time at Stone Harbor, NJ.  It's the one week every year that we can all just relax, be together with loved ones, eat ice-cream every night, take time for puzzles, and catch-up on family pictures. :)  Some of my favorite memories EVER are the memories we have at Stone Harbor.

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Burgon Family {Newport News Park, VA}

You may recognize this gorgeous family from other sessions here and here.  I'm so lucky they love to hire me because I just love taking their photos.  They are such a fun, loving, and talented family.  Their son is good friends with my boys and their darling girl is just months apart from my little Cora Jade. Thank you Darcey for asking me to take your photos again and for being such a great friend! Love you guys!

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Morris Family {Newport News, VA Family Photography}

This kid melts my heart.  He is just a hunk of cuteness and he reminds me so much of my son Josiah when he was 6 months old.  Big blue eyes, buttery thighs, and just a solid, solid kid.  I was pretty excited when his mom approached me about taking his 6 month photos, and I'm so glad it worked out to get some family shots as well because this family is so fun and beautiful!  We met up at one of my favorite parks- Newport News Park- and enjoyed an absolutely perfect fall day.  :)  I'm kind of loving the weather we've been having in Yorktown this Fall.  As I sit here editing at 11:00 pm, just days before Thanksgiving, I have the windows open because it's 68 degrees outside!

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Francis Family {Williamsburg, VA}

I knew we would be instant friends when I first met Holly.  She's the sweetest person you'll ever meet!  When I found out she and her 4 year-old son share the exact same birthday as my husband and 4 year-old Jackson, it seemed like an extra special connection we share.  I mean...how cool is that?!  Thanks, Holly, for allowing me to capture some fun moments with your sweet family!

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White Family {Yorktown Beach, VA}

It was so fun to meet up with this cute family again in Yorktown.  It couldn't have been a more beautiful evening, and the kids were so great!  Thanks, Alena for asking me to capture these fun moments with your family!


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Cousins {Lake Anna, VA}

 Cousins are just THE BEST.  Some of my favorite memories growing up are of all the pillow fights, sleepovers, vacations, and summers I spent with my cousins. I am so happy I was able to meet up with this beautiful family at Lake Anna to capture some memories of their times here. These are some of the cutest kids around.  It's so fun to see them growing up!

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Mason Family {Yorktown, VA Family Photographer}

This is one of those families that you just LOVE as soon as you meet them.  They're pretty adorable.  I've had the privilege of teaching 5 year-old Cole violin for the past year, and I've absolutely loved it.  Whenever I ask him how he's doing at his lessons, he smiles big and says, "AWESOME!" They are moving this week and are on to new adventures.  I'm sure glad they were here to inspire me even if it was for a short time.  Thank you, Masons, for making me feel pretty awesome just by knowing you. :)  We love you!



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Henrie Family {Yorktown Beach, VA}

Last fall my friend Mary asked me to take some quick photos of her boys for their school pictures this year.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take them until now because of my maternity leave and the winter cold.  But a couple weeks ago we had an amazing Spring day in the 70s and we decided to take advantage of it! I love shooting at Yorktown Beach because it's so close to home, and my kids can come along and play while I play. :)  What handsome, fun boys! 


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Burgon Family {Yorktown, VA}

How adorable is this family?!  Everett is such a cute, intelligent little guy and I love seeing how much he adores his Daddy.  He's going to be such a great big brother to his baby sister.  Darcey, you are absolutely stunning and I am so excited for your cute family to welcome a new little girl.

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Buehler Family {Williamsburg, VA}

This family is so FUN!  Whether they are dressing up as pirates on "National Dress Like a Pirate Day," dancing in their family room to the Rocky soundtrack, or sporting their Superhero pj's, the Buehlers sure know how to have fun.  Their boys are the same ages as ours, so we have become fast friends.  We decided to meet up in Williamsburg for their family session and had a blast chasing the little guys around.  Thanks Buehlers!  It's always so great to hang out with you. :) 

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This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine

When I think of my friend Alena, I think of her contagious laugh, and the way her face lights up when she is talking to you.  She was the first person we met when we moved to Yorktown, and I have loved getting to know her family.  When she asked me to take her family's photos, we started brainstorming some ideas for her session.  I told her that I love incorporating things that really tell the story of each family I photograph, so we came up with the idea of doing activities centered around some of the things her family loves to do most: playing games, and just having fun being together.  In her game room, where she wants to display the photos, she wants to put the scripture up on the wall from the Book of Mormon that reads, "Men are, that they might have Joy."  I am so grateful to Alena for her example of having joy in everything she does- especially in raising her four beautiful children- and the light she is to so many people.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

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Wittwer Family {Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria VA}

I love this family!  They are just so fun and completely adorable.  I'm so glad Brooke asked me to come back up to DC to take some pictures of her family.  We met up at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, and even though we had to do a mid-afternoon session, it ended up being perfect with the over-cast skies.  It was so fun to see you guys again!

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Halstead Family {Yorktown, VA}

We have only lived in Yorktown a couple months and I already love it!  It is so beautiful and historic, and I love that it is right along the water.  I think we will be going to the beach almost every day this summer. :)  I was so excited when Amanda contacted me about taking some pictures to celebrate her son's first birthday, and that it worked out to take them in Yorktown.  Jasper is a darling boy and I thoroughly enjoyed watching him play and laugh with his parents.  Happy Birthday Jasper!

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Hodges Family {DC Cherry Blossoms}

You may recognize this cute family from Madeline's newborn session.  The Hodges are great friends of  ours, and it was so fun to photograph them again!  Nick recently came home from Army Basic Training  (after winning a position in the Army Strolling Strings).  The cool thing about this story, is that he actually replaced the viola position I just left.  I know firsthand how hard it is to have Daddy gone, so I am so happy that they are together again, just in time for Madeline's first birthday!  Adrienne wanted to do some pictures with the cherry blossoms, so we went downtown on what seemed to be the busiest day of the cherry blossom festival. ;)  Thanks, Adrienne, for giving me an excuse to come back to DC to see you guys and the beautiful cherry blossoms!    

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