• Photography

    Senior Portraits: 6 Things to Consider

    Senior portraits are an important rite of passage for many northern Virginia seniors.  While the school photographer can take a couple of candid shots after he takes your formal yearbook portrait, it’s much more fun to have a customized senior portrait experience. Picking the right senior photographer involves balancing photographic style, session experience, and your budget.  Senior portraits will become…

  • Photography

    Photography Project: Mr. Gray’s Repair Shop

    The moment Mrs. Gray led me into the basement to discuss repairing my son’s clarinet, I knew I had the perfect subject for my photography project — Mr. Gray and his workshop. I’ve been working on a personal project of photographing people doing things they love.  There was something about the master-craftsman nature of Mr. Gray’s work that really drew…

  • Families

    The Gift of Family Portraits

    A beautiful portrait of your family hanging on the wall can help turn a house into a home. It is something personal, something you can’t purchase at Ethan Allen or Pottery Barn. Your family, the people you love most in the world, looking at you and showing you their unique personality and beauty. It has the power to make you…

  • Musings,  Reviews

    Review: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

    Won’t You Be My Neighbor is a wonderful documentary film about Fred Rogers, of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” fame. It’s an incredibly thought-provoking movie that still resonates with me, months after I first saw it in the theaters.  Three times in fact.  But I digress. I did not watch Mister Rogers Neighborhood as a child, so I didn’t have any pre-existing…

  • Families,  Photo Tips

    4 Mistakes to Avoid When Photographing Your Kids

    This picture from almost 10 years ago makes me laugh now, but at the time I admit I was frustrated. I had a new camera and was excited to practice photography on my kids. They, as you can see, were not as excited to be photographed! I ended up deleting most of the pictures from that day, but I kept…

  • Seniors

    Destination Senior Pictures – Sunflower Fields

    When Victoria and her mom said they wanted to take senior pictures in sunflower fields, I was excited to try a new location. Nothing says happy and fun-loving like a field of sunflowers either, and it brought out Victoria’s playful side. It’s a bit of a drive, but the pictures are completely worth it! Victoria looked absolutely gorgeous in her…

  • Reviews

    Book Review: Boys in the Boat

    I love books.  When my children were small, I had much less time to escape into the pages (virtual or paper) of fiction.  I belonged to a neighborhood book club, but I was probably its least reliable member.  However, now that my nest is emptying out (!!!) I have a little more time and as part of my commitment to…

  • Seniors

    Destination Senior Pictures – Meadowlark Gardens

    Meadowlark Gardens in northern Virginia is a wonderful location for a photoshoot! Many of my seniors have their senior pictures taken there, as do many families. Meadowlark Gardens does charge a small admissions fee (about $5, although as a member I can bring in two guests for free), and there is an additional fee of $25 to use the garden…

  • Wedding

    Terry + Ally – A Vintage Wedding

    This vintage wedding was truly a celebration of love. The way the Ally and Terry treated each other, looked at each other, spoke to each other — it melted my romantic heart. And their love was not just reserved for each other, but also for every one of their cherished guests. Ally was a high school classmate of mine, and…