“Love doesn’t always look like a picture perfect storybook Ah, but sometimes it does” – Rascal Flatts I had an absolutely PERFECT fall evening with these three over at Green Spring Garden! VA sure knows how to show off this time of year, I can’t get enough of the colors! And how sweet is their […]

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“No matter how your heart is grieving If you keep on believing The dream that you wish will come true” -Cinderella The Magic Kingdom is looking extra fancy these days to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World! Cinderella’s castle got a major makeover, and a few extra special carriage pumpkins pop up all […]

“To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future.“ – Walt Disney It’s been nearly 3 years since my last morning at Magic Kingdom with this sweet family, and it made […]

“There comes a day When you’re gonna look around And realize happiness is Where you are” -Moana It might surprise you to know that the World Showcase at Epcot is actually my favorite spot on property for portraits! The castle is absolutely magical, for sure, but I absolutely LOVE all the different backgrounds, textures, colors, […]

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“Remember, you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.” — Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Oh and this little lady certainly is pure sunshine! After 18 months, I was so excited to be back at the Magic Kingdom with a camera in my hand! Family photos at Magic Kingdom are some of […]

What: One 15-20 minute mini portrait session, resulting in 15 high resolution edited files available for downloading with a print release- perfect for holiday cards and gifts! Option One: Fall Mini Portrait Session on Saturday October 9, 2021 between 7:40-9:20am in Ashburn VA, and 2:40-6:00pm in Alexandria VA at Green Spring Garden (rain date is […]

Well look at this smiley little doll baby! Miss Elle came over last week for her 4 month photos and she was decked out in her christmas pajamas and best holiday dress and I couldn’t get enough of her sweet smile! She had me cracking up, she had so much to SAY and babbled and talked to us THE. ENTIRE. TIME! :) It was adorable! Thanks again for coming over, and I can’t wait to see you guys again for her 8 month photos!

melt my heart with that little smile! ooooo pretty lights! :)
she had little santa’s on her feet and she was determined to get them! :) sweet baby! yup I’d take one of these underneath my christmas tree! :) love her little scrunch nose smile! that photo on the left of Elle and her sweet grandmother is quite possibly my faaaavorite image from this session! it just makes me so happy! Happy Thursday! :)

Are you ready for round TWO?! This day truly was a marathon.. goodness gracious I was HURTING by the end of it! We had families coming literally back to back from 9:00-5:00 with about a 30ish minute break for lunch. I truly don’t know what I would have done without the 4 amazing friends who came to help. They were there ALL day long, from set up to take down, and everything in between. They were the ones greeting my clients, serving them hot chocolate, doing all the paperwork, dancing around behind me to get the kids to laugh, moving/grabbing different props when I needed them… literally they did everything BUT take the photos. There’s no way this day would have happened without them! I’ve gotten such great feedback from the clients that participated saying what a good experience they had, and I attribute that only to Nicole, Bailey, Anna, Katie, and the Von Kahle family for hosting and making this day happen as smoothly as it did! Enjoy part 2!! :) look at those DIMPLES! I hadn’t seen John and Sabrina since their wedding in Mexico back in 2011, and I was so excited to finally meet their little girl Daniella! Oh my gracious, I’m SO excited to share these photos! Kellie and Micah are good friends from church, and they have some fun news to share!! BABY Tuten is coming next JUNE!! Yay!! That shot on the left is pure GOLD! :) It makes me laugh every time!! and that beautiful lady next to Kellie is her sweet mama, and my wonderful small group leader, Miss Tammie! I’m so glad you and John were able to tag along for the photos! another one of my absolute favorite shots from the whole day! His smile is the cutest! :) sweet baby! I adored her sweet smile and pretty dress! oooh Mason! this shot right here is my favorite one that was taken with this cozy coupe car! that car was such a hit with all of the kids! he thought the snow was so fun! look at him trying to blow it right back at us! :) his expression on the right just kills me! he figured out how to unscrew the christmas light in the photo on the left, and is trying veeery hard to figure out how to put it back in the shot on the right ;) I hadn’t seen these friends from college since I photographed Emmett’s newborn photos back in January of 2012, and these days he’s not the baby anymore! I couldn’t believe how big these kids have gotten! and this beautiful couple was the PERFECT way to end the day! They are actually getting married this Friday December 6th in a small private ceremony and I’m SO excited to be able to photograph it and be a part of their day! BUT… this photo takes the cake as my absolute favorite from the day! These 4 women are my best friends and support system in life in general, and I was so humbled that they would give up so much of their time and energy to come help make this day possible. They were each so happy to be there and help, and it just goes to show what kind of friends they are and how well they love me. I’m more thankful for each of you than I will ever be able to say! Nicole is one of my best friends from high school and is by FAR one of the most loyal friends you will ever meet in your life. She is one of those people who you know will automatically be a ‘friend for life’ and not one of those people that come in and out of your life. She loves so fiercely and will fight for the people in her life to the very end. She has been one of the biggest supporters of me and my business from day 1 and is always the first to share a blog post or help with marketing ideas. AND in even bigger news, I am so excited for her to become a MAMA in May! She was born to be a mama and I already can’t wait to snuggle that baby! Ooh this girl. Bailey has quickly taken up a very special place in my heart. She is a sweet friend I met at church and has become one of my favorite people to spend time with. She’s the most common occupant of my guest bedroom (and a super fun roommate to have around!), and I love that she and I get so much time together to laugh and talk about Jesus over a bowl of panera soup or a chai tea latte :) She has such a servants heart and is the first to help, always with so much joy and a big smile on her face. She is mature far beyond her 20 years, and teaches me so much every day about loving more. Every time I think about the Lord’s plan for my friendship with Anna, it makes me laugh. Who would have thought when I met Anna and Jason as clients for their maternity session in May of 2010, the plan and the friendship that He had to come a couple years down the road! Somehow she always knows when to call just to check in and say hi, when a bad day calls for an emergency trip to Sweet Frog, and she manages to juggle so much in her day and still find time to call with a new idea for my business or to tell me what new hilarious thing came out of her 3 year old’s mouth that she knows I will get a kick out of too. She shares her two incredible girls with me and lets me be a part of their lives. She teaches me how to pick your battles, and always reminds me that I am more than capable of conquering the “hills” in my life, and that there’s always a ‘downhill’ on the other side of it to look forward to. Yup, I’d say the Lord definitely knew what He was doing when He arranged for our paths to cross again :)
You can all thank this lovely lady for making this whole event happen. I called her over a month ago and said “sooo… i have this idea for holiday mini sessions, but i don’t think I could attempt it on my own!” and in true Katie form, she stepped in to help and lend her creative genius to this process. She’s the one who made sense of my chaos. When I would tell her “I think we should have a Christmas tree out there… umm and maybe a few banners??… and a door! an old door might be cool!” she would be the one to think practically and piece it all together in a way that looked 10 times better than I could have pictured. She picked out the door. She made the banners. She decorated the tree. She picked the wrapping paper and ribbon. She found the location. If it hadn’t been for her I would have walked into Target the first time to try and figure out decorations and just turned right back around and walked out of the store and given up before we even started!

She’s my sounding board. my travel buddy. my encourager. my reality check. my source for new (good) music.  the one who will ALWAYS know a ‘Friends’ reference and why it’s hilariously appropriate in any given moment. the one to ask the hard questions in the most loving, necessary way possible. my outfit checker (many texts begin with ‘does this work?!”). one of my favorite writers. the one who always shows up… always. my fellow disney enthusiast. my support system. the one who lets me try all of my crazy photo ideas on her. my biggest prayer warrior, and one of the clearest examples of Jesus in my life. Thank you again to everyone who participated! Happy Tuesday! :)

Here they are! The first round of Holiday Mini Session photos!! I have been DYING to share these from the day that I took them, but I wanted to give the 17 amazing families an opportunity to view their photos first and call dibs on any photos they didn’t want to show up on the blog, but instead save for their holiday cards as a surprise for their family and friends :) This entire day couldn’t have gone any better! We even lucked out with a little bit of a warmer afternoon considering it was the end of November, AND the day after the sessions it was FREEZING!! I had the absolute BEST team of people to help me pull this off, and all day long all I kept thinking was how there was NO way I could have done it without them! These 5 ladies truly made the day happen and allowed me to do my job well!

The mini sessions sold out every time slot I was offering which was so exciting to see! There were 9 past clients that came out and 8 new ones, which was such a perfect balance of old and new friends. There were some little ones that I hadn’t seen in YEARS, so it was such a fun treat to have them come out for these sessions! This was the first time I’ve ever attempted a day of mini sessions, and I truly couldn’t have asked for a better experience! My wheels may or may not be already spinning for next year ;)

I have WAY too many favorites of these 17 incredible families, so you will get to see the first half today and the second half will be up tomorrow morning so make sure you check back then! :) Thank you THANK YOU to the families that came out, the dear friends that helped, and the wonderful Von Kahle family for hosting us for the day! Happy Holidays, friends!
our little “poor man’s snow machine” proved to be a HUGE hit with all of the kids! That little bag of fake snow from Target was the best $1.99 I spent on this whole thing! ;) I hadn’t seen miss Sydney since she was 6 months old! safe to say she’s changed QUITE a bit since then! more fun with the snow! These boys were some of my absolute favorite clients friends from Newport News and they drove all the way up here for these sessions! What an honor! We made sure to fit in a breakfast date the morning after the session so we could catch up for more than just 20 minutes :) I don’t know how both boys fit in that little car, but they made it happen! ;) LOVE the christmas pajamas!! I was hoping someone would show up with fun pj’s :) Mason brought his own set of wheels to the session! How cute is that little car that Stephanie found?! It’s also been over a year since I’ve seen this handsome boy, who is about to have a baby sister to look out for! :) Those bright blue eyes would melt me every time! don’t you love his little outfit?! that hat is too cute!
Stay tuned for part TWO tomorrow! :) Hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving!

This beautiful family is the Marraccini Family! Meet Jamie, Rana, Marliana, Brienza, Lucca, and Rocco! I got to spend the afternoon with them in their beautiful home taking some updated family portraits They just moved in over the summer, and wanted to do the portraits around their home which I thought was a great idea. The kids have discovered their own little secret fort in their yard, and were excited to tell me all about it. I remember having a special little fort in my neighborhood when I was their age, and I can only imagine how many hours these 4 will spend out there imagining all sort of things over the next few years! They each had their own “bed” out there and had their own little house all set up in the woods. Such creative kids! :) Enjoy some of my favorites from their portrait session! Jamie is an artist and creates the most incredible pieces using GUM! yes you read that right, those pieces behind the kids are made with gum! you can see more of his work HERE! :) Rocco has the sweetest smile! love that shot of him on the right :)Happy Wednesday! :)

The first four months have already flown by, and this tiny baby is now a smiley, chubby, happy baby already full of personality! I got to meet up with Kamdyn and Kalli for her 4 month photos last week and they’re dynamic together is SO sweet. Kamdyn was more than willing to plant tons of kisses on Kalli, help her adjust her santa hat, and even share a bite of the cookie that she sneaked ;) and I’m convinced that Kamdyn’s little pig tails are one of the cutest things I’ve seen! :) We started their session at a little park in my neighborhood and played with the leaves for a while, then headed back to my house to change into some christmas pajamas for a few more photos of just the girls. Happy viewing, friends! :)

Seriously can’t handle her little pig tails! so cute! a little dance party action :)look at that little belly sticking out! :)ha! Kalli isn’t too sure about all of these kisses :)Since I use my home for portrait sessions this time of year, and everyone needs a christmas photo or two, I decided to go ahead and put up all of my decorations pretty early this year. I’m sure my neighbors think I’m crazy, but Kamdyn was THRILLED to see my christmas tree and look at all of the ornaments on it :)
the cutest little present under the tree! showing off that belly button… and sneaking one of Santa’s cookies! :) look at her little pig tails flying from jumping on the bed! love it :)mmm hmmm… sneaky sneaky! :)
oooh this one is my favorite by far! so SO cute! she’s got a belly just like her big sister! ;) Happy Tuesday! :)