Kelly and Finley, the Shepherd Mix

It was a gorgeous day at Fort McNair last Saturday when I met up with Kelly and her pup, Finley, for their pet session. I had been to the area, but had never been to Fort McNair – it is beautiful! Right on the Potomac and right next to the new soccer stadium.

Kelly and Finley are two peas. They were so much fun to hang out with, and I’m so glad they introduced me to a part of the city I never knew existed.


Petersen Family New Home Session

A couple of weeks ago, my spring sessions kicked off with some much needed warmth – not just outside, but also from the Petersen family. They had just moved to Virginia from Hawaii, and they brought the sunshine with them. A military family, they had just moved into their new home here and wanted to get some photos to capture this new chapter. Aloha and welcome to the neighborhood, Petersens!

Pet and Family Session: Yolande the Animal Behaviorist

Last weekend, I got to meet an animal behaviorist. What does that mean? Basically, she is not just a dog trainer – she’s a specialist in dog and cat and will help you understand better your pet’s actions. She works with anxious dogs, frightened cats, and dogs who need a little extra training to be the good boys and girls their owners know they can be.

Yolande works for Companion Animal Behavior based in Leesburg. I spent some time getting to know her, her daughter, and their adorable cat and cockapoo.


The Clancys and the First Snow of the Year

What a better way to round out 2017 than with a surprise snow shower.

For my final shoot of the year, I got to photograph this beautiful family at Manassas Battlefield. When I heard the weather reports, my first instinct was “Oh no! We’ll probably have to reschedule!”

Then I realized that this may in fact be a Christmas card mini session blessing. We decided to go ahead and do the shoot in the snow. And it added just the level of Christmas cheer that brightens up the best Christmas cards.


The Coombs Family and the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s here! Time to break out the holly, deck the halls, bake the cookies, and stuff the stockings. And time for Christmas card photos.

Part of what makes this a magical time of the year is the excitement you get when you discover that snail mail isn’t just for electric bills and coupons you’ll never use. It’s also for Amazon packages filled with joy and Christmas cards filled with cheer.

Christmas cards are that perfect opportunity to literally send a smile (in the form of a happy family photo) to your friends and family.

The Coombs’ were the perfect way to start out Christmas card mini sessions. They brought their Christmas smile A-game. Even their pup showed off his Christmas grin.