Welcome Baby Zaynab | Northern VA Photographer

On September 21, 2017 at 4:10 A.M. sweet Zaynab made her entrance Earthside, at 32 weeks gestational age.  She weighed 4 lbs. 9 oz. and was 17 inches long.  Before I go any further let me just say this sweet soul has absolutely completed our family.  She has brought peace and calmness and has been an absolute light.

Our birth story this go around was beautiful, as they all are in their own unique and different ways.  I won’t get into too many details right now, but I will tell you it was beautiful despite being in labor for 24 hours and a long surgery.  I was scheduled for a c section just a couple weeks later, but went into labor again and started progressing shortly after hitting the 24 hour mark.  I couldn’t of imagined a different entrance for her though, the doctors were amazing, kind and loving and I was blessed enough to have my husband with me and my mama with me for right up until we delivered.  The moment I heard Zaynab cry I knew right away my soul was complete.  I am forever grateful for the nursers, doctors, my husband, my mama, my family, my children and God.  Zaynab you are perfect in all ways and you are so very loved.  After two and half weeks in the NICU you are home with all of us and we are all thrilled.  I can’t wait to share our birth story in depth at some point, but for now I want to introduce her and share her beauty and the love we all have for her.  <3.

 

If you have emailed me or reached out, please be patient while I return all calls and emails soon!  I’m currently booking sessions for the new year and I am so looking forward to enjoying this time at home and the new year when I start doing sessions again!

 

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Goldstein Newborn Session | Northern VA Photographer

One of my favorites parts about what I get to do is watching families grow.  I love watching little ones and how they change and interact in the world.  I love watching new little ones come into the world and love watching how it changes the dynamic of a family.  I love to document this for families and in my own family.  When Gwen & Joel asked me to do their newborn photos after our family session last fall, I couldn’t of been more thrilled!  I was so happy for them with little man L coming and so happy for their little girl J too!  Their newborn session was filled with love & laughs and new parenthood all over again.  Little miss J loved for me to read to her and to give me hugs, which warms my soul.  And little man was just absolutley so sweet, and so, so alert!  Thank you so much for asking me to document your family again and I so look forward to seeing you all again very soon!  Here’s a few of my favorites from your session!

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Swislow Newborn Session | Northern VA Photographer

So, I’m late to blogging.  Things have been super hectic at our house with a lot of ups and downs and pregnancy!  Anyhow, I’m catching up and I am SO in love with this newborn session!  When Rebecca reached out to me about documenting her new little one I couldn’t have been more thrilled.  I’d actually met her and her little girl M at a little gym class with my youngest and felt so honored she’d ask me to document such a special time.  Our newborn session was laid back, filled with laughs, hugs, and a lot of chatting.  Rebecca & Micah, congratulations again and I hope to see you both in the new year!  Here’s a few of my favorites from your session!  

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Austin Turns One | Northern VA Photographer

Ok, let’s just get it out there.  This little guy is adorable!  I mean seriously, adorable.  AND I don’t think he stopped smiling his entire session.  I was so thrilled when Michelle reached out to me about doing a cake smash for this little guy, I love documenting life, I love watching littles grow and watching what makes them unique.  This session was no different.  Austin loved to play, and loved his cake just enough to get a little messy.  I am so behind on blogging this session, but I am so in love with it!  Michelle, here’s a few of my favorites from your session and I look forward to working with you in the future!

 

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Dyer Maternity Session | Northern VA Photographer

Let’s start by just acknowledging how absolutely beautiful this mama is.  She is truly glowing and so embraced herself during her maternity shoot.  I was absolutely thrilled when she asked me to do her maternity session.  I’m a little late on blogging, as with my own pregnancy we’ve had a lot going on.  Anyhow, I was thrilled when Stephanie told me she had two dresses and how comfortable she was to go with the flow and to capture the true beauty of pregnancy.  The location I suggested would be just perfect for her…And not only was she amazingly easygoing, so was her husband.  The joy they have about becoming new parents absolutely shines through!  And oh man, I had such a hard time narrowing down just a few favorites.  Stephanie, I can’t wait to hear all about your little one and meet him when I’m off of maternity leave as well!!  <3.  

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McCoy Turns One! | Northern VA Photographer

Ok guys, so I’m for sure playing catch up on my blog posting.  I have about 15 other sessions to blog too!  But I had to start with this one.  This family is absolutely beautiful, they are so kind and sweet as well.  I couldn’t wait to meet them to celebrate little Mr. McCoy turning the big ONE.  His sister, Kenley, was equally as sweet and fun.  We had fun playing with a baseball, cars and an American flag.  I absolutely love watching little ones interact.  And the age differences.  This case was no different.  And these two… Well they certainly love each other!  Here’s a few of my favorites from their session!  <3. 

 

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Disney World 2017 | Northern VA Photographer

“We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.”

 

As you all know… I absolutely love to document life.  Especially my children’s lives.  And I don’t just mean the good, the vacations, etc.  I mean even just the everyday moments.  The moments I always look back at and smile because I know that was a fleeting time in their lives.  In my life.  Now, of course, this does include vacations and such too.  But in a raw way.  Not in a stand and say cheese and make sure everyone is looking.  So this trip was no different in that sense.  What was different this time is I’d been placed on light bedrest and early maternity leave just 9 days before we left.  NOW, that being said, I did follow doctors orders.  I stopped accepting clients, and rescheduled the ones I was directed to cancel.  I sat at the parks as directed and didn’t over do it.  My doctors were clear this would be our last big hoorah before this little miss is born in October.  Which is ok.  While I was pretty bummed coming into the trip, I felt like maybe I wouldn’t be able to do the things the kids wanted, and I felt really bad about the sessions I couldn’t do anymore and having to take an early maternity leave.  I had realized in that short 9 days though, that I was so extremely grateful to be able to get to just document my family on this vacation.  On this last vacation of us as a family of 5.  As I sit here in this house in Florida the night before we leave… I can’t imagine this trip going any differently.  We had SO much fun.  We got here Monday and immediately took the kids out back to swim and then ate.  Tuesday was supposed to be just a relaxing pool day at the house, but my hubs (who might I add is absolutely amazing) decided he wanted to take ALL three kiddos to Animal Kingdom all by himself, while my mama, my sister and I went and got our nails done.  I had been told before our trip I was allowed to do Disney (Magic Kingdom, for one day) and Universal with just our middle daughter, as my big trips.  To say this was amazing of him doesn’t even begin to describe it!  Anyhow, they spent the entire day there.  I got to rest and spend some time with my mama and sister.  They came home just around dinner time and we enjoyed a dinner.  And then a pirate show close to the house.  Wednesday, we spent the day at Magic Kingdom… Where we did the usual (Amazing) things.  Saw the characters, who Logan is quite obsessed with.  We saw the joy we see on his face, and the other kiddos every year, as we met the characters, did character lunch, shopped and watched the Parade and rode the Jungle Boat Cruise.  Logan is pretty much obsessed with Disney.  Most don’t know, but the yearly trip really started because of him.  He started talking because of Disney and has memorized every single movie he’s seen.  So.  Disney is a big day for us.   Thursday, the two girls, myself and hubby went to The Crayola Experience again this year.  (They both love art and this is a fun, low key, not crazy busy, non expensive, awesome day!)  Then we came home and swam some more, the kids did at least.  Thursday… Thursday is the day this year that I had truly been waiting for.  It was the day that Baraa and I were taking just Alyssa to Universal Studios for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  I was so terrified I wouldn’t get to do this with her this year, and she desperately needed the alone time with us.  And to just enjoy what she loves.  But I got to.  And I got to not worry about anything except her and what she wanted!  We had an absolute blast and ended up splitting it into two days, as Friday we left slightly earlier than planned (with good reason) to go have an amazing dinner with family a couple of hours away.  Saturday, we woke up and went back to Universal with Alyssa while my mama stayed with Logan & Sumaya.  We took our time getting ready.  I have to say this trip was so eye opening in many ways.  Seeing Logan, and how far he’s come with behaviors, language and how much joy he gets from the simple things.  From the repetitive things.  I saw how much Sumaya has grown in a year… how she is getting ready to be a big sister and an amazing one at that and also how truly fierce and sweet she is.  I saw Alyssa’s face light up with joy as she rode rides, (mind you she is very shy and cautious so this was very surprising) and as she told stories of how she got to spend the day with just us and to see the joy in her when we got back to share with her siblings.  Oh!  And side note, Alyssa rode a ride she was terrified to ride (it had water) and she went on with a tooth and came off without one!  Whaaaaa!  This trip was not exactly how I planned it… But I couldn’t of planned it any better.  And I got to document it all.  I got to be there and present and got to just focus on us and watch them and observe.  And enjoy what they wanted.  I am so, so grateful for how my life always unfolds.  I am so grateful for the time I get to have with my littles and I am so grateful for things not always going how I think they should.  With that I will leave you all with just a few of our moments from this trip.  A few moments I will never forget and I hope my littles won’t either.  A few moments that will be forever documented.  <3. 

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