DC Documentary Photographer: Storytelling –  A Morning with R +K

DC Documentary Photographer: Storytelling – A Morning with R +K

Anyone who knows me knows that documentary photography has a very special place in my heart. With the insanity of life since I have returned to my full time job, I don't get to do enough of it. So even though my life was pretty crazy busy back in October (just so you know crazy busy means it was the end of the quarter, I had a just been on a new teacher retreat for my full-time job, and I am a full-time mom and military spouse), I never had the chance to blog about this adorable little session. The boys' mom wanted some updated photos of them just playing and being themselves. My time with the boys was short, but documentary is fun because I just get to be with a family and capture their life and interactions as they happen. There is no forced agenda. It's real. It's what mom and dad see every day and those moments that...
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Calvert County Family Photographer | Christmas Tree Farm Minis

Calvert County Family Photographer | Christmas Tree Farm Minis

So I had every intention of blogging about my Christmas tree farm minis before Christmas, but my break from teaching has gone anything but planned! After battling a virus all week, I'm finally starting to feel a bit like myself and I'm trying to knock things off my monstrous to-do list. Since I have been back teaching full-time, I've been shooting a few times a month, but I've been horrible about getting those sessions up on the blog! So I'm working hard this winter at getting my website updated with some of my favorite sessions from 2017. I have had so many favorite sessions, but capturing 14 clients and their families in one day probably makes for my busiest photography day yet. I hadn't planned on doing holiday shots this year between my schedule at the high school and my husband's crazy work schedule, but I am so glad that I did. Friendship Trees and Christmas Shop in Southern Anne Arundel...
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Life Update: Learn why you need to book your fall sessions today!

Life Update: Learn why you need to book your fall sessions today!

So, this blog post has been coming for a while. In case you didn't know, I'm a military spouse, and any of us who are military spouses know that we aren't completely in control of our lives. Part of why I got into photography was I needed a more flexible job that I could control schedule wise and because I knew that I would go insane being a stay-at-home mom. I love meeting new people in small groups, learning new skills on the the photography and technology fronts, and being creative. I also love having something that is just for me. Well, last spring, I was itching to switch jobs. My second oldest was going to school full-time, and I wanted a school that payed a bit more so I could justify the costs of daycare for my youngest and before and after care for my older two children. I was in the midst of interviewing at my dream school, and I...
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Sunflower Mini Session | Calvert County Lifestyle Photographer

Sunflower Mini Session | Calvert County Lifestyle Photographer

So while I've been trying to cut back on photography, I just couldn't resist sunflowers. I had been hunting for some last summer, but everything I found was too far away. Then, I came across an event on Facebook with the Accokeek Foundation featuring their  Sunflower Days. One of my best friends from college was in town so after trekking around the Mall downtown, I forced my entire sweaty family to check out the field in Piscataway Park. No one was there, except a farmer, and it was gorgeous. I didn't have the right lens on my camera, but I made my three kiddos be my models to see how the flowers looked. Minus them being sweaty messes, the picture I took of them playing ring around the rosey is one of my favorites. I had a client looking for a maternity session in a pretty location. I knew this sunflower field was perfect for that, but I had hoped to share...
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Prince George’s County Maternity Photographer | Maria at Rosaryville State Park

Prince George’s County Maternity Photographer | Maria at Rosaryville State Park

A hidden gem in Prince George's County on the photography location front is Rosaryville State Park. With its close proximity to Joint Base Andrews, it makes an ideal location for families who live on base that want a rural backdrop for their sessions. There are great open fields and barns; we even lucked out this session and found some huge hay bales to weave into Maria's maternity session. Way back in January, Maria and I started chatting about her maternity session. Initially, I thought it was going to be with her four older children, and then I thought it was just her and husband, so needless to say I was a bit surprised when she showed up solo with just her mom. I so admired her for wanting to do something like this to commemorate her fifth pregnancy. I was a bit worried that after she was put on bed rest our session may not happen, but I am so glad we...
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Family Photographer in Old Town Alexandria | Struber Family

Family Photographer in Old Town Alexandria | Struber Family

Old Town Alexandria is one of my favorite places to do a family session. It's probably because one of my favorite family sessions with Sarah Jo Photography was taken there. We had gifted my mom with a session and combined it with some shots of just our family. (In case you didn't know, I do offer gift certificates for any value if you are looking for a unique gift!) One of my very first clients asked for a session before her family moved. They had a session there years ago before I started, but not since baby number three came into the picture. We had to move the session because of a sick kiddo, but luckily we were still able to cram the session in the weekend before they moved! We started off at Carlyle House and then wandered down to the Waterfront. On the way back, the mom asked for a few solo shots with the kids. I totally obliged. I...
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DC Greater Area Documentary Photographer | Urban Evolution with Devon

DC Greater Area Documentary Photographer | Urban Evolution with Devon

So what many people may not know about me that way back in the day I was a journalism major and lived at my college newspaper office. I was news editor, and I loved that in journalism I had the change to document and preserve what was happening in the world for others to see. This part of why I love photography so much, too. So when Devon asked me if I'd be interested in documenting her time at Urban Evolution before she moved, I jumped at the opportunity. I knew very little about parkour before documenting Devon. I remember my husband pointing it out to me in a few movies, but I had never been in a gym dedicated to parkour. I thought it only happened in buildings and was just people jumping and pulling themselves up. I'm not going to lie...I was definitely intimated watching these athletes in my out-of-shape "I-had-three-kids-in-less-than-four-years" mom bod. These people were in amazing physical shape....
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Richardson Military Promotion | Family Photographer Washington, DC Area

Richardson Military Promotion | Family Photographer Washington, DC Area

It's hard to believe that it was just last year that my family was in the Richardson's shoes. We celebrated my husband's promotion to Lt. Colonel in the Air Force over Memorial Day last year. I know my husband was a bit envious of Jason Richardson's promotion when I came home and told him about it. Jason is a huge history buff; he and his wife Amanda even named their girls with names tied to presidents. They had been prior clients of my photogafriend, Carol at D'Corzo Photography, who has been on maternity leave. Jason's promotion took place on the steps of one of his favorite monuments in Washington, DC: The Jefferson Memorial. His promotion was short, without much of the normal fanfare, but included the important points: we all heard what an amazing officer Jason is and how deserving he is of this promotion from a 2-star General he's worked with, and Jason with us how important his family, particularly his...
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DMV Area Family Photographer | Korean 100th Day Celebration: Nolan

DMV Area Family Photographer | Korean 100th Day Celebration: Nolan

If you are looking for a good gift to give a friend or family member, photography really is one of the best gifts you can give. My friends Linda and Jun gifted Linda's sister with a session for her son Nolan's 100th Day Celebration. If you are wondering what a 100th Day Celebration is, don't fear. I had to ask and then looked it up to read even more. It's also called "baek-il". From the reading I did and from talking with Linda, long ago in Korea, childhood diseases were rampant, and the survival rate for babies was not very high. Consequently, when the babies did survive, their health and life was cause for major celebration. When the baby turned 100 days old, they prayed and gave food offerings to show their thanks for the baby's survival through the difficult period. So back in April (yes, I know, I'm quite a few sessions behind in my blogging...but life has been non-stop since...
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Bayside Music “Music Together” | Dunkirk, Maryland Documentary Photographer

Bayside Music “Music Together” | Dunkirk, Maryland Documentary Photographer

So today marked the end of a very special time I have had with my two boys, Liam and Patrick. I can't say enough good things about Bayside Music and the Music Together program. Katie, who teaches the class we have gone to weekly since September at Poston's Fitness, let me bring in my camera last week to capture a tiny bit of our class. Parents are very involved, so it was a bit challenging for my boys to have me behind the camera instead of having them on my lap when we sang the songs. I'm not going to sugar coat it. The songs can drive the grown ups nuts after hearing them over and over in the car and in class and singing them at home, but as a teacher and parent, I can't tell you how amazing the music experience has been for my kids. I have loved watching my 15-month-old go from a baby who could just sit...
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