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finn turns 2 (cont'd) // my new canon 5d mark iii

This is a continuation of the below post, journaling Finn's 2nd year; leading up to his 2nd birthday in December 2014. I will be posting all week. 

The first series seen here (Finn in his plaid overalls) was taken at a local music festival in Alexandria, which is one of our favorite local events all summer. The next series (and all photos from hereon out) were taken with my amazingly, incredible, brand new Canon 5D Mark iii. We were in Delaware for the 4th of July, visiting the Grandparents (and Finn was exploring their backyard). The last series was taken in my kitchen. It was so hot out that Finn wanted water time in our kitchen sink, not the outdoor baby pool. The lighting was to die for, so I whipped out my new camera to continue getting familiar with it. 

You can see the astounding difference in image quality/clarity/color between the 5D and my loyal ol' Canon 40D. You could say I'm satisfied with my purchase! If you are thinking about purchasing a professional camera, as a professional or striving-to-be-professional photographer, the 5D is worth the purchase. I've also heard great things about the Canon 70D and 6D, if you don't want to break the bank. If you are just a Mom/Dad or amateur/hobbiest, I would recommend something a bit more affordable. I started with the Canon Rebel, which was an incredible starter camera! Do your research and ask someone who knows about this stuff if researching is too overwhelming. I went with the 5D because I did want the high ISO (for indoor low light situations. I knew I would be diving into the wedding industry, needing high ISO when the flash wasn't an option, or my style of choice.

Aly turns 1 // Old Town Alexandria, VA

I did a photoshoot of this little beauty six months ago. I cannot believe how much she has grown! Yet she is still a tiny little peanut to me, especially compared to Finn. This little one has a big personality, regardless of her size. She doesn't hesitate to speak her mind and "shout" out to the world around her. Yet even her shouting is sweet and adorable. And you should see her pouty face– she would get away with anything in my house! One thing that I love about little Aly are her eyes. She has such incredibly beautiful eyes– that are also probably quite rare. Her eyes are some kind of hazel/green, but her left eye has a splash of blue in it. As someone who is totally obsessed with all things colorful, I couldn't get enough of these multi-colored eyes. You feel like you are looking into another universe when you look into them. Ok, deep thoughts by Ann ;)

She is smitten over Daddy, as beautiful as her Mommy and Babushka (Russian for Grandma) and best buds with Patton (her dog). How I love watching my little clients grow up!

Kelci House // Golden Hour // Northern VA

I can't talk highly enough about this special gal, Miss Kelci House. We are kindred photographer sisters, or something of that nature. We keep each other motivated and inspired. We push each other. We get overwhelmed together. We take photos together, and of each other. We also laugh together, a lot. Can't you tell by looking at these photos just HOW much fun we have (and how much fun Kelci is)? 

We recently trucked out to a Flower Farm somewhere in rural Northern Virginia to take photographs of each other. Ironically, there were no flowers blooming at the flower farm. Well, there were a few… but it was pretty sparse. I didn't mind at all; they weren't meant to be in the shoot. There was too much beauty elsewhere to worry about the darn flowers. The tall grass, the red barn, and of course–Kelci. And that golden evening light that just drips all over the earth as if it is kissing it goodnight. That isn't so bad either ;)

Please, please consider doing an evening shoot with me at your next session. It is just magical.

What is the Golden Hour?
• The Golden Hour occurs the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset.
• It is sometimes also referred to as the Magic Hour.
• It is the time of day when the special quality of light yields particularly beautiful photographs. 
• It appeals to photographers especially, because of its rarity throughout the day.
• The shadows are softer because the sun is so low. They aren't creating harsh shadows on faces.
• The light is literally golden.
• You can create beautiful backlit photographs with a natural lens flare.
* Photographer tip: A backlit photograph is one where the sun is behind the subject (being shielded by them), creating a blown out background. Be sure to meter the subject, not the background.
* The first series of images here are actually the last ones taken from the evening, and are less "golden" because the sun was already below the horizon. See the difference? Still beautiful, but not golden.

Little Aly // Northern VA

Happy Friday ya'll! Here are some photos from a recent shoot I did for my coworker and her ADORABLE baby girl, Aly. This little munchkin is so full of cuteness, and is incredibly sweet on top of it. She's also incredibly laid back. You know how everyone says they want a laid back baby? Well this girl is that baby. She did not have a single fussy "peep" during the whole session. I think back on Finn, and he would have demanded milk and/or a nap at least once in the span of time that I was with Aly. And he would have tried to eat the balloons. And the crate. And probably the grass too.

Aly also had these great little expressions. Check out that "I may be little, but I have a big personality!" face in the series on the bridge. You'll know which one I'm talking about. This little girl is awesome.

Her parents are chill too, so it all makes sense. Of course my coworker wore a dress that perfectly matched the balloons that I picked up. Totally perfect coincidence. And as two geeky Graphic Designers, we were thrilled. Oh, and their beautiful dog, General Patton hung out with us too. He was also a perfect gentleman! The few times I've done a shoot with a dog, it ends up making things pretty tricky. This fine Sir even let me take a couple snaps of him calmly standing (or laying) guard over his sweet little family.

What a beautiful spot and lovely evening spent with this very cool little family.