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Girls rule // Maternity shoot // Northern VA

Sorry guys, but you are officially outnumbered. This adorable family that I have been photographing for almost three years now, just welcomed a baby girl into their home two weeks ago. I was thrilled to do the maternity shoot for them a month ago, before the Little One arrived. You will have to come back to see the photos of Emmaline, which I will be posting soon. But for now, I hope you enjoy these special photos of the family anticipating her arrival.

More than anything, I am excited for Ellie, who will be a big sister. My family dynamic is the same as this bunch, with the boy as the oldest, followed by two sisters. I had the pleasure of being the youngest sister in my family–and was pretty much obsessed with my big sister. Sure, we fought a lot, but I don't know where I would be without her! I still call her daily for advice! She is my one constant friend. My best friend. And having a big brother to look out for both of us was extremely comforting. He really didn't give us a hard time that often either. He tried his best to avoid our girl drama ;)

So ladies, you rule the roost. Men of the house, be prepared for a house filled with a lot of nail polish, curling irons and Barbie dolls. And I hope you have your own bathroom. Because even if one sister is more of a tomboy, the other one could very well be a girly-girl. But I'll guarantee you this: that little Emmaline is going to be smitten over her big sister, regardless of her interests. She might try to dance like Ellie, run like Ellie and play sports like Ellie. She will carve her own path in the end, but she will always be grateful for that big sister who helped her find her way.

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.