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Welcome to the world, little one // Northern VA

Sweet little Emmaline was born into a house full of love, laughter and a whole lot of activity. She has a big brother AND a big sister to chase after for years to come. It's a good thing that Emmaline has a very easy-going temperament. She actually seemed to perk up with curiosity when she heard her brother and sister talk or laugh. These kids are going to have a blast together. Sure, there will be fighting and tears– but there will also be laughter and super-fun-happy-times. Evan and Ellie are going to be amazing big siblings to Miss Emmaline. Apparently Ellie doesn't take anything from anyone, and has already stood up for her big brother Evan. I think Emmaline is one lucky little girl to have that big sister Ellie! What a fun bunch.

My heart swelled seeing how much Emmaline's parents cherish her. Seeing a Mom hold her newborn child is one of the most beautiful, heart-warming images. Then put a tiny baby girl in her Father's arms and your heart melts all over again.

I normally like to spend a good amount of time on posing the baby, capturing "naturally posed newborn" images. But the shoot led me in the direction of capturing a lot of candid family portraits and "life moments". I love that this happened, since these are much more special and natural than some of the posed newborn shots. They capture the relationship and special bond between the family and the newborn. The little red sack that Emmaline wore in a few of the posed shots came as a gift from a friend of the family (a neighbor I think). I just ADORED that sack! What a beautiful, hand-made gift. I think someone should open a shop on Etsy!

This little beauty was making my camera sing. That hair! Those lips! Those ears! Enjoy!

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kelci alane photography

I have a dear friend that I want to write about. Her name is Kelci Alane House, and she is one amazing photographer. She is also an amazing person. She is incredibly sweet, but will also tell you like it is. I am so grateful that she came into my life! She is so naturally energetic that she doesn't need coffee. Actually, she should stay away from coffee. Decaf will still give her a burst. Or maybe that is just her. I really can't figure it out. I see a younger version of myself in her.. although she is an old soul (and is wise beyond her years). But she can be a total goofball, which I love! I am so excited for her future. She is going to shine.

We are teaming up to do weddings together, so check her out if you are interested in working with me! If you want to work with me, and I am not quite in your neck of the D.C./Maryland woods, hit up Kelci. She is on the Maryland side of town, while I'm down in Northern Virginia.

This girl rocks! Check out the headshots below I took of her (and you can see the ones she took of me on my "Me" page). She has taken a ton of beautiful photos of my bump and my family. And I am forever grateful for that. 

We recently got together and had an incredibly productive coffee date called "Let's Make Sh%t Happen". Here are few things that we went over, that might be helpful for other photographers (or aspiring photographers):

• Establish your pricelist and stick with it. Be fair to yourself and your clients.
• Create questionnaires for you clients. Here's a sample Bride/Groom questionnaire from a well known photographer, Katelyn James.
• Organize all of your pricelists, contracts, questionarres, etc. through a virtual studio manager like ShootQ.
• Hire a lawyer and/or accountant to help you with contracts and making things legsl. Register your business.
• Take a workshop that is right for you. Maybe this one is better.
• Never stop learning.
• Sign up for a photography conference.
• Practice practice practice. Call your friends if you have no bookings. Use your iPhone for practice. You can learn a lot about framing and lighting (seeing how light bounces off subjects, available light, back-lighting, etc.) Sign up for Instagram. Follow other photographers that inspire you.
• Work with other photographers, like Kelci Alane Photography or your Aunt Pretty!
• Do something good for the world and use your photography skills to volunteer, near or afar.
• Go on location scouting trips! Speaking of… our headshots below were shot in Old Town, Alexandria VA and an overpass near the Rock Creek Parkway. My bump photos were taken at Lockhouse 22 C & O Trust.