Kayleigh is One Year Old!! | Noland Trail, Mariner’s Museum, Newport News, VA

Oh this family! And this sweet, sweet, darling, little girl!! They rock my world!!!!!
This is now the… FOURTH time I’ve had the pleasure of capturing Kayleigh’s milestones and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to see them again last week!
(Check out our previous sessions here, here, and here)

We kept our fingers crossed for sunshine and warmer temperatures and decided to meet again at Noland Trail, part of the Mariner’s Museum Park, in Newport News for our session. This park is a particular favorite for this family – mom’s an avid runner and has spent many hours and many miles enjoying the beautiful landscape of the trails around the museum. Thankfully, we were in luck, the weather cooperated, and we were able to capture some gorgeous images of this sweet little 1-year-old and her wonderful family. AND Miss Kayleigh’s momma even brought along a cake for a little cake smash!!

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I happened to remember Mis Kayleigh’s momma having an affinity for purple, so I put together this penant banner for our session. It worked perfectly with the little red wagon Miss Kayleigh had received as a birthday gift, just the day before!!

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How much fun is this wagon??

How much fun is this wagon??

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What little girl doesn’t love a string of pearls??!!

One very happy family!

One very happy family!

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Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!!

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!!

Thank you, Smith Family, for inviting me to capture so many milestones for your family!! Every session has been such a joy and Miss Kayleigh could not be any sweeter!

Barrett’s Birthday Bash!

This little man celebrated his birthday in style with a Country Fair themed, pinterest-worthy party. His momma certainly out-did herself on this one!! There was a barnyard bouncehouse, ring toss, sack races, pie-eating contest, popcorn, cotton candy, and the list could go on!

A couple weeks ago the hubs and I traveled down to North Carolina with his family to celebrate Barrett’s 2nd birthday. This favorite little man of ours has been in our lives nearly as long as we’ve been together and it has been such a pleasure to watch him grow! We look forward to many more celebrations with this one – and his little brother, Oliver – and can’t wait to see what the future brings for these two little boys.

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Bobbing for Apples:

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Ring Toss:

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Goldfish Games:

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Pie-Eating Contest:

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Potato Sack Races:

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I was able to snatch these two and capture a few images in their adorable outfits! Their momma always finds the cutest duds for her boys!!

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And then it was time for the cake smash!! It turns out Barrett was more interested in the icing than the cake but he had a blast tunneling through it with his fingers and enjoying the sugary goodness. 🙂

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As guests left the party, they stopped at the “photo booth” for a family picture. Here are just a few of them:

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And I’ll leave you with Barrett and his bubbles:

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Happy birthday big boy, we’re so glad we could be there to help you celebrate!!

Kayleigh & Jocelyn | Cousins – Sandbridge, Virginia Beach, VA

I always get excited about the opportunity to photograph little girls!! Don’t get me wrong… I love all the little boys in my life but… in our close circle of friends little girls are hard to come by. Miss Kayleigh’s beautiful momma and I work together and I couldn’t wait to get this little princess in front of my camera – imagine my excitement when I found out Miss Jocelyn would be joining in the fun!!

Just look how gorgeous these beach babies are!!

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Little Miss Sassypants Jocelyn definitely gave me a run for my money… she made me work for it!! Oh man am I glad she did though… this is one of my favorites from their session and I’m so glad she was able to hold this pose for… maybe 2.5 seconds… before she was on the run again!

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This cutie pie is going to be one heartbreaker of a surfer chick one day. Her eyes are the most ammmmmmmazing shade of blue!

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Miss Kayleigh with her momma and daddy:

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And Miss Jocelyn with hers: (As you can see, we tried to tame her with tickles and even that didn’t slow her down for long!)

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Great session, girls!! Thank you sooooo much for giving me the opportunity to add a little more pink to my portfolio!!

The Making of a Family | From wedding bells to baby bliss

As I mentioned in the previous post on Monday, Angie and I were at Penn State together and it was there that we bonded over being “failed archies”. (Which has nothing to do with grades or failing but that we both started out in Architecture and then changed majors.) It’s been ten years this fall since we met and in that time we’ve shared some of the best times and made a whole lot of memories.

Senior year, while I headed to Rome – the Archies let me tag along – Angie had a little extra time on her hands to get cozy with Shawn. And we’re all pretty glad she did, because that was where it all started…

Summer 2010, we all headed off to the Dominican Republic for their tropical destination wedding, where I served as Maid of Honor and honorary photog. Angie can probably be credited with my start in portrait photography – she may not have been the first, but this was where something clicked. What could you expect when the bride is as beautiful as this??!

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Three years later, we trucked up to Philly to shower Baby Kostreva with everything a little boy starting out in this world could need!


And just last week, Angie brought her momma and her little man to the beach for a visit. While I was photographing her as a new mom, I couldn’t help but notice how much she glowed. Its a radiance very similar to what we all saw on her wedding day. Angie is a very beautiful woman, but as Audrey Hepburn said, “I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls”, and as you can see for yourself, that is so true.


And here’s just one more of the little man himself. Congrats momma, you did very well.


Gavin | 2 Months – Sandbridge, Virginia Beach, VA

There’s something about that creamy new-baby skin… when the lighting is right, it just glows. Its almost as if their fresh, new innocence is radiating from their little bodies.

This handsome little man drove all the way down from Pennsylvania last week to visit and brought his lovely momma and grammy with him. I love company of any sort but this kind is extra special!

His momma is a college friend and one of the best there is. OH the stories I could tell!! She majored in graphic design when we were at Penn State and had me in front of her camera for quite a few of her projects. It was so much fun to turn the tables and have her, and her little boy, in front of mine!

She’s doing a monthly photo project with Mr. Gavin and honored me with the pleasure of capturing Month 2!! Just look at all this gorgeous little boy!!


This little boy is hands-down, the most expressive child that I’ve had the pleasure of photographing! At only two months, he certainly blew us away. This last image had us all chuckling!

The Dow Brothers | Fourth of July – Virginia Beach, Virginia

Stars, stripes, and silly little boys! What more could you ask for on the Fourth of July??!

I had been hoping these two cutie pies would visit for the Fourth and bring their lovely parents with them! I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Barrett a few times but this was my first opportunity to get Oliver in front of the camera. (Wedding chaos just didn’t allow for much else the last time they visited!) Just look at those chunky cheeks!! I look forward to many more opportunities to capture their cuteness as they grow!

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And just for fun, a few outtakes from our session. This little boy is happiest when he’s held and made it very clear when he was ready to cuddled:

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Sorry Oliver, I appologize now if these reappear one day… but it was too cute not to capture. 😉

Reagan – 6 month session | Virginia Beach, VA

94-degree heat was not exactly what we had in mind when we prayed for no rain for this session… next time we better be a little more specific!!

This little cutie pie and her beautiful parents are such troopers. They were able to rock this session out in 20 minutes – and I’m so glad they were willing to give it that long! We were even able to coax a couple smiles out of this often serious blue-eye beauty. You can tell, she’s just taking it all in and one day, she’s going to blow us all away with all those deep thoughts!!

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What better way could you have started your week, than with all this cuteness?!?