Fall 2017 Mini Sessions | Eagle River, AK



Now that the holidays have passed and everyone’s cards are out, I wanted to share some favorites from the fall mini sessions.

 

New Year, Renewed Hope



2017 was personally a tough year.  Seasonal affective disorder and lingering postpartum anxiety to start off the year, and the death of a close friend and my husbands grandmother to end the year.  Ouch.  I do not want to undermine the good parts of 2017, because there were lots of good parts too.  But overall it was a hard year and I am looking forward to a fresh start.

With the trials and tragedies this year presented, life also brought hope and gratitude.  Joy cannot exist without pain; You cannot have one without the other.  I was reminded of this yesterday as I read the Prophet by Khalil Gibran (a beautiful book by the way.)  When he touched on pain, these verses really spoke to me;

“And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;  And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.  And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.”

As the earth has its seasons, life has its seasons too.  Aim not to rush through the tough seasons, or avoid feeling the pain they may bring…but use them as an opportunity for growth, reflection, showing grace, having gratitude.

Going to change directions here and share an interesting moment that happened yesterday.

In the morning I asked the hubsy to take a few candid photos of the girls and I; one of my goals this year is to try and get in the frame with them more, since that never happens.  Shortly after, we went to Costco and a random man made a sweet comment about the girls and then looked right at me and said this:

“When you take photos make sure you include yourself.  There are 5 of us kids and when my mom passed away we had the hardest time finding pictures with her included because she was always the one behind the camera.  So make sure you get pictures of you in there too.”

It could not be any more validating to hear this random advice from a random stranger and let alone right after I made it a point to do this.  So hear me out friends – make it a goal to include yourself in more family photos this year and get in front of the camera!

 

Baby J



Back in the spring we welcomed another little lady into our family.  Big sister couldn’t be any more excited about having baby J around, and we couldn’t be either!

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M fall maternity photos | Hampton Roads, VA maternity photographer



This maternity session took place last fall right when the leaves were starting to change.  The background provided lovely hues of green and yellow for my session with this beautiful couple.  Only a few short months after we had our session, they welcomed a precious baby boy into the world.  These two are literally the sweetest couple you will ever meet and now that little man is here that officially makes them the sweetest family you will ever meet!  I will be sure to blog their newborn session shortly!

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R family maternity | Hampton Roads, VA family photographer



While vacationing in South Carolina with family, I took some maternity photos for my sister and her family.  The beach down there was gorgeous!  Much more blue than I had remembered.  As we were heading down to the water to start our session, the sky darkened and we spotted lightening in the distance.  A storm was brewing and soon after beginning our session it started raining.  Needless to say, we had about twenty minutes to shoot before getting blown away.  Although we were pressed for time we still managed to get some lovely shots!

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The next day the weather was perfect of course, so we went to an empty lot behind the house and took some maternity shots of just my sister.  Isn’t she gorgeous?

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