Category archives: Lifestyle

Michelle + Cameron | Maternity | Richmond, VA

Oh man, this post is bittersweet for me. We met Michelle and Cameron a couple years ago after moving to Richmond, VA and became fast friends. Cameron and my husband worked together in Residency (Cameron being a couple years ahead) and just last month Cameron wrapped up residency and they moved to New Hampshire where Cameron will be practicing, and it also just so happens to bring them closer to family. We were sad to see them go but already having some visits scheduled with them makes it better.

Now, how adorable is Michelle here? She was about 8 months along when we took these photos – and now she is just one short week away from her due date. Here’s to hoping Little Man Braasch comes on-time next week :) I am already so excited to meet the little guy in August! 
Please do send prayers and well-wishes for Michelle and baby to have an easy and safe delivery soon!

Caroline | Richmond, VA | Lifestyle

People ask me all the time, “What is your favorite thing to shoot…weddings, portraits, kids…?” and I seriously can never answer. Typically my knee-jerk reaction to say the last thing I shot because I had such a fun time during it but then I say “oh wait, but I really like weddings too…and kids…and bridals…and well, I love it all!”. This shoot I had with sweet Caroline and her parents just makes my day. I have photographed her since she was in her mama’s belly all the way up until she turned a year old. We waited and waited to book this last shoot in their series in hopes that she would be walking. Caroline was definitely capable of walking but the question that day is did she want to. Such is life with women, eh? Caroline was just in the in between sage as she was mainly afraid of taking steps alone – and of course I heard from her mom that she started walking just two short days after their session…the way it always goes – right parents? :)
I am pretty sure Caroline got an amazing core workout in this position. Kelly, Paul and I died laughing as we made poor Caroline balance there for a a bit in hopes she’d walk over to us when she realized no one was coming to get her. Instead she decide to take a break and sit down. Smart girl :) Huge thanks to Kelly, Paul and Caroline for allowing me to get to know them over the past year and document their family. I am so excited to capture many more of y’alls family moments. I say it’s time for baby #2 ;)

Colt | Destin, Florida | Lifestyle

Back in April I flew down to Destin, Florida to photograph this sweet little guy. I met his mama back in the 6th grade – we were in the same group of friends but after that year I switched schools and we lost touch. Thanks to social media I re-connected with her about 12 years later when I learned she had her own design company and I was starting my business. They adopted their first baby in November of last year and he just won my heart over.  Here are some favorites  of Kelly, Andrew and  their little man Colt.
While social media can sometimes be a distraction in everyday life I am so grateful it allowed me to reconnect with Kelly and document them during such an important time in their lives. Kelly and Andrew, Congratulations on Colt joining your family, he is one lucky kid to have parents like you! Thank you for allowing me to come down and spend the morning with y’all! Hope we get to see each other soon!

p.s. Kelly is an amazing designer – you can visit From Scratch Design and check her out :)

Ashley | Maternity | Washington, DC

I spent an afternoon in DC with these three below…soon to be parents Kyle and Ashley…and of course soon to be big brother Sargent (aka : Sarge). Hands down one of my most favorite maternity sessions to date. A sweet (and adorably stylish) couple, a gorgeous day and a pup, there is not much more that I could have asked for.   Sarge was the best little pup during this shoot. He would join in when they’d call him and sit nearby in the shots we didn’t need him. He clearly loves his mom :)

GORGEOUS evening light and mama – these were some of the very last we took around Georgetown and both Ashley and I were so excited to see how they would come out. I’m in love. Congratulations Kyle and Ashley, what a lucky little man to have parents like you two! 

Birdie | Richmond, VA | Lifestyle

Meet Birdie and her lovely mama, Courtney. A few weeks ago I meet up with these two to do a mini-session of Birdie at 10 months…and let me tell you, Birdie is at that fun age where she is on-the-go…non-stop. Courtney is the talented event planner and designer behind Merriment Events – so no wonder Birdie looked as cute as button for her photo session :)
I love these next two images…Courtney played some music on her iphone and Birdie immediately started dancing and snapping her fingers. I about died over her cuteness.  Birdie is as sweet as can be! I am sure Courtney has some fun planned for her little one’s upcoming first birthday next month!

Michelle + Cam (and Cardigan) | Topsail, NC | Lifestyle

This post is perfectly timed as this sweet couple is celebrating their 1 year wedding anniversary this week! Here are a few favorites from their mini-session on the coast of North Carolina. Just how adorable is their sweet pup, Cardigan (named after Cardigan Mountain in New Hampshire)…this was her first trip to the beach and she absolutely loved it! 

Sweet Tilly Pup | Chapel Hill, NC | Lifestyle

Being asked by past couples to document their newest milestones in life is such a humbling moment. Just a couple months ago one of my sweet 2011 brides, Mallory, shared news that they had a new family addition I needed to photograph for them…I remember being at my desk thinking – Oh yay! They’re pregnant! She needs maternity and new born photo bookings! – That message was shortly followed up by a photo of their oh-so-cute puppy…at only 7 weeks old. I knew there was a reason I loved Mallory and Chilly so much :)

I know I am little pup crazy, but I love these next two photos of the three of them..Congratulations on y’alls new furry child ;)

Meet Baby Hayes + what’s to come in February | Durham, NC | Newborn

Some of y’all already got a sneak peek of this adorable little man on my facebook page…For those that didn’t, please meet Harrison Hayes. Like all little ones, he has the most adorable fingers and toes. He is perfectly healthy and looks just like his daddy.

It’s hard to believe it will be February this week. There is lots I will be doing this month – one of which will be blogging more…lots more. Of course blogging my shoots, about wedding goodies, but what I am most excited about  blogging is FOOD. I love to eat…so it’s a good thing I love to cook! Disclaimer :: I am no Julia Child and I am not whipping up these recipes off the top of my head – but I sure do to enjoy finding a delish recipe, modifying it to our liking and calling myself a master chef ;)

So get ready, my first food post will be this Friday! Now I am pleased to introduce little man Harrison…

Leo is one of Katie and John’s sweet pups. He is already so protective of little brother, Harrison. Wherever Harrison goes…Leo follows. No doubt they will grow up best buds. Not photographed are Harrison’s other furry siblings :: 2 pups and 2 cats :)

Meet Baby Ellie | Cary, NC | Newborn

I feel very lucky and thankful that in 2011 so many families opened their homes up and invited me in to capture some of the most precious moments a family shares. I must say photographing, holding and playing with so many newborns and children is fun, refreshing and really puts life into perspective. As I have said a number time before, they truly are life’s everyday miracle. I absolutely loved this session with 4 day old baby Ellie.

I am such a dog lover, so it is no surprise I was thrilled to have Lily join in for a few family photos.

I met baby Ellie just after Thanksgiving so it was perfect timing to do a Christmas card + birth announcement in one…Is this not the cutest little Rudolf ever? Congratulations to the Dutta family on welcoming sweet Baby Ellie into this world!

Patel Family | Chapel Hill, NC | Lifestyle

This family is too cute for words. With Avi and Maya we were definitely running around and hearing lots of giggles. One thing I learned – mini-M&Ms are awesome treats to bring along if you have young kiddos – those colorful chocolates can work wonders :) So excited to share a few favorites from the Patel’s family session.

Of course one of the sweet parents…I gave y’all a sneak peek of the combo below already on facebook, but I am just so in love with it I’ll say it again…OH. MY. CUTENESS.