the karas family | camden turns one!

I’ve never met a cuter toe-head than little Camden. To celebrate his very first birthday, we trekked to the beach for some family photos with his lovely parents and grandparents, and it was, obviously, pretty dang fun.

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I was able to catch some of his very first steps, too!

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jen + max | engaged!

Working with friends, on a beautiful day, in the city I love. Those conditions are hard to beat. But when you show the bride-to-be a shot off the back of your camera, and she says “I think that’s the best photo ever taken of me…ever…” Well, it’s hard not to walk away wishing every job was just like that.

Jen and Max are dear friends of mine who started out as colleagues, both to each other and to me, and being able to photograph and celebrate their upcoming nuptials was a true joy. Can’t wait to see these two tie the knot in February!

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sweet baby wyatt.

Remember Carrie and Jud, a.k.a. the most adorable parents-to-be of all time? Welp, a few months ago (and quite a bit earlier than expected!), they welcomed sweet Wyatt Joseph. As fate would have it, their need for some of their first family portraits perfectly coincided with my latest trip home, so they gave me the unique privilege of meeting the little guy and capturing the three of them at this incredibly special time.

I’ve always loved children and babies, and meeting Wyatt reaffirmed this ten times over. He is cutest, his parents are the cutest, and his brother, Parker the Pooch, is the cutest, too. This shoot was one of my most fulfilling to date!

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cabo san lucas.

It was a typical, frigid, wintery day in January in DC. I was dog-sitting and had just returned home after taking my charge, Karl, for a walk around the block. I was desperately trying to defrost my fingers when my mom called. The opportunity for Matt and me to visit our favorite place in Mexico was presenting itself with a bow on top.

But this was not the year for travel. I was about to move to Norfolk and had yet to find a new job. We had plans to move into a new apartment and lacked any necessary furniture. Oh, and we’re planning a pretty big party for the end of the year. As much as I was dying to go, I told my mom I wasn’t sure we could pull it off.

Needing to do my due diligence, I called Matt anyway. He’d also just gotten off a brutal day fighting the elements. I barely got the sentence out before he said (well, screamed), “Yes. Absolutely. We’ll make it work. Yes.”

They say planning a trip, just the notion of having a vacation to look forward to, promotes happiness. This was definitely the case for us. Every time we were smacked in the face by an icy gust, or misplaced a foot in a slushy puddle, we’d remind ourselves that in only a couple more months, or a few weeks, or 5 days, we’d be on that dreamy beach, margarita in hand.

Cabo San Lucas is a very special place for me. I’ve been visiting with my family for over 25 years (!!). Nana loved it there, and it loved her right back. This was my first visit since she passed away last year.

Our week was exactly as we hoped. Good books. Better food. Salty air. Time together free of packing and boxes, grocery shopping, work stress, alarm clocks. It was a truly luxurious, indulgent trip. We know how lucky we were to have it.

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