The Magical Forest – FPD 3 Lakes in RVA

So I shoot on a lot of trails.  I love each of them in their own way… some follow water ways, some are lush and overgrown, others feel more cultivated.  This one feels ethereal.   There is no lack of leaves on the ground and fall color hanging around but its different somehow.  There are also…

FPD: Long Branch Trail

In the past I’ve gotten local folks together for family photos right here on the trail in my backyard – talk about a great commute to work for me!  But last year our creek was still under an environmental restoration project, odd as that might sound, restricting usage.  And while a neighboring trail has pretty…

Learning to Fly

Before I head back out to meet this family for our annual shoot together, I better get around to sharing our photos from last year’s session! Especially because there was a special treat for me: it was time to release the monarchs the family had observed as they went from caterpillars to chrysalis’ to full…

Blossoms Part 2 (with some fluff)

This week has really been all about puppy pose.  I’ve been taking yoga again for the first time in about 10 years, which means that child’s pose is actually my jam right now.  (I’m so sore!)  But puppy pose came up again last night as I watched my son drop to all fours, front leaned…

Blossoms, Part 1

The Maryland neighborhood of Kenwood is almost as popular a tourist attraction as the Tidal Basin during DC’s brief cherry blossom season.  Vehicle traffic is closed and parking restricted during peak weekends, permitting waves of people to walk along cherry blossom lined streets and parks.  Neighborhood children set up  lemonade stands outside their houses and…

Far but Close

I need a change of scenery – badly.  Phil saw his shadow today and while seasonal info isn’t best taken from a groundhog, there’s little doubt that winter is here to stay for awhile. It doesn’t help that we miss them so much.  Evenings together always ran late night while a pack of boys tore…

Welcome, Baby Caris

I couldn’t remember what Andrea told me so I Googled the name Caris for its meaning.  “Grace, charm or favor” came up, Greek in origin, the one who is hoped for. I met her family this past fall, shortly before her early appearance.  I thought about sharing those photos first but I’ve never put too…