DC Family Photography | Nicholas is (getting close) to One

One of the great things about living in the DC area is that it’s a place a lot of people like to visit. This means that some of my Pittsburgh couples make their way down to my neighborhood from time to time. It’s a treat to meet up with former brides and grooms, especially when I get to photograph their growing family–as I did for Natalie and Steve…and now little Nicholas a couple of weeks ago. Nicholas is such a ham, and it was so fun to meet him.

Of course, one of the not-so-great things about living in the DC area is that it’s a place a lot of people like to visit…especially on July 4th. After much crazy driving around trying to get close to the National Mall, we finally gave up and met up in Georgetown, also a pretty neat DC neighborhood. Everything worked out just fine and we had a fun session. Here are just a few of my favorites of this cute family.

Philadelphia Newborn Photography | Baby Cora

Perhaps one of the greatest things about being a photographer is getting to see families grow. Literally. I recently had the privilege to photograph a former bride and groom’s newborn girl in Philadelphia, and it made me thankful for the work that I get to do.

Ali and Shailen are a couple you don’t forget. I so enjoyed getting to know them, and their wedding was so fun to photograph–so it was especially great to see them as new parents and to meet their little girl. Here are just a few of my favorites from their session.

Documentary Birth Photography | Baby Nathan

I couldn’t help it. I don’t normally share personal details with absolute strangers, but I just couldn’t contain my excitement. “My friend just had a baby! This sandwich is actually for her!” The guy behind the counter barely acknowledged that I had spoken. Maybe he didn’t hear me…or perhaps he, like most of us, think of birth as a rather ordinary event. After all, apart from making a sandwich, it wasn’t going to change his life.

Yes, a child’s birth is something both incredible…and in many ways ordinary. It’s ordinary to the doctors and nurses perhaps, ordinary to the people driving by on the street, ordinary to most of the world–but it’s life-changing to you. It’s a day you don’t forget.

Getting to be at a birth–let alone photograph it–is anything but ordinary to me. There is no show, no pretense…just raw emotion: excitement, worry, fears, hopes, dreams, anticipation–and work. Lot’s of work. It’s labor. And the reward is so sweet–a new life is ushered into the world, creating something that wasn’t there before: a new set of parents.

Baby Nathan’s birth story is especially sweet to me because his parents are good friends of mine. I eagerly awaited his arrival alongside of them, and I am so incredibly happy for them. Here are just a few of my favorite moments from their story.

Jenna - Beautiful, just beautiful.

Silver Swan Bayside Wedding | Christian and John

I have photographed many couples on their wedding day, each one unique and beautiful, each one filled with love and joy. But a few stand out–not for the breathtaking details (though there are always plenty) or size of the guest list (which can be impressive), but for the overflow of love. I think it is a hard thing nowadays to plan a wedding (with all that entails!) and not be overwhelmed and lose your sense of what the day is really about. But for Christian and John, their wedding was truly their own and a sweet reflection of their deep love for each other and their families and friends.

It’s impossible to not get caught up in their joy. Nothing was going to faze them on their wedding day…not even a car accident that prevented all their guests from arriving on time (yes, that happened). Because the day really wasn’t about starting on time or perfect weather (which we got!) or any other detail. It was about Christian and John getting married. And I’m so glad I was a part of their day to document their beautiful story. A big congratulations to Christian and John!

Here are a few of my favorite moments from their day.

Natalie - Aw, beautiful photos Mary! You can see their love!