DC Documentary Birth Photography | Baby Joanna

They knew they couldn’t control everything about their daughter’s birth, but one thing baby Joanna’s parents were sure of–they wanted her to arrive on her own time. So it was that I got the call on an early Saturday morning with the exciting news that baby Joanna was ready to meet the world. She was going to be delivered by c-section, but she was coming on her own time.

I know I always say this, but I mean it every time–it’s truly an honor to be present at a birth, and I so enjoy being able to capture the moments of such an exciting time. This was true for baby Joanna’s birth, too. A big congratulations to her family!

On a side note, after photographing this birth, I’m even more convinced that having a birth doula is a wonderful idea!





DC Birth and Newborn Photography | Baby Seth

New year, new life. I’m excited to start off 2014 by sharing some precious birth and newborn photos from baby Seth’s birth. I am always honored to be able to photograph such an incredible life event like this, and this time was no different.

It goes without saying that there’s an element of unpredictability when it comes to births–even for planned c-sections. I know one of the things moms and dads want most is to hold their little newborn as soon as possible. For Seth’s parents, I’m sure it was disappointing not to be able to do that right away, as Seth needed to spend some time in the NICU right after his birth (he was fine, thankfully!). I’m so glad I was able to check back in with them a little later when they were home as a family of four together. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a big sister more excited to have a little brother! A big congratulations to Seth’s family!

Here are a few of my favorite moments from his birth and newborn session.

Norfolk Lifestyle Photography | Adelaide’s and Victoria’s Family

Living in the DC metro area means I’m located within a few hours of some pretty amazing cities and places to visit. One of those neat little towns is Norfolk, VA, and I had the pleasure of visiting and photographing a sweet family there a few weeks ago. I must confess, I am enamored with this coastal city…it’s a lovely place for great family activities and the scenery is beautiful. I’m looking forward to my next visit…and hopefully getting to enjoy the beach next summer.

I think there’s two little girls who also share my sentiments–Adelaide and Victoria have jumped right into this new-to-them town and are loving life with their family there. I so enjoyed getting to come along on a family outing one afternoon and documenting these cuties with their parents. Here are a few of my favorites from their lifestyle session.

Succop Conservancy Wedding | Lyndsey and Ivan

On a beautifully chilly day in October, Lyndsey and Ivan exchanged vows and celebrated with family and friends at the Succop Conservancy in Butler, PA. The cold weather didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits, and it was a festive, warm affair coordinated by the exquisite Lindsey Bradley of Hello Productions. To top it off, they had the talented Jeremy Ganss to keep the party going strong (and the coats came off!).

I loved Lyndsey and Ivan’s wedding because it was both beautiful and personal–I was especially impressed by their unique take on the “unity candle.” With all the details taken care of, they were truly able to enjoy their wedding with their guests. A big congratulations to Lyndsey and Ivan!

Also a big thanks to Pamela Marie who photographed with me. Here are just a few of my favorites from their day.

Beth Kukucka - Nice job Mary and Pamela! Good to see your wedding work agin, Mary. I especially love photo #7. Really nice composition.