baby makes five | coon family | hospital session

so, oddly enough, rachel and i always seem to be pregnant at the same time. their twins are one day older than my daughter, and now my son is five months older than their singlet son. though our lives aren’t intwined, necessarily, our families will always have that neat connection. i dig it.

so, i tell stories with my work. theirs is one of love. a sweet, sassy big sister/little momma — who has TWO little brothers, as she is minutes older than her twin, and refuses to let him forget it. a slightly camera-shy, sensitive big brother — terribly bothered by his new baby brother’s crying. an auntie that magically soothes and acts silly with them. mom and dad who love these littles so much…. and then, there’s the newbie…. so sweet… so little…. so perfect….. welcome to the world, little man. welcome. you are so very loved!

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welcoming baby allie | northern va lifestyle family session

one of my dearest friends recently gave birth to her second child, sweet baby allie. it’s hard for me to put into words how incredibly special it was for me to be able to document this new time for her family. having just added to our own family just a few months before, having gone through pregnancy together, having gone through so much LIFE together…. she and her beautiful family are so important to me, and these images are so, so dear to my heart. so blessed…
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birth photography — welcome baby luke

bringing babies into the world is such an amazing miracle. since birthing my daughter five years ago, i have been interested in birth photography, but my full-time job schedule and child care needs conflict with being able to commit to a family to capture their child’s birth. fortunately, i was able to make it to the hospital in time for this beautiful momma to start pushing… and for mom and dad to meet their beautiful little man! it was an honor to witness, photograph and document this time in their lives, as they welcomed their first child! congratulations! he is beautiful!!

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class of 2014 — schae’s senior session, revisited

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last summer i had the pleasure of taking schae’s senior portraits. her fiery red hair and matching, spunky personality filled my afternoon with fun, sassiness and laughter! i thoroughly enjoyed her session — the combination of the work accomplished and learning about why she loved the places we shot — it just made for a perfect afternoon. and, the sun even cooperated and stayed behind some cloud cover, so we weren’t constantly battling harsh sunlight! yay for the weather!

she chose the shockoe bottom area because she had lived close by as a child and always felt like it was home. i was excited about the area too, as i knew there were a bunch of neat murals and other interesting backdrops all around. i feel like this session was a milestone for me and my work. i realized that i felt really good working with young women, bringing out their confidence and inner strength…. though, i don’t think schae needed any help with that! also, i was inspired to work in the city/urban environments more.

i’m so excited for her next adventure as she heads off to christopher newport university! congrats schae and i hope you have a great first year!!

psst… i’m taking on class of 2015 now, if you need portraits yourself….

xo, allison

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summer is here

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summer is here and this pink suit is going to get a lot of chlorine-infused action over the next couple months. can i tell you how much my rising kindergartener loves to swim? my daughter loves swimming, the pool, the water, her friends and SWIM TEAM. she has yet to swim the length of the pool without touching the bottom, thus has yet to compete in a meet, but she doesn’t care. she love cheering on her sharks and seems to believe enough in herself that she will be able to swim in a meet soon. she’s trying so hard and we’re just to damn proud of her. and, after working on many client projects lately, i decided it was time to throw a good old personal post out there! and, yes, there will be more… eventually…. we did go to disney in february. FEBRUARY. still trying to get to those 1300 images…. working on those will make my heart so, so happy too.

here’s some happy first day of swim team practice images. xo

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stevie & anthony…. and why i love wedding day portraits

hi there! i was just talking with one of my brides from last summer… about…. doing their baby-to-be’s newborn portraits! over the moon happy over here for not only a returning client (yay! they like me!!), but also because that means i get to continue to document a new family’s story. seeing the growth is so awesome and i’m so excited for them too!!

in thinking back to their wedding day… though the whole day was beautiful and filled with love, it’s still a wedding and the day has an itinerary, as most weddings do in order to fit everything in! i truly felt like one of the nicest times was after the pressure of the day and it’s timely events were over… and stevie and anthony could just spend some time together. just them…. well, and the paparazzi (me and my photog friend, melissa). we took them back outside for some portraits — before we lost the glorious light that summer evening. (i won’t lie — much of my initial motivation came from the light!!) but, also, it’s so, so nice to capture their time together AFTER all of the have-to events are taken care of. this is the time where they can just gaze at each other, basking in the new reality. be silly together. relax. tell secrets. laugh. be themselves — but still beautiful in their wedding attire. 

my advice: make time to take these pictures. make time to have a few intimate moments on your wedding day. much of your time will be filled with tasks and visiting with guests. make some time for you and your new spouse to enjoy each other. take it all in together. step away from everyone, even if only for half an hour. you won’t regret it. i don’t think stevie and anthony did. xo

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reflecting on a beautiful, warm summer day with miss deysia

so, i’m perpetually playing catch up here on the blog. i have so many sessions i would like to feature! here is one i’ve been holding onto since the summer!! remember summer? there wasn’t any snow…. i feel like this winter will never end!

i was approached to do some head shots for deysia, as she is thinking of going into modeling. and why not? she’s already a competition cheerleader, musician and dancer! an ‘urban’ session was on the agenda — and as i experienced in the spring with my session with amanda, i was dying to do another session in the city! we walked around downtown richmond — taking advantage of the murals and classic scenery around main street station. miss deysia is an amazingly beautiful, talented, poised young lady, and i feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend a couple hours with her — and listen to her play her guitar! she’s a gifted performer, and i know she will shine brightly in the years to come.

oh, and did i mention she’s only eleven? yep. when i posted a few shots on my facebook page i received inquiries about deysia’s ‘lovely senior session…’ the more i photograph young women, the more i love it! seeing their confidence shine through…. it’s wonderful to see them feel beautiful… and sassy…. and confident. show deysia some LOVE!!!! xo

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