We met at the Riverfront in Old Town Alexandria at the McIlhenny Seaport Center. It's a popular tourist spot right near the landmark Torpedo Factory Art Center. But it's a familiar and special place for the Andringa family as this is where Mark proposed to Grace. And now they are a family of five with 3 teens and the oldest, Peter, is headed to university in the fall. We had the perfect space for this family of skilled sailors, out on the piers surrounded by the waters of the Potomac and sail boats as our backdrop. It was a somewhat gloomy afternoon as the skies were not yet clear after a heavy storm, leaving the area cleared of tourists and the pathways all to ourselves. We meandered along the piers, talked, laughed and made photographs along the way. Thankful for this time with this very special family. What an honor it was for me to be the one to capture these Andringa family images of beauty and authentic joy.
Today I'm looking back at another of my very favorite family photography sessions from this past fall. We gathered for photographs in the most gorgeous setting, overlooking the Potomac River from the grounds of Madiera School in McLean, Virginia, where the oldest of the Remy kids studies. Truly spectacular. The range of ages in the Remy family is so very close to the reality of my family: teens to a very young one. I really do love the unique challenges that come with a photographing a large family, and it was a privilege to be the one to capture this very dear family. The youngest, Sabrina, is quite comfortable behind the camera, but expressed her opinion right away, that she wasn't up for taking photos on this particular day. But that didn't last long. She joined in the fun of our leisurely photography session along with her parents and older siblings, as we wandered about the grounds, looking at the view, playing in the fall leaves and throwing sticks . I loved having Kylie Galyen there to assist and I love this collection of photographs. Check out this family's amazing journey of the past few years. www.teamsabrina.com.
This is the one very special year, when the three Noyes girls walk the same halls of James Madison High School. Soon, the Noyes 3 will be dispersed, as Riley, senior, graduates this spring. Their mom had the brilliant idea of making photographs of the 3 with each in uniform before the season ended: Reese (with her euphonium) in marching band, Riley, the cheerleader, and Reagan, the volleyball player. It was more than tricky to find time to schedule this photoshoot during the busy fall season of Northern Virgina life. We were able to settle on a late autumn Friday afternoon as the sun was beginning to set, just hours before the crowds descended for the final game of the football season. I had such a fun time with these 3 talented girls on our very own JMHS football field, which we had completely to ourselves. It was quite chilly, with cold gusts of wind, but that gorgeous setting sun was the perfect backdrop. I loved getting to know this family and I love what we captured. A beautiful moment in time. These years are passing by so quickly . . .
It was a privilege to spend this most beautiful Sunday afternoon in Washington D.C. with the Gonzalez family for this family photography session. We walked along the Tidal Basin, around the Jefferson Memorial, ending up down at the Potomac as the sun went down. I just so enjoyed getting to know this beautiful family as we walked, and talked and made photographs all along the way.
I met up with this dear family at the Colvin Run Mill park on a humid but beautiful morning early in the month of June. We arrived before a field trip descended on the territory and before the general store opened. At this restored mill from the early 19th century, the water wheel and gears were quiet and we basically had the place to ourselves, except for the park authorities and some builders doing restoration on the main building. OK, so the serenity of our time was disrupted when the workers cautioned us to watch out for the snakes, which there were none, thankfully. The kids were amazing and as a reward, their parents took them out for breakfast afterwards at McDonalds, I think it was. A week after that morning, they took off on a 6 week family adventure across the U.S. in an RV! I can imagine the fun they had and they DO have stories to tell that Christie so artfully recorded in her blog. What a joy it was to share this time with them.
Joe is a Madison Warhawk alumn and a well loved member of the warhawk football family and our local community. He is now playing football for Virginia Tech and we all couldn't be prouder of him! Thinking of him as we celebrate homecoming. These images are from our very relaxing and enjoyable senior shoot right in his backyard last spring. He was patient. I had a blast.