Andringa Family | Riverfront Alexandria, Virginia | Northern Virginia Family Photographer | Alexandria Virginia Family Photographer

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.

Hildebrands Family of 6 | Vienna Virginia Family and Lifestyle Photographer | Northern Virginia Photographer

I had the best time photographing this very special family on this December afternoon. We met on the Town Green in Vienna, a really perfect spot as this is the heart of the town where these kids have grown up. Usually scattered at their places of work and study, it's no small feat to gather a family with grown kids for pictures, but we made it happen. What a beautiful family. I was the lucky one to be there with them to capture the beauty and love and friendship among them.

Noyes Girls | Family Photographer, Vienna, Virginia | Family Photographer, Northern, Virginia | Senior Photographer, Northern Virginia

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 . . .  

Gonzalez Family - Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial | Family Photographer, Washington DC | Family Photographer, Northern Virginia

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. 

Carolyn Marshall Wright, Artist

I had the privilege of taking photographs of artist Carloyn Marshall Wright at her studio in McLean, Virginia. She is an artist working in watercolor and acrylic. Her work is frequently displayed in exhibits in the Washington D.C. area. This particular morning, she was finishing preparations for an upcoming art show. It was inspiring to see Carolyn in her studio as she showed me some recent work. Beautiful! Visit her website and look through the galleries.

Colvin Run Mill- Vaudo Family | Great Falls, Virginia | Family Photographer, Vienna, Virginia

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.