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Newborn session: Due on Christmas day, came a little early…

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I wanted to share this session with everyone because it was rather special: while I normally go to people’s houses to shoot newborns, these guys came to me in the studio! This was great because in the studio, I can exhibit a lot more control over lighting conditions and set-up. And he was such a beautiful baby!

Here he is, 12 days old:

The new parents:

Black and white Baby Rothko:

Congratulations to the new fam!


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December 27, 2009 at 7:00 am

A winter session, outdoors, under giant, leafless Virginia trees

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I love living in Virginia for the fact that there are distinct seasons. In the spring, the air is full of sweet perfume, followed by the hot, hot summer, when things grow like crazy, punctuated by an August so muggy that walking outside feels like wading through a giant bowl of soup. Then comes the most beautiful fall season one could ever wish for, with dazzling colors and morning mist, reminding us, after the sticky summer, why we live here.

But it’s December now, and this is the season in Virginia with the least going on – so I thought. See, it gets very cold in Virginia during the winter, but it doesn’t snow a whole lot, which leaves very little reward for bearing the cold temperatures. We get a lot of cold rain, or sleet, or soggy snow that lasts for three days, mixes with the mud in the street, and tracks itself into everyone’s entryway. There’s not much fun in that.

But I’ve started to notice the fantastic Virginia trees! The same trees that are bursting green in the spring and turning bright red and yellow in the fall – in the winter, these trees turn into bony, prickly sculptures! With no leaves, all you see is the skeleton, with pointy branches, crisscrossing high in the sky.

For this family session that I recently had in Leesburg, not only did I get a beautiful, good-natured family to work with, but I got to take advantage of these giant winter sculptures!

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December 16, 2009 at 3:26 am

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A Kids Portrait

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This family wanted a portrait of all the “kids” to give as a gift to their dad for Christmas. I made a plan to sort of mimic a fashion-style line-up shot. I used natural light, and each one of these “kids” looked stunning. This group is a perfect example of how to dress your family for a shoot: wear your best and feel free to coordinate, but always try to feature each person’s unique style within that coordination.

Look at this beautiful family!

So handsome:

Not to mention the gorgeous sisters:

What great smiles!
This one reminds me of a classic portrait from the turn of the century:
Thanks for a great shoot, you guys!

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December 15, 2009 at 4:44 am

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Thanksgiving at Joshua Wilton House

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This Thanksgiving, my family decided to do something most-unusual for us, and go out to eat! The place of choice was Joshua Wilton House, a fancy inn and restaurant in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia. Harrisonburg is full of Victorian buildings such as the Joshua Wilton House, but so often you look at the outside and beg a god of some sort to come down and instantly renovate it back to its original grandeur. This is not one of those places: every cosmetic detail on this house is perfect. The moulding! The colors! Loved every bit of it!

I took these photos of the fam while waiting to sit down. Enjoy!

(Jim took this one.)

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November 27, 2009 at 2:55 pm

What is a family documentary?

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With much excitement, I have added a “family documentary” package to my list of photographic services, because families do not exist in a studio! Families exist in a house, in a park, playing in the street, and sitting at a dinner table. The purpose of a family documentary is to literally document how your family exists, together – because that is the greatest advangate that photography allows us: the ability to document how life actually is.


The conventional definition of “documentary photography” comes with the stipulation that the photographer does not interact with the scene, but instead lets events unfold before them. Such an approach allows the photographer to capture exactly what is happening, in the raw, without posing their subjects or their scene. This method is challenging, but often yields photographs with incredibly genuine displays of humanity.

The family documentary it is one part documentary and one part family. It is both an unpredictable stream of events and a series of well-planned moments. For the family documentary package, I follow your family around for up to 6 hours, documenting your day. It could be a family event, such as the first day of your baby’s life, your 3-year-old’s birthday party, or a family reunion.

In the end, you get a 40 page coffeetable book full of photos from the day of photos, with the option of upgrading to a leather-bound keepsake version. I’ve just gotten a sample book made of my own family’s Christmas events, and it’s amazing:


So check out the package details and let me know if you’re interested!

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March 12, 2009 at 5:48 pm