Newborn

Welcome Katerina!

This summer has flown by like none other - and rain like, whoa! Ammiright?! Time warps and crummy weather aside, there has been a ton going on this summer and I've been flying by the seat of my proverbial pants just taking everything in. A big move, starting the foster care program in Baltimore city, and trying to keep up with an increasingly curious toddler to name a few items.

But amid all of this, was the quiet and joyful arrival of this little beauty. Baltimore, meet Katerina. This sweet little nugget was so charming and and agreeable for her first portraits! Driving into my old neighborhood to meet her and her parents, despite having only moved a handful of weeks earlier, had me tearful and nostalgic. Celebrating new life while reminiscing about the old had me tied up in emotional knots and realizing that there are always new adventures to experience if we embrace the chance. It also served as a reminder of how much I love doing what I do.

Katerina - the world is yours, little lady! I'm so honored to have captured your very first portraits!

 

Welcome Judah : A Little King in Charm City

There's a special kind of joy in watching people you love become parents. This, in my life, has been amplified in the year since becoming a parent myself. Your heart breaks for the struggles and challenges that you remember comes with a newborn, but man does your soul rejoice in the pure beauty, strength, and resilience that you get to see in action, from the people you love. 

John and Chelsie have been dear friends, investing in our son Iggy's life over the past year and encouraging us in ways they probably don't even know throughout this whole parenting gig. We've valued their friendship oh so much! And now to watch them welcome their own little guy is something that is pretty amazing.

I'm so amped to watch Judah grow, and learn, and imprint his spirit and personality on his parents' hearts. You might be aware that parenthood is a painful process sometimes, but I think it's also such a beautiful and true reflection of God's relationship with each of us, and a very (sometimes woefully) tactile example of His unending grace.

Congratulations, John and Chelsie! We're sincerely so happy and grateful to parent alongside the two of you!

 

 

welcome :: marcos

I met with Raquel and Matt originally while she was still pregnant. We got together at a small bakery / cafe on O'Donnell Square and got to know one another over cups of coffee and the intoxicating smell of sugar and fried dough resting in the air.

Can I just say? These two are absolutely precious (PRECIOUS). Their giddy smiles of anticipation for baby number one were incredibly sweet and contagious. We were originally planning on a maternity shoot, but it unfortunately fell through. So I was beyond delighted then when they contacted me two weeks after their little guy arrived - just in time for newborn photos for the holidays.

World, meet Marcos.

This little family literally brought a tear to my eye with their tenderness toward one another. I'm not always a sappy person - but to be fair: they sat in the crisp fall leaves as the sun was setting and casting a warm glow over their faces. They smiled at one another with their little boy bundled in their arms and just as I began to click photos, Matt leaned toward his bride, whispering "I love you so much" over and over.

I know. Tear jerker.

Thank you so much, Matt and Raquel, for allowing me to be a part of your first family photos. I'm truly honored!
 

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ten fingers :: ten toes

I have known Amanda for quite some time. She is a welcome and much loved remnant from my days working political campaigns (which I did for quite some years before I decided to ditch partisan politics for pixels - say that three times fast).

We originally met back in 2001 on a gubernatorial race in New Jersey and were fast friends then. In 2004, we combined (extreme) efforts working with a grassroots campaign which took us seamlessly into another gubernatorial campaign. Long hours, late nights, endless miniature york peppermint patties, and lots and LOTS of volunteers to keep busy and happy - Amanda and I had each others' backs. We were there when the campaign was just the two of us in a small corner office in Jersey City that had drafty rattling windows and a less than ideal bathroom situation.

When we moved to larger and more luxurious offices in the suburbs, we no longer sat three feet from one another at rickety desks, but she was always just an intercom buzz away to grab coffee with, bemoan campaign woes with, or to spell check with. :)

Amanda comes from a big family, just like me, and when I left the political world to pursue more artistic ventures, we talked at least a half dozen times about me coming up to New Jersey to do family portraits with them. Time passed, Amanda got married, her younger siblings grew up and some even moved away to other far off places... and those photos never became a reality.

Then came a phone call last fall with the news that she was expecting the start of her own family come spring time. I immediately began the thought process of newborn photos for Amanda! And as fate would have it, little Francesca arrived exactly a week before I was due to be up in New Jersey for a cousin's wedding. Fate had family photos planned for quite some time - just not exactly in the way that we originally thought - and I couldn't be happier for it.

World, meet Francesca Luisa DePalma; she could not be any sweeter. What a perfect, alert, and lively little girl she already is - no surprise given the stock from which she comes! And yes, I counted - ten perfect little fingers, with ten perfect little toes to match.

Congratulations, Nick and Amanda! Can't wait to take family photos with you guys for years to come.

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