portraits

Well Hello There, Simon!

Boats and babies: perfect, right?

A few months ago, I had the joyous pleasure of photographing this family on their houseboat as they awaited the imminent arrival of their newest little one. And let me tell you: it was definitely a career highlight.

Sunset, the harbor, live music - it was a dream. I was so very excited to come back to capture them again as a new family of four.

World, meet Simon. The sweetest, snuggliest, most precious little guy I've met in awhile. This boy was born for sea life (or... harbor life) and his photo session did not disappoint.

Catherine, Matt, and Sebastian - so many congratulations for your new little one. You guys are gonna be the new Fab Four!

Phoenix and Sarah

Leaves are changing here in Baltimore. The air is crisp, the days are shorter, our breath turns to vapor with every sigh, and boots have officially replaced loafers.

And here is Sarah and Phoenix; a little piece of sunshine in Reservoir Hill.
There is seriously nothing quite like a dog and their person. It is a bond so deep and so often misunderstood, although it would be hard for anyone to mistake that these two are anything but thick as thieves. 

Loved taking your portraits, Phoenix - you sweet, old soul.

 

 

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!

 

 

Baby Noah :: 6 months a man

It's hard to believe that it was now more than half a year ago that I met Carrie and Nate to shoot maternity portraits in Patterson Park. My how time flies - people always say it, but I am continuously astounded by the truth of that statement! 

I first met up with Carrie last summer for coffee and scones at Patterson Perk - an afternoon that felt too warm for coffee, but the weather hardly seemed that noticeable as Carrie and I hit it off immediately. We discussed her pregnancy and the strangeness of suddenly becoming a married adult with the expectation of responsible parenthood looming. Remember that silly little often uttered phrase about time flying oh so fast? Yes, it does. One day we're kids and at some indiscernible point in time, we are no longer. Or, at least, the world suspects that we are not. We carry all the evidence of being an adult but with no date-stamped receipt for our purchase of adulthood. 

And now, this many months later, here is Noah; 6 months a little man and time will pass quickly for Nate and Carrie as they watch him grow up - hopefully not TOO quickly. But in the meantime, I'm so very proud to be there to capture every moment that I can. Thanks so much, Nate and Carrie, for allowing me to be part of your little world!


    

 

 

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the johnson family

I have 9 (NINE) nieces and nephews. Yeah - I guess for some that's not a lot. I come from a large family though and it just keeps growing larger. I love it. I embrace the chaos.

Strangely, however, I've seldom done family portraits for any of my sibling's families. Not because I haven't' offered - but when we're all scattered across the east coast, it can be difficult sometimes to find the time for it. So I'm always so pleased when all the stars align, and we're all able to take some time out to get together and do some photos.

Two weekends ago, that happened. West Virginia came and descended on Baltimore, and we took to the park (bundled against the freezing cold) and Aunt Monkey (yep, that's me) did what I do best: I made my munchkinheads smile from ear to ear.

This is Cheech, Midge, Monkey Too, and Elias (we're still working on a nickname for the little guy). And I'm so glad to call them my family.

 

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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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