Super excited to share my conversation with Ciara Stockeland today — going into this, I had an idea of what she did and what we would talk about and WOW was I blown away by where things went! Ciara has taken her experiences, her failures (which she owns up to!) and her passions to help […]

Amidst The Chaos Podcast

September 14, 2021

Episode 35: Giving Boutique Business Owners The Tools To Thrive, with Ciara Stockeland

GOOOOOOD morning and happy new year!! We are over here getting a fresh start on the week, the month, and the year. This squishy little girl seemed like the freshest way to start off the blog for 2021. She was born smack in the middle of busy season, and her welcome to the world blog […]

Newborns

January 4, 2021

New Babies and a New Year | Northern Virginia Newborn Photographer

A sunset family session with lots of tips for photography at golden hour!

Families, For Photographers

December 29, 2020

A Golden Hour Session Full of Glow | Sandy Spring, MD

More BOYS!! I just love all the little boys I’ve been seeing lately – they are so fun and bring such a wild joy to our sessions. The T family spent an hour with me mid morning, and boy did we find the CUTEST little area in Fort Hunt Park for their photos. Baby boy […]

Families

July 15, 2020

A Mid Morning Summer Family Session | Alexandria VA

This family is our home away from home. Dustin was Sean’s Platoon Leader in Afghanistan in 2010-2011, and our families have stayed close ever since. They live just outside of Pittsburg, and we try to get together a few times year. I have to say, for a long distance friendship we do an excellent job […]

Families, Personal

June 27, 2020

A Mid-Afternoon Family Session | Gore, VA

We are done having babies… but editing session honestly made me reconsider that decision for a minute ?? We spent just about an hour in Manassas, just before sunset. It’s easy to have a sunset session when your baby has just entered thew world and doesn’t have a bedtime yet ? Baby Olivia ate and […]

Families, Newborns

June 25, 2020

A Pandemic-Induced Outdoor Newborn Session | Manassas, VA

My little fam headed down to Virginia Beach last week for our OWN family photos before Sean heads out of town for work. I was SO excited to sneak in a mommy and me session with these two GORGEOUS redheads. I honestly wasn’t even thinking about how absolutely glowy this session was going to be; […]

Families

June 13, 2020

A Marsh Motherhood Session | Virginia Beach, VA

You go with the kids’ flow. It’s just a very basic rule that I’ve learned as a photographer. If you want to keep the kiddos happy, don’t force the photo. Just get them to trust and like you by playing with them and paying attention to them, and they’ll do whatever you ask! This family […]

Families

December 6, 2019

A Winter Waterfront Family Session | Virginia Beach, Virginia

I mean how in the world did I get lucky enough to get to photograph this couple?! What a gorgeous family, in a gorgeous location choice of Old Town Alexandria. We hit some of the cobblestone streets as well as the waterfront. It is such a great choice for a fall maternity session, especially with […]

Maternity

November 18, 2019

An Old Town, Fall Maternity Session | Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

This little boy smiled in EVERY. SINGLE. PHOTO. How is that even possible?! He was so, so cute and I just was blown away by what a happy guy he was. We spent the session letting him run around and love on his mama and daddy, and I honestly would have stayed there all night […]

Families

November 17, 2019

Changing Leaves and a Changing Family Session | Washington, DC