He is ONE!

I cannot believe that our sweet baby Cooper is turning ONE today. Where did the time go? First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Coop! 

When Dan and I got married, we knew we wanted a dog. We decided to wait until we bought a house so that we have more space and honestly didn't have to pay the monthly dog fees at our apartment. We moved in our home in April 2016 and shortly after that we knew it's time for our first baby, our dog Cooper. Once me made a deposit on his litter, time did NOT want to pass. We were on vacation in Europe when I received an email that the puppies were born. We couldn't have been happier. Okay, 5 more weeks until we can choose our forever first fur baby!!! 5 WEEKS!!! How do you keep yourself busy for 5 weeks and not constantly think about having this sweet little thing in your arms?

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Well, I have to admit I didn't grow up with dogs like my hubs did, I never had one and I didn't really know what to expect. I prepared myself for the worst (pee and poop everywhere, everything chewed up, looooots of mouthing and not listening... ) Part of it came true but it wasn't even close to be as bad as I thought. It was hard work to train him, but it was fun. He brought us so much joy, happiness and laughter from DAY 1!

We thought a lot out names.... Oakley, because he was born in the fall. Sunny, because he is golden. Einstein, because they are so smart and I'm from Germany. And there was Cooper, because we both liked that name. As we went to pick out our fur ball it was the hardest decision at first. I had 3 or 4 puppies in my arms at the same time and they were all adorable. How do you choose a pup for your family? How do you know you choose the right one?

Well, they choose you. Dan had Cooper on his arm and I tried to keep the others away from nibbling on Dan's toes :D He handed him to me and I had just said to him that I have no idea how to make a decision but in that moment, Cooper cuddled up between my throat and my head. Never mind, we had picked our sweet new family member. We just knew he was a Cooper.

After playing with him for a little while it was time to leave him and go home. TWO more WEEKS until we can bring him home. Just 2 more weeks... Oh my heart hurt as we left him there. I just wanted to bring him home already.  One week passed and I counted the days until we could pick him up. We bought his first toys and his blanket, a crate and everything he would need. We had visitors from Germany so we kept ourselves busy. And THEN I got the text message... There was a big storm announcement for the Saturday we were supposed to pick him up so we were allowed to come EARLIER. I called Dan and we went on Wednesday night (3 days earlier). Oh I remember that feeling as we brought him home. I know I'm obsessed with our dog but he's like my first baby ♥ 

Our adventures began. We took him with us as much as we could. Petco, Petsmart, Home Depot, Lowe's, Farmers Market and to the park... The first snow came and we ran outside together and he just LOVED it. And now here we are, it's almost fall again and our Cooper is turning ONE. 

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From not liking to cuddle, being pet, mouthing, chewing and house training, taking me for walks instead of the opposite and not listening to what we were saying... we came a long way. He LOVES to cuddle and wants to be pet (he gets mad when we stop) he's gentle with mouthing (most of the time) and only chews if he want's even more attention that he already gets. He was potty trained in just a couple months and now he walks next to me and doesn't pull. He learned how to sit, lay, shake, high five, whisper, speak, leave it and to go 'in' his space. He has brought us so much joy and happiness and he has wiped tears. He is not just a dog, he belongs to our family and I cannot imagine our lives without him.

Today we celebrate you, our big boy. Thank you for being there, cuddling us when we need it and making us smile when we feel grumpy. Thank you for protecting us and making us your entire world.

♥♥♥WE LOVE YOU COOP!! ♥♥♥

Fall + Christmans Mini Session Announcement

Happy Monday friends!

I hope everyone had a great and relaxing weekend. :) It's a cloudy day in Virginia today so I thought I brighten up it up with a big announcement!!!!

Yay! I'm so excited to finally announce my dates for my Fall and Christmas mini sessions!

I picked 3 different locations for my Fall Mini Sessions AND I'm super excited to say that my CHRISTMAS Minis will be at the LaRon Christmas Tree Farm this year! ♥♥

ONLY $75

I wanted to make it easier on both sides so I created links to sign up. To get to the time slots select the date in the circle.

A $30 nonrefundable deposit is required to secure your spot. The remaining amount of $45 is due on your sessions date. 

 Both Mini Sessions include: 

30 minutes + 10-15 high resolution images in an online gallery + all sharing and printing rights

 

Feel free to contact me about any questions :) 

 

The Napier Family • Family

I was so excited when Jessica reached out to me for a family session! Rhett and Brynnlee are just adorable. They arrived in the perfect matching outfits and I had the best time chasing the kiddos around. Rhett and Brynnlee loved holding hands, giving kisses to each other and of course exploring the entire place. It was magical and I loved seeing the whole family interact.  

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The Wiseman Family • Family/Maternity

Meet the the Wiseman Family!:) This sweet family is expecting their second child. Conner is going to be one great big brother!!! I always love capturing this family. They are so much fun to work with. Morgan and Conner even climbed up the tree. 

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The Constantine Family • Family / Maternity

On Saturday I got to spent my morning with the Constantine Family! It's the second time I got to capture this sweet family. When I met them for the first time Vienna could barely walk. This time she is walking around and looks so grown. She is so precious. In addition to that her sweet mom is expecting another precious girl! Vince is one lucky guy!! Vince's family also were in town and joined us for the session! They will cherish these memories forever.

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The Glazebrook Family • Family

I can't get over this sweet family! Jake, their new fur addition to the family is so handsome. He has a special story to tell. He got left on the side of the road and wandered around. He was lost, scared and without a home. Adam and Jackie didn't hesitant a second to take him in and make him feel safe. They tried to find him a home but it was unsuccessful. After a few days and hours of taking care of this sweet pup (and loving him already) they decided to be his new family. For the first time in a while (or maybe in forever) Jake feels love, safe and most importantly home!! Such a sad story with an heartwarming happy end! ♥♥♥

Congratulation to this sweet family and their new handsome pup! Sadie is a great big sister!:)

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The Mendoza Family • Family/Maternity

When Monica emailed me if they could bring their pup to their session, I got even more excited then I already was. YES, PLEASE! Bring me all the pups! I'm totally the opinion that they are part of your family and especially since I have my own now, that feeling grew even stronger. I have to admit that sessions with dogs can be challenging, but they are still one of my favorites. 

I loved spending my morning with Monica, her husband Vicente, their husky Blaze and her growing baby bump. The weather was perfect and I don't even know where to begin about their perfect matching outfits. I fell in love with her skirt right away. The color theme they wore was just amazing. 

Monica is also a photographer and I really enjoyed talking to her. It was an honor take their updated family photos with Blaze and her baby bump. I know men do not like having their photos taken but I was impressed how well Vicente did.

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The Edwards Family • Family

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I meant to share this sweet family on the blog yesterday, but the day turned out to be crazier than I thought. I met Sue about a year ago and I was so excited when she messaged me about a session. This park is one of my favorites for family portraits. It has animals (like cows, horses and sheep), beautiful old barn houses, fences and it has great sun and shade areas. But let's talk about this amazing family. Declan loved seeing all the animals and we had so much fun catching up. I really enjoyed capturing their family photos and Declan is just the cutest boy. There is endless love, laughter and happiness in those images. ♥ 

xoxo


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Three generations • Family

I had the honor of capturing three generations and I loved every minute of it. I enjoyed working with these beautiful ladies. It was so much fun walking around the park talking and laughing. They send out so much love, happiness and comfort. Family is so important and it reminded me how much I miss my family in Germany. I'm so excited to share the photos and I just wanted to shout out and remind everyone to take a few minutes today and give your parents/siblings/grandparents or other family members a call or a visit!

xoxo 


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Ashly + Brent • Maternity

OH. MY .GOODNESS… I’m so excited to share Ashly’s maternity photos on the blog today. It’s the first blog post after I rebranded. It was so much work, but it was so worth it.

I know Ashly for a couple years know and when she told me she is pregnant, I just couldn’t wait to be there for the whole journey. I’m so thankful she asked me to capture this amazing memory for her. I have done family photos as well as her announcement photos and I just love working with them. Her two boys are so much fun and easy to be around. I just cannot wait to meet the precious new addition to the family. She is going to be sooo loved from her parents and her brothers


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Elines' Maternity Session

I'm just in love with Elines' maternity session from last week. What a beautiful Momma with a handsome family. Alex will be an awesome big brother. The little boy will be so lucky to have such great parents and a big brother like Alex. :) 

The Kraetsch Family

I met the Kraetsch Family the day after Christmas. This cloudy day didn't stop them from being happy and having fun. Their oldest daughter was home for the holidays, too! I love capturing those moments of happiness even though it makes me miss my family even more sometimes. 

The Mickey Family

I'm so happy I can finally post this awesome and special photo shoot. (YAY!) The day, the weather (even though it was cold) and those amazing fall colors were just amazing. BUT more exciting was their special announcement during the photo session. They are adding a new addition to the family. They are having a baby and those handsome two boys get promoted to big brothers! I'd like to say that the boys did NOT know what was written on the sign :D I made them think of the best Christmas gift they could get and show me how happy they would be if Santa would bring it. Well, they indeed got a really special Christmas gift! (UPDATE: They are having a girl! - Big brothers are needed for protection!) I'm beyond happy for you guys! 

New Year Specials for 2017

Hello everyone! 

I'm so excited to announce my New Year Specials for 2017. YAY!


Please let me know if you have any further questions :) 

 

The Violante Family

I just love the fall season and this family rocked it. The girls are just so sweet and beautiful and I just love the energy of this little handsome dude. A session full of laughter, chasing, love and happiness. 

Juliet + Seth

I loved working with beautiful Juliet and handsome Seth. They love having their photos taken and we had so much fun posing and smiling during the session. It was full of laughter and happiness!  The weather was beautiful and warm for a fall day. It was just amazing. 

The Constantine Family

This family is just adorable. :) Vienna is so beautiful. Even though she was tired she did awesome. She loved sitting on the blanket and standing with a little help. Amazing little girl!