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Yesterday I met Tom and Carey, who brought me the sweetest, happiest boys imaginable. They were all so generous with smiles and play and I so enjoyed meeting them that I almost feel guilty calling this my “work.” This is DJ, my favorite shot of the day: And his picture perfect little

Brittany in black and white

High school seniors are fascinating to work with. I love talking with them about their responsibilities and plans for adulthood while photographing them as they laugh and dip back into the carefree youth that is all they know. This West Springfield High School senior was no different. She moved

portrait of Gwynne

Gwynne wanted something different for a Christmas card this year, and I wanted to show off her great cheekbones and picture perfect smile. Isn’t black and white the greatest? Like this:Like Loading...

You must really love your job

My schedule this week is like a jigsaw puzzle; it all fits together perfectly, but very, very tightly and with no wiggle room for errors. Today was tight partly because this morning, the lovely ladies from my Kappa bookclub met at the Patrick Henry Library in Vienna (we meet somewhere new in

champions nonetheless

The Gladiators graciously accepted their second place trophy after last night’s lost to Chantilly, 19-12. True, they didn’t carry home the title of first place; but each player walked away with the gift of knowing that they did their best, played fair and modeled the sportsmanship-like

In the driver’s seat

Laura Willingham was a college junior heading to Southwestern Colorado during winter break with friends when she and the driver tried to switch seats while driving. They’d done this many times before, only this time, the two became tangled and the car veered, fishtailed and flipped off the

Gladiators advance to championship game!

A perfect fall day: cold, very cold, we woke up early and dressed for football. It was so cold, in fact, that Alexis and I sat in the warm car for an extra few minutes as I drank my coffee. I looked up, and saw this image of her in my rear-view mirror: and it gave me an idea for a senior

‘Tis the Season for Greeting Cards

Extreme athletics is a Chapman family sideline. In addition to the academic demands of famed Fairfax County Schools, Luke and Josh maintain a rigorous competitive swimming schedule during the week. This is the third year running (no pun intended; I gave up running cold turkey when I moved to

Springfield Gladiators enter playoffs

manual exposure, 400mm ISO 400 f/5.6 at 1/1000, Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G AF-S VR with TC20EII teleconverter Okay, so Sports Illustrated isn’t exactly beating down my door to sign a contract with me, but that’s okay because this shot of Myles as he caught the ball and began what was to

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portrait of a coach

I generally work in-studio, a place where I can dial my lights to f/2.8 at 1/125 and create exactly what I expect to see. If I need a bit more sharpness, I dial my lights toward f/8; I place my subject where I want them and give them a reason to be there; at this point, if I see something I

Duck meets Quack

Duck, North Carolina beach house, seven families; very early mornings filled with sounds of air hockey, PacMan, Galaga and pool bouncing off tile floors; afternoons of kids like sugar cookies, covered in sand; evenings of fun and friendship and movies on the big screen. Picture perfect

Operation: Love Re-United

It was midnight on December 23, 2001, and my babies were outfitted in red, white and blue. I was keeping them awake past bedtime, way beyond the bewitching hour when silliness turns to delirium, for a special surprise. Children running amok, mothers pacing, the air in the squadron thick with wild

the Fuhrmann family

On my list of Top 10 things I love about my job, the Fuhrmann family checked off all the highlights. Like this:Like Loading...

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blog redesign

Several of you have mentioned to me that my blog isn’t loading correctly in Internet Explorer on Windows machines, so my blog redesign has been a long time coming. The colorful new background is perfect for this end-of-summer shot of Camille in the pool. Like this:Like Loading...

Christmas 2007 | photo greeting cards

I know; I’m barely into the swing of football practice and struggling to form the habit of grabbing a sweatshirt on my way out the door in the early morning to drive my kids to school, and yet it’s time to gear up for Christmas? Relax. It’s only time for Christmas on the retail

John Stuart Hunt, Wall 7 West, line 129

I met John Stuart Hunt on Wall 7 West, line 129, of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. I was giving my friend Miette the walking tour of downtown Washington D.C., and we stopped to look up her brother-in-law. The book we referenced gave us his name, rank, branch of service, date of

Photo tips for Moms: Lessons Two and Three

The rule of thirds is forever imprinted on my mind in the form of “Pulp Fiction“. The same day my university professor introduced me to the rule, I happened to see the movie. They say repetition is the mother of retention, and my brain was branded with the rule of thirds as I watched

Wanted: models!

I spent my yesterday in a workshop with photography icons Jerry Ghionis and Bambi Cantrell as they trek across the U.S. and Canada on an 11-city tour. The room was filled with photographers soaking up ten full hours of what two out of ten best wedding photographers in the world (as named by

Photo tips for Moms: Lesson One

This afternoon, I drove down a typical Northern Virginia summertime road; the trees lining the road were massive, thick and green, their tops tangled 60 feet in the air over me, completely obscuring the sky and casting shade that easily ate up at least four stops of available light compared with

Photographing Flora

flo•ra noun : the plants of a particular region, habitat or geological period. ORIGIN (late 18th Century: from Latin flos, flor “flower”) Flo•ra [Roman Mythology] the goddess of flowering plants. She is warm, beautiful and Greek; what else is there to say? Like this:Like Loading...

Seussical

This afternoon, we took Jonathan and Alexis to see St. Bernadette Summer Theatre’s “Seussical the Musical.” We were genuniely impressed — so much so, we returned to the evening production during intermission and left gift certificates for all of the high school seniors in

pix from Moms

[photo of Zach, by Miette] (View one of my many photos of Miette’s son, Zach, here, fourth from the top, left,) and laugh at how differently kids react to their mom’s camera than they do to mine! (Unless, of course, they are my kids!) One of my favorite things is an inbox peppered

10 days, no kids

How do parents “survive” (I’m trying not to gloat) 10 days of no kids in the house? For us, it’s been a lot like college. I think I’ve run the dishwasher once, and that was only to clean coffee mugs and cereal bowls. Our bikes are parked inside the front door and

non-stop adventure

Literally. It was originally my husband’s idea, a summer adventure for our kids, and then he shared it with his parents and before I knew it, I was making my way through security to put my unaccompanied-minors on a non-stop flight to their grandparents’ house. The Land of Sugar and

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My kids are always happy to indulge me when it comes to playing their part in capturing the perfect image. Alexis zooms off in search of her latest pretty necklace and then lands back in front of my lens while Jonathan snatches up the reflector and takes aim at his sister. Our latest session was

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Washington, D.C.

One of my favorite images I’ve ever made is of a red Schwinn cruiser chained up outside the New Sheridan Hotel in Telluride, Colorado. It’s an ordinary bicycle, its simplicity stark against the catch-your-breath backdrop of the San Juan Mountains. Man, I miss Colorado. Anyhow, I

coffee break

It’s definitely a misnomer for me to break for coffee; I’ve been working late into the night as night stretches into morning and then back again after a few hours of sleep at 6:30 to cram it all in. Coffee fuels the madness. It accompanies me always, I have a favorite blue cup with

senior portrait, seniors 2007

As the 2008 seniors gear up for their last year of high school, I’m anticipating one of my favorite seasons: senior portraits! I’m working on many new ways for the seniors to showcase their images to the world: business cards, graduation announcements, album pages, digital files of

Copyediting king

Ray Harvey is a childhood friend of mine from Ouray (Colorado). He is the youngest of eight brothers and four sisters. By the time we got to high school, I had long since moved, but I still keep in touch with several of my Ouray friends. I remember his favorite book was “To Kill a

SuperDuper!

It started as a living nightmare: the best I can describe it is a long, disturbing, throbbing SCREECH, such as the sound a rodent might make. A rodent trapped under a PowerBook keyboard, for example. The kind of screech that quickly conjures up the shocking, flash-before-your-eyes realization of

Ari

Ari is graduating tomorrow from his pediatric residency. Very. Busy. Guy. He was looking up at me from the cement steps he was sitting on, late-morning sun at his back. I was using my 105mm macro lens because it’s much less intimidating than my 70-200 for subjects who only have a few

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Olivia

Photographing two-year-olds is not for the fainthearted. Neither is parenting one. Having survived it myself three times (my youngest counts as two), I always tell parents of two-year-olds to separate the experience of the photo session from the photographs themselves. This involves purging the