Jeremy + Janelle + Baby On the Way | Pilot Mountain, NC Maternity Session

It’s 2017. Happy New Year to all! Not to rush January, but we Deans are getting a little excited about February 2017 and the little one due to arrive in the Dean side of the family! My sister-in-law Janelle and her husband, Jeremy, are expecting to greet (a boy?! a girl?!) baby in just a few short weeks. We’ll official earn the titles of Aunt and Uncle, and it’s a sweet thing.

Over the winter travels to family in North Carolina, we took the chance to photograph this season of pending parenthood for two family folks I love. I know Janelle and Jeremy will be the most dedicated, big-hearted parents. We are so thrilled about the little blessing on the way, guys, and all the joy of welcoming in a new family member. (Also, we are absolutely scheming all the ways to maximize on baby snuggles despite the miles between us.) Join me in cheering on J & J and their growing family. The smiles are contagious.

The McKees| S’more Roasting Family Lifesyle Session

Meeting the McKees for this fun “backyard” family session was literally a real sweet treat! We trekked up to their favorite little slice of heaven here in Virginia, a cozy little firepit nestled in a little clearing in the woods. Christy told me they hadn’t had updated family photos since their youngest arrived, and I was thrilled to help capture some memories of the five of them laughing, playing, and just loving on each other. They know how to do all the aforementioned with gusto, and I loved sifting through all this photos later and giggling at those sweet expressions that you just can’t pose. Thanks so much, guys, for inviting me to share a delicious and fun evening with you! (That s’more was just so tasty; I think it must have been all the Tender Love and Care and that went into making it!) Enjoy some snippets of this s’more makin’, bubble-blowin’, hug-and-snuggle-laden season with the McKees Family.

December 13, 2016 - 6:40 pm

Christy - Thank you so much for capturing our family doing what we love. These images make my heart so happy, they are absolutely perfect!!

The Irtenkauf Family | Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville, VA

It’s fall in Virginia again (Yessss!), and that means it’s apple EVERYTHING time! Recently I met up with the wonderful Irtenkauf Family for a balmy fall family session at Carter Mountain Orchards. We met last year for a Spring Mini Session, and it’s always fun to photograph my favorite families again. When they emailed about a session and shared that their family is GROWING, I’m pretty sure I smiled and cooed, “Aww!” out loud, alone in my office. Just brings the heart joy.

I’m sure the much-anticipated birth day is inching closer as I write. I was so honored to meet up with this awesome, fun family again to help welcome their little one with some photos before the grand arrival. Everyone gets MAJOR kudos for trekkin’ down and up that hillside on an unusually hot day. Another special recognition goes to Grandma & Grandpa for helping keep our littlest friend occupied so Mom & Dad could snag some photos together. Go grandparents! I can tell the pumpkins, cider, donuts, and storytime were a bit hit for all. Enjoy some favorites.

JMU Aboretum Maternity Session | Harrisonburg, VA | Caitlin + Ryan

Not all that long ago, we celebrated & photographed the marriage of friends Caitlin and Ryan. They’ve been settling their nest, working with heart and soul at their jobs, and are now preparing for a new little adventure in November. I’m sure it’s bound to be a snuggly, cute adventure at that. Without a doubt, Ryan and Caitlin are going to make great parents and have some serious fun doing life with a new baby. To help welcome this little one into the family and celebrate their FIRST kiddo, we met up for a sweet evening session… complete with a little gender reveal! Woohoo! Caitlin used them to surprise HER baby shower guests – love it! Enjoy a peek as we wait the arrival of their little one.