Springfield VA Newborn Photographer | Squishable and pinchable Cheeks

The photos really do say a lot for themselves.  This family is so happy to have him in their lives – he is just perfect.  Don’t you think?  The best part about the session was how well he cooperated and of course the fact that I was very close to Kingstown – which means I got my TJMaxx and HomeGoods fix after I left. (Ha! – it’s the little things)

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Sneaks – Newborn Photographer in Northern VA and Washington DC

There MUST have been something in the water about 9 months ago.  Lots of babies – lots of cuteness.  I’m so blessed and excited to be a part of these families – even just for a little while.

Here is my little sweet potato baby:

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This next little boy, made it out of the NICU and he got to have how first professional photo session.

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And the other cute little pixie I got to hang out with…

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SMASH THAT CAKE | One Year Old Mr G | Montgomery County, MD Newborn and Family Photographer

This little man, seriously holds a special place in my heart.  When I first met him, he looked like this – extremely safe in his grandpa’s hands.


He was born a micro preemie.  In the image above, he is three months old and in the photo below (7 months later) he is just shy of one year.  Big Bird was his length when he was born.  Look at how far he has come.  He’s one tough cookie.   And BOY – does he like cake!

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Siblings are the Best| Northern VA Family Photographer

Boy oh Boy do I love it when my clients keep coming back.  I first met this little man when he was in utero, then again when he was a few days old, now I cannot believe that his temperament is exactly the same.  Easy going and full of smiles.  Big Sister is also spirited and a ton of fun.  I got a big hug from her after the session.  This family is truly amazing – and photogenic.   I do think my favorite is the candid of Mom and Daughter.

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Sweet Baby Girl | 14 days NEW | Alexandria VA Newborn Photographer

My favorite inquiries are for newborn babies.  Only because they are only that small and malleable for such a short amount of time.    I am always honored to be chosen to capture them PLUS, they smell soooo good.  It’s like breathing in youth.   Which equates to (jn my head), the more newborns I photograph – the younger I become… (HA!)

HOW darling is she?



Handsome and Gretel | Come As You Are Sessions | Northern VA Child Photographer

You may ask what is a come as you are session.  It is a mini session (around 20 minutes) where your kids dress themselves.  (we know as they get older they DO have an opinion – LOL) They come in their FAVORITE outfits and I photograph your pixies JUST being themselves in all their perfectness.  I so love that she showed up in her ballet uniform and that he was in his tae kwon doe gear.  It makes my heart happy.

I felt so thrilled that I was able to capture these memories for the D family. 

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6 Months Old – Simply Pure Organic and Clean |Arlington Family Photographer

I actually squealed a little bit when I received an email asking me to photograph their girl.  I remember her older sister and these parents are amazing and their kids are also stunning so I knew this was going to be a fun session.

The parent’s vision and my vision are perfectly matched.  We both prefer images that are about the child, not about what they are sitting standing on, it’s not even about the clothes.  It’s just about them.  In their sweetest most innocent part of their lives.  The first image that you will see, is me trying out a new editing process.  It looks like an oil painting…

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I would LOVE to include every single image from the session, but like Mom said, its a challenge just picking my favorites…So i randomally picked a few.

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I would love to read your comments and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Vermele S. Martinez - Gorgeous images! 🙂

Baby J, Welcome to the World! | Falls Church VA Newborn Photographer

Baby J is 17 days new and he is clearly the apple of Mommy’s and Daddy;s eyes.  Dad was so attentive and patient and clearly in love with  this little miracle.  After snuggles and a feeding or two with Mom he settled right down and I had the honor of making  some beautiful newborn portraits.  Mom and Dad – here are your sneaks!  Like the photos? Leave a comment. 🙂 

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Winter Maternity Photographer|Waiting for Arrival

I was so thrilled when Dad contacted me to photograph his beautiful wife.  They were having a baby and they were a referral from a past client.  So, it made it that much better.

This is the note that my past client sent to me:

Oh Pat you really are the best! My coworker came in today and didn’t say a word but walked directly to me and gave me a BIG hug! He thanked me and said how beautiful the session was. He said when he saw his wife, outside, in pastel, full belly and hair hanging down, he said he just lost it. He said it melted him.  He said you were excited, professional and made his wife feel beautiful again. He said your excitement was infectious and they had a great time.

Please, if you have the time, leave a comment and let this stunning Momma, know and feel how beautiful she actually is.

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Rhonda Fenby-Morse - What a gorgeous mom to be….she looks amazing…I love that pregnancy glow…and such a trooper out there in the beautiful snow (:

maria shook - So jealous. Wish I looked this good when I was pregnant!!

Tammy - What a beautiful momma…she is positively glowing! Love that last image!

Amy - Lovely wintery pictures and beautiful momma to be. Great session!

Sara - Wow what a beautiful mommy to be. I love this snowy session! Love the shot of dad looking at baby and mama smiling! So sweet!

Molly B - Such sweet photos of a beautiful mom and dad-to-be.

Barb - Beautiful parents to be with wonderful smiles! Love the pretty snow!

Amber Gregg - Absolutely stunning!!! She makes pregnancy look good!!! 🙂

Michelel - Oh My. This session is hands down – GORGEOUS! Momma is absolutely beautiful and radiant! You definitely captured a love story between them. Love it!

Michelle - So beautiful! Jealous of your amazing snow maternity pictures!

Natasha - Gorgeous! I love the last photo, they look wonderfully happy <3

Lottie - I love LOVE. Fantastic pictures.

Kristan Langley - Beautiful! I LOVE the absolutely real, PROUD, ear-to-ear smile on dad’s face in the last one where he’s looking down at belly 🙂 He’s got lots to be proud of there!

Sharon Petito - These are amazing! Mum looks fabulous, and they both look so happy and in love! Amazing memories to cherish! x

Kelly - What a beautiful momma. You captured this wonderful moment in time for this lovely couple in away that shows how happy the two must truly be.

Amy - I WISH I had pictures taken of me when I was pregnant! I just felt so big and unattractive…but now I look back and realize what a beautiful time of my life, carrying my unborn baby in my belly. You will never regret these photos!