Portrait: The Gruska Family at Rosewood Tucker's Point in Bermuda

Portrait: The Gruska Family at Rosewood Tucker's Point in Bermuda

I had a wonderful time working with the Gruska Family at Rosewood Tucker’s Point! This resort is a wonderful place for a photo shoot and is undoubtedly a photographer’s dream!  The family traveled down to the tiny island of Bermuda from New Jersey for a little “R and R” with their daughter.  We explored the ins and outs of Tucker's: the library, the unique architecture of the resort, the croquet lawn, the spa pool, although their goal for the photo shoot was to make sure their daughter enjoyed the beach! Their daughter had such a fun time at the beach that she passed right out from pure excitement!

Portrait: Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C.

Portrait: Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C.

It was a “picture-perfect day” with the Cherry Blossoms in bloom at the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. when I took family portraits of Amanda, Shane, and Avery!  It was amazing to watch little Avery experience the pink Cherry Blossoms for her first time.  A fun fact about these beautiful trees: they were a gift to the United States from the mayor of Tokyo in 1912 as a symbol of friendship between the two countries.  As we explored the Tidal Basin with the flower petals floating through the breeze, all three of us enjoyed the peaceful sentiment behind this 105-year-old gift.   

Portrait: The Trang Family at Lake Barcroft in Virginia

Portrait: The Trang Family at Lake Barcroft in Virginia

I had the pleasure of photographing my dear friend Kim and her family at their home in Lake Barcroft, Virginia.  Kim and I went to high school together and were also on the swim team together.  She, her husband, Jami, and their kids now live in Manhattan.  It was such a treat to link up with all of them while they were back in the D.C. area. This lake has always been a special spot for me mainly because I grew up swimming for the Lake Barcroft dolphins; a motor-boatin’ team if ever there was one!  At seventeen, I became a lifeguard at Lake Barcroft and worked there for the next five summers.  Let me tell you; working at the lake was a pretty sweet summertime gig for a college student! With the number of paths, beaches, swing sets and colorful canoes; the lake has now become a pretty sweet location for family photo shoots!

Portrait: "Mother - Daughter" Shoot in Northern Virginia

Portrait: "Mother - Daughter" Shoot in Northern Virginia

I had a fantastic time photographing my best friend of thirty plus years – who is also named Melanie – and her daughter, Olivia at The Holmes Run Stream Valley Park in Annandale, Virginia!  Melanie and I used to wonder through the creek together when we were girls and it was a treat to take her little one to our old stomping grounds.  Melanie has a background in dog training and it was only fitting that she also bring Jackson, their Brazilian Mastiff.  The color in the fall leaves was holding on tight… winter is coming!