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!