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Happy 1st Birthday Clare!

Tomorrow is Clare’s First Birthday! Today I got to spend some time with her taking her one year photos and had so much fun. Miss Clare is an absolute joy to be around and has such a cute personality (and lots of it!!). We had to dodge a few rain showers but we got some great shots, here are a few of my favorites to share with Mom and Dad.

How gorgeous is she?!

Of all things the Empire Carpet commercial song makes her laugh the most, she’s such a hoot!

We took a little book break during a quick rain shower. I was tickled to find out that her favorite book is “Goodnight Moon” just like my son.

It cleared up so back outside we went!

It was so nice to meet you all today, I hope Clare enjoys her special day!!

mollie - she is gorgeous and you captured such a spunky attitude! these are awesome.

Jennifer - what a little beauty she is, beautiful!

Trina - OMG! What a cutie! I really like your new blog!

Cristy - My goodness, she is just lovely! That smile brightened up my day. Fab shots!

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How cute is he?!

This little guy belongs to one of my best friends from high school. He’s 6 months old and the cutest little chubby dude ever.

We had a quick little mini session on Friday night before our girls night.:-)

Danielle Hobbs - Hey little man!!! :) I can’t believe he’s so big already! He is adorable!!!

Christine Romano - Oh He’s a cutie! Beautiful job capturing that smile! I love the colors in this!!

Kristel - Oh what a cute little guy! I love the expression you captured!

Amanda - Adorable for sure!! Such a cute shot :) ++

Justine Ungaro - Hey Amber, had no idea you were so talented behind the camera! :) You should join DWF, It’s not just for wedding photographers…

Heather - Aww, what a cutie with such a big adorable smile!

Missy - what college did jenny go to again?
goooo clemson!

Amy Sansbury - Go DAWGS! They are raising this kid right! Love that smile! ++

Happy Birthday Julia!

Julia and her parents live in NC but are spending her First Birthday with family up in PA. Today they drove down and met me in Old Town, Alexandria for a First Birthday photo shoot. Julia was an absolute doll and such a beautiful little girl. I love the shots we got today, it was a lot of fun wandering around Old Town finding fun locations to take photos.

Here’s an extra large sneak peek for you all to enjoy!

Old Town is full of amazing old homes with awesome colored doors. I could have spent days just photographing all of the doors. This blue one was a favorite of mine.

Taking a goldfish break, Julia was such a good sport today!

I love this shot of her and her lovey “Charlie”.

I love this shot of Julia on her Daddy’s shoulders. He’s being deployed in 2009 overseas and just thinking about that and seeing this photo makes me tear up.

Another awesome blue door!

Hope Julia’s Birthday Party is great, I had so much fun with you guys today! Have a safe trip home.

Keith - Awesome work – they look great! Can’t wait to see them all. Thanks so much!!

Jan - What a gorgeous family and awesome location! Love your color! The one with the flags in the background and the little girl on daddy’s shoulder is priceless! Great job.

Kim Griffith - These are adorable! Love her eyelashes.

brianne brose - LOVE this entire session! What a beautiful little girl and an adorable family!

Amy Sansbury - She has gorgeous eyes and you captured such cute expressions! ++

Teri Mason - These are fabulous. Great location and sweet family!

kim - love the one of the little baby and her dadddy with the flags! awesome!

Coffee Table Books!

I just wanted to post a few photos of my latest coffee table book before I deliver it to the lucky client that ordered it. These are custom designed and can include all of the photos from your session. This is a more clean and modern book but we can also have fun with these and add colors, textures, patterns, and words in the backgrounds.

Front cover:

One of the spreads on the inside:

Back cover:

These take about 4 weeks from order placement to delivery but are very much worth the wait!

jenny - this is so fabulous! you are doing some great stuff!!

Christie Adams - WOW!! This looks amazing!! The clients must have loved it!!

364 Days Ago…

I had been on modified bedrest for 6 weeks for high blood pressure. This morning, a year ago, I went for my 37 week appointment. My blood pressure would not go down so they sent me over to the hospital to be monitored. After spending all day on the monitors my OB decided to induce me. I was terrified since it was still early and I wasn’t even a fingertip dilated but I had no choice.

That next day on August 9th at 3:21 pm I gave birth to the sweetest little boy in the world. He came out screaming and healthy, and that day and the days after have been the best of my life.

Here is a video chronicling his first year, it’s long but worth it. Also please note that most of the photos in the video are just snapshots from our point and shoot.

Carter’s First Year from HokieGal on Vimeo.

We did a quick Cake Smash session this morning, he wasn’t sure of the cake at first but ended up loving it and made a bit fun mess.


Hmmm, this is tasty!

And finished…

Happy Birthday to my inspiration, my joy, my love, my life!

jenny - omg. love it all! i teared up!

and look at that hair!!

Melissa - You did a wonderful job! Happy Birthday, Carter!

Alice - You made me cry! I can’t believe he is a year already!

Cyndi - You did a wonderful job with the slideshow, and I absolutely LOVE the cake pictures. I can’t wait to see more of those after his “official” birthday celebration. And, ditto what someone else said, “Look at that hair!”

Jennifer - omgosh how sweet and a beautiful adventure. Happy 1st birthday to your little man!

Sandy - Amber–I can hardly believe he’s a year old. Congrats on a wonderful first year and many, many more to come!!!

Ashley - So sweet! I love the cake pics! I still cannot believe it’s already been a year. Happy Birthday Carter!

Brenda FitzGerald (Mimi) - i just adore the Birthday Video!!! He is so adorable, and so proud that he is my grandson…Amber, I am also so proud of the way you have taken a wonderful hobbie and turned it into such a fulfilling, and rewarding business that you love to do!!!
Love you all,

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