It's the smallest things in life that are the biggest miracles. 
 
 
 

Hey there, I’m Kristin!

and I am a newborn and maternity photographer based in Northern VA with a passion for helping new moms and dads document the smallest details of life’s biggest miracle, the birth of a child.

 
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I'll be honest with you.  

Describing myself as an artist feels kind of weird.  Growing up, I never thought I was creative enough to be an artist.  Sad, but true.  I just never felt 'enough'.  I wasn't the best painter, or the best drawer, or the best sculptor.  I couldn't think of the most original idea or be inventive so, therefore, I was not artistic.  

It took becoming a mom to unlock that deep truth within myself.  I am an artist- not only do I enjoy my artistic side but I'm good at it too!  It's taken me a long time and a crazy journey to be able to say that about myself.

 Charlotte Grace,  photo courtesy of    Erin J. Photography

Charlotte Grace, photo courtesy of Erin J. Photography

My journey to becoming a mom isn't like most.  After unexpectedly losing our first daughter, Callie Marie, in January 2012, I was thrown into a world of sadness that I had never known before.  We had purchased a DSLR camera to capture all of her sweetness, but instead I was forced to use that camera as a way to heal and grieve.  During this time, I also began writing a blog to share with others my honest feelings about losing a child, my struggles with faith, and the positive impact Callie's short life had on my own.

Turns out, this artist just needed to find her medium.  Callie gave me the gift of seeing the world in a different light, capturing that light through photography, and describing it in the written word.  The color yellow always makes me think of her so you will find lots of it sprinkled into my life and my work!

Since then, my husband, John, and I have gone on to have two more daughters, Charlotte and Lila, and a son named Hudson.  When Charlotte was born, her first cry was the most life-changing sound in the world.  It was full of vigor, strength, and life.  I will treasure that moment, and all those since, for the rest of my life.  Lila scared us half to death her whole pregnancy, but arrived safe and sound and is absolutely delightful!  Sweet little Hudson has completed our family and he is spoiled rotten by everyone!

 Lila Faith,  photo courtesy of    Four Wishes Photography

Lila Faith, photo courtesy of Four Wishes Photography

 Hudson Thomas,  photo courtesy of    LouLou Photography

Hudson Thomas, photo courtesy of LouLou Photography

My life experiences have taught me to view life a little differently.  This has led me to be able to deliver photographs that will truly capture the essence of who you are as a family as you welcome your baby into this world.  You will find me to be warm and friendly and I will be able to put you at ease during your session.  As a mommy with a background in teaching preschool and young primary-aged children, I have LOTS of experience working with kids.

When I’m not snuggling newborns at sessions, I spend my time devoted to teaching reading part-time at our local elementary school, learning more about photography, reading a good book, and hanging out with my wonderful family.  I welcome you to get to know me better by following me on social media (via the icons at the bottom of the page) or reading my personal blog where I love to pursue my other passion of writing (when I have time- ha!!).  I also have a personal Instagram account (@oursunshinelife) if you want to see a little more of my family life :)  

I appreciate your interest in my photography and look forward to working with you!


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These are a few of my favorite things…

 

 
  • Baby feet!!!

  • Random acts of kindness

  • Sunshine and anything yellow.

  • Yoga

  • COFFEE!!  I didn't start drinking it until my son, Hudson, was born.  He drove me to it and I'm SO GLAD!  I love starting my day with a big warm mug of 'life juice' nowadays.

  • Golden retrievers- even though I am forever vacuuming, they are worth it!

  • Diet Dr. Pepper, aka DDP for short.

  • Reading and writing!!!  I'm a huge nerd.  My mom got me hooked on the Outlander series and I haven't been able to read anything else since!

  • Obviously my Nikon d610 and any/all things photography-related!  I am obsessed.

  • The Bachelor/Bachelorette.  Can't help it.

 
 
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Personal Gallery

In between sessions for clients, I love documenting our family’s everyday lives, what I like to call our “Glorious Ordinary”. See some of my favorites below.

 
 
 
 

When I have time, I love to blog about our adventures and experiences. Feel free to read more on The Glorious Ordinary Journal below.

 
 
 
 
 
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Kristin’s Booklist 

Photography is not my only passion. I am a reading teacher as well and helping connect parents & kids with the right book gives me great joy! Here are some of my favorite parenting books as well as some fantastic children’s books to add to your baby’s bookshelf.

 
 Where The Wild Things Are   Maurice Sendak

Where The Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak

 I Wish You More   Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld

I Wish You More

Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld

 How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk   Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

 Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings   Dr. Laura Markham

Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings

Dr. Laura Markham