Onward!

2014-What a Year!

Thank you all for making 2014 our best year ever!!! The business grew in leaps and bounds and there is a ton of momentum going into 2015….

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In 2014 I had the joy of working with repeat clients, families I watch grow year after year. It is a marvel and so much fun for me. I love working with children each year as they grow, and I find I develop a special bond with them. I love coming up with creative plans for shoots with my repeat customers so that no two shoots are exactly the same.

Meeting new families is so exciting! I met so many new and wonderful families in 2014 and appreciate you all letting me enter your world and entrusting me to capture your special moments.

I have to admit in 2014, I fell even more in love with newborns! I had the best experiences helping families welcome their newest members. In 2015, I hope to gain even more newborn clients as well as hopefully some hospital shoots. Spread the word!

During the year I introduced new products and technology, which helped you, the client, get your photos off the computer and into your hands and onto your walls! I especially enjoyed creating gorgeous heirloom albums for clients.

And, 2014 was the year I entered the fine art world as well. Something I always had my eye on but didn't know where I fit in. Then, I found my niche and launched in. An exciting new part of my business that I hope to nurture and grow in the coming years.

Looking ahead to 2015

I am entering 2015 with so much momentum and excitement. Good things are happening. Let me share some of it with you….!

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I am happy to announce I will be partnering with The Scout Guide and will be the official photographer for The Scout Guide Washington DC which will begin production soon. This has been a goal of mine and I could not be more excited that this is becoming a reality. Follow us on instagram

I am doing a workshop with a renowned photographer in April, which I know will help me grow tremendously. I am counting the days!

I have lots of new location ideas for 2015! New and innovative ideas. As my clients know I don't like using the locations everyone else uses. How about the East Building of the National Gallery? (The atrium is open even during the renovations.) Cool, right? Let's make your shoot an adventure! I am planning to offer more travel and on-location shoots to clients during the vacation months! Watch out for these announcements.

More than anything I am just so excited to build on the momentum gained this year and make 2015 bigger and better!

xo,

Claire

July 4th - The Day

Blogging is the last thing I should be doing now...but hey, why not push the "to do's" just a little further down the list in order to gaze at these gorgeous people and remember a fun day full of family, friends, laughs and fun! The morning started out with a parade. My kids have been talking about last years parade...well, since the street sweepers cleaned it up, so they were very excited for this years! It is that good 'ole fashion kind of parade that just makes you so happy (this year their were a few too many politicians in it tho....)

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After a leasurely swim and a quick rest we headed over to our friends for a BBQ! This is my fav surprise photo from the night! HA!!! made me burst out laughing when I saw it... The things you catch...the things they do!

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And then there was this

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And the sun sang to me as we closed out the wonderful day.

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Happy Mother's Day!

For Mother's Day, I requested a picnic lunch. We found a beautiful tree on the Mall right next to the Capitol. Under the trees the weather was perfection. We ate our lunch, played ball and talked. Heaven. I had one goal for the day .....actually I had two goals for the day... 1) try to relax and not rush, hurry or worry and 2) of course had to do with photography....GET IN THE PHOTO....

My inital reaction when reviewing the lot was, how do I look? But, when I edited them tonight, they all just made me smile and made me so happy, so so so happy. Even if I didnt look good, my children were so happy, we were happy together and this makes me happy. THIS is the point of being in the photo, my friends! I understand it now! Not just to say, oh, look here we were here, blah blah.... But, to see this side of it, to capture that happiness together. Capture and keep those memories and those feelings forever and ever and hold them near and dear.

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On then there was this little fashion statement of a 2.5 year old, ballerina, princess, prescious girl. 2014-05-13_0009.jpg

HUGGIES!!!!

Sunday funday and lots and lots of huggies......My heart melts when they yell "HUGGIES" and run to each other and squueze each other. divine. I hope your day was much of the same. xo

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This Little Light of Mine!

Happiest birthday to my sweet girl! I can't believe she it two today. 2013-11-25_0001.jpg

I couldn't imagine a more loving, cuddly, adventursome, little girl who has just brought so much light into our lives.

Often around Thanksgiving I think to myself that I am grateful for being grateful! I feel fortunate that I was thought the importance of gratitude This translates into much of my life, but today is esp relevent when I am recieving emails of thanks from clients. I appreciate it more than you know. I am SO grateful for all of my wonderul, amazing clients and their expression gratitude and thanks towards me! happy thanksigving and enjoy this time of giving thanks!

Oh My She's 1.5!

Oh me oh my! She is one-and-a-half-years old! Busy, sweet, talkative, loving, spirited, beautiful, sparkly, tomboy, into everything, eater, wants to play with the big kids, loves to cuddle, won't sleep alone, loves to laugh, loves her daddy, precious one!!! You are LOVED! 2013-05-29_0001.jpg

Find The Good Each Day

Someone told me recently....Everyday might not be good, but there is good in everyday. I have been holding on to this and repeating this to myself multiple times each day. It helps me to stop and really be in the moment and be present.

This morning it was the 30 minutes of playing in the baby pool in our backyard. It has been a tough morning and as I sat and was present I just drank in the pure joy of the moment. Jace was having a ball and making up games, going up and down the slide, saying "Mommy, Daddy Watch This", so happy and so proud of himself. Haisley was in heaven just playing, watching her brother and independently figuring it all out. She LOVES the water. That was my good today. What was yours?

I've Got Peace Like A River

I've got peace like a river, I've got peace like a river, I've got peace like a river in my soulI've got peace like a river, I've got peace like a river, I've got peace like a river in my soul

I've got joy like a fountain, I've got joy like a fountain, I've got joy like a fountain in my soul I've got joy like a fountain, I've got joy like a fountain, I've got joy like a fountain in my soul I've got love like an ocean, I've got love like an ocean, I've got love like an ocean in my soul I've got love like an ocean, I've got love like an ocean, I've got love like an ocean in my soul

Bed. Final.

Two duckies and a blue bunny.....

On to a new project and my other location obsession. Fields. I live in a city so it has been a little hard to find a field with long grass (that is not completely disgusting). I think I have found it and plan to try to get my very pregnant sister there this weekend to check out this new location. It could be a favorite for my late summer and fall shoots! Fingers crossed. If anyone in the DC area has ideas for me, please pass them along!

Bed. Day Five.

Slightly obsessed....

Also, I can't stop Pinning. I love the creative ideas I am getting from people on Pinterest! It is truly amazing. It is helping me not only with photography but also creative kids projects and amazing DIY housing projects (I dream of free time to do these....). Check out my Pinterest page