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And Baby Makes.... Four: Welcome Baby P

I have had the privilege of watching this family grow from the very beginning.  From witnessing Erinn and Dave exchange vows to their son's infant photos, cake smashes and milestone photo sessions... Now, the excitement continues as I help welcome the newest member of their family... Baby P.  She is a dream... sweet and observant... fitting right in as her big brother watches over her!

Loudoun Maternity: Sweet Memories Photography

As I watch this beautiful family grow, I am reminded of how blessed I have been, watching my own daughters go through all the beautiful stages of childhood.  Congratulations to Erinn and Dave (and Big Brother!) as they get ready to welcome the newest member of their family!

I also had a blast photographing the nursery Erinn and her sister decorated!  The color scheme is gorgeous and every detail was handmade with such love!  

Loudoun Photography: Tea with Santa, Oatlands Plantation

The icy weekend almost kept us from a family tradition we were just getting started over the past few years... tea at the historic Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, VA.  

We had tea in the Carriage House which was decorated beautifully with Christmas trees, holly and other timeless decor.  The gift shop had some very unique ornaments and the volunteers that work are so lovely!  

We saw a particularly familiar face at this special tea... seeing this amazing guy really got us in the holiday spirit!! 

We were treated to assorted sandwiches, fresh scones with preserves & cream and special Santa cookies and other sweets!

We were treated to assorted sandwiches, fresh scones with preserves & cream and special Santa cookies and other sweets!

Oatlands serves a special propriatary blend of black tea...  it is smooth and always a treat!

Oatlands serves a special propriatary blend of black tea...  it is smooth and always a treat!

Santa visited each table and posed for photos with all the children and families.  I just love the smile I captured!  He has a twinkle in his eye, for sure!

Santa visited each table and posed for photos with all the children and families.  I just love the smile I captured!  He has a twinkle in his eye, for sure!

Game Day! Super Bowl 50 Food and Fun

Are you cheering for your favorite team this year for Super Bowl 50??  I'm excited to have a favored team... Not my main team, but the Panthers are a favored one for our family.

Today's festivities revolve are great friends and food!!!! Cell phone pictures will be the way to go today and I love sending out the temptations of what's yet to come at tonight's event!

Photo credit: Samantha Marshall

Photo credit: Samantha Marshall

Our main event will star mini hotdogs and crab salad sliders followed up with cupcakes that don't necessarily mean you have to be a fan of the team to enjoy them (I try be fair with decorating, although that orange may stain some tongues!!!!). 

Enjoy the game tonight and GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!!

Stay sweet!
Sam. 

PS: here's the crab salad recipe, just in case!  It's amazing!!!!!!!

Ingredients:
1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over to remove any shell or cartilage
1 stalk celery, peeled, and cut into 1/8-inch dice
4 teaspoons finely sliced fresh chives
1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon leaves
1/3 cup prepared mayonnaise
3 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 

In a medium bowl, lightly toss the crabmeat, celery, chives, and tarragon together.

In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, and mustard. Add the dressing to the crabmeat mixture and stir until just coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If not using right away refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Serving suggestions: Toasted hot dog rolls or Boston or Bibb lettuce leaves 

Memory Keeper

The word camera comes from "camera obscura".  It is Latin for "dark chamber" and sounds more mysterious than it is.  The camera box is literally a dark chamber... what a photographer does with the box is part of the art of it.  Photography as we know it has been around for about 170 years, yet the art of capturing an image is thousands of years old.  Painting, carvings, and prints of various types are just a few ways history has been able to hold fast and stay relevant for generations.

Photography and the ever evolving science behind it has opened doors to films, television, artist, inventors, entrepreneurs, technology advancements and more.  The simple pleasures of photography are just as exciting as the advancements.  Capturing a real smile that you can feel true emotion from or a baby's soft skin or a family member's final year is what drives me.

Photo Credit: Lauren Marshall

Photo Credit: Lauren Marshall

I recently received a beautiful email from a client sharing the news of a family member's passing.

At the time we met, I was focused on the job.  Getting the best of a group of funny family members, including goofy teens making each other laugh.  I grabbed shots of quick smiles from the older family members, especially the matriarch as she was amused by the younger grandchildren playing on the floor behind me.  I had no idea this lovely woman sitting in the midst of several generations of love was actually terminally ill.

The email was so touching, allowing me to feel a part of this family loss.  She told me the photos I took would be cherished and I cannot even begin to explain how powerful that word sounds/feels to me.  Cherished.  I now have a new milestone memory to hold, and I am so glad I was available that particular day for them.  It even began to rain about 10 minutes before our appointment and the client had a plan B already in mind using her Christmas tree as a backdrop.

These are the events I want to keep close to my heart and pull out when I need to remember what this is all about!  Love; engagements; weddings; new life and even death, all of these are examples of possible memories served and created by the "dark chamber" and my passion for the art of it.

Stay sweet!
Sam.