These are my sweet babies, Wesley and Mara. I’ve had a number of people make the comment to me, “You’re a photographer, I’m sure that you must have LOTS of pictures of your kids!” You would think so… but in fact, it’s not quite the truth.

I’m extremely blessed to be very busy photographing for clients and have a steady stream of work. However, at the end of the day, the last thing I want to do is pick up my camera and chase my kids around trying to get “just one picture” where they’re not screaming and are both looking in the same general direction.

This past weekend a few of my family members and I drove into the countryside of Virginia to spend some time with our extended family. It was awesome to see family that we don’t get the chance to visit with very often and spend time away from the everyday routine.

Those that know me, know that I am a city girl. Through and through. I enjoy city living, the endless opportunities for trying new things, and the convenience of having 5 Starbucks within 2 miles of my house. So it was quite a change to go to Hardy, VA where my Aunt Donna lives and have there be NOTHING around (other than land and trees). It really forced me to slow down and relax.

While it’s not something I want to do on a regular basis (I’m happiest when I’m busy), it was a welcome respite. I took advantage of the beautiful garden in my aunt’s yard and snapped a few pictures of my kids. I hope you enjoy my little shrimpies! I think they are the cutest thing on the planet, but I might be a little biased 😉