November 6, 2018

The Caos | Warrenton, Virginia Family + Maternity Photographer

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The Caos | Warrenton, Virginia Family + Maternity Photographer

Michelle reached out to me a couple of months ago after she stumbled across my work on Instagram. 🙂 She fell in love with the work I’ve done on Skyline Drive, so we made plans to make this happen as soon as my schedule allowed it! I typically photograph mothers around their 30-week mark, but due to the time restraint, we had to push it another month which left us minimal time to document Michelle’s maternity portraits. As the portrait date drew in closer, I saw the threat of rain and mentioned the possibility of postponing, but with the crunch on time with the little one arriving in just DAYS, we had to improvise quickly! After learning my lesson years ago while trying to work around a gloomy day session on Skyline Drive, I encouraged the Cao family to relocate and avoid the dreariness. I’m SO glad we did because even though it was around Halloween when we did these portraits, I really didn’t want them to end up with a haunted session. 😉 HAHA! We would have been up in the clouds with no views to admire except dense fog. If they wanted that haunted look, it would have been perfect!!! But not for this sweet maternity/family session. 😉 We strategized in between rain storms, and it worked in our favor!!! We had a little drizzle and a few raindrops, but nothing compared to the amount of rain we had later that evening. I’m glad we made this session happen, despite the change of plans!!!

The Caos | Warrenton, Virginia Family + Maternity Photographer

Michelle looked absolutely STUNNING in her dresses, and it played off so well with the backdrop!! The floral crown also added a little touch of natural elegance, which I loved the detail used in these portraits!! 🙂 Michelle and Peter brought along their cute pup, Charger, to be a part of this photo shoot. Of COURSE, fur babies need to be included in family portraits!!! 😉 It was adorable when I had Michelle by herself, Charger wanted to be a part of the picture too! Michelle and Peter’s little one, Jorden, tried holding on to Charger with all of his might, but it’s surprising how much strength a small dog can have inside a little body! Haha! As we walked around the park, Jorden and I quickly bonded over our love for math. I say “quickly” because I haven’t had to take a math class since AP Calculus in high school. All of that knowledge went down the drain since it has been … yikes … almost twelve years?? Let’s not remind me of my age again. 😉 All together, this family made our time worthwhile, and I’m so glad they beared through the cold rain. Don’t they make these portraits look like it was a piece of cake?!

Thank you, Cao family, for your improvision and flexibility to make these portraits happen! You all looked BEAUTIFUL, and I’m sure you’re little one is about here by now?!?! So glad we had this moment documented because he/she made their grand entrance. 🙂 I’m excited for you all!!! CONGRATS!!!!

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Congrats to your newest addition to the family!!!!

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