Porter Family

After 3 days of straight rain in late February, we finally saw the sun and 50 degrees. I met the sweetest mama and her 2 girls right before sunset for their photos and after a short (and muddy) walk we found just the right spot! Emme grew up taking ice skating classes at the Mt. Vernon Rec center, trained as a competitive skater, and competed internationally in Ice Dance. Now that she has retired from competitive skating, she shares her love and knowledge of skating with young athletes (including her older daughter Bella!) as a coach at The St. James and at the Mt Vernon Rec Center

For this session I decided to use a storytelling approach and let the girls be themselves, no forced smiles looking at the camera and no poses! I got a couple of lovely shots of everyone looking at me but for the most part I asked them to do whatever they wanted and focus on each other. I played Penelope’s favorite song from Mary Poppins and the story just told itself as they giggled, twirled, and cuddled as the sun dipped behind the trees and glowed a deep gold over the meadow. There was so much love and connection with these three and I tried my best to capture it – Bella resting her head on mom and hugging little sister, the mischievous sparkle in Penelope’s eye, Emme brushing the hair out of their eyes and holding them close. 


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Hello, I’m Sarah! Nothing would make me happier than documenting your authentic, real moments in beautiful evening light in the Virginia mountains.