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Contessa and Will wanted a low-key maternity session without a lot of fanfare. Just portraits where she happened to be pregnant. And I love that! Maternity sessions definitely can be down to earth and don’t have to involve buying a special dress that you’ll never wear otherwise, etc. Although I definitely have a love for that flavor, as well, I just appreciate when my clients know what they want, what their style is, and let me help achieve that for them. So this quaint session in adorable Clifton, VA was just perfect and I think you’ll enjoy these favorites as much as I do. :)

Spring was totally showing off with all those blossoms, and I love it! Stay tuned for their sweet newborn session to come in the near future, as well!

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I really, really love getting to work with other creatives to help set them up for success with great head shots or brand photos for their bio pics, social media use, etc. It’s so much fun to learn about their different crafts and the projects they’re working on, and this shoot with Gracy Olmstead – a writer, journalist and soon-to-be-author of her first book – was no exception. So thrilled for the chance to grab some creative head shots for her, and can’t wait to see how her book and many future projects turn out!

You can give Gracy a follow on Instagram to keep up with info once her book is completed and published!

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This is a super special session for me to share, because it’s my precious nephew! It’s been such a joy to watch my brother and sister-in-law become parents over the last fews months. I loved shooting their maternity session and even doing some shots at the hospital just an hour after Asa was born, but this was the most fun because there’s just nothing like a new little family in their own home and space. Hope you enjoy these favorites of this adorable little chunk, his parents and his fur-ball siblings. :)

I love all the meaningful touches they put in Asa’s room: from the sweet picture of his sister in Heaven, to the hand drawn cars by my Dad (Asa’s grandpa) to the soccer & Star Wars touches which represent his parents well. Fun, vibrant space for a sweet, vibrant little boy that I love so much! :)

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I’m so excited to be sharing this super fun style session with the amazing Joanna Carden. She is an interior + shoot/prop stylist in DC and has impeccable taste for all things decor, clothes, and life in general! She is also the mama to two (adorable) kiddos. I’m daily inspired by her creative talent and thrilled to be featuring her + some of her personal style and tips!

How would you describe your signature style?

I follow a few Parisian accounts on Instagram for inspiration, mainly because I love how effortless-yet-put-together their outfits are. We went to Paris last October and the number one thing I noticed was how *everyone* dresses so well, and yet their outfits are very minimalistic. They tend to embrace a masculine, structured style with added feminine elements. Lots of lace, wool, herringbone, leather, gold, and plaid paired with some white sneakers or chelsea boots to keep it casual and comfortable. 

How do you approach adding pieces to your wardrobe?

I have a list on my phone of closet staples I’d like to add to my wardrobe. I don’t really shop. By that I mean, I don’t go out shopping to randomly buy whatever I may see and like. I make a list and then hunt for that one item. That way I can test out a bunch of different brands for that one particular item in order to find the best quality and price for me. Hopefully that item then becomes a staple in my closet for years instead of something I’ll only enjoy for a season.

What is your favorite thing to wear for a day in the office/working at home? Why?

Since I’m a stay at home mom of two, I tend to only wear sweats, a t-shirt, and my favorite wool slippers at home. 

Top: J Crew Linen Button Down | Pants: bought at a boutique in Paris but loves all plaid pants from Zara | Shoes: Ecco Soft 7 Sneakers (*SO comfortable and go with everything. Worth the pricepoint and can usually find them discounted on Poshmark*) 

What are 3 of your favorite brands or places to shop?

Sezane, Zara, Mango, Boyish, Everlane. That’s obviously 5, but they’re all equally loved by me.

Any favorite tips, tricks, or go-to’s when it comes to your wardrobe or accessories?

Like I said before, I have a running list of items that I add to, and am always on the hunt for the perfect version of each item (i.e. a white loose button down, leopard heels, orange linen pants, etc.). When I find an item I really like, I *always* check Poshmark or eBay to see if I can find the exact item at a discount. I also make sure to try the item on first in store or from online before buying on Poshmark so I can figure out my sizing — there are no returns on Poshmark! 

Where do you find style inspiration?

@everydaypursuits (I love all of her outfit videos) @sincerelyjules (her recent campaign with Sezane is my favorite)  @thesaltyblonde (california vibes) @mademoisellejaime (minimal style that I love, but I appreciate when she mixes it up with a colorful, print, dress) @lglora (neutral and minimalist style) @audreylombard (cool is the only word you need to describe her style)

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This session for precious baby Mattie and her sweet family was such a special thing for me to document. Jenny became a great friend shortly after we moved up to Northern VA from Richmond (two whole years ago, now) – and quickly Eloise & Husdon became besties with Llewyn, and Brian & Aaron became friends and it’s really been so wonderful for our whole families to enjoy each other. She documented the special newborn photos for my family when Margot was born, so it was especially cool to run full circle and get to do that with their family! Hope you enjoy these sweet, sweet photos of these beautiful people. :)

Just the sweetest addition to this sweet family. You are so loved, Baby Mattie! <3

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My sweet nephew is already almost 2 months old, but I couldn’t not share this special maternity session I did for my brother & sister-in-law in the Fall when they were anticipating the arrival of little Asa. I really love documenting all seasons of motherhood, but maternity sessions and all of the excitement and anticipation they involve is such a special thing, especially in this case. After losing their precious daughter – my niece, Leonie – to Trisomy 18 at 24 weeks gestation just a year before, there was so much uncertainty, even if a lot of hope, about another pregnancy. While no one will ever replace Leonie, the healthy and full term pregnancy that Melissa had with Asa was such an amazing gift and answer to prayer. I love this little boy so very much, and getting to celebrate during the season of his pregnancy with Melissa & Asher was such a deep joy for me. On top of it all, we couldn’t have had a more gorgeous Fall afternoon for these photos. Such favorites for so many reasons. <3

I just love these three so much. Stay tuned for Asa’s lifestyle newborn photos to come, soon! :)

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Friends! I am SO excited to be back with another inspiring fellow-creative-business-owner-lady sharing her style. Colleen West is an amazing florist who happens to share an adorable little studio space with another talented floral genius who you may remember from a previous style post: Lori Tran. Colleen is fun and spunky, so full of joy, and this girl could wear a burlap sack and honest-to-goodness make it look fabulous. I love that we share a common enjoyment of vintage clothes & thrifting for treasures and I hope you enjoy her style inspiration as much as I do!

How would you describe your signature style?

Unfussy, feminine, classic. I would say my style is pretty eclectic, I like to walk the line between dedicate pieces and wearable staples that work in any situation.

What is your favorite thing to wear for a day on location? Why?

A midi dress, jumpsuit, or monochrome outfit that I don’t mind getting a little scuffed up for weddings and installations. I like to feel put together but not limited by what I’m wearing.

Dress: Goodwill | Mules: Salt and Umber | Necklace: Sezane

What is your favorite thing to wear for a day in the office? Why?

For studio days I like to wear a work dress or jeans and an easy top/sweater. I keep multiple shoe/sweater options in the studio so I’m always up for anything. :)

How do you approach adding pieces to your wardrobe?

I don’t spend a lot of timing shopping in stores anymore… I mainly stick to searching for things for a specific need or reason.  I have a list on my phone of pieces I’ve been wanting and I like to creatively search thrift stores or online for them.  I do have my tried and true brands I follow, and when something feels irresistible I tend to jump on it!

Levis: Anthropologie | Vintage Blouse: Black Shutter Antiques in Leesburg | Pink Mules: Urban Outfitters | Green Ring: Vintage from my Mom

What are some of your favorite brands or places to shop?

1. Christy Dawn– I love her mission and her designs! This brand is my splurge but also are my very favorite pieces I wear over and over. All of her pieces feel effortless, you can easily transition from work to play without having to think to hard! 2. Shop Doen– Clothes for my dream life! They can do no wrong in my eyes.  3. Madewell– Easy/wearable/approachable. They have the best jeans and basics that wear in really well. 4. Thrift stores- I love the hunt and having stories to the things I’m wearing. I also love that nothing is too precious- you aren’t afraid of a little dirt getting on them.

Where do you find style inspiration?

Travel! I always feel most inspired when traveling and love seeing how different cultures interpret style. It’s fun to adapt for a bit and carry that essence home with you.

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Could not be more excited to kick off my 2019 posts with one of my FAVORITE shoots of last year – and to date – with the best group of vendors.

My idea for this shoot was that not EVERY couple wants an over-the-top, expensive, large wedding event. But that even for those who may want to sneak off and elope, there can still be style, thought and intention for their special day. We pictured a couple who is modern, minimalist, (definitely shops at Madewell), lovers of style and have a touch of whimsy. Who love pastries and coffee more than cake, and locations that are reminiscent of the charm of Europe. That they’d want to celebrate their wedding by enjoying things they already love as a couple. This made us think of Murray Hill which is the perfect little escape in the middle of the beautiful countryside in Northern Virginia. My girls over at Tart Event Co. helped make this vision come to life, along with the most amazingly neutral and textured florals from Lori at Wild Green Yonder. It was such a happy day and I hope you enjoy what we created together as much as we do!

Photography/Shoot Conceptualization/Styling: Tori Watson Photography
Event Styling: Tart Event Co.
Location: Murray Hill
Florals: Wild Green Yonder
Hair: Pins N’ Brushes
Makeup: Makeup By Kevan
Paper Goods: Monday Morning Press
Models: Susannah & Aaron Oda
Dress & Scarf: Vintage items via Etsy
Earrings: Tidy Clutterings
Shoes: Target

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Guuuuys. I’m so excited to be bringing you another amazingly talented (and gorgeous!) lady and her style inspiration. If you don’t already know who Christine Olmstead is, well, you’re missing out! She’s an incredible artist that creates truly some of the most beautiful modern art pieces I’ve ever seen. You’re in for a treat and I hope you enjoy getting to know her and her style and how she makes it work as an artist & small business owner!

How would you describe your signature style?

I would say my style is minimal eclectic, with a touch of edgy. I’d like to be edgier in my fashion choices but I think I’d feel guilty for not wearing all the edgy pieces all the time.

How do you approach adding pieces to your wardrobe?

I usually get a few pieces every Fall and every Spring. And I’m always trying to clean out my closet throughout the year. Usually when shopping I’m updating clothes that I need (like new jeans or tops), but I also usually get one or two more trendy/fun pieces to keep me excited into the season. I’m a saver not a spender though, so I usually try to spend $500 or less on clothes and shoes a year.

What is your favorite thing to wear for a day in the office? Why?

I usually wear shorts and a t-shirt. Anything I paint in, I have to be willing to get paint all over, so I usually wear old/worn out comfortable clothes to my studio.

Dress: J. Crew | Necklace & earrings: Handmade by friend Annie Chase of Steel Flowers

What is your favorite thing to wear for a day on location? Why? 

I usually try and look pretty professional when onsite meeting clients or architects. Most people think of artists as messy, sloppy, unkempt and untimely. That’s not who I am so I usually try and look business casual. Usually it is something like jeans, a blouse, blazer and heels. I also struggle with age discrimination quite a bit so I’m always trying to get people to see me as older and trustworthy. The more professional look helps with that.

What are 3 of your favorite brands or places to shop? 

Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Madewell

Any favorite tips, tricks, or go-to’s when it comes to your wardrobe or accessories?

If everyone is wearing something like it, don’t buy it. Mostly I use clothes to make myself feel confident, if I don’t feel confident in it then I shouldn’t waste my time wearing it. 

Where do you find style inspiration? 

Honestly mostly Pinterest. I can’t think of one person who would be a style icon, I just know what I like when I see it. No one person always chooses looks I like.

Jeans: H&M | Blouse: Ann Taylor Loft | Jacket: Diesel | Shoes: Steve Madden 

Isn’t her style fabulous? She pulls off that leather jacket and that bit of..

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If you’ve been following my work for the last few years, you may recognize the beautiful couple in these images as Cassie & Kiran – which, fun fact, was the second wedding I ever shot after having Llewyn and becoming a Mom. They were (and are) so awesome and it was such an honor to capture their engagement and wedding – both of which quickly rose to the top of my list for some of my very favorite sessions. So, you can imagine I was thrilled when Cassie reached out to have me do an in-home session of them and their own sweet babe now that they’re a family of 3. I absolutely lovvvve these kind of sessions and they’re only made even sweeter when done for my past brides & grooms. On top of that, if they didn’t pick the cutest name for their daughter and decorate her nursery to absolute perfection… I hope you love these peek into our sweet time together! :)

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