a week ahead of the cherry blossoms, and on a rainy day in a city clogged with traffic, it seemed like it would be hard to get the photos we wanted on the day of nadiaa and nasir’s nikah (islamic wedding vows). nadiaa was so incredibly patient working with me to schedule this session months ahead, knowing my schedule was tight on a school day. but honestly… when you have two beautiful people wanting to share even just an hour of the most important day of their lives with you… nothing can really ruin those photos :) we started with a first look in front of the eisenhower executive office building, where nadiaa used to work when she first interned in DC, and then moved on to the tidal basin, with its silvery reflections of the monument skyline. thanks again, both of you, for the honor of your choosing to work with me, and for fitting me in before your nikah on that blessed friday!
last summer this beautiful family invited me into their home to take some photos of their newborn daughter and their growing family. we started with their less-than-two-week-old baby girl, then brought in her adorable big sister, before taking some photos with the whole family.
one of my favorite family sessions from 2013! safiya invited me to her family’s house to do some backyard portraits with her little boy, faiz, her husband and her two sisters; i got there with just enough time left in the day to catch the tail end of some pretty magical autumn evening light. even as the sun was sinking, though, faiz’s smiles were enough to light up the whole party! here are a few of my favorites from the evening…
the lovely sana was still expecting her second child when i first met her early in 2012 while photographing her younger sister’s wedding (the first wedding i shot after my own second child was born!), so it was both an honor and a pleasure when she contacted me last summer to take portraits of their beautiful family of four. we met up at one of my favorite portrait spots, brookside gardens in wheaton, md., where the kids had such a blast, they were soaked with fountain water before we were done. my favorite kind of family session :) thank you so much, sana!