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olive | west chester, PA newborn photographer

The highest compliment I could ever receive from my families is for them to come back and book another session. I’ve been delighted to work with the Adjemians several times over the past few years, most recently to celebrate the arrival of newborn baby Olive. Watching their family grow and evolve has filled a hole in my creative heart that I didn’t even realize existed at first - having more time together has allowed us to discover how much we have in common, to where I can honestly say it feels effortless for me to slip in their front door and get straight to making magic with them. And bonus: we’re friends for real now, which means so much to me.

Establishing a long term relationship with your family photographer goes both ways - the bottom line is that it can truly elevate your photos over time. It creates a more in-depth, cohesive memoir of your family, which I promise your kids will cherish. For me, working together more than once allows me to get to know all of you even better, which means I am able to access, recognize, and capture more personally meaningful moments for you. On your end, the sessions just keep getting more fun and relaxed, because you know me, and you know exactly what to expect, so there’s really no warm-up required at the beginning - this is especially true for little ones. Whomever you choose to be your family photographer, I encourage you to seek out someone you can really connect with and depend on for the long haul; I promise it’ll pay off in spades.

arcadia farm | non-profit editorial photography

I recently traveled to Arcadia Farm in Alexandria, VA, to help them showcase part of their education efforts, as well as to cover a visit by honorary board member and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe.  The images you see here only capture a fraction of the amazing work going on at Arcadia; not only do they provide hands-on food & farm education to children, but they also train veterans for careers in sustainable agriculture, as well as provide fresh vegetables to under-served urban areas via their Mobile Market.  The farm is situated on George Washington's historic Woodlawn estate - just spending a few hours there alongside their wonderful + dedicated team was hugely inspiring for me, and I hope to be able to make a trip back with my own boys to volunteer in the Groundhog Garden as a family soon. It's crazy to realize I grew up minutes from here, but didn't discover it long after I'd moved away.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to help highlight the incredible, important work going on here, and the idea of using photography to support non-profit causes near and dear to my own heart is beyond fulfilling.

If you happen to be in or near Northern Virginia, please consider donating your time or financial support to keep their efforts going - I promise you won't regret it.

two gander farm 2016

   

I recently had the most wonderful opportunity to return to Two Gander Farm to photograph them for their just-released feature in the latest issue of Southern Farm & Garden. The farm is run by the warmest, most hardworking group of people you'll ever meet, and it was such a treat to catch up with them again, and to see how far they've come since I last photographed there. The whole property is so photogenic that I took way more images than could possibly ever fit in a print feature, so I wanted to take a moment to share some of my other favorites here. 

The farm looks so different than it did two years ago, most noticeably due to the incredible work the Flemmings and their crew have done to achieve their organic certification, and to expand their crops and irrigation system. They're still committed as ever to preserving the protected watershed that adjoins the farmland. If you haven't already found them at your local farmer's market, be sure to look for them at Bryn Mawr & Dickinson Square, or sign up for their winter CSA. 

Many thanks to Southern Farm & Garden for this chance to share my work and the farm with their readers - enjoy the full interview, including more from Deirdre on their partnership with the Brandywine Conservancy by picking up the issue at your local Barnes & Noble or ordering online.