Refreshing Our Branding: Exciting Times for Turtle & Hare Photography // Virginia Wedding & Portrait Photographer

I was probably way too excited yesterday when I ripped open the beat up bubble packaging holding our brand new business cards, but I had been waiting way longer than expected for these little pains in my rear to arrive. In keeping with the disappointment of their delayed shipping, I half expected them to be bent, scratched, or the wrong color. Thankfully, none of those things were accurate.

The cards looked pretty much exactly how I expected them to. Simple, clean, and iridescent.


I had no complaints, and I still don’t. The title of this post might be misleading. We are by no means rebranding ourselves. Much of what comprises Turtle & Hare’s look and feel is sticking around for the forseeable future. We are just cleaning house a bit. Refreshing ourselves in preparation for all things wonderful. What does that mean exactly? All things wonderful include sunny days, rainy days, wedding days, portrait days, lazy days, and bake-a-bunch-of-sweets days. That pretty much covers everything.


We’re proud and pumped for these changes. In addition to the new business cards, we’ve updated some of our other graphics for seamless cohesion, we’re adding new print materials to give to each of our wedding couples, some pretty new advertising materials, brand new sample albums (I’ll be going into detail about these GORGEOUS heirlooms in my next blog post) for clients to peruse and find inspiration in, and some overall subtle changes to our website. Whew, that’s alot!


We’re so thrilled with what Turtle & Hare is about, what it’s become, and where it’s going. Thanks for all future things wonderful!


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Cora // Richmond, Virginia Newborn Session // Turtle & Hare Photography

One hundred percent sweetness, that’s what this little one is made of. Cora looked so peaceful as the light gently streaked in her older sister’s bedroom. Her big sister was ready with open arms to hold and snuggle her. These two are going to have so many wonderful adventures together! And I couldn’t get over their adorable coordinating shirts!

See more photos from this newborn session on our website here.

The Best Moments of 2016 // Turtle & Hare Photography

As usual, I’m running behind on things. It’s 2017, and I’m embracing my lateness. So, la-dee-dah, I’m here writing my look back at 2016. It’s only January 6, people. At least I caught the fact that when I first wrote the previous sentence it said I was writing my look back at 2015. And thus, I take another sip of extra strong English breakfast tea to caffeinate my dizzy, sluggish mind.

Now, on to the topic at hand. What shall I say about 2016? It was a mixed bag of nuts. Okay, if you know me, you know I loathe nuts, particularly peanuts. However, I’m not sure 2016 deserves such a scathing review. She gets a bad rap, but even peanuts have redeeming qualities. After all, the Reese’s cup wouldn’t be here without the vile peanut. And so, I bring you the bright, beautiful moments of 2016 through the lens of Turtle & Hare Photography.

1. Creative Moments

My baby celebrated her first Halloween, and we had such a great time coming up with a creative costume for her. She went as JB Fletcher, the genius mystery novelist in Murder, She Wrote, played by the immortal Angela Lansbury.

2. Trying New Things Moments

We offered Autumn Mini Sessions for the first time this year, and it was awesome! I really enjoyed getting to know families I’d never met before. We used this rocking reindeer as a prop, and let me tell you, it was a huge hit! Every kid we passed in the park wanted to ride it haha. I was nervous about offering mini sessions; fear of the unknown. It taught me to trust my instincts more as we go into this new year. I’m thinking about offering Spring Mini Sessions now!

3. New Beginnings Moments

Engagement sessions are such a treat. It’s an opportunity to catch a glimpse of this really special thing these two other people have. Good portrait photos don’t happen without the magic of the people in them. They bring them to life. Looking back at 2016, we had some pretty good magic moments. Thanks for loving each other, people!

4. Sincere Moments

Some of the best moments of 2016 were moments I didn’t even know were “moments” until they were over. They were a hug from a friend I needed more than I thought I did, a kind word of encouragement, or a very long phone conversation with my mom. People lovingly being open and honest with each other is what we all need more of. That’s why wedding vows and toasts mean so much. They’re an opportunity to give this raw explanation of why you love who you love and why you appreciate them so much. And the exciting part is that the wedding day is just the beginning of a life where you get to show this person how much you love them in action and word; a chance to have countless sincere moments you didn’t know were moments.

5. Little Miracle Moments

Speaking of magic moments, there were some pretty adorable babies born in 2016. Each one was so precious and sweet. Personally, we were thrilled to welcome our first nephew into this world!

6. Fun Moments

We have a lot of these! What’s not fun about family self portraits with a baby who neither wants to have her photo taken nor wants to keep her shoes on? The three of us have fun together everyday. Even when situations don’t seem very fun, these two always manage to make me laugh (or at least smile).

7. Small Moments

Small moments are special for a photographer. We’re privy to catching a glimpse of a private moment between lovers, or parent and child, or even siblings. These are my favorite photos to take at weddings. Getting to witness two people committing their lives to each other is special, especially when they have these few minutes of quiet time together. We met some amazing couples this year, and attended some very beautiful weddings!

8. Family Moments

Whether it’s our family or yours, families are the best! These are the people you can hang out with, cuddle up with, eat with, talk with, and cry with. Looking back at 2016, we got lucky with the families we were able to photograph; babies, grandparents, and all of the ages in between, they were all really awesome.

9. Big Moments

I can’t leave out big moments! These heart stopping, adrenaline pumping moments that make the world stand still for a second are exhilerating. Big moments don’t come along as frequently, but when they do, you know it! We hope all of our couples and families know that their big moments were our big moments too. We loved getting to experience all of the joy and love that those big moments brought with you!

Thanks for choosing Turtle & Hare Photography to share in all of your moments, big and small, in 2016! It was a great year and we are more than excited for what 2017 will bring!

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Gideon’s Northern Virginia Lifestyle Newborn Session

I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t gush about how capital C cute this little guy is. He was so sweet and calm througout his photo session. He’s also a champion. I was originally supposed to take some maternity photos for Gideon’s mama, but Gideon ended up greeting the world earlier than anticipated. We had to wait a little while to take his photos due to his hospital stay, but he came to his session ready to rock (to sleep). Wait til you see him in his Redskins hat!

To see more from this session, go to Turtle & Hare Photography’s website. Thanks for looking!

Joshua’s Arrival: A Newborn Hospital Session

I have to admit, taking Joshua’s hospital photos was extra special because he’s my nephew! The morning he was born, Paul and I were frantically running around trying to pack up everything we’d need to head up and stay in DC. We knew Paul’s sister was in labor, but once we knew Joshua was born, we became crazy with excitement. Anna must have thought we looked ridiculous running around the house. (Maybe it’s a good thing babies can’t tell you everything they’re thinking).

After the worst drive to DC (can I95 ever be described as a good drive?) we finally made it to the hospital to see the sweetest little boy. Oh my gosh, the pay off was so good. Joshua is the cutest, wrinkliest little guy ever! I’m so happy I’m his aunt.

Anna didn’t quite know what to make of the baby burrito we kept sitting her next to. She tried petting him like she does to our cat, Aggie, which means she just tried to grab a fist full of his face. Oh well, they have lots of time to get acquainted and get into all kinds of trouble together. I’ll stop talking now and let you look at this cute little baby face.

Anna looks like she loves him in this one! And of course Paul and I are infatuated.
Joshua says, “Let’s get out of here!”

Want to see more from this session? Visit our website at: http://www.turtleharephotography.com/Newborn/Joshua-Birth-Session

Time in a Bottle

Time. That is something I never seem to have enough of these days. Since having my daughter in November I’ve often vacillated between feeling overworked and lazy. Sometimes I even feel both at the same time. I think I am pretty proficient at time management, so why is it so hard to cut myself some slack with my own accomplishment expectations?

I really worked at taking it easy on myself during my maternity leave. After all, this was time specifically for spending every second with my baby. I’m happy to say that I soaked up every second of that time with my little dumpling. My offspring was held and snuggled to the maximum, and I’ve no regrets. Now that I’m back at work I’m still getting into a balanced groove of time spent on work, caring for the babe, play, and life chores. The biggest problem seems to be that there are too many things vying for a slice of the pie. The pie is gone.

This problem bothers me because it doesn’t really have a straight forward solution. Life is work, and work has to be done. But I can change my perspective. I cannot get everything done. I can’t do it all, but that doesn’t make me a failure. It doesn’t even make me lazy. It just makes me a human with limits. It makes me a woman, a wife, mother, employee, photographer, friend, daughter, sister who is trying her best and will eventually get most of the things on her to do list accomplished. Just maybe not today.

“But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do, once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go through time with”
– Jim Croce

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Baby Joy Part 1

I’ve got to say babies are some of my favorite subjects to photograph. They don’t really model, and they certainly don’t pretend to be happy when they are not. Even though that can seem like it would be frustrating, the result is pure, unadulterated honesty. What you see in an image of a baby is reality. They are sweet, charming little things even when they are screaming their heads off. Trust me. I have plenty of shots of babies crying.

Like this.
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This is not a happy baby, yet to me this photo still evokes a sense of happiness. Maybe it’s because this little guy is simply adorable in his little snow cap, but maybe it’s just because he’s expressing himself in a totally vulnerable way. It’s admirable.
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I don’t think I even need to explain why this one is adorable. I mean, come on. It’s a baby in a hat and tie.
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This baby can see into your soul. Not really, but it kind of feels that way. I love his seriousness.
I won’t continue to post photos here since you can see the whole session on the link at the bottom, but I will leave you with a baby in a suitcase. You seriously can’t beat that.
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Here’s a link to the full session posting here:  http://www.turtleharephotography.com/Beckett-Newborn/i-9PVcQGS