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The answer to that is, mostly, staying in bed. First and foremost, I want to say that I am not complaining (although I do like to complain sometimes). Bart and I have been blessed with a fraternal, boy/girl twin pregnancy. Neither of us has any twins in the family so this was completely unexpected.

So far, the pregnancy has been a little rough. Just like with my first pregnancy, I had hyperemesis. This is like morning sickness on steroids. Basically it ended up with three hospital stays, not eating anything for over 3 weeks, losing 25 pounds, and having to get a PICC line put in.  This was so I could receive medication and TPN, or what they call a “milkshake in a bag.”  Let me tell you, this is nothing like a milkshake.  If we happened to spill any of it, it smelled like a bag of garbage that had been baking in the the trunk of someone’s car for weeks, and beyond that, when would you ever choose to BYPASS your mouth if you had a milkshake?  Ridiculous.  Every time someone said “milkshake in a bag” I wanted to slap them.  I would have, but I didn’t have any energy to lift my arm since I hadn’t eaten in weeks.

So that was about the first half of pregnancy, then I started to gain weight back and was finally able to get the line removed from my arm (oh and this entire time, they told me I couldn’t lift more than 5 pounds with the line in my right arm – makes it kind of hard to take care of a toddler, right?).  I had about a nice month before I was told I had SPD (no, that is not an STD – after my husband messed up the letters while talking to people, I started to just say I had a separated pelvis).  Now, I am on bedrest.  Both babies are healthy and BIG, especially for twins.  I don’t know yet when I will deliver, but it will be sometime in the next few weeks.

So it has been an exciting yet bed ridden spring and summer that has unfortunately required me to turn down a lot of job opportunities as well as miss a lot of DC SMUG meetings.  I’m sorry to anyone I wasn’t able to work with because of the uncertainty of my situation or because I was physically unable at the time, but thank you so much to everyone who has been so understanding and supportive!  We are almost there 🙂

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Photo by Debi Parker Keating.

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Pittsburgh Engagement Photos – Meg and Justin

So this post has been a long time coming (which I will explain in a later post), but I met with Meghann and Justin at North Park for their engagement shoot. We were there early, but let me tell you, that place gets CROWDED. We found lots of fun spots, but sometimes it required some effort to not get a biker or runner in the background of every shot (who doesn’t want random men in spandex and VERY short shorts in all of their engagement photos, right?).

I have known Meg since 2nd grade and it was so great to catch up with her while we were walking around the park. Justin was a really good sport putting up with all of my chatter about who from our childhood was doing what. After so many years, I am so honored to be a part of Meg’s (and Justin’s!) special day. I can’t wait for the wedding!

Here are some of my favorites:

 

Sorry this took me so long to post guys!  Looking forward to your wedding this spring 🙂

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Autumn and Fredrik were married in February at Cabell’s Mill in Fairfax.  The wedding was absolutely gorgeous.  They had a small ceremony on the back patio, followed by a reception indoors.  The details of this wedding were amazing – every last thing was taken care of (mostly by family members!) and everything was just so perfect.  They had hot drinks in the room downstairs while guests were waiting for the ceremony to start, including Glögg, of course.  The ceremony was followed by a lively reception.  You could tell that every last person in attendance was truly there for Autumn and Fredrik and really cared about the couple.  This is a tight knit family that really supports each other and it was just an honor to witness the entire thing.

While the details of the wedding were impressive, the couple’s story is even more so.  I don’t think I can do their story justice, which is why I chose to instead post a slideshow with this song.  The song on this slideshow is by Autumn’s very talented sister Heather, who performed this song at the reception as her toast to the couple (which happened to put me and everyone else in the room in tears).

I was waiting to make this blog post until after I had delivered photos and a DVD to the bride and groom, because I wanted them to see the slideshow first.

Autumn and Fredrik from Erin Loesley on Vimeo.

 

Thank you to Debi Parker Keating for working with me!

Thank you to Heather Mae Foard for allowing me to use her beautiful music.

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Where I grew up, everyone had senior pictures taken in the summer before their senior year of high school, or in the fall of their senior year.  I was really looking forward to developing a large portion of my business doing senior portraits.  After talking to some of the girls I coached in rugby, though, I found that seniors very rarely have their portraits taken outside of school in Northern Virginia, and that many seniors and their parents don’t even know that it is an option available to them!

The schools in the area do require that a student’s yearbook picture be taken in school, but aside from that one picture, the rest is up to you!  Enter Miranda – a rising senior who agreed to let me take her senior portraits and help me spread the word that you DON’T have to have the same boring school photos as everyone else your senior year!

We went to the historic area of Leesburg for her shoot, and here are some of my favorites:

This was on the steps of the old courthouse.

Walking by the Government Center, we stopped to get a few shots on this bench.

We wanted to “make” a 2012, so we used strings of seeds that had fallen from the trees.  I promised Miranda I would make them pink in editing 🙂

While this is too close to tell, we used some of the huge columns outside the courthouse for some of the shots.

I LOVE iron fences like these, and this shot is definitely one of my favorites!

Miranda – I hope you and your mom had fun!  Thanks for letting me take your senior portraits and for being my “ambassador” to help spread the word!  I really appreciate it.

 

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Quick Pic – Mr. and Mrs. Wallin

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Autumn is a friend of a friend, and I couldn’t be happier that she contacted me about taking her engagement and wedding photos.  Her fiance, Fredrik, is from Sweden and his family is flying in for the wedding in February. We met at Cabell’s Mill, which is also where they are having the wedding.  It was GORGEOUS.  I couldn’t believe I had never been there before, but after seeing it, I am SO excited for their wedding.

Family means a lot to them, so instead of traditional engagement photos, they decided to include their family in the shoot.  Here are some of my favorites:

I love this one.

Cabell's Mill Family Shot

Foard Family

Autumn is so happy!  She looks gorgeous 🙂

Winter Path

Cabell's Mill Winter Path

Beautiful bride to be!

Autumn - Cabell's Mill

Autumn got her sisters matching rings – showing their bling.

Rings

Such a cute moment!  (Autumn’s family is standing just out of the picture, “ooh-ing” and “ahh-ing”)

Bench

And now they are “ooh-ing” and “ah-ing” even more 🙂  How cute are her parents???

Parents Bench

Family photo on the bridge.

Family on the Bridge

Men making manly poses…

The Guys

Fredrik is brushing Autumn’s hair out of her face – they couldn’t be any cuter!

Cabell's Mill Creek

Thanks guys for a wonderful and fun morning!

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Quick Pic – Autumn and Fredrik

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I hope everyone had a great holiday season!  I got to spend some of mine with these two lovely ladies (these were all shot with my new 50mm – thanks Mom!):

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Rachel was not too happy about taking a Nintendo break to get her picture taken.

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Look at those eyes!

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They have some black and white photos that are out of date, so I had to include some new black and whites.  Look at this cheeser!

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Lauren’s eyes pop even without color!

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Strike a pose!

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Having fun in the attic.

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Okay now look at your sister like, “What the heck are you doing?!?”

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Now look at your sister like, “What are YOU doing?!?”

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Either Lauren is squeezing too hard, or Rachel is growling at me.  I think she was growling…

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Retake minus the growl 🙂

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