The Ashman Family - Vienna, Virginia Photographer

In November of this past year I decided to hold my yearly contest to give away a session. I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to pay it forward and give the session to a family that deserved a little something a little special this year. From there, the Giving Thanks Giveaway was born!

It was amazing to read all the submissions, but the Ashman family's story took the prize in the end. Almost a year ago, Angela and her husband Matt tragically lost their baby girl at 37 weeks gestation. Not only was it devastating to lose their baby, but complications almost took Angela's life. Friends were amazed at how well the Ashman family handled their loss and the eventual challenges that would follow throughout the year.

We decided to shoot at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens because it had a pond surrounded by cherry trees. In memory of their daughter, Jordan, the family will plant a cherry tree. We couldn't think of any better background for our pictures, which are their first pictures as a family since their wedding 5 years ago.

I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to work with Angela, Matt and Ethan! Here are some of my most favorite images from their session a few weeks ago:

1 comment

  1. These are so nice- I love the story behind the location choice- so good. :)