Last fall I visited sweet baby Oliver for a documentary photo session in his home. He was only four months old at the time, and now he is already celebrating his first birthday. I was delighted when his parents invited me back to photograph his first birthday party.

      Parents Dana and Mike chose another documentary session for this party, so I took a primarily photojournalistic, candid approach to the photos. I love photographing real moments and telling families’ stories, and I hope little Oliver and his family will love these looking back on these moments when he’s all grown up.

      It was hilarious to see the dog try to clean up the birthday cake!

      Happy birthday, sweet Oliver. I have loved seeing you grow over the past year.

      If you’re curious about family photojournalism, take a look at my documentary family portfolio to learn more. Then contact me if you’d like me to photograph the genuine moments of a special event or typical day in your life.

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      A day in the life of new parents and their sweet baby (and their cat in a Cone of Shame)

      Arlington family portraits: An adorable six-month-old in his home

      Portraits in the home of a family that is moving from Reston to London

      Family portraits at the Lincoln Memorial — with a boy named Lincoln!

      Award: The 2018 Documentary Family Awards

      Award: The 2019 Documentary Family Awards

      Awards: Birth photography award from the Family Photojournalist Association



      Charlotte Geary


      Lifestyle, event, and portrait photographer with a vibrant, joyful style and 17 years of professional experience.

      Located in Reston, Virginia near Washington, D.C. and available for travel.