When my husband and I visited D.C. last spring we covered a TON of ground. I wanted to see EVERYTHING!
We jogged the entire Tidal Basin.
saw 99% of the monuments
Lunch at the Reagan Building
Museum of American History
Happy hour at a cute bar on Pennsylvania Ave.
Saw the white house
Ate stone crab at a fancy restaurant
Took the kids for the first time (alone):
Walked to lots of bathrooms
Saw the Jefferson Memorial
Played with a friendly squirrel
looked at a dead fish on the Tidal Basin walk way
Searched for food trucks (but was unsuccessful)
visited lots of restaurants and cafes that were closed or under construction
Ate a soggy hotdog full of nitrates
Visited the Museum of Natural History
Successfully used the metro without getting lost
We can't wait to go back. Next week!! :)
I had such a great time photographing this sweet intimate wedding! The bride and groom were so easy going and their guests made us feel like family.
Thank you Jekky and Chad for allowing me to be part of your day, We wish you a lifetime of happiness <3
Second photographer: Amanda Jaramillo/AJ Photography
Lezley Alba photography is a Las Cruces serving southwest New Mexico
Wedding photographer, family photographer, newborn photographer, maternity photographer
For more information visit www.lezleyalbaphotography.com
It has been so long since I have blogged. So long, I actually forgot how to post. Seriously!
What's new? WELLL I recently loaded up three kids + three dogs and trucked it across the country!
YES! I AM NUTS! :)
We are currently in Front Royal, Virginia. My husband is on a 3month work detail.
It is BEAUTIFUL and such a nice change of scenery. The locals laugh, because I just cannot stop saying the word GREEN!!!! But coming from the desert, its weird to see! Im pretty sure people here LIVE on their riding lawnmowers. The area has gotten record rainfall (and will possibly flood in the coming days thanks to Florence) and it is just super duper green and lush. I am literally obsessed with how beautiful the rolling hills covered in trees and grass are.
I have no idea what is public land around where I am living. The houses are on MUCH bigger lots than what I'm used to and it seems like everyone owns acreage. SOO If I come up missing, its probably because I trespassed and have been shot. Seriously. Im 99% sure I would get shot for trespassing here LOL
OH and there are bears. SO theres also that.
This is right down the street from the house we are renting:
(possibly where the bears reside. Not sure)
ANNND can you imagine when the leaves change colors?! Ahhhh!! I am dying to shoot here. If your in the area and interested in a session please reach out!!
This spot is a few miles up
My child pointed out the "Private Driveway" sign right after this photo was taken and right before I decided we should walk up and see the whole road.
Other than marveling in the beauty and trespassing we have officially got our act together and started school ***
There is so much to do here and so much history that surrounds this area I really want the kids to soak it all up and do a ton of exploring and field trips. The core of the two oldest curriculum is America history, which is absolutely perfect!
We are using Abekas, Our America 2 for Zoey
and Abekas, The History of the United States for Jaxon
We have a long bucket list and a short time to check it all off. Please help me out and let me know if I'm missing something :) ESPECIALLY if it is educational!
-visit most of the smithsonian museums. I know there is a lot, but my kids are still young and I think we can go fairly quickly
-visit the monuments
-take a night monument tour
-TOUR the white house. I am submitting a request for this THIS week! We are also hoping the white house will have a Halloween event. Wouldn't it be amazing to trick or treat at the white house?! There is also a lottery you can put in for to try and attend the annual Christmas Tree lighting. Crossing our fingers for that one
-Visit a civil war battlefield
-Dinosaur land ( I have no idea what this is, but its close and Zander died when he saw it lol)
-Skyline Drive in the Fall
- Eat a ton of crab legs :)
-paddleboat the tidal basin (before it is freezing)
-Fish in the Shenandoah River
-Visit the National Zoo
-Visit Arlington National Cemetery and see changing of the guard
-Eat an astrodonut
-Visit Colonial Wialliamsburg
-Hike in Shenandoah National Park
what else? WE WILL ONLY BE HERE THREE MONTHS!!! We need to get busy :)
*** we homeschool!! The kids have never attending public school!!
I was lucky enough to shoot this family's maternity and newborn portraits.
Baby girl was one of the most photogenic babies I've ever photographed. Check out all that gorgeous dark hair and rolls!!!!
She was a dream...
"Newborn portraits, Because they are only this little for a little while"
Lezley Alba Photography, Las Cruces newborn photographer, specializes in newborn, infant, family, and maternity portraits. Serving Las Cruces and surrounding areas.
To book a session click contact tab at the top of the page. For more information on a photo session please click info. Pricing is under investment <3
When I think back on the photos I have of my little ones I literally cry. As a new young mom I stressed about paying medical bills, buying the baby gear, designing the nursery and ALLLLLL the diapers. Hiring a professional photographer for portraits was not a trend at the time. It was a minor detail we didn't think much of.. and honestly probably couldn't afford!
I took a few photos with my first then used my cell phone to take more pictures of the second and third.. but I have less than a handful. Most of them are blurry, or taken with sleepers on that cover 90% of their body, and most is of baby and siblings and baby alone. I think I am in two photos...and im pretty sure I have zero photos of me with my middle one as an newborn.
Seven years later I am left with regret and a foggy mind at what they were like the first few days after birth.
Most moms know that momentos are important but don't realize just how critical these pictures and small memories are until it is too late to capture the moment in time.
Luckily, Newborn portrait photography is becoming more and more popular.
Newborns are photographed between 4-16 days of life. Tiny, curled up little humans, fresh into the world. The fingers and toes, the eyelashes, every little detail. All of these beautiful features will change with each passing day.
Our children grow up right in front of our eyes, after one week, after three weeks, after six months – they grow, change and develop and nothing that we can do will stop them.
Capturing your newborn baby with a professionally trained newborn photographer will be the first ‘gift’ that you give to them (and yourself!).
To make this "luxury" a reality for more parents, I have created our baby registry service!
This ensures that gift givers can purchase something truly meaningful and memorable for expecting parents.
Baby registry is a complimentary service offered to expecting parents.
Just contact me to book the baby (just a due date and deposit is required) Then I supply them will all of the information they need to share their registry with family and friends! Registry cards (printed and digital) are provided to be included in baby shower invitations. Friends and family simply log in, pay any amount they choose towards your session, then receive a beautiful packaged card to give at the shower or even after baby arrives.
All of the information of gift certificate purchases is stored so writing thank you cards is a breeze!
How soon do I need to book?
To ensure a spot on my calendar it is best to book during the second or third trimester.
What payment forms do you accept?
Friends and family log on to my website and can gift any amount. Debit, Credit and paypal are accepted. Cash and personal check is accepted the day of the photo session.
What if the amount paid exceeds the session price?
All extra money can go towards additional digital files, prints, wall art or additional sessions
Can the registry stay active for additional sessions?
YES! The registry is active for an entire year
What type of session is the registry good for?
Maternity, Newborn, Fresh 48 hospital sessions, In home lifestyle sessions, or the complete watch me grow package (this includes 4 sessions, and saves $200!)