Photographing kids and kids-at-heart

Family & Newborn Photographer IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA & WASHINGTON, DC

I’m a family, newborn and lifestyle photographer with 10+ years of experience based in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia. If you’re craving happy-go-lucky, joy-filled photos for your growing family, then I’m your gal! 

Hey, I’m Mary Catherine!


If only we could hit the pause button on life and keep things exactly as they are…

While I can’t wave a magical wand to stop the passing of time, I CAN do the next best thing: capture your family as it is now with vibrant, joy-filled photos.

Your baby won’t have those yummy chunky legs forever. Your sweet kindergartener won’t have that adorable toothless smile forever. YOU won’t have their precious snuggles, big messy hugs and wet kisses forever.


Take this opportunity to slow down with your favorite people and soak up all the love you have for each other - while I document it! Trust me, you’ll only regret NOT doing it sooner.

Don’t let these sweet, fleeting moments pass you by. 

You’re in the right place if…

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You appreciate the little things in life.

You’re down-to-earth and know that sometimes the tiniest things bring the greatest joy.

You don’t take life too seriously.

You know how to have fun and laugh at yourself. Life can be chaotic, but you choose to embrace it.

You love your people hard. 

Family is everything and you show this daily with big hugs and quality time. It’s not always perfect, but you do your best and that’s MORE than enough.

You feel the bittersweet passing of time.

You ache for the good ol’ days but also excitedly look forward to what’s to come.

You crave joy-filled family photos overflowing with heart and soul.


newborns + babies

Kids + families

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Annie Leibovitz

A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.

client reviews


"We came across Mary Catherine while searching for a maternity photographer. We had called and reviewed a dozen of them and after looking through her portfolio and inquiring with MC, we knew she was the one! My husband and I both thought working with her was one of the best part of our pregnancy and experience as new parents. We ended up booking both the maternity and newborn sessions right from the get go!"

Working with her was one of the best parts of our pregnancy and experience as new parents.

"What makes working with Mary Catherine unique is her infectious joy and genuine enthusiasm; we didn't know what to expect from our 15 month old during our spring mini session, but photo after photo Mary Catherine captured the humor and sweetness of this stage. We look forward to having Mary Catherine chronicle our family for years to come!"

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Photo after photo, Mary Catherine captured the humor and sweetness of being a one-year-old.

"Mary Catherine recently photographed our newborn - she was absolutely wonderful to work with and we are thrilled with how beautiful the photos turned out! MC made the whole process easy and fun from start to finish. She put us completely at ease and knew exactly how to use the room, lighting, and timing to take gorgeous shots of a very fussy baby and a very tired mom and dad. It was like having an exceptionally talented friend over to take pictures. We can't wait to work with her again!"


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It was like having an exceptionally talented friend over to take pictures.

"From the moment Mary Catherine walked into our house and bonded with our wiggly 2.5 year old, I knew she was going to be the perfect photographer for our family! She was patient with our kids and super efficient at getting adorable pictures in the few moments they were cooperating ;) I don’t normally love pictures of myself either and I found myself amazed at what she captured - I don’t know how we will be able to pick through which ones to print because we love them all so much!"


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I don’t normally love pictures of myself and I found myself amazed at what she captured!

"Mary Catherine went above and beyond to make sure our newborn shoot was a success under very difficult circumstances. She was very patient with our very fussy newborn -- even used some of her own soothing tricks which my husband still replicates when trying to calm our baby!"



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Even now, my husband still replicates MC’s soothing tricks when trying to calm our baby!



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"Creative eye + camera skills + an absolute zest for life. . . Mary Catherine will bring out the best in any subject."

Are you ready to create magical family photos that make your heart explode?




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