I’m a family, newborn and lifestyle photographer serving Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. I love capturing the spirit of families with vibrant, joy-filled photos! I’m an adventurous gal who loves a good cross-country roadtrip. Music is my love language, especially Taylor Swift and Glen Hansard. If it’s light out, I’m likely sipping on an iced coffee - yes, even in the winter! I love my family more than all of these things combined and consider them my biggest blessing.

Oh hello!

I’m Mary Catherine, but you can call me MC!

I’m originally from Southwest Florida. And don’t get me wrong, I loved life as a Floridian - beaches, year-round pool weather, Jimmy Buffett on repeat, palm trees galore - but in 2012, I decided it was time for me to head north to pumpkins and cherry blossoms and American history that dates back farther than 1950. I also just really wanted to escape the humidity so I could actually have a good hair day once in awhile.

Here’s the thing though. I came here with little to no game plan - and I’m so completely and utterly amazed at how things turned out in the end. In my almost 10 years here, I’ve built lifelong friendships, enjoyed many years of fun and super interesting work at National Geographic, and fell head-over-heels in love with the city. Oh, I also got a wild (but not frizzy) hair in 2017
which led to me quitting my full-time job and road tripping across the country (solo!) for four months.

Here's my Story...

My road trip experience taught me a lot of things, like don’t speed in the middle-of-nowhere Wyoming, you’ll regret it; and that it’s nearly impossible to find gluten-free fries after midnight in New Orleans - who knew! But my biggest takeaway is that you don’t need to be looking out over the Grand Canyon to have take-your-breath-away moments. 

What started out as a little inkling in my heart has turned into a full-blown photography business, and I can't even begin to express how thankful I am to have a job that allows me to witness and capture the beautiful memories of so many families.

And those small, everyday moments are the ones you’ll ultimately miss the most.

Beautiful moments arrive on boring, mundane Tuesdays just as much as they come to you on once-in-a-lifetime trips. 

My life since the roadtrip has been surprising in the best way possible. 

And the moments that you share with your family - no matter how small or unimportant they may seem at the time - will end up being the most meaningful, beautiful and worthwhile.

Life flies by in the blink of an eye. Don't wait for what you think are the big beautiful moments to start capturing life with your favorite people.

I believe that family is everything.

If you know me at all, you know that I love fall and literally cannot get enough of pumpkin everything. Not sure how I lived in South Florida for so long.

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fall is my favorite

Sounds scary, but it's actually an amazing podcast that has evolved into a community of empowered women. SSDGM!

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I'm a Murderino

My goal is to read 25 books in 2022. If you have any recommendations, please let me know!

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I'm challenging myself to read more

Seriously. I barely watch anything else. Broadchurch, Prime Suspect, Happy Valley, The Fall. Oh my gosh, such.good.stuff.

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I could watch British crime dramas all day

I know there are a bunch of you out there who agree with me. Come on, is there anything better than coming home to a dog?!

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I might love dogs more than humans

Mark my words. I will live there someday. But until then, I'll just listen to a ton of John Denver and try to visit as much as possible.

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I love Colorado

Yup, I have celiac disease, which means gluten and I are NOT friends. It's a cruel world.

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Gluten is my enemy

FIND JOY IN THE LITTLE THINGS.

gratitude

FAMILY IS EVERYTHING. CHERISH YOUR PEOPLE.

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My Core Values

DON’T TAKE YOURSELF TOO SERIOUSLY. LAUGH A LOT.

fun

EMBRACE THE JOURNEY. DEVELOP AN UNWAVERING ZEST FOR LIFE.

adventure

ALWAYS BE YOURSELF. LET IT GUIDE YOU.

authenticity

CONSTANTLY SEEK NEW IDEAS AND APPROACHES. LEAN INTO YOUR IMAGINATION.

creativity