Photo by Allison Meakem


   I have been taking pictures all my life. Growing up in Germany, I loved

to document my travels in Europe and spent endless hours creating photo albums.

In 1996 I moved to Washington, DC with my American husband

and fell in love with the beautiful natural light this area has to offer,

especially in the fall and winter when it typically becomes dreary and

dark in Northern Europe. 

  When our first child was born, taking photos of her was like therapy

after a long night, the pick-me-up after no more than three hours of

consecutive sleep.  Just one beautiful image kept me grounded, even

when the days were just a blur. 

   Beautiful photos give joy, and perspective. We added two boys to our family,

more sleepless nights, more photos, more joy. Friends and neighbors asked me if

I could take their children's pictures as well. More photos. The additional joy of

creating something beautiful for someone else. 

   I don't think I look at the world through a lens. Rather, I try to capture

something interesting, beautiful, spirited, even on a grey and ordinary day. 

Something that gives joy for years to come. 

   Our two older children are now in college, the youngest in

high school. Yes, time flies. Yes, they grow up fast.  

What a beautiful gift to preserve a visual narrative of their lives - for us,

for them and, one day, for their children.

   Every family has a story that deserves to be chronicled. It would be my

privilege to help you capture and preserve yours.