October Review | Northern Virginia Lifestyle Family Photography

Yikes, did November sneak up on anyone else? October and November are by far the busiest months of the year for family photographers, and I have been so busy I haven’t really been keeping up with our own family photos. I did manage to take some of our pumpkin patch adventures and of course Halloween! Charlie rocked two costumes this year: Max, from Where the Wild Things Are for her school party and parade, and Miguel from Coco as part of our annual family costume (I was not doing that makeup on a three year old more than once!) We came home with lots of candy, treats, and great memories!

We also participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project this year. This is an amazing initiative that encourages families to provide non-food treats to trick-or-treaters instead of or in addition to candy. Lots of kids, including Charlie, have life threatening allergies that can make trick-or-treating dangerous and disappointing. The three things Charlie said at each house we visited were “Trick or Treat! Thank you! Am I allergic to this?” It’s heart-breaking for sure. Coming home and sorting her candy, removing about 2/3 that she can’t eat due to her allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project allows Charlie and other kids with food allergies to participate safely in this fun Halloween tradition! Because of several kind neighbors who handed out non-food treats like stickers, rings, pencils, bubbles, etc. Charlie was able to have a fantastic Halloween. And don’t worry, we swapped out all that non-safe candy for candy that she can eat. She has many days of sugar highs ahead of her :)

I took a photo very similar to this one last year!

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Accidental self portrait:

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