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Brust Family Photos | Alexandria VA Photographer

There is nothing better than when my tiny clients get out of the car and tell me “Miss Jamie is my best friend!”  Big sis and I go way back to her newborn days.  If you’ve followed me for a bit, you have no doubt seen them before.

As a matter of fact, I last photographed them 6 months ago when baby brother joined the crew!

It was so great to see these four again.

 

Rainy Day Photos | Fairfax, VA Family Photographer

I have had had the pleasure of photographing this sweet family since their oldest was born.  This year was the first year we have had to contend with unfavorable weather.

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Fun fact, when I was in middle school, I thought I wanted to be a meteorologist.  Who knew I would grow up to be a photographer, aka a part time meteorologist.  The weather predictions for their session waffled between rain and sun shine the entire week.  My typical policy is to check in 2-3 days before photos if weather is looking particularly unfavorable.  Usually no decisions are made until the night before, or the morning of a session because weather predictions can change so much.  The night before photos, mom and I chatted on the phone.  Together we weighed the pros and cons of rescheduling to another week. Big con, these leaves don’t stay up on those trees forever!  The evening appeared to be rainy and the morning sunny.  In the end, we waited until the next morning and decided to move their session time up 30 minutes since it wasn’t predicted to rain until 6.

It turns out, that was a lie.  Ok, really it was a bad weather prediction, but it started raining 20 minutes into their session time.  We rolled quickly through some really great poses for big brother, the whole family, and then baby brother, mom and dad then the sprinkles started.

These guys know me and my work pretty well by now, they know they can trust me.  I was prepared with a rain coat and umbrella as well as other gear needed for light rain.  So at their decision, we trucked on!  I have a really amazing app, Dark Sky, that shows you how hard it is supposed to rain, and when it will stop within the next hour.  We decided to wait the rain out since the app predicted a short break in 10 minutes.  The rain did as the app predicted so we dashed back out to finish up!  When started sprinkling again, we learned it was very dry under a large pine (no lightning so it was safe).  The color of the leaves in the background popped so beautifully from the glow of the rain on them and their photos have a beautiful water color effect!

 

Reed Fall Family Photos | Northern Virginia Photographer

These photos were so much fun for the whole family.  First family baby, their dog, included!  I have a new favorite spot that this family explored with me.  This family was a dream to work with.  The amazing sunlight through the trees and wildflowers during their last days in bloom only sweetened the pot!

When mom and dad reached out to me, they wanted to document their time as a new family of 3 so we talked about and booked outdoor fall photos.  This little lady will be coming back to see me for her first birthday in December too and I can’t wait for their studio session!

We also took a couple of photos of just baby to document her milestones.  She’s a solid sitter and just learning to stand assisted.  Look how cute she is with those bright blue eyes of hers!

 

 

17 Day Old Girl, Boy Twin Newborn Photos, Loudoun County VA Photographer

I met the sweetest pair of babies a few months ago.  I am so very happy for these mamas and their two babies!  Heather and I met for coffee to plan their session. She told me that she had a vision for a mermaid and a fisherman and in that instant I just knew it would be so fun to create!  Of course we also made sure to take some timeless, neutral photos of the twins as well as parent poses for them to hang at home and gift to family.

It took me a while to get to sharing their photos on the blog, but if you follow me on facebook, you have seen some of these already!

If you are looking for a newborn photographer in the Northern Virginia area, I would love to work with you.  Posed newborn photos are taken at my in-home studio in Sterling, VA when your baby is between 6-14 days old.  It is important to book your newborn session no later than the beginning of your third trimester.  I am currently booking newborn sessions through June 2018.  Please contact me for specific availability.

[Jameson] 10 Days New | Loudoun County Posed Newborn Photographer

This session just made my year.  Jameson was such a poseable little ball of cute during his session.  In planning their session, his mama shared that they have picked blues and gray for him.  Dad is a firefighter, and likes football too so we also decided to incorporate that.  You won’t see dad’s firefighter image here though, I want him to be the first to share!  However I have several other images for you to see!

If you are looking for a newborn photographer in the Northern Virginia area, I would love to work with you.  Posed newborn photos are taken at my in-home studio in Sterling, VA when your baby is between 6-14 days old.  It is important to book your newborn session no later than the beginning of your third trimester.  I am currently booking newborn sessions through March 2018.  Please contact me for specific availability.

Finding Self in Parenthood | Northern VA Photographer

I recently had the absolute pleasure of hanging out with my friend Stacey, her husband, their 2 tiny cuties, and their 2 fur babies for photos.  I have recently started asking clients if they have a story they would like to share along with their photos because these photos are about your family, and your story, and I feel that *you* can tell that story better than I can.  I relate to Stacey’s story in so many ways.  She and I have our former careers in common, of course, but I mostly relate as a mom who has also struggled with my own health, self care, and finding my own identity in motherhood.

From Stacey:  


I can’t believe I’ve let 4+ years pass since getting professional family photos taken. To think that it was just me and my husband back then, and since that point we’ve added two pups, two beautiful children, taken on 3 moves, and major career changes. That’s a lot of living in just a short amount of time! Ironically, Jamie was the last photographer to do a full session with us – back when we had just left our corporate advertising jobs together – so it only felt fitting to ask my friend to do us the honor this go round.

This door, this couple, LOVE.
Stacey & Robert’s 1 Year Anniversary Photo, 2013

Can I be honest about why we waited for more photos? A lot of those years were spent working through some health issues and battling major anxiety on my end. For about a year after my daughter was born, I didn’t want to be photographed because I honestly didn’t recognize the woman I was looking at in the mirror each day. And to put on a smile in front of the camera felt too hard, too fake and not worth the money.  That’s crushing to admit because clearly a lot of incredible memories were made during that time. But I had hit a wall emotionally and physically. While I never got the official diagnosis for postpartum depression, I’m more than certain I checked off a lot of symptoms from the list. Sadly, I also kept a lot of these very private.

My path ended up leading me to work with a functional medicine practitioner. It was the best decision because we tested everything and it was through that approach that I learned that my body had been so maxed out that I was experiencing massive Adrenal Fatigue. This was a game changer for me because it finally allowed me to understand how lifestyle choices I had been making over the years were suddenly (and massively) catching up with me. It inspired me to overhaul my eating choices, honor self care to a whole new level, cut back on alcohol, and explore other holistic tools to manage stress and balance my hormones.

As my body began to realign, I felt more grounded than I had in years. The debilitating anxiety lessened, the brain fog cleared, and I finally had the energy to show up in life the way I wanted. I felt like Stacey, finally. Along the way, I dove into the world of essential oils to support myself emotionally (and also because they work wonders on kiddos!) and somehow found a voice and mission within me I didn’t know existed. It’s become my happy place to share and educate other women on these tools, so it was especially sweet to have Jamie document that part of my life as well.

These photos really represent so much to my little family. While I have love in my heart for the woman who was beginning to struggle 4 years ago, and for the version of me who almost crumbled 2 years ago, it’s just amazing to savor this incredible life I’m living now. No fake smiles required.

You can follow along with Stacey and her family’s journey on instagram by following http://www.instagram.com/halfhealthymom.

[Lia] First Birthday! | Northern VA Baby Photographer

I had someone seriously cute visit the studio last weekend.  I first photographed Lia as a newborn and just loved seeing this cutie again a year later.

Having a multi cultural family myself, I absolutely love to incorporate important cultural traditions into photo sessions.  Lia’s mama is Korean and for Lia’s birthday (or doljanchi), grandma gifted her a beautiful traditional dress called a Hanbok.  Lia’s parents asked that we take photos in her hanbok.  We also documented her Doljabi selection. A Doljabi is a korean ceremony where items symbolizing potential future professions are put on a table or tray in front of the child.  The item the child chooses foretells his or her future.  Lia chose a stethoscope so it looks like we have a future doctor or nurse on our hands!

Lia’s parents also wanted to incorporate the American tradition of a cake smash.  Her momma made a beautiful cake, topped with flowers and Lia happily dug in!

 

If you are looking for a baby photographer in the Northern Virginia area, I would love to work with you.  Milestone photos are taken throughout baby’s first year at my in-home studio in Sterling, VA when your baby is showing good head control, sitting, standing or, celebrating their first birthday.  Discounted baby plans are also available.  It is important to book your milestone session 4-6 weeks in advance.  Please contact me for specific availability.