Abare Family Fall 2016 | Northern VA Child Photographer

We really lucked out with beautiful weather for this session.  Mom and I were a little worried that the woodland fairy might need extra layers for her birthday celebration photos when her mama and I talked over session plans on our pre-session planning conversation.  The weather ended up being perfectly crisp fall weather, leaning warm.

This is the 3rd time I have photographed this sweet family.  I first met them for brother’s first birthday.  I had the pleasure of seeing them again when sister was born a year ago.  Now, baby sis is ONE!  Time sure does fly.  I am so happy to create mementos of these two for their family while they are still tiny.


If you are looking for a family photographer in the Northern Virginia area including Loudoun, Fairfax, Sterling, or Leesburg, I would love to work with you.  It is important to book your session at least 6 weeks in advance to ensure the most availability.  Please contact me for more details.

Let Them Run, Photographing Children

One thing I know I say in every single family session when I am photographing children is “Let them run.”

When I say it, my self-conscious kicks in. In the back of my head, I know the parents think I’m crazy. I worry that the parent thinks along the lines of “If I let them run, instead of stand here and squirm, we will never get that smiling family photo, lady.”

Working with families and children requires a certain finesse. There is a delicate and hopefully invisible balance that I strive for as your photographer.

I adore working with children. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers are my favorite types of humans. They are just fun. I love cracking into each individual child’s personality and connecting what I know about their developmental stage and getting them to open up. Some children, like my own first born, are reserved and cautious. Perhaps your child is the busy bee who struggles to stand still and smile for family photos. I’ve met a dare devil or two who like to test their own limits during sessions, and maybe even all the time (one of these children may also be my second child). I have worked with special needs children and understand, as I have been told from a parents perspective that even booking family photos is intimidating without knowing how the photographer will interact with your child, or whether your child will be having a good day on the day you picked months in advance.

Combine any of the above with the fact that everyone does this whole parenting thing differently and it becomes even more important for me to be adaptable. I have met some parents who set hard limits, others who set few, and parents everywhere in between those two. I’ve never met two families or even spouses who parent in an identical way.

My clients often call me “the most patient person in the world.” I can see how I might fit that bill, but patience is not my end goal. What is paramount for your photos is that I document your family as you authentically and genuinely are together at the time of your session. To reflect your love as a family and turn that into art you want hanging on your wall. For my role as your photographer, that means being able perceive personalities and mold my interaction with your family to suit your needs best. To be present at your session and give guidance, but also to be invisible when necessary. I aim for kindness and to gain trust from everyone. Trust from you as the parent to allow me to get to know and interact with your child. Then trust from your child so that the shy ones will open up a little and the busy ones will let me be a part of their journey.

Trust so that when I softly say “It is ok, let them run,” both you and your child let me follow. When this happens, they take me to places I have never noticed, though I have walked the same trail nearly 100 times.  Sometimes it is candid and magical and sometimes they give me a big grin.  Either way, it becomes a photo of your child and who they genuinely are.

I can’t wait to share more from this family session with you soon.

Little boy playing briefly on an old wooden bridge during family photos

Worrell Family | Northern VA Family Photographer

I was so thrilled to meet this family of four.  These two tiny boys just celebrated their birthdays, making September an amazing time for family photo updates. These boys were so happy and full of smiles.  It was fun to play together as we worked through their session.

Can we talk about their outfits in these photos for a second?  They are perfectly styled.  Mustard paired with gray neutrals are among my favorite color combos, by the way.  Just ask my living room.  As I was picking a blanket to bring to the session, this mustard was just calling to me.  Thank goodness because it was a perfect match.

I just love these photos and hope you do as well.  Enjoy this preview!

[Riley] 1 Year | Northern VA Cake Smash Photographer

I absolutely love taking milestone photos.  The only downside is that the first year goes by SO fast.  I can’t believe it was just about a year ago that I met this wonderful family and a baby Riley for their newborn photos.  This summer, I visited for 6 month updates, and now little man is turning 1 in a few short weeks!  Check out a few sneaks from their session!

If you are looking for a maternity, newborn or baby photographer, I would love to work with you.  It is best to contact me while you are pregnant for your newborn photos.  It is SO important to book ahead!   Facebook is also a great way to keep up with all things happening at Jamie Romaezi Photography.  I am out on Maternity leave from early March to June and am now booking sessions for June 2015 or later.

[Patrick] 1 Year Old | Northern VA Baby Photographer

This little guy holds the record for most smiley baby I’ve ever met.  He smiled at EVERYTHING!  Even when he cried.  His momma told me that he was a happy, smiley baby.  I did my due diligence and tried to prepare her for the fact that some smiley babies are so fascinated with the black box on my face that they just stare.  I didn’t need to!  He smiled on camera and off.

It was a joy meeting this family.  I adore families that push me to brave the cold with them because honestly, I’m not ready to give up outdoor sessions yet this season!!

If you are looking for first year or family photos, I would love to work with you.  Please contact me with any questions.  Facebook is also a great way to keep up with all things happening at Jamie Romaezi Photography.

Barnitz Family Fall 2014 | Northern VA Family Photographer

Check out this good looking family.  These guys are family friends and so much fun.  Big sis is my little guy’s honorary big sister and her little bro is my son’s pal.  I loved hanging out with these four!

Enjoy their sneak peeks!

If you are looking for family photos, I would love to work with you.  Please contact me with any questions.  Facebook is also a great way to keep up with all things happening at Jamie Romaezi Photography.

[Riley] 6 Months | Northern Virginia Baby Photographer

I first met Riley as a newborn this year and loved seeing him again at 6 months old.  I visited his home for family photos and photographed his entire family–including his Chihuahua brother, Jake.  This was a fun morning session.  At the end of the session I found a spot with the best fall light and got so giddy!  I hope you enjoy the sneak peeks from this session!

If you are looking for family photos, I would love to work with you.  Please contact me with any questions.  Facebook is also a great way to keep up with all things happening at Jamie Romaezi Photography.