Northern Virginia Photographer

Meet Mattea

Baby Mattea was just 2 weeks old when I met her last Sunday for her debut photo shoot (see the maternity photo shoot I did with her family in November...)

We had fun posing her with lots of accessories, and discovered that she loves bean bag chairs. She fell right asleep when we snuggled her in the bean bag. Congrats, Deb and Jay!











 

The L. Family

Last weekend, I met the L. family at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia for a photo shoot. Deb's daughter Lucy is just two days older than my daughter Stella, and I've had the lucky opportunity to photograph Deb and her family for several years now. This time, we captured some touching family shots before the next baby arrives in December! I love the L. family and I can't wait to meet the newest member!









Erin and Tai

Erin and Tai were married in the spring in a small, private ceremony. A few weeks ago they celebrated with extended family and friends with a big reception in Winchester, Virginia. I drove out to capture the day in photos for them. This was my first time in Winchester and it was beautiful!

Tai is from Fiji, and he and his family prepared a traditional dish of meat, fish and vegetables cooked underground for several hours...yum. Things got really interesting later in the evening when his friends and family took off their shirts and started performing traditional warrior chants from Fiji, Hawaii, New Zealand. It was awesome!

It was a beautiful day with amazing food, music and dancing. Congrats, Erin and Tai!









Greg and Caroline

I met Greg and Caroline at the National Arboretum last weekend to take engagement photos. It was the perfect spring day. We may have missed the cherry blossoms this year, but the park was gorgeous and everything was in bloom. I strategically placed us to avoid shots with the throngs of tourists who also thought it was the perfect spring day-man oh man was that place crowded. We enjoyed columns and gardens until the security guards kicked us out at closing time, then we headed to the Capitol Building. The second location was sentimental because Greg proposed to Caroline at the Capitol building, and then whisked her away to Paris to celebrate. Tres romantique, non?

















Abby!

Baby Abby was born to my good friends Maggie and Chris on January 27. Abby was a dream model-at just two weeks old, she tolerated wardrobe changes, hats and hair bows, and hanging out in wicker baskets. I am in love with this baby.

I especially love Abby's hair--it's brown hair with natural blonde highlights/frosted tips. Maggie said it's like her hair started out blonde and then suddenly switched to brown. Absolutely amazing--people pay big bucks for highlights like this!













The Ferrara Family

I spent Saturday morning with the Ferraras! Baby Isaac is five months old and so cute, with a big bald head and big 'ole eyes. Isabella is two and full of sass and personality. I've photographed the Ferraras several times before. The kids just keep getting cuter and cuter.

















 

Michaela and Atlas

I spent last Saturday romping around a park with Michaela and Atlas. Michaela is a good friend from grad school, and Atlas is her fluffy, gentle Goldendoodle. It was almost more difficult to get Atlas to look at the camera than it is to get a toddler to look at the camera. Atlas was too smart to fall for my ploys, like asking him if there is squirrel on my head. I had to resort to meowing like a cat and shaking boxes of treats to get him to look at me. Michaela was much easier to work with-I only had to bribe her with promises of Chinese hot pot and beer after the photo shoot.











Ben's Bar Mitzvah

Ben's Bar Mitzvah was Saturday, October 22 at the Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation in Ashburn, VA. Ben is one of the coolest teenagers I know and I was thrilled to share the day with him.



Mini Photo Shoots for the Holidays

It's only October, but it's not too early to think about Christmas cards.

If you plan to print a photo card for the holidays, you need to start the process now! Get your photos taken in November, have your cards printed later in the month or early December, and have them signed, addressed and delivered so that you're not writing out Christmas cards on Christmas Eve, while the rest of your family is having a hot toddy in front of the fireplace. (This has never happened to me, ahem, cough cough.) Not sure that you want to lug your kids out to the mall on a Saturday for a formal shoot at a portrait studio? Let me help you.

For $100, I will come to a location of your choice (D.C. metro area) and spend about 30 minutes with you to create the ultimate holiday card shot. You'll get approximately 6 hand-edited photos (but probably more), the high-resolution files with full copyright release to use at any photo printer, and 1 8x10 print of your choice. I will bring a few props for creative inspiration. You'll be more relaxed and comfortable, and it will make all the difference in your photos! You'll be the envy of all your friends and family, who will wish they hadn't used that cell phone picture from last summer vacation as their holiday card.

You can also use the photos as gifts for those parents or grandparents who have everything. Not sure what to get your mom? Instead of a Shake Weight, get her a framed picture of you and your family. She'll love it. Disclaimer: a framed photo will not help her get strong, sculpted arms like a Shake Weight.

For an additional fee I can also help you design and order your holiday cards, if you want to make it really easy for yourself. The only thing I won't do is lick the envelopes.



 

Isaac Connor

Isaac was born on June 8 to my good friends Amy and Mark. Isaac's big sister, Isabella, slept through the entire photo shoot--a strategic decision by Amy and Mark as Isabella's larger-than-life personality could have overshadowed her baby brother! We got some great solo shots of Isaac and some tender moments with his parents loving on him.  Welcome to the world, baby Isaac!