Barbara's Personal Branding Session | NOVA Brand Photographer

 

A few months ago, I nervously brought a few business cards to my new yoga studio in Leesburg and when no one was looking, pinned them up on the cork board. Occasionally when heading in for class, I’d take a peek up at the board to see if anyone had taken one. And one morning I excitedly noticed that someone had! Shortly thereafter, Barbara, a talented, dynamic and energetic teacher at Five Peaks contacted me.

I had never taken a class from Barbara prior to her session, but I could tell from the moment I met her that she’s a force to be reckoned with. And I mean that in the best way possible. Barbara is a yoga teacher, a grief coach and energy healer. She is working on getting her website up and going, and was looking for a photographer to capture images for the site.  Even though she saw that I veer more towards babies, mamas and families, she said that she loved the feel of my images and was hoping that I could help her with “a different kind of photoshoot.”

It was kind of a mutual leap of faith, as I had never done a shoot like this before, and she was aware that I hadn’t! I straight up told her as we started our session that I was scared and completely out of my comfort zone. We wanted images that captured all three of her gifts, without being too overt. She was kind enough to let me play with my tripod and a little copper tube to get those ring of fire images, and then I went even more crazy in post processing, doing some double exposures.

Thank goodness Barbara trusted me, and together I think we made some magical images.

As you can tell, this session was over the summer but I’m only just getting around to blogging it. To say that I’m slightly behind is an understatement!

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Heather & Jason's Maternity Session | Northern Virginia Maternity Photographer

Real talk, I FORCED Heather to do her maternity photo session. I’ve known Heather for 10 years, (I’m doing the Wayne’s World flashback thing in my head)…We met at the corporatest job I have ever worked, and I’ve worked some corporate jobs. The company which will go unnamed was somewhat cutthroat, not an environment that I was used to. I had to literally force myself to go to work every day. I would arrive, sit in my cube and the minutes would slowly tick by. No one talked to each other, and everyone on my team was spread throughout cubes on a floor. It was the strangest place, and I felt invisible.

I mentioned to my boss that I wish there was a social aspect to the company, or at least people who spoke to each other, and I’m pretty sure he forced two normal people to be friends with me. Heather was one of those people. I remember going out to lunch with her and being so seriously nervous. I was like “Oh my gosh, if these people don’t like me, I’m going back to solitary confinement. I neeeeeed them to like me!” Good news, I think they did, at least a little.

So here we are, 10 years later. I was thrilled to be able to go to Heather and Jason’s wedding, and fueled by wine, kind of held her hostage in the bathroom at her own wedding to tell her something that seemed really important that I say: that I was so happy that she and Jason found each other.

Here’s the thing about Heather. She’s freaking gorgeous, but I’m pretty sure she doesn’t know it. I know she doesn’t love having her picture taken, so I knew it was going to take some serious arm twisting. Somehow I managed to convince her, and I personally am in love with the images.

I consider myself a lifetsyle photographer, however I do pose my clients quite a bit to at least facilitate connection. Usually they look and feel so ridiculous that we end up getting real smiles. But none of that was really necessary, as Jason had us both cracking up. I was dying when I tried to get Heather to do a sexy face, and Jason kept demonstrating it to her. Her and Jason and so perfect for one another, and I know that their baby girl will grow up loved and laughing.

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The K Family Session | NOVA Family Photographer

Mama Jess and I went to middle and high school together, she was always super cool and I was a total nerd. Now here we are, mothers ourselves and wanting to document our children. Jess reached out for family photos, and we had to reschedule about 57 times because the weather has been such a douchebag this year. We ended up shooting on a cloudy day which isn’t ideal, but the love and connection in her family was enough to light up the images. And oh my gosh, check out her adorable daughters.

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Baby I's Newborn Session | Fairfax, Virginia In Home Newborn Photographer

This beautiful girl’s parents were kind enough to let me post photos with no identifying information, so please enjoy some images of this gorgeous baby!

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Lucy & Cora's Sister Session | Loudoun County Family Photographer

I realize that I’ve been blogging about friends who’ve used me as a photographer a lot lately. I swear, people, I also photograph complete strangers! But let me tell you about the mother of these two beautiful girls who is one of my best friends. When I first became a “photographer” Allison trusted me, hired me, and paid me. Believe me, if you saw the images I delivered back then, you’d be astonished (they’re horrible…my fault). Despite that, she kept supporting me as I worked on learning everything I could about my camera and about photography, and she always cheered me on.

Look, I have A LOT more to learn, but I am also very proud of my personal growth. I am so thrilled that I can finally deliver the caliber of images to Allison that she deserves. Allison went through a lot for her girls, she is such a strong woman and role model, and unsurprisingly, she’s raising two smart, headstrong and very capable young girls.

Older sister Lucy came to the session ready to go. She struck these poses that shocked both Allison and I. Apparently she’s been taking on some modeling gigs in her downtime. Literally, right out of the gate, sat down on my little chair and struck a pose with her arm up (see below). Little sister Cora was pretty wary of me and my camera, but she warmed up after a bit…even if it did mean bribing her with bubbles.

Also, check out some gorgeous pieces from my client closet on both of the girls (we did an outfit change!)

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Newborn Jackson | Northern Virginia Newborn Photographer

I traveled from Loudoun to photograph Jackson and his family in their home in Alexandria, Virginia. I should mention that the moment I walked through the door, I was blown away by the interior design, all done by mama Kelly. Each room truly looked like it belonged in a magazine!

Kelly and I were sorority sisters in college, but barely knew each other. I just knew that she was a gorgeous upperclassman and I was a nerdy pledge! I was thrilled when she reached out asking me to photograph Jackson's fresh 48 and in home newborn session. It was so much fun getting to catch up with her and her family, I feel like I was laughing most of the time because I was just having so much fun. Kelly was also the first mama to get to model from my new client closet, a collection of dresses I'm assembling for my clients to wear for their maternity, post-partum and family sessions.

Jackson made the absolute funniest faces during his session, I was especially drawn to his "Do you smell what the rock is cookin'?" look. I also loved that we were able to include not only Jackson's hooman big brother Cole, but also the family's first baby, pupper Henry. Note that Henry is very uncertain of both me, and the cheese being used behind me to get him to look.

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