Meet Kathryn Grace- Northern VA Newborn Photographer

“there’s a weight off my shoulder
there’s a laughter in the air
you are the answer to every midnight prayer
it took some time to wait it out
but I see it now
you’re worth all the dreaming of
you’re mine to love.”
-Dave Barnes
Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman01 oh friends, I am so very happy to be introducing you to sweet baby Kate today! this little girl has been prayed for, longed for, ached for, fought for, and prayed for some more. it’s not really “fair” how some couples have to fight so much harder to grow their family, but gosh isn’t this end result more than worth it? Beth and Scott have been dear friends for a few years now, and I was so thrilled when they asked if I would come down to Florida to do Kate’s newborn portraits after she was born. I think we did about 3 hours of portraits, and then I snuggled that kid the WHOLE rest of the day :) she’s an answered prayer for so many people, and I’m so very (very!) happy that she’s finally here!Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman03Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman04 Isn’t that sign above their bed awesome?! My sweet friend Katie made it! Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman11 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman14 Kathryn has the most perfect little features!Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman15 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman17 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman31 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman34 love those little baby smirks :)Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman40 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman42 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman44 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman52 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman54 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman59 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman65 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman70 these portraits of Beth and Kate literally stopped me in my tracks. I turned the back of the camera around to show her one and she immediately made me take it away before the tears started. Motherhood looks SO so very beautiful on you, my friend!Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman74 love that smile :)Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman78 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman84 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman85 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman88 Northern_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Vriesman90Thanks for allowing me to walk with you guys over the past few years, and for letting me be “Aunt Jessie” to this beautiful little girl :) Can’t wait to have the three of you in front of my camera again soon!

March 1, 2015 - 7:11 pm the “two week tour of florida” | Jessica Smith Photography | Wedding Photographer | Northern VA | Leesburg - […] since last October! When Beth and Scott told me they would need me down in Florida for Kate’s newborn portraits in February, I called everyone down there and started making plans! With Nicole on one side of […]

Piper: 4 Months – Washington DC Family Photographer

“… happiness is a warm puppy. happiness is finding somebody you like at the front door. happiness is a smooth sidewalk. happiness is eating out. happiness is mellow. happiness is being able to reach the doorknob. happiness is anyone and anything that’s loved by you…”
– charles schulzWashington_DC_Family_Photographer_Jones04Can you believe this little lady is already 4 months?!
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Happy Wednesday! :)

Meet Elizabeth Anne- Centreville VA Newborn Photographer

“it’s a big deal to have a baby. after you have a baby, you are left with a softly pooched out tummy and aching nether-regions, sore breasts and your entire heart now laying beside you making noises like a kitten. you are weepy and exhausted, gloriously alive and powerful. you are a life-giver and so now you want both a nap and a hearty roast beef dinner for your troubles. your skin is criss-crossed with stretch marks because you don’t participate in co-creation with God without being marked by the experience. you became a mother…”
– sarah besseyNorthern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme01the last time I saw Gabe and Eli was back in 2013 when we spent the afternoon playing at the park. last week they added a sweet baby sister to their family, miss Elizabeth Anne! they didn’t know if they were expecting a brother or sister, but two days before her birthday Gabe had a dream that the baby was a GIRL, and sure enough now here she is!
Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme02 I walked in the door and could not believe how much the boys have changed in just two short years! this little boy was just a toddler last time I saw him! Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme05 love this portrait of these two best buddies:Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme06 Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme09 Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme13b Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme14bw Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme17 Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme19 Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme25 Elizabeth is already crazy about her big brothers :) as soon as they came close she reached right for them! Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme27 Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme28meredith asked for a few photos of her and elizabeth nursing, and these are some of my favorites from the session. i can only imagine the amount of time each day that they spend in this very position, and i think it’s so sweet when we’re able to document that in a beautiful way:
Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme35 Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme36 Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme42yep that looks about right to me! quite possibly my favorite photo of the 5 of them ;) Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme45bw Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme53 how precious is she?! i bet meredith was so excited to walk into the girls clothing section and be able to pick up some pink after all these years! :)Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme54 Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme56 Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme58 Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme60 Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme62 if you couldn’t already tell, I was absolutely smitten with elizabeth’s sweet strawberry blonde wispy curls! she had this one curl that formed a perfect little mohawk right in the middle :) Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme66 Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme67i am ALL ABOUT letting your kids be themselves during our session. i want the images to always feel true to my clients, and i want to incorporate the things that their days are filled with. as soon as we finished a few family portraits the boys immediately found some of their old halloween costumes, and i thought it represented this stage so perfectly :)
Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme71 i knew this would be a favorite from the moment i took it. the boys are completely obsessed with dinosaurs; i mean i learned more about dinosaurs from Gabe and Eli in the 3 hours i was at their house than i ever have before! Eli was rocking his dino costume, and as soon as he gave me this look with those big brown eyes my heart melted! Northern_VA_Newborn_Portraits_Piemme73dinos have to behave themselves, otherwise the police officer will be quick to handcuff them and send ‘em to jail! ;)
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February 6, 2015 - 1:03 pm Meredith - Oh Jessie, we LOVE these! Thank you so much for capturing so many special moments for our family.

Victoria: 8 Months- Northern VA Lifestyle Portrait Session

“today is your big moment. moments, really. the life you’ve been waiting for is happening all around you. the scene unfolding right outside your window is worth more than the most beautiful painting, and the crackers and peanut butter that you’re having for lunch on the coffee table are as profound, in their own way, as ‘the last supper’. this is it. this is life in all it’s glory, swirling and unfolding around us, disguised as pedantic, pedestrian non-events. but pull off the mask and you will find your life, waiting to be made, chosen, crafted.”
– shauna niequistNorthern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen01our morning for victoria’s session was filled with sword fights, walking lessons, ninja turtles, snuggles in bed, and so many baby giggles… all of the very best things their typical weekend morning consists of :)
Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen05 Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen06 it’s only a matter of time before this girl takes off walking, if someone was holding her hands she was a girl on the MOVE!Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen10 Tori’s favorite game is to chase Connor down this hallway, and pretty soon she will be chasing him right up those steps too!Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen13 Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen18even the bravest of ninjas sometimes need to hide behind their mamas during a sword fight when their daddy attacks! :)
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Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen27 my absolute favorite. the curls. the expression. the toes sticking out of the crib. such a sweet girl!Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen31bw Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen32 Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen33 Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen36 Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen38 Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen40 Monica wanted to make sure we got photos that highlighted Tori’s little chubby legs, since they are starting to be less chubby by the day. MISSION. ACCOMPLISHED. another favorite for sure :)Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen41 Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen43 Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen44 somebody has a VERY ticklish tummy :)Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen52 Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen54 Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen58 Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen61 Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen63 Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen66 Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen73 Northern_VA_Lifestyle_Portraits_Vanhusen75thanks for having me over for the morning! can’t wait to see you again in just a few months! :)

Meet Griffin- Arlington VA Newborn Photographer

“but if you’re afraid of monsters
like everybody is
i’ll be right beside you
closer than a kiss
safe and sound”
-matthew west
Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters03 I’m so happy to introduce you all to Griffin today, the newest addition to Dave, Julie, and Lily’s lives! Safe to say he fits into their family in the most perfect way :) He has quickly discovered his absolute favorite place to be, curled up snuggling on his mama’s chest, and was quick to let us know how he felt about us moving him anywhere else. Good thing I’m a sucker for baby snuggles, so I didn’t mind one bit that he just wanted to cuddle with her :) This next photo of Julie with her boy is one of my absolute favorites from their session! Isn’t she gorgeous?! If I can look half as stunning as Julie does one week after having a baby I will be THRILLED when that day comes!Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters07bw Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters09 Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters10 Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters11 Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters12bw Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters15 Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters17 oh hey there, bright eyes!Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters23 another favorite for sure :) i love how Griffin is looking at Julie!Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters26bw Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters28 Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters30 Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters34bw Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters36 Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters38 Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters40 Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters41 Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters50 Arlington_VA_Newborn_Photographer_Waters52Thanks again for sharing him with me for the morning! Can’t wait to see you all again soon! :) Happy Monday!