Announcing 2014 Holiday Mini Sessions!!

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I have literally had people emailing me asking about these since JULY, and now I’m so excited to finally announce all the details for our one day of 2014 Holiday Mini Sessions!!! Mini Session Details:
What: One 20 minute stylized holiday portrait session, resulting in 15-20 high resolution edited files available for downloading with a print release- perfect for holiday cards and gifts!
Where: Fairfax, VA
When: Saturday November 8th AND 9th, with a rain date of Saturday November 15th and 16th
time slots available from 9:00-11:00 AM and 1:20-4:20 PM
Cost: $250 ($225 for past clients!) includes up to 5 people, $20 each additional person

*******All Saturday Sessions are BOOKED!! Due to the high demand, a small handful of sessions have been opened up from 1:00-4:20 on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9th AS WELL!!! Please email ASAP to reserve your SUNDAY session!!*******

Appointments are open TODAY and will be available ONLY to all PAST clients for the first 48 hours, and then any remaining time slots will be opened up to new clients starting on October 8th! Email jessicasmithphotography@gmail.com to reserve your session!

We had such a blast last year (click HERE to see part 1 and HERE to see part 2!), and have been scheming for months now on ways to make it even better for this year! We will have a couple of the same smaller things your children loved last year such as the cozy coupe car and the red wagon, as well as plenty of brand NEW stylized sets for this year!  It’s been so fun seeing all these new ideas come to life, and I can’t wait for you all to see them in person!

Email me ASAP to officially reserve your time slot for November 8th, and I look forward to seeing so many of you next month! :)

October 10, 2014 - 2:35 pm Lizbet Boroughs - Do you still have mini-sessions available? Thanks!

Meet Ellie and Josie- Northern VA Family Photographer

“People tell you a lot about how much parenting will change your life and they’re right. But usually they mean that you won’t ever sleep in again (you won’t) and a few other things about how much we “give up” to become parents. No one tells you how much you’re going to laugh. No one tells you how much wisdom resides in these small humans, how much they will teach you about love and life and friendship and forgiveness and worship. No one tells you how good and freeing it is to leave your selfishness behind. No one tells you about recapturing your own wonder and innocence, about re-reading the Ramona books, about playing football in the basement, about birthday parties and snow days and every day beauty. All the best things I know about the big nouns and verbs of a life came back into my life because of them.”
– Sarah Bessey this is my third time seeing these sweet, spunky little girls, and I swear each time gets better and better! You can go back HERE for last years session, and HERE for the first time I met them when Ellie was just 5 months old! I’m so thankful that Bethany and Matt really trust me to photograph their girls as they are, in their element,  and that they let me take more of a “lifestyle” approach to their session. Those always end up being my very favorite of sessions :) oooh sweet Josie, I couldn’t get enough of this girl!ha! look at her little skirt on the right! too cute :) I think if she could, Josie would spend her days chasing her cats around the house! she wanted no part of family photos if the kitty was anywhere close :)and this girl, she has been cracking me up and making me smile with her expressions right from the first time I met her. She greeted me at the door this time with a big “HI miss jessie!!!!” and a hug and she was READY to play! she is so spunky, creative, and man she loves her baby sister! she told me all about how she’s going to be a nice witch for halloween, and even showed me (in the photos below!) how she flies on her broom :)
I think Ellie has given me this look at LEAST once during each session ;) apparently having your photos taken is hard work for a girl! one of my favorites :) this was during our Frozen sing along, and I love how you can see them kicking their little feet :)I think this only lasted another .5 seconds before Josie jumped up, but man oh man it was so sweet while it lasted! :) …I dont even think the cat saw them coming before they scooped him up!and THEN Josie let us know it was nap time, but thankfully she let me grab this one more shot before we finished :) I know she’s so big these days, but I saw a sweet, tired, sleepy baby on the couch before her nap and needed one more photo before she grew another day older:Thanks again for having me over! Can’t wait to see you all again soon! :)

October 23, 2014 - 10:24 am Bethany - These are so much fun. Thanks, Jessie!

Andy and Jenna- Thomas Birkby House Wedding

“right from the start
I knew that I’d found a home for my heart”
- Christina Perri

how incredible are Jenna’s shoes?!? and i loved the bracelets she wore with these little phrases wrapped around it!Jenna’s gown suited her SO perfectly! It was truly one of the most stunning gowns I’ve seen.and the gentlemen were looking quite handsome themselves!lots of layers require lots of helping hands :)A big thank you to my friend and talented photographer Sarah for second shooting for the day! She grabbed this great shot of Andy as soon as he saw his bride for the first time on their wedding day :) first looks are always one of my most favorite moments of a wedding day :)safe to say I could have done portraits of these two ALL. DAY. LONG! such a beautiful, joyful couple!!another one of Sarah’s photos! Loved her angle!Jenna you are absolutely STUNNING!how adorable are their sweet flower girls?! so at this point in the day, it started raining. For a day where the forecast wasn’t calling for ANY rain, we were all surprised when it started coming down. Thankfully, these guys are so wonderful and go-with-the-flow and didn’t let a little rain ruin their spirits!For all those couples out there that think doing a ‘first look’ will somehow lessen that moment when you walk down the aisle, I think Andy and Jenna will both agree that this was one of the very best and most emotional moments of the day. I think this is the way every woman hopes her groom will look at her when she walks down the aisle:
thanks to Sarah for grabbing this photo of Jenna and her dad as they started their walk :)I think we ALL had tears in our eyes at this point:and then… it started raining. like, really raining. It didn’t phase anybody there, much less Jenna and Andy, they’re that wonderful. the staff grabbed umbrellas really quickly so everyone was able to stay dry, and I think these will forever hold a place in my heart as one of my most favorite, charming, memorable ceremonies I’ve ever gotten to witness. How adorable is this with Andy holding the umbrella over them?!married!!then we snuck upstairs for a few more portraits while everyone enjoyed cocktail hour!oh ya know, just practicing for their first dance :)Marriage looks SO good on the two of you :)one of my favorite portraits of the day!! a few lovely reception details:loved their beautiful cake! and they sent everyone home with a slice of pie! yum! :)LOVE this from their first dance!it was QUITE the party! this makes me laugh every time! that guy in the back was 100% committed to catching the garter… unfortunately, his awesome attempt was quite unsuccessful :)photobooth fun!Jenna and Andy, I know you had such a wide choice of photographers to pick from, and I’m honored and humbled that you would pick me. thank you so much for letting me play a small part in your beautiful day! i couldn’t adore you both any more, and I hope you have an absolutely wonderful time in Hawaii!! :)
Wedding Venue: Thomas Birkby House, Leesburg VA
Wedding Gown: David Tutera for Mon Cheri- Ann’s Boutique
Florist: Creations in Bloom
Hair Stylist: Patty Vance
Makeup Artist: Julia Master Make-Up Artist
Wedding Coordinator: Tyler FitzHugh- Voila Event Studio
DJ: Kirkabee Deejays
Videographer: Cal Covert
Wedding Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes
Catering: Main Event Caterers
Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters Bridal- Ann’s Boutique
Grooms Attire: Jim’s Formal Wear- Ann’s Boutique
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Favors: Individual Pies from Mom’s Apple Pie Co.
Photobooth: DC Photobooth

Meet Chase and Keegan- Northern VA Family Photographer

“Nonsense. Young boys should never be sent to bed. They always awake a day older, and then before you know it… they’re grown.”
– J.M. Barrie, Peter PanThat quote above from Peter Pan is one of my all time favorite quotes, and seemed quite appropriate for these two handsome boys :) The one showing off his awesome dance moves in the photo above is Chase, and the one with the big blue eyes and big ol’ kissable cheeks in the image below is Keegan! Gosh I couldn’t get enough of Keegan’s sweet chubby cheeks! doesn’t he just melt you?!kisses for his mama!Such a handsome boy! Love those bright blue eyes and sweet smile!a quick change of clothes left his yummy little belly quite exposed ;) checking out big brother’s super cool Ninja Turtles shirt ;)then Keegan decided he needed his on too!I love that Meena was excited for me to photograph their real life. She had explained in her emails that she didn’t care if the boys got dirty or muddy, because they were both 100% all boy and would love that even more! She brought a few of the boys favorite weapons, and these next two images are two of my favorites from our time together. I can imagine they spend a GREAT deal of time at home practicing their sword fighting skills ;)the cutest ninja turtles you’ve ever seen! :)Happy Monday! :)

October 20, 2014 - 8:37 pm Meena Sinfelt - We absolutely LOVE them Jessie! And thank you so much for getting ones of Keegan smiling, he's such a tough cookie sometimes!

October 21, 2014 - 12:41 am Lincy and Samson Papaly - Meena and John, Chase and Keegan look good, who is the third child.

October 21, 2014 - 5:22 pm Stephen Vagnier - Great pictures! Grandpa

October 21, 2014 - 6:15 pm Patty Walls - Beautiful!!

October 21, 2014 - 6:28 pm Karen Wilson - Meena and John: I just loved the pics of the boys...awesome..can't wait to see you over holidays..Aunt Karen

October 21, 2014 - 6:48 pm Kim - Beautifully captured pics of my BFF and her family - so natural and well done!!!

October 21, 2014 - 8:18 pm Ben McKee - Looks like you are all having fun... well done. Cheers!

October 21, 2014 - 8:59 pm Willy and Betty - Wow Chase and Keegan are adorable. Lots of Kodak momemnts. Wonderful pictures. Meena you look good too. Willy and Betty

October 22, 2014 - 2:35 am Noby Thomas & Fmly - The Boys are so adorable and cute and you both look good too...Perfect Family pictures....

October 22, 2014 - 10:31 am Jennifer - Everyone looks great!!! My 2 favorite turtles sure know to mug for the camera.

October 22, 2014 - 11:05 pm Lisa Notestone - Meena and John, Chase and Keegan are such gorgeous boys! Beautiful great pictures! Can't wait to see you all! Love Aunt Lisa

Mike and Nicole – Leesburg VA Maternity Portraits

“Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder, and I sit here in the middle of it all and wonder who in the world you will turn out to be.
”
- Carrie FisherI can only imagine how many hours Nicole has sat there and felt Harrison wiggle around and wondered what he will be like. What he will look like, what his personality will be like, who he will take after… and they will find out soon enough! He will be joining their family in just about a month!You’d never know it by these images, but it was actually a really yucky, rainy day outside. I don’t think it phased these two at all :)one of my most favorite images from their session!We had plans to go to Great Falls Park for their session, and then when it poured rain all day I offered to have them come to my house for the session instead of rescheduling. Thankfully, I have wonderful clients who trust me when I say “it will be okay if we have to do the whole session inside! we’ll make it work!” Right now the fall colors are just starting to show up here in VA, so I totally would have understood if Nicole had wanted to reschedule to make sure she got some of the fall colors in her session. Thankfully we were able to sneak outside for about 30 minutes before it really started to rain again, BUT these images of them that we did back at my house are by FAR my favorites!!  :)Gosh Nicole you are stunning!! LOVE these next two portraits:I can’t wait to meet Harrison, and see him in those little sperrys! :)

Meet Jack- Arlington VA Newborn Photographer

“I’m wonderstruck…
all I know is I was enchanted to meet you.”
- Taylor SwiftThis handsome little boy, just 6 days new, was such a champ during his newborn session and slept almost the entire time! :)tiny bed, tinier baby :)melt. my. heart! this jacket belonged to Jack’s daddy when he was little, and he has inherited both the jacket and his love of baseball :)my favorite! :)I’m pretty sure it was a yawn, but the image on the left looks like a little smile on Jack’s face to me! :)another favorite :)Thanks again for inviting me into your home and sharing him with me for the morning! Can’t wait to see you again in the spring! :)