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 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 Braden- Great Country Farms Family Portraits

“I feel so crazy blessed and oh so lucky
to be the place you go
when you need to feel safe
when you need a kiss
it’s me.”
- plumb
that first photo is one of my absolute favorites from their session! you know it’s gonna be a good session when it starts like this! :)such a happy little boy!LOVE!ha! you never know what friends you’ll make at Great Country Farms ;) he was so excited that he was big enough for this swing! :) love that little scrunchy nose smile!oh and did we mention that there’s a baby in his mama’s belly?!? Braden will be the sweetest big brother next year!Braden Sandwich! :)and how gorgeous is this field of flowers?! I could have stayed right here for the whole session!and we ended with a little bounce race! Braden was quite insistent that this little pink cow was the one for him :) too cute!

Hope to see you all again soon! :) Happy Thursday!

Turner: 18 Months – Alexandria VA Family Photographer

“there’s not a single soul
who sees the skies the way you see them
through your eyes
and aren’t you glad, you should be glad
there’s no one, no one
exactly like you.”
- John Denver
Can you believe Turner is already 18 months? this smart little guy will talk your ear off and is running all over the place! This was the first time that I’ve shown up and it seems like a little BOY has greeted me instead of a baby :)I knew these two would become best buds in no time :)love his mischievous little grin here :)Don’t you think this next one belongs on a christmas card?! too cute!!
You can click HERE to see Turner’s last portrait session for his 1st birthday :) Chris and Erin, I have absolutely LOVED getting to know your family over the past year and a half! Thank you so much for inviting me into your home and sharing your boy with me :) Can’t wait to see you all again soon!

Meet Allison and Mallory- Alexandria VA Family Photographer

“The brave who focus on all things good and all things beautiful and all things true, even in the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy even in the here and now, they are the change agents who bring fullest Light to all the world.”
― Ann VoskampThat beautiful young lady is Allison, and the precious toddler (who is far too independent to hold anyone’s hand for this photo!) is her sweet baby sister Mallory :) I got to spend the morning getting to know their family while exploring their neighborhood and some of their favorite spots. We just so happened to fit in some updated family portraits while we were at it :)Sarah, I hope all of these photos of you with your girl make your heart so happy. I know they will be one of her most prized possessions one day :)and this is Sparky! he’s the “old man” in their family, according to Allison. She said “he’s even older than ME!” :)LOVE that image on the left and how Mallory is looking at her big sister!such beautiful girls!oh ya know, just going for a little stroll… Billy was picking Mallory up and spinning her all over the place, and he was determined that Allison wasn’t too big to be spun around either ;)Allison, you are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for letting me tag along for your morning walk! Hope to see you all again soon! :)

October 29, 2014 - 6:31 am Betsy - These pictures of the Jackson family are wonderful!!! They make my heart soar!!! They make me smile!!!

October 29, 2014 - 8:12 am David - Great pictures. These capture the better side of life and a time to be preserved.

October 29, 2014 - 1:42 pm Katie Thompson - These are so precious; I love them!! All of you look wonderful!

The DeLaski Family- Ashburn VA Family Photographer

“love is joy and love is pain
it’s kissing in the rain
it’s doing dishes when it’s late
isn’t it, baby?
it’s the art of compromise
it’s hellos and long goodbyes
it’s the picture of our lives
isn’t it crazy?”
- Joy Williams
This sweet family was SO much fun to photograph! and how precious is this handsome little boy?! meet William, more commonly know as “Scoot!” to his family :)I was so impressed with how these three older kids were SO polite, respectful, and so much fun!! They made my job super easy :)one of my favorites :)one of my favorites! little sneak attack action :)I got to know Rob and Jess back in June since they were both in Duncan and Annie’s wedding party! Jess opened the door when we arrived that day and made us feel SO welcome right from the very first moment. I was beyond thrilled to get her email a week after their wedding wanting to set something up for her own family, and I was so excited to have her and Rob in front of my camera again! :)MELT my heart!! love this next one! gosh these bright eyes and darling freckles are a PERFECT combination :)and i’ll end with one more photo guaranteed to put a big smile on your face :)Happy Monday! :)

October 27, 2014 - 10:10 am Jess - These are amazing!!!! Thank you Jessie :-)

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!