Meet Ethan- Centreville VA Newborn Photographer

They didn’t have you where I come from
Never knew the best was yet to come
Life began when I saw your face
And I hear your laugh like a serenade
How long do you want to be loved?
Is forever enough, is forever enough?
Cause I’m never, never giving you up
- Natalie Maines

This handsome little man is Dan and Heather’s son Ethan, and I’ve been so very excited to meet him for months now! Dan has been my personal trainer every week at the gym for the past year and a half, and it has been so sweet (and often quite hilarious- hearing him try to explain what an exersaucer is almost did me in!) listening to him prepare to meet his son. We’ve been talking about newborn photos since Dan told me he and Heather were pregnant, and it was so great to finally get their family in front of my camera last week :) Ethan won me over from the moment I walked in the door, and he was a perfect angel throughout the entire session! Seriously this kid made my job so easy and slept like a champ for me :) thankfully, I get to hang out with Ethan every 4 months as we document his first year! we’re off to a pretty great start :) isn’t he the sweetest?! Tally still isn’t too sure about Ethan, but she was willing to pose for a treat or two ;) so tiny in that big crib! for now anyway :) goodness gracious those newborn smiles get me every time! love how he fits so perfectly right here: notice how Ethan’s whole hand is the size of Dan’s thumb? :) one of my absolute favorites:these next three of Heather and Ethan are some of my favorites from the session:so beautiful! pretty sure this kid can already kick a soccer ball better than I can :) 

Happy Monday!

March 31, 2014 - 8:47 pm Jamie Pohlmann - These photos of Ethan are amazing. You truly captured this exciting moment in time for their family. As much as I love holding this sweet newborn baby...I am really look forward to seeing the pictures as he grows in this first year <3

April 1, 2014 - 9:35 am Grandma - Another beautiful family! xoxoxoxo

April 2, 2014 - 9:31 pm Pat Luckett - I love the one of the three that is one of Jessie's favorite, but they are all. Great!

April 3, 2014 - 8:18 am Grammie - Jessie, you did an amazing job, the photos are fantastic. The pictures and family are beautiful. You can just see the love Heather and Dan have for each other and their new bundle of joy, Ethan. My sweet new grandson, Ethan, is a wonderful addition to our family. Love you, love you, love you

Gabriela: 4 Months – Vienna VA Lifestyle Photographer

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Eliana was so sweet with her little bunny: story time with bunny and Minnie: such a good little mama: sweet smiles and baby rolls… the very best! Gabriela is an expert at blowing bubbles :)apparently when you’re four months old, your toes are the coolest thing ever :)

Jason and Shannon- Downtown Leesburg Engagement Session

“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you, the world is transformed.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

March 17, 2014 - 11:45 am Debra Davies - These pictures are gorgeous. Jessie you did a great job capturing their personalities. As the mother of the bride, I can't wait for the wedding.

March 17, 2014 - 7:58 pm Grandma - You really know how to capture the love. xoxoxoxo

March 18, 2014 - 2:37 pm Tracy - Ahhh what great pictures! Congrats Jason and Shannon, you both look amazing!

March 18, 2014 - 2:42 pm Kathleen - Gorgeous! Stunning! I can't come up with enough words. Great work Jessie!

March 18, 2014 - 2:45 pm Debbie Yang - What beautiful pictures! You both look so very happy. Love you guys in front of the tree and sitting on the bench, the black and white, they are all great!!

March 18, 2014 - 2:47 pm Valerie Meyer - Jessie I have two friends in the business and of course recommended them to Shannon. I am so happy she decided to go with you. Your work shows the beautiful relationship that Shannon and Jason have. In looking through the photos, I felt like I was there and could hear them giggling:-) Looking forward to the wedding and meeting you.

March 18, 2014 - 2:56 pm Lauren Koba - Absolutely gorgeous pictures! How do you choose a favorite?! I love them all! Can't wait for the big day!

March 18, 2014 - 3:02 pm meg dwyer - What a beautiful job on the photos for this sweet couple. I really enjoyed that you were able to capture both their love and their humor - you showed how much they enjoy each other. Meg

March 18, 2014 - 3:09 pm Jamie - Absolutely stunning! I love the pop of color!

March 18, 2014 - 3:18 pm Shannon - I can't say enough "thank you's"! Our wedding photographer was high on my list of wedding priorities, and I'm so happy we chose you! Can't wait for you to capture our big day!

March 18, 2014 - 3:50 pm Debbie Suranovic - Shannon & Jason's pictures are amazing! I love love love the black & white picture. What a beautiful bride and handsome groom they will be :)

March 18, 2014 - 3:56 pm Laura Calvitti - Pictures are absolutely gorgeous!! Ii love all the different settings! Wedding pictures are going to be incredible!

March 18, 2014 - 4:24 pm Eric Davies - Great pictures guys! Can't wait for the big day!

March 18, 2014 - 5:02 pm Denise - Oh my gosh Shannon - These are beautiful! So many good ones to choose from - you have your work cut out for you!

March 18, 2014 - 5:03 pm Carolyn - The pictures are beautiful of the two of you. I also love the background in the pictures.

March 18, 2014 - 6:39 pm Tracy - Shannon and Jason look great! Great job on the piks

March 18, 2014 - 7:08 pm janet - Beautiful pictures! Shannon and Jason both look amazing. Love the natural scenery.

March 18, 2014 - 8:54 pm Missy - Love, love, love these pics! The setting is beautiful and you both look amazing! Can't wait for the big day!

March 19, 2014 - 5:59 pm Christine Deangelo - Absolutely stunning!!! Love it:) can't wait for the big day!!!

March 20, 2014 - 10:33 am Tracy Davies - Jessica, you did a fantastic job with these two crazy kids. I know my sister had no problem making Jason laugh and you can see how genuine that is in these photos. Terrific job! Love you guys. Shan, you look beautiful!

March 20, 2014 - 1:42 pm Janice Lovell - Jason and Shannon - love the pictures, you both look great! They are all beautiful good luck picking a good one! Can't wait for the big day!

March 21, 2014 - 3:13 pm Lisa Catalina - Absolutely beautiful pictures. We'll done. Shannon, you are going to be a beautiful bride.

March 23, 2014 - 8:16 pm Val Davies - Shannon, you look absolutely beautiful! This Photographer was able to capture the love and happiness of both you and Jason.

March 24, 2014 - 11:17 pm Kim Campbell - The pictures are wonderful...Shannon you look beautiful and it is because of you that Jason once again smiles...Jessica did a great job and I can't wait to see more..Love you both!

March 25, 2014 - 12:20 am Ashley Giardinella - These pictures are so good! This is the happiest I've ever seen my brother and Shannon looks beautiful! Shannon will be a beautiful bride!! These pictures are filled with so much love!

March 26, 2014 - 10:36 pm Lauren - Cute! Xo. Congrats. :)

March 28, 2014 - 11:42 am Ellen - They are all Gorgeous but I especially like Image 1507! Just Beautiful! Congrats! Thanks for Sharing

Landon: 6 Months- Arlington VA Baby Photographer

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”  ― Louisa May Alcott Landon likes to hold hands with his kitty. She, however, does not feel the same way ;)
scrumptious eye lashes… 

FAQ: Portrait Client Gifts- Cakes By Casey

I have been going back and forth for over a year now trying to come up with a fun little something that I could send to my portrait clients after their session! I want all of my clients to know that I truly value them as customers, and that I’m aware that they had a very wide range of photographers to pick from! I try and always send a personal thank you note after their session, but I wanted to include a little something else too! Who doesn’t love getting a little surprise gift every now and then?! :) A friend and talented photographer Rebekah Hoyt posted an instagram photo of the most adorable “Thank You” cookie decorated in all of Rebekah’s business branding that had been given to her by one of her past brides, and I knew that was it!

I immediately contacted Casey with Cakes by Casey, and she truly made this vision of mine come to life in the most beautiful way! She was SO sweet and wonderful to work with right from the first email, and I’m really hoping that some of my brides will see this post and hire Casey to create something sweet for their wedding too! I knew I wanted to sign on with Casey right away, before I even saw or tasted anything, I trusted her to take care of my clients and she exceeded my expectations in every way! I’m so excited about how these cookies turned out, and you will just have to trust me when I say they were even more delicious than they look :)

So for all of my wonderful portrait clients, you can expect a little somethin’ sweet in the mail this year! I will be sharing my wedding client gift in another post, but for now here’s a little sneak peek of what Casey came up with! Make sure you check out her site and definitely get in touch with her if you need anything sweet for your next party, birthday, or event! :) Happy Friday!

March 8, 2014 - 8:44 am Amber - I love this idea! I've been tossing around ideas of gifts for upcoming clients as well and this is a great (and tasty!) way to say thank you while also supporting small business folks in my community by buying local goods! Love it!

March 9, 2014 - 4:47 pm Casey - You are so talented!! These cookies are so impressive under your camera lens. I can't wait to see you in a few weeks for order number two...what a treat it'll be to get to know you throughout this process!