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!

Date Nights at Community Church

Every Saturday night in the month of February, my church puts on one of our biggest events of the year: DATE NIGHTS! Our church wanted to provide a place where any parent in Loudoun County could drop their kids off for the evening and enjoy both free babysitting and a night out! This year we hosted over 1,800 kids over those four weeks, which meant that hundreds of couples were able to take time to spend with each other and invest in their marriage.

It took over 360 volunteers to make it happen, and I was so encouraged to see so many people at our church step up and volunteer to bless these families. Whether they were greeting families, rocking babies, running the sound system, helping with the craft, changing diapers, leading the dance party, serving pizza, helping with set up/tear down, or hanging with a group of 10-12 kids all night, there were so many moving pieces happening at once to make this event so successful. I’m blown away by our Community Kids staff seeing how well organized each week was. I can only imagine the countless hours that went into the planning process to make sure each piece was in just the right place. We’ve had such great feedback from the parents, kids, and volunteers, and it’s so sweet to see the church continue to reach more and more families every year! Enjoy a little glimpse into this past month! :)

Parents would be in line 45 minutes before doors officially opened! Welcoming 400+ kids every night is quite the process!
I was so encouraged to see some of our wonderful pastors that would also show up every weekend to welcome and greet families as they waited in line:Then all of the kids ages 4 and up were welcomed into the sanctuary where there was a big Kid Concert and dance party waiting for them! Every night I made sure to sneak downstairs to hang out with the 0-23 month kiddos for a while, they always dished out the best baby snuggles! :) It was a long night for some of these little ones! Some were ready to party, and others were ready for bedtime snuggles! “Here boys, hold this right here. Look, I can hula hoop!!” :) Our 2-3 year olds loved having the bounce house all to themselves! After their Kid Concert, the older kids would rotate through three different stations: craft, game, and pizza snack!
All of the kids I talked to said this night was their favorite! They all LOVED this glow in the dark dance party! Then they would head back up to the sanctuary for the entertainment for the evening! They were able to enjoy a reptile show, a magic show, an ‘under the sea’ show, and a karate demonstration over the 4 weeks. One of my personal favorite moments from the month! The ‘Under the Sea’ guy had just explained (in the photo above) how a sea star can actually regrow an arm if it is attacked. and this little boy (in the photo below) who was so fascinated with our wonderful elder Brother Bob, leaned in close to him and said “If a sea star can regrow an ARM, how come you can’t regrow any HAIR?!” :) this little girl was the cutest thing! she had him on the ground in no time :) I haven’t played around with videography too much, but here’s a little ‘thank you’ video for all of our volunteers that they put together using the clips I took throughout the month! Enjoy! :) 

DateNights Recap 2014 from Community Church on Vimeo.

March 6, 2014 - 1:43 pm liz m. - Awww yay, you got my girl! She had a blast, so grateful for community church!