2014 Holiday Mini Sessions: Part 3- Northern VA Holiday Mini Sessions

Here’s the third and final post of mini session photos for this year! This is the ONE time during the year that I offer mini sessions, and we go all out for it! I loved seeing so many familiar faces there! Out of 23 families, 16 were ones that have been in front of my camera before. Those of you who know me know that I pride myself on being able to take time to get to KNOW my clients during the session, and that just doesn’t happen when you’re limited to 20 minutes, so it’s so helpful when I already KNOW the families well. When we do a standard portrait session I’m able to get a TON of variety for my clients, individual photos of the kids, some of the parents together.. things like that! Mini sessions function veeeery differently! My goal for these mini sessions is to be able to give my clients a really fun experience and a couple great holiday photos for gifts and christmas cards along with it! Safe to say, mission accomplished! :)

Thank you SO much to all of the 23 families and dear friends who helped make this day possible! Enjoy the last blog post full of all the families we saw on Sunday afternoon! Happy viewing, friends! Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session369 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session373 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session377 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session379 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session384 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session389 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session391 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session393 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session396 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session399 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session405 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session407 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session411 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session416 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session419 Last year Kellie and Micah came to do a few photos to announce they were expecting… and look how much has changed in one year!! Meet Eli! :)Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session421 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session425 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session429 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session436 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session441 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session443 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session451 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session453 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session455 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session458 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session463 love that mischievous little grin ;) Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session467 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session470 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session474 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session475 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session480 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session485 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session487 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session491 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session494and that’s a wrap!! see you all again next year! ;)

2014 Holiday Mini Sessions: Part 2 – Northern VA Holiday Mini Session

Are you ready for part TWO?!? We had nine families come out back to back on Saturday afternoon and it was so fun to see all of the kids SO excited to play with the set! We always try and make it really kid friendly so they’re excited to play and have fun, and you should have seen all their little faces light up when they saw Bart the Truck! :) They LOVED climbing in the truck, riding on the sled, and throwing handfuls of snow on their siblings ;) I’ve got one more post to share tomorrow, but enjoy lots of favorites from all of the Saturday afternoon sessions! Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session139 You know this little lady very well by now :) how adorable is Cedar Belle in her christmas tutu?!? Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session159 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session161I’m can’t be 100% sure, but I’m pretty sure that smile says ‘climb in! lets drive down to see Mickey again! i’m drivin’!” ;)Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session176 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session188 Lucy and Courtney came out for mini sessions last year right before their gorgeous wedding, and I loved getting to do a few 1st anniversary photos for them this year!! Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session191 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session194 make sure you go back and see their photos from mini sessions last year :)Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session202 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session207 LOVE this one! :)Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session209 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session217 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session220 Olivia was a BIG fan of that candy cane ;)Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session223 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session227 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session229 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session236 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session238 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session240 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session249 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session252So excited about these next ones! Dan and Allie are getting married next 4th of July, so we snuck in a few photos for their save the dates as well!! Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session257 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session262 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session274 LOVE these next 4 so much that I couldn’t narrow it down any more :)Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session277 don’t they have the most gorgeous smiles?!Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session286bw Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session292 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session297 secrets secrets! :) it was too cute, we asked her to tell him a secret and she whispers (just loud enough) “this is FUN!!” :)Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session298 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session306 aaah yes, and the snow! the kids had so much fun with the snow! Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session310 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session312 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session317 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session318 safe to say both Mason and Paisley are pretty excited about those christmas trees.. or maybe it was the promise of a candy cane afterwards ;) Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session324 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session327 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session330 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session337 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session340 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session343 I love how much Connor adores his baby sister :) Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session347 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session349 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session353 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session354 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session358 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session361 Northern_VA_Holiday_Mini_Session366I’ve got one more post coming for you tomorrow with all of the Sunday afternoon sessions! Stay tuned! :)

2014 Holiday Mini Sessions: Part 1! – Northern VA Holiday Mini Sessions

The first round is HERE!! We had 23 families come out this year for holiday mini sessions over two days and WHEW it was a whirlwind! Once again, thanks to my wonderful friends and their help, the day flowed incredibly smooth and couldn’t have gone better! I LOVED seeing so many of the same families that were here last year, it’s so sweet to see how much their babies have changed over this past year! Make sure you go back HERE and HERE to see the posts from last year, and you will recognize some familiar faces in these next three posts :)

A few BIG thank you’s to give out right away! First and foremost, to my dear friend and partner in both crime and creativity, Katie! She was the one who talked me into doing these again this year, only because she agreed to help design the set and it’s safe to say she completely outdid herself this year! I had SO many people comment on how incredible the set was this year, which is all thanks to Katie bringing some sense and organization to my scattered ideas. She was the voice of reason, the eye of creativity, and the one to help me pull EVERYthing together! So all of you sweet clients who have sent me thank you emails already, a big portion of that goes to Katie too! :)

Thank you to my wonderful friends Bailey, Anna, and Julie for welcoming all of my clients when they arrived, dancing around and being silly to help get those gorgeous natural smiles out of your children during the session, and just helping the day flow that much smoother!

Thank you to Phil for building the christmas tree stand that all of the children loved, and for creating by far the cutest part of the set! Thank you for making that vision come to life!

Thank you Dave for loaning us Bart the Truck for the day, the envy of every husband who showed up for mini sessions! ;) Bart was absolutely the perfect “wow” factor, and thank you for letting all of these little ones love Bart for the weekend!

Thank you to my mama for making all of the yummy snacks this year, I’m convinced having a big batch of homemade cookies makes all the difference :) and a big thank you to the Von Kahle family for hosting us again this year and letting me take over your home for the weekend!

WHEW! now are you ready for some fun photos?!? I’ll be sharing the photos over three blog posts, so here is the first round! Happy viewing, friends!
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Gabriela: 1 Year! – Vienna VA Family Portraits

“and if the breeze won’t blow your way, I will be the sun
and if the sun won’t shine your way, I will be the rain
and if the rain won’t wash away all your aches and paines
I will find some other way to tell you you’re okay.”
– My Brightest Diamond
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Sarah: 7 Months – Alexandria VA Family Photographer

“may you always have plenty
your glass never empty
and know in your belly
you’re never alone”
– Lady Antebellum
Alexandria_VA_Family_Portraits_Bress01 Okay so these are technically more family portraits than just focusing on Sarah and the fact that she has changed SO MUCH since the last time I saw her for newborn portraits!! Look at those sweet cheeks! Alexandria_VA_Family_Portraits_Bress05 Alexandria_VA_Family_Portraits_Bress08 such a happy baby!Alexandria_VA_Family_Portraits_Bress13 Alexandria_VA_Family_Portraits_Bress14 Alexandria_VA_Family_Portraits_Bress15 snuggles for baby sister :)Alexandria_VA_Family_Portraits_Bress21 Alexandria_VA_Family_Portraits_Bress25 Alexandria_VA_Family_Portraits_Bress27 Alexandria_VA_Family_Portraits_Bress31 Mr. Ben is a boy on the GO! Alexandria_VA_Family_Portraits_Bress32 Alexandria_VA_Family_Portraits_Bress36 Alexandria_VA_Family_Portraits_Bress38whew holding up those big cheeks must be hard work! good thing she’s got a big brother who will let her rest them on his shoulder ;)
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Thanks again for having me over for the afternoon! It was so great to see you all! :) Happy Thursday!