Did you know that we have a singing/talent coach right here in Stafford? Check out Sally B of VocalzMusic & Publishing! Sally brought her talented, adorable client, Marcelina over to my studio for some headshots. I got to see them both in action, what a team! I wish both of them the very best of luck. Here are some photos from Marcelina’s photo shoot. I had a blast capturing all the different expressions and moods.
There are so many times when I see people while out and about, and think how I would love to photograph them. To this day, I think about a sweet elderly woman at the grocery store who I was too chicken to ask, for fear that she may be creeped out! Now, I try not to pass up those opportunities. This sweet little girl was walking out of church several weeks ago, her cowboy boots caught my eye, and I shared my business card with her mom. I’m so glad to have met these wonderful people, and had such a great time photographing this adorable little gal. Just today I had another moment where I felt called to hand out my business card at the grocery store. A little girl walked passed me, and we exchanged friendly smiles. She then turned around and told me how old she was in such a proud statement. I engaged in conversation with her mom, and the girl was talking my ear off! I REALLY hope her mom calls, and I get the privilege of working with them.
I have had the honor of photographing this cutie when she was in middle school, as well as both of her brothers’ senior portraits. I very much appreciate all of my clients, and I’m so honored when they keep coming back! High School seniors are super busy, and it can be a challenge to nail down a time for portraits, but I’m so glad that Emma was able to squeeze in a little session (more locations to follow). Every now and then, I hear seniors say they are “doing this for my mom”, but during and after the session, I hear them tell me how it was so much fun! That makes me so happy (and relieved) because these pretty smiles are genuine, and they have a positive memory of our time together…I don’t know if that has anything to do with the fact that I can be a hot mess, falling off my stool, karate chopping bugs, or dropping expensive gear, but I’ll take it! If you haven’t had fall portraits, you are missing out! Book today! Thanks for reading 🙂
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OH MY CUTENESS!!!! Baby J is already 3 months old! I call this collage “The many faces to warming up to my 3 month session” The last time this cute little guy was in the studio, he was half his current weight, much more wrinkly and sleepy, and just a handful of days old! What a difference 3 months makes; lots of smiles, and working those strong little neck muscles! You did GREAT, baby J! Can’t wait to see you for your 6 month session xoxo
What a precious little baby boy! I adore this family, and I’m so honored that I had the opportunity to photograph both of their beautiful sons’ newborn portraits! Baby Johnathan packed the same blue blankie and hat that his big brother packed at his newborn session a few years ago, originally worn by their daddy! It’s crazy how much baby Johnathan has changed even since we took these pictures. I’m so happy their parents got to capture this precious time, and I look forward to many more moments with this family!
I had the privilege of photographing this beautiful family for a very special, meaningful event. My client and her siblings all planned to photograph their immediate families as part of a gift to their mom for her 80th Birthday celebration, which was just held over labor day weekend in Colorado. I was soooo excited for my clients (and thrilled that they chose me), because I LOVE this idea, and cannot think of a better gift! We had a small window of opportunity to make this happen, because with busy families, and grown children out of town/state, scheduling can be a challenge, as we all know. We set our session date at beautiful Belmont/Gari Melcher’s Studio, but something came up last minute and one of their kids and grandson was unable to make it. Some of the other family members were visiting from out of town, so we still did the session. I know how excited my clients were when we initially scheduled the date that ALL three of their children and their families were able to make it. At this point, I was invested in the outcome, and excited for the gift, so with a little photoshop magic, we booked a later mini session at the same location, so everyone was together in the portraits! Even the mini session was a bit of a schedule challenge, and the deadline for the upcoming party was creeping up. We still needed time for the album and canvas portraits to arrive. I had a few things come up in my schedule as well, which changed my travel plans, so I packed up the desktop computer and took it with me so I could finalize the order in time for the event. This was definitely a collaborative effort, but we were both very happy it all worked out. Everything was finalized one week prior to my clients’ trip to Colorado. It wasn’t until a few days after the portrait order was picked up that I learned just how special this portrait was to my clients.
Rather than try to summarize, I will quote the very words that filled my eyes and gave me chills: “It will be something we cherish always! We weren’t sure our family would ever be complete again earlier in the year. (son’s name) had an accident and was in critical condition at UVA for 10 days. When you were able to add them both into the picture, I cried tears of joy!! Our family picture is complete!! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!” This never came up during the scheduling process, but yet we were determined to make this happen. WOW! I wish I could explain just how much this story impacts me, and how grateful I am for the people who invite me to be part of something so special. The funny thing is, when I learned that the other families were taking pictures on the Florida beaches and Colorado mountains, I started that comparison game in my head, but knowing what I know about this family, the background/location suddenly didn’t matter one bit. I just checked in with my client to see how the 80th party went over the holiday weekend, she said “It was a great trip! Our parents were so happy and loved the photo!! Mom cried!! Thank you again for your beautiful work!!!” Have I mentioned that I have the best clients ever?!!!! Thank you SO much for choosing me to photograph your loved ones, I truly feel blessed. xoxoxo
I knew I liked this family when I was first commissioned to photograph their daughter’s High School senior portraits, and the senior rocked her session regardless of the fact that we were nearly carried away from clouds of bugs, and mom was a rockstar assistant who shared a love for snapchat!!! Yes kids, moms rock snapchat too! A handful of months later, I was able to photograph the entire family. FIVE kids, and there was no complaining or conflict, just a super fun day capturing just how much this family loves each other. When I delivered the portrait order to their home, all of them seemed so excited to see their beautiful 16×24 canvas framed wall print, and all the other prints, I thought that was so cool that everyone was so excited! THIS is why I am a full service portrait photographer! Thank you for taking the time to read this blog, and please let me know if I can help with your family portrait needs. If you would like to see more family portrait photos, feel free to view my gallery.
With all the choices out there, I am always honored when clients choose me to photograph their loved ones. Whether it is High School Senior Portraits, Family Portraits, precious babies and children, business headshots/corporate, or anything in between! I especially love when my clients come back! I had the opportunity to photograph Amaya’s sister a few years ago. It’s always fun working within families to see the similarities and differences. Amaya wanted a different backdrop for her senior portraits, and chose the lovely downtown Fredericksburg, VA. While Amaya is just as sweet as her sister, her personality is a little more serious, so she loved so many of her “serious expression” shots! I love to photograph different expressions because they bring the portraits to life for their loved ones. Way back in the day of Sears portraits, I remember buying a pose of my daughter with the most serious/mad face she had, and it makes me laugh every time I see it. That expression is one of her signature looks, but of course she has some precious smiley signature expressions too! Some people just ROCK the serious expressions, and then others (like me!) look a little mad! Amaya just recently picked up her High School Senior portrait order, including custom press printed announcements, a 16 x 20 canvas wall portrait, a leather album, and lots of gift prints for loved ones. I use quality professional labs and offer a wide array of prints, canvases, albums, products, etc. to showcase my clients artwork. I also offer framing for a finishing touch on those stunning wall portraits. It’s always like Christmas when I get deliveries, because my labs are such high quality, and I know that my clients are going to love and enjoy their artwork. Thank you for taking the time to read Amaya’s blog post! I look forward to an opportunity to work with you and your loved ones. Call now to schedule Class of 2018 High School Seniors and Family Portraits while the kids are home for the summer!