For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated with photographs. I loved looking through my grandmother's collection of black and white pictures that she had kept over the years. To me, they seemed to whisper a story from a time gone by...a story of her wedding day, of my dad as a baby, of a family standing in a cluster in front of a farm house. It's amazing to me that a bit of the story was captured and frozen into an image. And, several years later, a photograph still whispers the story of a young beautiful bride to a new generation.
It wasn't until I became a stay at home mom, that my passion for photography took hold. I felt compelled to capture stories of my children. I took pictures of them eating breakfast, sleeping, playing at the playground, climbing trees, crying or laughing, dressing up like a princess or ballerina...stories that I did not want to forget and that later I could share with them as grown women. I want my photos to whisper a story to them of their childhood.
I have a non-traditional approach to photography. I use very few props and do minimal posing. Most of the time, I just prefer to hang back and wait to capture that moment where your child radiates his/her true personality. By photographing this way, most of my works have a 'documentary' feel to them. And that's the way I like it.
Your session takes place on location at your home or a location of your choice. I shoot using natural light. Therefore; I need a large amount of it. Rooms with large windows or open shade outdoors allow for the natural light that I need to produce beautiful portraits.
As a mother of three young active children, I know that a child's attention span can wax and wane. So, I've allowed your session to last anywhere up to two hours. Having this amount of time allows for needed breaks, such as snacks/feedings, clothing changes (diaper changes for the very wee ones), and a 5 minute escape from the crazy woman with the camera stuck to her face! I'm a patient photographer and I don't like to rush the session. I strive to make each session relaxed and fun for everyone.
What to Wear
Your clothing is totally up to you or your child. But try to keep it simple. For group portraits, try to wear similar colors or wear colors that complement each other. Newborns photograph well in their birthday suits. And I just can't resist a barefoot toddler. There are, however, certain articles of clothing and accessories, that I find take away from a portrait. Please AVOID:
If you are truly uncertain of what should be worn, I'd be happy to take time at the start of the session to go through your selection and help you choose.I serve the Northern Virginia area, centered around Warrenton, VA.