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Urban Photo Session With Kids

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At this time of year, most of the families calling me for fall family portraits are looking for peak fall foliage and the beautiful settings at the many parks in Fairfax County. I am happy to shoot at any of these places, but sometimes it’s fun to switch it up and let the colorful outfits […]

For Colorful Fall Family Portraits…Try an Urban Setting!

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Just a few weeks ago, another “mother runner” member of the Oakton/Vienna Moms Run This Town chapter requested a family session. She was concerned it happen in the next week or so because their beloved old family cat had cancer and was not expected to have much time left. I squeezed in a weekday, midmorning […]

Special Times Captured in Family Portraits


When I first started out with portrait photography I didn’t need to look far for some of my first models. Luckily I had two adorable little girls living just around the corner and a family who appreciated having a photographer in the neighborhood. This is still one of my favorite photos and I’ve promised them […]

Another Special Senior…And Client From Long Ago


I often get questions or comments from parents who would love to have their child’s portrait session but are afraid because “they are at that age…” the age of stranger-anxiety or clingyness, or just not being such a “good listener.” I say forget all that. This session started out with a warning from the mom […]