Old Town Alexandria Cherry Blossom Engagement Photos

Don’t let those cherry blossom flowers or sunshine fool you! This is the coldest photo shoot I’ve ever had. It felt like it was in the 20s with the wind. I really don’t know how Harriet survived in her lovely lace dress. These two were troopers (with breaks to jump back in the car and warm up!) and we were still able to capture the fun they have together in these spring Old Town Alexandria engagement photos. They are such a great match, it’s obvious they bring out the best in each other.
Next up is the wedding! And I know those photos at River Farm are going to be gorgeous!

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Alexandria Virginia Fall Family Photos

My favorite ages to photograph – around Kindergarten age and Sitters before they are mobile and can get away. Our last photo session we were anticipating Miss N’s arrival. So it was so fun to meet her and have her adorableness here! So glad we still had fall flowers for these sister photos in Old Town Alexandria.

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Fairfax Virginia Newborn Photography – Welcome Jackson

Sweet Jackson is the latest addition to this adorable family! Everyone is thoroughly smitten! When you photograph a couple for their engagement and wedding, and then their newborns, and growing family over the years, it’s a special honor and joy to be part of celebrating all these important moments!

Jackson was the sweetest little newborn model, sleeping and smiling and posing for me. It really doesn’t get any cuter! It’s still a multi-hour process, but oh so worth it for these pictures! It’s all baby led, so it can be a slow process to keep them sleepy and comfortable and eased into different outfits and poses. And having older siblings to hold baby brother also makes for the sweetest pictures!

Adjusting to a new baby at home is a lot, and adding in a day of photos can seem like too much. But babies grow and change so fast. They are only newborn for a couple of weeks (I try to catch them before they are 2 weeks old), so this is a brief time to capture something so special. And the pictures are just so beautiful, there’s nothing like them, it’s truly a once in a lifetime moment.

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River Farm Fall Wedding – Congratulations Jill and Mark!

Second chances are treasured moments! The happiness when two people find their match later in life is contagious and easy to see in pictures! It was so special to have their children and family and friends all on hand to celebrate this new beginning. Many Jewish traditions were incorporated in the ceremony and reception. It all came together for a lovely afternoon and evening at River Farm that was enjoyed by all.
The ceremony featured the Potomac River as the backdrop and made for beautiful photos. The cocktail hour moved everyone over to enjoy the garden. Then to the draped and chandelier adorned tent for dinner and dancing. Jill and Mark had taken lessons to learn a choreographed dance, and impressed everyone with the first dance.
The first portrait features old White House gates that are now part of the landscape at River Farm.
Congratulations Jill and Mark! Best wishes for lots more smiles and many more adventures together!

Ceremony and Reception: River Farm
Coordination and Florist: Dragonfly Events and Design
Guitarist: Bialeks – Brian Webber
Caterer: Heirloom
Photographer: jan michele photography

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Old Town Alexandria Senior and Family Photos

The years fly by!  This family photo session was a combo, as Benjamin is also a Senior in High School.  So he was given a little extra photo time.  However, his beautiful sister who is so photogenic was given her fair share too, I couldn’t resist.  I love that this family makes time for pictures, even though the kids are nearly grown.  These are still precious years and these pictures will be treasured by the kids and parents for years to come.
The streets of Old Town Alexandria are always great for pictures, with so many colors and textures for backgrounds, any time of the year. And nearly any time of the day.

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