Jan is one of Washington DC’s most sought-after photographers, with a style best described as elegant whimsy. Her vast knowledge of lighting, composure, and posing is rivaled by few professional and fine photographers today. Pair her alluring style with a romantic sensibility and the result is nothing short of astonishingly beautiful photographs, reflecting the true essence of her client’s personality.
Jan earned a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics. She later added a degree in Professional Photography. Today, she is a member of The National Association of Photoshop Professionals, The Professional Photographers of America, as well as Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. She is also an enthusiastic world traveler and has a slight addiction to dark chocolate.
This year I’ve been busy with headshots. Corporate headshots where I bring the backdrop and lights to the office for professionals, and more relaxed outdoor portraits to show a little more personality.
I’ve been photographing Kiana since before she was born, and it’s been such a joy to keep up with her family over the years with regular family photos. She’s fallen in love with theater, and singing parts in particular, and needed an updated headshot for an audition in NYC. It was a chilly, WINDY day, in Alexandria, but she’s a professional so we were able to take many great shots quickly – so fun! These were her favorite pictures from her recent portrait session. Good luck Kiana!
The years fly by and milestones are reached so fast with kids. Even if you take pictures regularly, they change quickly and photos are soon out of date – treasured memories, but not current representations. Benjamin needed a portrait for his 8th Grade year book. Something to show who is now, already 6 feet tall, and looking toward high school. It was fun for me, but I think a little sobering for his mom to see how mature he looks, to capture a few portraits around his home on a chilly winter day. Congrats on your 8th grade graduation Benjamin!
So, I found this fascinator at Hillwood and was inspired to use it for a formal photo session with my niece. Then we found this beautiful black velvet dress at our favorite consignment store that would be perfect for pictures. Fancy, fascinator and fun photo shoot! Isn’t London lovely?!
When you have a dress that flares, you have to spin!
This girl is never serious! She is a ball of energy and expression. So she had to work on her acting skills to pull of these serious poses. But so pretty! It was fun to do something different.
A winter wedding comes with unique challenges, like the weather and very early sunsets making for in the dark pictures. But, a December wedding with all the Christmas decor, greenery and twinkling lights, is magical! This Navy couple chose a Christmas wedding, coming together in Washington DC from their Navy jobs apart in TX and HI. And while they didn’t get their hoped for snow, they did get a sunny day and Christmas decor galore, and most importantly they are married! A beautiful ceremony followed by a saber arch, then fun, family and friends to dance the night away at the Army Navy Country Club reception – and so many pictures of memories to cherish. Congratulations Chelsea and Pierce!
Pierce chose his dad to be his Best Man. It’s so nice to see generations of family stay so close.
Everyone looked wonderful, the men in uniform and tuxes and the bridesmaids in classic black with each maid choosing the dress style she found most flattering. Chelsea’s Oscar de la Renta ball gown was so elegant. You’d never know her day job is training to be a Navy pilot!
Layers and layers of tulle to straighten. That’s when bridesmaids are put to work!
Winter weddings also come with unique accessories. Like long leather gloves and a fur stole. So classy!
This church was just adorable and beautiful at the same time!
The saber arch is always a nice tradition. I love the hint of blue left in the sky. All the portraits were taken after dark, a unique challenge for a photographer. Lots of video light, off camera flash and reflectors to create the portraits.
The ballroom at the Army Navy Country Club was stunning! All the Christmas trees and greenery and lights and then every table had a unique winter themed centerpiece.
This Swedish cookie tower hid a bottle of champaign and I’m told was considered to be the grooms cake. And some of it was eaten.
The first dance after being announced into the reception to greet their friends and family for the first time as husband and wife!
It’s always a little tricky cutting the cake with a saber!
So much dancing fun was had by all! DJ Dan is really the best and dialed in what this group liked and kept them dancing for hours!
Sweet baby Sterling, what an easy going newborn baby boy. He was game to just hang out for his first pictures, a baseball themed newborn session. Newborn photos are an all day affair, but the resulting pictures are worth it!
Is there anything more precious than baby hands and feet??