Washington DC Family Photographer – Extended Family Photos

How cute are these boys with their stunningly blue eyes??  A three generation photo shoot with both sets of grandparents – how blessed are these boys to have all this love!?  I photographed Michele and Rob’s wedding a few years ago and have so enjoyed keeping up with their growing family!  And really proud of them for making the effort to take family pictures yearly, even these challenging years when the boys have a lot of energy and don’t sit still for long!

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Alexandria VA Wedding Photographer – Congratulations Elizabeth and Preston!

Elizabeth and Preston’s day was a celebration of the perfect match.  Such a beautiful thing when two people find each other and are better for it.  This Old Town Alexandria couple had a lovely ceremony at their historical home church, the Basilica of St. Mary.  And their reception at my favorite garden wedding venue, River Farm.  This couple enjoyed every moment of visiting with dear friends, and they danced and danced, enjoying every last moment of their wedding day.  Cloudy skies gave way to an amazing sunset, to cap off the picture perfect day.

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The bride carried a picture of her father in her pocket – yes her dress had pockets! 
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Even the gorgeous lace bolero had real buttons.  I love this trend to add the lace toppers! 
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Beautiful light on a cloudy day for portraits outside the Fr Rankin House on Duke Street in Old Town Alexandria. 
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Don’t you love these fresh floral bridesmaids dresses?  The blue also feels so colonial for the historic venues. 
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St. Mary’s Catholic Church is a stunning backdrop for this regal bride.
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Just married!  How many churches look like this?  Only the ones with real history. 
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And more history with old White House gates at River Farm. 
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The gardens are always beautiful at River Farm.  Perfect for a lovely couple in love. 
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The osage orange tree is likely the oldest – a gift from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington.

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River Farm has the best sunsets! 
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The new tent is perfection! Draping and chandeliers and fans and sides ready if you need them.  The best place for an outdoor reception anywhere in the Washington DC area. 
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So much can happen outdoors, but the first dance in the little ballroom is always picture perfect! 
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Getting Ready Hotel: The Alexandrian
Church Ceremony: The Basilica of St. Mary, Old Town Alexandria

Reception: River Farm

Photographer: jan michele photography
Caterer: Ridgewells

Florist: Helen Olivia
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts


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Kids Portraits at the Beach – all the nieces and nephews – Jacksonville, FL family photographer

Our tradition of beach pictures resumed this summer.  And I’m not sure if I’m happy or sad that all the kids were big enough to cooperate!   My family has long rented a condo in Crescent Beach, Florida, not too far from Jacksonville and just south of St. Augustine.  It’s a beautiful beach and we’ve made so many memories there.  Just love all these sweet faces and their wind-blown hair!

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Belmont Country Club Wedding – Congratulations Katherine and Steven!

What a sweet summer wedding!  Such positive energy from both families, the wedding party, and the couple made for a joyous celebration that was an honor to photograph.  Thankfully we had a summer day without rain, which was rare this summer, so Katherine and Steven were able to have the outdoor ceremony and pictures they wanted.  Belmont Country Club is a wonderful venue in Ashburn, VA with a lovely outdoor ceremony spot, a historic mansion and the more traditional country club, all in one.  Lots of picture spots and options, inside and out, no matter the weather.   Katherine was a gorgeous bride with her loose up-do, cathedral veil and fit and flare gown with sparkly belt.   She was glowing!  And clearly adored by her dapper groom.  Capturing happy memories for lovely people, on such an important day, is why I love my job!

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I mean, can a bride be any more beautiful or happy? 
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What a great group of tall ladies!  And their sky blue gowns were so summery and cheerful.
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Love the grey suits for a summer outdoor wedding. 
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The first look reactions are always fun! 
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These two are such a great match! 
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What a gorgeous gown!  And Katherine wore it perfectly! 
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Such a fun group of friends to celebrate their marriage. 
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Nothing sweeter than a daddy and daughter walking down the isle. 
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The bridesmaid’s surprised Katherine with a choreographed dance and had her join in at the end.  Such a fun time of making memories. 
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Venue and Caterer: Belmont Country Club

Wedding Decorator: Elegant Momentz

DJ: Bela Sono Music

Cake: Connie’s Cake Creations

Florist: Rick’s Flowers

Makeup and Hair: Unveiled

Dress Shop: White Swan Bridal

Photographer: jan michele photography


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Jacksonville Florida Newborn Baby Boy photos – Welcome Bradley!

What a precious baby brother!  And an honor to photograph the second son in this beautiful family.  Bradley is so calm,  even with open eyes, as he didn’t want to miss any of his first photo session, on his 5th day of life.  He did finally get sleepy and it was such a warm day I was able to take him outside which was a nice change of scenery for a newborn baby session.  So many darling pictures and poses in the knit romper and lots of kisses from big brother.  And a head of hair to be envied! 

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