Alexandria, VA Newborn Photographer – Jaxson

Have you ever seen anything more precious than the photos of these two brothers?  Big brother has just turned 4 and he was so gentle in holding his baby brother!  You may remember them from a May Washington DC maternity shoot.  Alex didn’t quite remember me from his newborn or toddler photo session, so it really helped that we could get reacquainted and he was excited to have me come to their home in Alexandria VA for his baby brother’s newborn photos.  Always love seeing this sweet family and am so happy they’ve added another beautiful, smily, baby boy to their family! Welcome Jaxson!

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Gorgeous new mama of two! 
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He is a smily baby! 
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As seems to be the case so many times, after his lunch break he decided he’d stay awake for while to see what’s going on.  Makes for beautiful pictures of gorgeous eyes, but also takes hours of baby watching before we can move on to more posed pictures.  Sometimes it’s a slow process, it’s a baby led day, but it’s ALWAYS worth it for theses sweet pictures! 
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Aren’t these knitted baby overalls so adorable on him!?
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Sweet baby smiles!  
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Ft. Myer, Old Post Chapel, Arlington VA – Wedding Pictures

What a joy to capture the joining of two families at Ft. Myer’s Old Post Chapel in Arlington, VA.  A close circle of family and friends celebrated this wedding day and all joined in the pictures!  It was a picture perfect day, filled with love and renewed commitment to family. Old Post Chapel is such a lovely backdrop for making memories for this military family.   Congratulations to your family and thank you for the honor of photographing this meaningful day!

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A prayer for joining of the two families, the kids were all involved in some way in the ceremony. 
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The groom’s daughter sang to the new couple. 
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Husband and wife! 
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Hugs all around as the new family celebrates. 
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The advantage of a small guest list is everyone can be in the group photos! 
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These wedding bouquets by James Cox were just stunning!  The colors were so vibrant and fresh!
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The view of Washington DC from Whipple Field on Ft. Myer is simply the best! 
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Fairfax Newborn Photographer – Baby Ryan

Baby boy #3 joins these two big brothers! I LOVE photographing a family as it grows! It’s hard to believe how big these brothers are, seems like their newborn photos were just a bit ago!  Such lucky boys to grow up with built in buddies!  Baby Ryan was so sweet to go with the flow, he already seems to know he’s got a lot going on around him and that’s OK.  He’ll be joining the fun soon!

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How adorable is this picture of Ryan in a large Tonka dump truck!  Just the cutest!  Two dump trucks were bribes for the bigger boys to be in the pictures. :) 
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On a rainy day in Fairfax, VA, the rain held off and it was cool enough to take the baby outside.  Love that we had this option on a summer day! 
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It never fails that a newborn has their longest awake time of their life on their picture day.  They just don’t want to miss out!  But it does mean pretty eye pictures! 
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And sweet baby smiles!
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This big brother is so caring and doting, he was my assistant most of the day. And always checking on everything to make sure no one needed anything.  What a dear heart he has! And what a special picture that he’ll treasure! 
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Woodlawn Alexandria Wedding Photos – Congratulations Katherine and Chris!

The long awaited wedding day finally came!  Beautiful bride Katherine stepped into this gorgeous lace gown at the Alexandrian, then we met her groom, Chris, for a first look outside in Alexandria, VA by the Apothecary, which is the same today as it was in George Washington’s day.  Followed by portraits around Old Town, on the way to meet the wedding party for pictures on the cobblestone street.  What a treat to have 45 minutes in this historic place for gorgeous pictures!
Then off to another location with ties to George Washington, the estate he gifted his granddaughter as her wedding present. Woodlawn is a first class wedding venue in Alexandria and they have really upped the competition and may just be the best place for a wedding in the Washington, DC area.  The historic mansion is a stunning backdrop for pictures and the wedding ceremony.  And the grounds offer beautiful areas for pictures and a lovely formal garden strung with lights for the cocktail hour.  And the permanent tent with a tabby floor, draped ceiling with chandeliers brings in the natural scenery in a comfortable and elegant way.  It’s really the perfect wedding venue!

Katherine and Chris looked at each other in the most adoring way all day.  There is a special bond there and I so love to see a couple that just soaks up their wedding day and feels it all!  Their family and friends couldn’t have been more joyful and supportive too.  So many lovely locations and meaningful moments, as you can see, they ended up with a huge number of photos so they remember it all!

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Bridesmaids seeing Katherine all dressed and having her veil put on.  Love those smiles of love and support! 
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Just after the first look, looks of love!  But they did look at each other like this all day! 
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Both families went to the same WV summer camp each year as the kids were growing up, and have been friends for a many, many years!  
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Woodlawn mansion makes such a dramatic backdrop for wedding pictures! 
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Woodlawn was a gift from George Washington to his granddaughter. If the trees were shorter you could see Mt. Vernon in the distance. 
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The stunning moon arch covered in white flowers was a spectacular backdrop for the wedding ceremony! 
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It was a tad humid and warm, so these ceremony programs as fans were perfect!  
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This garden setting for the cocktail hour was just dreamy! 
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All the invitations and wedding stationary was so beautiful in it’s periwinkle blue and features the most charming drawings of the venues! 
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Woodlawn has created a full service wedding venue with a permanent tent for the reception.  It’s a gorgeous draped tent with chandeliers, a tabby concrete floor which feels so era appropriate (concrete with oyster shells), fans and sides that can be open or closed as the weather dictates.
Here the band is getting set up.  Tables are set with blue and white flowers.   
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The white flower moon arch came in from the ceremony and now frames the cake. 
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How fun!  A choreographed first dance!
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I just love the expressions during the toasts!  Such looks of happiness! 
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And choreography for the father daughter dance too! 
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Cutting the funfetti wedding cake! 
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Twilight with string garden lights is perfection! 
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Lots of dancing fun with this great band! 
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Exiting to well wishes and streamer wands! 
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Getting ready hotel:  Alexandrian
Wedding venue: Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House
Music: Ceremony and Cocktail hour: DaVinci Strings, Reception Band: Bachelor Boys
Florist: Eight Tree Street
Hair/Makeup: Bombshell Blowouts, Naida Azaz
Planning/Invitations/Day of Coordination: Added Touches by Terry
Photographer: jan michele photography
Videographer: Delta Studio Productions
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes
Catering: Design Cuisine

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Washington DC Newborn Photographer – Baby Mateo

It took until Mateo was 2.5 weeks old to find a day for his newborn pictures at his Washington, DC home, but oh baby it was worth it!  What a sweet baby boy!  And those cheeks, and back rolls, and long eyelashes!  Babies do not come any cuter!  As his pictures clearly show!  And he’s no little thing at already 11 pounds! His mama is going to be building muscles carrying him around.:)
It works best to photograph babies before they are 3 weeks old as after that they are no longer quite as sleepy and curly like newborns anymore, but even though he was approaching that age, he was a champ and slept so well for me!  Even with a compressed timeline.  I was there for 3.5 hours which I know sounds like a long time, but it goes really fast when you’re waiting for a baby to go to sleep and stopping for feedings, plus setting up and cleaning up.   There is no such thing as a quick newborn shoot!:)
And fun fact, he was due the day BEFORE Bianca – who was born 3 weeks early, and he was 1.5 weeks late.  So they ended up being photographed 6 weeks apart, she in April and he in June when they were both due in early May.  Babies come exactly when THEY are ready!
Such a joy to capture these early days for this sweet family of three!

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