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.
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!
A prayer for joining of the two families, the kids were all involved in some way in the ceremony.
The groom’s daughter sang to the new couple.
Husband and wife!
Hugs all around as the new family celebrates.
The advantage of a small guest list is everyone can be in the group photos!
These wedding bouquets by James Cox were just stunning! The colors were so vibrant and fresh!
The view of Washington DC from Whipple Field on Ft. Myer is simply the best!
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!
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. 🙂
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!
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!
And sweet baby smiles!
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!
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!
Bridesmaids seeing Katherine all dressed and having her veil put on. Love those smiles of love and support!
Just after the first look, looks of love! But they did look at each other like this all day!
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!
Woodlawn mansion makes such a dramatic backdrop for wedding pictures!
Woodlawn was a gift from George Washington to his granddaughter. If the trees were shorter you could see Mt. Vernon in the distance.
The stunning moon arch covered in white flowers was a spectacular backdrop for the wedding ceremony!
It was a tad humid and warm, so these ceremony programs as fans were perfect!
This garden setting for the cocktail hour was just dreamy!
All the invitations and wedding stationary was so beautiful in it’s periwinkle blue and features the most charming drawings of the venues!
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.
The white flower moon arch came in from the ceremony and now frames the cake.
How fun! A choreographed first dance!
I just love the expressions during the toasts! Such looks of happiness!
And choreography for the father daughter dance too!
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!
Soon to be Family of Four! I first photographed this beautiful family when Alex was a newborn and then updated pictures when Alex was a toddler. Such a treat to catch up with them, as they anticipate the arrival of baby boy #2 very soon, for maternity portraits in Washington, DC! Alex will be the best big brother! This photo session was also great practice so he knows me and also knows what to expect (like holding still and smiling) when I come to take the newborn baby pictures. I know it’s a lot of work with little kids, but the more you take pictures, the more they get the hang of it and the easier it gets!
Such a glowing mother-to-be x2 with such a sweet spirit, I’m so glad she will have these pictures from this season of life when they transition from a family of 3 to 4. It was actually her husband who contacted me this time and made it happen, as he knew how important it was. Big points for him! I’m sure he will train his sons to be so thoughtful! I can’t wait to meet the new addition their family soon!