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  • Welcome to my blogsite!

    A website and blog all in one, making it easier for you, as a client, to see everything in one place.

    I am a wife to a wonderful husband & mom to two incredible children-Leah & Jake. As you will see my style is all about capturing the real child with natural smiles. I focus on showcasing their true personality & expressions, not having a child sit still and say 'cheese'. I will laugh and play games with your child while striving to have our sessions stress free and fun for all.

    I've been in business for over 6 years.

    Sessions are on location or at your home using the available natural light. I am located in Northern Virginia & book sessions for the entire DC metro area.

  • Bio photo courtesy of Stephanie T Photography.

Baby ‘A’ Four Months Old | Northern Virginia Baby Photographer

Baby ‘A’ is one of my baby planners. I photographed her newborn session and will get to see her again at 8 months and 1 year. So looking forward to those sessions and already have some ideas….

Isn’t she a cutie. Usually 3-4 month sessions aren’t too exciting-babies can’t sit up yet and usually aren’t too smiley, but I may have to rethink this stereotype. We did have fun and got lots of smiles….

Ok maybe not all smiles, but this is real life and as we all know babies don’t smile 100% of the time do they?:

Here is a then and now:

KellyQ - September 14, 2011 - 9:43 pm

So sweet! Love the purple headband one!

rachael - September 14, 2011 - 2:14 pm

adorable! what a bright eyed beauty.

Angie - September 13, 2011 - 2:42 pm

Love #3. Super cute.

Jenn - September 13, 2011 - 11:02 am

She is adorable and these photos are absolutely beautiful. I just love that first shot!

lindsay koehler - September 12, 2011 - 3:09 pm

What a cute lil doll! those eyes!

Cristine - September 12, 2011 - 2:46 pm

She’s adorable. Love the third one down with the rose headband.

Melissa Schuett - September 12, 2011 - 2:44 pm

Cutie Patootie!! :)
That first shot is melts my heart!

Deanna - September 12, 2011 - 12:42 pm

Awww what a sweetie! love these!

tamsen - September 12, 2011 - 11:56 am

aw, what a cute a little girl! love those smiles!

veronica starr - September 12, 2011 - 1:27 am

love those! she is a doll!

Melissa VanLeeuwen - September 11, 2011 - 10:35 pm

Great work! Love how you used the tea cup to show her growth. She a little sweetie:)

Lora Swinson - September 11, 2011 - 5:07 pm

Oh…she is a DOLL!!! These are so stinkin cute!

Off to Kindergarten | Northern Virginia Child Photographer

4 years ago I was in Target during back to school shopping watching all the other parents with their young kids, I was thinking wow that is going to be one of the saddest days of my life when my daughter goes off to kindergarten. Well today was that day and I must say, I shed no tears. Oh I was close when she was grabbing my leg at drop off saying please don’t leave completely sobbing (we never had separation issues at preschool, summer camps or anything?). I was so nervous standing by the school door waiting for pick up (we are ‘walkers’) the teacher sent her out and I caught her eyes and gave her a questioning thumbs up. She gave me one back. Whew!

Then when we got home it was her telling me how much fun she had, showing me the drawing she made in art class, saying she made lots of friends, telling me all about the pickle book they read in class and how funny it was and how everyone was laughing, wondering what she would be doing the next day….seeing her so happy and excited about school definitely made me misty eyed.

Here is our quick photo-shoot that we did yesterday to reflect the big day and life changes that going off to kindergarten brings. If found this beautiful early 1900s antique school desk & chair on craigslist we used our funky frame & chalkboard from The Organic Bloom and a knot dress from one of our favorite kids clothing places Matilda Jane.

Here is our first day of school outfit & photos:

The school supplies:

Polly Rafii - September 11, 2011 - 5:43 pm

What wonderful pictures! She seems so happy. She will enjoy these in years to come .

Jenn - September 11, 2011 - 4:55 pm

Oh! I just love these… every single shot! You have captured such wonderful memories!

Laura - September 9, 2011 - 9:09 pm

SO cute, love that you captured every detail, wonderful for her to have to look back on :)

Britt Anderson - September 9, 2011 - 5:44 pm

I sent my baby off to Kindergarten too, good luck momma!

lindsay koehler - September 8, 2011 - 11:37 am

Good Luck this year! Cute captures of a great day!

Kim Hill - September 7, 2011 - 4:24 pm

Such a cute set up – so fun and unique. Your images are truly amazing, too. LOVE all the beautiful colors and how perfectly you’ve captured the back-to-school theme.

Deanna - September 7, 2011 - 3:41 pm

How cute! Love the set up with the desk!

Kelly Q - September 7, 2011 - 11:42 am

Those are so fun! My oldest started kindergarten this year too. Such an amazing experience as a Mom to let them go into a whole new world!

Cristine - September 7, 2011 - 10:17 am

Love these! The Organic Bloom frames, what a cute idea!!

rachael - September 7, 2011 - 9:51 am

my oldest started K this year too. def. a totally different experience :) she is adorable!!

Tiffaney - September 6, 2011 - 10:35 pm

OK…great images. I remember when my daughter started Kindergarten last year and it was the most precious day ever. I think you did an amazing job capturing the start of her school life.

Triplets | Northern Virginia Multiple Photographer

Remember these guys?

Well now they are 9 months old! They are all doing great and just as important mom is staying sane! They are the sweetest family and I was so excited to photograph them again. I’m hoping to see them again for a 1 year cake smash session x three!

Can you believe everyone is actually looking for these (and all but one smiling):)

Tiffaney - September 2, 2011 - 7:40 pm

OH MY Goodness… I love that black and white picture of the triplets…

Angie - September 1, 2011 - 1:16 pm

Adorable! I love the b/w one!

Beth - August 31, 2011 - 6:37 pm

Wow what a bunch of cuties! I love the back shot!

Jenn - August 31, 2011 - 2:19 pm

Oh my goodness! So cute! Just love the black and white of the three of them sitting together!

Deanna - August 31, 2011 - 12:02 am

What cuties these guys were!!! Love them!

AmandaB - August 30, 2011 - 10:41 pm

holy smokes that’s a handful. cute kids for sure :-)

Lindsay koehler - August 30, 2011 - 7:10 pm

Wow triplets! In love with all the happiness in these! Great work of cute cute kids!

KellyQ - August 30, 2011 - 6:09 pm

Love, love, love the black and white shot! Great job!

Melissa VanLeeuwen - August 30, 2011 - 4:34 pm

Oh my sweetness, triplets! Great photos:)

tamsen - August 30, 2011 - 12:33 pm

wow- that’s impressive! what a cute family!

jules - August 30, 2011 - 12:03 am

triplets! such a fun series! these are wonderful and will surely be treasured!

Kim Hill - August 29, 2011 - 9:30 pm

Oh my word…cuteness x3!!! You did a great job. I can only imagine how challenging this must have been.

rachael - August 29, 2011 - 8:45 pm

aw very cute!!

‘White’ I Heart Faces Photo Challenge | DC Child Photographer

This week’s challenge over at I Heart Faces is white…Love this one of my son on the carousel. Check out their site for more entries…

themusicoflife - August 30, 2011 - 4:24 pm

I love, love the contrast between the colorful horses around him and his white horse!

Nela - August 30, 2011 - 12:31 pm

He looks like he’s having the time of his life! 😉

Jamie - August 29, 2011 - 12:59 pm

So cute! Little boys are the funnest! 😉

admin - August 29, 2011 - 7:33 am

Thanks Julie Sure- SS was 1/800 (f 3.2)

Hayley - August 29, 2011 - 1:08 am

What a fabulous photo! What a great horse pic! 😉

Saritney Photography - August 29, 2011 - 1:04 am

Ummm…he is adorable!! And you can practically hear the laughing off this picture! <3 love it!

Julie - August 29, 2011 - 12:10 am

Oh he looks so happy! I like the focus on him & bokeh in the background. Also, nice comp! Id love to know the shutter speed to catch in motion so well!

teachinfourth - August 29, 2011 - 12:00 am

The laughter in this image is simply priceless…

Heather Parker - August 29, 2011 - 12:00 am

I love the expression on his face!

Fall & Holiday Mini Sessions | Northern Virginia & Easton, MD Family Photographer

I’m excited to announce my 2011 Fall & Holiday mini sessions. There are limited slots available for each day so book early.

-A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your preferred date and time. This will be applied towards your chosen package.
-All sessions include up to 4 people, each additional person is $25.
-Digital files include a limited print release and are sized for up to an 8×10.
-Cards include either a 5×7 or 5×5 flat double sided design. You will have 15+ cards to choose from.
-Packages include 8×10 or smaller sizes prints (5×7, 4×6 or 8 wallets).
-*Additional products offered at current prices please see the investment PDF for a full price list.
-No package substitutions.
-Rain date for Northern Virginia dates will be the evening of October 29th & Maryland will be the morning of November 13th.

Please note Heather Leigh Photography reserves the right to cancel the MD mini session date due to low bookings. The decision would be made by November 1st and a full refund would be provided.

To book your session please email me and I will let you know which timess are still available.

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