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    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.

‘Winter Wonderland’ I Heart Faces Challenge | Northern Virginia Children’s Photographer

This weeks challenge over at I Heart Faces is “Winter Wonderland.” Since we have yet to have any accumulating snow this year, I used one of my favorite photos from last year’s ‘snowpocalypse’.

If you want to see some macro snowflakes images I shot this year a “true winter wonderland’ check out this post!

“The search for the perfect snowflake”

Jennifer Shorr - January 18, 2011 - 12:50 am


Kimberly - January 17, 2011 - 10:50 pm

Beautiful Colors, really great photo!

Andrea Thomas - January 17, 2011 - 10:41 pm

Gorgeous! I love how the colors of the pink snowsuit really pop against the snow and great exposure on the face, too!

The search for the perfect snowflake | Northern Virginia Children’s Photographer

Last winter I discovered what snowflakes look like up close with a macro lens. I saw some photos from other photographers on a photography forum I am on. I immediately fell in love and I KNEW I had to do this for myself. Well there was no way I could afford a real macro lens, it was my first year in business and I had already spent money on lenses I ‘needed’. A macro really is just a luxury.

I tried to turn my lens around and hold it in place to create a macro effect-otherwise known as a ‘poor man’s macro’ It just did not work out in the freezing cold, you couldn’t focus or really see out of it and I don’t have steady hand to begin with.

I decided to spend a little money on a reverse adapter. This basically allowed me to attached the lens backwards to my camera. I didn’t have to hand hold them together any longer which was nice, BUT I still didn’t get the shots I was hoping for. I realized it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.

Here was my best shot last year:

Fast forward to two weeks ago when my new ‘Real’ Macro arrived. Now all I need is snow…I wait and wait. Then I hear we are supposed to get 2-4 inches starting at 2:00pm one day. Well it turns out we got maybe 1 inch and it all fell at night.

This is what a ‘pile’ of snow looks like up-close. If you look carefully you can see all the beautiful flakes, but they are all stuck together, so ideally you want to be outside WHILE the snow is falling so you can catch them. Why I was disappointed the snow fell at night.

I did the best I could the next morning here are some flakes as I tried to ‘collect’ them with objects..

Trying to isolate, got a few but still not the perfect flake.

I made the mistake of thinking ooh when I think of snow I think of blue so I’ll switch to a blue background. NOT a good idea, wasn’t enough contrast. If you look at the bottom right image it WOULD have been the perfect snowflake, it is even actually standing up, but alas you can’t see it very well.

This was the best shot of the bunch, two snowflakes…

I am the only adult wishing for more snow to fall (during the day please). The quest for the PERFECT snowflake continues….

To see some other amazing snowflakes from another photographer friend who helped inspire me check out Christine Hseih’s snowflake blog post.

Kim Hill - January 18, 2011 - 7:39 am

I completely understand your quest…I’m on the same one. LOL These are really great, too!

tamsen - January 17, 2011 - 11:20 pm

oh, the things we photogs do to get the perfect image! I am still drooling over the macro lens and likely will be for a while yet! Great shots though- thanks for the tips too!

My New Love| Northern Virginia Newborn & Child Photographer

I have a new love in my life. A macro lens. I bought this for myself for Christmas:)I found a 52 week project devoted to macro images and jumped right on board.

Week 1 was water. Ok so only this first image relates to that theme, but I couldn’t stop taking picture of these beautiful flowers during the dead of winter. I headed over to the US Botanical Gardens in Downtown DC.

I wish I would have written down what kid of flowers these were-next time….I remember a few

Morning Glory

These are called Baja Fairyduster



What moss looks like up close

Not sure about this one…

Guilt | My World/Your World {Northern Virginia Family & Children’s Photographer}

The amazing ladies over at 4 the Love of Focus put together a challenge for it’s member this year, which I am pleased to be participating in. We partnered up with an out of town photographer and each week/month we receive a theme and post our pictures side by side. Most members are doing this either weekly or monthly. Well my partner and I decided with our hectic schedules weekly was out of the question and monthly didn’t seem like enough, so we are shooting for every other week.

My partner, Stacey Rainer, lives in Illinois. I can’t wait to learn more about her and to see more of her work. Be sure to check out her blog post and see what she has to say about each theme!

This weeks theme is GUILT. Wow so many things in life to feel guilty about. Let’s take a single woman first off-“Wow I ate too much today,” ” I didn’t make it to the gym today,” “I haven’t called my friends in a few days,” “My house really is a mess” Now add on being married and being a parent “I gave my kids McDonald’s for the 4th time this week,” “I didn’t brush my kids teeth today cause I was too tired,” “My kids watched 4 hours of TV today,” “I can’t believe my daughter has 45 dresses,” Now add on being a working parent “I don’t get to spend enough time with my kids”

That brings me to my photo this week. I think it’s both a blessing and a curse to have a job where I can work from home. I definitely get to spend more ‘time’ with my kids, but it’s not always quality time. Everyday I hear “Mom come play a game with me” or “Mommy sit here play trains” and many times my response has to be “Not now honey, I’m working”

This week it was “Mom will you come play dolls with me”:

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laura meeks - albuquerque nm photographer - January 15, 2011 - 9:24 pm

Aw…that’s SO tough to hear and it sure turns up the inner guilt. I got it a few times today myself. :)

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