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Part of being a contemporary portrait photographer means having the privilege of learning the stories behind the women we photograph. Some of the stories we hear give us pause, make us think, and inspire us. Some command our attention and demand to be heard. Nancy’s is all of the above. Her story is as sweeping […]

Matteo is third-grader living in Vienna, VA, and he’s a perfect example of the phrase “small but mighty.” Not just because he’s an eight-year old who’s running twenty 5k races in 10 different states, or because he can hurtle his 8-year-old body through one of those 5k’s in less than 25 minutes. (But that too.) […]

I’m going through a lot of changes in my life right now. I just passed a very traumatic kind of phase in my life, and I felt like this was a good moment to have a new chapter and a new outlook. I was a bit hesitant at the beginning when Melody suggested the shoot. […]

Ok, now that you’ve booked your portrait shoot, what should you do to prepare? Every woman asks that, and it can be kind of nerve-racking. There are tons of nerves and emotions leading up to a shoot, and that’s ok! I’m here to help! I wanted to write down some guidelines and suggestions to ease […]

As a portrait artist, my eyes are trained to find the beauty in anyone in front of my lens. But as woman, I understand how difficult it can be to recognize that beauty in ourselves. Women are so often made to feel insecure. We’re constantly compared, scrutinized, and surrounded by unrealistic media depictions. We’re bombarded […]

Excuses are convenient, and it’s pretty easy to make them. But when it comes to making excuses about taking time for ourselves, it’s a lot harder to come up with good ones. That’s why we’re writing this post: to remind you that no matter what reason you have for why you can’t invest some time […]

Why we love to show off our products, and you will too Displaying your portrait art isn’t just about beautifying your home. (Though it does that too!). It’s also a way to keep those cherished memories near, and an opportunity to express the story they tell to share with others. That’s part of why we’re […]

Andrea came in with a few ideas in mind for her Contemporary Portrait Session. In additional to a career in the legal field, she runs Souls & Feet, a reflexology business in Fairfax, VA. And on top of all that, she’s about to start a new venture, a business in another field entirely! So we […]

Let me show you the studio! As we get settled into our new studio on historic Church Street in Vienna, Virginia, all I want to do is show it off! The beautiful floors, high ceilings, perfect light, all of it. So instead of telling you about it, I’ll cut to the chase and show you. […]

We have a short FAQ page on our website, but it turns out we have some particularly curious clients. Which is awesome! We want you to feel prepared so that you’ll love the experience as much as you’ll love your portraits. So for those of you that want to know the “what” or the “why” […]

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