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the journal

The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will

the journal

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Once you’ve reserved your portrait session, it’s time to start thinking about “what, wear, and how”. That doesn’t mean anxiously tapping your nails and counting down the seconds—it means it’s time to get excited. This is all about making you look and feel fantastic, which means you’ll be preparing for a day of fun and fabulousness! Plus, […]

When you think of boudoir, the first things that come to mind probably aren’t t-shirts and sports jerseys. You’re more likely to imagine see-through lingerie, birthday suits, and the kind of panties that somehow make you feel even more naked when you’re wearing them than not. But truth be told, what you wear (or don’t […]

Contemporary boudoir photography is a life changing experience. When one of my clients arrive at my studio, most of the time they’re nervous, scared and sometimes freaking out. Once they sit in the chair to get their hair and makeup done, the transformation begins. The client slowly starts to shed those signs and feelings of […]

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 […]

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” […]

The D family came into the studio yesterday for some mother daughter portraits. I cannot tell you how much I was looking forward to this shoot, one of the first shoots in our new studio. My friends can, though, because it’s basically all I talked about for the week prior. I had a few lighting […]

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