Animal Welfare League of Alexandria Art Show

animal welfare league of Alexandria art art show

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria hosted an art show: Saving Lives through the Shelter’s Lenses,  which showcased the work of their volunteer photographers.  I’m proud to be featured  alongside 5 other  photographers. At least once a month I photograph  adoptable animals in a way that appeals to potential forever families and have been doing so since 2014. You may have seen photographs on AWLA’s Facebook Page.  It takes quite a bit of work; usually involving 2-3 other animal welfare league dog or cat specialists.  There’s never a dull moment and it’s always lots of fun. The art show ends tomorrow, January 31st. Incase you missed it here are some photos showcased. A big thank you to the Animal Welfare League for letting me be a part of their great organization.

 

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria Art Show

animal welfare league of Alexandria art show

animal welfare league of Alexandria art show

animal welfare league of alexandria art show

Time Stand Still {Alexandria VA Photographer}

Time Stand Still {Alexandria VA Photographer}

Time Stand Still {Alexandria VA Photographer}
In a snap they’ll be big.  Fortunately, Gena Roma Photography can capture your little ones just as they are right now.  Experience a fun and modern studio portrait session for your preschooler and make time stand still.  Bring your child’s favorite outfits and their special toy or lovey for a fun 1 hour session. In studio or outdoors!

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Family Love {Alexandria Va Family Photographer}

Family Love Alexandria Va Family photographerFamily Love {Alexandria va family photographer}

Someone had asked me why I don’t do weddings.  I got to thinking and I just really like family portraiture. I’ve done plenty of family portraits and I’ve enjoyed every single one of them. To pin point it exactly why, I think it’s because it all comes down to love and holding on to special memories.  I know this comes with a lot of cheese. Spoonfuls, in fact, of cheesiness. But hear me out before I lose you.   I’ll use this amazing family as my example.  There was so much  joy from this family and the love for their little boy,  limitless.  There’s just something about family portraits that’s so meaningful that I can identify with.   I can only guess that this comfort level comes from  seeing through my client’s parental eyes because I too am a parent. These Moms and Dads are beaming with pride at their beautiful children.  Most of the time, the children are knee-high. But it doesn’t matter, a parent’s love is still evident even in the teen years. I can see it!  I can relate to their desire to capture this specific time in their life.  I’m right there at that moment, in my client’s shoes,  trying to make time stand still for a little while longer before their little ones grow out of the cute stage their in, before they grow out of the wonderment of the little things, before they grow out of their innocence.  And that’s my job and what I truly enjoy and get to do. I get to freeze time for families and help them hang it up on a wall. Every time they pass by the treasured photos on their mantles, hallways, or entry, my wish is that they are flooded with those good memories they were trying to hold on the day they were created.                        Family Love {Alexandria va Family Photographer}

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family love {alexandria va photographer}

 

Family Love Alexandria Va Family Photographer

BusyBees Indoor Playground

Busy Bees Indoor Playground

 

BusyBees indoor playground is finally opening Saturday, July 25th and it’s glorious!! I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the space and snapped a few photos to share with you all.  What exactly is BusyBees?  It’s an innovative, unique, indoor, soft playground for little ones under 48″.   What’s so special about BusyBees indoor playground you say? Well, for one thing, we don’t currently have a hip, modern indoor playground designed for just little ones in our area.  Not only that, this indoor playground is interactive! There’s movement and sound and lights and oh so much more! Parents, you can sit back, relax, take a seat, and plug in.  There’s a seat just for you so you can stay connected. Worried about germs.  A germ factory this is not! They clean the entire facility every 3 hours.  It’s pretty amazing, right? Well it gets better! You can even host birthday parties there! And if you need photographs of your special day, I’m the official photographer:)  Check out these photos and a quick video I took. And for more reasons to love this place, click here.

 

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BusyBees Indoor Playground

 

 

 

 

 

BusyBees Indoor Playground

Alexandria Va Newborn Photographer

Alexandria Va Newborn Photographer

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I love when parents want both family and newborn portraits.  There’s so much beautiful, happy emotions into these special sessions. Everyone seems to have a glow about them and big brothers or sisters show their soft, loving side.  It’s really a beautiful thing.  Welcome Baby C.  You are so loved!

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del ray alexandria newborn photographer

del ray alexandria newborn photographer

 

 

 

 

The Purple Goose Lookbook

The Purple Goose Lookbook Model Search was a success!  With 168 entries it was really difficult to choose.  So how did we narrow it down?  All entries were great and every single one of the kids entered were beautiful!  It didn’t really matter what types of photos were submitted, some provided professional photos while others used their iPhones. Professional photos did not sway us. Some sent one photo while others three or more. We didn’t look at the contest a beauty pageant or a popularity contest which is why we didn’t have an online voting process.  We were looking for kids that looked comfortable in front of the camera and we also wanted to create a book that had a great mix of children to represent The Purple Goose’s wide reach and fan base. So without further adieu, here’s the inaugural issue of The Purple Goose Lookbook Spring and Summer 2015!

The Purple Goose Lookbook

The Purple Goose {Alexandria Va Photographer}

At the end of the last year I had the opportunity to do a photo shoot at The Purple Goose,  Alexandria’s premier children’s clothing store, located in the heart of Del Ray, Alexandria Va.   If you live in Alexandria, I’m sure you’ve been in the store.   The staff is extremely friendly. All. The. Time! I go there because not only do they have clothes you can’t find anywhere else but for their great customer service and always lively conversation with staff.  By luck one day I was chatting with Linda, one of the owners, and discovered that their photographer had moved out of town. And talk about being at the right place at the right time, we ended up coming together to create the first ever Purple Goose Holiday Collection series. As you can see from the images below, they had the most amazing holiday dresses for little girls with the frills and the texture and matching jackets, we just had show them off! Those of you with little girls can relate to my oohs and ahhs, and I may have squealed at the pink frilly numbers. But I digress. Today I wanted to share even more Purple Goose good news!  I am the official photographer for The Purple Goose and we’re teaming up for a pretty spectacular spring project. We are looking to you, Purple Goose fans, to help us create our first on-line Purple Goose Magazine.  The magazine will be a look book for spring and summer wear as well as articles from local vendors.  We need models;  1 to 12 years old to showcase the spring and summer clothing lines.   What better models than The Purple Goose fans!  If you’d like to enter your child in our model search here are the details:

  • “LIKE”  The Purple Goose and Gena Roma Photography’s Facebook page if you haven’t already:)
  • Message Gena Roma Photography requesting to be entered into The Purple Goose Model Search with a photo of your child, their name,  age, and clothing and shoe size.
  • Photoshoot will take place on Sunday, February 22nd. Please enter only if you are available all day on the 22nd.  The shoot will take place in store, and some outdoor.
  • All entries must be submitted by February 19th 5:00 pm
  • In-house judging of all photos shared will take place on the 20th
  • Winners will be announced via  Facebook on the 20th and will be contacted by Gena Roma Photography.
  • Winners will be showcased in the inaugural issue of The Purple Goose magazine!
    • receive 1/2 off on your in-store purchase
    • receive an 8×10 photo from the shoot

Can’t wait to see your photos!  Good luck everyone!!

The Purple Goose Del Ray Alexandria Photographer

 

Baby Ethan {Alexandria VA Newborn Photographer}

Every time I have a newborn photography session, I swoon. Newborn sessions are one of the most difficult sessions yet I love doing them. The fact that I’m the one chosen to photograph this little person for his debut is really quite an honor.  It’s hard not to love what I do.  Baby Ethan was only a few days old when we met.  He had his first full night’s sleep the night before so I wasn’t sure if he would be awake for our morning session.  Baby calls the shots on all newborn sessions and if  baby isn’t ready for the session, we wait.  And wait…and wait.  We rock. Mom feeds. And we wait some more.  In the end, it’s always.  Always! Worth it.  Now back to beautiful baby Ethan. Isn’t he a beautiful,  sweet, boy?  His biggest fan by far is his big sister.  Just look how smitten she is!  Mom and Dad are fans, too; beaming with pride and thankful for their beautiful family.

Baby Ethan  - Alexandria Va Newborn Photographer

Baby Ethan Alexandria Va Newborn Photographer

Baby Ethan Alexandria Va Newborn Photographer Old Town Alexandria Va Newborn Photographer serving Northern Va and Washington DC   www.genaroma.com

South Korea Meat Farm Dogs {Alexandria VA Photographer For AWLA}

This week,  with the help of Humane Society International,  The Animal Rescue League of Alexandria (AWLA) received 23 dogs from a South Korea meat farm.  I was part of the  AWLA team that documented this transfer.  They arrived at the shelter on Monday and Tuesday night where they received immediate care and evaluation. By Friday, most of the dogs began yet another journey to partnering shelters where they will be ready for adoption. You can find more of this story here. Here’s a little of what I captured. You can also view a video of these and other images on this Post by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

South Korea Meat Farm Dogs {Alexandria VA Photographer For AWLA}

South Korea Meat Farm Dogs {Alexandria VA Photographer For AWLA}

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Thip Khao {Washington DC Photographer}

Haven’t yet heard of Thip Khao restaurant by Chef Seng? It’s the new restaurant darling of Washington DC and it recently opened.  It’s getting rave reviews! You can view the Washington Post write up here and more here. This is the second restaurant for Chef Seng, who opened Bangkok Golden in Falls Church in  2010.  Not surprising,  Bankok Golden too has received equally great reviews as seen in the Washingtonian Magazine‘s  100 Very Best Restaurants of 2014.

Before Thip Khao’s grand opening, Chef Seng invited Monks from Wat Lao Buddavong to bless the new restaurant.  The private ceremony took place with a handful of invitees.  I’m not buddhist but I do believe in their positive message and teaching. During the event, there was chanting, offering, and a bracelet ceremony where the monks bless you and adorn you with a bracelet they’ve made and blessed.  Although I was there to work, I was able to receive a bracelet. I truly felt a spiritual connection. Buddhism comes from the work ‘budhi’ which mean awaken which is exactly how I felt after the experience. I feel so fortunate to have photographed such a beautiful and spiritual event.  Thank you Chef Seng and Thip Khao for allowing me to share your special day and for sharing your delicious food.

Thip Khao {Washington DC Photographer}

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Thip Khao {Washington DC Photographer}

Alexandria based photographer serving Northern Va and Washington DC.