Sitting Pretty and Cake Smash Sessions

sitting pretty and cake smash sessions

I absolutely love Newborn Sessions!   Because it’s so much fun watching little ones grow, I’m now offering  Sitting Pretty and Cake Smash Sessions!

Sitting Pretty sessions  are fun and unique for babies 6-10 months old.  6 months is such a fun age. Baby is doing so much and so quickly! They’re sitting up and are really engaged with you which makes it a perfect time to document this stage. We offer a different way to remember baby with our custom Flowertot bonnets or Furbaby hats.  It doesn’t get much cuter! We can also do photos in a more simple setting too. Either way, your family and friends will absolutely love your images and you’re going to look back at these images with a smile.

I’m also happy to add on Cake Smash sessions because turning one should be lots of fun! This is a great way to capture baby’s curiosity and personality. It’s one big, beautiful mess and I love it!

Because it’s so difficult to pick from these 3 sessions, you can have your cake and eat it too!  With the Grow With Me Plan, your baby can have all 3 sessions capturing baby’s milestones; Newborn Precious and Posed, Sitting Pretty, and Cake Smash!

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Sitting Pretty and Cake Smash Session

Sitting Pretty and Cake Smash Sessions

 

sitting pretty and cake smash sessions

 

sitting pretty and cake smash sessions are fun!

Mother’s Day Mama and Me Mini Sessions

Mothers day Mama and Me Mini Sessions

For most moms,  the last thing on their minds is to be in a photo with their children.  More often than not, they’re the ones behind the lens  – capturing daily life and momentous occasions. All of this done, of course, while juggling a full family schedule! 

But, in the blink of an eye, children turn 18 (my wee ones are now 12  and 9 years old!), with their own lives and little time for photographs. 

So, slow down and celebrate mom by spoiling her with a photo session this year. This time, she’ll get to relax and feel the moment with her wee ones, the littles that celebrate her the most, her children.

What’s even better, is that all  Mother’s Day Mama and Me Mini Sessions Event fee proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic. I’ve worked with Make-A-Wish and have seen first hand how their work benefits children and their families by giving them hope.  This is a great way to give a gift to mom as well as an organization that helps kids be kids amidst life threatening health issues they are faced with. 

For just a $125 donation, you can schedule a 20 minute mini-session, and with that receive two 5″x7″ prints and a Facebook cover image with a photo from your session. There are also options to purchase more photos if you choose to.

Sessions will take place on  Saturday, May 7th in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Va.  

and  

Tuesday, May 17th  from 9:30 am- 12:30 pm at  Busybees 

It’s a bit different than the larger sessions we do, since the focus is simply and beautifully to capture mom and her loved ones because she deserves it!

There are only 10 spaces available! $125 non refundable session fee is due at booking.  please contact Gena via email or by phone 703-405-7281. 

Book Your Session: Here

Mama & Me GRP Promo with Busybees

Mother's Day Mama and Me Mini Session

 

 

mothers day mama and me mini sessions

Baby Girl A

Baby Girl A Northern Va newborn Photographer 

Baby Girl A has been hamming it up for the camera since day 1! Her fabulous Mom and aunt gush as they show me the adorable photos on her phone.  Seems natural for this cutie, who was 5 days old at the time of the shoot,  to be in front of bright lights.  In her sunny kitchen on this cold and rainy morning, it was a steamy 80 degrees. Perfect newborn photography temperature.  Yes, it has to be a warm environment to capture the cute photos.  This is why this cutie hardly made a peep and was deep in newborn slumber.  And now without further adieu and for all to enjoy….

 

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Baby Aurora Alexandria Va Newborn Photographer

Baby Aurora {Alexandria Va Newborn Photographer}

baby aurora alexandria va newborn photographer

Just a little peek at cute Baby A.   With doting parents and grandparents there, she was the center of attention.  Of course she help it!  Baby A was so sweet.  She was awake for her session but she finally succumbed to that baby slumber that awaited her.  I figured putting Baby A in soft colors would suit her sweet disposition. She’s a sweet angel and for her session I saw her floating on white clouds and soft hues.  I’m such a big fan of this cutie but perhaps her biggest fan may be her big brother who watched our every move.  He couldn’t help but be curious at what this woman with a camera was doing with his baby sister.  I told him I was just borrowing her for a bit.  I’m so thankful that families allow me to “borrow their” little ones.  I treasure every moment and I’m so happy to help preserve this fleeting newborn moment.

Baby Aurora

Just a little peek at cute Baby A.   With doting parents and grandparents there, she was the center of attention.  Of course she help it!  Baby A was so sweet.  She was awake for her session but she finally succumbed to that baby slumber that awaited her.  I figured putting Baby A in soft colors would suit her sweet disposition. She’s a sweet angel and for her session I saw her floating on white clouds and soft hues.  I’m such a big fan of this cutie but perhaps her biggest fan may be her big brother who watched our every move.  He couldn’t help but be curious at what this woman with a camera was doing with his baby sister.  I told him I was just borrowing her for a bit.  I’m so thankful that families allow me to “borrow their” little ones.  I treasure every moment and I’m so happy to help preserve this fleeting newborn moment.

 

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

Lovey Sessions

Lovey Session 2016

With great success in the past, Mudstew Photography and Design LLC and I are so happy to bring back our Lovey Session Event!

What exactly is a Lovey Session? Let’s start off with the word ‘lovey’.   In my household, when our our children were babies/toddlers, lovey is what we called their well beloved stuffed animal or blankie.  You know, the one they sleep with, eat with,  travel with, talk to, and hold near and dear when things are just not going according to plan. My daughter received a beautiful pink cat as a present when she was a baby and it was love at first sight.  She took her lovey with her on her first day of daycare. There were still tears but her lovey was there to comfort her and she couldn’t go to daycare without it.  My son also had a Lovey that he’s had since birth. He brought his Lovey everywhere, even on vacation. Although he’s a bit older now, he still has his lovey in his room!

Plenty of parents out there have the same lovey experience with their children and so we thought what better way to preserve this childhood bond and this very sweet stage by photographing this special time.

So in short, a Lovey Session is our attempt at freezing time, keeping those chubby hands and feet small a little while longer, preserving the innocence and  unabashed joy over the little things, whether it be their stuffed animal or a special outfit they love to wear.

Although I do offer Lovey Sessions throughout the year, this event is special because you’ll get 2 photographers for the day.  I’ll be shooting  with my talented friend, Lisa, of Mudstew Photography and Design LLC.  You’ll have 2 photographers on hand!

JOIN US FOR A LOVEY SESSION EVENT

WHEN:  Saturday, February 20, 2016

WHERE: 201-A E. Custis Ave., Del Ray Neighborhood of Alexandria

COST: $345 includes: 

45 minute private session (15 minute warm up and fun activity & 30 minute photo session of your little one and their special Lovey)

This session will completely center around your child and their lovey.

16×16 matted collage of your session

(Other products and framing from Artifacts, Inc. are optional)

For a 2nd child, the price is $172.  Please contact us for more information.

$150 non refundable deposit is due at booking.  Book your session HERE

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16 x 16 collage Frame sold separately.

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You will receive a matted 16×16 photo collage.

Here are some photos and a video from our previous Lovey Session Event.

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Alexandria Va Lovey Photographer

Lovey session 2016

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!  We’ll  make this a fun experience for everyone. We never rush our tiny clients.  We’ll take breaks as needed so be prepared and bring snacks! Time stand still Alexandria va photographerTime 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!  We’ll  make this a fun experience for everyone. We never rush our tiny clients.  We’ll take breaks as needed so be prepared and bring snacks! time stand still alexandria va photographer

ir special toy or lovey for a fun 1 hour session.  In studio or outdoors!  We’ll  make this a fun experience for everyone. We never rush our tiny clients.  We’ll take breaks as needed so be prepared and bring snacks! 

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}

Alexandria va family photographer

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

Baby C {Alexandria Va Newborn Photographer}

Baby C Alexandria Va Newborn Photographer

Baby C Alexandria Va Newborn Photographer

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.  The light and mood was perfect for this session. Everything was perfect including the unbelievably beautiful spring day. Everyone was warm with positive energy.  Welcome Baby C.  You are so loved!

 

Baby C Alexandria VA Newborn Photographer

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.  The light and mood was perfect for this session. Everything was perfect including the unbelievably beautiful spring day. Everyone was warm with positive energy.  Welcome Baby C.  You are so loved!