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. 

Food Love {Alexandria Va Foodie Photographer}

One of my first sessions in studio was a foodie one with this beautiful lady. This is Miemo from Miemonster Chronicles. She’s a local food blogger who I met by chance at one of my favorite Old Town Alexandria coffee shops.  Above being a smart , creative, and driven, she can cook! In celebration of fall, she prepared one of my fall favorites, butternut squash soup and the pièce de résistance, pumpkin creme brûlée.  Now, she doesn’t claim to be a chef but  her blog and the  passion for the culinary world she exudes makes you believe otherwise.  Her blog doesn’t stop at just food, there’s a great mix of her everyday life with her doting husband and her faithful and very adorable fur baby, Bawse. Whether it’s traveling, seeking new restaurants, cooking, or eating, Miemo is a great example of someone who truly enjoys everything life has to offer.  At the end our the session we sat down and savored her delicious dishes. I still have dreams about that hearty soup.   The food was fantastic, my company even more so with a joie de vivre that is so infectious! I can get used to being a foodie photographer:)

Alexandria Va Food Photographer

 

The W Family { Alexandria Va Family Photographer}

I’m an Alexandria Va photographer but I find myself in California once a year for a few weeks to visit family and to do a little work.  But really, photographing friends and family is hardly work. For  me it’s really fun making connections with old friends and making new ones.   Some  sessions are referrals from family and friends, while others are sessions with friends from the past.  Since I’m now on the east cost, these old friendships stay alive with Facebook such as with the W Family. I haven’t seen my friend, Jenny,  in years but I love that we were able to stay in touch and share photos, even when we’re miles apart.   With this session, it felt as if it was a reunion.   I met Jenny’s beautiful family for the first time. They were funny and really so nice – exactly the kind of family what you would hope for a friend.   It’s so great catching up with friends after years have passed, especially when there’s a happy ending. Great husband. Check.  Beautiful and such nice kids. Check. Happy family. Check.  Looking fabulous.  Double check!

The W Family Alexandria Va Family Photographer

The W Family Alexandria Va Family Photographer

The W Family {Alexandria Va Family Photographer}

Holiday Santa Special {Old Town Alexandria Santa Photos}

 

 

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I’m so happy to announce that I will be working with the Alexandria Firefirefighters Inc., Local 2141 in Old Town Alexandria,  again this year to capture Santa portraits at a very special Holiday Santa Special Event.  I had so much fun seeing all the little ones interact with Santa, some for the first time. The expression on the children’s faces; happy, excited, even scared were all really special and had the opportunity to capture it all on film!

PRIVATE SESSIONS

This year, Alexandria Firefighters Inc., Local 2141 and Gena Roma Photography is teaming up to bring something truly special to the community-an exclusive 30 minute private tour of historic Fire Station 201 and one-on-one quality time with Santa.  Your child will get to see the inner workings of the Fire Station and will have  access to their fire trucks, including the beautiful 19the century  steam engine. All this and photos of your visit and with Santa!  You will receive up to 10 downloadable images you can print from any vendor.

ANNUAL  SANTA PHOTOS AT FIRE STATION 201

If you can’t join us for private sessions, The Alexandria Firefighters Inc., Local 2141  will hold their Annual Santa Photos at Fire Station 201 Dec 6 & 13 –  10:00 am-3:00 pm and Dec 20 –  10:00 am-2:00 pm.  Annual Photos With Santa are $20 donation. Proceeds go to  The Helping Hands Relief Fund. You will receive a high resolution digital image you are able to print and have the option to purchase prints.  A gallery of Santa photos will be  presented in a password protected gallery participants can access.

 

To book your session, a $100 non-refundable deposit is required.

Book your exclusive tour now!

 

Here are a few photos from last year’s Santa Photos  event.

Holiday Santa Special Santa Portraits In Old Town Alexandria Firehouse

Holiday Santa Special Santa Portraits In Old Town Alexandria Firehouse

No Excuses! {Alexandria Va Boudoir Photographer}

 

Alexandria Boudoir Photography

 

For those of you on the fence on partaking my Glam Fusion Boudoir session, here are 10 debunked excuses.
1. I’m not in shape

I need to lose 5 lbs, I’m not ready, yada…yada..I hear more excuses about weight than I can count!  You need to know you are beautiful no matter what your size or flaws you may think you have.  With those  ‘flaws’  come assets and I want you to shout from the rooftops loud and proud of how fabulous you look. That’s why we are here. Taking photos. Celebrating your beauty- NO MATTER WHAT SIZE.  Please take 78 seconds out of your day to watch THIS VIDEO, “Totally Awesome,” no matter who you are.

2. It’s Too Expensive

Actually, participating in a Glam Boudoir session is one of the best deals out there!  You will be pampered with a make up, hair,   h’ors deouvres, and  lastly, your shoot.  You’ll also receive a 10 page 5×7 album depending on what package your purchase.

3. I am Too Old

Psst-have you heard 40 is the new 30, 50 the new 40! Age is just a number and a mindset.  Besides being wiser, I find that the older my clients are, the more comfortable in their skin. I love that we get wiser as we get older:) With that said, women are totally beautiful creatures at any age.

4. I am Shy

I can understand this. I am more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. Your shoot will be in a private studio with just me and a female assistant.  I’m easy going, I”m funny, and will make the shoot fun and I promise I’m not scary! If you want to bring your best friend to tag along, the more the merrier!

5. I Don’t Want These Photos to show up on the internet

Why do you think I don’t have that many in my on-line portfolio.  I do not slap my clients private session on my website unless they let me. Most clients want this to be an intimate session with the photographs as gifts for their sweetheart’s eyes only.  After I edit I store securely for a short time and delete all of the outtakes. Seriously – your privacy is my number 2 concern – after making you look HAWT.

6. I am Pregnant

What a fabulous time to celebrate your body! That glow is something only experienced in pregnant women, and guess what?  Having a belly–totally a good thing!

7. I don’t know what to wear

I can refer you to a stylist. She is amazing and wonderful and will work with you on YOUR style. You can wear as much or as little as you wish, but working with a stylist is something that will help you achieve the look and feel you want. And you thought stylists were only for Hollywood Starlets…I want you to feel like a star.  Stylist not your thing? No worries, I’ll have an info packet for you with all the details, including what to wear!

8. It’s Trashy

Not one little bit! I like to think my boudoir sessions are along the lines of discreet beauty- art, if you will.  My boudoir style is modern, classy, and timeless and you never have to be in lingerie, unless you want to be.  That’s why my sessions are Glam Fusions.  I’ll work within your comfort level.

9. Why would I do something like this?

Because you will finally know how hot you are. Because you want a really original gift for your partner. Because you deserve it. Because a gym membership and new clothes can’t give you the gift that these photos will give you; sense of empowerment in the skin you’re in, confidence, and an experience like no other.

10. I am Embarrassed.

Don’t be. Please.  I will do my best to help you feel comfortable through the shoot. Have I mentioned how fun this is going to be? Seriously, it’s going to be a party! You’ll be glad you did this.

See, there are absolutely no excuses! Join me and Lindsay Clark for an amazing experience.

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5×7 Little Black Book

5x7 Photo Album

Thick pages and quality metallic prints.

 

Ready To Take On The World {Alexandria High School Photographer}

Ready To Take  On The World {Alexandria  High School Photographer}

High school senior photography is one of my favorites to do. This particular session is quite special.  I watched this young lady grow up before my eyes. Shewas just a wide eyed baby, a smart and curious child and now this funny, beautiful, teen is ready to leave the nest.  I’m extremely thankful I could be part of  this special time in her life.  I told  her to expect greater things because she’s so capable of moving mountains.

Ready To Take On The World Alexandria High School Photographer

Ready To Take  On The World Alexandria High School Photographer

Ready To Take On The World Alexandria High School Photographer