Solo portrait sessions are increasing in popularity due to the social media culture today. Never before have your portraits been so visible to so many. Your face is stamped on all your social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For some, your profile pic is even on your email. For business owners or entrepreneurs, the pictures on your website really becomes part of your brand. Today, your customers have googled you and your company before stepping foot in your store or office. This then makes your website, including your profile picture, your client’s first impression. Make it a good one. Whether you want photographs for personal or business reasons, make sure you seek a professional to help you stand out in a sea of selfies!
On this Valentine’s Day, I thought a share a few of the photos from our Lovey Session Event at the Old City Press & Co. Lisa from Mud Stew Photography & Design LLC and I had so much fun capturing these little ones and their special lovies. To the parents who joined us, we hope these photographs bring a smile to your face at every glance. They sure did bring a smile to ours. And to the children who delighted us, may you always have an open heart and beautiful friendships. For more images, you can view The 5 Project video.
How adorable is sweet Baby E?! She is definitely the happiest baby I’ve had the pleasure to photograph and I’ve photographed a lot of happy babies. Baby E and her parents were in town to visit her favorite aunt and uncle and what a great way to commemorate her trip with loved ones than with photographs. Yellow was such a fitting color for her sunny disposition on this somewhat gloomy day in November. Happiness was definitely inherited. This lovely family was so fun and was just a pleasure to work with. We had a lot of laughs which made it really easy to capture these beautiful moments.
So you just got engaged during the holidays. Congratulations! Gena Roma Photography now offers engagement sessions just in time to help you get the word out.
Engagement sessions start at $500. Includes:
- up to 2 hour session
- professional makeup
- album for guest signing
Let’s create beautiful, stylish, photographs for your announcement.
For The 5 Project’s 1st event of 2014 we will be offering Lovey Sessions at the Old City Press January 31-February 2, just in time for Valentin’s Day.
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 or 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 has a Lovey that he’s had since birth. Although he is really into Mine Craft and all things digital these days, I’ll still find his lovey on his bed.
The photographers of The 5 Project all 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 will be 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.
A Lovey Session will will include your little one and their own special lovey. The location will be at the gorgeous Old City Press & Comapany in Old Town Alexandria- right across the street from 5 Guys! It’s a gorgeous space filled with natural light.
This session will completely center around your child and their lovey. We’ll have a warm up period for your child with a fun activity and then they’re off to their 30 minute session.
For more information about this event, please visit The 5 Project.
I am very excited to announce a very important collaboration! Over a year ago, a group of women photographers in the area and I, started a monthly gathering. Just the 5 of us geeking out over our passion for photography. We shared ideas, discussed styles, critiqued work, and went on magical photography excursions with our kids together. I have learned so much from these women and not just skills on a technical level but I learned so much about myself. These women not only inspire me, but they continue to push me to become a better photographer, a better parent, a stronger person and they’ve become a very solid support system.
Throughout the year, we had a chance to work together so it was a very natural progression to start working on bigger projects, which led to the creation of The 5 Project. The 5 Project will take on larger jobs that Gena Roma Photography can’t handle on it’s own such as large scale events, weddings, preschool portraits, and community projects.
We have an upcoming project with Old City Press & Co. in Old Town Alexandria. I have a big announcement on this event on Wednesday so stay tuned!
Meanwhile, feast your eyes on Old City Press & Co.’s space. They are a letterpress printing company and design studio. Stop by to purchase paper goods or better yet, join one of their letterpress workshops. Visit them for more information!
After the busy holiday season, I had a mini break just to sit back and do absolutely nothing but spend lovely time with family and friends. Now, I’m back to the grind and feel really energized to start the new year. As I’ve stated in my New Year’s post, I’ll be drawing inspiration from my past this year and hope to incorporate past experiences and lessons into my photography. My style won’t change. My aesthetic will remain clean and modern with a classic twist. This doesn’t mean I won’t grow as an artist or move forward and learn. It’s just that towards the end of 2013, I’ve realized that images in the past that I may have been scrapped are now back on the table. I also realized that I was once open as a newbie photographer and shared more of myself and shared more photos on the blog, which I scaled back once business took off even if a little. Life became busy and if I didn’t blog about a session immediately, it was likely that it would be posted for sometime or ever (exhibit blog from yesterday). I will be better at this! All in all, I think this is just part of an evolving process for my art, for me and for my business. My passion for photography and my job is still great and continues to grow!
This session I’m posting today, with friends during the height of 2013′s cherry blossoms, really sparked a lot of upcoming projects this year; projects that spawned from the love of our children, the time spent with loved ones, and capturing magical moments. This day was magical. We all dragged our kids out of bed at 5 am, drove in the morning darkness, and struggled to find parking. We all managed to find each other, enjoyed the sun rise, each other’s company, and the frolicking children. And the donuts! We can’t forget the donuts!!
I thought I would share a family photo I took a while back but didn’t have time to post on the blog at the time. Funny to use photos from the past to ring in the New Year. I think it’s quite fitting. I’m really looking forward to what the year brings, but while I look forward to the future, I will also be looking to the past as my inspiration. More on upcoming projects next week! For now I wish you all a year filled with blessings. A big thank you to the fabulous S family for this session and giving a beautiful send-off to 2013 and welcoming all the possibilities of 2014!
Join me and Mud Stew Photography & Design LLC., for photos with Santa. Come by Fire Station 201 in Old Town Alexandria to take photos with Santa and their beautifully restored steam engine from the 19th century. Fire Station 201 still operates as a fire house today.
This event is sponsored by Alexandria Fire Fighters Local 2141. Your $20 donation will go to Helping Hands Relief Fund
You will receive your digital images via a gallery within one week of your event. In the gallery you can download your images directly to your computer or purchase products at a 30% discount.
Click here for a sample of the most recent session
If your little one isn’t quite too fond of Santa yet, we’ll find a way to get a great story of your visit to Fire Station 201! See you there!
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A few months ago I had the pleasure of photographing Allison Brennan. If you love romantic thrillers, then you’re familiar with this New York Times and USA Today Best-seller. Allison has authored over 20 novels and short stories. Yes, that’s over 20 and she continues to write more! I met her at a quaint and sunny bookstore, Time Tested Books. It was a cold day with the early morning sunlight streaming through the windows. Beautiful light, exposed bricks, wood shelves, and the charming reading nooks made this an ideal location and I felt as if I was in a storybook setting. Allison’s arrival to her success is also somewhat of a grand story to me-one of those feel good movies.
I always seem to take away a little something from people I photograph and meet along the way and that’s one of the reasons why I love my job. Allison is such an inspiration for me, as a woman, a mother and a small business owner. She is one of those I’ve met along the way who will stay with me. You see, not too long ago Allison had a full time job but had dreams to write a novel. At first, she wrote when she could- early mornings and after the kids were in bed. She was able to juggle family, work, and writing but with obstacles, feelings of uncertainty, and stress. Thankfully, she continued on her path to follow her dreams without compromising what’s truly important to her, family life. Working moms often have this inner dialogue on whether or not we’re providing enough of ourselves to produce a thriving career and a happy and healthy family environment. A balance between the two is really difficult to achieve so when I come across women who have succeeded in creating a happy home and work life, I take notice and feel hopeful that this inner struggle we women have sometimes can be peacefully resolved. Bravo, Allison!