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Old Town Alexandria ClickinWalk

Old town alexandria clickin walk

I’m co-leading the Old Town Alexandria ClickinWalk with Stacey Flint Photography!  Clickin’ Moms is hosting a world-wide photo walk, and we are excited to encourage local photographers to join in.  Let’s spend time together networking, sharing our passion for photography, as well as challenging our creative skills.  Amateurs, Hobbyists and Professionals Welcome!  Here are the details: 

Our walk will take place in beautiful historic Old Town Alexandria, a nationally designated historic district founded in 1749. Bring your walking shoes and bottled water! We plan on walking approx. 2 miles around Old Town’s picturesque downtown. We have chosen an optimum route for both portraiture and street photography styles. On our walk, we’ll encounter Old Town’s cobblestone streets, brick sidewalks, brick alleys, parks, as well as the gardens at Carlyle house. We’ll share our favorite spots as we encounter a great mix of greenery, urban streets, and beautiful textures as your backdrop

Parking:
There are plenty of parking garages in Old Town Alexandria with prices ranging from $2.50 per hour to $12 all day. Click HERE for garage locations and prices.

Date: Friday, May 5th
Time: Walk starts at 9:30am
Optional Coffee begins at 9:00am (Starbucks at corner of King St and Union Street)

Walk Meeting Place:
Steps to the Torpedo Factory (Corner of King and Union Street/across the street from Starbucks)
101 N. Union Street
Alexandria, VA

Lunch afterwards: 11:30am
Virtue Feed and Grain
106 S Union Street
Alexandria, VA

Register HERE

You don’t have to be a Clickin’ Mom Member to join.

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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

 

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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. 

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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

 

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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.

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

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Coffee & Canine Event { Old Town Alexandria Coffee and Canine}

Join us at Killer ESP on Saturday May 31st from 9 am to noon for the first ever Coffee & Canine Event!  Bring your people and pet friendly pooch, grab your espresso, sorbet, or pie, and meet us in the courtyard for a morning mixer with great vendors. Enter a raffle or partake in a photo session. Winthrop Clothing Company  will be there with her very stylish dog accessories. Your pet will enjoy treats from Raining Cats & Dogs!  For more information, head on over to The 5 Project!

Old Town Alexandria Coffee and Canine

Stylish Ties, Bows, & Bandanas By Winthrop Clothing Company

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Stand out in a sea of selfies {Alexandria Va Photographer}

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!

 

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stand out in a sea of selfies alexandria va photographer

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The 5 Project {Alexandria Va Children’s Photographer}

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!

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Old Time Christmas Photos in Old Town Alexandria 2013

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.  Donations 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.

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!

317 Prince Street

Saturday Dec 7

Sunday Dec 15

Saturday Dec 21

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Gena Roma Photography

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Mother, Author, and Inspiration

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!

Allison

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