Fall Mini Sessions! | The M Family | Ashburn, Va Family Photographer

It’s Mini Session time!  Our first mini sessions of the year are coming up THIS weekend!  We still have a few spots left that we would love to fill.  I always wait to share the photos from the minis since many clients use them as family gifts or holiday cards.  If you’re wondering what you can expect from a mini session, here are some favorites from the M Family.

Ready to sign up for a session?  Email us to secure your appointment!  Details for this year’s offerings are below!

Fall Mini Sessions! | Ashburn VA Family Photographer

Fall mini sessions are right around the corner!  Sessions are scheduled for the 14th and 22nd of October, and this year, we are offering 3 different options for packages.  Email us with any questions and to secure your appointment!

If you’re wondering what to expect from a mini session, all this week we will be blogging last year’s sessions!

The Ashby Inn

I recently had the good fortune of helping the Ashby Inn in Paris, VA update some of their photos for the property, and did head shots for their new chef, Tom Whitaker.  I’m an avid reader of the Washington Post’s restaurant reviews and was delighted to see Tom Sietsema’s latest review of the Inn.  (Spoiler alert–it was rated very well–if you haven’t gone yet, now is the time!) Seemed like a perfect time to post some of my favorites from my recent work there.

The church is part of the Ashby and can be used for weddings!

Jennifer + David | Married! | A W Hotel Washington DC Wedding

Where to start with these two!?  Jennifer is a long time client.  I cannot express how much I admire this smart, talented, caring and beautiful woman!  She is always giving to those in need, whether its people or animals, is thoughtful in her parenting and successful in her professional life.  She’s the whole package and a total catch!  I was so happy when I found out she had found her perfect mate in David and learned of their upcoming wedding.  I was even happier when they chose me to document it!  I’m not exaggerating when I say I truly felt honored to shoot this wedding.  It was not only to join Jennifer and David, but also their kids, into one family unit–a kind of wedding that is near and dear to my heart.

The couple was married at the W Hotel in Washington DC at the height of the cherry blossom season.  It was a beautiful, albeit crowded day in the city.  Braving the crowds in the hotel, we made it up to the rooftop lounge for one of my favorite first looks ever.  They reserved the bar area for us, and we had the gorgeous backdrop of the Washington Monument through the picture windows.  I love, love, love the portraits we did up there.  With the heavy crowds, we stayed close to the hotel,  but were able to get some beautiful natural light portraits at the park across the street.

The ceremony and reception were held in the hotel.  Jennifer’s son walked her down the aisle, and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place.  The ceremony was heartfelt and emotional, an edit felt to me that the energy there was really changed after the family was officially united.  The reception was filled with an outpouring of support for the couple by all the friends and family in attendance, but especially by Jennifer’s strong group of girlfriends. It was truly awesome to see this group of women supporting her, David and the kids.  I left this wedding feeling somehow lighter, even though I was 6 months pregnant at the time!

Congratulations Jennifer and David!  It was such a pleasure documenting your day and witnessing your new beginning.

Venue: The W Hotel, Washington DC

Hair and Makeup: Style Me Bar

Planning: The One Moment Events

Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie

Florist: Reston Blooms

Ceremony Harpist: Capitol Harpist

Reception Musician: Austin Ellis

Photography: Amie Otto for Amie Otto Photography

Jeanelle + Kris |Expecting! | Middleburg, VA Maternity Photographer

You may remember Jeanelle and Kris from their gorgeous wedding back in 2013 at WeatherLea Farm.  This couple has a special place in my heart, not only as clients, but as my chiropractors who have seen me through two pregnancies (Jeanelle is amazing and will keep you feeling great throughout the aches and pains of pregnancy) as well as ongoing back maintenance which has a big part in me being able to do my job–carrying around tons of equipment, being on your feet for long stretches of time and twisting into odd positions are not necessarily easy on the back!

We did Jeanelle’s session at the Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast. I love the light there, and it was also where the couple was engaged.  Enjoy!

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