Dear Friends,

Can’t believe it’s been a year! Christmas/Holiday themed studio mini sessions 2018 are here again! Check out the setup and book yours now: http://chasingmoments.bigcartel.com/

These sessions are for KIDS ONLY, and will be held at my Reston studio located at 11715 Bowman Green Dr., Reston. This year, I have set aside 4 dates for Christmas mini sessions:

– Sunday, November 18
– Monday, November 26
– Sunday, December 2
– Sunday, December 9

Please scroll down for session information and details.

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What/Session Details:
– 15-20 minutes of photography time
– Babies (6 months and older) / Kids ONLY
– 1 setup (as shown)
– Gallery of 10-12 edited images to choose from, ready within 3 days of the session
– 5 high-resolution digital images of your choice delivered via email
– Additional high resolution digital images are $50 per image
– Orders are non-refundable; rescheduling or credit towards other sessions/products available based on photographer’s availability
– Missed sessions are non-refundable
– Price includes sitting fee and high resolution digital pictures via email
– Standard contract terms and conditions apply.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Standard terms and conditions apply to all sessions. You will receive an email with a link to process a brief session questionnaire and the contract shortly after purchasing your mini session. Questionnaires/contracts are due within 24 hours of purchase to complete your reservation.

Please notice that in the past peak times/dates and weekends sold out FAST, so please purchase yours as soon as you decide! If you are interested in the session but cannot make any of the dates, let me know and I’ll fit you on a date that works for you.

Please do not hesitate to email me with any questions and comments at chasingmoments@gmail.com! I look forward to seeing many of you again this year!

Olga/Chasing Moments

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As I am catching up on blogging, I’d love to share this sweet session I recently photographed for a newborn baby girl and her family. Mom wanted to include a girly theme with feminine colors, and a couple of Cinderella and Moana themed shots (but not over the top). I love how the session turned out, and so did her family! newborn photographer_arlington va_111

If you love my work (check out more of my newborn photography in the galleries on my website) and would like to schedule a newborn session for your little one (I book 6 months in advance of the due date!), please email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com or give me a call at 202-251-6368.

Olga

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Thought I’d share this mini session I recently shot with one of my favorite little girls ever. I photographed both her and her older brother as newborns, and they have been regularly coming back for milestone, family, and mini sessions! Studio mini-sessions are perfect for babies, toddlers and young children because they are short, easy, and not very demanding on either the little one or their parents, and you can get a lot done in a short span of a session! Short session, lots of fun, and beautiful milestone photos  – check, check, and check! Northern virginia baby photographer mini sessionsIf you have a little one and want to book a short mini-session with me at my Reston studio, please feel free to email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com or call me at 202-251-6368, and I’ll be happy to get you on my schedule!

Happy upcoming Halloween y’all! (Oh, and your mini session can be Halloween-themed too by the way! Boo!)

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I just love it when a setup comes together so perfectly! It was wonderful meeting this sweet little lady, her parents and her “big brother” (sweetest German shepherd I ever met!)

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I am in Northern Virginia, so if you love my work and need to and want to book a newborn session with me please email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com and we’ll get you started! I am now booking clients with due dates into winter of 2019!!!

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I had the privilege to photograph this sweet baby boy last week, and thought I’d share some of my favorites from his newborn session. We wanted an all gray/blue color scheme, and I think the photos really go well together!

If you love my work and want to book a newborn session with me, please send me an email at chasingmoments@gmail.com. I am now booking clients from all over Northern Virginia and Washington DC metro area with due dates all the way into January 2019 (can’t believe I just typed 2019!!!)

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Can’t believe I am making this post in August, but here it goes. I am now booking newborn sessions with due dates into January 2019! My fall schedule schedule is nearly fully booked (still have openings here and there for select weeks, and I also have more flexibility for “newborn only” sessions), and my December schedule is getting booked up as well. As one of a small handful of full-time boutique commercial photography studios dedicated to newborn photography in Northern Virginia, I have been asked so many times “whey should I book my newborn session?”. My answer is always the same “book as soon as you decide that you want newborn photos!”

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It is a known fact that wedding photographers should be booked well in advance, and clients know to do their research and book ahead. Unfortunately, things are different when it comes to newborn photography. I still hear quite often that clients “did not know they had to book the newborn session so early.” Let’s just say some of my past clients email me as soon as they hit the 12 week mark 😉

If you love my work and need to and want to book a newborn session with me please email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com and we’ll get you started! Oh and check out adorable newborn photos from this little man’s photo session.

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In general, my recommendation (whether you book me or somebody else) is to research and book your newborn photographer as soon as you decide you want a newborn session. I always try my best to fit clients in, but unfortunately often I just cannot when my schedule is fully packed and it is heartbreaking to have to turn clients away. While I spend a lot of time at the studio with camera in hand,

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I don’t know about you, but I am ready for spring! As a Northern Virginia studio newborn photographer, I do most work indoors, but I love that spring makes people think about brighter, more cheerful colors, flowers, cherry blossoms, and being outdoors.For brand new parents, spring is a wonderful time to take their newborn for a stroll and enjoy all the season has to offer. I, personally, am excited about warmer temperatures, fresh spring air and the germy winter season coming to an end! As a newborn photographer, I am always paranoid about every sneeze and cough because I want to make sure I am 110% healthy when working with newborns, so I always get extra anxious in winter (the few clients who’ve had to wait a few extra days for their newborn session to make sure I am not sick – thank you for being patient!). My own school age kids know all too well about washing hands religiously. We’ve been mostly spared this winter (except for a couple of rounds of nasty stomach bug my boys picked up at school) and haven’t had to deal with colds or the flu, knocking on wood!

I guess you already figured I am thrilled about spring! I still have a couple of newborn photo session openings left in April and May, but my summer and September are filling in like crazy so if you are expecting and thinking of looking up a newborn photographer in Northern Virginia, don’t wait too long! Most of us, full time professional newborn photographers book up for months in advance, so grab your spots sooner rather than later.

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If you are looking for a professional newborn photography studio that’s not at a photographer’s home – my studio is conveniently located in a small business community across from Reston Town Center, seconds from the Toll Road and easily accessible from most of Northern Virginia. It is dedicated to photographing newborns and is fully stocked with hats, wraps, blankets, headbands, props of all shapes and sizes and backdrops (especially flowering spring time ones!)

If you love my work and would like to get more information about booking a newborn session with me please email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com and I”ll write back with my pricing and availability details.

Enjoy spring, friends!!!!!

Much love!

Your newborn photographer,

Olga with Chasing Moments

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I was so happy when Ms. A.’s mom reached out to me to schedule her newborn session! I photographed her brother as a newborn a couple of years ago and was thrilled to see A’s parents again and to meet their sweet little girl. Now, Ms. A was a little fussy during the session and didn’t want to miss a thing, so of course I did my absolute best to get as much variety and as many different looks as poses as we could and we ended up getting many beautiful shots to fill her gallery and to create a beautiful 20×30 canvas collage to match her brother’s from his session.

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If you like my newborn photography work, if you need beautiful photos of your newborn and if you are expecting in 2018 please email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com or call me (202) 251-6368 to schedule your newborn session. I am now booking clients with due dates into summer of 2018!

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Miss A. was a last minute booking for her newborn session in late November, and luckily I was able to fit her in to come in just days before Thanksgiving. Now, I typically book up for months in advance, but since, as we all know, babies don’t usually arrive on their due dates I occasionally get an opening to take on a last minute inquiry if one of my clients delivers a couple of weeks before or after her due date. She was a few days past the alleged “perfect newborn photography window” (I am not a fan of this concept and terminology, but that’s a subject for another post, for now I”ll just say that any time is a good time to photograph your baby!), but we got perfect pictures even though she was a bit fussy and wanted to stay cozy in the wrap.

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If you like my newborn photography work, if you need beautiful photos of your newborn and if you are expecting in 2018 please email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com or call me (202) 251-6368 to schedule your newborn session. I am now booking clients with due dates into summer of 2018!

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Running a successful photography business is only about 25% about photography. Clients often ask me how many sessions I do per week and why I can’t take on more than I typically do. The simple answer is – I just don’t have the time. There’s the editing, consults, studio maintenance, ordering, accounting (omg, don’t even get me started on how much I dislike accounting and all that goes with it), website upkeep, shipping and packaging, emails –  these are all “necessities” I can’t run my business smoothly without! Then, there are all these other things that are “niceties”, optional things that I can choose to do if I have time. Unfortunately, blogging is one of the “niceties” I would love to do more of, but I just don’t have much time for. Every year around New Year’s time I make a resolution to blog more, to post more sneak peeks, to share more tips, ideas, behind-the-scenes, articles and personal stories, and every year I more or less fail at it. So, I am trying again this year:)

I am going to start by sharing the last session of 2017! I was in the midst of my much-awaited Christmas break when a long-time client reached out to me with a last minute request. She just had a baby girl and decided she wanted a session! I had photographed her 1st baby, a boy, and then had him back in the studio for milestone photos, and she is one of my really favorite clients (some people you just really like, right?!) so I couldn’t say “no”. I scrambled to find a date that worked between Christmas and the New Year, and was so happy to see her and her sweet toddler and to meet their new addition for her newborn session. I think I got some really wonderful shots of this sweet little lady while her mommy and big brother got to have some quiet time – just the two of them – hanging out and playing quietly while I worked my magic.

We did some prop shots on the bed, in a bowl with flowers, and in a rustic wood crate with a teddy bear stuffie – love how they turned out, the bowl shot with flowers is my favorite!

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I also did some posed shots using a gray-pink color scheme, as suggested by Mommy, and couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out! With a combination some classic side-lying and tummy-lying poses, wrapped shots and portraits, the overall session really came together nicely. oak hill newborn photographer_02

Finally, some teddy bear magic! We did a teddy bear set up with her big brother, and I just had to have a teddy bear shot in the gallery for this little lady’s newborn photos!

oak hill newborn photographer_03If you like my newborn photography work, if you need beautiful photos of your newborn and if you are expecting in 2018 please email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com or call me (202) 251-6368 to schedule your newborn session. I am now booking clients with due dates into summer of 2018!

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Dear Friends,

Without further ado, here it is, my annual post of all my 2017 newborn clients! Thank you to all my wonderful 2017 clients who I had the privilege to work with, I hope you had a fantastic 2017 year and looking forward to new adventures in 2018!

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If you want similar images of your sweet little one and if you are expecting in 2018 (I am now booking into summer of 2018!) please email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com or call me (202) 251-6368 to schedule your newborn session.

With love,

Olga/Chasing Moments Photography

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If you are a prospective client and you are wondering about newborn session flow and prop selection, the one thing my past newborn clients will tell you is that I ask about their favorite colors or preferred colors for the session, and if they want to incorporate a specific prop, look, pose or theme. Gender-specific color scheme are always classic and popular, blues and grays for boys, and pinks, lavenders and purples for girls. I do have a lot of blanket color choices at the studio and I always remind parents who are not sure about their likes that they can also go with a gender neutral color scheme (creams, greens, yellows, browns) and use brighter bolder colors (such as teal, tiffany blue, coral, mint, navy blue, red, or orange). In the session below, parents chose mint, cream and brown as main colors for their baby girl’s session while keeping the overall feel of the session clean, simple and not too girlie (no flowers, frilly accessories, headbands, etc). Oftentimes, the simplest set up and look works best to highlight baby’s features! My favorites are the orange/coral/blue knit hat on the teal  and the little bear in the crate! fairfax va newborn photographerIf you like my newborn photography work and if you are expecting in 2016 or 2017 (I am now booking clients with due dates into February 2017!) please email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com or call me (202) 251-6368 to schedule your newborn session.

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I always try to get as many different looks from every pose I do during my newborn sessions. It means adding hats, outfits, wraps and blankets as well as changing angles and zooming in and out. This way, Mom and Dad can pick their favorite from each set up, and I can compose collages with images that complement each other beautifully in terms of posing, lighting and color schemes (for example, the first collage below has grays and greens as two main colors, with teal and cream elements to complete the look).

herndon newborn photographerIf you like my newborn photography work and if you are expecting in 2016 or 2017 (I am now booking clients with due dates into February 2017!) please email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com or call me (202) 251-6368 to schedule your newborn session.

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As my kids returned to school this week, and the busy fall photography season is starting (September and October are my busiest newborn photography months!), I am playing catch up with my blog posts. It is a very long shot, I know, as I am two years behind on posting my favorites from clients sessions. Yet, I am an optimist! So, here is a throwback to a beautiful newborn session from 2015! This little man arrived to the studio with his own sports gear, and looks like he enjoyed his very first photo session! I wonder if he is now getting into baseball or football!

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If you like my newborn photography work and if you are expecting in 2017 or 2017 (I am now booking clients with due dates into February 2018!) please email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com or call me (202) 251-6368 to schedule your newborn session.

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Dear Friends,

I finally got around to putting together my annual collage of my favorite pictures of newborn babies I had the privilege to photograph in 2016. I know that a lot goes into consideration when parents choose me as their newborn photographer. As my business has grown over the years, and as I have grown as a photographer over the years, I have come to learn and realize that one of their most important considerations is trust. Yes, trust. New mommies and daddies trust me not just to photograph their tiny newborn, but, more importantly – they trust me with their baby for the 2-3 hours that I get to be his or her photographer.  Trust. I am the one they get to trust with their newborn. I get to hold, swaddle, snuggle, soothe, settle, clean up, feed, burp, and, ultimately, pose for pictures. So, from the bottom of my heart, I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all my newborn clients. Thank you for trusting me to care for your baby while he or she is in my hands for the newborn session.  Please know that your baby’s safety and comfort are always my top priority (way above pictures and poses).

Phew! So, before I start tearing up, here they are – newborns of 2016! <3

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If you like my newborn photography work and if you are expecting in 2017 (I am now booking into August of 2017!) please email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com or call me (202) 251-6368 to schedule your newborn session.

With love,

Olga/Chasing Moments Photography

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Hi All,

I am excited to meet all the participants next Saturday morning at Claude Moore Park for the annual Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk. The official photo walk time frame is 7-9am, we will leave at 7am sharp from the Visitor Center meeting spot.

Yesterday morning I went out to the park thinking to grab a couple of test shots before next weekend and ended up staying a while. I would definitely recommend bringing whatever lenses you have, so you can grab a range of wide angle, macro and telephoto shots (plenty of opportunities for all these at Claude Moore), if you have a polarizing filter – that would definitely be a plus!  Also, this being a morning photo walk (dew and all), I would also suggest wearing water proof hiking boots. Below are some shots from yesterday (all taken with my 35mm prime, probably not the best choice of lens for walking around Claude Moore, but I literally grabbed my camera with whatever lens was on it yesterday morning so that’s what I had to work with).

We will start at 7am, walk around the two fishing ponds (the sunrise is at 7.05, and starting around the fishing ponds will give us an opportunity to catch some sunrise reflections). This is also where I wished I had my telephoto and macro lenses with me.

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Then we’ll proceed to the historic buildings behind the ponds. By about 7.30-7.40am you can try to capture sunbursts peeking through the trees and around the historic buildings. This area offers many opportunities for photographing macro, nature details, and interesting textures and scenes with light spilling over through the trees.

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There is also some awesome old equipment to photograph…

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And don’t forget your tripod!

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If you have any follow up questions, feel free to email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com. On the morning of the walk you can reach me via cell at 202-251-6368.

See you on Saturday!

Olga

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You may have seen this handsome little man as part of my website slideshow – this picture of baby J. is among my favorite newborn pictures ever! I love everything about it – the pose, the sweet baby, the way the hat fits him just right, and the bright yellow, imho, exudes everything bright, sunny and happy about the world around us. Any color scientists among us? What say you?

Mommy and daddy received a newborn session as a gift, and they even brought their own “hot air balloon” setup with them (which was so awesome to photograph! I love adding custom touches and personalizing the sessions in ways that are meaningful to parents!). They ended up loving all the pictures from the session, which makes me one happy photographer! Here we go, Baby J (who is probably now an active toddler, keeping his mommy and daddy super busy)! herndon newborn photographer

If you like my newborn photography work and if you are expecting in 2016 or 2017 (I am now booking clients with due dates into February 2017!) please email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com or call me (202) 251-6368 to schedule your newborn session.

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Is it too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day?! I know, I know! First, we are all looking forward toward fall foliage (awesome here in Northern Virginia), pumpkin flavored everything, hay rides, fall festivals, Halloween and possibly even a mini session or two with your favorite family photographer ;)  In any case! I came across this beautiful session from last Valentine’s Day (Yes, 2015! I am a year and a half behind on blogging!) in my storage and realized I haven’t shared it yet! I love it so! This sweet little boy’s due date was February 14, so Mom brought this awesome bow and arrow set for her little Cupid, and we also incorporated red and blue (for Superman). And don’t get me started on how much I love the family shots from this session – just perfect!

Okay, enough bragging, enjoy the pictures and, by the way, I am totally buying some very cute Valentine’s props for 2017 (and, yes, I am now officially booking into February 2017!!!!!)

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I do not post examples of older newborn sessions (done for for babies between about 4-5 weeks of age and 3 months old), so here is an example! Older newborn sessions are different in their dynamic, flow and the type of images I aim to get as compared to traditional newborn sessions (done for babies under about 2-3 weeks old), but they do result in beautiful photos. Just look at this sweet little lady! At around 3 months old, not only did she let me capture some awesome tummy time and held her head up perfectly, she also did beautifully for family pictures and pictures with mommy and daddy, AND she rocked a couple of outfit changes AND then she fell asleep so peacefully that I could get some sleepy shots!

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Whereas my studio mostly focuses on newborn photography, I do take a limited number of older newborn sessions! So, if for some reason you did not get around to doing sleepy, posed portraits of your newborn baby, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get beautiful pictures after the 2-3 week mark. Please send me an email at chasingmoments@gmail.com for older newborn session availability and information, I’d love to hear from you!

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