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Happy Fall, everybody! My studio is getting a transformation as I am storing some of my summer flowers and summer-theme accessories away for a few months, and unboxing “fall colors” – yellow leaves, pumkins (and orange newborn pumkin hats) and pretty seasonal wreaths. I often joke that I keep our local Michael’s store in business, and there is some truth to that – I have bins and bins of seasonal supplies that adorn my studio at the right time.

I am now getting ready for outdoor mini sessions (which are now sold out, but you can mail me and I may be able to schedule you for a weekday morning, on a case-by-case basis) and coming up with ideas for Christmas studio mini sessions (stay tunes – more to come in a couple of weeks). In the meantime, hope you’ll enjoy scrolling through my favorite newborn pictures of this sweet little man (and I think I included one with his big brother) – a sweet, subtle “boy” session that I love!

Oh, AANDDD!!!!, if you love my work and would like to schedule a studio session for your child(ren), please email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com or give me a call at 202-251-6368. I do all sessions at my Reston photography studio, which is especially geared and set up for baby and child photography.

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Dear Friends,

Can’t believe summer is almost over! Between doing summer things with my family and being swamped at the studio, it has been a great season. Since I no longer hope to keep up with blogging my favorites from every newborn sessions, thought I’d get back into posting by sharing a few from a recent, summer 2019, session with this sweet little newborn baby girl. I love being a newborn photographer! I get to meet sweet newborn clients every week, and I get to watch my returning clients grow and add to their families. I photographed a client who came back with her 4th newborn baby boy to me for his newborn photo session this summer, and it was an absolute joy to see them all again and to meet their new baby. But, back to this session. This little lady was calm, and sweet, and we got many beautiful photos and poses, and used a beautiful wreath made by Mom for her baby’s room – a meaningful and a beautiful prop that fit nicely into the session.

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I adore my returning clients. This beautiful family returned for their 3rd newborn session, and I believe I also got to see them for their maternity sessions and studio mini sessions. Now photographing 3 little ones, including a toddler and a newborn, means a lot of silly faces, toddler songs and some bribing. We got many beautiful family and sibling shots, and I am just so happy to see this family growing and doing so well, and I am even more honored and happy they return to me for their newborn sessions. Thank you, C. family!

Here are some of my favorites from the session, and I am not even including family shots (which you just have to trust me were amazing!).

And, as always, 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 baby (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. I do all sessions in my Reston photography studio (Fairfax County, Northern Virginia, DC area), which is uniquely set up for newborn and baby portraits, and where I have all blankets, props, accessories and gear.

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This sweet baby boy was so sleepy for his session, I am excited we got so many different looks, angles and poses (even some really cute smiles).

 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 baby (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. I do all sessions in my Reston photography studio (Fairfax County, Northern Virginia, DC area), which is uniquely set up for newborn and baby portraits, and where I have all blankets, props, accessories and gear.

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This sweet little man visited me all the way from Virginia beach! His mom and him were visiting family members in the area and I am honored they set aside time to come by my studio for his first baby photo session! He was so sweet and dreamy, and I think these pictures are to die for. I love that mom picked a combination of blue and bold yellow for his pictures.

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 baby (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. I do all sessions at my Reston photography studio, which is especially geared and set up for newborn photography, and I have all setups, props and accessories there.

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Happy 2019, dear friends and clients! My studio is busy as ever as I am trying to keep up with newborn clients. My 2018 was filled with so many new clients who I loved meeting and working with, and also reconnecting with past clients (just photographed their 3rd newborn for an old client of mine, omg!), and I couldn’t feel more thankful and honored that people trust me to capture the most precious moments in their families’ lives. Thank you, and I am hoping you are all having a wonderful, warm and safe winter. And, since I haven’t shared in a while, here are some of my favorites from a recent newborn session (also, a past client, I photographed this sweet little newborn lady’s brother just two years ago!).

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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 baby (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.

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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.

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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!!!

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,

Love these two! So privileged to have photographed them both as newborns! #sneakpeek

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If you love my work and would like to book a newborn session with me for your little one please email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com and I’ll write back with my pricing and availability details.

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!

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!

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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