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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

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.

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!

Sweet baby Lorelei saw me for a short newborn mini session last winter, and I can’t believe I haven’t posted these beautiful images until now. She didn’t want to miss anything during her newborn session (see that wide awake smile she is giving me?) but we did get some gorgeous sleepy shots. My favorite is the one with her “lovey”! newborn photographer in fairfax va

Thought I’d share my favorites from a newborn stock sessions I photographed last year.  Logistically, newborn stock sessions are identical to how I would work with private newborn clients. The only difference is that I need to make sure to not use any logos, commercial brands, or proprietary designs as part of the session because the final images would be available for commercial usage by print publications, online designers, and product developers around the world. World, meet baby N, who was a rock star model for his first commercial photo session!

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Dear friends, this year I had an amazing and humbling opportunity to meet over 100 newborn babies for their first photo shoot. Thank you, my wonderful newborn clients of 2015, for trusting me with your precious babies! I am so honored and happy you chose me to be your newborn photographer, and I hope you’ll find a lifetime of love and enjoyment looking at your baby’s newborn pictures.

By way of a recap, here are some of my favorites from 2015! I am hoping to see many of these little ones grow return for their sitting, rolling, crawling, 1-year cake smash and other milestone sessions!
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Have a very Happy New Year!

With love,

Olga/Chasing Moments Photography

Beware, a huge overshare (keep scrolling, there are four sets of images)!

Baby L is one of my last newborn sessions of 2015, so I thought it would be a great way to wrap up blogging for this year by showcasing the best and my most favorite images from his session. Sessions like his are very representative of my current style and looks I love – clean, simple, timeless, focusing on Baby and a couple of factors most meaningful and important to the family (notice the subtle winter and Christmas theme and the few images with elements of Dad’s military background).

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And – yes – these are all images from a single newborn session, it was about 3 hours, and we got a full set of shots on the blue blanket, with three props, and with mommy and with daddy and with both parents. Baby L. was a dream sleeper and I am so happy with the end results – there is plenty of variety in terms of posing and looks, yet it all looks consistent and the pictures go well together! alexandria va newborn photographer_02 alexandria va newborn photographer_03 alexandria va newborn photographer_04

If you like my work and want a photo session for your newborn baby, please contact me at chasingmoments@gmail.com  or call me to get more information and to schedule your session! I have years of experience photographing newborns and babies and I guarantee you’ll love the photos! For more examples of my work, please see newborn galleries on my website: http://www.chasingmoments.com

This post is for moms. Whether this is your first baby or your fourth, I want you to read this before your baby’s first photo shoot.

Chances are, you are sleep deprived, feeding your little one every 2-3 hours. You are also probably tired thinking about and taking care of the million little things that need to be done between the feedings. You are also recovering from the delivery and handling all the emotional and physical changes in your body. All in all, you may not be feeling quite picture perfect, rested and refreshed, and you may not be wanting to be in the photos with your baby.  I am saying this not to put a damper on motherhood and those precious first days with Baby. It’s just my way of saying “I hear you! I know what it feels like!” and “It’s okay” because, realistically, many new moms know what I am talking about. preparing for a newborn sessions_for moms_01

So, if you are not feeling picture-perfect before your Baby’s first photo session and if you are not sure if you want to be in front of the camera, please consider this.

I have photographed hundreds of newborns with their parents. I use flattering angles, poses, composition and lighting to help you look your best. I will pose you, so you don’t have to worry about it.

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I will help you adjust your hair, hide your bra strap and smooth out wrinkles on your shirt before taking the shot. Basically, I will be there not only as your photographer but as your girl friend who wants you to look your best. I will also say silly things to keep the conversation light and do everything I can to help you feel your great, happy, beautiful self in front of the camera.

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I will help you position and hold your Baby just the right way, so you don’t have to worry about that in advance.

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You can bring your make up to the studio and take some time to powder your nose while I am photographing your Baby (this way, you don’t have to rush to do make up at home), and you can bring a special shirt for pictures and put it on for a few minutes of “on camera” time (and hang out in your sweats and your ‘cozy’ shirt during the remainder of the session).

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So, if you are in doubt, let’s take some pictures with you in them and then you can decide if you want to order any prints or not – ultimately, it is you choice. But this way, there won’t be any regrets down the road about not being in the shot with your newborn Baby.

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I absolutely understand that there are many valid reasons to focus a newborn session on Baby only. I just do not want the reasons above (sleep deprivation, exhaustion, not feeling your best, etcetera) to be one of them.

Please feel free to email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com or comment here with any thoughts and ideas you have on the topic! I’ll be happy to elaborate on this post to include helpful links and expert suggestions or personal stories.

On a personal note, I do not have any portraits of myself with either of my boys when they were newborns (oh, the irony!). The couple I do have when they were a little older are among my most treasured possessions from their baby-hood. So, going back and taking pictures with my newborn baby boys would rank high on my to-do list if I had a time machine!

If the above makes sense to you, if you have been thinking in the back of your mind that you will have other things to worry about when Baby is born and you did not want to do a newborn session because it may be “too much”, but you are now may be changing your mind – get in touch with me! Email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com to book your session and I promise-promise-promise, these pictures will be lifelong treasures.

Email me to book and with any questions: chasingmoments@gmail.com

Cheers,

Olga

 

 

I offer two types of newborn sessions to my clients: newborn “mini” sessions and newborn “full” sessions. Here is what you need to know when making a decision to book one over the other.

1. Duration: “Mini” sessions are shorter and last about 1.5-2 hours as compared to 2.5-3 hours, on average, for full newborn sessions. Please keep in mind that these time frames are average (for example, a “full” newborn session can only last 1-1.5 hour if Baby is very sleepy and we can achieve all the looks fast, whereas a “mini” session may go all the way to 2 hours and possibly even past that).

2. Main focus of the session: “Mini” sessions are designed as a special time to focus on Baby only so Mom and Dad sit back and relax during Baby’s first photo session while I work my magic photographing their little one to create beautiful memories of his or her baby-hood. “Full” sessions are split between photographing Baby and taking family shots and shots with mommy and daddy alone.

3. Number of setups: “Mini” sessions include 2-3 setups while “full” sessions include 4-5 setups plus shots with parents and siblings. A “setup” is either a (a) blanket for achieving poses similar to the ones in this gallery, (b) a prop such as crates, benches, or bowls as in this gallery, or (c) wrapped shots on blankets or furs or in props. There are considerations of pose transitions, prop transitions and sequencing when planning for either session, and they have a distinct rhythm and flow.

fairfax newborn photographer_014. Size of the proof gallery: Naturally, shorter sessions with fewer setups result in smaller proof galleries, and “full” newborn sessions on average yield twice more images in the proof gallery to order from. I guarantee about 20-25 images in the proof gallery for mini sessions, and about 40-45 images for full sessions.

5. Scheduling: Full sessions are longer and take more time to retouch and deliver to show clients. Consequently, they take up more time on my schedule and are more difficult to fit in last minute. I commonly pre-book “full” sessions for months in advance. Mini sessions, on the other hand, are much easier to schedule and chances are I will almost always find a time in my schedule to fit one in. In any case, I urge you to always drop me a line (just fill out a contact form here) to see if I am available for a last minute session. If you are interested in a “full” session, I may be able to fit you in if my other scheduled newborn clients arrive a bit before or a bit after their due date and I have an opening in my calendar.

6. Turnaround: Usually, since mini sessions are shorter and I have fewer photos to touch up and set up in the gallery, I deliver them to clients for viewing and ordering faster. This is not a formal guarantee that I write into my contract, it just happens naturally as a result of my business workflow

7. Commitment of time and effort: Overall, “full” sessions require a greater commitment of time and effort. They are longer, and they imply that both mom and dad arrive to the session, and bring along their outfits for photos, and that Baby’s older siblings cooperate (and that they can skip school on that particular day). Mini sessions are super easy on parents: usually Moms arrive alone with Baby (especially if Dads return to work; no need to worry about doing it alone to bring the car seat, diaper bags, or special items to the studio – I will come out to your car and help you out and to the studio), and they just sit back and relax or take a nap on my couch while I photograph their Baby. No need to pick and coordinate outfits, remember to bring makeup, or bribe siblings for photos. fairfax newborn photographer_02

When clients ask me whether they should choose a full or a mini session, my go-to answer is – “it is a personal choice, and I suggest you choose whatever fits better with your life and your priorities right now”. Many first time parents are overwhelmed, and it is natural for them to just want to focus on the baby (so, yes, I get many “first babies” for newborn mini sessions). Many second-, third-, and fourth-time parents also sometimes choose to go with a newborn “mini” because they are juggling older kids’ schedules and routines, and want to keep their newborn’s session separate from family photos. Many want the convenience of a shorter session, or they want to schedule another session for later when their spouse or other family members are available. Many know for sure that they want to focus on their Baby only and they want the special photo experience to be all about their little one.On the other hand, many first time parents are so excited about their sweet new Baby that they definitely want to be in the pictures with him or her. And for many families with older siblings it is easier to have me take a portrait of the entire family with the baby as well as of pairs and groups (parents with baby, siblings with baby, family all together), so they choose the “full session”.

Everybody’s reasons are unique, and different, and the reason I offer two distinct types of newborn sessions is to meet the needs of my clients.

If you are ready to book your newborn session, email me at chasingmoments@gmail.com with your due date, and of course also feel free if you have any questions, or any ideas to make your session special.

This sweet newborn baby girl was one of my clients from last May, I love the soft pink and beige color scheme we used for the session, and the awake shots are just priceless!

Speaking of “awake” shots, I am always very happy when I get “open eye” shots during newborn sessions. Typically, newborns have not yet fully developed eye coordination, and have difficulty looking straight and focusing on objects or faces immediately in front of them (I am sure pretty much every parent has seen the more common newborn ‘cross-eyed’ look or a ‘sideglance’, which is incredibly sweet and expressive but – I must admit – makes for silly pictures).  Therefore, whereas parents love to get open eye shots during their newborn sessions, they are relatively difficult to “get right”, and it is just pure newborn physiology and nothing your photographer or parents can do about.

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