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2020 was a difficult year. I won’t miss it.

I am tremendously thankful for all of my friends and customers, who, amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic helped my business adjust and survive. I am often asked “How did you do it?” Being a newborn and baby photographer, some of the pandemic-imposed restrictions and concerns made many things difficult or impossible. This is how I did it.

I closed the studio for over two months. I refunded and rescheduled all my clients, watched the news with my fingers crossed, I dipped into some of the business savings and restructured some of my accounting. I got a puppy (ok, the puppy was a pre-covid decision but he arrived in early April, just in time to keep us all sane and distracted). I researched industrial strength cleaners appropriate for my line of business.

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When it was time to re-open, I re-opened after much hesitation. As my clients’ safety is always my top priority, I only agreed to take on a very limited number of newborn clients. Nobody else allowed in the studio. Masks on at all times. Sanitizers, wipes, extreme deep cleaning protocols, scheduling adjustments to allow several days’ between clients. Getting used to the new normal.

In 2020, I cleaned more than I photographed.

I toned down my social media presence (ok, I completely stopped all social media and blog posts). I was afraid of backlash against opening. Some of my clients felt guilty and afraid of possible backlash and negativity because they chose to do a newborn session (so I tweaked my contracts and assured them of anonymity). I had no time for online presence as I spent time cleaning and sanitizing at the studio, and trying to keep my own family safe and sane and okay in virtual school. My kids stayed sheltered and learned to wear masks even on walks where we didn’t cross paths with anyone (they also went without haircuts longer than they should have).

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The puppy grew (a la Clifford the red dog, he doubled in size every week), chewed, and I started using our home videos of his adventures on my phone to keep my littlest clients entertained at the studio. “Wanna meet my doggy?” has become one of my new studio go-to’s when I work with toddlers, replacing silly faces and peekaboos (not as fun with a mask on).

Right now, I am taking it one day at a time, and keeping my fingers crossed that the end in sight. I cancelled my gym membership as that got replaced by endless dog walks. Whether we ever return to pre-covid, or we have to adjust to the new reality of elbow bumps, masks and virtual doctors visits, we are all doing our best. The studio is open, fully operational and taking newborn clients with due dates into summer (so, 6 months in advance) and baby/toddler clients for short milestone sessions. No maternity, older kids, headshots or family sessions just yet, sorry.

2020 is now over. I still clean more than I photograph. I am open full-time, by appointment for newborn and baby clients. I just had a client drive 2 hours to see me from Maryland (thank you!) Most of my clients come from Northern Virginia, so shout out to Fairfax, McLean, Herndon/Reston, Alexandria, Arlington, Great Falls, Ashburn, Chantilly… you name it. Email me with any questions at or call at 202-251-6368.

Thank you all for choosing me as your photographer. Having been a studio photographer in business full time since 2010, I hope to keep Chasing Moments up and running another 10 years (or more)! May you all have a safe and healthy 2021! And of course, it wouldn’t be a newborn photographer post without some sweet baby photos – so here are some of my favorites from a newborn session with one of my favorite clients! Done a few weeks before the pandemic, the session turned into a printed album to match the one I made for her sister just a couple of years ago! Here we go, I am back in the blogging business!

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Ready for my big news?

This has been a couple of months in the making and I’ve been dreaming it up for quite some time. Over the last year, I felt like my photography work has outgrown the current home photo studio arrangement and I am in need of a bigger, permanent, professional studio space! Today everything finally came together!

This morning I signed a lease for a space to open my own professional photography studio in McLean VA. It will be located in the heart of McLean, in McLean Professional Park, and will offer full studio services for pregnancy, newborn, baby, children and family photos. It is conveniently located for all my Northern Virginia clients within and outside of the Beltway, in a beautiful professional community that caters to small businesses like mine. Besides the photography studio space, the suite offers full amenities, including a kitchen, a bathroom (with a shower), and free wifi.

I am soooo excited! I’ll be moving in next week and will be ready to welcome my first clients in early February!!!

I have for a long time debated whether I should post personal stuff on my photography blog or even on facebook page. Recently, I decided in favor of sharing an occasional personal “day in life” to allow friends, fans and clients of my photography business to get a glimpse into what’s going on in a photographer’s daily life. My inspiration has been the community at “Learn Shoot Inspire”  and the amazing work of LSI members capturing their “days in life” (check out the “life unscripted series” on LSI).

So, without further ado, here is a morning in the life of a photographer-mom : ) (Apparently, I am in a continuous quest for coffee, as evident in the photos below).

I heard Baby wake up at around 6.30am, I let him hang out all by himself for a bit (just enough to check some emails on my iphone) and then my day was off to an early start. Grab Baby, go downstairs to answer some emails, check out LSI : )

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Toddler woke up a bit after 7am. Give him iphone with a movie, shower (with Baby in the bouncy seat in the shower), go downstairs with kids only to realize there is no more fresh coffee to brew. Microwaving yesterday’s coffee.

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Kids playing while I figure out what’s for breakfast. Not much. I try to have my coffee, then it’s cold again, so I give up on it. The stack of boxes/envelopes on the table is the stuff I have to mail out to clients today. (Post office runs with two kids in tow are fun!)

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Need coffee. And wipes. Going to the store to get both. Stop by starbucks on the way to get a cup of fresh brew, which I only have a sip of and then take home with me.

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Baby messing with Brother’s toys and books while Brother watches Umi Zoomi. Baby is starting to get fascinated with what’s on tv (good or bad?)

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Brother’s had enough tv. Time for Baby’s morning nap. Notice the starbucks coffee on the ledge, almost full. Meet our cat.

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My sweet baby boy is asleep. Phew! Now may be some time for myself (coffee?)

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The starbucks coffee is cold. No problem, to the microwave! Writing client addresses, answering some emails. Ah, breakfast! Big Brother playing in the living room.

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storyboard for chasing moments photography day in life

Thank you, pinterest! Just when Toddler was about to have an epic meltdown I remembered that I can throw together a rocket ship for him. Let’s make it two rocket ships. Happy now!

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Hungry. Also, forgot about that coffee in the microwave. Whatever, I’ll brew some fresh coffee…

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Baby’s up. Time to go get him. Toddler told me “no more camera, mommy” (Thank God! As is, this is too many pictures!). So, off we went to have lunch, to the post office, to the playground. By 5pm I still had not had my coffee, so I stuck the boys in the car and went to drive-through starbucks. Bliss. Boys are napping in the car and I’m finally getting my caffeine.

Cheers !

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