Category Archives: newborns

Newborn sessions involving older siblings are among the most rewarding I have ever done (and, yes, some are among the more challenging ones as well, but that’s for another blog post). There is nothing better than creating memories of a newborn with his or her brothers and sisters, these are the shots most cherished by parents and, down the road (once the kids are a little older) by the kids themselves!

I usually start newborn sessions with sibling and family shots, and then one of the parents or a family member or a friend can take older brother and sister out and about or back home, and we can focus the rest of the session on Baby. With young toddler siblings I love doing “fur rug” shots – they are the safest way to create beautiful portraits of newborn with brother and sister up close. When siblings are a little older and can be trusted to hold Baby (under very close supervision of course, and oftentimes there is a parent hovering inches away or even supporting Baby – yay to photoshop magic!), I try to include sitting poses as well. Sibling shots are best done with newborn is swaddled in a cozy wrap/blanket and asleep – this way he is not a distraction for his older siblings and there is also no danger of them getting soiled if there are any (ahem) accidents.

Without further ado, here are some beautiful baby and sibling shots from one of my “pandemic time” sessions…

And of course, 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 / Herndon 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 (and an almost-excessive ton of covid-related precautions in place).

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This sweet little lady came to the studio a few weeks ago with her parents and her big brother (who is kind of still little himself and who I had photographed a couple of years ago as a newborn too!). As her parents are still waiting for their canvas order, thought I’d share these here. Hopefully these newborn photos will be a lifelong happy memory of “when she was a newborn baby”.

Hope you are all staying warm and healthy!

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 / Herndon 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 (and an almost-excessive ton of covid-related precautions in place).

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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 chasingmoments@gmail.com 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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Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! May 2021 be a whole lot happier, brighter and joyful than 2020!

With the pandemic going on, I did not blog in 2020 at all for various reasons and have kept my social media profile very low as well. I am hoping this will change, some of the though process behind the “online presence downtime” as well as a few Chasing Moments favorites coming up in the blog post or two to follow.

In the meantime, hope you and your loved ones are all staying safe, sane and healthy! Hope this recent (one of my last studio mini sessions of 2020) photo session will bring a smile to your face. This little professor came to the studio all ready to go! His Mom and Dad approached me with a “professor” concept, which we discussed and the session came together better than I could have ever imagined! Thank you Mom and Dad for your creativity and excellent chalk art and handwriting! Hope your family enjoyed the images and hope to see your little man back for some more fun sessions!

Warmest regards,

Olga/Chasing Moments Photography / Northern Virginia Newborn and Baby Photographer

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Hello All,

Thought I’d share one of my last sessions of 2019. This beautiful baby girl came to my studio with her parents and big brothers in December, and she was the sweetest little lady. We focused on a couple of timeless and clean looks, and then added a few flowery accessories with “her” special colors in as well, and between those shots as well as pictures of Baby with Mom, Dad, and her brothers, we did a fantastic job.

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Newborn sessions are often a team effort. Yes, I do the staging, and the photographing, and much of the soothing (and those little cleanups too), but really parents and big brothers and sisters (and grandparents too, when they are available to come help) play a crucial role in the overall success of every session, and when things come together it’s a team effort and we all do our best. Thank you Mom and Dad, for trusting me with the process, for being patient, and for working with me to get all these beautiful shots. Hope you’ll enjoy them for years to come!

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 / Herndon 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.

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! Hope 2020 brings you and your loved ones everything you wish for!

As my studio is gearing up for another exciting year of newborn and baby photo sessions, thought I’d share some of my favorite images from 2019 newborn sessions. I am, as always, forever grateful to have met each and every single one of my little clients and their families, and I look forward to seeing them grow as their moms and dads continue to bring them back to my studio for milestone session (note to self: great idea for a post to show some of my newborn clients “all grown up”).

Thank you all, for choosing me as your newborn photographer! It is a true honor and privilege to know that you trust me with to work with your little ones and to capture them when they are so little. I hope these images will forever bring a smile to your face as you look back at “when they were little”.

Much love! Enjoy looking at my favorite 2019 baby photos!

Olga/Chasing Moments Photography

—>>> PS!!!!!! 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 / Herndon 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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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!