Christmas Tree Mini Sessions 2017

magenta and blue Christmas tree mini session with Jessica LS Photography

This year, I was so super excited to have found the perfect spot for our Christmas mini sessions.  Located just 30 minutes from Woodbridge, VA in Nokesville, VA is a little farm called Evergreen Acres.  Known for only selling what they grow and being the only organic farm in Prince William County, they have the most beautiful Christmas trees I've ever seen.

Christmas tree themed mini session with Jessica LS Photography

Starting in June, the owner, Jim Gehlsen, actually trims every single tree to make them look like the ideal Christmas tree.  A perfect triangle!

Goofy brothers at Christmas tree mini session

Candy canes, plaid blankets, red lantern, and a tree farm pillow were the finishing touches to start this year off right.  

Tickle time at this year's Christmas tree mini session with Jessica LS Photography

And of course: tickle time!

Christmas session with Jessica LS Photography at Evergreen Acres

The families this year were on point with their outfits.  Red and black plaid, burgundy and blue, and my personal favorite: pink and blue!  But no matter the outfit, the one thing was the same on everyone.  Smiles!

Family Christmas tree mini session with Jessica LS Photography

I loved this location so much, I even brought my own family out to capture in the trees (with a little help from a photographer friend!).  

Thank you to all the families that came out to Evergreen Acres for 2017's Christmas tree mini sessions with Jessica LS Photography!  I can't wait to do them again next year!

Battlefield Manassas Family session

My son is a history buff at age 10.  Ever since he learned about the Civil War in 4th grade and then hearing that some of it happened within 30 minutes of where we live, he's wanted to visit places every single weekend.  So when I was contacted by a mom who wanted family pictures of some place that spoke about the area's history, but not wanting to go into D.C., I knew Battlefield Manassas was the perfect spot!

Family session in blue and grey at Battlefield Manassas, Virginia

If you've never been, it has incredible views from on top of a hill lined with fences that really showcase the Civil War era.  Tall trees and fields of tall grasses fill the area as well, which is perfect for any type of session.  A civil war cannon and carriages?  Yes please!

Family session at sunset at Battlefield Manassas, Virginia
Older boys in a carriage at Battlefield Manassas during an outdoor family session with Jessica LS Photography

The last time this family had portraits taken was when the youngest boys were only 5 years old.  Ten years later, we were able to capture these handsome young men and their GQ smiles.

As a military family constantly moving around the United States, this family wanted something a little more traditional to showcase their portraits in their home, like a framed wall art.  That way if it was ever damaged during transport, it could easily be reframed.  An example of a cozy little spot with their family portrait in front of the tree.

Framed family portrait in a sitting room area from Battlefield Manassas, Virginia

Then in their living room, using some of the other portraits, I was able to come up with another idea for them to really show them off.

Canvas family portraits in living room area from Battlefield Manassas, Virginia

Family sessions are a great way to update a family portrait in your home.  Our kids grow up so quickly and before you know it, like this family, one is going away to college.  Now these parents get to look at these beautiful portraits in their home every single day!

Winnie the Pooh First Birthday Cake Smash

I met this sweet little girl last July for her newborn session.  I have loved watching Emma grow over the past year and also getting to know her mom and dad more.  

newborn baby girl in gray and pink headband in Woodbridge, VA studio with Jessica LS Photography

For her first birthday, mom wanted a vintage Winnie the Pooh theme.  Of course having it outside in the "Hundred Acre Woods" would be an absolute must, but finding the perfect location took a little work.  Living in a wooden area already, I knew I could find a location that would be easy to get to and have the best backdrop for this special occasion.  

Enter Lake Ridge Marina Park.  

If you live in the area and you've never been to this park, you must go this weekend!  So many things to do and see and so many trails!

first birthday girl in basket with pink balloons along trail at Lake Ridge Marina Park with Jessica LS Photography

We found this amazing trail which was just perfect for a portrait in a basket with balloons.  Then about 900 feet in, we came across the ultimate spot for her cake smash!

Winnie the Pooh cake smash setting in the woods

This beautiful cake was created by Sweet Trix & Treats!  The attention to detail on this cake was absolutely divine and was exactly what mom envisioned. And according to mom and dad, tasted just as good!

Winnie the Pooh vintage cake for first birthday cake smash

Emma's grandmother even made this beautiful dress that matched her setup perfectly! I might have her make my daughter a few dresses - this is so adorable!!

Winnie the Pooh vintage cake smash setting with ONE letters for first birthday

I am so honored to have been a part of such a special day in Emma's first year!  Happy birthday, sweet girl!  May your second year be just as wonderful as you are!