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!

Baby's First Year Plan | Selah C.

Capturing your baby every 3 months!

I first met Selah when she was only 3 days new for her newborn session in March 2016.  Having 4 other children, mom wanted to have an in-home birth but never expected Selah to arrive so quickly. Her doula and the birth photographer never made it to her home in time!  Mom found me was she was visiting one of my dear friends who I had photographed her newborn son as well.

Being able to watch Selah grow every 3 months has been an absolute pleasure!  Babies change so quickly so capturing them every 3 months is really important to me.  But if you look back over the first year and look really closely at the triangle their eyes and nose makes, that stays the same.  It still amazes me every time.

For her newborn session, mom wanted to include a few heirloom pieces.  A beautiful quilt made by her grandmother and a stunning wood bench made by dad's father.  With Selah's gorgeous skin, it was the perfect combination!

3 month baby girl in studio session in Lake Ridge, VA

Recognize this photo?  At her 3 month session in studio, Selah was with her siblings.  They were able to get Selah to talk and talk and talk.  In the middle of all that talking I was able to capture my absolute favorite portrait (mom's too actually!).

6 month baby girl in studio with mint green blanket

I was so excited to see her again for her 6 month session because mom brought some absolutely gorgeous outfits and the cutest accessories like a little gold bracelet and ring!  Since she looked so good in mint for her newborn and 3 month session, mom and I both thought it fitting if we continued the trend.  And boy did she look amazing!

With her 9 month session being right before Christmas, we thought it only fitting that was have a Christmas theme.  Selah fit perfectly in the outfits I have in studio and loved playing with the pearls!  She was so full of smiles that day!

When the day finally arrived for Selah to have her first birthday celebration, mom had a few requests.  Her birthday cake had to be a large cupcake cake with rosettes on the top matching her peach and mint outfit.  She wanted to include a beautiful ivory dress that her older daughter had worn for her first birthday.  And last but not least, it wouldn't be a fun birthday girl celebration without pearls and tutus.

Mom left the decorations to me and on the day of the session, she arrived with just the birthday girl so it would be all about her!  Between the outfit changes, switching out the backdrops, and the cake, I would have to say that Selah had a wonderful birthday celebration!

Seeing the newborns that I capture grow over their first year is so amazing.  It truly is an honor to be able to watch these babies grow and see their little personalities come alive.  This Baby's First Year Plan was bitter sweet because mom and her family moved to Alaska shortly afterwards.  Hopefully I'll be able to keep in touch with mom to see how this precious baby girl continues to grow into a little toddler.


To learn more about the Baby's First Year Plan, see more here.