I typically don’t do “Fresh 48″ portrait sessions.  But this was a special exception.  This little guy is my NEPHEW!  This newborn session took place at Fairfax Hospital.  I know from my own experience these first few days (and weeks) are a complete blur so I wanted to capture these memories for my brother and his wife.  I can’t tell you how excited I was when I got the news that Leo had arrived.  I raced over to capture these beautiful moments as Jon & Cori’s family met little Leo for the first time.  One of his aunties is all the way in South Africa so she joined in via skpe. I may be biased but I have to say Leo is REALLY darn cute.  It was awesome being able to photograph all of the emotions and joy of this spectacular day.  Be on the lookout for more pictures of Leo on the blog soon!!

Fresh 48 newborn session at Fairfax Hospital
parents welcoming their first baby at fairfax hospital
labor and delivery ward and fairfax hospital
newborn baby at fairfax hospital
Newborn photographer at Fairfax Hospital Virginia

little newborn meeting his parents for the first time in fairfax, va
time to say goodbye after meeting grandson at fairfax hospital

Fairfax Hospital Newborn Photographer

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So this beautiful little lady was just as sweet as could be and slept like a dream.  She definitely looked like a princess, but shouldn’t she though?  With two older brothers she deserves to be treated like a queen!!  I had a wonderful time photographing Quinn.  She is already loved so much (mainly by her big brothers who wanted to smother her with kisses).  Look at her all curled up looking so sweet.  It’s like she’s smiling knowing how spoiled she will be!

Sleeping newborn during her portrait session in Leesburg, VA
Newborn posing like a champion in Leesburg, VA
Newborn baby girl in Ashburn, VA

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Hello handsome!!  I mean, really.  Could this kid be ANY CUTER!!??  Look at that full head of hair!!  Pierce was just a dream to photograph.  He was super sleepy and did I mention he was just the cutest baby ever?  He looks just like his daddy.  I have known Stacie and Cabby for many years and it was such an honor and pleasure that they chose me as their Arlington baby photographer!  Big sister Annabelle was just the sweetest.  You can tell she is going to be a great big sister.  Already helping (and bossing) baby brother around.  These two beautiful children are super blessed to have such amazing parents.  I hope I get the chance to take more pictures of them over the years.  

Arlington county photographer specializing beautiful baby photography

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I truly had a blast photographing Thanh and Raymond.    We had so much fun and the conversations were a flowing.  This was truly one of my most favorite couples and I didn’t want to leave!  You can certainly tell that they are a match made in heaven.  Raymond was making us laugh the entire time and was a great photography assistant for me.  Thanh is an aspiring photographer herself (right now she shoots as a hobby, but I see great talent and successes in her future).  So it was even more of an honor that she selected me as her Leesburg Maternity Photographer!

Leesburg Maternity Photographer specializing in natural light portraits


Here we are having a great time, there were so many giggles and smiles I captured throughout our portrait session but these were some of my favorites.   This is love.

Beautiful black and white maternity portraits
The best time for maternity portraits is in the 8th month

Our intentions were to go to a second location to get outdoor portraits but their back yard could not have been any better for our setting!!  The lush greenery and perfect directional light provided us some dreaming portraits during Golden Hour.  Congratulations Thanh and Raymond, I know you are going to make great parents and take the best care of that little baby boy!!  I can’t wait to see pictures, I know he’s going to be a cutie!!

South Riding maternity photographer traveling on location for maternity portraits

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From time to time I share helpful information for other photographers to make their business as successful as possible.  Today I am honored to be featuring guest Blogger Ana Brant who will be sharing some helpful information that maternity and newborn photographers can use to better prepare their clients for their portrait sessions.

The Best Time to Capture Pregnancy Images, WHY We Do It, And Preparing Your Maternity & Newborn Clients For Their Session


When Is The Best Time?

“As a Maternity/Newborn Photographer, the one question I hear over and over again is, “When is the best time to have pregnancy photos captured?” Another question I get asked is, “Why does one have pregnancy photos taken?”

The first questions vary so much that I decided to write a quick 28 page guide showing examples of various bellies in stages 22 to 29 weeks. After having three children of my own, I know that the body changes often from one child to the next.

While we often tell our clients between 28-32 weeks, you can see in the below referenced guide, it truly varies by body type. Give your clients a guideline, while educating them that if they are past the weeks you have given them it’s still ok.”

You can view the Guide here

Why Do People Have Them Taken?

The next question often asked related to the reason that pregnancy photos are captured. I often have people say to me. “I didn’t even know it was a thing!” As an adopted child, one thing I know for sure is, that the reason I capture my own images is to leave a part of my own personal legacy behind for the next generation. Each client that chooses to capture their image is also making the decision to preserve a part of their own personal legacy, which becomes part of our history. If we focus on the reason as to why we take pregnancy photos, it often can help ease even the most camera shy people.

How To Prep Your Client?

Lastly, I want to share how we help our clients BE PREPARED by providing them with PRE SESSION BROCHURES. They know when to take photos, they know why, now we like to help them prepare for their session so they can be nice and relaxed and look amazing!

We have a newborn brochure and a pregnancy brochure that explains the following for pregnancy and newborn:


Scheduling baby (we suggest 7-10 days)
Nursing Moms Food List
Packing list for shoot day
Our studio list of items available (i.e. wraps, props, etc)


Session Fees
Time to photography pregnancy
What to wear
After the session

My clients tell me they love these brochures because they come via snail mail and they can take it with them for shopping or ideas. It really doesn’t take long to create these, and it will not only help prepare your client, but remind them of why they chose you for their photography!

About the author:

Ana Brandt is a maternity/newborn photographer based in California since 1999 and writer for Artsy Couture.




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