2019 Year in Review | Lifestyle Newborn Sessions Northern Virginia

Lifestyle Newborn Sessions

Lifestyle Newborn Sessions

2019 was a huge year for me! Not only did I get to photograph 40 new babies I had baby #3 of my very own! We welcomed Grace Susan 4 weeks early on February 27. It has been so much fun photographing my own baby along with all my client’s newborns this year. We’ve bonded over the recall of the Rock n Play and talked about how to get more than 2 hours of sleep a night. I’ve avoided the baby fever most newborn photographers get from cuddling babies because I can come home and cuddle my own!


Even though I’m based in Fredericksburg Virginia I travel from DC to Richmond. Last year I did at home lifestyle newborn sessions in Alexandria, Herndon, Springfield, Lorton, Woodbridge, Arlington, Fairfax, Dumfries, Manassas and Stafford to name a few. I’ve lived and worked all over Northern Virginia so it’s fun to go to these different cities and drive past an old apartment or job site. It definitely takes me down memory lane!


I’ve become a bit of a toddler whisperer over the year learning how best to entice 2-3-year-olds into photos with their new siblings. It’s a lot like convincing groomsmen to stick around for bridal party photos. Thank goodness I had 10 years of practice in that before switching from weddings to newborns! In fact, I’ve put together several IGTV videos to prep parents on how their newborn session will go with a sibling. You can check them out here: Siblings in Newborn Sessions


You’ll notice quite a few furry siblings in this round-up of 2019 photos. I realized that if you have a dog then I’m definitely going to pick an image featuring your baby and your dog as one of my year-end favorites! I loved capturing all the pups in the nursery hanging out and for the especially chill ones, we were able to get some great photos of baby and puppy. A tip from our own newborn session I’ve been passing along is this. Don’t lock your dogs up or away from the session if you want them to be in any photos. While it definitely seems easier to put them in another room or outside till we need them it will actually ramp them up more. Let them get through the excitement of having someone new who comes with her own smells wear off and things will go much more smoothly. I have two dogs of my own so I’ve been licked, jumped on and had my equipment bag sniffed within an inch of its life. Your dog is totally fine!

Lifestyle Newborn Sessions

Now enjoy some of my favorite images from 2019!

walker family alexandria newborn photographer 227
greenfield newborn photographer alexandria va 238
Dietz family lorton newborn photographer 193
riehl newborn photographer stafford va 139
byrne newborn photographer arlington va 151
wang family alexandria newborn photographer 110
koda fredericksburg fresh 48 session 120
page family newborn photography fredericksburg va 159 1
wu family herndon newborn photographer 122
thalman family woodbridge va newborn photos 186
darling newborn photographer springfield va 155
wallace woodbridge va lifetstyle newborn session 141
walker family alexandria newborn photos 2
vitale newborn photographer herndon 121
van landingham family newborn photography alexandria va 142
trautwein family alexandria newborn session 165
sullivan family fredericksburg newborn photographer 167
strausser family newborn photography alexandria va 185
simons family manassas newborn photographer 177
richards family stafford va newborn photographer 128
persky family arlington newborn session 152
Novelliere newborn photography woodbridge va 192
mott family waldorf newborn photographer 176
longwell newborn photography fredericksburg va 177
lezotte family alexandria newborn session 101
kuntz newborn photography alexandria va 170
horalek family newborn photography springfield va 171
holley family ashburn newborn photographer 216
Heubi family fredericksburg newborn photographer 133
hetzel family fredericksburg va newborn photography 138
harger family fairfax newborn photos
gregg family leesburg newborn photographer 163
stetz family alexandria newborn photographer 177
polardino newborn stafford va 155
flynn newborn alexandria va 187
febbraro family fredericksburg newborn session
Bugg family burke newborn photographer 119
ainsley falls church va lifestyle newborn session 151
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