HALF-OFF November Sessions

promo-pic1Things have been crazy and as we enter the holiday season they will surely get crazier! If you’re going to be around the week of Thanksgiving grab one of the few spots available before it’s too late and cross family pictures off your to-do list!

Session Details:

  • 45-60 minutes
  • Immediate family only
  • Download ALL images from your session, fully edited and in hi-res from online gallery (25 images minimum)
  • Print release included
  • 10% off any print/product orders placed before December 14th, 2016. Product Guide
  • Shoot location must be within 20 miles of Leesburg, VA
  • For ideal lighting purposes, sessions begin between 3:30pm-4:00pm on selected date
  • $400 session fee required to hold your session date. Click here to make payment
  • No refunds. Will work with you to rescedule due to poor weather
  • Select from available sessions below and contact me to confirm.

SESSIONS STILL AVAILABLE: (Session begins at 3:30 or 4:00pm, for ideal lighting purposes)

  •  Saturday 11/19
  •  Sunday 11/20
  •  Monday 11/21
  •  Friday 11/25
  •  Saturday 11/26
  •  Sunday 11/27

LIMITED SPOTS OPEN…BOOK NOW! Feel free to contact me with any questions.


NEWS | The Deal is “Sealed”

It’s official. A few weeks ago Justin & I were sealed in the Washington DC Temple. Aside from the 95 degree weather that felt like 105 degrees. It was perfect. Absolutely perfect.

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I wanted to take this opportunity to spotlight our AMAZING wedding photographer and friend, Alyssa Saylor of Alyssa Saylor Photography who is responsible for all of the stunning pictures below.

I met Alyssa at a photography workshop I attended 2 years ago in Asheville North Carolina. I think we both came in search of similar things and I felt immediately drawn to her. During a portion of the workshop we each shared some of our own work and I fell in love with her vintage inspired photography style and knew that when/if I ever got married I wanted her to do our pictures.  In fact, after we got engaged and set the date, with all the arrangements that needed to be made, the first thing and BEST THING I did was contact Alyssa. It was an answered prayer that she was available on our date and made the trip in from Tennessee to photograph our wedding! A HUGE and unexpected bonus was that another girl we met at that workshop, Jenny Carroll (as ever photography), came in from Utah as a second shooter. SO AWESOME!!

They did an amazing job taking control of and managing our HUGE families and wedding party, while still capturing the special moments and little details happening all around.  Here are some of the images we’ll cherish forever.

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NEWS | Off to Asheville for the Wildflowers Workshop!

The eve has come!  Tomorrow I leave for Asheville North Carolina to attend the workshop of one of my favorite photographers ever, the renowned and highly sought after, Joy Harmon Prouty of Wildflowers Photography; featured in/by Parenting Magazine, The Maternal Lens, Reverie Blog, and Access Hollywood as she’s the choice family photographer of celebs including Minnie Driver.

I’ve been following her worked for a couple years now and am continually inspired and constantly in awe of the creativity she brings as well as the beauty, whimsy, and “freeness” (is that a word?) she so effortlessly captures in her sessions. See for yourself in these images of hers from just a few of my favorite sessions.

WHAAAAAT!!!?? I’m sure now you can understand both why tonight feels like Christmas Eve and why I’ve been acting like a giddy child counting down the days. From delving into the “how to’s” of creating themed shoots that really tell a story, to exploring the antique shops of Asheville, to gaining insights into better balancing it all, I can’t wait to wake up tomorrow! So excited!

Tune in soon for pictures from the Wildflowers Workshop and our themed shoots, including a “cowboys & Indians” family session!!

AHHHHH!! I’m never gonna fall asleep tonight

COMING SOON | Boys, Boys, Boys!

Funny that just a couple months ago I was thinking to myself  “man, I’ve done tons of newborn sessions with little girls but so few with baby boys.”  No sooner than that crossed my mind 4 newborn sessions were booked and ALL BOYS!! Needless to say things have been pretty busy for me lately. Just a couple sneak peaks for now but here are some of the precious newborn sessions to be looking for in the next week or so!

MY WORLD | Two Bums I Would Die For

So I know this isn’t a legit photo shoot picture but I can’t not share it and I’m not too old for “show and tell” right?

So…we were getting the girls ready for bath time and as they excitedly stood there watching the tub fill up I made a mad dash for my camera and am so glad I did. This moment is perfection. Say, with her rain boots still on -just standing there poking her bum and G, holding her toy whale ready for some bath time fun. Ahhhh, I could just die! I know I’m an overly obsessed aunt but are these not the cutest little bums you’ve ever seen!!

SALE | Gap Kid’s Red White & Blue Event!

Just a quick note to let you know one of my favorite places for cute prop clothing,  Gap,  is having a fabulous President’s Day sale with unto 40% off  selected styles! Including these stunners that my niece may or may not be getting for her birthday next month!

Happy Shopping!

CHRISTMAS CARD | The Orchard Shoot

I loved designing this Christmas card for the Comey’s from their shoot in Apple Country, Washington State. You may notice with many or most of my card designs I tend to use minimal graphics and designs and focus a lot on the images. It’s something I’ve found I do subconsciously. I just love looking at people’s faces without distraction. This years Comey Christmas card is no different. Designed as a 5×7 Flat card and printed with beautiful double sided UV Coating. Check it out and see how grown up our beautiful Gia is getting.




Just wanted to share the newest Birth Announcement Creation to get your creative juices flowing. This was designed and ordered as a 5×7 Flat card with UV Coating on both sides for a quality gloss finish.

If you can think of it – I can design it.  Here is Brynn’s Big Debut!



INSPIRATION | Dreamy Tones

I came across these first couple photos online and just stared awestruck for several minutes getting lost in their dreamy dreamy warm tones and captivating imagery.  I love how so much emotion and feeling can be in an image without even seeing a face which is usually what we use to express emotion and feeling. As mentioned previously the tones. Oh the tones, the tones, the tones. Somewhere in just about every image you can find all the colors of the rainbow and theres an etherial mystical feeling that brings…which I LOVE.  After much research I was finally able to track down the genius behind these beautiful images and found many more that I quickly fell in love with. Metin Demiralay, a Turkish photographer in Ankara is responsible for the following photographs. Enjoy!


So…The Pioneer Woman blog may be old news to some of you but if not this is your lucky day. I downloaded these 2 action sets almost 2 years ago but have been slowly recollecting my favorite sets again after my computer completely crashed last month. Though I’ve paid for many many sets of actions and textures these  2 Free sets from The Pioneer Woman blog are still on my short list of must haves. The 2 sets include multiple b/w, color boosting and vintage actions. Some examples are below.  Here’s the LINK. ENJOY!


I love long layovers so I decided to break up the long flight back to DC with a nice Utah pitstop. I’ll be in the Alpine & Provo  areas from November 5-12 so let me know if you’re ready to get those Christmas Card pic taken!

Here’s the link to the booking calendar. Hope to see you soon!



IT’S ABOUT TIME!!! That’s all I have to say. It’s been almost 2 years and I’m craving me some paradise.  Last time I was in Hawaii I captured some of my favorite images of all time and had a blast doing so. I’ll be on Kauai From the 29th of October to the 5th of November and would love to take some pictures.

Book your appointment now! Here’s the link to the booking calendar.

What to Wear | Family Sessions

Deciding what to wear for a portrait session when it’s JUST you is a difficult decision so when you’re trying to coordinate wardrobe for the whole family, the decision can get a bit overwhelming.  For that reason I’ve put together some tips that will help your family portrait experience be one of minimal stress and maximum enjoyment.

What to Wear | Engagements

A lot of people have a hard time when it comes to choosing their wardrobe for Engagement pictures so here are 10 tips that will hopefully give you some guidance and confidence as you prep for your big day. Well, your big day before your BIG day!

FREEBIE | TEXTURES from Lostandtaken.com

I was so excited when I found these great textures the other day and was even more excited when I realized they were FREE!! So I’m spreading the love. Here’s the LINK to a texture gallery  at lostandtaken.com  with over 100 free textures in over 30 categories such as wood, brick, concrete, rust, moss, leaves, paper, subtle grunge, wallpaper, bubbles, glass and more but my favorite set is the Bokeh set! ENJOY!!

I’d love to see what you do with these so please share! Send me an email and your work may be featured on the Cerina J. Blog.