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!


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.

UPCOMING TRAVEL: Switzerland & Italy

For all my European followers…yeah I know you’re out there. I check my stats and see all the traffic coming from across the pond. Well you’ll be happy to know I’m coming your way for a couple weeks (End of July – August 5) so book your appointment now! 🙂 Hahaha.

In my dreams I’d get an appointment in Italy or Switzerland! Crazy fact though; My stats do show an impressive amount of traffic to the blog/site from Italy, Germany, Turkey, Canada, Japan, but topping the chart(aside from the US) is the UK!! How awesome is that!? I definitely feel like a rock star.

International followers…I want to hear from ya!!! When can I take your picture??

News Flash | Gallery at Salon Nordine & Day Spa

I am beyond thrilled to announce the opening of my Portrait Gallery in the Reston Town Center of Reston, VA. Portraits showcasing my work as well as beautiful finishing and display possibilities are now on display at the renowned Salon Nordine & Day Spa on Freedom Drive.

Salon Nordine has been featured for its beauty & excellence by various prestigious magazines including American Spa Magazine, Washingtonian, and The Day Spa Magazine who named Salon Nordine among the top 12 spas in the country and more specifically the “Top Spa Design” in 2005.

Nordine Elabassi is originally from Morocco. The only one from his immediate family to come to the US where he put himself through school and opened his first hair salon in Vienna, VA. After conquering the world of hair he took on the relaxation realm and now has multiple thriving salon & spa locations in Northern Virginia, including Gainesville and Reston. Each location is well known for the variety of services offered as well as the matchless staff that keep clients coming back for years. They are truly some of the most kind hearted people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with.

Nordine is not only a talented stylist, brilliant business man, and doting dad, he’s also a great friend. I am deeply grateful for both his friendship over the years and this amazing opportunity to present my work in his breathless Salon and along side his respected Brand Image.

Work will be displayed indefinitely at this time. Stop by anytime to see my work first hand, explore elegant display and finishing options, check out fun product ideas or for the best hair cut & mani/pedi in the DC Metro area.

Come check it out today!

Salon Nordine & Day Spa

1955 Freedom Drive, Reston VA 20190

Upcoming Travel: Seattle & Salt Lake City

Just wanted to announce some upcoming travel dates. I’ll be in Seattle from January 21st to the 25th then the Salt Lake city area from the 25th to the 31st.

If you live in these areas and are interested in scheduling an appointment send me an email at cerina@cerinajphotography.com. Or visit the booking calendar on my website.

Upcoming Travel | Hawaii, Oahu & Maui

Well, I’m off to paradise. I’ve got a couple fun shoots lined up and am anxious to work on other side projects still in the development phase. Stay tuned for updates and feel free to contact me for a shoot if you’re in Kailua or on Oahu!

Upcoming Travel | California

I’ve got some exciting travel coming up. I’ll be in the Long Beach & Laguna Beach areas of California from October 2nd – 5th then up in LA until the 8th.

Then a well deserved extended vacation in Hawaii from October 25th to December 10th. If any interested followers are out there shoot me an email from my website and we’ll get you on the books for a session.
As always, I can’t wait to take your picture!

I’m a Limited Liability Corporation!!

Yay, I’m officially a LLC!! This is so awesome and crazy. I’ve always loved taking pictures and daydreamed about being a photographer. I’m finally at that time in my life where I’m not letting fear hold me back. I’m gonna pursue it full time! It’s an exciting and scary time for me. Keep your eyes peeled for updates and as always I wanna know what you think so give input when you can!

I look forward to taking your picture!