Purcellville, VA Maternity Photographer | Ashley's First Glimpse

"A mother's joy begins when new life is stirring inside... when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the first time, and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone"

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Quiet Side Photography specializes in simple and timeless maternity, newborn, family, baby and child portraiture in Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia. Including the cities of Purcellville, Round Hill, Ashburn, Leesburg, Hamilton, Berryville, Aldie, Fairfax, Reston, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County and Washington DC.

I would love to create a custom portrait experience for you and your family. Contact me to begin planning your session.


Northern Virginia Family Photographer | Sunset Family Session

The life of a boy mom, I know this very well. Our days are filled with noise and dirt and lots of bathroom humor. But boys have this incredible gift to bringing us mamas to the edge, and then turn to us and say, "You are the best Mama in the entire world". Yes, boys can be loud and can be very messy, but they are also so kind, so gentle, and boy oh boy, do boys love their mamas. 

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I met this Mama and all her boys to my favorite location for outdoor sunset sessions, 48 Fields, for their annual family portrait session. I have had the honor to have photographed this family since the beginning of their family.

You may remember last year's family session. If not you can find it here. But that evening the sky got very dark and eerie. As soon as the last clicked the shutter for the last time and we said our goodbyes, the sky opened up and it poured. Thankfully, this year, we had nothing but clear skies and beautiful warm sunshine!

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Hair Provided by: Emily at Jenny's Salon

Makeup Provided by: Melissa Franklin


Quiet Side Photography specializes in simple and timeless maternity, newborn, family, baby and child portraiture in Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia. Including the cities of Purcellville, Round Hill, Ashburn, Leesburg, Hamilton, Berryville, Aldie, Fairfax, Reston, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County and Washington DC.

I would love to create a custom portrait experience for you and your family. Contact me to begin planning your session


Baby William's First Glimpse | Northern VA Baby Photographer

"When the evening shadows and the stars appear
And there is no one there to dry your tears
I can hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love"

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Quiet Side Photography specializes in simple, organic and timeless maternity, newborn, family and child portraiture in Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia. Including the cities of Purcellville, Round Hill, Ashburn, Leesburg, Hamilton, Berryville, Aldie, Fairfax, Reston, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County and Washington DC.

I would love to create a custom portrait experience for you and your family. Contact me to begin planning your session.


Emma is TWO! | Purcellville Baby Photographer

"A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give"

-Laurel Atherton

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I can not believe that my baby is 2. My baby!!! The one who was just born what seems like 2 minutes ago, is now two years old. Time just flew by the third time around.

My Emme girl has been such a joy in our lives, and our little sunshine. She is almost always happy and her smile lights up our hearts. After two boys, it is so wonderful to experience a girl. She is so different than her brothers. She sits back and watches more, observing, she is already turning into such a little mama and making sure everyone is okay and comfortable. She often comes up and just starts rubbing our backs or stroking my face with a look of concern as she asks "you ok, mama?".  She loves her baby dolls and wearing everyone's shoes and carrying around "backpacks". But don't underestimate, this girl. She's a tough one. Maybe my toughest kid. I guess you have to be with 2 older brothers. As much as she has her quiet moments, she can hold her own in a wrestling match with her brothers. She is starting to become much more independent than her brothers were at this age. She hates the carseat, stroller, highchair, anything that restricts her. She's a big girl, and has places to go, she can't be slowed down or restrained.

Emma loves all things Moana and Poppy ("Trolls"). She loves her brothers so much and always wants to be with them. She adores her Daddy, and has him wrapped around her finger.

Emma is always always always dancing. I personally, can not wait to sign her up for dance lessons one day.

I love her crazy hair that no matter how much we tame it, it becomes unruly in no time. I hope her curls stay forever.

She is a sweet girl with a huge heart and so caring. She's a spitfire. She is a wonderful addition to our family.

Recently, I took her out to do her 2 year old pictures. And I will say, she loved every minute of being in a pretty dress and having some one-on-one time with her mama, hamming it up for the camera. These images truly capture who she is now. But my absolute favorites were when she was getting tired. When she began sucking her thumb and playing with her neck. This is something she always does, but I know it won't last forever. But it is something that I love about her.

Happy 2nd Birthday, sweet baby girl!

We love you so much and we are so excited to watch you grow.

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Quiet Side Photography specializes in simple, organic and timeless maternity, newborn, family and child portraiture in Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia. Including the cities of Purcellville, Round Hill, Ashburn, Leesburg, Hamilton, Berryville, Aldie, Fairfax, Reston, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County and Washington DC.

I would love to create a custom portrait experience for you and your family. Contact me to begin planning your session.


Meet Kate | Loudoun County Photographer

Since I'm enjoying this (early) Holiday week with my family, I thought it would be fun to do something a little different, and introduce myself.

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Hi! I'm Kate, the face behind Quiet Side Photography.

Here are 10 Facts About Me you Probably Didn't Know (and maybe some you already did):

1. I am originally from New England, and moved to the DC metro area in 2012. I currently live in a small town in Western Loudoun County, and I truly love where I live. The mountains, the farms, the wineries...I love it all. But as much as I love it here, I feel most at home when I return to the rocky coasts of Maine. The majority of my family still lives on Coastal Maine, and I take any chance I can get to get back up there. I love hearing the crashing waves, smelling the salty air, and the muted colors of a foggy day. I feel most like myself, and most at peace when I'm sitting on the rocks next to the ocean.

2. The greatest thing that has ever happened to me was becoming a mother. I have 3 children (2 boys- ages 6 & 4, and a girl who is days away from turning 2). They are my everything. Not every day is easy, 3 young kids without any family nearby and a husband who works long hours and running a business, but they are worth it. So so so so worth it!!!! I can't imagine a day without them.

3. My husband and I met way back in high school. We went to different schools in the same town and had a lot of mutual friends. After school ended, we went our separate ways, and we re-met at a funeral of one of our mutual friends about 6 years later. The rest was history. Fun fact: My mother and step father re-met at a funeral too!

4. I am extremely sentimental. I love traditions and telling/hearing family stories, I love having mementos of my family's history around. My favorite personal items all have stories attach to them.

5. My most prized possessions are my Christmas ornaments. My mother started a tradition when I was born that each year I get a new ornament to open on Christmas Eve. I have continued this tradition with my children too, and pretty soon, we may need to have a second tree. We have a very specific way of wrapping them up each year, so I know what year I received them and by who (if different from my parents). Having the Christmas tree up with a lifetime of memories all over its branches, makes me so happy.

6. Other than Christmas, my other favorite holiday is the 4th of July! Probably because I have always spent it in Bar Harbor, ME with my family. When we were little, my cousins and I always dressed in matching outfits for the parade. And now that we are all 30 somethings- sometimes we still do :) Watching the parade, then having a lobster cookout with all of my extended family, and finishing the day with fireworks, makes my heart sing. I look forward to the 4th each year, and I always get very sad if I can't make it up to Bar Harbor for it. I love sharing this tradition with my children now too.

7. I love The Office! I probably know every line, and yet, it still cracks me up every single time I watch it!

8. I love Lilacs, Azaleas, and Rhododendrons because they remind me of my grandmothers. And I am excited to plant them in my garden in our new home

9. I am introverted. And even writing this blog makes me a little uncomfortable. I am much more comfortable behind the camera then in front of it. But I am trying to put myself more out there and out of my comfort area.

10. I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. That's a lie, I always knew I wanted to be a mother. It was always my dream. But for work, outside of the home, I really struggled all growing up. Photography kind of fell into my lap. I always had a camera in my hands growing up and I always enjoyed taking pictures. I always loved looking through the family photo albums. I always surrounded myself with framed picture displays of my friends and family. But I never thought of a career in photography. And then I had my first child, and as cliche as it is, that is when my more serious photography journey began. Once I opened my business and developed friendships with other photographers and became part of this amazing community, it really clicked for me. This is where I belong. I love what I do. I love creating beautiful portraits to be cherished by your family for a lifetime. This is what I was meant to do.

 

So that is me, in a nutshell. And I would love to learn more about you and hopefully one day, photograph your beautiful family!

 

Purcellville, VA Family Photographer | Miles Family Sunset Session

Family is Everything!

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I think one of the greatest joys as a mother is watching your children become best friends. To know that your children will be life-long allies, to know they will always be there for each other, in good times and in times of heartache. That they will always have each other for support and encouragement. To know that they will always have the greatest bond that only siblings can have. They share their childhood memories, they share your love. They are all pieces of you. There is no greater gift you can give to your child, than the gift of siblings. They may not always agree, but their love and friendship for each other bonds them together for a lifetime.

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Hair & Makeup provided by: Melissa Franklin

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Quiet Side Photography specializes in simple, organic and timeless maternity, newborn, family and child portraiture in Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia. Including the cities of Purcellville, Round Hill, Ashburn, Leesburg, Hamilton, Berryville, Aldie, Fairfax, Reston, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County and Washington DC.

I would love to create a custom portrait experience for you and your family. Contact me to begin planning your session.


Family Time | Out of the Office

I will be out of the office for next few weeks to enjoy the sweet summertime and spend time with my family.

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Photo Credit: Jenny Cruger

I will still be checking my emails, but I may be a little slower to respond. Thank you so much for your patience while I create beautiful memories with my own children.


Quiet Side Photography specializes in simple, organic and timeless maternity, newborn, family and child portraiture in Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia. Including the cities of Purcellville, Round Hill, Ashburn, Leesburg, Hamilton, Berryville, Aldie, Fairfax, Reston, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County and Washington DC.

I would love to create a custom portrait experience for you and your family. Contact me to begin planning your session.


Welcome to the World, Emmett | Northern VA Baby Photographer

"We never know the love of a parent, till we become parents ourselves"

-Henry Ward Beecher

One of the greatest honors as a newborn photographer is being able to photograph first time parents. There is something so special about these sessions. Because becoming a parent for the very first time changes your life, it changes who you are, it changes how you see the world. You prepared for months for the day you saw his face and held him in your arms for the first time, and no matter how you imagined it, it was nothing like the actual moment when you saw his face and held him in your arms for the first time. You never knew that you could love like this before. You knew you would love your child, but you had no idea just how powerful that love could be. You quickly realize, your entire life, your entire world, is wrapped up in this tiny person. And from that moment on, nothing would be the same again. For you are now a mother. You look down at your little boy, and you see yourself, you see your husband. And you have never had more purpose in your life before.

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I absolutely love how simple and timeless these black and white portraits are of this beautiful family of three! But, what you can't tell from these images is that sweet baby Emmett had the best red hair! I'm a sucker for redheads (and secretly wished I was one), so we had to capture his beautiful head full of red hair for his parents to remember forever. After all, neither of his parents predicted red hair when the imagined what their baby boy would look like. I love fun surprises like that. And I am sure that baby Emmett will be full of surprises for the rest of his life.

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Mother's dresses provided by the Studio Wardrobe


Quiet Side Photography specializes in simple and timeless maternity, newborn, family, baby and child portraiture in Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia. Including the cities of Purcellville, Round Hill, Ashburn, Leesburg, Hamilton, Berryville, Aldie, Fairfax, Reston, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County and Washington DC.

I would love to create a custom portrait experience for you and your family. Contact me to begin planning your session.


The Gessner Family | Purcellville, VA Family Photographer

" 'Family' isn't defined only by last names or blood; it's defined by commitment and by love. It means showing up when they need it most. It means having each other's backs. It means choosing to love each other even on those days that you struggle to like each other. It means never giving up on each other"

-Dave Willis

I have had the honor of photographing this beautiful family of four, since before they were four! The little guy here, was one of my first newborns I have ever photographed. Over the years, they have entrusted me with their family memories, and for that, I am eternally grateful. I love seeing how much their beautiful boys change and grow over the years, and how their love for each other only grows stronger and deeper. They are a beautiful family inside and out.

This gorgeous night, we headed out to my favorite location for family sessions, 48 Fields. Not only is this location the perfect backdrop with the beautiful fields that I love so much, but it also is the perfect spot for those magical summer sunsets. The ones when the sky seems like it is on fire and it gives off the warmest and most beautiful glow. As much as I love black and white, and it is a signature style of mine, it could never do justice just how beautiful this sunset was this night.

Being a family photographer is such an honor. I love capturing genuine moments of connection between family members, as well as documenting your children exactly how they are today. These are the moments you want to remember forever.

 

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Hair & Makeup provided by: Melissa Franklin

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Quiet Side Photography specializes in simple, organic and timeless maternity, newborn, family and child portraiture in Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia. Including the cities of Purcellville, Round Hill, Ashburn, Leesburg, Hamilton, Berryville, Aldie, Fairfax, Reston, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County and Washington DC.

I would love to create a custom portrait experience for you and your family. Contact me to begin planning your session.


Loudoun County Family Photographer | Felmey Family Glimpse

"The bond between mother and son is a special one...It is the purest love- unconditional and true"

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Quiet Side Photography specializes in simple, organic and timeless maternity, newborn, family and child portraiture in Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia. Including the cities of Purcellville, Round Hill, Ashburn, Leesburg, Hamilton, Berryville, Aldie, Fairfax, Reston, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County and Washington DC.

I would love to create a custom portrait experience for you and your family. Contact me to begin planning your session.


Loudoun County Maternity Photographer | Kaitlyn's First Glimpse

The beauty in anticipation

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Quiet Side Photography specializes in simple, organic and timeless maternity, newborn, family and child portraiture in Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia. Including the cities of Purcellville, Round Hill, Ashburn, Leesburg, Hamilton, Berryville, Aldie, Fairfax, Reston, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County and Washington DC.

I would love to create a custom portrait experience for you and your family. Contact me to begin planning your session.


Loudoun County Family Photographer | Adamson Family

Hands down, one of my absolute favorite parts of being a Motherhood Photographer, is our little community of extremely talented photographers. I am so fortunate to be a member of a really amazing group of women who are value inspiring each other, helping each other grow, and the overall community rather than competition. We raise each other up, rather than tear each other down.

They are my tribe. And I would not be here without their support, encouragement and the learning and growth we get from listening to other photographer's experiences.

So I was beyond honored when a member of my tribe from Alabama contacted me to photograph her beautiful family when they were here in Leesburg visiting their family.

If you haven't heard of Julie from Paisley Studios Photography, you really should go check out her beautiful work. She is amazingly talented. She is also a superstar Mama to 4 gorgeous children. I honestly do not know how she does it all, but she runs a successful business, home-schools her children, is an amazing wife and mother and handles it all with beauty and grace.

Truly, her reaching out to me to photograph her family was such an honor and it has been one of the most fulfilling sessions I have ever photographed. So much, in fact, that this past Christmas, Julie sent me a text saying that she had one of images from our session hand painted on a Christmas Ornament. This message, truly made my heart sing. How grateful I am that not only will these images be proudly displayed throughout her home, but also as a special family heirloom that will adorn her Christmas Tree each holiday season.

I can not explain how important my tribe is to me on my photography journey. And how incredibly grateful to have beautiful and inspiring women like Julie from Paisley Studios Photography in this amazing community.

Here are some of my favorite images from our session together. Her family is so beautiful, inside and out. And I hope that they venture up to Loudoun County again soon, or I may need to make a trip down to her!

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Quiet Side Photography specializes in simple, organic and timeless maternity, newborn, family and child portraiture in Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia. Including the cities of Purcellville, Round Hill, Ashburn, Leesburg, Hamilton, Berryville, Aldie, Fairfax, Reston, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County and Washington DC.

I would love to create a custom portrait experience for you and your family. Contact me to begin planning your session.


Happy Mother's Day from Quiet Side Photography | Northern VA Motherhood Photographer

"You know every story, every wound, every memory. Their whole life's happiness is wrapped up in you... every single second."

I am truly grateful to all the Quiet Side Photography mothers who allowed me to photograph their motherhood story.

To me, there is nothing more beautiful and powerful than a mother's love for her child. And I am so honored that I can capture these beautiful moments with your babies.

Mamas,

Today is about you, and everything you do!

Happy Mother's Day!


Quiet Side Photography specializes in simple, organic and timeless maternity, newborn, family and child portraiture in Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia. Including the cities of Purcellville, Round Hill, Ashburn, Leesburg, Hamilton, Berryville, Aldie, Fairfax, Reston, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County and Washington DC.

I would love to create a custom portrait experience for you and your family. Contact me to begin planning your session.


Northen VA Family Photographer | Stevens Family First Look

"You make me happy, when skies are grey. You'll never know, Dear, how much I love you. Please don't take my sunshine away"

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Quiet Side Photography specializes in simple, organic and timeless maternity, newborn, family and child portraiture in Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia. Including the cities of Purcellville, Round Hill, Ashburn, Leesburg, Hamilton, Berryville, Aldie, Fairfax, Reston, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County and Washington DC.

I would love to create a custom portrait experience for you and your family. Contact me to begin planning your session.


Northern VA Newborn Photographer | Lia's First Look

"You're beautiful baby, from the outside in
Chase your dreams but always know
The road that will lead you home again
Go on, take on this old world but to me
You know you'll always be my little girl"

-Tim McGraw

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Quiet Side Photography specializes in simple, organic and timeless maternity, newborn, family and child portraiture in Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia. Including the cities of Purcellville, Round Hill, Ashburn, Leesburg, Hamilton, Berryville, Aldie, Fairfax, Reston, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County and Washington DC.

I would love to create a custom portrait experience for you and your family. Contact me to begin planning your session.


Loudoun County VA Family Photographer | Miles Family First Look

"To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there"

-Barbara Bush

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Quiet Side Photography specializes in simple, organic and timeless maternity, newborn, family and child portraiture in Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia. Including the cities of Purcellville, Round Hill, Ashburn, Leesburg, Hamilton, Berryville, Aldie, Fairfax, Reston, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County and Washington DC.

I would love to create a custom portrait experience for you and your family. Contact me to begin planning your session.