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


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


Northern Virginia Family Photographer | G Family First Glimpse

"I hear babies cry, I watch them grow.

They'll learn much more, than I'll ever know.

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world"

-Louis Armstrong

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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.


Witinok Motherhood | Northern Virginia Motherhood and Family Photographer


"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.

She never existed before.

The woman existed, but the mother, never.

A mother is something absolutely new"

-Rajneesh


There is just something about that beautiful quote that always gives me goosebumps. It is so true. Motherhood, is the most beautiful gift. Motherhood truly changes us, for the better. As hard as it can be at times, and how we sometimes long for the days before babies, watching our child learn a new skill or hearing them laugh, or snuggling them with them on the couch, there is nothing our "old life" that can quite compare.

Motherhood is full of joy, sacrifice, and unimaginable love.

Motherhood is beautiful.

As a motherhood photographer, I am blessed to capture these tender moments between a mother and her child. Moments that define their relationship and unbreakable bond. Often, motherhood sessions bring tears to my eyes because they are just so beautiful. This particular session was one of those sessions.

Every time I look at these gorgeous images of this beautiful mama and her 2 sons, I get goosebumps. The way she looks at her babies with so much adoration and love, and they way they look back up at her melts my heart.

As a mother of 2 young boys myself, I  know that the days are often filled with mess and noise, and a whole lot of rough-housing. Those moments that only a  boy mom embraces, because we know that one day our home will be clean and quiet and we will miss all that noise, and mess, and chaos.

But even the rowdiest of boys, simply melt in their mama's embrace. Boys love their mamas, and mother's love their sons more than they will ever know.

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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.


Cope Motherhood | Northern Virginia Family Photographer

Well, I am way over due for a blog post. Between moving and no internet and then endless amounts of sickness with my own little ones, this poor blog has been sadly neglected. But that changes now.

I don't know about you, but I am tired of winter. Although it hasn't been particularly snowy here in Northern Virginia, it has been nasty cold and windy. And I, for one, am ready for the warmer months to come to stay.

My daydreaming of warmer temperatures reminded me of this magical motherhood session last summer. It was one of those perfect nights, the sun was warm and the sky was orange. The nights where you want to just stay outside and catch fireflies and listen to the peepers. Nights when you want to dance around to music barefoot in the grass. You know, one of those perfect summer nights that you dream about all winter long.

This particular night, was one of those perfect nights. And there was certainly a lot of dancing barefoot in the grass for Miss Amelia, just dancing to her own tune.

I love that Meghann approached me to photograph just her and her daughters. This beautiful age her girls are in, full of joy and wonder.

Here are some of my favorites from Meghann's Motherhood Sunset Session:

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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 Maternity Photographer | Awaiting Baby B

There are times when I am at a session, and I can just feel the magic in the air. This was one of those sessions.

There is a sense of magic when you are expecting your first child. Everything is so new and so exciting, and you just can not wait to meet him. The long 9 months is coming to end. Soon you will hold this beautiful boy in your arms and you will lovingly be welcomed into the wild ride of parenthood. It is exciting, it is scary, it is magical!

Hands-down, this is one of my favorite portrait sessions of all time. The love this gorgeous couple has for each other and for their little one on the way, is breathtaking. Their love is radiating through each image.

Mother Nature must have known that we were capturing something very special at this session too, because she put on her own show this evening.

The best sunset, beautiful parents-to-be, and so much love, there was something truly magical about this maternity session.

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Northern VA Family Photographer | Claire's Motherhood Session First Glimpse

"As long as I am living, my baby you will be"

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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, Winchester, 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.


Spotlight Interview From Shoot Along | Northern VA Family Photographer

 
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Have you heard of Shoot Along?

It is an outstanding resource for moms who want to learn how to better capture beautiful images of their own families! It is filled with weekly photography lessons and tons of inspiration!

Shoot Along was established by award-winning photographers, Amy Tripple and Heidi Peters. These talented ladies created Shoot Along to "give themselves structure and accountability to capture their own families and decided it would be a great concept to share with other parents".

Each week, they feature a photographer they admire in their weekly newsletter. Recently, they had asked me to be one of their featured photographers, and I could not have been more honored!

What they asked of me was to photograph portraits of my own children and give a few thoughts about what I did to make the shot happen.

 

You can find the entire spotlight interview here!!!

 

Above, is the image that I sent in. I recently took this portrait of my oldest and my youngest, and it is currently one of my favorite images of them. I believe it truly exemplifies their special relationship. And as a mama, I hope they always remain close friends and allies. Because my oldest son loves his baby sister so much and she simply adores him and everything he does.

Photographing your only children, can be difficult and frustrating at times. But it is so important to take the time to capture these fleeting moments. Because they only get one childhood, and we will never get this time back with our babies.

This project that the ladies over at Shoot Along are doing is great, and I highly recommend checking it out!

Here is a snippet of their feature of Quiet Side Photography:

ShootAlongHow do you make documenting your family through photography a priority?

Kate: It's no secret that time seems to pass at warp speed once you have children. I feel like my oldest son was just born, and now I am getting ready to send him to kindergarten in a few weeks. It is so important to document as much you can, because they are only this little for such a short amount of time. A photograph can take you back to that moment with them. It is easy, as a mom, to get lost in the day to day with diaper changes, toys everywhere, and never ending laundry. But when we step back there is so much beauty with life with small children. I will admit, having an actual photo session with my children can be challenging. But I do try to take them for actual sessions with me every few months to document who they are at that moment. It's the only way I can freeze this time with them so I can always revisit it. 

ShootAlongTell us about the image you've shared? What makes it special to you? What did you do to make it happen?

Kate: My style of photography is very simple. I do not do overly posed, everyone look at the camera and smile, type of images. I much prefer images where the love and connection of a family comes shining through, whether it be with a fit of laughter or a quiet, gentle moment. This image just pulls at my heartstrings. It is of my oldest and my youngest, when my sweet girl was just beginning to take her first steps. It is amazing to see how my son loves to help her achieve this new milestone. She often crawls up to him, climbs up his leg and they go for walks around the house together holding hands. I wanted to document this special bond they had together.

As I knew that this would come naturally, I directed my son to go over near my daughter and talk to her. As he did, she crawled over to him, climbed up his leg and they went for one of their strolls. I knew, if it was forced, it wouldn't have been authentic, and would probably result in my daughter not wanting to hold hands and quite possibly end in tears. And that's not what I wanted to capture. Instead, I set up the situation and waited until the moment happened naturally. 

I love that I was able to capture this special moment between siblings. They have such a special bond and adore each other. This moment of my daughter learning to walk is fleeting, I'll never get this time back. Not only does this image document this huge milestone in her life, but it captures the beautiful and unique bond they have for each other, as siblings.

Thank you so much, for the feature, Shoot Along. It truly is an honor!!!


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, Winchester, 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.