What’s your favorite portrait and why? Mindy’s Favorite | Northern VA Maternity Photographer

What’s your favorite portrait and why? Mindy’s Favorite | Northern VA Maternity Photographer

What’s your favorite portrait and why? Mindy’s Favorite | Northern VA Maternity Photographer

We write our blog for you, our clients, and write about topics we think could be of interest or benefit to you. But, every once in a while, we step away from that and talk about ourselves for a bit. Just like we want to get to know you, we think it’s nice for you to get to know us as your photographers! As family and maternity photography experts in the Reston, VA area, we understand that our clients want to know a little bit about us just as we do about them. Building these relationships empower us to be better photographers, able to create poignant portraits.

Every once in a while, someone will ask us what our favorite picture is, so we thought we’d talk about one of Mindy’s favorite maternity photography portraits.

Mindy’s favorite portrait and why

“One of my favorite portraits is one that we feature prominently on our website of wedding couple Donald and Tarsha. They had an amazing wedding and soon after got pregnant with their first child.

“Why is it one of my favorites? During their maternity portrait session, I was fortunate enough (and quick enough) to capture the candid look on Donald’s face at the moment he felt his son kick inside Tarsha’s belly! That look is one of love mixed with amazement and then pride at the anticipation of becoming a father. It was a priceless moment captured on camera for this lovely couple to enjoy for many, many years.

“It takes a mixture of skill and opportunity to capture such a treasured moment. Experience has taught me to be ready at all times during a portrait session – but, above all, to be vigilant. You can have all the skills in the world, but if you don’t pay active attention to your clients during their session, you could miss something. I could have missed this moment had I not been paying close attention. Fortunately, I was indeed paying attention and caught it!

“Being able to photograph this particular moment for Donald and Tarsha brought me such joy! More than that, however, it offered my clients something that they can enjoy and treasure for a long time.” ~Mindy

 

 

If you would like to work with experts in family and maternity photography in the Reston, VA area, contact our studios to discuss your portraits and schedule a session.

Baby Photography, Baby Photographer, Maternity Photography

Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby photography team located near Reston, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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Behind the Scenes of Newborn Photography | Northern VA Baby Photographer

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Most clients don’t realize that our newborn photography work in the Lowes Island, VA & Herndon, VA area keeps us busy even when we aren’t shooting a session. Professional photography is about more than just taking pictures.

Preparation
To create beautiful, fine art photography, a lot of work and thought go into prepping for your newborn’s portrait session. We don’t want to waste your time once you’ve arrived, so there is a fair amount of advanced preparation that we need to do including equipment and inventory checks. Of course, there is a lot that must wait until the actual session, but there are a lot of things we can do before you even arrive, including choosing backdrops and floors, pulling props, and setting up the space especially for your session. Which lights will we use? Which lenses will get the shots we know you want? Knowing and choosing all of this before the session even begins means the end result will be a portrait you’re proud to display and to show to your children and their children.

Personalization
Custom photography means personalized photography. We need to prepare for each session and put a lot of thought into how the session will transpire from our end as your Northern Virginia photographers. We like to tailor the session to the client. It isn’t cookie-cutter photography; it never is for us. Shooting a maternity portrait in our studio isn’t the same as doing a family session with three children in our private portrait park, for example. They are vastly different, and we need to prep for each one differently. We plan ahead of each session and plan accordingly.

Post-production editing
Some days we spend hours and hours editing. We can sometimes put as many hours into editing as we do into prepping and taking pictures. It’s virtually impossible to take the perfect picture out in the field. That’s where post-production editing comes into play. The more experienced and skilled the photographer, the better they are in post-production. It’s where we fine tune the pictures to perfect them and turn them into what the client is expecting from us.

As you can see, fine art photography is about more than just shooting baby pictures! There’s a process involving hours of work away from the camera. If you would like to work with a dedicated mother and daughter team specializing in family and newborn photography in the Lowes Island, VA & Herndon, VA area, just give us a call!
 

 

Baby Photography, Baby Photographer, Newborn Photography

Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby and newborn photography team located near Lowes Island, VA and Herndon, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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Meet Your Photographer: Joriana | Northern VA Baby Photographer

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Meet Your Photographer: Joriana | Northern VA Baby Photographer

Any only child will tell you that being an “only” has distinct advantages and, perhaps, a few disadvantages. On the good (or maybe bad) side, we tend to be more mature than other children our age. This likely explains why my mother (Mindy) and I can run our business so smoothly together. I also think it’s why I love being a child photographer so much and what makes my mom and me such great photographers in the Dulles, VA, and Brambleton, VA area.

My love of baby and family photography

We pride ourselves on being a very client-centered business, and there’s no doubt that children and families have a special place in our hearts. I love shooting baby pictures maybe because I was raised an only child. Although an only child, I grew up in a loving home with my parents, grandparents, and great-aunt all living under the same roof!

I think having a big, close-knit family is why my mom and I are so good at family portraits. We feel right at home with families, large and small. And, not much will faze us when it comes to gathering a group of people all in one place!
 

 

What attracted me to photography

The ability to capture honestly emotional moments is what drew me to photography both as a documentary medium and as a profession. Growing up with grandparents and a great-aunt taught me to appreciate those who’ve come before me. In so many ways, they and others born before us cleared a path for those born after them.

Growing up with grandparents and great-aunt in my home taught me to appreciate the importance of family history. Hearing family stories about my great-grandparents meant so much to me. I try to convey that value in all of the family portraits we do today. Documenting your family’s story is one of the greatest gifts you make as an adult today for future generations!
 

 

It’s all about that photography!

My favorite type of photography today remains children and family photography. Both Mom and I thrive amidst families and that bit of chaos created in the midst of getting everyone ready, comfortable, relaxed and coordinated.

If you’d like to work with a skilled and passionate family and child photographer in the Dulles, VA and Brambleton, VA area, call us! Let us bring your family’s love into imagery to last a lifetime as a gift to the next generation of your family. It’s something my grandparents did for me and I’ve never forgotten it.
 

 

Visit our Portrait Artists page for more info on Mindy and Joriana!

Baby Photography, Baby Photographer, Family and Child Photographer

Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby photography team located in Dulles, VA in Northern Virginia, near Brambleton, VA. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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Meet Your Photographer: Mindy | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

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Meet Your Photographer: Mindy | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

Some Northern Virginia photographers might find it unimaginable to work with their daughter (or spouse). I revel in it! With our studios located near Brambleton, VA, it’s just natural to work together with my daughter, Joriana, combining our expertise, our passion for photography, and our commitment to our clients. As a mother, I wouldn’t want it any other way!

Although we are busy, we started the blog because we wanted to stay in touch with our clients. We also wanted to offer photography tips and discuss other topics of interest to our clients. Several months ago, we blogged about ourselves on our Family Portrait site because we thought clients would like to know a little more about us. We thought we’d introduce ourselves to our Baby clients as well!

I’ve lived in the Northern Virginia area for years, but I am a Southern girl through and through! Although I was born in the small town of Rockwood, Tennessee, I was raised in my father’s hometown tucked in the beautiful, rolling hills of the Southwestern Virginia mountains. It’s no surprise that I love the mountains!
 

 
My dad instilled in me a love of photography. For as far back as I can remember, photography has been a part of my life in some way. Dad was a hobby photographer who loved to use slide film. It’s a more technically challenging film to use, and it certainly attested to his talent. If you’re a middle-aged adult, you might remember the home slide projector. We had one! In many ways, photography was my father’s legacy to me.
 

 
That legacy became more apparent after my daughter was born and I asked my husband for a camera as an anniversary present. The seeds of photography had been planted decades earlier by my father, and now they took root and blossomed.

I have worked hard striving to be one of the best Northern Virginia photographers! That camera I received after Joriana’s birth years ago led to my journey with professional photography, a profession I still practice and love today. I always think that the legacy my father left for me now allows me to help others create their legacies through fine art photography. Talk about full circle!

If you are in Brambleton, VA or nearby searching for a top Northern Virginia newborn photographer, I hope you will contact us. We are proud to help our clients create their legacies through portraiture.
 

 

Visit our Portrait Artists page for more info on Mindy and Joriana!

Baby Photography, Baby Photographer, Northern Virginia photographers

Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby photography team located in Sterling, VA in Northern Virginia, not far from Brambleton, VA. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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If you like baby pictures and live near Brambleton VA then you’ve found the right place for portrait photography.

They don’t look like much to the average person…there are some callouses, a few scars…and they are never manicured.

I’ve seen them do so much — I’ve watched these hands build our house, plant grass, flowers and trees; lift,cook, paint and polish,  fix the car, type a letter  and steady a razor.   They can mow a lawn, wash a dish, clean a toilet, tie a tie — all with the same ease.   They have clapped and stroked; patted, petted, hugged and spanked…and I’ve watched those strong hands gently lift my aunt from the floor when she falls.

Those hands shook when they cut the cord when Joriana was born…but they were strong and steady when they put on her first diaper.     These hands have been kind and strong.  They have comforted me, forgiven me, steadied me, picked me up and brushed me off.   Sometimes those hands  speak more than words could.

They have loved me…for 27 years as of August 30th.     I love those hands…and I’m grateful for this man who means so much to me…

So we will be going away to celebrate for a bit…this man with the hands I love…

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