Need a few portraits for your holiday cards or gifts? These holiday mini-sessions will be perfect for you! Sessions will take place Saturday November 14th and Saturday the 28th at the studio, 112 Kings Way in Hampton Va. $100 reserves your spot and will be applied to your order; we will be offering prints, framed collages, holiday cards, ornaments, and digital files. Sign up here:

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Every year Santa Claus visits our studio and greets children who come to tell him what they want for Christmas. Visits are always relaxed and low-stress and we don't want this year to be much different. Of course this IS a different kind of year! Santa is still visiting but we will have a few changes; sessions will be spaced a little further apart, Santa will be wearing a mask, and children who are old enough will also be asked to wear a mask. Socially distant photos with Santa will also be an option! We want everyone to be safe and still get to experience the magic of Christmas. Sign up here:

And we will see you for Santa!

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Family portrait sessions are probably the most stressful of any of the sessions I offer. For me, since they are usually outdoors, I worry about the weather, the light (cloudy or bright sun?), the distractions (on the beach there are way more interesting things that me for a 2-year old) and a number of other things. For the family (usually Mom) there's the worry that the kids won't behave, or that she'll look fat, or that they won't get any good shots. You know what? It usually all works out. Sure, sometimes the weather just won't cooperate and we have to postpone. And I need to come with a big bag of tricks to try and hold the kids' attention. The kids' behavior, will be kids! So they're a little wiggly; we'll keep moving. So they keep being distracted by people walking their dogs---I'll keep making noises to get them looking at me again! I once told a Mom "I don't need them to behave the whole time; I just need them to behave for a second." I've lost track of how many times the parents have viewed the portrait proofs and then said "these came out better than I thought they would!" Behold the magic! And really, what is a "perfect" family portrait? Everyone sitting and smiling perfectly? Or a "perfect" slice of reality? It can be a combination of the two! Here are a few examples of the posed and the more relaxed portraits, all purchased by the families.

So don't stress about the perfect family portrait! It will be perfect because it's YOUR family.

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