ArtCafe Photography Couture Sessions

After weeks of brainstroming, photographing, editing, sorting through clothing and starting all over again they are finally here - our all new ArtCafe Couture Sessions. This is the first of a brand new line of sessions that we are planning to introduce in 2018. We'll announce more over the next months.


What are ArtCafe Couture Sessions?

These are 30 minute sessions where we are photographing for a certain product only. We offer in studio or outdoor options, depending on what you prefer.


Do I have to bring my own outfit?

No. We have an ever growing collection of beautiful dresses right here in the studio. Sizes range from baby to about 10 years. If you pefer to bring your own outfit that's perfectly fine as well.


What about accessories?

Yes, we have many! Headbands, crowns, necklaces, hats and more - you name it. The only thing we ask you to bring is shoes if you want your child to wear any.


What is included with this special edition package?

These sessions are a bit different from our regular children's sessions, or any of our sessions, in fact. One outfit, 15-30 minutes, three beautiful images, one piece of timeless wall art.


Who are these sessions for?

From our experience over the years we've learned that most families love bigger image galleries for maternity and newborn sessions as well as baby's first year. After baby's first birthday many parents ask for only a couple of photographs to remember the changes and growth of their little ones. So far we only offered our regular sessions with a gallery of 20-30 (many times even more) images. It is very difficult to choose just a few. For that reason we've decided to come up with a solution to make the experience quicker and easier. Our regular sessions with multiple outfit changes, larger image galleries and the full variety of print products are always available, but if you are looking for just the one image, these sessions are for you.



Are these sessions only designed for girls?

Absolutely not! Unfortunately we don't have many boy's outfits in the studio. This is the only reason why you see just pretty dresses in this blog post. Don't think twice about dressing your little man up or down for a Couture Session. He'll look gorgeous, no matter what style you prefer for him!

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Vincent's 1st Birthday Cake Smash | Loudoun County Baby Photographer

We LOVE a good messy cake smash here in the studio! For a lot of little ones it's the first time they actually get to eat cake. Some dig right in and others are a bit sceptical at first. Vincent loved his cupcake and mom and dad had a great time watching the mess unfold.


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Mystic and Maxen's Photo Session | Ashburn, VA Children's Photographer

Here comes double trouble! These two little whirlwinds won't sit still for a second. The studio turned into a big playground. So what can you do? Just incorporate the favorite toys (=props) into the pictures. Our cars were certainly a favorite. And of course mommy!

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Christmas Market and Winter Wonderland Photos

Did you miss our holiday sessions a couple of weeks ago? No worries! There is one more opportunity coming up for the kids to have their photo taken in our "Winter Wonderland."

Stop by Blend Coffee Bar's 1st Annual Christmas Market in Ashburn. Discover vendors who offer products that you'd find on a typical German Weihnachtsmarkt like sausages from Lothar's German Butchery, cookies and gingerbread hearts from The Baekehaus, homemade Gluehwein (hot mulled wine), beer from Mustang Sally Brewery as well as shopping opportunities. We will be set up INSIDE the coffee shop.

Join us for some great food, drinks, music, shopping and of course photos, on Friday, December 8th between 4:30 and 9:00 pm.

See you there!


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Holiday Mini Sessions 2017

Is it Christmas yet? Don't panic, we still have a few weeks to go. But it is definitely time to start thinking about holiday cards and Christmas gifts! We've done the research and thinking for you and are happy to tell you about everything we've come up with for this year's Holiday Mini Sessions. We checked out vendors, looked at many different products over the past months and selected some beautiful options just for this session. Everything will be gift wrapped for easy gift giving. 


Our Holiday Mini Sessions will be photographed at our studio on Saturday, November 18th and Sunday, November 19th. We'll have two settings available and you can choose either one or both. You'll receive a "How to prepare guide" after booking your session.



The following package options are available:



This year's special holiday products include some all time favorites like a set of 3 mini accordion books, ornaments and holiday cards. We are always on the lookout for something new and found these beautiful glass boxes and timeless portfolios. There will be samples of everything at the studio so you'll know exactly what the products you choose look like.



We know, life is busy. Especially at this time of year. Let us help you to cross some names off your holiday shopping list. Just contact us at or through our website to book your session and we'll take care of the rest!


The small print:

A $100 deposit is required at the time of booking your session. Sessions are for children only and include 1 outfit. If you would like an outfit change or use one of our outfits or bonnets you can purchase an additional 15 minute time slot for only $20. Your desired option (minus the deposit) must be purchased after your session. Images will be ready to view by December 3rd. Our special holiday products were chosen for this session only and are not available on our current price menu. Our regular products will also be available. All products will be ready in time for the holidays and gift wrapped for easy gift giving. All sessions include a goody bag for you and your child(ren).

Model Call for our Holiday Sessions

It's this time of year again! We are planning this year's holiday session setups and need two little models. 



- child should be between 6 months (must be able to sit up independently) and 6 years old (siblings welcome)

- must be available to come to our Ashburn Studio on Sunday, October 15th

- must sign a model release

You will be compensated for your time with a complimentary mini session and two digital images of your choice.


Please send a snapshot of your child to to be considered.



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Guest Post: Professional hair and makeup for photo sessions

As a professional makeup artist and a woman I believe that we are all beautiful with or without makeup. Each and every one of us has a unique story that has shaped us into who we are today – flaws and imperfections included. Throughout my career in the beauty industry I continue to meet many amazing ladies. One of the first questions I ask them is: “What is your favorite feature about yourself?” We need to learn to love ourselves the way we are... after all, that is who we will be spending the rest of our lives with. I also believe that we deserve a little TLC every now and then. Makeup is used to bring out the beauty that is already there. It can help you shine from the inside out and just make your day better.


Whether you like a more natural look or you like to go all out, here are three reasons why you should consider your makeup and hair done by a pro when you are planning on taking professional photos.


1. Give yourself some “me-time”.

How often do you get to sit down and relax and let someone else do the work? Our every day lives are so busy, we have so much scheduled. We keep running from one thing to the next as we try to fit so much into the day. It's important to “schedule” time for yourself just like you schedule everything else. Taking care of yourself is a part of taking care of those around you – you can't pour from an empty cup. Getting your hair and makeup done can be a part of that pampering experience where you get to sit back and wind down a little. A lot of my clients find this process very relaxing. I even heard many times that it makes them feel “like a diva”. Why not give yourself that diva status every once in a while!

2. Professional expertise - it's not just words.

You may have asked yourself why you shouldn't just do your own makeup. A professional stylist will make you feel beautiful without compromising your personal style. I always make sure to ask my clients about their preferences before I start. I want them to look like themselves, but in addition I have some tricks up my sleeve. Over the years I've tried many products and brands, I've seen a lot of different faces and practiced thousands of techniques. I know what works best with what skin tone and face shape, what looks best in a certain light and what will last throughout a photo session or event. If you have questions about products or techniques I use on your skin or hair I'd be happy to answer them. After all, life is a constant learning process, it's good to be on the lookout for new knowledge. No matter what it is you are getting glammed up for – we have one goal – it's for you to feel beautiful on the inside and out.

3. These memories will last a lifetime.

Most likely you are having photos taken by a professional photographer to document a special time in your life. Whether it is a wedding, your pregnancy, the arrival of your newborn baby, a birthday or precious time with your family, the reason you do it is to keep the memory of that particular day alive. When you feel like the best version of yourself you are more likely to have the best day. It'll show in your photos! Every time you look at those wonderful portraits you will remember that special feeling.




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