Childhood Cancer Awareness

On this rainy Monday I'm asking for your help.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day, 43 families in the United States are told that their child has cancer. A few days ago a local mom told me that in 3 days, Americans spend on Starbucks, what our government spends on childhood cancer research. She learned the hard way while going through the ups and downs of cancer treatment with her own 4 year old son. Looking at the photos she shared broke my heart. I knew right away that I wanted to do something to help.



This offer includes maternity, children's and ArtCafe Couture sessions. 6% VA sales tax will be added.


Please help me to make a difference for these families who are going through so much, emotionally and financially. This is not a promotion for my business. I'm asking as a mom who's deeply touched and saddened by what I've heard and seen over the past days.

Please share this email with anyone you know who may be able to help.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading this.




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ArtCafe Dreams

A few months ago I introduced our ArtCafe Couture Sessions as the first part of our all new ArtCafe Storytelling. I'm very exited to announce the next part, ArtCafe Dreams. These images have been a part of my work for a while now, but only by request. Since I enjoy creating these art pieces so much I've decided to offer them as a regular product.


What are ArtCafe Dreams?

Anything and everything you want them to be! Does your child have the dream of being a superhero, princess, fairy, etc.? Do you have a vision of a magical environment? Is there a story or event that you'd like to recreate in an art piece?



What is a good age for these sessions?

There are no age restrictions at all. We never outgrow our dreams! Everyone has dreams. Everyone has a story to tell. Some may be fun, some may be sad, some may be full of hope and joy and some may just be a little crazy.





Does that sound familiar? It's a daily struggle and art is a great way to work through it.


What is the process of creating an art piece like this?

This is commissioned art and there has to be a plan. It requires many hours of planning, preparing, photographing, creating and editing.

      - we'll meet for a consultation to plan every detail of the session

      - I'll prepare and set up everything for the session itself

      - the session will be photographed at our studio or in an environment that makes sense for the final product

      - I'll create and print the final art piece

Your story is different, it's yours. No two pieces will be the same. I'll put my heart and soul into creating YOUR vision.


What will the final product look like?

Your final image will be available as wall art, either in form of a framed print or framed canvas, starting at a 20 inch size.



Start dreaming!

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Megan's Maternity Session | Ashburn, VA Maternity Photographer

Isn't she beautiful at 33 weeks? This mama-to-be even did her own hair and makeup! All I had to do was find some beautiful dresses and outfits from the ever growing collection of hair accessories and maternity gowns at my studio.


The images that came out of this session were nothing short of stunning for this beautiful mama. What a treasured memory of a fascinating journey!


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Happy Mother's Day & A Special Offer!

According to Wikipedia, Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.


Here, at ArtCafe Photography, we encourage moms to "get in the picture" year-round. Maternity, newborn, mommy & me, family sessions...these are all great options to capture the connection between a mom and her child. Images of their bond will be the biggest treasure.



Today we wish all moms a very happy Mother's Day filled with lots of love, some quiet time and hopefully chocolate or a glass of wine! <3



We've also created a special offer for all moms, present and expecting. You deserve a memorable gift for all the little and big things you do every single day!



Please contact us at or through our contact form by May 31st, 2018 to book your Mommy & Me or Maternity Session. Start making memories for yourself and your children today!

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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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2017 ArtCafe Photography Special Edition Mini Sessions

You asked and we listened. If you are a "regular" at our studio you know that we only offer special edition sessions for the holidays. We've been asked many times if we would consider offering more mini sessions throughout the year. You've finally worn us down! ;) Just kidding. We agree that it is a great way to get some updated cute images more often without coming in for a full session. It is also wonderful for families who've never been to our studio and want to try us out. Here they are, our 2017 Special Edition Mini Sessions:

We'll offer special packages and products for these sessions. They'll be announced weeks ahead of time and you'll be able to sign up. Keep in mind that there will only be a limited amount of spots for each of the sessions, so don't wait too long to contact us!

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Ellis's 1st Birthday Cake Smash | Northern VA Baby Photographer

Sweet little Miss Ellie was back in the studio for her final Baby Boutique session, her 1st birthday cake smash. This is the most fun of the three sessions during baby's first year because we make a huge mess! Ellie enjoyed her cake and was very excited about the bath as well. We loved being able to capture how much she's changed over the course of a year and we'll miss seeing her every few months.

The backdrop for this session was designed and hand painted by our very talented Emily.

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