Ryann Colleen Photography » Northern Virginia Newborn, Baby, Child, and Family Lifestyle Photographer

“Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch” – E.B. White

I have had the joy of photographing this beautiful family since both of these children were brand new.  I had a wonderful time capturing some very special photographs of their family of 4 (+ beautiful baby bump) in Old Town Alexandria, and I’m over the moon that they will soon be welcoming another baby!

The warmth of this family always seems to shine through in their photos, and I sincerely love working with them.  Add in the gorgeous glow of pregnancy and some lovely morning light and it makes it really hard to choose just one favorite photo to share here!
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Thank you so much for such a wonderful session!  It is always such a treat to photograph you guys!

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“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ― W.B. Yeats

One of the things I love most about photography is that it helps us sharpen our senses.  Whether you take photos for a living or simply for your family, the more we practice taking photographs, the more we notice.

We notice how beautiful the light is in the evening when the sun is low in the sky, we notice the light in our little one’s eyes, we start to frame scenes from the day as if we were looking through a camera lens…  It is truly an exercise in being present and being grateful and seeing the good stuff.

As a parent, I know how easy it is to feel discouraged or frustrated during the day.  When they still don’t have their shoes on and “WE ARE ABOUT TO BE LATE!”  (Please tell me you deal with this, too? 😉 )  The sleepless nights, the temper tantrums, the sibling squabbles.  All of this is part of life with young children, and yet so are moments like this one below.

This is why I continue to fall in love with photography.  To get to capture these moments and expressions of who they are.  To have the chance to create a tangible artifact, proof of the divine moments that appear among the mundane.  To be able to step back and enjoy the sweetness of these little souls.

I had such a great morning hanging out with this amazing kid and his sweet family last weekend.  They are the kind of people who exude both inner and outer beauty, and I absolutely adored photographing them.

I hope you enjoy this sneak peek from our session!  I can’t wait to share the rest of your photos when they are ready!

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One of the trickiest parts of getting ready for a family photo session is figuring out what each person should wear.  You want everyone to look like they belong together, but not like they are wearing a matching “uniform”.  You want your kids to look nice, but it is essential that they feel comfortable.  You want to choose clothing that has a classic appeal so the photos feel timeless on your walls.  I struggle with this each year as I prepare to join my family on the other side of the camera, so I thought I’d share some tips and inspiration with all of you!

Each family’s clothing choices should be different.  You want your clothing to reflect your sense of style, your personalities, and the look and feel you want your photographs to encompass.

My favorite tip is one that people often forget to consider.  Think about where you will hang your finished photographs.  What are the color schemes in those rooms?  You are working with your photographer to create art for the walls in your home, so consider your color palette when you are choosing what your family members will wear.

You can think about choosing clothing in the same way you would choose patterns and colors that would work well together when decorating a room.  Try to stick to just a few different colors or colors in the same tonal scheme (for example – neutrals, pastels, or jewel tones).  Vary texture and pattern to create interest.  For example, instead of choosing all solid colors, work in some stripes, a floral, and a gingham in the same color scheme.

Don’t be afraid to message me a few pictures or tag me in Instagram photos when trying to decide!  I have had several clients share ideas by arranging a few outfits together on a flat surface, snapping a photo, and crowdsourcing opinions.  I love helping with this stuff when my families are stuck or just want an opinion, so don’t forget to tag me if you don’t share with me directly!

Here are some good examples to help get you thinking…  In the end, the most important thing to do is to be yourselves.  These are your family photographs and if you feel good, you will look good!


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For more inspiration, visit my Pinterest board!

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“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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Apple cider, crisp morning air, back to school…  Fall is just around the bend!  My calendar is filling up with family photo sessions, so please get in touch if you would like to reserve a date for your family.

I am excited to be releasing fall mini session information!  Please scroll to the bottom of this post to reserve your session as mini sessions typically sell out quickly!

Sunrise Sessions – Old Town Alexandria (Alexandria, VA)
Sunset Sessions – Green Spring Gardens Park (Alexandria, VA)
Sunset Sessions – Frying Pan Farm Park (Herndon, VA)

Families may choose from three different options. Details are listed below, and are an incredible value when compared to full session offerings.

Petite Session
30 minute session time
5 Fully Edited Digital Images

Mini Session
30 minute session time
10 Fully Edited Digital Images

Maxi Session
30 minute session time
10 Fully Edited Digital Images
Custom Facebook Timeline Collage Image
11×14 Canvas Gallery Wrap

Mini sessions are popular and fill up every year, so click below to sign up and reserve your spot!

Old Town Alexandria Sunrise Sessions – Sunday, September 10
Old Town Alexandria Sunrise Sessions – Sunday, September 24

Green Spring Gardens Sunset Sessions – Sunday, October 1
Green Spring Gardens Sunset Sessions – Sunday, October 15

Frying Pan Farm Park Sunset Sessions – Saturday, 10/21

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I’m looking forward to seeing you and your little ones soon!

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