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

a photo session of a girl and her family in Old Town AlexandriaGO AHEAD,pin this
The wind was swirling and the sun was streaming through golden leaves as I walked this morning.  Fall is a photographer’s busy season. When my eyes grow weary from long editing sessions at my computer, I get out and pound the pavement.  I wake up my body with exercise and my mind with a good podcast.

One of my favorites to listen to lately has been Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations.  This morning in a discussion that referenced how authentic children are, Oprah remarked that “newborns come in trailing the breath of the angels”.  These words really resonated with me.  The divine authenticity of children is one of the reasons I love my job the most.

I think this sweet girl’s expression holds so much of the divine.  This photograph was taken near the end of a family session.  Not a mini session, but a full-length lifestyle photo session than ran close to 2 hours.

Sometimes parents worry about whether their children will cooperate for that long.  I always assure them that we will play and explore and move during our session and that children will, in fact, have ups and downs during our time together.  It is these ups and downs that allow me to document a glorious range of expressions and capture something deeper during a full-length session.

The parents I work with are infinitely polite and push on with a smile or a joke when they grow tired or restless or need a break.  But children, sweet authentic children, will simply wander off into their dad’s arms and take a break when they need one.  We can learn so much from these little creatures, don’t you think?

I adore this family so very much.  There is so much magic that happened during this particular session and it was difficult to choose just one image to share here, but this one especially resonated with me.  Wishing you all a happy Friday and a weekend filled with calm and cozy moments like these!

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a picture of a little girl and flowers at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria VAGO AHEAD,pin thisI adored photographing this sweet girl and her beautiful family at Green Spring Gardens Park!  The sun was setting, the gardens were in bloom, and the scene was gorgeous… I cannot wait to show this family all that we captured!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween!  The countdown is on to Thanksgiving, and I couldn’t be more thankful for all of you!  Have a great week and good luck riding out the sugar hangovers today!  😉


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Here is a little peek at what I am working on this morning…  This picture is part of a gallery that I am getting ready to deliver today.  I have photographed this family for a few years now, and have loved watching their family grow!

I love the sweet look this gorgeous guy gave me as we were getting started. It is wonderful how the energy changes during a photo session – from the sweet pensive looks in the beginning to the wide wild smiles at the end, and everything in between.  As families get comfortable they reveal different parts of their personalities and the end result is typically a gallery with a variety of expressions.
a picture of a little boy during a photo session in Old Town Alexandria VirginiaGO AHEAD,pin this
Keep an eye on your email today!  I will have your full gallery ready for you soon!  🙂

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“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!
a picture of a family with sun flair in Old Town AlexandriaGO AHEAD,pin this

Thank you so much for such a wonderful session!  It is always such a treat to photograph you guys!

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