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

Trailing the Breath of the Angels {Alexandria VA Family Photo Session}

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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