What do I look for to find a great photographer?!  | Northern VA Family Photographer

What do I look for to find a great photographer?! | Northern VA Family Photographer

What do I look for to find a great photographer?! | Northern VA Family Photographer

As a professional portrait photographer in Northern VA, in Sterling, VA, we used to think a lot about what constitutes bad photography or a bad portrait photographer. Let’s just say that we have had personal experience with both. At some point in their career, every photographer has been too familiar with it! However, like most portrait photographers, we have grown a lot since our early years, and we have learned from our mistakes. We have also heard from colleagues about their mistakes and made it a point to learn from them, too.

Defining Photography

Simply put, photography documents or captures imagery. So, how can you get that wrong? How can it be “bad”? Well, there are many ways in which photography can go wrong or be considered bad. (We can say the same when it comes to bad portrait photographers!)

What Makes Photography Good or Bad?

We know that to produce good photography, we have to invest ourselves in the subject and the portrait. Without that investment, the photograph is likely to lack a certain level of depth and dimension which makes photography transcend ordinary to become good or even great. Without these, you’re likely looking at only average photography.

But, there’s more:

• A technically perfect picture (composition, balance, etc.) doesn’t always equal a good picture. There are several reasons why that is.

• We learned early on that there’s a lot more to good (or bad) photography than perfect composition.

• Bad photography falls flat (remember we mentioned the need for depth and dimension?). It doesn’t evoke emotion or capture depth – whatever its subject.

• A bad portrait doesn’t reflect its subject’s personality. There’s no authenticity about the subject, and it’s especially evident to those who know the subject but, in some cases, to the average viewer as well.

• Whether a portrait is of a building or a baby, a photograph should draw the viewer into the picture – an invitation to step closer and look more intently. It should feel as if there’s a connection of some sort – one that draws you in for a closer look. (Bad photographers don’t do a good job with this.)

• A good photograph should pull at you either emotionally or intellectually.

• A good photograph stops you in your tracks like a great piece of art.

• The subject doesn’t have to be looking at the camera for the shot to be good. Sometimes the best portraits are the more candid ones, without anyone looking right at the camera. That offers a certain level of intrigue or interest, and a good portrait photographer can accomplish this well.

• Good photography is a piece of art and could be and should be displayed prominently in your home. What better art than images of your family?
 

 

How to Choose a Great Portrait Photographer and Avoid Bad Photography

If you’d like to avoid bad photography, you need to start with the right photographer. There are some things to keep in mind when selecting a professional portrait photographer and portrait photography studio:

• A good portrait photographer should want to know at least a little bit about you before you arrive for your session. The more invested the photographer is with their client, the better the outcome. They should ask you some questions – including what your vision or goal is with the portraits you are commissioning from them; where will you display them; are there specific products or sizes you want; and even if there is a budget in mind. A good portrait photographer cares about their client and will want to connect with you at some level before you arrive for your portrait session, not only at the session.

• You should select a portrait photographer with which you are comfortable. You’ll be more relaxed, and your portraits will come out looking more natural and candid. If, when you call to schedule your session, you don’t feel at ease with the person on the phone representing the photographer, or don’t feel comfortable with the photographer (you can ask to speak with them), you might want to search elsewhere for a photographer.

• Experience, reputation, and style matter significantly when working with a portrait photographer. Feel free to ask them plenty of questions such as how long they’ve been in business. Review their website to ensure you like their style. Ask for references, if you have any doubts or questions. Just as they should ask you questions, you should feel free to ask their studio questions as well.

• Lastly, there should be full transparency with any photographer. If you feel they’re not forthright with you, consider going elsewhere. (We are as transparent as we can be with prospective and current clients. We believe communication is key to a successful client relationship, no matter what the business) Fine art photography is an investment and clients deserve answers to any questions.

Portrait Photographer, Northern Virginia

We enjoy working with new and past clients, and we’re always happy to answer any questions you might have before your portrait session. Great photography and a great portrait photographer are about more than just skill producing a product. It’s about creating family fine art through building relationships with clients.

If you’d like to work with a reputable and experienced professional portrait photographer in the Sterling, VA and surrounding Northern VA area, contact our studios for some great photography!
 

 

Family Photographer, Professional Portrait Photographer

Ever After Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter portrait photography team located in Sterling, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits.
 
Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

 
Best,
 
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!
 
Professional Photographer

Announcing Frozen-Inspired Sessions – Saturday, 12/02/2017 | Northern VA Children’s Photographer

Announcing Frozen-Inspired Sessions – Saturday, 12/02/2017 | Northern VA Children’s Photographer

Announcing Frozen-Inspired Sessions – Saturday, 12/02/2017 | Northern VA Children’s Photographer

One of our most beloved fine art portrait sessions returns this December! Our Frozen-Inspired, Limited Edition Session takes place on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at our indoor portrait photography studio in Northern Virginia, in Sterling, VA. We wrap winter wonderland charm and princess dreams into these delightfully unique and treasured portraits. Don’t miss these perennial favorites!

The Session:

After dressing up as a princess, your daughter will spend her Elsa-inspired minutes having fun in a specially-prepared set at our portrait studio. It is a fun and memorable experience ideal for little girls from three to nine years old. We include customized costumes and props for each session.

Appointments are limited, so we recommend booking your slot early. This Limited Edition portrait session won’t return for a year!

The Portraits:

Your little princess will leave her portrait session feeling special. Her timeless portraits will generate a lifetime of enjoyment and memories for your family. These portraits also make the perfect gifts for family and friends!

• There is $99 session pre-paid fee to reserve your time slot.
• Each session is 30 minutes, and includes a $99 product credit.
• Print packages are available.
• Session is limited to 1 outfit, which is provided for ages 3 through 9.
• You are more than welcome to schedule two back-to-back sessions if you prefer each child to experience a 30-minute session.

Contact us now to schedule your princess for an extraordinary fine art portrait experience at our portrait photography studio in Northern Virginia. With this session, we create poignant memories through classic and timeless photography, with a little whimsy!

 

Family Photographer, Portrait Photography Studio

Ever After Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter portrait photography team located in Sterling, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits.
 
Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

 
Best,
 
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!
 
Professional Photographer

Children’s Portraits, What important milestones should you professionally capture? | Northern VA Family Photographer

Children’s Portraits, What important milestones should you professionally capture? | Northern VA Family Photographer

Children’s Portraits, What important milestones should you professionally capture? | Northern VA Family Photographer

As a children and family photography expert with studios near Arcola, VA, clients often ask us how often they should do children’s portraits. We don’t hesitate to tell them that no one ever regrets doing professional portraits! Photography is an investment experienced today and treasured tomorrow.

Below are our recommendations for children’s milestone portraits.

First-Year Milestones

We suggest that during a baby’s first year of life, you do three portraits beginning in the first seven days after their birth. Following those pictures, we recommend portraits again at six months (or when you baby is sitting up) and twelve months (or when your child begins to walk). To make it easier for clients, we offer a Bebe Coterie plan. It includes all three portraits (newborn, six months, and twelve months) for one price. These milestone portraits create a beautiful timeline of a child’s dramatic growth and change during that first year of life. Parents will cherish these fine art portrait for a lifetime.

Capturing Changes

After your child’s first year, we recommend doing annual professional pictures of your children – at least through middle school. We suggest annual portraits because children change dramatically from one year to the next. You will poignantly capture those beautiful changes through annual fine art, professionally done portraits.

Another good reason for annual portraits is that an experienced fine art photographer will best capture your child. Good portraits should reflect their personality; they should shine in the pictures. Years later, you will look at those portraits and smile while remembering that time in your child’s life!

Aside from annual portraits, we always recommend professional pictures marking other significant milestones such as graduations. As a family photographer, we love capturing the growth and change in families!

To see a sample of photography from our Bebe Coterie Plan, check out this post!

What are the special moments for your child and your family? Photography allows you to tell your story, and we’re happy to help you tell it. We work with families throughout Northern Virginia including Arcola, VA.

 

Family Photographer, Family Photography

Ever After Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter portrait photography team located near Arcola, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits.
 
Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

 
Best,
 
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!
 
Professional Photographer

Limited Edition Fairytale Session, Saturday, October 7, 2017 | Northern VA Family Photographer

Limited Edition Fairytale Session, Saturday, October 7, 2017 | Northern VA Family Photographer

Limited Edition Fairytale Session, Saturday, October 7, 2017 | Northern VA Family Photographer

We recently came across a bumper sticker on a golf cart which read: “Powered by Fairy Dust!” It reminded us of our upcoming Limited Edition Fairytale photography session taken at our studio near Arcola, VA & Middleburg, VA.

Limited Edition Fairytale Session

Fairies, pixie dust, and a sprinkle of photography magic come alive on October 7, 2017, at our next Limited Edition Fairytale session. These are perfect for the imaginative little girl in your life and the perfect opportunity to capture her in a beautiful setting.

We have created these sessions to capture your little girl’s delight and imagination in a fun portrait session in our outdoor portrait park. Her portraits will be unique and special, just as she is!

Parents and children will love the comfortable October weather and beautiful forest colors worthy of any fairytale storybook. Your fairy princess can bring her favorite fairytale outfit or borrow one of ours. Either way, time stands still for her fairy portrait!

Have you reserved her session? We schedule appointments on a first come, first served.

Our next Fairytale Limited Edition Sessions will be on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7TH, 2017 ONLY.

We have limited time slots available so that we can take the time necessary with each little fairytale princess. Book your session early!

Session Fee

There is a $99 session fee to be paid before your session date to reserve your slot. Each session is 30 minutes and includes a $99 product credit. Print packages are available. Each session is limited to one outfit provided for ages 3 through 9. You are more than welcome to schedule two back-to-back sessions if you prefer!

If you’d like to preserve your child’s fairytale dreams through fine art photography in the Arcola, VA & Middleburg, VA area, we look forward to working with your daughter and creating an imaginary and magical experience for her.

 

Family Photographer, Photography

Ever After Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter portrait photography team located near Arcola, VA and Middleburg, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits.
 
Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

 
Best,
 
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!
 
Professional Photographer

Zeke’s 1-Year Session, Multigenerational Portraits | Northern VA Family Photographer

Zeke’s 1-Year Session, Multigenerational Portraits | Northern VA Family Photographer

Zeke’s 1-Year Session, Multigenerational Portraits | Northern VA Family Photographer

The power and beauty of photography lie in its ability to chronicle our lives whether individually or as a family. Childrens photography in our Middleburg, VA studio often becomes the perfect opportunity to capture extended family portraits.

That’s what happened for little Zeke’s Bebe Coterie One-year portrait session. His parents, Virginia and Jacob, brought along their extended family including Zeke’s twin brothers, Michael and Henry, as well as Virginia’s parents, brother and sister. It was all in the family for Zeke’s final session of his first year. The results were nothing but an incredible gathering of love captured by our cameras!

Virginia’s parents, Mike and Anne, her sister Mary, and brother Patrick happily joined Zeke. The session was especially touching as baby Michael joined his namesake – his grandfather Mike – for their first professional portrait together, taken candidly during a break.
 

 
Multigenerational Photography
Portrait photography is an important medium in our lives. It is especially powerful when you use it to document the love from one generation to another, the connection from the eldest to the very youngest.

Portraits can serve as a visual time capsule capturing the most precious gifts of all – our family. Jacob and Virginia knew this and used Zeke’s final portrait session of his Bebe Coterie plan to memorialize multiple generations of their family.

Multigenerational fine art portraiture is a priceless legacy your family will cherish for decades. Your children, especially, will be grateful to have the pictures to enjoy as adults. In some cases, the portraits will serve as a visual reminder of grandparents no longer with them.
 

 

For more portraits from Zeke’s Bebe Coterie Sessions, click here.
For a slideshow of Zeke’s portraits, click here.

For portraits from Michael & Henry’s Newborn Sessions, click here.
For a slideshow of Michael & Henry’s portraits, click here.

Scheduling your Multigenerational or Extended Family Portraits
You don’t have to purchase a Bebe Coterie plan with us to do a multigenerational portrait! As a family and childrens photography specialist in the Middleburg, VA area, we work with various photography genres including families of all sizes, engagement, newborn, baby, and maternity portraits. Contact our studio to schedule your session. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have!

Family Photographer, Childrens Photography

Ever After Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter portrait photography team located near Middleburg, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits.
 
Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

 
Best,
 
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!
 
Professional Photographer

Announcing Limited Edition Dollcake Vintage, September 2, 2017! | Northern VA Family Photographer

Announcing Limited Edition Dollcake Vintage, September 2, 2017! | Northern VA Family Photographer

Announcing Limited Edition Dollcake Vintage, September 2, 2017! | Northern VA Family Photographer

Turn the clock back on 09/02/2017 to an era of Victorian lace, gentility, and lovely dolls! Our Dollcake Vintage Limited Edition Sessions offer an exciting and unique opportunity for the little lady in your life. Take advantage of this artistic children photography session taken near Middleburg, VA.

Step into our make-believe world!

Your little girl can honor her creative side during one of our Dollcake Vintage Limited Edition Sessions – portrait photography created especially for little girls.

* Space is very limited with only 12 sessions offered.
* Reservations are on a first-come, first served basis.
* This theme is offered just once a year.

Limited Edition Sessions

As fine art photographers specializing in family and children photography, we love to offer these unique Limited Edition Sessions. Our portrait photography makes your little girl the star of her very own creative portrait session, transporting her into a make-believe world. These portraits become priceless treasures your family will cherish for generations.

All of our portraits are printed on archival-quality paper rated to last 100+ years. We offer various product from which you can select including different framing options and our exquisite Legacy Albums. We offer costumes and props for each child.

If you have any questions, please contact our studio. We would be happy to discuss with you and answer your questions about our children photography sessions in the Middleburg, VA area. If you are ready for a beautiful portrait of your little one which you will cherish for decades, contact us to reserve your time slot TODAY!

 

Family Photographer, Children Photography

Ever After Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter portrait photography team located near Middleburg, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits.
 
Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

 
Best,
 
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!
 
Professional Photographer

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