What is Fine Art Photography and Why is Your Family Worth It? | Northern VA Family Photographer

Your family is priceless to you. It’s that love of family that drives so many of our clients to turn to us to for their fine art photography. But, why “fine art” instead of “retail” photography like you might find anywhere in Northern Virginia, including Oakton, VA? The answer is simple: Your family is worth the beauty and excellence of a fine art portrait.

Fine Art Photography vs. Retail Photography

There are significant differences between what is known as retail or big-box photography and fine art photography. Fine art is an elevated and artistic photography genre. Typically, it is poignant and subject-authentic and subject-centric, meaning it’s true to its subject. Fine art portraits should evoke emotion, possibly even to a stranger, but certainly to those with a personal connection to the subject of the portrait.

As a fine art studio photographer, we invest a great deal of time into every portrait session. It is important to our process to know something about each client before they arrive. We want to know their vision for their portraits – if they have one. We also like to know where they hope to display their portraits. With all this information in hand, we can carefully plan for each session before it takes place.

During a session, we take our time and engage with each client. Our attention is focused entirely on that family because that engagement goes a long way toward creating excellent portraiture.

With a big-box retail photo session, you make an appointment and you show up for your photos. That’s typically all there is to it. It might sound easier and quicker, but it’s not going to give you the same depth you receive from fine art portraits.

Ordinary or Extraordinary?

We like to say that fine art photography is not ordinary. It’s extraordinary. It’s worth your family’s time, and your family is worth the quality and memories created by fine art photography. Fine art portraits don’t have to be stiff and formal. It can be informal, indoors or outdoors. It’s the emotions you feel when you look at it that truly make it “fine art.”

With almost two decades of creating fine art photography at our studios (both indoor and outdoor) near Oakton, VA, our work remains completely client-centered. Without that focus, our work would be anything but fine art. We hope you will take the time to browse and enjoy our gallery of work!


Family Photographer, Fine Art Photography

Ever After Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter portrait photography team located near Oakton, 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.

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If you are looking for a family photographer who specializes in fine art photography that is timeless and emotive, be sure to call us! We will photograph your family, newborn, baby or children and serve the Northern VA and DC Metropolitan area including NOVA Northern Virginia (Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria counties) and that includes the cities and towns of Alexandria, Annandale, Ashburn, Arlington, Ashburn Village, Aldie, Bluemont, Broad Run, Broad Run Farms, Broadlands, Brambleton, Burke, Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, Cascades, Dunn Loring, Dulles, Fairfax Station, Fairfax, Fair Oaks, Falls Church, Great Falls, Herndon, Hamilton, Leesburg, Lansdowne, Lowes Island, Merrifield, Mount Vernon, McLean, Middleburg, Manassas, Newington, NOVA, Northern Virginia, Northern VA, Oakton, Occoquan, Oak Hill, Potomac Falls, Purcellville, Round Hill, Reston, South Riding, Springfield, Sterling, Tysons, Tysons Corner, Vienna, Waterford, White Hall