Ever After is a portrait photography studio, located in Sterling, VA. Our photographers specialize in family photography.

Portraits have a very long and storied past, both in human history and the world of art. For thousands of years, man has captured the likeness of others to honor and/or remember them. In the United States, the White House served as a portrait gallery of famous men and women. One of the earliest uses of portraits as dining room decor dates to 1809 when President and Mrs. Madison moved into the White House. Mrs. Madison converted part of Thomas Jefferson’s private office into both an art gallery as well as a dining room. On its west wall, she hung the famed Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington. Today, that space is known as the State Dining Room where portraits still hang elegantly on its walls as witnesses to history.

Fine family portrait photography has become what painted portraits once were: an elegant and enduring way of honoring, commemorating, and capturing the images of loved ones. Portraits can be used elegantly as works of art enhancing your home, including your dining room.

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Family Portrait Photography Studio

A talented photographer can produce portraits worthy of being called art, and worthy of being displayed prominently just as painted portraits once were. It is important to use a reputable portrait photography professional to capture the best possible family portraits. Fine portrait photography is simply not the same as department store family portrait photography. Fine family portraits are elegant, beautiful, and breathtaking – whether they are in color or black and white. A good portrait photography studio can capture family portraits worthy of display.

Professional Family Portraits as Art

Professionally and properly-mounted fine portrait photography can blend seamlessly into any room’s style. The portraits can be used as focal points or as design features as part of the overall design scheme. You can easily display your professional family portraits alongside of, or instead of, other artwork. If you know prior to your photography session where you hope to display your portraits, you can discuss this with your photographer. The color scheme of a room can be taken into consideration when staging and shooting the portraits. A truly talented photographer is able to set the scene for a photo shoot – just as the Renaissance painters once did when they created portraits, many of which hang today in the galleries of museums around the world.

Today’s professional family portrait photographers can help you create a stunning gallery of multiple portraits. You can either hang a cluster of smaller portraits or fewer larger portraits as a room’s focal point. If used strategically, professional family portraits can enhance a room’s architectural features. You must consider scale, frame widths and size when ordering your portraits. A professional photographer will work with you to ensure that the sizing of your portraits is just right for the room.

You can use your dining room, just as Mrs. Madison once did in the State Dining Room of the White House, as a gallery of your fine portraits.

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Portrait Photography Studio

Ever After Portraits is comprised of Mindy and Joriana Belcher, a mother-daughter family portrait photography team located in Sterling, VA in Northern Virginia. They specialize in timeless and emotive fine art images.

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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