Portrait photography |Fairfax| Family Portrait Studio| Professional Photographer vs. Hobbyist/Uncle Bob

Regarding Portrait photography in the Fairfax area, we love are generally a family portrait studio, so please read the following post with those thoughts in mind.

Before we get started, I’d like to start off defining the above terms.

Professional photographer: This is someone who is an expert in the field in question. Websters defines it as:   a person who earns a living in a sport or other occupation frequently engaged in by amateurs: a golf professional, an expert player, as of golf or tennis, serving as a teacher, consultant, performer, or contestant; pro.

Hobbyist: This is someone who enjoys photographing people, places and things, but doesn’t quite have the expertise to be a professional. Websters says a hobby is an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation:

Uncle Bob: This is someone who thinks they’re a professional, but in reality, is a hobbyist.

Now, to the good stuff!  Let me first start out by saying that we’re in NO way trying to knock the hobbyist, or even Uncle Bob.  We started out as hobbyists.  You must love what you do, right?  However, once we decided to make the hobby a profession, we got educated. We took classes.  Lots and LOTS of classes.  As a matter of fact, we take classes every year that are specifically for professional wedding and portrait photographers.  It’s from these classes and many other things that we were able to learn the “art” of photographing weddings.  The images we’ve selected will give you a brief overview of some things to think about when hiring a professional photographer.

Emotion:

Take a look at the image below.  This is an image of Ashley and Ryan during  their first dance.  The look on her face really says it all.  Less than a year after this image was taken, Ashley’s husband passed away unexpectedly.  Although we deeply wish that Ryan was still here,  it eases the pain a little to know that Ashley has images such as the ones below; images that truly capture how she felt on her wedding day for her to remember always.

When you hire a professional photographer, that’s one of the things you should definitely see reflected in their work — a true professional knows how to capture the emotion of the moment, so that no matter what happens, you’ll always have those images, and quintessentially, those emotions are kept safe for all time.

Decor:

The venue and decor are probably two of the most expensive things you will purchase for your wedding day.   Your decor is, most likely, something you would want chronicled in your wedding album.  And on the big day, you’re probably not going to be drooling over the opulent lighting setup or the perfectly sprinkled rose petals that decorate the aisle, it IS something that you’re not going to want to forget.

Techniques:

The image below is from Katherine and YuKwan’s Wedding.  It’s one of my favorites from the day of the wedding.  Now, be warned, because I’m about to geek out.   Notice how the sun doesn’t look like a big blob of glowing whipped cream that’s been plopped down in the middle of the image.  This is a special technique we learned in one of the courses mentioned above.  This requires you to do some special things with your camera to have this cool “star effect” in your images.  Did I mention that this is a technically hard image to do?  This was shot during sunset which means the light is constantly changing.  They’re also backlit, meaning the sun is to their back — so if I didn’t light them correctly, they would be completely silhouetted.  End of geek session.  Thank you for listening!

Reflection:

This is not necessarily to say that every photographer should have a good use of reflection, but it’s just so cool!  Why wouldn’t you want that?!?  This is what we call the infinity reflection.  This is just something that we found very cool at this specific venue.  Does your photographer have a good eye?  Can they take something that seems everyday and turn it into something extraordinary?

Sunet:

Sunset images are some of my favorite to capture.  But like I mentioned before, they’re technically harder to capture.  Ever single second the sun is going down which means your light is always changing.  Ratios are constantly changing so your photographer’s head is constantly calculating their ambient light output versus artificial light.  The correct ratio lets you capture images like the one you see below.

Rings:

The ring shot.  This is probably the most expected technique of any professional photographer.   Did you know you have to have a special lens to take images like the one seen below?   To get the look below, we had to take a little votive candles and space them the right distance behind the ring.  Too close and it would look like little aliens coming to abduct (little pinpoints of light), too far and they would be pointless.  Your fiance took lots of time and money to pick out that gorgeous rock of yours.  Why not have it documented correctly?

Sequences:

Notice the  next four images.  These are called sequential images.  They tell a story.  I cannot say enough how important this is!!  Your wedding album is what you have after everything is said and done.  You’re most likely not going to wear your dress again, you will have your husband, and you will have your wedding album.  Do you want your album to be like a yearbook?  Or would you rather have your  album designed to tell a story?  Your story.   The ability to design an album is truly an art, and is an expertise that is valuable and is part of the value of your wedding photographer.


Composing the image:

Composition of an image can define your entire photography experience.  Perhaps you would like to look a few pounds lighter?  Maybe you want to look like you have a few more curves?  Standing certain ways and your photographer shooting at certain angles can make you look heavier or thinner, taller or shorter — actually, it can do all of the above and more!  Still, you need to feel comfortable, and that is where interaction with your photographer comes in.  If you are not comfortable, you won’t look comfortable in your photograph. That’s why it is so important to have a connection with your photographer, so you will feel at ease in front of the camera. And if they do have to pose or prompt you for a shot or two, they can make you feel and look your best.

Location:

Guess where this image was taken!  Still can’t figure it out?  This was taken in the bathroom of one of our venues.  Can you tell?  No, not really.  Not all cool locations are found because they scream, “take a photo here”. That’s part of the value of a professional photographer, too — can they find cool, creative locations that make you look like a million bucks?

Motion:

Another technique that can be a very cool way to have your wedding images captured is with motion.  This is an image from Sunee and Spencer’s wedding.  It’s also not the easiest technique to master since humans were designed to move every time their heart beats.

Memories are priceless.  And unlike material things, memories grow more valuable as time goes on.  Please be sure to keep these points in mind when you are in the search for a professional photographer.

What do you want YOUR memories to look like?

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Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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Family Photos | Broadlands VA | Child photographer | Alistair

If you’re looking for a child photographer to do family photos near Broadlands VA then you’ve come to the right place.

Isn’t Alistair cute?

Couldn’t resist posting this quick image of his recent 3 month portrait session taken at our indoor studio in Northern Virginia.  Ilse and Seth are taking advantage of our baby plan for portrait sessions of their beautiful little boy, Alistair.  Watch for more images soon!

Alistair at his 3 month Bebe Coterie

Alistair at his 3 month Bebe Coterie

Studio Photographer |Sterling VA | Best child photographer | Sara and John

The best child photographer is a studio photographer near Sterling VA.

Engagements, Weddings and Portraits are what Ever After Portraits specialize in.  Located in Northern Virginia and Washington DC, Mindy and Joriana love cool, unique emotional photography.

He whispered softly in her ear. Her smile lit up the room as she giggled quietly at John’s joke. She looked up at him and he stared down into her big brown eyes. The shared moment between the two could only spell one thing…love.

Do you think there’s only one perfect person out there for each of us?  I don’t have the answer but after John and Sara’s engagement session, I think I might have an idea.

It’s so interesting to see how a couple translates to images.  As we were looking over the images from their shoot, what we noticed first was Sara’s sparkling smile.  Sara practically glowed every time John looked at her and you can tell in every photograph.  John seemed to light up every time Sara looked at him.  It was very plain to see that what Sara and John have is something special.  Something different.  Something that many people search for their entire lives.  Something that Sara and John have found.

So IS there a perfect person for everyone?  I’m not gonna give the answer away . . . but check out Sara and John’s Sneak Peek/Montage Engagement Slideshow to see for yourself.


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Family Photographer| Loudoun VA | Best family photographer| Nicole and Michael

The best family photographer you can find to be your family photographer is one near Loudoun VA.

There had been other men who smiled at her but there hadn’t been a smile like this one. When their eyes met, his feet began to move of their own accord in her direction.  The twinkle in her eye matched the smile on his lips and soon that smile turned into hello and the start of something indescribably wonderful.

You see, sometimes in life you are fortunate enough to come across people in your life that are so special, so unique that they walk into your life and it’s like they’ve been there all along . . . and you don’t know how they weren’t there before.   It may sound a little corny, but Nikki and Mike are those type of people.

Nikki is just one of those people that never meets a stranger, easy-going, fun-loving, all around awesome woman. It’s not hard to see why Mike fell in love with her.

Not only as a individuals, but as a couple, Nikki and Mike have been so incredibly kind to us. And not just a couple who hired Ever After Portraits to document their wedding. As humans . . . as people . . . from one person to another. I really can’t say enough good things about them. I’m completely blown away by their kind and caring nature not only for other people, but for each other.

I have to say that, as your wedding photographers, and as your friends, I’m so happy you two have found each other. And that we are able to be a part of your lives — from something as small as helping you pick which outfit to wear, to one of the most important days of your lives . . . your wedding day. Thank you for choosing us.

Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery
275 Decatur Road
Stafford, VA 22554
(540) 446-2266

We think the slideshow says it all…make sure to watch it!


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Professional photographer | Northern VA | Professional photographer family| Rebecca and Tim

This professional photographer family in Northern VA is a good example of what a professional photographer can do.

Washington, DC is one of our favorite locations for engagement, wedding and Day After Sessions with our brides and grooms because each session is always new and exciting. We LOVE to spend time with our kewl clients, so as part of our wedding photography collections, you not only hire two wedding photographers, who specialize in wedding photojournalism or capturing the emotion of the moment, you are hiring wedding photojournalist who LOVE to get their clients in front of their cameras — and what better location than in DC?

So, has anyone ever seen “The Lion King?”  If you have, you probably remember a song that went something like this . . . “Hakuna Matata!  It means no worries for the rest of your days.  It’s our problem freeeee philosophyyy . . . Hakuna Matata”  You’re probably wondering right about now, what in the world is this woman talking about?!?  I have a point, I promise.

It was towards the end of the shoot that we started getting to know a little more about Tim and Rebecca and how they got to know each other.  And the story went a little like this . . .

Rebecca caught Tim’s eye in the school library where they were both studying to become attorneys.  By the way, congratulations to BOTH of them for recently passing the bar exam — one of the hardest tests in the WORLD! Yeah, I know, our clients are so awesome.  Anyways, I digress.  Acquaintances became friends became so much more after Tim got Rebecca’s phone number…and before she even knew it!  As Tim put it, he gradually got the digits to her number — you see, Rebecca never gave her number out . . . but she gave it to Tim!

Then there was the snow storm.  Usually this would be a bad thing, but for Tim and Rebecca, it was just another chance to get to know each other a little better.

One memorable date involved walking and singing…a longgg walk home to her place in Arlington.  Like the sweetheart that he is, Tim wanted to make sure Rebecca was safe…and when she started singing “Hakuna Matata”, Tim realized this was the girl for him. We think it’s the perfect match — now that they have each other, they will have no worries for the rest of their days.  (It’s a problem free philosophy)

Tim and Rebecca were just the cutest couple!  In the short time that we’ve gotten to know them and learn a little about their relationship, it was always clear that they deeply love and respect each other.  We can’t wait to photograph your wedding!

Hakuna Matata and enjoy the slideshow…


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