Baby D. – One Year Already?! | Leesburg, VA Baby Photographer

Even though I promised myself no more photo sessions until after our little one arrives I could not resist squeezing in one more session this weekend with one of my favorite families.  You may remember baby Danny or D. as I like to call him from throughout this year. He’s appeared on the blog as a newborn, at 3 mos., 6 mos. and now ONE YEAR! I really can not believe how quickly this year has flown by and how much little D. has changed in that time span. Check out how grown up he is looking these days, and oh those curls! I love love love the curls.

We had the absolute perfect weather for a birthday celebration filled with food, family, friends, gifts, and the infamous cake smash. Danny taught us all that no matter how many gifts you get with bells and whistles and music and lights the one year old will always prefer to play with the gift wrap and tissue paper instead. And, even with a bib cake is much better worn on your face, hands, and hair, and clothes than in your mouth.

Much love to Danny’s entire family. Enjoy this little sneak peek from the party.  D. is certainly growing into one charming, bright, happy little guy and I can’t wait to see what another year brings for your family!

2010 Holiday Card Designs! | Northern Virginia Custom Photographer

*sings* “Oh the weather outside is frightful…”

Here in Virginia it’s a frightful 97 degrees and definitely not feeling like the holiday season quite yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s not too early to get into the holiday spirit!

I am so excited to be in the midst of scheduling my 2010 holiday mini sessions. These sessions will be taking place on October 30th in the historic town of Waterford, VA and will be my official return to shooting after maternity leave. I have a VERY limited number of spots available so contact me soon about booking because these are bound to fill up quick!

As part of these session you’ll recieve 25 custom designed holiday cards on either a textured finish linen paper or pearl finish metalic paper.  Here’s a peek at the seven card designs you’ll have to choose from.  (All designs are for flat 5×7 cards except for #4 which is a flat 5×5 square card).

If you’re a past client who is interested in purchasing one of these cards using an image from a previous Be Young Photography session contact me for more information.

Sara's Baby Shower

This past weekend I got to spend time with a friend I miss dearly. Sara and I were new teachers the at the same time, finding our way together though the stress, the joys, and the challenges of that first year.  We very quickly discovered our lives seemed to intersect regularly: adopting adorable kitties the same year, buying new cars at the same time, purchasing our first homes during the same summer and within 2 miles of one another, and both getting married in July of 2006.

We were amazingly compatible, had weekly coffee dates, and over the course of 4 years grew quite a special friendship and bond.  Then, two years ago our lives diverged and I felt lost without her here.  A new job for her husband Sean took them cross country to sunny San Diego California, just about as far as you can get from the east coast. Our friendship is still as strong as ever but now it unfortunately sustains itself on email, Facebook, the monthly phone call, and the occasional trip home to visit family.

In October, the exciting news was publicized that her and Sean were expecting their first child! I was bummed that with Sara and Sean in San Diego I’d miss out on seeing her throughout the pregnancy and not be able to share in such an exciting time with such a good friend. Fortunately, the holidays brought them back east to visit family and they threw her a lovely baby shower in Richmond, VA last weekend where I got to capture some beautiful images of her special day.

Thank you Sara for including me in the festivities. I so miss our time together and really hope life brings you guys back east soon.  I am incredibly excited for you and Sean and can’t wait to meet the little “McNugget” when she arrives!

2010 Here I Come – New Name, New Packages, New Products

As 2009 comes to an end I find it hard to believe that what started only 3 months ago as a way for me to write, to express, and to heal, has turned into an amazing opportunity. An opportunity to start a business capturing memories, your precious memories, for years to come.  It fills me with so much joy, I can hardly put what I feel into words. Thank You.  During the past 2 months I have completed 8 family photo sessions. Each unique, each special, and each allowing me the opportunity to learn, to experiment, and to gain a confidence with the camera that I never knew I had.  Here are just a few of my favorite memories captured during those special first sessions.

Looking ahead there are some big changes underway for me and this business.  As I write, I have a brand new webpage being developed!! With a new look and feel. And a new name. The launch of the new webpage means “Bella Rose Photography” as a business page will become a thing of the past.  I may keep this blog running as my landing space for personal reflection but the business will undergo big changes. “BeYoung Photography” will soon be born and I couldn’t be happier! Hopefully within the next month the new page will be up and running, so stay tuned for updates.

In the meantime, some other changes are already taking shape. I am excited to have new packages and new product offerings to start off 2010. Head on over to the Investment page for all the details. In addition to family portrait sessions I am excited to offer a new “Belly and Baby” package, and event sessions too.  Stay tuned in the coming months for “Mini Session” offerings as well.  Product purchase options now include photo prints of all sizes, an archival CD of edited images, gallery canvas prints, or custom designed albums.

Turning this hobby from vision to a full fledged business venture would not have become a reality without your readership, support, trust, and encouragement. I am so excited to begin booking sessions for 2010 and can’t wait to hear from you and begin capturing your memories. It’s going to be an amazing year.

Baby Danny Rosenfeld Is Baptised

Some of you may remember little baby Danny from not too long ago. Danny’s mom, dad and I go waaaaaaaaay back (high school days) and when Sharon asked me to be at Danny’s baptism AND asked me to be photographer for the day I was thrilled. Sterling United Methodist Church was where little Danny’s baptism took place and it was beautifully decked out for the Christmas season.

The Rosenfelds are an amazingly talented and musical family. Willis is an awesome pianist and vocalist and Sharon is a beautiful vocalist as well.  It was such a joy to hear Sharon, Willis and the rest of their family, friends, and church community sing their hearts out on this particular Sunday.  The most touching was when mommy Sharon and daddy Willis sang a song to Danny after the actual baptism took place.  Beautifully done and touching.

Can I just tell you how much I love these booties. So cute!

After the service we were all invited to Sharon’s parent’s house for a celebration. A wonderful spread with lovely company and conversation. And of course more loving for the man of honor!  This kid is loved by so many people and it shows in the pictures from Sunday’s festivities.  Thank you for letting me share in your day Sharon, Willis, Danny and the rest of the family. I hope these preview images make you smile. The rest will be on the way soon!

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