Darlene's Photography: Blog https://darlenesphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Darlene's Photography info@darlenesphotography.com (Darlene's Photography) Tue, 19 Oct 2021 22:20:00 GMT Tue, 19 Oct 2021 22:20:00 GMT https://darlenesphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u348411220-o455889739-50.jpg Darlene's Photography: Blog https://darlenesphotography.com/blog 83 120 6 Tips to Get the Most Value from Your Headshot Photo Session https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2021/10/6-tips-to-get-the-most-value-from-your-headshot-photo-session Scheduling your first professional headshot session can be intimidating. It’s difficult to know how to prepare for a photo shoot that will become the face of your professional career. Balancing your personality and professionalism in one photo may seem impossible,  but fear not! As a professional headshot photographer, I’m here to put your fears at rest and offer you a few tips to keep in mind in the weeks leading up to your photo session.

1. Know Your Personal Brand.

How do you want your audience to perceive you? This is an important step in putting yourself out in the market as a professional. When someone sees your photo or hears your name, what do you want them to associate you with? Is there a certain subject or industry you want to be perceived in as an expert? As in all industries, the market is full of other experts in the field competing against you. Ask yourself this additional question, “how do I stand out from the rest?” Knowing these answers will help you with the next steps in preparing for your headshot session.

2. Dress for success with a great outfit.

When building your personal brand, your style is an important factor. An outfit can highlight your personality, establish you as an expert in your industry, and build trust. So when picking an outfit, be sure to stay on brand and remember first impressions matter! 

Your headshot can be customized to your industry. If you’re a fitness instructor, wearing a nice athletic outfit shows you mean business and are an expert in your field. However for a realtor, an athletic outfit wouldn’t make sense. Choose a professional suit or stylish outfit that highlights your personality while demonstrating professionalism.

To ensure your headshots will last for a few years, pick pieces that are as timeless as possible. Avoid loud patterns or trendy styles that won’t last forever (after all, what is “in” today may be “out” tomorrow). Also avoid loud and distracting colors and instead pick soft colors (let’s leave the neon colors at home and go with blush or cream instead). And finally, wear classic accessories (jewelry, watches, etc.) that are on brand and stay away from big, chunky loud pieces. Again these may be in style now, but won’t be tomorrow.












3. Give yourself enough time for hair styling.

Now that you have an outfit and accessories selected, it’s time to start planning your hairstyle. When getting ready for your headshot session, it’s important to give yourself enough time to get ready and ensure your hair is done more than any normal day. This photo is meant to present the best version of yourself, and frizzy bed head just won’t cut it.

If you have enough time before your shoot, consider going to your hairstylist. Even a quick trim a few days before can give you a clean look for your photos and reduce flyaway hairs. Men, this goes for your facial hair as well! Make sure you tidy up your beard at least a day or two before. The day of your session, consider styling your facial hair a bit more than normal to keep straggling hairs at bay.












4. Finish the look with makeup.

The camera gear and lighting equipment used in professional photos capture sharp images and show every detail. Although Photoshop is an amazing tool, preparing your face for your shoot is important! If you don’t wear makeup – and that is on brand for you – coming to your shoot with a clean, washed face is important.

Even if you wear makeup every day, give yourself enough time to finish styling before your headshot session. Cameras can wash out subtle makeup, so add on a little more than you normally would to make sure your features will stand out. It doesn’t have to be too crazy or glamorous, just a little extra will make a lot of difference. Make sure to bring your make-up bag to your session for any last minute touch ups. Even men can benefit from a clean face and subtle makeup! A tiny layer of foundation or a sprinkle of powder will even out skin tone and reduce oily skin. 


5. Drink plenty of water a few days before your session.

Hydration. Hydration. Hydration. This is one of the most important things before any photo shoot, but especially a professional headshot. Start a few days in advance to make sure you (and your skin) are hydrated enough. Hydrated skin is more elastic, can reduce oil production, and help give you a radiant glow (read more about the importance of hydration for your skin here). This is just what you need for your professional headshot!

6. Get enough sleep the night before.

Just like drinking enough water, getting enough rest is extremely important. This will help reduce any tired bags under your eyes and give you enough energy to have fun with your headshot session! If you don’t like to wear a lot of makeup, getting good sleep the night before can help reduce the need for heavy makeup application. Feeling rested is one of the best ways to feel like yourself – one of the most important things for your headshot photo session!


Curious about why a professional headshot is so important? Check out my previous blog on the reasons you should book your headshot today!
Ready to schedule your headshot session? Contact me to book your photoshoot today!

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Why you should have a professional headshot https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2021/10/why-you-should-have-a-professional-headshot If the growth of social media has taught us anything, it’s that first impressions matter and we only have seconds to make a good first impression. The job market has been tumultuous at the very least since 2020’s job losses. Many employers and market analysts have seen a “great resignation” in progress as the job market becomes more competitive. It can be difficult to stand out from the crowd when there are many people looking for new opportunities, but a professional headshot can set you apart and capture your audience's attention.

We can all agree that social media takes a major part in our everyday life. Even for those who may still be in denial about it, you simply cannot overlook the fact that media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram are used by businesses and employers in looking for talent. Social media is constantly evolving and we must evolve along with it to stay competitive in the market. 

Normally, it’s not recommended to include an image on your resume. But as more and more job listings ask for your LinkedIn profile, the profile picture has become one of the most important components to a good digital first impression. Whether you are looking for a new job, searching for clients, or hoping to create connections with people in your industry, having a high-quality headshot can be the difference between getting the job or being looked over. 

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In case you haven't been convinces, here are a few reasons why a professional headshot can be your best friend in a job search or networking setting:

Stand out from your competition and establish a personal brand.

Personal branding is a key component in any professional setting because it tells your audience who you are and what you are an expert in. Whether networking with fellow professionals, attending a job fair, or trying to build your own business, a professional headshot is a basic tool to help you stand out from the crowd. Headshots can be tailored to show your personality and communicate who you are through visual cues that support your brand.

Show who you are today, not five  years ago.

Outdated photos can create a lot of confusion for potential employers or clients and can instantly create distrust. It’s important to update your headshots every 1-2 years. We’re all human, we all change with time. It’s important that how you are represented online is reflected with who you are in person today.

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Selfies ≠ personable branding.

Despite the pandemic forcing us all to stay home, the age of using selfies on your LinkedIn profile or as your professional image is coming to an end. As the market continues to only get more competitive, having an updated professional photo shows your audience that you are above average and have invested in yourself and will invest into them. Book a headshot photo shoot and get an updated picture for any place your face is featured.

Phone cameras won’t do you justice.

Knowing how to take a professional headshot is more than just setting up your iPhone with a ring light and hoping for the best (fingers crossed and smile). That’s what everyone else does these days anyway but you don’t want to be like everyone else. You want to stand out! Hiring a professional photographer for a headshot means you get an expert with professional equipment to provide you with stunning images where you were guided on what to wear and how to pose.


On top of gaining expertise by hiring a pro, you remove any chance that the photo will turn out blurry when you upload it to your social media channels. High quality professional headshots will imply you are a legitimate business or candidate for recruiters. 

Professional headshots are not just for your LinkedIn page.

These photos can be used across all your social media accounts, business cards, your personal website, for speaking engagements, presentations, or even your holiday cards! A one-time investment in a professional headshot can last a long time and help people recognize your face. Plus, when you hire a professional you will get more than just one photo and can regularly swap out images as often as you like!

Build trust with future clients or recruiters.

Studies have shown that people decide to trust others within the first few seconds of meeting someone. Facial expressions are becoming more and more important to building clientele or making a good impression when searching for a job. Professional headshots can help you make a positive impact in the most important split seconds of a first impression.

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Keep up in the fast-moving, digital world.

As the digital world continues to expand, having a professional headshot is no longer a suggestion. Now, it’s one of the basic needs in owning a business or putting yourself out there in the corporate world. More and more people turn to search engines and professional websites to find new employees or businesses to hire. Professional headshots are an easy way to cut through the noise.

Have you updated your headshot recently? Check out my portfolio or contact me to book your photoshoot today!

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We’re all making the best out of the stay at home order and never have we had so much family time together! So with the encouragement and collaboration with Front Porch Living Magazine's Publisher, Tracy Pasqualone, the Porchtrait Project was started! The project hit the ground running in the Willowsford Community in Aldie, Virginia where donations were collected for local food banks through Willowsford Cares, a non-profit organization assisting residents, communities and non-profits.

80 neighbors joined in on this huge effort and raised thousands of dollars to donate to local food banks! It's amazing how people can come together, even during a time when we have to stay apart! A big heartfelt thank you to all who participated!

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Helpful Tips for Planning Your Christmas Photo Outfits https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2019/11/helpful-tips-for-planning-your-christmas-photo-outfits One of the questions I am always asked when a client books a session is: "What should we wear?" and I know that is top of everyone's mind when planning for photos. It can be overwhelming and time consuming to scour Pinterest for ideas, so here are a few tips to help you move past that:

Visualize what you want your Christmas card to look like

These photos will be on your Christmas cards so visualizing what you want them to look like will help you start thinking of what to wear. My favorite cards are through Minted.com. Scanning Christmas card designs will help you come up with an idea for outfits. 


Decide whether you want an indoor or outdoor photo

Choosing an indoor or outdoor session will further narrow down your outfit choices. An indoor session allows you to go with a casual or glamorous look. For a casual look, think of matching jammies or jeans and a t-shirt look.


For a more formal/glam look, think of dress and heels or gown and suit. The glamorous look really is more suited for indoors since you don't want to look cold in your photos trying to pull off the glam look! Not to mention the goosebumps you may have all over!


Neutral colors work best!

No matter what theme you go with, going with a neutral color always works best in photos. You want to go with pale colors, blush colors, or light colors. Think pale green, or blush pink or light grey. Bold colors are distracting and can take away from the subjects. With all of that being said, when planning a family color scheme, it doesn't mean you all have to wear the exact same color. A nice balanced color scheme has a combination of plain color, print and darker color. Here are some ideas:

  • Tan, denim, stripes
  • Navy, tan, cream, plaid
  • Blush, white, light blue, floral print

Simple is sometimes best!

⁠Now that you've read all of this information and decided on a theme, you're probably thinking: "Buying all of these pieces of clothing is going to be expensive!" Well, I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be. You can simply go through your closet and pick out items you already have. Add some accessories like a scarf and hat and voila! Seriously, finding a sweater, scarf, jeans and a pair of boots is just as good as going out and buying all new fancy gear! However, if you want to buy new stuff but not break the bank, places like Old Navy and Target or even Walmart (oh yes I did!) are options. I bought these adorable earring from Walmart for $2.97 and every time I wear them I get complimented on them. You can find inexpensive and cute scarves and accessories there and no one would ever know! 


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Photo Session in Daffodils - Purcellville, VA https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2019/4/photo-session-in-daffodils---purcellville-va Every year during Spring, daffodils sprout up not only on our nicely manicured lawns, but wildly along the major roads and highways in the area. As a photographer, I am always subconsciously looking for beautiful backdrops to use in photo sessions! Although I am often tempted to pull over on the side of the highway, cross the highway,  unassumingly sit in the middle of the field that is located in the middle of the highway, and take the most perfect Instagram worthy photo... common sense kicks in and I refrain from putting myself and an others in potential danger (le sigh). So when I came across a small patch of daffodils off of the running trail (and next to the highway exit but not in the middle of the highway - score!!) I thought this is a much less dangerous spot and totally doable! Queue the family to dress in something nice, grab the camera and head out the door!! 

I hope you enjoy these quick photos we grabbed in Purcellville, Virginia. The photos are of me and my mini (thanks dear husband for agreeing to join us on this session and grabbing some pics!).  This is truly my favorite time of year, when nature wakes up from Winter's frozen slumber and sprouts to life. The time of year when the trees, grass and flowers bloom with incredible bursts of color, I too feel as if I've woken from the slumber and I too am sprouting to life!  This year, the season has inspired me to create a photo series. For the next couple of weeks I will be on a mission to capture photos using various flowers as a backdrop to show the great beauty the season has to offer. If you have any suggestions on where I can find beautiful flowers or foliage, please leave a comment. Stay tuned!




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Darlene's Photography Studio Now Open! https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2019/1/darlenes-photography-studio-now-open The Day Is Finally Here!!

I am so excited and utterly grateful to announce the opening of Darlene's Photography Studio. This has been a dream of mine for 5 years and I'm still in shock that it's finally happening! I'm happy to now provide in-studio photography to include: maternity, newborn, family, boudoir, headshots and personal branding photography for business owners.

Throughout the build-out, I captured the progress of my own little studio. The studio is situated on my property in Hillsboro, VA. We built it out of a custom ordered shed built by The Amish. The outside will be worked on next but for now, enjoy photos of the progress inside the studio.

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Family Session - Harper's Ferry, WV https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2018/11/family-session---harpers-ferry-wv This session will always be a memorable one because we were chasing Fall leaves. My client wanted to capture the leaves on the trees changing colors and a wind storm days before our session basically ripped off all of the leaves in the area. So on the day of our session, we were in search of trees that still had leaves on them! We had fun regardless and captured some great shots!

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Newborn Baby Boy Photo Session, Hamilton, Virginia | Loudoun County https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2018/11/newborn-photo-session-purcellville-virginia-loudoun-county Baby boy Ian was a dream to work with! He was 2 weeks old and slept during the first half of his photo shoot, then remained happily awake during the second half! And look at this mama! Looking amazing and still having that glow!


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Newborn Girl Photo Session | Purcellville, VA https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2017/9/newborn-photo-session-purcellville-va My mission with photography is to serve my clients. Special moments can go by so quickly, in the blink of an eye (*snap of the fingers)! Although the first moments with a newborn in the home can be rough, exhausting and stressful… they are also the happiest. Bringing a newborn into your life is a unique event that juxtaposes chaos with bliss, why wouldn’t I want to be a part of documenting that?! My goal is to capture such moments for you to look back on fondly for many, many years.

Here is a beautiful family I get to call close friends. I was there for the first and had the honor to capture their second, Baby Jojo. With their second daughter, these moments are going by much faster than they did with their first… so I am thrilled I was able to capture this moment for them!





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6 Month Photo Session | Leesburg, VA https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2017/9/6-month-photo-session-leesburg-va Six months old is such a fun age! Little ones begin to sit up, interact more, and giggle a lot! I captured this little cutie when she was a newborn and am so excited to catch her now that's she's a bit more grown up (by the look on her face in some of these poses, you'd agree that she's grown up too!). 

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Maternity Photo Outdoor Session | Harper's Ferry, WV https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2017/8/maternity-photo-session-harpers-ferry-wv My good friends are having a baby (again)! I am beyond honored to have been around to not only photograph their first pregnancy, but their second and have captured other special moments. I'm so happy for Katie, DJ and Maddie and excited to meet baby Jojo. 

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Newborn In Home Photo Session | Round Hill, VA https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2017/4/newborn-in-home-photo-session-round-hill-va This in home session was a lot of fun! The new parents of Eleanor are both air traffic controllers and had to get at least one photo of this sweet girl and an airplane. The wooden airplane and aviator cap is just the cutest! I think Eleanor has a future in the aviation industry! Congrats to Natasha and Greg on their bundle of joy!

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Newborn Twin Photo Session | Ashburn, Virginia https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2017/4/newborn-twin-photo-session-ashburn-virginia Meet Joanna and Jayden... the cutest little twins I had the honor to meet and photograph. They like the spotlight, they both did so well with taking photographs they basically slept the entire time. I've photographed many newborns and each time I do it's like the first. You forget how tiny humans are at birth and for me, they are just magical! Pure and perfect - magical! Enjoy these shots I grabbed of J + J!

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Newborn Photo Session | Frederick, MD https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2017/2/newborn-photo-session-frederick-md This sweet family was so excited about their little addition! She was the best baby I have worked with so far. She slept most of the session!

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Newborn Photo Session | Purcellville, VA https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2017/2/newborn-photo-session-purcellville-va Meet Cindy with sweet little Penny. We worked hard to get these images but well worth it! These are some of my favorite images I've captured!

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Newborn Photo Session | Bethesda, MD https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2017/1/newborn-photo-session-bethesda-md Meet sweet Elsa her mom Suzie and big sister Janie! 

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Engagement Session by Darlene S Photography | Purcellville, VA https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2016/12/engagement-session-by-darlene-s-photography-purcellville-va If only every day can be a day for fun, relaxation and just focusing on nothing but the ones you love! Instead we have busy lives, ruled by commuting, working, chores and doing... stuff that's not always so enjoyable. Teri and Colin contacted me for an outdoor engagement session. I came up with the idea to have a picnic style session. Take a look at the fun and quality time they spent that day!












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Giving Thanks | Purcellville Virginia Photographer https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2016/11/giving-thanks The Thanksgiving holiday is here and I'm taking time to stop and share all that I give thanks to. I am horrible at slowing down long enough to blog and share with you all the exciting things going on (I would give up coffee for like 8 more hours in a day! No seriously, I think I would and if you didn't know... I'm a huge coffee 'enthusiast'). So I'll start by giving thanks for this time I have to stop and share... while my daughter runs delirious circles around me. I really wanted to recap my Fall season and give thanks to how beautiful it has been. Magical almost. So I'll start there... Fall, I am thankful for:

1. Gold and Pink Sunsets

2. Pumpkin Patch Fun


4. Wineries

Photo by BFritz


5. Halloween and Haunted Forests

6. Fall Weddings

7. Fall Photo Sessions

Above all, I give thanks to family and friends. Your support and encouragement is everything!

Last, I want to give a HUGE THANKS to my customers. I am so thankful to have been part of  your lives and have gotten to know you! 

Life would not be wonderful without you all!



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Family Photo Session | Doukenie Winery in Purcellville, VA https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2016/10/family-photo-session-doukenie-winery-Purcellville-virginia This Fall family photo session took place in at my studio location and at Doukenie Winery. The weather was perfect and this family beautiful! The boys enjoyed exploring and a mini picnic while Mom and Dad may have enjoyed some wine after the session wrapped up...

I can't wait to photograph this family again next year!

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Darlene S Photography is now in Purcellville, VA https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2016/9/darlene-s-photography-is-now-in-purcellville-va I’m taking a brief moment out of the hectic life we’ve been living the last two months to share our excitement!


For those who don’t know, 7 years ago we moved to Woodbridge, Virginia from Las Vegas. It was quite an adjustment for me since I’d lived in Vegas for 20 years and prior to that in the Los Angeles area. The East Coast is… different and I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love the seasons; except I hate the winter. I love the landscape and the wildlife; but I hate the mosquitoes. I love my photography business and clients I have gotten to know and the opportunity that Virginia has provided my husband and I… but I miss my family… every day I miss them.

I think I will always have this love/hate relationship to some degree but I had to focus more on why I love Virginia and expand on that love because it has been so good to us! So, to do that we decided to move to Purcellville, VA for a slower pace, great schools and to be surrounded by beauty. Why Purcellville? Well we had friends who lived there and each time we visited we loved it. We realized that most of our weekends the last 7 years (weather permitting), we spent “exploring” Virginia’s countryside and taking in the beauty. The most important reason for Purcellville was we want to raise our daughter in a calm environment where our focus is on family.


Luckily, a house we fell in love with .9 miles away from my friend’s home came on the market. After a few bumps in the road (we’ll save that story for another blog) and after a few months, we got our dream home. We’re surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and others I don’t even know what they’re named. There are many farms surrounding us and did I mention wineries?!


I’m excited to expose our daughter to new things and myself as well. I am excited to share this with you as well. I have big plans in mind and hope to share them with you someday! For now, here is some of the fun we’ve had!



Father's Day | Darlene S Photography | Northern Virginia Family Photography https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2016/6/fathers-day This Father's Day I wanted to share images I've captured of some awesome dads. As I sifted through all the sessions, I soon realized how many great moments I captured between a father and their children and wrote a  bit of a poem. Here it goes...

Fathers are there from the very beginning There through all the tough times...

And sleepless nights...

There for bottle feedings

and to tell you everything is alright.

Fathers teach




And give you away on your very special day

This Father's Day make sure to recognize the special guys in your life for all they do!

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Newborn Photo Session | Falls Church, VA https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2016/6/newborn-photo-session-falls-church-va Congratulations to the Roth family and the perfect little addition! This family is as sweet as can be!

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Newborn Photography Session | Springfield, VA https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2016/6/newborn-photography-session-springfield-va This little Princess was an exciting addition to the Fritz Family. I'm overjoyed for their blessings and honored to continue to capture their family over the years!


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Newborn Photography Session | Annandale, VA https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2016/4/newborn-photography-session-annandale-va Welcome to the world little Noah Nicholas! Your first time Mommy and Daddy are overjoyed to have you in their lives! You were so good taking photos!

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Newborn Photo Session | Old Town Alexandria, VA https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2016/3/newborn-photo-session-old-town-alexandria-va Photo session day was a really cold one but Christina and Nathan's cozy Alexandria home (and Sugar Shack Donuts!) was perfect and warm and perfect (really it was!). Little Hank was so good for his photo session and Mom & Dad couldn't be any happier! You can see the happy and smiling theme throughout the photos!


P.S. the tree on the wall was hand painted... I know! It was pretty amazing!






Hank is going to grow up surrounded by many laughs and love. Congrats Christina and Nathan!


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80's Themed Birthday Bash | Washington, DC https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2016/2/80s-theme-birthday-bash About last night... rubix cubes, brick phones, big hair, side pony tails, rad fashion, Ronald Raegan and The Breakfast Club. Many came to rock out with the birthday girl at The Loft at 600 F in Downtown Washington, DC put together by Six Twenty Events.  There was non stop dancing to the best of the 80's put on by DJ Bialak. A nostalgic night which had me thinking... man the 80's were awesome!



Photography by: Darlene S Photography 

Event Planning by: Six Twenty Events

Venue location: The Loft at 600 F

Music by: Dan Goldman

Cake by: The Cake Courtesan

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Air Force Promotion Ceremony at the National Archives, Washington D.C. https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2016/2/airforce-promotional-ceremony-at-the-national-archives An Air Force promotion ceremony to Lieutenant Colonel at the National Archives in Washington DC. The National Archives is the ultimate location for this special occasion since the ceremony takes place in the rotunda where the Constitution of the United States and Declaration of Independence are housed. This is where the officer recites the oath and is pinned to their new rank. I'm always honored to not only capture this special moment but to witness it; grateful to the men and women who serve. Thank you Lt. Col. Garcia for your dedication and service. 

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Baby Boy Newborn Photo Session | Burke, VA https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2015/12/baby-boy-newborn-photo-session-burke-va There is nothing better than spending time with first time parents and their newborns. Not only do I get to capture images of the sweet little bundles of joy, but I also get to witness the love and joy parents have for their baby! There is nothing like it! Oh let's not forget the the hard work that's put into the nursery! 

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Paula's Quinceanera | Reston, VA https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2015/10/paulas-quinceanera The journey to Paula's quinceanera started when her Mom and Dad knew that they were having a little girl. Paula's father always wanted to have a quince for his little girl.

Fast forward to 2015 where Paula and her mother had to fulfill her late father's wish. 

The goal for Paula's quince was to have fun, be surrounded by family and friends, share memories and remember her late father. Paula danced with her uncle, her father's brother while a video containing fond memories of her father played in the background. Her father's wish was granted and he was there with her that day. Scroll down to the end to view the video.

The group photos were taken at Lake Anne Village Park in Reston, VA.






The quince took place at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott


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Air Force Military Promotional Ceremony | Pentagon Hall of Heroes https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2015/10/air-force-military-promotional-ceremony Congrats to this intelligent and talented woman who was promoted due to her hard work and dedication to service. What an inspiration to all women!








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Jasmin's Quinceanera | Woodbridge, VA https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2015/5/jasmins-quinceanera Jasmin is a lovely young lady who will have a special celebration in honor of her 15th birthday: a quinceañera. This is her story through photography...

A Quinceañera is the Hispanic tradition of celebrating a young girl's coming of age - her 15th birthday. Today's celebrations embrace religious customs, and the virtues of family and social responsibility. The Quinceanera tradition celebrates the young girl and recognizes her journey from childhood to maturity. The customs highlight God, family, friends, music, food, and dance.

We started the quinceanera tradition with a photo session a month before her big celebration. The photos from her session are then combined with photos of her throughout the years, growing into the young lady she is today. The photos are put into a slideshow which is played during the celebration.

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On the big day of the celebration, there is a lot to do! From hair and makeup, to putting on the big gown, taking group photos, and finally with the big celebration. The photos here document the day in the life of a quinceanera... and make sure to scroll down to the bottom and view the video!

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Birthday Party Photography | Ashburn, VA https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2015/5/sibling-joint-birthday-party This birthday had a pirates and princess combo theme and had so many fun activities going on! Belle was there, Jack from the Neverland Pirates also entertained the kids, along with a pirate ship, and limbo! Watch the video to see all the fun...



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Scott + Nicole's Jefferson Memorial Wedding | Washington, DC https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2015/5/scott-nicoles-jefferson-memorial-wedding Scott and Nicole are a couple who like to keep things simple and since this was both of their second go around, simple and sweet was a perfect theme to go with! This couple met in the DC Metro area, fell in love, got engaged and were about to embark on a journey to Germany where Scott's military career was taking them to. The Jefferson Memorial was a perfect location to vow their love to one another!

When I first met Nicole in person at the Jefferson Memorial, it was on a day when the cherry blossoms were in peak bloom. I asked her to come in a dress so we could grab a photo that she could give Scott on the morning of their wedding. Battling the crowds at the Tidal Basin, not to mention the cool and windy weather, was so worth it because we got some incredible, beautiful images! When I presented these images to Nicole in her online gallery, her comment to me was "I've never looked at a picture of myself and felt so beautiful - thank you!"

















A week later, the cherry blossoms were gone along with the large crowds, which made way for sunshine and a perfect day to get married. Close family and friends gathered, not only to witness the union between this couple, but to spend as much time with them before their move across international waters.
































































The ceremony began and the violinist filled the air with sweet music, tourists gathered to watch and the groom smiling as his lovely bride made her way down the aisle. The couple was all smiles throughout the ceremony and the kiss was perfection!





































The Jefferson Memorial was so perfect for this couple and their sweet and simple wedding. I am honored each time a client chooses me to not only capture their day but to be a part of it. I take the responsibility very seriously but also like to have fun with my clients and put them at ease when they hire me. I wish Scott and Nicole the very best on their new endeavors in Germany.

And a bonus, here's a video of the couple's lovely day!


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Maternity and Newborn Photography Session | Kensington, Maryland https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2015/4/maternity-and-newborn-photography-session-kensington-maryland One of my favorite photography packages I offer is the "Belly and Baby" package {Maternity and Newborn}. It's a favorite because not only do I get to meet the expecting couple but I get to meet their bundle of joy too!

Pat and Fraser are special to me for reasons I can't really explain, there's just something special about this couple. I think it's the fact that they seem like a perfect fit for one another, Pat is a doting husband, they're laid back and were really excited for the arrival of their baby girl.

I also love their style! Just take a look at the nursery decor. They're both bookworms so a bookshelf was a must in the nursery. The crib in the nursery is type of crib Pat used when he was born in a German hospital. The window treatments were hand painted by mom to be Fraser as was the art hanging in the nursery. The closet was nicely organized and hangers sectioned and labeled appropriately 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months...

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Now on to this beautiful mama... she was glowing and after our session together I told her she was my pregnant girl crush! How gorgeous does she look?! She really pulls off the pregnancy look!

Ms. Rowan Callie Byrne was born on March 17th and I was so excited to meet a fellow Pisces! She was a good little girl. Baby, Mom and Dad all seemed to be settling in really nicely together. So much love and sweetness.

For more information about how to book your next photography session, email me at darlenesphoto@gmail.com. I hope I can capture your special life moments. 



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Corporate Event and Head shot Photography https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2015/3/corporate-events I’m excited to share these photos! In addition to specializing in wedding and family photography, I offer corporate event and head shot photography. I recently had the pleasure of working with a non profit organization of public health professionals which was held at Westin Georgetown in Washington, DC.

In this closed cohort session, I was asked to capture panel presentations and leadership panels...

A class photo...

A reception and graduation ceremony...

and team building exercise fun!

I live and work in the NOVA/DC area and as a professional photographer, I can make recommendations on location and attire. For corporate/executive sessions, I recommend comfortable fitting clothes that are solid in color and professional. Whether shooting indoors or outdoors, my goal is to make my clients as comfortable as possible so they can relax and have fun during the session – this is what makes the photos come alive. 

Corporate photography includes executive portraiture, group portraiture, corporate head shots, corporate lifestyle, event/convention coverage, website photography, health care, commercial and hospitality settings. I am located in Northern Virginia and travel to locations throughout Virginia, Maryland and DC for client photography sessions. 

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Month of Love https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2015/2/month-of-love Happy Valentine's Day!

What a great day it was today, it truly is the month of love

This morning started off with a happy, bright breakfast made by Chef Husband :)

Then a quick little fun session... this is called "Lovely Wild Child" since I couldn't tame the wild hair.  

Then it was off to explore and find something fun to do to enjoy this day with the hubby and munchkin. Exploring for us means driving around aimlessly to see what fun we can find. It was in the mid 20s out so I had to bundle up! I didn't mind, I was happy to wear my blush pink head wrap!

As we began our trip, munchkin fell asleep so we had to take a slow drive to allow her to get a good nap in which worked out so well! We drove around and came across Clifton, VA... an adorable little town in the middle of nowhere (says the City girl).  As we drove through we noticed an antique shop and decided to stop in to La Bella Luce antique shop.  Best. Antique Shop. Ever.... ever!!

This old home turned into shop was filled corner to corner with old and new, chandeliers, Italian imported antique furniture and to top it off they were having a 30% off everything sale. You can tell that they pay attention to details because the first thing I noticed when I walked in were these antique Valentine's post cards from 19 11 and 1913... 

The shop has two levels and each room decorated with lovely items:





My favorite room was the one with baby items in it, I fell in LOVE with the baptism gowns here. I wanted to buy them all and keep them all to my self! Vintage Italian baptism gowns, all very fine fabric and lace... they were stunning.... I can't stop thinking about them!



I left La Bella Luce with a few great finds, a vintage hat box with vintage hats, a German children's chair, and some handmade knitted bibs:

I'm so glad I came across Clifton, VA and La Bella Luce... it won't be the last time. I highly recommend a visit here. 
Closed out the day with dinner and the munchkin <3

I believe the Month Of Love has a lot more in store for me. Can't wait to share what's to come for Darlene S Photography!


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Love Letter https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2015/2/love_letter Every year for Valentine's Day I like to think of a special, thoughtful gift

I try to stay away from the commercial aspect of this holiday and instead think up something creative. This year is a little different from past years because it's been the busiest. These days are filled heavier work loads, juggling two kids (a toddler and a teenager), three dogs, and all that comes with owning a home. So this year, instead of adding one more thing to juggle (aka some thing that takes time to plan which I have none of) I am going to write my husband a love letter from us.

No, not the quick little message you can write in a CVS store bought card, but a true love note to tell him just how much we love him. A genuine, heart felt note to say what we love about him and how love is not possible without him. This is special because although we say I love you daily, we don't get a chance to elaborate on just why we love each other and a love note is just perfect for doing so. I'd say...

You ALWAYS make me smile and laugh! Whether it's at you, with you, about you... it doesn't matter. I laugh everyday and I just LOVE that about you.

Our baby girl. I love that we had her, that she looks like me, has your relentlessness, and keeps us on our toes constantly. I just love everything about this part of our story.

I love that you help me, believe in me, care for me, and support me! I just love that about you.

She loves you and we think your the best daddy ever! You'll do anything for her!


What will your love letter say?


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Military Retirement Ceremony | Quantico, VA https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2015/1/mgysgt-compton-retirement-ceremony I had the honor of providing photography coverage for Master Gunnery Sergeant Compton's military retirement ceremony in Quantico, VA. He has dedicated over 24 years of service in the Marines and recently attached to a very special unit providing service to the President. His ceremony took place in a hangar and was filled with family, friends and fellow Marines... there to celebrate a very special man. You could tell that he's touched many through his leadership, genuineness and service. AMAZING. Proud to support our armed forces and encourage everyone to do the same. Enjoy!

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Carolina's Maternity Session https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2015/1/carolinas-maternity-session I'm so excited to showcase one of my latest maternity sessions. This took place on a warm winter day... luck was on our side as we braved a slightly cool day at Manassas Battlefield. This first time mom to be was a trooper and looks amazing as she nears the end of her pregnancy. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did capturing it and presenting it here for you...

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Events by Darlene S Photography https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2015/1/events-by-darlene-s-photography

Many may not know that in addition to portrait photography I also cover events. This video showcases a few of my favorite baptisms and christenings. Each time I cover these extremely special events, I leave grateful and feel blessed for these clients entrusting such special moments to me. It is an honor and a privilege to be your family photographer for life



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Air Force Military Promotion Ceremony Photography | National Archives, Washington D.C. https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/12/air-force-military-promotion-ceremony-photography-national-archives-washington-d-c I can never get enough of covering promotions at The National Archives in Washington, DC. The building is beautiful inside and out and is the perfect venue for a special occasion such as a military promotion ceremony. Here are a few of my favorites from Lt Col Sparrow's promotion.


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First Fiesta Birthday Party https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/10/first-fiesta-birthday-party First fiesta theme for a special girl's birthday. Complete with sombreros, veladoras, pinatas, baby maracas, baby tambourines, fiesta banners, cactus. The menu included charbroiled chicken, steak fajitas, spanish rice, sangria, spanish beers, guacamole and chips and salsa. 

Feliz Primer Cumpleanos sweet girl!






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Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding | Waldorf, MD https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/8/greatgatsbyinspiredwedding A Great Gatsby inspired wedding

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Diana's Quinceanera https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/7/dianas-quinceanera Quinceanera in Northern Virginia and National Harbor, Maryland

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Cherished Moments https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/5/cherished-moments I had the honor of spending a few hours on Mother's Day morning with this lovely mama and kids. This was a sort of emergency photo session since mom is a military mom who has to be away from her children for some time. The armed forces are near and dear to my heart so I was more than happy to capture a few precious moments for this adorable little family.  I LOVE what I do!!



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Jacob and Family https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/4/jacob-and-family Jacob is a special little boy that has brought so much joy to his family's life. Jacob is a outspoken and curious boy and was so nice in letting me take his photos although all he wanted to do was play. He is a huge fan of all things car so when I showed up with a radio flyer he was so happy with it and happy to smile for the camera!

info@darlenesphotography.com (Darlene's Photography) Family Photography https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/4/jacob-and-family Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:24:44 GMT
Lovely Mama and Her Boys https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/4/lovely-mama-and-her-boys While on a trip to the West Coast, I was able to snap away at this lovely mama and her boys! Big Brother smiled only when the camera was off and little baby brother was too interested in the camera and his toys to smile much for the camera but those eyes! Beautiful, mesmerizing eyes. This was fun! Enjoy!

info@darlenesphotography.com (Darlene's Photography) Family Photography https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/4/lovely-mama-and-her-boys Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:17:36 GMT
Spring Weekend Fun https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/4/spring-weekend-fun Although it was a little crisp out today, we were able to get outside and enjoy Spring. Thanks to http://kidfriendlydc.com, I found a fun farm to visit, Ticonderoga Farm www.ticonderoga.com. I highly recommend this place, so much for kids to do! Hay rides, slides, farm animals, marshmallow roasting, egg hunts and more!

Also, today was a big day... lots of firsts for my 6 month old baby girl. She said "Da Da", took a hay ride and swung for the first time! What a happy day! 


info@darlenesphotography.com (Darlene's Photography) Family Photography https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/4/spring-weekend-fun Sun, 06 Apr 2014 01:49:04 GMT
Cake Smash First Birthday https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/3/Cake-smash-first-birthday What a pleasure it was to have Jake, mom, dad and lola (grandma) come by the studio to take Jake's cake smash first birthday photos.  I call Jake "the charmer" because he is very charming and quite the character (as you can see in the photos where he had fun sticking out his tongue for the camera). When it came time for the cake smash, I was quite surprised that he was very tame... at first, he then realized how much fun a cake smash is and went at it, playing pat-a-cake with the cake! Looking at these photos, I can't help to smile at his cuteness and neither will you!

Jake the Charmer

info@darlenesphotography.com (Darlene's Photography) Cake Smash cake smash photo ideas cake smash photo session first birthday boy first birthday cake smash first birthday smash https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/3/Cake-smash-first-birthday Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:58:17 GMT
Heartbreaker https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/2/heartbreaker I just had to take advantage of the love filled holiday that is Valentine's day to get the studio ready for some photo fun. Eat your hearts out boys!

info@darlenesphotography.com (Darlene's Photography) Valentine's Day https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/2/heartbreaker Tue, 25 Feb 2014 04:01:16 GMT
Josel and Brad https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/1/josel-and-brad A fun photo shoot with a beautiful Josel and handsome Brad in lovely Old Town Alexandria. It was a bit cold but Josel smiled through it and produced some beautiful shots. This couple was a pro at taking photos and were fun and easy to work with!


info@darlenesphotography.com (Darlene's Photography) Maternity Photography https://darlenesphotography.com/blog/2014/1/josel-and-brad Sun, 19 Jan 2014 06:10:54 GMT