Jones Point Park has been a favorite location of mine for years, but because of the pandemic, I haven’t had as many shoots in Alexandria. I love the history of Jones Point Park, and because I was at this session early, I spent some time documenting the venue, too. I usually work with a lot of babies for family portraits, and the pandemic changed a lot of that, so I was excited when my friend Shelly who exclusively does weddings and couples shared my name with this sweet family.
I’ve only worked with a few older babies who were born during the pandemic, and I’m telling you… it’s totally different trying to get smiles from them! Combine a mask with the fact that they don’t see people besides their parents means that they aren’t getting all of that social interaction and “flirting” that happens normally. Gone are the days of a baby being held in Church making faces at everyone in the pews behind them. So it’s even MORE important for these sessions that mom and dad bring their A game and focus on interacting and playing with their child.
I love images that show authentic connection, so I often try to do that in my sessions anyway, and if I’m lucky, I’ll get a number of photos with everyone smiling and maybe even one of everyone smiling while looking at the camera!
If you would like to book your sessions at Jones Point Park or some other location in the DMV, I would love to talk! Because I teach full-time and have an extra class this semester, I’m limiting my sessions extensively until May. I have two openings in February and could the first or second weekend. I have only one opening left in March; contact me re: dates. I may hold spring minis on March 27 (location TBD) if anyone is interested!). I have two April openings and one May opening. To book a session, use my contact page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.