Alumbra Photography is now Authentic Portrait {Alexandria VA Family Photographer}

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You may have noticed I’ve been quiet over here lately…it’s because I’ve been vacationing in Paris for the past few months…

JUST KIDDING (but a girl can dream!)

actually I’ve been working tirelessly on some super exciting, REALLY BIG changes!

So here goes…

I am re-branding!  The new business name is Authentic Portrait.  My goal has always been to create portraits that are genuine, honest and authentic, so the name was perfect.

I have partnered with two super talented boss ladies and we are now a full-service photography studio!  We photograph everything from newborns to weddings and boudoir to fashion (and all the between).  We want to be your go-to for photography; the ones who photograph your wedding, your baby, and your baby’s senior photos when she’s grown.

We have a new studio!  We are putting the finishing touches on our studio space in Old Town Fairfax; right on Main St.  We will be here Monday through Saturday and would love for you to stop by for a visit or a shoot!

because we are giddy with excitement, and CELEBRATING over here, we are offering a really amazing Studio Opening special for all shoots booked between now and Christmas!  (and it just might INCLUDE custom Christmas cards!)
…shoot me an e-mail for all the details!
susannah@authenticportrait.com

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SOOOOO…
I won’t be posting to Alumbra any more and it would mean SO much if you would follow my new Authentic pages and blog!

www.facebook.com/CapturedByAuthentic
www.instagram.com/authenticportrait

www.authenticportrait.com

If you’re still reading I want you to know that I will still be photographing you and your family unless you request one of my partners.  They are both incredibly talented and have their own areas of specialty!

Fall Portraits {Fairfax, VA Family Photographer}

You guys…I’m sitting here with my windows open, a candle crackling and HOT coffee in my hand.  No, the air isn’t cool yet but I am watching leaves fall (and planning to make an apple crisp today from the apples we got at the orchard earlier this week)!

So fall is preeeeeeety much here.  School is back in session (my big girl started pre-school!), and fall activities are filling our calendars.  So before our fall is totally booked up (yours and mine), let’s get your family session on the books!

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I just stumbled on this image from the McKenny’s session last fall and my heart skipped a beat looking at those colorful leaves!  Shoot me an e-mail at susannah @ alumbraphotography . com or click on the contact button in the menu to set your date! (fall outfit inspiration coming SO soon because CHUNKY SWEATERS AND DENIM!!!)

Romanetti Family {Old Town Alexandria Family Photographer}

Danielle is the owner of Fibre Space in Old Town Alexandria…a King Street establishment!  Her super cute (and super popular shop) in Old Town sells all kinds of unique fibers and hosts classes for beginners and more advanced students, enabling customers to use and create with their gorgeous new yarns!

This week, Danielle was featured in Red Tricycle, so instead of telling you about how awesome she is (and how cute her family is), I’ll let them tell you and I’ll show you! 🙂

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I *might* have been singing Let it Go at the top of my lungs to get this smile…

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…but it was worth it!

Caucutt Family Session {Alexandria Va Family Portrait Photographer}

I was super honored when my friend Michele asked me to photograph her family.  Kody, their sweet dog, is getting older and having more health issues, and she wanted to be sure they had photographs of the three of them together.

We photographed in Old Town Alexandria in one of my favorite gardens on a warm summer evening a few weeks ago.

Michelle and Brian, thank you for allowing me to capture your family in this season of life!

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Henry’s Newborn Album {Washington DC Newborn Photographer}

Remember sweet little Henry?  This is the gorgeous album I got to create for his mama and papa!  Newborn albums are one of my favorite takeaways because they encapsulate a moment so sweet and so brief in that child’s life.  Henry’s parents chose the luxe leather cover with blind embossing and I’m a little obsessed with how it turned out!

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Baby Portraits: Henry Newborn Session {Washington DC Newborn Photographer}

My beautiful best friend gave birth to the most perfect, red-headed baby boy at the end of May and I had the incredible joy of photographing him his first week at home.  I photographed through tears as I watched her embrace her and her husband embrace their new role as mom and dad.  What a gift this precious life is, and I am so honored to get to document it!

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newborns…sometimes they laugh…

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and sometimes they love that paci (can you blame them?)…

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Old Town Alexandria Newborn Photographer

Old Town Alexandria Newborn Photographer

Old Town Alexandria Newborn Photographer

Baby Portraits: Lydia 5 months {Alexandria, VA Baby Photographer}

If you’ve had a baby then you know all too well that they don’t stay a “baby” for long at all.  Their little bodies change so quickly and their personalities quickly emerge…one day they are curled up against your shoulder and the next they seem to be giggling and rolling over.  Each one of those seasons while short, is so sweet.  I was just telling a friend with a newborn that I can honestly say that each new season seems to be my favorite.  I have loved each stage of Elise’s life thus far, complete with its joys and challenges and I am loving experiencing them all over again with Lydia.

I do my best to do a quick session each month with my babies throughout their first year of life (I only missed one with Elise and I’m 5 for 5 so far with Lydia), but I often forget to share!  Here are some favorites from Lydia’s 5 month session and a cameo of Elise at the end!

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and my big girl who now proudly tells anyone who asks (or doesn’t) that is is “two and a haff”  (in darling southern accent).

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This is a crazy season of life with kids, business, and the adoption soon to be complete (more details over on the adoption blog).

I’m incredibly thankful for two healthy, loving girls and I am doing my best not to take them for granted amidst our messy, hysterically funny days!