Second Ave Photography LLC » Internationally published Northern Virginia photographer specializing in natural newborn, children + family, and breastfeeding portraits.

I’ve been photographing this family forEVER and I always look forward to seeing them. Their little guy is so much fun to be around – we can talk about anything from science to trucks to his love of his froggy, that he’s been bringing with him to sessions for the last several years. We also check out a new location every time we get together, and this time we met at Rust Nature Sanctuary in Leesburg VA. This is one of my favorite spots, because there’s so many different backdrops to explore, and lots of space to change it up without feeling lost in a vast area.

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If you or someone you know is looking for a Leesburg VA family photographer, I would love your referral. I am happy to travel to all parts of the Washington-DC metro area as long as I have Sirius XM playing 90s on 90. I specialize in breastfeeding portraits, lifestyle newborn sessions, and children and family portraits with an on-location experience!

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While I normally reserve mini sessions for the March for Babies fundraiser each spring, this year I decided to open up one weekend day to give fall family mini sessions a try. What a fun way to get into the holiday spirit a little bit, as you begin preparing for holiday cards and grandparent gifts and everything in between. And it just so happened to be right around the time the Pumpkin Spice Latte was released 😉 Does anybody else rely on Starbucks to tell them what season it is, or is it just me? Anyway. We had two sets, one in early morning and one in the evening. I’m so not a morning person, but I really love the bright and airy feeling to the morning pictures, while the evening is more of my preferred contrasty vibe. And while I always try to get one or two classic “everybody look here and smile!” photos, it’s important to me that I also capture your family’s unique dynamic and your kids personalities. Yes, we can do all that in 15mins 😉

The next round of minis as a Northern Virginia mini session photographer will be in the Spring, and the best way to find out about them (and everything else going on!) is through my newsletter. If you haven’t signed up yet, I would love to have you join us! It only goes out on the first of the month – I promise not to spam you.

Here are some sneak peeks from this year’s Fall family mini sessions!

Sneak peeks of fall family mini sessions, hosted by Northern Virginia Mini Session Photographer Blaire Ring of Second Ave Photography.Sneak peeks of fall family mini sessions, hosted by Northern Virginia Mini Session Photographer Blaire Ring of Second Ave Photography.Sneak peeks of fall family mini sessions, hosted by Northern Virginia Mini Session Photographer Blaire Ring of Second Ave Photography.Sneak peeks of fall family mini sessions, hosted by Northern Virginia Mini Session Photographer Blaire Ring of Second Ave Photography.Sneak peeks of fall family mini sessions, hosted by Northern Virginia Mini Session Photographer Blaire Ring of Second Ave Photography.Sneak peeks of fall family mini sessions, hosted by Northern Virginia Mini Session Photographer Blaire Ring of Second Ave Photography.Sneak peeks of fall family mini sessions, hosted by Northern Virginia Mini Session Photographer Blaire Ring of Second Ave Photography.Sneak peeks of fall family mini sessions, hosted by Northern Virginia Mini Session Photographer Blaire Ring of Second Ave Photography.Sneak peeks of fall family mini sessions, hosted by Northern Virginia Mini Session Photographer Blaire Ring of Second Ave Photography.Sneak peeks of fall family mini sessions, hosted by Northern Virginia Mini Session Photographer Blaire Ring of Second Ave Photography.

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If you’re pregnant and wondering – now what?! This is the post for you. Northern Virginia breastfeeding expert Tiffany Shank is back to share her best advice for soon-to-be new parents on how to prepare for that new, amazing life like the rockstars you are.

How to prepare for Baby like a boss

Parenting is one of those things where everyone you encounter will have an idea, thought, opinion or personal experience on how parenting went for them, and therefore how it will most likely go with you… I’m here to tell you as an Infant Care Doula, I’m calling their bluff. Parenting looks different for everyone, but one thing remains the same, you can prepare to conquer the experience.

Northern Virginia breastfeeding expert Tiffany Shank is back to share her best advice on how to prepare for Baby like the rockstars you are.

Where do you even begin to prepare for parenting? Well, most families head to nursery planning, buying bottles, nursing pillows, a swaddle blanket and maybe some frozen meals. Those are all fabulous steps to prepare for parenting, but I am going to dig a little deeper into the really raw, emotional moments and ways you can prepare to parent like a boss.

A few things are absolutely essential for the mother after her delivery: nourishment, support, sleep, and organization. Planning freezer meals before baby comes so that you can have food that does not need to be cooked, for at least 4 weeks after delivery is ideal. You need those four weeks to catch your breath and adjust to life as parents, and cooking is essential, but best if avoided for the sake of convenience.

Northern Virginia breastfeeding expert Tiffany Shank is back to share her best advice on how to prepare for Baby like the rockstars you are.

You might think now that you will just cook like usual, but the reality of postpartum is that you are caring for a baby that relies on you 24/7 while trying to shower, change your clothes, catch up on sleep, produce milk, clean up spit up, calm a sometimes inconsolable baby all while your perineum is still recovering from delivery and your breasts are engorged and leaking breastmilk and still you have to get things done and entertain guests.

Next comes sleep for both parents, while you may be able to sleep now whenever you want, once your little one(s) arrive, sleep will be harder to collect. So consider ways you can get more sleep. Nap while baby naps, but then what about all the chores? Well, meals are taken care of so that gives you some more wiggle room. When friends, family or your Postpartum Doula come to visit, do not hesitate to say “ there is a check list on the fridge of really important things, do you mind picking one while I feed the baby and then you can hold them?”. People want to help you, so do not hesitate to give them ways to really help you. When you have an extra set of hands you can catch some more sleep, you are fed, and the important chores are taken care of. Those first six weeks after delivery are a huge adjustment, but you are not alone and it will get easier. Planning and planning for support can help the entire process go over smoothly with everyone looking back and remembering how they thrived through parenting, not just survived.

 

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Northern Virginia breastfeeding expert Tiffany Shank is back to share her best advice on how to prepare for Baby like the rockstars you are.Tiffany Shank has been a knowledgeable resource and expert in all things pregnancy, baby and parenting for almost a decade. Her ability to connect people to resources and information to put them at ease is seen by her work as a Labor and Postpartum Doula with Virginia is for Doulas. For more pregnancy and parenting tips visit her website or follow them on Facebook.

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Have you ever had gorgeous pictures taken, and then thought…now what? You’d love to get them on your wall, beautifully framed or printed on canvas, but the templates on Pinterest are overwhelming and expensive. And how can you know what will look best, anyway?

I am here to help! Introducing wall design consultations in Northern Virginia.

I now have the ability to come to you, using specialized software, and design a custom wall gallery using the images from our session. Works on any space in your home or office, from a single image to a collage of your favorites. Frame styles and colors (Organic Bloom and traditional) to simple mounted prints and canvases. It’s all instantly customizable so you can see what it will look like before you invest…and save you from a lot of holes in your wall. 

How does it work? Using an image of your desired wall and a quick measurement, we’ll sit down and create design ideas in a matter of minutes. I have many predesigned templates or we can design something unique for you.

Here are a few examples to give you an idea of what it can do. Using my den, which we’re in the process of finishing, and some pictures I took of my girls while visiting the tulips at Burnside Farms.

Have you ever had gorgeous pictures taken, and then thought...now what? Introducing wall design consultations in Northern Virginia.

Have you ever had gorgeous pictures taken, and then thought...now what? Introducing wall design consultations in Northern Virginia.Organic Bloom frames aren’t just ornate and whimsical. They have several traditional styles to choose from, but with the same handmade-in-the-USA quality and ability to match paint colors.

 

Here is an Organic Bloom frame in the center, flanked by two 1″ frames with 2″ mats (not Organic Bloom.)

 

Have you ever had gorgeous pictures taken, and then thought...now what? Introducing wall design consultations in Northern Virginia.

Perhaps you are more into traditional frames (these are 2″ frames with 3″ mats.)

 

Have you ever had gorgeous pictures taken, and then thought...now what? Introducing wall design consultations in Northern Virginia.

Arranged in a nontraditional layout, for an unexpected twist or to add other design elements to it.

 

Have you ever had gorgeous pictures taken, and then thought...now what? Introducing wall design consultations in Northern Virginia.

Don’t forget how impactful canvas can be!

 

Have you ever had gorgeous pictures taken, and then thought...now what? Introducing wall design consultations in Northern Virginia.

I love the mix of a “posed” color photo with candid black and white.

Have you ever had gorgeous pictures taken, and then thought...now what? Introducing wall design consultations in Northern Virginia.

The introductory rate for this service for current clients is $75, which will be applied to your purchase of $150 or more. This rate won’t last long, so if you had a session in 2016 or 2017, please book your wall design consultation today!

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Outdoor cake smashes have to be one of my favorite types of sessions. It’s just the perfect opportunity to get a little messy and do something totally different. Plus, the pictures are always super cute 😉

The flowers were in full bloom for our session, so we took the opportunity for some adorable portraits first. These sisters truly light each other up – just look at those smiles! Then, it was time for baby sister to…neatly pick apart the cake 😂 Ok, so she didn’t want to dive in. I love how you never really know quite how they’ll react. But she for sure did not want big sister getting any cake!

Looking for a Northern Virginia cake smash photographer? I would love to be considered. These sessions are super fun for Baby’s first birthday, or your 40th!

Looking for a Northern Virginia cake smash photographer? These sessions are super fun for Baby

Looking for a Northern Virginia cake smash photographer? These sessions are super fun for Baby

Looking for a Northern Virginia cake smash photographer? These sessions are super fun for Baby

 

Email me today so we can plan your next cake smash photo session.

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