Baby K - Hampton Roads | Chesapeake | Virginia Beach Newborn Photographer

I have had the honor of watching this family grow.  I photographed big brother 17 months ago, and now baby #2!  So excited for this sweet sweet family!!  Baby K just would not stop smiling.  The best was, every time big brother gave him a kiss on the head, he gave off a big smile.  It was the cutest thing I've ever seen.  #siblinglove #newborn #newbornphotographer

Happy Mother's Day - Virginia Beach Photographer - Newborns | Baby | Family

Wow how time flies!!  I never thought that 2 little human beings could bring out so much emotion out of me.  One minute, I am a fire breathing dragon and the next minute, I am cuddled up next to these two and giving tickles and laughs.  Seriously,  we've had the best of times and the worst of times.  But there is nothing I would change.  Motherhood truly is a gift and a blessing from God!  

Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful mamas who have given me the honor and privilege of photographing their baby's first few days on earth!  It is like being welcomed into the family and a job I take very seriously.   So here's to you all!!  Hope you get treated with lots of love and pampering.  

It wouldn't be right in my house to let Mother's day pass by without a photo session.  Cue the lights, camera, action!!! Unfortunately, dad was away.  :( 

Fun In The Snow!!! Hampton Roads | Virginia Beach | Norfolk | Chesapeake Newborn Photographer

It has already been a year since we moved here.  Can't believe we have snow already, thanks to Storm Jonas !  I was bummed we didn't get as much snow as DC but a little is better than nothing.  My kids got to enjoy like 30 min. of it before it turned into rain.  So of course being the photog mom that I am, I grabbed my camera and had them pose in between shoveling. 

The Kimmies - Virginia Beach Newborn | Baby | Child Photographer

So my husband has been deployed the last 5 months, and my photography has been put on hold while I raise these two kids by myself, have 2 bathrooms renovated, and pretty much makeover the whole house.  With all the chaos and running around, I realized I don't have many decent pictures of my kids, other than the quick iPhone photos which end up being uploaded into my iPhotos library never to be seen again.  So before they grow any more, I decided a photo session was in order.  And as time goes on, they are more and more willing to put up with my shenanigans.  LOL  I just love these guys!!!  They fill my life with love and joy and purpose.  

Lost at Sea - Hampton Roads | Virginia Beach | Norfolk | Chesapeake | Newport News - Newborn Photographer

I feel like such a delinquent for not posting any photos since I've moved here.  I've been lost in a sea of DIY projects for our new house.  I will soon post photos of what I've been working on.  If you follow me on Instagram (susanbangphoto), you can see some of my DIY projects there.  

Anyway, today, I thought it was high time I picked up my camera before I begin to lose all interest.  haha  Every week we have a meeting on Fort Story and the office is right next to a lighthouse.  So today was going to be picture day for the kids!  As they get older, I'm finding that there's a lot less bribing going on while clicking away.  Dare I say that they are actually becoming willing models!!  LOL 

Baby L - 11 days - DC/ Northern VA/ Fairfax County - Maternity / Newborn/ Baby / Family Photographer

I just love photographing newborns.  They look so peaceful when they are sleeping.  Baby L was just that - a peaceful, sleeping baby.  I am so honored that his parents chose me to photograph him.  They are a beautiful family both inside and out and I'm so happy to have met them.  

Baby C - 8 Days - DC/ Northern VA Newborn Photographer

Once we got her to sleep, not a peep out of her.  I think this just may be my easiest session ever.  Baby C's mom is someone I used to work with back in my fashion designing days in NYC.     We had lost touch and then somehow ended up in the same city again.  And boy am I glad that we did!  B/c Baby C is just a precious jewel!!  It was sad to say goodbye when our session was over.    

Happy 2nd Birthday!! DC/ Northern VA - Maternity-Newborn-Child-Family Photographer

My little girl has turned 2 and I can't believe how fast time has flown by.  River is already talking so much and trying so hard to keep up with her older brother - and succeeding.  She brings so much joy and laughter into our lives; I can see why people just keep wanting to have more and more babies.  Children are truly a gift, and they teach us what it means to love unconditionally. 
Happy Birthday River!!  Of course I couldn't let a birthday go by without a mini photo session.

So I decided to take a quick selfie with them.  It's rare that I'm ever photographed since I'm always the one behind the camera.  Unfortunately, this was taken while dad was at work.  :(

DC/ Northern VA - Maternity-Newborn-Child-Family Photographer

Many, many years ago, I used to be a clothing designer.  It seems so long ago now.  But somewhere around 10 years, I worked with this lovely lady at a company called Theory.  I remember walking in her office and having so much fun chit-chatting the day away.  She was one of the very few down to earth people I have met in the fashion industry.  How crazy is it that we ended up in the same city, and I had the honor of photographing her baby bump.  She is only a few weeks away from her due date, but she looked amazing!!  Here's a sneak peek.

This pose, styling, and editing were inspired by the workshop I took on CreativeLive taught by Sue Bryce.  

National Mall - DC/ Northern VA/ Fairfax County - Maternity/ Newborn/ Baby/ Family Photographer

My Favorite subject to photograph is my family, which is funny considering they all run in the opposite direction as soon as they see me pull out my camera.  Well, we have less than 6 months left in the DC area, so we are checking things off our imaginary bucket list.  First check is the National Mall.  I'm embarrassed to say that we've lived here for 2 yrs and this is was our first time there.  Luckily, we had beautiful weather this past weekend!!

Creative Newborn Photography - DC/ Northern Virginia/ Fairfax County - Newborn Photographer

I am not one to accept mediocrity.  I constantly push myself to be better at whatever I am doing.  Photography is one of those things that I feel like is a constant evolving industry, and therefore I must evolve with it.  I am currently taking a course by Julia Kelleher on CreativeLive and after just one day, this is what I learned to do.  Julia is an amazing Photographer and even more amazing Mentor and Teacher.  I am learning so much.  I've already bought two of her courses.  This is what I learned to do so far.

New Packaging - DC / Northern VA Newborn Photographer

I am so delighted to send out my first USB file!!  I had so much fun working on the packaging.  Unfortunately, I didn't get to engrave my logo onto this round box so I had stamp made instead.  And then of course, they forgot to ship the brown ink so I had to use black ink.  But I still think it came out ok.  I love that the USB drive has the baby's name and birthdate engraved on the back also - which I blurred out for the privacy of my clients.    

Going forward, this square box will be the packaging my clients will receive if they purchase digital files with their session.  Unless of course I find something way cooler in the meantime.