Adorable twin boys - summer day in Reston {Northern Virginia Family Photographer}

I love taking photos of families and working with young children, but I get especially excited when I get to photograph twins, and in particular twin boys!  Not that I'm biased or anything, having twin boys of my own!  They remind me of what my little guys were like at that age.  These little munchkins are absolutely adorable and I loved getting to spend time with them and their beautiful parents.  Here are some of my favorite images from the session.  Enjoy and thanks so much for looking!  Don't forget to book your family session with me today!

Sweet baby girl {NOVA newborn photography}

Melanie Besaw is a natural light photographer based in Northern Virginia, specializing in meaningful family, newborn, child and maternity portrait and lifestyle photography.  Serving the metro DC area, including Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties.

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Circle of Inspiration - Out of Focus | June 2015

I am part of a blog circle that includes some amazingly talented photographers titled "Circle of Inspiration."  Each month a member chooses a different topic for the group to photograph throughout the month.  The topic this month is "Out of Focus."  I was so excited to shoot images that are out of focus.  I love creating images that create impact without targeting specific subject.  The tones and color speak to the viewer and leave much up to interpretation.  Here are a few of my favorites from this month.

Please follow on through our circle of inspiration and see the beautiful images of the very talented Sarah Joos.

Expecting mama | gorgeous light (NoVa maternity photographer)

A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to shoot a maternity session set up by the amazing Kate Juliet Photography.  It was such a joy to work with this expecting mama and her adorable little guy!  There is just something about sessions with mothers and sons that makes my heart melt.  We couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather!  It is difficult to pick out my favorites from this session, but here are a few.  Enjoy!!!

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Circle of Inspiration - March 2015

I am part of a blog circle titled "Circle of Inspiration".  Each month a member chooses a subject or topic, and we spend the month shooting along this theme.  This month's theme is "Out & About". I made the 11 hour drive to northern New York last week to say goodbye to my ailing grandmother.  It was a bittersweet visit.  The boys and I were able to visit family members I haven't seen in years, but it was heartbreaking to say goodbye to my grandma.  We were in NY for 3 days and I spent a few afternoons walking around my childhood town.  I'm not sure if it was my state of mind, or the muddy weather, or if time has completely changed this tiny town, but I was struck by the gloomy silence.  The bar has burned down.  The general store has closed.  The bingo hall, I believe, is abandoned.  Houses where I had spent so much time as a kid are decrepit - falling down and windows knocked out.  The library, where I spent so many evenings of my childhood, however, has been renovated and stands as a peaceful and joyful memory.  The old mill on the river was renovated and is a gem in this forgotten town.  So many memories in this tiny stretch of neighborhood.  Riding bikes, roller skating, playing kickball, swimming in the rapids, slumber parties at my best friend's house, bazooka joe bubblegum from the general store, sledding down the hill, afternoons at the merry go round near the abandoned one room schoolhouse.  It is such a quaint area, and I hope that it builds back up over the coming years.

Here are a few images from one of my walks.Melanie Besaw | DC Metro PhotographyMelanie Besaw | DC Metro PhotographyMelanie Besaw | DC Metro Photography

Please follow on through our circle of inspiration and see the beautiful images of the very talented Sarah Joos.

 

 

 

sweet baby girl - welcome home (NoVa newborn photographer)

There is nothing that melts your heart like seeing a sweet and squishy newborn snuggling with mom and dad.  R is the most adorable baby girl!  I spent a few hours with her and her parents during the fall, just a few days after she was born.  She is absolutely perfect!  She was wide awake at first and then snuggled down to sleep towards the end of the session.  Here are a few of my favorite images from R's session.  Isn't she just a little darling?

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cutie twins turn one - cake smash (NoVa child photographer)

As a fellow mom of twin boys, I was thrilled when J asked me to take one year photos of her little guys!  I just can't BELIEVE these little sweet peas are already one. It was so much fun to see them experience eating a yummy birthday cake just for them!  P was a bit tentative, but B  went right at it -- with no hands!  These littles had such a blast with their cake that all their mother and I could do was giggle as they thoroughly enjoyed their delicious birthday cake!  Here are a few of my favorite images from the cake smash.

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morning in the gardens (DC metro family photography)

On a beautiful Saturday this past fall, I met this beautiful family at Bishops Garden at National Cathedral to take their family photos.  It was a perfect day!  It was gorgeous outside and this family is just absolutely stunning and such a joy to spend time with!  The kids were able to explore and play in the gardens throughout their session and it was so much fun to watch them discover little ponds, colorful flowers, and little hidden alcoves.  It also happened to be mom's birthday and they had a full, fun day planned following our session.  It was such a perfect morning to start a birthday weekend!  This was one of my favorite sessions this year!  Here are a few of my favorite images from their session.  Enjoy!!

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beautiful mama - adorable twin boys (DC metro family photography)

In August I was asked to take some photos of this gorgeous mama and her 6 month old twin boys.  As a fellow mom of twin boys, I was so excited to get to spend time with her and her cuddly babies!  She has a beautiful home and we were able to take some fantastic shots both indoors and outdoors.  Not only did mom and babies get in the photos, but so did the oldest furbaby -- we couldn't leave him out!  Here are a few of my favorites from the day.  I hope you enjoy!

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gorgeous family - beautiful fall morning (DC metro kids photography)

This fall I photographed one of my favorite couples and their adorable kids at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, VA.  I have taken their family photos for the past few years and their sessions are an absolute joy to shoot.  This session was no exception!  The kiddos had a blast running around the large gardens and playing in the children's garden play area that Meadowlark has set up for the little ones.  Mom and Dad looked gorgeous and were able to enjoy the morning and spend some time together as a family on an otherwise hectic and normal weekday.  It was such a joy to spend the morning with them!  Here are a few of my favorite images from their session.  Enjoy!

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The Beauty that Surrounds Me - March

After a very hectic February, I am now catching up with the March entry in the blog circle I am involved in, entitled "The Beauty that Surrounds Me'. Mother Nature was playing some mind games with us this March. There were several snowstorms, severe cold, and then beautiful spring days that would fool us into feeling we were past the winter doldrums.

The beautiful daffodils in our yard were as confused as we were. And very persistent! They decided to break through the snow, determined to open to the sun.

The day following this storm was beautiful and it was pretty amazing the change that the flowers went through within 24-48 hours.

And then we had a second snowstorm within the same week and the poor flowers were again covered in snow.

My husband and I were fortunate to go on vacation to the Dominican Republic at the end of the month, where we basked in 80 degree temperatures, bright sun, turquoise waters and palm trees. It felt like heaven.

{The series continues with the extremely talented Maibritt Olsen - please click on the link and read on to her post!}

Maibritt Olsen