• DC Metro Area Photographer

  • Pixie Memories is Northern VA & Washington DC's Family Photographer. Pat Jesten specializes in modern, organic, simple and clean fine art photography of newborns, maternity, babies, children and families. She serves the DC metropolitan area including NOVA Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, Arlington & Alexandria Counties) and DC. Towns include: Fairfax, McLean, Falls Church, Reston, Annandale, Springfield, Oakton, Vienna, Clifton, Alexandria, Arlington, Tysons Corner, Georgetown, Old Town and more.

Senior Session|Tuba Player|Leaving the Nest

I am going to make this post about me (smile) instead about this young man who is ready to “fly solo – He is leaving the nest and is off to college.

Whenever I photograph young men and women who have worked so very hard to get to college I get a little nostalgic.  I remember my baby when he played with Thomas the Tank Engine.  I remember him never being able to leave the house without wearing his batman clothes – Thank God for Sharpies, because – yes, I had to draw a bat on his undies many o’ times because I didn’t have time to wash his t-shirts…

I remember his first day of preschool, Kindergarten… I watched him grow, nursed and cared for him after he broke a few bones – I cheered him on as he dropped time in Swim. I am now watching him develop muscles – he’s working on his 6 pack (LOL), have girls crush on him and vice versa.  I am watching the disappointment in his eyes as he gets a sub par grade even tho he studied and worked hard…

I look at all of my Senior parents with wonder in my eyes cuz they have already gone thru what I am actually going thru.  I am so happy for this young man as he spreads his wings.   I am forever thankful that I am able to capture these moments as the kiddos enter the nest (newborn) and as they leave the nest (seniors).  I’ll stop typing now, so you can see this young man and hopefully remember all the fun times when your kiddo was a baby. Although – he always will be… YOUR BABY

Baby Girl|Arlington Photographer|11 Days New|Proud Poppa

Every single time I photograph a newborn, I get younger. I no longer feel like the Mom of a 14 year old teen aged boy, but a woman who gets to hold and smell little babies.  I’ve said this before but I WISH a chemist would invent newborn perfume.  I know I’d buy it.

This family lives in a great condo in Ballston  (a neighborhood in Arlington VA)   They have amazing window light that allowed me to have a few backlit photos without any of my “fancy equipment”  I just stood Mom and her newest baby in front of the sliding glass door and this is what I got.  This was the last photo of the day…

 

After this was taken, I was talking to dad about his eye sight.  He mentioned that both he and Mom have contests about who can see the furthest.  Clearly their genes transferred to their youngest.  At the tender young age of 11 days old, she could actually see me  She was tracking my every move – when she wasn’t sleeping.  It was an amazing thing to witness.

And for good measure, I Have to show a photo of the eldest “baby” and her daddy. 

And a sleeping baby.  One of my favorite poses.   Look at those cheeks!!!

 

Baby Girl|Cake Smash|Birthday Boy, and Their siblings|Family Photographer|Children

You guys!  (pretend I’m saying that with my best Valley Girl Voice – Yes, I am dating myself) I have had so MUCH fun photographing these three families.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a lot of work but it was all done with a smile on my face.  I travelled to MD, Annandale and Alexandria.

The first family, baby brother just could not get enough of his Sister.   She will be so very protected by the men in her family.

And seriously, this next image is dripping with emotion.  Dad is soo in love with his baby.

I met this family at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria.  I love this location for the many scenic backgrounds that are available in a small space.  This was a half session and there was so much diversity in their gallery.  I am just showing a sneak…

The next one was a two part session – One part cake smash – one part family.  Mom made the cake – and I have never ever seen a one year old eat cake so fast and with such enthusiasm.

And of course Sissy and big brother had to have a turn in front of the camera.  

Spring Is In the Air | Family Photography| Celebrate Every Moment

I cannot believe that Spring is right around the corner.  Its time to think about the Cherry Blossoms – they will bloom early this year thanks to all of the beautiful warm weather we have been having.

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We made it thru the holidays and waited with bated breath for a good snow fall. But,  the daffodils are popping up, the crocus flowers have come and gone – I am not a gambling woman (well, except Black Jack and the Penny Slots… I know, I know) but I don’t think we are going to get a nice heavy snow in the Northern Virginia/DC metro area.

As a photographer, I do love snow portraits – but we must Celebrate Every Moment.  And the best way to remember the celebrated moments is thru photography.

Every few years I go thru images of my kiddo.  Here he is in 2012 – right b4 school started.  Just b4 he started third grade.  And then again a few days ago – he is in 8th grade.  I think I will need to get him a razor soon enough!  It’s scary how fast they grow and change.  But I am oh so Blessed that I have these photos to look at – every single day.

And just to show you that anyone can have the studio look in their own home – here is a pull back from the image above.  And yes, I still have Candy Canes laying around.  I cant help it – they are YUMMY.

I am now scheduling sessions for the Spring into early June.  Weekend availability starts in March but if you need a date during the week, I am a bit more flexible.  Send me a text/call  (703) 887-9961 or send me an email at pat@pixiemmeories.com to schedule a date or if you have any questions.

 

What a Year it Was|2016 was Amazing

First I would like to thank every single one of my clients who trusted me to take photos of their “babies”.   I went to DC and all over Northern Virginia with a few stops in MD.  I got to hold and photograph God’s perfect little miracles – I photographed preemies, babies in utero, Mommas who JUST found out they were pregnant, Squishy wonderfully smelling newborns (someone PLEASE make perfume out of that newborn smell) kids who were adopted by AMAZING parents, children with spunk and personality, kids who had their first taste of cake and children leaving the nest to start their new life in college.  That one scares me – 4 more years and MY baby will be in college…

I so look forward to seeing many return and new clients this year.  I have revamped my pricing so check out my site and look at the Investment page for all of the updates.

And don’t forget, I photograph more than newborn pixies.  Scroll down below see who I got to see last year.

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Fall Sessions|Sneak Peeks|Alexandria and DC

For those in the DC area, I really think that the weekend of November 19th will be peak for the leaves.  It’s usually the last weekend in October, but the weather has been warm.  And because of that I’m a happy photographer.  This first image was taken at Green Springs Garden in Alexandria,  the park was “on fire” I may have to open up two more slots for mini sessions on the 19th and 20th

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These were taken in Oldtown Alexandria.  I puffy heart LOVE the sass from this young lady. And her parents aren’t so bad themselves. 🙂

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And last but not least, this image was taken in my client’s living room in a townhouse on the Hill.  I have a portable studio…

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SNEAKS| In and around Northern VA

No words – just photos 🙂  Well, maybe a few words – this perfect little amazing kid – is OVER 6 weeks old!  Who says you have to photograph a newborn at 14 days old?  Please scroll down to see more cuteness!

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Fall Mini Sneaks| Alexandria and Burke Virginia Photographer

The Fall Mini Session Season is off to a GREAT start.   The leaves are just starting to crisp up and fall off the trees and amaze us with its splendor.  The crunch of the leaves under my feet just makes my heart swoon – soon, it will be cool enough for the fireplace and then the mantle will be adorned by all of these amazing kids that I am blessed to work with.  I still cannot believe that MY eyes get to see such amazing children.  And it’s not their clothes, it is the beauty in their personalities that I feel are brought out with each click of the shutter.

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