• 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.

About Pat

I am a full time professional photographer.  I specialize in child and family photography in Northern VA and the DC Metro Area.  All images are taken on-location – in the comfort of your home or at a local park.  I am a  PPA member and I volunteer for Red Thread Session (Free Photo session for those who just adopted) and a few other organizations.

My style is simple, classic and clean.  I focus on the personalities of each individual.  I will use props and clothing as an accessory. I want you to see your child, not his/her clothes or the basket the newborn is sleeping in. (Yup. all of the photos above are self portraits)

Most pixies (who can talk) call me “Ms Pat” but I have been known to answer to Chris’ mom…

I believe the best way to get to know someone is to ask. Below are my answers – if you have more questions – just ask 🙂

  • I have been in business since 2008 – licensed and insured
  • This is my full-time job
  • I shoot with the Canon MKIII, I shoot RAW and only use professional L lenses.
  • I was born in England, you will never hear an accent – been here too long for that
  • Yup, I still have my green card
  • I LOVE what I do – it’s an amazing profession – minus the quarterly taxes (hee hee)
  • No, I did not go to school for photography, I studied Psychology and Biology
  • I learned to love photography from my grandfather in Grenada
  • I learned to knit from my Granny and my Mom taught me how to crochet
  • My son was born in 2003 and I have been married since 1999
  • I will often knit or crochet a hat before a newborn session so you can have a one of a kind prop
  • My favorite part of the job is capturing the expressions you see every day – side bar – please do not train your kids to say cheese – the smile becomes fake.
  • I LOVE to travel. The first thing I do when I go to another country or state is go to the grocery store – you learn so much about a person/place by how and what they eat
  • I caught a 6 foot shark in Key West – if it were not for my friends on the boat who helped reel it in, I would not have it – I actually tore a muscle trying to get her in the boat – It was my first fishing trip
  • My son’s passions are trains and American Muscle Cars – so I know a lot about them – Thomas was my life for a loooong time, and I now know more about Diesel trains, the Mustang and Corvette than I ever thought possible…
  • Video games are also a way of life.  In my younger days I was a gamer, now I watch the commercials in awe… Although, I don’t get the fascination with Minecraft… I will ask your kids for tips and tricks
  • I love cooking, I never eat canned food
  • I don’t like chocolate, crazy huh? But I don’t
  • I am still in close contact (not facebook contact) with many of my grade school friends – beauty of going to a small private school (Friends School in Baltimore)
  • The only questions I won’t answer are: my SS#, full birthdate and my mother’s maiden name (smile)
  • Favorite jewelry – ALL
  • I go Church on Sunday mornings so Sunday sessions are always in the afternoon
  • I LOVE LOVE Reality TV, anything HBO or Showtime and my Soap Operas – Young & the Restless and Bold and the Beautiful
  • My favorite “vintage” bands are Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and the Doors
  • Favorite author is John Steinbeck – only books I can re-read
  • Favorite singers – Etta James, Janis Joplin, Christina Aguilera, Bob Marley and Jonny Lang
  • Favorite Sound – child’s laughter and seagulls squawking
  • Favorite Smell – The Ocean

If you have any more questions – send me an email at pat@pixiememories.com or click the Contact Pat button.