• 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.

How to Add Snow in Photoshop – Family Photographer – Pixie Memories

I would first like to say that I am a photographer first and foremost not a retoucher or photoshop guru.  However, I live in Northern VA where it is cold enough to snow but we rarely get any snow and when we do manage to see snow flakes, the roads are often not safe to drive on, so its difficult to have natural snow images.  Because of the magic of photoshop, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!  I have CS6, but my assumption is that the directions will be the same for the older versions, the screen just may not look the same,

Directions are as follows:

1.  Open a photo that you want covered in snow.   I would suggest editing the image using your normal routine and once finished use that final portrait as your base.

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2. Choose the eye dropper tool from the toolbar and click on the green.  I chose one of the leaves that were medium green.

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3.  Go to Select —> Color Range and set the fizziness to 135, choose sampled colors from the select box and White Matte from the Selection Preview and click OK.

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4.  You will see the matching ants on the screen, and create a new layer call it snow, go to Edit—> Fill,  and choose White for Contents and deselect (Command D on the MAC) to get rid of the marching ants then add a masking layer.

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5.  You should see “snow” and start masking out the areas you do not want

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6. Cool down your image using your favorite method.  (This is where your artistry comes in)  And then head on over to www.deviantart.com and download THIS overlay.  They have more, so you can look around and see which one fits your mood. Open the snow image and drag it on top of your photo and set the blending mode to Screen. And this is what you will see (after setting it to screen mode)

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7. Add a masking layer in case you don’t like where the snow is and have fun!

Have fun walking in your Winter Wonderland!  If you have other questions, please feel free to ask.

 

Family Outdoor Photos – Annandale VA

I am so honored that I get to photograph this family every year.  The best part is not only physically being able to see how much they have grown but their personalities are so much more mature than when I first met them.  I remember the smallest girl would laugh every time I would sneeze – and that was on her first birthday.  Who knew it would be so funny!  But true to her personality, she is FILLEd with laughter and giggles to this day.  She gave me a run for my money BUT it was worth it cuz the laughter is still ringing in my ears.

The oldest girl is very much the protector and is mature for her age.  Plus I am in LOVE with her red hair.

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Fall Family Photos at Burke Lake Park

I have been photographing this family since their little “mini mouse” was 6 months old.  She has grown so much and it has been my sincerest pleasure to be able to photograph her as she grows.  I was so sad to hear that they moved to PA last year but THRILLED when they travelled all the way back to have me shoot their Fall photos for their Christmas card this year.

I seriously don’t know why I always get BEAUTIFUL people.  I feel blessed that I can capture emotion not just people.

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Another reason I love my iPhone, you can play a kids favorite music to make them DANCE!

 

 

Fall Photos – Burke VA Family Photographer – Dalton Family

I met the Dalton Family last year, and I LOVED seeing them again this year.  As a Family Photographer, the Fall season is the busiest time of year.  I was thrilled that they contacted me this Summer to set up their session.  Their son has sooo much personality.  Last year, I had to reward him with Kipper videos but this year he was the perfect model.

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Woodbridge VA Maternity – LOOK at that Bump!

When I was first contacted by this lovely couple, I was super excited.  Maternity photos are often put on the side burner and by the time you are ready to take action, that pixie-to-be is born and she is letting her presence known.  If you want to schedule a maternity session, please start thinking about it around month 6, and make your decision as to who will photograph your baby bump as soon as the decision is made.  It’s amazing how things will just come up.  Many women are not comfortable when they are 8.5 months pregnant., so please schedule your session before then. Remember, when you feel good you look GREAT!

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Newborn Baby Boy – Kingstown. VA

There were so many things that was great about this session.  They are a returning client, not only did I get to photograph baby sister but I got to photograph baby brother while in utero.  Maternity photos are so wonderful – baby’s first pics…(swoon)

The icing on the cake is that this couple live close to Kingstown (Alexandria Va)  so after the session, I had the wonderful pleasure of shopping for more props and blankets. 🙂  Yup, it was a very good day!

Burke/Springfield VA Photographer – 3 year old beauty

It is so hard to believe that Fall is here and the leaves are beginning to turn, which makes it the perfect time for Fall Family Portraits in Northern VA and the DC Metro area.

Durning the months of October and November all Newborn Sessions will take place during the week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) and Friday and Saturdays are reserved for Fall Portraits.

In the mean time, take a gander at this little beauty I had the pleasure of meeting a few days ago.  (I will catch up with posts as time permits)

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Sisters at Home | Alexandria Sibling Photographer

I love when clients come back. Especially when there is a new addition to the family. It just gives me the warm fuzzies.

Big Sister is as cute as she can be. She was filled with energy but she sat down for a few seconds and this happened…

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We went inside and she sat on her Mom (who had no intention of being in the photo, but how can you deny her)?

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Little Sissy could not be out done – here is a peek into this 6 month old girl’s cuteness.

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And the two Loves together (Sorry about the cuteness overload, I just could not help it…)

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Virginia Family and Newborn Photographer has been BUSY these past few months!

I have been busy with lots of little newborns (mostly boys – only one girl) and shooting images for the Northern Virginia Downs Syndrome Association and a Senior.  It’s hard to believe that I have been so fortunate that I have not had time to update my BLOG.

I’ve added additional products:

  • a 5×7 hard cover spiral bound album is now included when you purchase all of the digital images
  • 4×5 proofs are included when you purchase 10 images
  • If you choose to only buy prints, you will receive an app of the images chosen so you can share with family and friends
  • 7×9 Coffee Table Book – it lays flat, leather cover…its BEAUTIFUL!

My goal next year is to inlcude pet portraiture, which means I am building my portfolio.  Between now and the end of the year, my Pet Retainer Fee will be $25 and that amount will be credited towards anything you purchase and you wil get a 50% discount on everything in the store. The human companions are also welcome to join in a few images but the focus is on your furbaby. (smile)

Now, look below and look at all the cuteness I have been surrounded by these past few months: Sorry, its gonna be a BUNCH of pictures…

 

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And she here she is as a Hot Momma!

 

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Mr P, 11 days sweet – Annandale Virginia Newborn Photographer

This week has started with a bang!  Look who I got to Cuddle with a few days ago.  He is 11 days new, and as sweet as can be.  He must have been going through his first growth spurt, cuz this little Mr Man was a great eater.

 

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But of course we had to take out some time for mom and dad.  How cute are they!?

 

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