Erika P., Real Estate Rock Star

Our recent move to Virginia should have been a nightmare for a planner like myself considering the fact that we had to do everything remotely from 650 miles away. Enter my real estate rock star, Erika Potter of RE/MAX.

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I was introduced to Erika by a mutual friend and she ended up being nothing short of invaluable when it came to our move. She not only helped us determine what area of Virginia was right for our family but she was always available to answer every little question and concern that I had (and believe me, there was no shortage in that department).

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How fitting was it that Erika was my very first client in the new studio space in the house that she hand-picked for us?

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If anyone is looking to buy, sell or rent in the northern Virginia area I cannot recommend Erika enough. You can find her at Erika Potter, RE/MAX Select Properties.

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With that being said, Alaina Forshee Photography is now officially open for business!

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Putting Down Roots In Virginia

On June 31st my family and I said goodbye to our home in Peachtree City, Georgia and made the all-night drive to our new home in northern Virginia. The decision to move was bittersweet but my husband was offered a federal career that we just couldn’t refuse. After extensive research from afar and with the help of our amazing realtor (shout out to Erika Potter of RE/MAX) we found the perfect house in the quaint little town of Round Hill, Virginia.

The next few months that followed were relentlessly busy with the opening and unpacking of boxes for a family of seven, assembling furniture, transferring records, registering for schools, signing up for extracurricular activities, updating vehicle tags and licenses…..anyone that has moved out of state before knows about the chaos that’s involved.

Now here we are in October (my FAVORITE month, I might add) and things are finally slowing down to the point that I can begin to focus on one of my first loves: photography.

I created my business in 2007 and for the most part it has always been a part-time endeavor. I began a career as a 911 dispatcher in 2003 but now, after almost 17 years on law enforcement, I have decided to for once turn all of my attention to photography.

Alaina Forshee Photography: Virginia Edition! ❤

BIG savings for fall sessions!

So I toyed around with the idea of doing fall minis this year after receiving many requests and decided that they are just not my style. When sessions are rushed to fit into a 15-20 minute timeframe it can make it challenging to connect with your clients and make them comfortable in front of the camera, especially if there are little ones involved. Plus I enjoy customizing my sessions for each person by using different locations, themes, props, etc to fit their individual style. 

With that being said, I still wanted to offer an alternative promotion to my new and returning clients that book a fall session:

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With this promotion you pay the session fee and then all of your package options and individual prints are 50% off with no minimum purchase required. 

Contact me today for more information or to book your session.

**This promotion cannot be combined with any other discount. Weddings are excluded.

Headshot Mini Sessions

Fall headshot mini sessions are happening NOW! These are a quick & easy way for a business professional to update their social media and marketing materials, or even someone just looking to take their personal profile picture to the next level. Contact me for more information. ❤

*Group rates available upon request.

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Alix + William’s rustic winter styled wedding

Just wanted to share a little glimpse into Alix & William’s rustic winter styled wedding that was held at Macedonia Hills in Newnan, Georgia. Anyone that knows me knows that I am obsessed with cold weather so I was giddy when I arrived and saw that there was still a little bit of snow on the ground! The bride and groom were gorgeous and so adorably in love, the location was absolutely breathtaking, and the host & vendors really showed incredible attention to detail while planning for this event.

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Bride & Groom: Alix Makenzie Pearson and William Spiess
Venue: Macedonia Hills Weddings & Events
Host/Planning: Sarah Elizabeth Miller
Moderator: David W. Huntington Jr.
Decor/Styling: Courtney Jackson with The Charming Details
Baker: The Queen’s Bakery
Hair & Makeup: Nancy of Beautiful You by Nancy
Jewelry: GypsyGems JewelryBox
Calligraphy: Sugar Quill Calligraphy
Ribbon: Kimberly Lay of A Ribbon’s Nest
Tableware: Valerie with The Prissy Plate Company
Dress: Ivy & Aster
Wood Slices Calligraphy: Ms. Peach Plus Designs
S’mores Bar: P. S. Sweets

The Saracinos Santa Party

This year I was honored to participate in a wonderful event that is put on annually by a fellow Braelinn Elementary mom Cynthia Saracino, her husband Joe, and their sweet daughters Grace & Gaby.

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When I arrived at the party I was instantly impressed with the attention to detail and how gorgeous everything was.

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My role in the party was to take pictures of the partygoers as they got to meet the guest of honor, Santa Claus – AKA Santa Joe!

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The children weren’t the only ones that were in awe of his presence! Santa Joe’s interaction with the kids was nothing short of magical to witness. Everything from his jolly Santa laugh to his authentic attire had everyone in the Christmas spirit.

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After talking with Santa Joe I discovered that 100% of the proceeds that he earns are donated to the Santa David Children’s Fund which benefits the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) and the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute (UFPTI). Both of these organizations are crucial to saving the lives of children and helping their families through difficult times. You can read more about Santa Joe’s story and find information on how to contact him by visiting his web site, http://www.TheRealDealSanta.com.

All of party guests were asked to bring an unwrapped present to be donated to a charity called Operation Toy Soldier.  You can read more about their organization by going to their web site, http://www.OperationToySoldier.com.  After the party was over, Cynthia posted this picture showing the incredible generosity shown that day:

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If you were a guest of the party you can view and download your images for free by going to my web site, http://www.AlainaForsheePhotography.com. The album link can be found on the top right of the home page. If you’d like to order a retouched print of your image please feel free to contact me for pricing information. All orders can be prepared and delivered within 2 days of payment.

 

 

 

2017 Back To School Limited Edition Sessions

 

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Schoooooolllllsssss back from summa!!!  The good news is that not only will you get a little “me time” during the day but my back to school limited edition sessions will be offered again throughout the months August and September!  Capture those beautiful smiles and suntans before another year flies by and your babies start to look all grown up (*sniff sniff*).

The pictures taken at school are great but by the time my kids get their minute in front of the camera their hair is a mess and they have ketchup on their clothes.  With my sessions you can control the outfit, the hair, the time, and you even get to be there to bribe (or threaten) them to cooperate.  Actually, that last part is just me being witty –  I always make sure that my clients have fun and feel totally at ease in front of the camera. No bribery or help from the parents needed. 🙂

The setup shown in the flyer will vary a little this year. The sessions may even be done indoors with studio lighting so that we’re not at the mercy of the weather.

The $125 cost of your session includes 20 minutes in front of the camera plus three of your favorite images in digital high resolution format.  From those three images you will be able to select one for your 5×7 print that is also included. This price includes up to two siblings – additional siblings are $25 per child.

Instead of only offering this for one day I will be providing flexible dates and times throughout August and September to better suit my clients and their busy schedules. Please contact me if you have any questions or if you’d like to schedule your session!

 

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Hayden Christine – 5 days old

Hayden Christine Collins made her grand entrance into the world on the morning of June 9th.  Just five days later I was lucky enough to have her in my studio for her newborn session.  Her parents, Rebekah and Taylor, are the cutest little couple and for this to be their first child I swear they seem like seasoned pros.  It was so sweet to see the way that they interacted with each other and how totally smitten they both are with their brand new daughter.  After a snack and some snuggles from Mom and Dad, Hayden was fast asleep and ready for her closeup.

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Is she not a vision of perfection?! This is one gorgeous baby girl – but if you’ve ever seen her mother then you would know why that comes as no surprise.

This sweet little trio was special to me because not only are they clients but they are part of our “blue family”. With Hayden’s dad Taylor being a police officer, naturally we had to do something law enforcement themed for her session.

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Not long after I took this picture, Hayden decided to wake up and let her parents and I know that she done for the day and ready to go home.

I was able to see Hayden again today at her reveal session and it was amazing to see how different she looks after just three weeks! This reminded me of how important it is to take pictures of your children as they grow up. It happens so fast and sometimes we don’t even notice the little changes even though they’re right in front of us. Every time that I look back on old pictures of my kids I catch myself saying “but when were they this tiny?!” or “i can’t believe they looked like that just 2 years ago!”  One day when they’re all grown up and our memories start to fade with age, the pictures that we have of our families will be our most prized possessions. ❤

 

 

**sneak peek** Brittany C.

I had a sneaking suspicion that I was going to have a lot of fun during this session before it even happened ….. and I was correct!  Brittany and I have so much in common – our husbands are both employed at the same police department, we both have four children, and we have both worked in a 911 center. Before this day we had never really talked face to face but by the end of the session I felt like we had been friends since forever.

Her session included hair and makeup so she was asked to show up completely barefaced and with unstyled hair. She was even nice enough to let me take a “before” picture to share with you. Although, who wouldn’t if they looked this great naturally – amiright?

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After applying her makeup and styling her hair it was time to finally get her in front of my camera.

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Isn’t she gorgeous?

If you would like to experience this type of session for yourself please do not hesitate to contact message me with any questions that you may have.

Call or text:  229.515.7111

Email: AlainaForsheePhotography@gmail.com