CLAUDIA LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog en-us (C) CLAUDIA LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY claudia@claudialewisphotography.com (CLAUDIA LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY) Sun, 22 Nov 2015 23:37:00 GMT Sun, 22 Nov 2015 23:37:00 GMT http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u98583796-o34125148-50.jpg CLAUDIA LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog 90 120 How the World Sees You | Haymarket Gainesville Senior Photographer http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2015/11/how-the-world-sees-you-haymarket-gainesville-senior-photographer  

I recently read the book How the World Sees You by Sally Hogshead that allows you to discover your highest value through the science of fascination. I took the Fascination Advantage online assessment (a code is provided in the book). Unlike personality tests like the Myers-Briggs that reveal personality traits about yourself, How the World Sees You tells you how you can best fascinate others! The book is an interesting read and the results have had me really thinking about not only my business, but also about my relationships and what value I bring to the table.  

The test revealed that I am "The Good Citizen" (Principled, Prepared, Conscientious). It has helped me to be more patient with myself and give myself more grace when I seem to fall short in a certain area of my business. For example, my dormant advantage is POWER which basically means that I don't like dominating people or controlling them. I am quite comfortable working in the background without needing any glory or having to lead. However, when you're a business owner, there will be times when you have to take the leadership role and be in front. In fact, you have to do this often and it causes me to use up a lot of energy when I have to play that role. It's downright draining!

How does understanding this about myself make me a better business person you might ask? Once I learn where my weak areas are, I can compensate by perhaps hiring an employee that has traits that are different from my own to help balance me out.  The Fascination Assessment lets you know what your advantages are when it comes to fascinating others. The goal then is to use these Advantages in your career or life to help you create a more authentic brand that is truly reflective of who you are as a person. The book describes it better by saying,

"You'll be able to confidently and authentically communicate, based on your natural personality advantages. To become more successful, you don't have to change who you are. You have to become more of who you are. HOW THE WORLD SEES YOU reveals who you are at your best, so you can create better relationships, grow your business, and become intensely valuable to those who matter most."

This has been a worthwhile endeavor and I highly recommend it! You can visit their site here at How the World Sees You. I received absolutely no compensation to discuss this book. I can assure you that they don't know that I exist :)

Keep Shining!

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Julie & Caleb: A Poplar Springs Inn & Spa Bridal Shoot | Haymarket Gainesville Photographer http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2015/10/julie-caleb-a-poplar-springs-inn-spa-bridal-shoot-haymarket-gainesville-photographer Sometimes amazing opportunities that make your heart sing show up at your doorstep unexpectedly. This is exactly what happened when I got involved with the Pursuit Community on Facebook run by the beautiful and talented Ali McLaughlin. She organized a styled shoot and I jumped at the chance to take wedding pictures! I have always wanted to do that though I have no desire to shoot weddings. I would enjoy being a second shooter, however! The styled shoot took place at the gorgeous Poplar Springs Inn, Spa, and Manor House Restaurant

This shoot was a blast and it was awesome getting to meet other photographers in the area. We could not have had better models than Caleb and Julie Epperson who were just bubly and happy to be working with us. Although they were already married, they were still newly weds and it showed :). 

A huge, heartfelt thank you to Ali, Daisy and the amazing vendors that made this shoot possible:

FloralsEight Tree Street
Hair & Make UpCarolyn Thombs Makeup Artistry & Consulting
TablescapeJennifer Buracker of Cassel Interiors
Calligraphy & StationarySplotch and Line
Vintage Car: Chris Overcash with the National Cadillac LeSalle Club
Models: Caleb and Julie Epperson

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Holly and Jesse | 25th Anniversary Celebration http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2015/9/holly-and-jesse-25th-anniversary-celebration Recently, I had the profound privilege of doing a mini-session with some of my favorite friends ever to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. Can you believe that they have been married for 25 years? They look like they could be newlyweds! Holly and Jesse are the kind of couple that you would want to be friends with. Not only are they full of fun, but they are the kind of folks that can be counted on to be there for you when you really need a helping hand.

I love them more than I can say and I am forever grateful and indebted to them for all that they have done for me and my family over the years and there have been many years. Holly has been one of my best friends since the 4th grade! There isn't anything quite as special and wonderful as having life long friends. 

We took pictures in their very own yard! They live among the rolling hills in beautiful Mt. Airy, Maryland. They constructed their barn using 100 year old barn wood. It is the most beautiful barn that I have ever seen. They were even so gracious as to give me some of the wood to create a rustic wall in my residential studio! I love it.

We, unfortunately, had to run inside for dinner and didn't get the opportunity to shoot in the beautiful golden hour. Maybe another day. These portraits were taken during harsh light and in the shade of their barn. 

My "assistants" that day were my husband Andy and my good friend James. They are sooo funny when they get together and are responsible for the candid laughter that I captured. What a fun time it was.

 

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claudia@claudialewisphotography.com (CLAUDIA LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY) anniversary barn couple natural light photographer photography http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2015/9/holly-and-jesse-25th-anniversary-celebration Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:43:17 GMT
CLP Model Josefa | Haymarket Gainesville Portrait Photographer http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2015/2/clp-model-josefa-haymarket-gainesville-photographer Josefa is one of those girls whose sweetness you just want to be around. She was very comfortable in front of the camera so I had a difficult time narrowing down her "good" images since she gave me so many different expressions! We started out with a natural light session at the Battlefield in Manassas. Expecting bad weather, we arrived early. The weather stayed great throughout so we had plenty of time to play.

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We used a beauty dish as a main light and added two strobes for the background in the high key shots. Josefa was a trooper allowing three photographers to photograph her at the same time!

The effect on the bottom portrait was done in camera by placing a crystal in front of the lens :) I was curious to see the effect that this would have and I like it! We added red lipstick for a little more drama. I think it suits her. Josefa's makeup was done by her sister Therese. She is only 16 years old! She is an up and coming makeup artist who is studying her craft while she goes to school. 

Dreaming of having images like this to commemorate your senior year? Contact us right away to inquire about booking a session. We are waiving the session fee and minimum order requirement for the first 10 sessions booked in 2015! That’s a $200 value. Go!

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CLP Model Clare | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket Gainesville VA Photographer http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2015/2/clp-model-clare I sometimes get the opportunity to meet a senior girl who I greatly admire. Clare is such a girl. It is so rewarding to see young people who already possess so many of the qualities that are needed to lead a successful and productive life. Clare's work ethic is admirable and I can't help but have a lot of respect for someone who is involved in the arts.

Clare was a performer for her school's play this past year. I can't even begin to imagine having the courage and confidence to do something like that. In high school, I would get sick to my stomach about two weeks before I had to stand up in front of the class and give a presentation LOL. I took one acting class and I just about died. Being the center of attention has never been my thing :) It is probably why you can always find me behind the camera.

Clare was so busy with her school play that we had to work really hard to find a time that would work for her session. I am glad that we were finally able to work it out so that I could get to know this lovely girl and photograph her. Can you see the sweetness and confidence in her smile? After meeting her beautiful and charming mother Penny, I could easily see where that sweetness came from.

The session took place at the Manassas National Battlefield Park.

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claudia@claudialewisphotography.com (CLAUDIA LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY) Manassas Battlefield Manassas VA Photography natural light photographer senior studio teens http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2015/2/clp-model-clare Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:13:12 GMT
7th Annual Mardi Gras Event | Claudia Lewis Photography | Portrait Photographer in Haymarket VA http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2015/1/7th-annual-mardi-gras-event-haymarket-gainesville-photographer I recently had the opportunity to volunteer my time to help The Renaissance Montessori School. When Vanessa Mosher contacted me to photograph students from the school in order to create art work for their annual fundraiser, I couldn't be more pleased! I am a former school teacher so I LOVE being around children. The fundraiser is to raise funds to support the school. Here is the link to the event that will be held on Saturday, February 7 at the Country Club of Fairfax in Fairfax, Virginia. http://www.rmsmardigras.com/index.cfm

One of the photographs required the students to lay on the ground to form a heart with their hands. What could be sweeter than that? They were laying on cold concrete so I snapped a few pictures and called it a day. I wish that I had some behind-the-scenes images. There was a large patch of sun illuminating half of the students while the other half was in shade. That didn't make for a great picture! Fortunately, my 7 ft. white umbrella saved the day. A parent volunteer held it up to shade the rest of the students while I stood on top of a ladder. We were able to solve the problem and ended up with a really sweet image. It was then sent to Robert Canfield to design the graphics. You can visit his website here: ttp://robc-design.com/ Here is the first piece that will be auctioned off as a gorgeous metal portrait!  Haymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerHaymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerClaudia Lewis is a portrait photographer that specializes in photographing high school seniors and the important people in their lives. CLP serves the Haymarket, Gainesville, and Bristow area of northern Virginia.

 

The second piece consisted of photographing three different groups of students from different classes forming a cross with their hands. Sounds simple enough right? Well, it was a little more challenging than it seemed. First of all, it was a cold winter day so I literally had minutes to take all of the pictures so that we could get the kiddos back into the warm rooms. I laid on the floor to quickly capture the images and the kids did the best that they could to keep their hands together. It was harder than it seemed but they were great sports and were willing participants. Here is the final metal portrait that will be auctioned off. There is something so sweet about the hands of children! Haymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerHaymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerClaudia Lewis is a portrait photographer that specializes in photographing high school seniors and the important people in their lives. CLP serves the Haymarket, Gainesville, and Bristow area of northern Virginia.

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claudia@claudialewisphotography.com (CLAUDIA LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY) Manassas VA community community service fundraiser natural light photographer photography studio http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2015/1/7th-annual-mardi-gras-event-haymarket-gainesville-photographer Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:17:12 GMT
Pursuing a Dream | Claudia Lewis Photography | Portrait Photographer in Haymarket VA http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2014/12/pursuing-a-dream Do you have a dream? Have you had the courage to pursue it? I believe that some of the most courageous people are those that take that first step toward their dream when their current circumstances make them seem like fools for even considering it! I understand this struggle all too well. When I made the decision to become a photographer, everything in me told me that I was nuts for even considering it. Negative thoughts haunted me EVERY SINGLE DAY and I fought tooth and nail not to listen.

After the death of one of my best friends and spending several years mourning her loss and not picking up my camera, I woke up one day with renewed clarity. Life is short…..make it count….make a difference.

I wanted to live my life with purpose and bless as many people along the way that I could so my photography journey began. It has been the most difficult thing that I have ever done and I am not there yet! Most of the time I felt like a little spider hanging on for dear life and yet, I have felt more fulfilled in the trying than I have ever felt before :)

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Sometimes I wonder if we put off following our dreams because it makes us feel selfish. After all, we would have to sacrifice something or someone in order to accomplish them. I know that I struggled with this. At the time that my dream began to flourish, I was a homeschooling mom and motherhood was my priority. I worried that I would have to sacrifice family time in order to study and learn and somehow that made me feel selfish. It’s part of the reason why it has taken me so long to get here. It has been a long journey to discover that I wasn’t being selfish at all and that you can do two things at once! I didn’t have to give up being a mom to pursue my calling. I just needed to put the right systems in place to make it work.

“Understand this: Dreaming and desiring are not always born out of ingratitude. The most powerful dreamers are those who are grateful for what they have; they don’t see themselves as victims of circumstance. Instead they see opportunity no matter where they are or what they have at their disposal. They are focused on their dreams, not on their lack. Their ambition has pushed them to achieve excellence in EVERYTHING they pursue, not just merely putting out the least possible.” Alicia Caine

Fast forward 15 years from when my dream began, and I am just now in the beginning stages of seeing the fruit of my labor. I still have a long way to go but I have experienced the joy of seeing someone’s face light up when they look at images of themselves as if looking at themselves for the first time and I know that it has all been worth it!

If you have a dream, I encourage you to pursue it. It will feed your soul in a way that you wouldn’t expect. Live out your life’s purpose. God has a plan for you! For now, just take the first step. And tomorrow morning, when you wake up, take another and never look back. I have been taking these tiny steps for 15 years now. While it may have taken me longer than many others, I believe that everything happens in God’s timing. My hope for you is that you will live with purpose and not fear!

Keep Shining!

Claudia

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claudia@claudialewisphotography.com (CLAUDIA LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY) dream flower natural light photographer photography pursuit of a dream http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2014/12/pursuing-a-dream Sat, 13 Dec 2014 19:00:00 GMT
Newborn Workshop | With Melanie Anderson | Portrait Photographer in Haymarket VA http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2014/9/newborn-workshop-melanie-anderson When starting out in photography, it's sometimes difficult to determine what area one wants to specialize in so you tend to dabble in everything. Newborns draw me because I absolutely love everything about them, how they smell, how they feel, and the sweet noises that they make. Nothing is more lovely or innocent. It is in looking at a newborn that God's miracle of creation really comes to light!

There is so much to know about photographing newborns. Safety is paramount and there is definitely a way to work with them. It is not an area that one wants to enter without being thoroughly prepared and trained. I am certainly taking the time to study this area but I don't feel that I am quite ready to add this area to my business. There are also so many props, blankets, and backgrounds that would need to purchased. It would take a small fortune :) Still, if I get the chance to work with newborns, I take it! It is such a treat. In a few weeks, I will have the honor to photograph my friend Keyla's baby girl. I can't wait! 

These images were captured at a workshop with Melanie Anderson. While she normally uses window light, that particular day was dark and overcast so we simply used the modeling lamp from a strobe using a large softbox. And here they are in all of their glory. Arent' they just precious?

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claudia@claudialewisphotography.com (CLAUDIA LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY) newborns photographer photography studio http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2014/9/newborn-workshop-melanie-anderson Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:53:15 GMT
Captured Journeys Photography Workshop | Glamour Portrait Photographer in Haymarket VA. http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2014/9/workshop-captured-journeys-photography In an effort to continually improve and learn, I take every opportunity possible to attend workshops and classes. I was delighted to be able to attend a workshop hosted by Kelly Schneider of Captured Journeys Photography and his lovely wife. Even better, my photography buddies Keyla of Keyla S Photography and and Andy of Andy Wing Photo were able to attend with me. 

We first started out just using natural light and learning how to maximize its benefits.

We then tried to use off-camera flash and strobes to create more drama in our images. Unfortunately, only one trigger had to be shared among a group of photographers. And how many times did I shove my way to the top to grab that trigger and get some shots? Well, it's evident from the following photographs that I didn't get a chance to use it even once. I was so careful to wait my turn and make sure that everybody had a turn that I never got one :)

There were a couple of photographers in the group who worked themselves up to the front of the bunch and decided that they just weren't going to let go of that trigger! LOL. I am much too nice I suppose so I didn't get any creative shots with off-camera flash but I enjoyed capturing the following images anyway. 

Haymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerHaymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerClaudia Lewis is a portrait photographer that specializes in photographing high school seniors and the important people in their lives. CLP serves the Haymarket, Gainesville, and Bristow area of northern Virginia. Haymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerHaymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerClaudia Lewis is a portrait photographer that specializes in photographing high school seniors and the important people in their lives. CLP serves the Haymarket, Gainesville, and Bristow area of northern Virginia. Haymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerHaymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerClaudia Lewis is a portrait photographer that specializes in photographing high school seniors and the important people in their lives. CLP serves the Haymarket, Gainesville, and Bristow area of northern Virginia. Haymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerHaymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerClaudia Lewis is a portrait photographer that specializes in photographing high school seniors and the important people in their lives. CLP serves the Haymarket, Gainesville, and Bristow area of northern Virginia. Haymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerHaymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerClaudia Lewis is a portrait photographer that specializes in photographing high school seniors and the important people in their lives. CLP serves the Haymarket, Gainesville, and Bristow area of northern Virginia. We then took the fun indoors and took some photos using either natural light from a window or a ring light with off-camera flash as an accent light on the hair. 

Haymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerHaymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerClaudia Lewis is a portrait photographer that specializes in photographing high school seniors and the important people in their lives. CLP serves the Haymarket, Gainesville, and Bristow area of northern Virginia. Finally, we traveled to a beautiful location and took photographs using only one simple video light.

Haymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerHaymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerClaudia Lewis is a portrait photographer that specializes in photographing high school seniors and the important people in their lives. CLP serves the Haymarket, Gainesville, and Bristow area of northern Virginia. Haymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerHaymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerClaudia Lewis is a portrait photographer that specializes in photographing high school seniors and the important people in their lives. CLP serves the Haymarket, Gainesville, and Bristow area of northern Virginia. Haymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerHaymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerClaudia Lewis is a portrait photographer that specializes in photographing high school seniors and the important people in their lives. CLP serves the Haymarket, Gainesville, and Bristow area of northern Virginia. Haymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerHaymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerClaudia Lewis is a portrait photographer that specializes in photographing high school seniors and the important people in their lives. CLP serves the Haymarket, Gainesville, and Bristow area of northern Virginia. It was great fun and would surely want to attend another one of Kelly Schneider's workshops in the future!

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claudia@claudialewisphotography.com (CLAUDIA LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY) natural light photographer photography ring light video light http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2014/9/workshop-captured-journeys-photography Fri, 12 Sep 2014 01:30:49 GMT
Cassie | Studio Shots | Portrait Photographer serving Haymarket and Gainesville VA. http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2014/9/cassie-studio-shots Managed to get a few pictures of my lovely Cassie in the studio. I literally had minutes to photograph her because the girl had things to do and places to go! Can I just say that this kid has some good looking locks? Swoon.

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claudia@claudialewisphotography.com (CLAUDIA LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY) Haymarket photographer photography strobes studio tween http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2014/9/cassie-studio-shots Sat, 06 Sep 2014 20:52:12 GMT
Keyla | An Elegant Portrait | Glamour Portrait Photographer serving Haymarket and Gainesville VA. http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2014/9/keyla-elegant-portrait One of the most rewarding aspects of studying my craft is the opportunity to work with professional photographers. Recently I was able to photograph the very beautiful Keyla from Keyla S Photography. Her baby is due in just 5 weeks and I am so excited to meet her little bundle!

She had a maternity shoot with Andy Wing of Andy Wing Photo and I was able to come along and assist him. In the process, I was able to capture a small handful of images. I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends to learn and grow with!

 

 

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claudia@claudialewisphotography.com (CLAUDIA LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY) Manassas Battlefield Manassas VA maternity natural light photographer photography http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2014/9/keyla-elegant-portrait Sat, 06 Sep 2014 01:06:53 GMT
A Memorable Walk | Tween Portrait Photographer serving Haymarket and Gainesville VA. http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2014/9/a-memorable-walk The request was made as many others, "Will you PLEEEASE take a walk with me and let me photograph you?" To my surprise, she agreed this time! What she felt was going to be a dreadful time together (she has gotten quite tired of my camera :) turned out to be a really fun evening. Often times, people photograph their children on "special years" such as when their child is a newborn baby, or turns one, or is a senior in high school but often times forget to capture all of those years in between. 

My cutie turned 13 this year! I can't believe it. I still call her my baby girl and she rolls her eyes :) We decided to take a walk at the Stone Bridge at the Manassas National Battlefield Park. 

She is so much fun to be around and makes me laugh so much!

But she also has an inquisitive side that makes her ponder about everything under the sun.

And sometimes she seems so grown up and wise beyond her years.

And other times she still reminds of that rambunctious toddler that climbed everything and would investigate every cabinet or drawer!

And then there are moments when I am so proud of the beautiful young lady that she is becoming that my heart swells. She has a strong will and a good head on her shoulders, she works hard to reach her goals, she's a loyal friend and is kind to the lonely kids, she's a blast to be around, and she calls me her mom and friend. I am so blessed. 

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claudia@claudialewisphotography.com (CLAUDIA LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY) Manassas VA Stone Bridge Virginia natural light photographer photography tween http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2014/9/a-memorable-walk Fri, 05 Sep 2014 22:33:31 GMT
CLP Senior Model Faith | Haymarket Gainesville Senior Photography http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2014/6/the-lovely-faith-haymarket-gainesville-senior-photographer “As she sat nervously, her lips quivered and shook as she tried to keep warm on that freezing early morning. However, as soon as the camera drew near she managed to give a smile that could light up the heavens and in that moment, I managed to capture some of her sweetness and loveliness in a photograph.”

Faith is a senior this year and she is going out into the world and changing it for the better….no doubt!

Faith, you touched me with your vulnerability and how easily you laughed in spite of the freezing temperatures. You were truly a delight. As you look forward to the rest of your life, I pray that you will live life boldly and dream BIG. You deserve all the best that this life has to offer. Thank you for the privilege of allowing me to photograph you at such an important time in your life.

MODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerMODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerPremiere Senior Photographer serving the Haymarket and Gainesville, VA area.

MODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerMODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerPremiere Senior Photographer serving the Haymarket and Gainesville, VA area. MODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerMODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerPremiere Senior Photographer serving the Haymarket and Gainesville, VA area. IMG_6322IMG_6322 MODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerMODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerPremiere Senior Photographer serving the Haymarket and Gainesville, VA area. MODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerMODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerPremiere Senior Photographer serving the Haymarket and Gainesville, VA area. MODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerMODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerPremiere Senior Photographer serving the Haymarket and Gainesville, VA area. MODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerMODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerPremiere Senior Photographer serving the Haymarket and Gainesville, VA area. MODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerMODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerPremiere Senior Photographer serving the Haymarket and Gainesville, VA area. MODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerMODERN TEENS | Claudia Lewis Photography | Haymarket and Gainesville Portrait PhotographerPremiere Senior Photographer serving the Haymarket and Gainesville, VA area.

Dreaming of having images like this to commemorate your senior year? Contact us right away to inquire about booking a session with us. We are waiving the session fee and minimum order requirement for the first 10 sessions booked in 2015! That’s a $200 value. Go!

 

 

 

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claudia@claudialewisphotography.com (CLAUDIA LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY) Manassas Battlefield Virginia natural light photographer photography senior http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2014/6/the-lovely-faith-haymarket-gainesville-senior-photographer Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:50:13 GMT
Photoshoot with LaShonda http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2014/6/Photoshoot-with-LaShonda I had the wonderful opportunity to vist Studio Diana in Fairfax, Virginia to hang out with other photographers and play around with hot lights. I have only used natural light and studio flash so this was a new experience for me. LaShonda was our model for the evening. She had a great laugh. I love the picture of her laughing! There is something so wonderful about capturing someone's personality in a photograph.

Haymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerHaymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerClaudia Lewis is a portrait photographer that specializes in photographing high school seniors and the important people in their lives. CLP serves the Haymarket, Gainesville, and Bristow area of northern Virginia. Haymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerHaymarket Gainesville Portrait PhotographerClaudia Lewis is a portrait photographer that specializes in photographing high school seniors and the important people in their lives. CLP serves the Haymarket, Gainesville, and Bristow area of northern Virginia.

 

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claudia@claudialewisphotography.com (CLAUDIA LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY) Blog Photography hot lights studio http://www.claudialewisphotography.com/blog/2014/6/Photoshoot-with-LaShonda Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:50:59 GMT