Real.  I'm all about real.  An enjoyable, relaxing photography session and making sure you love the results.  Grabbing the memories so you can hold on tight.  Capturing what is YOU and what is REAL.

When a client told me she was very happy and said, "You GOT us", I couldn't have been more proud!  Photographing families and children is very different than weddings, or food, or magazine models.  My goal with photography is to capture your love, your feelings, your fun, your family, just as you are.   Real.

No two families are the same, and that is why my approach will be customized to fit your needs.  Some families are extra silly (like mine).  Some families are a little more quiet.  Some children are very shy, and others never stop talking (like mine!) The photographers at the mall run you through their shop, with the same backdrops, the same poses, and then they spit you out and move on to the next kids and do the same thing.  

High School Senior Portraits, Ashburn Virginia, Loudoun County


How is Don't Say Cheese Photography different?  


  • I photograph one family or High School Senior per day.  In fact, usually I only have one client per weekend so that we have flexibility should weather require us to change from Saturday to Sunday.  (Or vice versa).  

  • I am not a fan of props and gimmicks.  Rather than drawing a viewer's eye to a prop, I'd rather the first thing you notice is the love in the eyes, the laughter in the face, and a family being happy together just as they are.

  • I like to know ahead of time how you plan to use your images, which helps me make sure I deliver what you need.  Do you want to make a book?  Are you looking for a large canvas to put over your fireplace?  Do you need 120 wallets to send out with graduation announcements?  
  • I love finding different locations that suit your desires for the finished photo.  Some clients love the old stone buildings we have here in Loudoun County.  Others want some scenery such as the Blue Ridge mountains in their photographs, or the trees turning in fall, or bridges or waterfalls or even their own back yard where they can be relaxed and comfortable.

  • I provide you with 4x6 prints of the best 20-25 images, which are yours to keep.  You will have plenty of time to review them, choose your favorite photos, request changes such as zooming in, cropping differently, maybe seeing how one looks in black and white.  
  • I guarantee you'll love them!  Recently I put my money where my mouth is when a mom wasn't 100% in love with the close-up shots we got of her son.  We went out another day, focused just on him, and grabbed 18 terrific options.  If you don't love them, I'll keep working until you do.  

Broadlands Virginia Photographer, Don't Say Cheese Photography 

If you think I might be the right photographer for your family, please send me an email or give me a call.  It would be my pleasure to chat about what you're looking for and how I might be of service.  I am pleased to photograph the families and children and high school seniors of Loudoun County Virginia, including Aldie, Ashburn, Brambleton, Broadlands, Leesburg, Purcellville, South Riding, and more!