Thanks for taking a moment to visit Veralana Photography’s blog. I am a portrait and commercial photographer located in Northern Virginia. Here on the blog I share sneak peeks from my portrait sessions, modeling work, and nature photography. Check out my website for more samples of my portfolio. To receive new posts by email, subscribe to this blog.  If you want to share one of my posts with your friends on Facebook, click on the little Facebook icon below each post.

Last Minute Holiday Card Deals

December 15, 2014

Calling all last minute shoppers who haven’t sent your Christmas cards yet!

Tiny Prints has your back.

First, their sitewide sale of up to 30% off ends Tuesday, 12/16 at midnight PT. Second, if you order before midnight PT on 12/17, you can save $10 on their super rush shipping.

And yes, you can stack those codes!

Here’s how it works:

1. Go to Tiny Prints and choose from their selection of holiday cards. Personalize the cards with your pictures and text.

2. Use the code 30SWDEAL to save 25% on all orders and 30% on orders of $99+.

3. Stack the code SRSAVE10 if your order is more than $100 and you’ll save $10 on their super rush shipping. You’ll get the cards within two business days (if you are in the lower 48 states).

Contact me if you would like to use your Veralana Portraits in your cards, I can upload your images for you.


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She Brought the Snow

November 26, 2014

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We had an unseasonable snow this morning during this extended family session.  Since the sweet little girl had snowflakes on her tights and is a big fan of Frozen and Queen Elsa, so we joked that she was like Elsa and brought the snow.   While in reality she might not have Elsa’s magical powers, she did have a princess smile and lots of charm.   I had done maternity and newborn portraits when her big brother was born and then just recently had done newborn portraits for their cousin.  Today they all came together with Nana for some pre-Thanksgiving portraits.


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Baby Plaid

November 20, 2014

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Seriously, how well dressed are these little girls?!   Little sis is only 2 months old, but was awake the whole session and fully engaged.  Big sister looked adorable in her fancy dress and enjoyed trying out my selection of little chairs.


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My Own Family Photos

November 18, 2014

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Thanks to my amazing friend, the very talented and patient Jessica Moore, I was able to step in front of my own camera for a few portraits with my family this weekend.   If Jessica weren’t so talented at her own career in government relations, she would certainly have a future in photography.   My own crew is not as amenable as you might think to having their photos taken (ever heard of photographer’s child syndrome?), but in the end we got both the nice portraits I shared here, and some hilarious outtakes.   Since they always complain about being cold by the time we get around to our portraits, I decided to embrace the cold this year and plan our outfits with coats and tall boots.  That worked out reasonably well for us, despite the occasional complaint about tight collars and itchy wool.   I’m glad to have this “to do” checked off my own list, and now just need to pick which one of the thousands of cards I’m going to use from Minted or Tiny Prints this year.


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Back in the Studio

November 17, 2014

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After two chilly outdoor sessions this past weekend I was back in the cozy studio for this fun family photoshoot.  It was nice to see them again after a few years, this time as a family of four.


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Red, Green and Blue

November 16, 2014

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I met up with these friends for my second session of the day, and another chilly one.  But we enjoyed the fall color and great scenery and dodged the other two photographers who shooting families at the same location.


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