And a Happy New Year!

December 31, 2008


We did our last modeling shoot of the year today. This is the newest “calico princess” by Ollie Girl!–Mulan. I leave tomorrow for India. Check back mid-January for pictures from the trip. I will have pictures from the wedding, as well as from our safari and other adventures. Happy new year!

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Merry Christmas to all!

December 23, 2008


Veralana Photography will be closed from December 24-28. My family and I wish you and yours a warm and joyful holiday.

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Last Session of the Year

December 22, 2008

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I usually wouldn’t take sessions this late in the holiday season, but when these adult siblings contacted me and asked for some portraits for their parents, I made a special exception for them. And despite the freezing temperatures and brisk wind, we had a good time trying out some portrait ideas. I hope their parents enjoy their very special gifts this Christmas!

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Future Ballplayer

December 21, 2008


I got to work with this family earlier in the fall for some maternity portraits, and I was so excited to meet the him when he finally decided to make his arrival. Here is their little holiday present in mom’s knit cap, and with dad’s baseball gear.


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We have a winner!

December 20, 2008

I’m happy to announce that Picture #1, by young artist Emily, is the winner of my first ever blog contest. Here is the winning image:


She won a free photo session, and maybe we can capture her with a balloon and lollipop, just like the portrait in her imagination!

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Time to Vote!

December 11, 2008

The entries are in and it’s time to vote for your favorite! Please only one vote per person. Feel free to send over as many of your friends and family to vote as you would like. The theme of the contest is to draw a picture of yourself having your portrait taken. I’m so excited to have these fun pictures to share! The poll will be open until 11:59pm December 18th. And the winner will receive a free portrait session and an 8×10 print of themselves holding their winning entry.

Entry #1: Emily, age 5

Entry #2: Abby, age 4

Entry #3: Ashleigh, age 5

Entry #4: Mimi, age 5

Entry #5: Evelyn, age 5
Entry #6: Taylor, age 5

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Something a little different

December 9, 2008


I was excited when I was asked to do some adult headshots/portraits. And working with such a great subject made it even more fun. Here’s just a couple from our shoot.

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Contest… last day to enter!

December 7, 2008


Happy snow day! Well, at least there is a little snow on the ground đŸ™‚ I thought it was a good time to share A’s little snowman artwork. I know I love seeing what comes from her imagination. And I wanted to post a reminder that this is your last chance to enter your child’s artwork in my first contest! I will be posting the entries early next week for voting. Here is the information again about the contest:

Ask your child (ages 3-6) to draw you a picture of themselves having their portrait taken. The image should be drawn with crayon, paint or marker on white paper. Scan in the image and send it to me by email (emily @ veralana.com) with the subject “Blog Contest”. If more than 10 entries are received, 10 finalists will be selected. The finalists’ entries will be posted on the blog, and voting will be conducted by a public poll. The winner of the poll will win a portrait session and an 8×10 of the winning artist holding his or her artwork.

The small print: Contest is open to residents of the DC area. Entries must be submitted by a parent, but drawn by a child age 3-6. Scanned images should be 600 pixels on the large side. Please keep the original artwork. Prize is an outdoor or studio session at the photographer’s location of choice for the winning artist in the month of February or March 2009. Entries must be submitted November 19-December 7. Voting will be via poll on my blog (open to the public, one vote per person). I reserve the right to cancel the contest at any time, or disqualify entries if I believe any entries are not made in good faith or I suspect voting irregularities. After all, this contest is supposed to be fun! Winner will be posted on the blog and notified by email. Free session must be scheduled in February or March, and will expire if not used by the end of March 2009.

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Blowing Kisses

December 5, 2008

My session this morning with this sweet little 2-year-old was a great way to end off the season of holiday portraits. She was full of giggles, kisses, and smiles for her mommy. I’m looking forward to seeing her again at their newborn session, when she will be the big sister.


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Christmas Rock!

December 1, 2008

These little guys love to play music together, so mom had the idea that we could entice them into the some photo with a little performance. So here they are in action, the Brothers Klaus!

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