Wednesday, December 31, 2008

And a Happy New Year!

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!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas to all!

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

Monday, December 22, 2008

Last Session of the Year

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!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Future Ballplayer

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.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

We have a winner!

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!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Time to Vote!

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 8x10 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

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Something a little different

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.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Contest... last day to enter!

Happy snow day! Well, at least there is a little snow on the ground :) 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 @ 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 8x10 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.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Blowing Kisses

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.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas Rock!

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!

Contest Deadline Extended

If you're anything like me, the holiday weekend went by in a flash! I have decided to extend the kids' contest by one more week to give you more time to get those entries in. Here's the original post with the details. Can't wait to see the artwork!! The new deadline for entries is December 7th.