I am a mom of 3 adorable kids, a full-time IT professional, and the woman behind TuBelle Photography! I am a senior, family, maternity, & newborn photographer in Northern Virginia. I am based in Gainesville, VA and serve the surrounding areas including (but not limited to) Fairfax, Manassas, Centreville, Reston, Herndon, Sterling, Ashburn, Leesburg, Alexandria, and Arlington.
I love documenting everything with my own family, from the minute details like how we had a dance party one night while I was making dinner, or how we decided to have afternoon snacks at the park just for the fun of it, to the big moments like my kid’s first birthday or us buying our own house for the first time.
I believe that moments with family, no matter how little or big, needs to be celebrated and documented because these pictures are the most important memory we have of the most important people in our lives! These pictures will remind us of all the fun things we’ve had together. When the kids have all grown up and living their own lives, these pictures will remind you how precious these moments are... in our lifetime, and in theirs.
I was born and raised in the tropical country of Manila, Philippines. I migrated to the United States over 10 years ago, left everything I knew and loved, to be with my then-fiance, the answer to my prayers, for good. Shortly after, we got married.
In Fairfax County, Virginia, we started our family. We have a daughter and 2 sons. We've recently moved to Gainesville, Virginia when we bought our first home. And we couldn't be any happier!
Fun fact: I was raised to eat rice ALL DAY EVERY DAY. And yes, even on breakfast and snack!
"When we have each other, we have everything."
…specifically fried chicken, donuts, cupcakes, and Coca Cola! When my husband messes up and needs to make up for it, he knows he can't go wrong with any of these!
I collect bags and I'm addicted to shoes! But every single Christmas, when my husband would ask me what I want, I would always ask for kitchen stuff. And I get REALLY excited opening & using the gifts!
Even though I create custom applications for a living, I have no clue when it comes to making the app look "pretty". For my own website, I always go to my husband to customize the design. He is a Front-End Developer so it all works out!
...that we take during the kids' birthdays. We see it as an opportunity to bond and make memories. My daughter always loves to go to the beach; while my son always prefers to go to the zoo to celebrate their birthdays.
...(actually, if I'm being honest, I use them as an excuse to act crazy because I think I'm really a child at heart), like having dance parties with them. But chill nights with a movie & popcorn are what I look forward to at the end of every week!
I love to shop but I just don't have the time to go to the stores and go through each rack of clothes and shoes, figure out what I want, try them on, and then fall in line at the counter. Being a busy mom, online shopping allows me to do what I love without losing much time!!! Target, Express, and Old Navy are my go to shops!
Whoever invented the leggings deserves an award!!! Since becoming a mom, leggings have become my go to pants! They’re so comfortable and allow me to move freely. And yes, I wear leggings even at my full-time job.
We enjoy wearing Halloween costumes as a family. Monsters Inc., Despicable Me, Paw Patrol, My Little Pony, zombies & mummy, and superheroes are some of the things we’ve done.
I WAS obsessed with heels!!! I used to have every type in every color and print. But recently after the kids have grown up, I fell in love with sneakers. They're so much more comfortable especially when I needed to run after them.
My kids are best friends and play together nicely for 1 second; and then would fight for the next 15 minutes. They drive me crazy & test my patience most of the time, but they are also the reason I breathe and why I do most of the things I am doing. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
NEXT FUN FACT
It all began with a cry...
A cry. That's the first thing that I remember when my daughter was born. One afternoon in July, after being in labor for 5 hours. I FINALLY got to hold her after 9 months!!! I sat there on my hospital bed in complete awe of what I was looking at. I couldn't believe it was really her; It feels so surreal that I was FINALLY holding her in my arms. She was so tiny but beautiful and perfect in every way. And she's mine!!! Since then, I had the need to document every moment I have with her because I want to remember every single detail of her & her future siblings' lives.
So I did! Some days, it's eating strawberries for her afternoon snack just because she looks so adorable doing so, a picture of my son trying to solve a puzzle, or the baby holding his head up while doing tummy time. Other days, it's an eventful trip to the beach. But there are those days that you have to because it is a once in a lifetime moment just like her first day in Kindergarten.
For the past years, when I'm having a bad day and I see pictures I took of my family, whether it's from an ordinary day or of a special milestone, I remember all the fun things that we had, and all the overflowing love that we have for each other. The pictures, along with the memories that come with them, give me the strength to push through what I'm going through because they help me realize how blessed I truly am.
And that is what I want to give you and your family! My hope is that if there is only one feeling or emotion that you get to feel while looking at the pictures I had delivered is that you’ll be reminded how good life was back then & that you’ll realize how blessed you truly are because of the people that you have in your life right at that moment.
"I could not be more excited about these photos Belle captured of my 3 kids. She nailed each of their personalities perfectly and her patience was amazing."
Leonardtown, Maryland Family Session
Our work has been featured in these publications
Expertise - Best Maternity Photographers in Washington, DC
Creative Collective Magazine
Expertise - Best Newborn Photographers in Washington, DC
It’s not just about hiring someone to hold a camera and snap a few pictures. Family photography is about carefully crafting and capturing the big precious moments, including the little ones, in the stage of life you are in right now, in a way that beautifully shows your true personalities & raw emotions while telling your story.
I am not just here to take your pictures & deliver you gallery. I am here to capture and preserve your special moments so you can relive the joy & love you were feeling right at that moment in the years to come.
Do you feel like as moms, we prioritize the same things? Do you think we’re going to get along and have so much fun during your portrait session? Maybe you have some questions for me. Reach out and you’ll hear back from me within the next 24-48 hours!