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A senior, family, maternity, and lifestyle newborn photographer for moms who would like to document milestones

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TuBelle Photography Best Of 2021 | Portrait Photography & Mini Session

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Jan 7, 2022

2021 sure was a roller coaster ride. There were a lot of highs like Baby R turning 1 and his adorable time flies cake smash photos done in our neighborhood where we also did my DIY maternity photos back in 2020; launching the TBP Client Closet; meeting tons of new clients & seeing past clients again; being nationally & internationally published as a senior photographer; and 2021 being the busiest & most successful year for TuBelle Photography yet. All that to say, the past year didn’t pass by without any challenges like the virtual learning & home schooling of my kids; and me getting sick a few days before Christmas giving me the loneliest Christmas ever. But, I’m still thankful because it could have been worse. We rang in the new year healthy, happy, loved, and together. And that is all that matters!

As you know, I like to look back and remember all the beautiful memories and priceless milestones that I was able to document for my clients. It’s time for our Best of 2021 post for senior, family, maternity, newborn, cake smash photography, & mini sessions!

family of 5 during their lifestyle newborn photos in Woodbridge, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Prince William County, Virginia newborn photographer

This was my very first session of 2021 and it was very special because I also did their maternity photos in Lake RIdge, VA in the fall of 2020. I love watching my client’s family grow. And I’m always so honored that they would always choose me to document their special milestones.

baby girl eating cake during cake smash pictures in Gainesville, Virginia taken by a Northern VA photographer

My first cake smash session of the year! All the details planned by mom are just too cute! This session couldn’t have been more perfect!

baby girl during milestone photos in Prince William County, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia milestone photographer

This 6-month milestone session in Northern VA is so special! We did at the comfort of their home and the photos turned out so beautiful! I love being able to document the little and big milestones so being chosen to do this was something I am very honored to do. One of the Baby K’s dress was from the TBP Client Closet.

family of 3 during their maternity photos in Warrenton, VA taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern VA maternity photographer

My first maternity session of the year, done at a location that turned out to be a favorite for a lot of people. This session couldn’t have been more perfect. The outfit, the location, all the emotions combined together made their photos extra beautiful!

baby girl during in home newborn photos in Fairfax County, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia newborn photographer

Another special session was a newborn session in Northern VA was done during the first quarter of 2021. I did their maternity photos back in 2019, and then a few months later did their lifestyle newborn session. And last year, we met again to document the arrival of their new family member.

nautical themed cake smash photos in Reston, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia cake smash photographer

I just LOVE everything about this nautical themed cake smash photos! There’s something about the combinations of red, white, and blue that I just love so much! The cake was done by Ashley Bakes Cakes; and the balloon are was done by Bristow Balloons!

unicorn themed cake smash photos in Gainesville, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia cake smash photographer

Oh there’s nothing more I love than pastels and baby feet with cake! Haha! This unicorn themed cake smash pictures was everything I’ve ever dreamed! The balloon art by Bristow Balloons was fabulous but didn’t take the focus away from Baby S. And the cake done by Ashley Bakes Cakes perfectly complemented the colors from the balloon art!

family of 4 during at home newborn photos in Fairfax County, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia newborn photographer

Oh this session was so bittersweet! This lifestyle newborn session was done a month before they moved to a different state for good; to be with family! I was able to capture their in home newborn photos when their first baby was born. So while it was amazing seeing them again and being able to document another family milestone of theirs, I was sad that that will be the last time I’ll get to see them. But hey, at least I have these photos right? 🙂

teenage girl during senior photos in Bristow, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia senior photographer

How gorgeous is Alyssa on her senior photos in Nokesville, Virginia? She absolutely rocked her session! And she was the reason (the bottom left photo) why I am now an internationally published senior photographer. I am very grateful that I have a beautiful relationship with my clients. Some of them have become my friends; Alyssa in particular has become a part of our family. She has been babysitting Baby R since the summer of last year. My older kids, A and X, adore her! I don’t know how I would have survived working from home, with all 3 kids at home, while my husband is at work without her.

college boy during senior pictures in Gainesville, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Prince William County, Virginia senior photographer
teenage boy during senior photos in Fairfax, Virginia, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern VA senior photographer

These 2 brothers killed their senior photos! One of them is a college senior & the other one is a high school senior. Last 2020, I was able to take photos of their younger siblings!

teenage girl laughing during senior pictures taken in Ashburn, Virginia, taken by TuBelle Photography, a NoVa senior photographer

One of my favorite senior photos ever! The outfit, the location, the light, and the pure joy on her face. I just love everything about this session.

teenage best friends during their senior pictures in Haymarket, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Prince William County, Virginia senior photographer
teenage girl during senior photos in Gainesville, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Prince William County, Virginia senior photographer
graduating girl during senior photos in Gainesville, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a NoVA senior photographer

These high school best friends were one of the winners of the senior giveaway I had hosted last 2020. One of them went out of the country for the majority of 2020 so we did their photo shoot last year. Their BFF senior photos couldn’t have been more beautiful! We had the best time during their session and I’m so glad I was able to gift them these photos before they were off to college!

family of 5 during lifestyle newborn photos in Loudoun County, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia newborn photographer

2021 was a year I get to watch a lot of my family clients grow their families. K, the mom, has turned to be a good friend of mine. And I’m so honored to have captured their lifestyle newborn photos when Baby C joined their family last year. We met for the first time in 2019 when I first opened my business and I did their family photos in Ashburn, VA. I remember the girls were still so little then and they just came back from their Disney trip. One of the girls were telling all about their adventures & the princesses she saw.

expecting couple having fun during their maternity pictures in Manassas, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Prince William County, Virginia maternity photographer

This maternity session is probably one of my favorite maternity sessions ever!!! These 2 were such a beautiful couple, and J, the expecting mom, is just simply glowing! J won the maternity session giveaway I hosted last year; but she was still early in her pregnancy during that time. So we had to wait a few more months before doing her maternity photos in Manassas, VA. J wore 2 of my favorite dresses from the TBP Client Closet and she rocked them!

family of 3 during red truck mini session in Haymarket, Virginia, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Prince William County, VA family photographer
family of 3 with Santa Claus during red truck mini session in Haymarket, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia family photographer
family of 5 with Santa Claus during red truck mini session in Haymarket, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia family photographer

I had so much fun taking these promo photos for the red truck mini session I was supposed to host last year in fall. But due to a medical emergency, Santa had to take a break for the entire year. But I’ve been in touch with him and he’s doing so well. He’s anticipating to be back to work later this year. So watch out for more information later this year for a much-awaited red truck minis! All families were dressed by the TBP Client Closet!

expecting couple excited during maternity pictures in Warrenton, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Prince William County, Virginia maternity photographer

This maternity photos in Warrenton, VA were also done at Airlie! I’m glad we were able to utilize different parts of the location for their maternity pictures!

gorgeous lady wearing maxi dress during birthday photos in Warrenton, Virginia by TuBelle Photographer, a Northern VA photographer

Do you believe me now that Airlie has quickly became a favorite of my clients? This gorgeous lady was celebrating a milestone birthday and wanted to document it. And of course, we did it at this beautiful location! She rocked the wrapped dress borrowed from the TBP Client Closet, didn’t she?

family of 4 during lifestyle newborn pictures in Arlington, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern VA newborn photographer

Oh the way they look at Baby H is just so special. Actually at some point during this in home newborn session, I caught dad looking at mom in the sweetest way! My heart melted and I’m so glad I was able to capture that for them. Would you believe me when I tell you that it was a gloomy day when we did their photos?

family of 4 having fun during their family photos in Washington, DC, taken by TuBelle Photography, a DMV family photographer

This was probably one of my favorite family photos ever!!! Waking up at 3am to do these family photos in Washington, DC was so worth it! The kids did so well even though we started their session a little before 6am; we were done in a little over 30 minutes. Shortest full family session ever!!!

family of 4 having during their family photos in Sterling, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia family photographer

This was another special and bittersweet session. I did their family photos back in 2020. And then last year, we did their last family pictures here in Virginia at the same location; and then shortly after, they moved out of the state.

family of 3 during mini session in Warrenton, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern VA maternity photographer
family of 5 during mini session in Warrenton, Virginia, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern VA family photographer
family of 3 during mini session in Warrenton, Virginia, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia family photographer
family of 4 during mini session in Warrenton, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia family photographer
family of 3 smiling during mini session in Warrenton, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a NoVa family photographer
siblings during mini session in Warrenton, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a DMV family photographer
family of 5 wearing green coordinating outfits during mini session in Warrenton, Virginia, taken by TuBelle Photography, a DMV family photographer

These were all the beautiful families I got to meet last year during my Airlie fall mini sessions.

family photos in Chantilly, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Fairfax County, Virginia family photographer

These family photos in Chantilly, VA were taken on a very gloomy Saturday! Regardless, we still had so much fun during their session!

family of 4 during christmas mini session in Gainesville, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia family photographer

I put together this Christmas mini session promo shoot after learning about the medical emergency that happened with my original planned red truck mini session. I wanted to show my clients what the new Christmas setup will be so they know what to expect. There were a lot of last minute planning to put all of these together but I am so glad with how everything turned out. And my clients loved it!

family of 4 with Santa during Christmas mini session in Haymarket, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia family photographer
family of 5 with Santa Claus during Christmas mini session in Haymarket, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia family photographer
family of 4 with Santa during Christmas mini session in Haymarket, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern VA family photographer
family of 3 during Christmas mini session in Haymarket, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern VA family photographer
family of 3 with Santa Claus during Christmas mini session in Haymarket, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a NoVa family photographer
family of 4 with Santa Claus during Christmas mini session in Haymarket, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern VA family photographer
family of 3 with Santa Claus during Christmas mini session in Haymarket, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a NoVa family photographer

New families I got to meet and some past clients I got to see again during my Christmas mini session last year.

high school girl during Chantilly, VA mini session taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern VA senior photographer
family of 3 walking during Chantilly, VA mini session taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern VA family photographer
expecting couple during Chantilly, VA mini session taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern VA maternity photographer
family of 7 during Chantilly, VA mini session taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia family photographer
family of 4 during Chantilly, Virginia mini session taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia family photographer
little girl running during Chantilly, Virginia mini session taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern VA family photographer
high school boy smiling during Chantilly, VA mini session taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia senior photographer
family of 3 during Chantilly, Virginia mini session taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia family photographer

These were all the seniors & families I got to meet last year during my Chantilly, VA fall mini session!

family of 4 during fall mini session in Sterling, Virginia, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern VA family photographer
family of 4 smiling during fall mini session in Sterling, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern VA family photographer
family with a dog during fall mini session in Sterling, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia family photographer
family of 3 during fall mini session in Sterling, Virginia, taken by TuBelle Photography, a NoVA family photographer
family of 3 during fall mini session in Sterling, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern VA family photographer
family of 3 laughing during fall mini session in Sterling, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia family photographer
family of 5 during fall mini session in Sterling, Virginia, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia family photographer

There were new clients I got to meet and past clients I got to see again during this Sterling, VA fall mini session.

lifestyle newborn photos in Gainesville, VA, taken by TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia newborn photographer

This was my last lifestyle newborn photos for the year! This beautiful family is super laid back! I had the best time with them! Mom, baby, and older sibling borrowed outfits from the TBP Client Closet.

teenage girl during senior photos in Reston, VA, taken by a TuBelle Photography, a Northern Virginia senior photographer

My last session for 2021 is a senior session in Reston, VA! It was a very chilly day, but Kaleigh and I had the best time! She travelled all the way from PA so I can do her senior photos and I will be forever honored and grateful!

It was so much fun looking back at all the beautiful moments I was able to document for all my clients! I will never get tired of saying this – I am so grateful for all the clients who have trusted me and are basically the reason why TuBelle Photography had such a successful year! I can’t wait to see what 2022 has in store for me, for my family, and for my business.

If you found this post because you are looking for a Northern Virginia photographer, you’ve come to the right place. I am a family photographer, maternity & newborn photographer, & senior photographer. I also offer mini sessions. My clients get access to beautiful outfits from the TBP Client Closet for their session. I would love to freeze those special moments in time for you to cherish forever. If you felt inspired by this session and you’d like to learn more about what I offer, send me a message so we can chat. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Til next time,

Belle

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