Carrie Keene Photography: Blog en-us (C) Carrie Keene Photography (Carrie Keene Photography) Sat, 12 Nov 2016 01:57:00 GMT Sat, 12 Nov 2016 01:57:00 GMT Carrie Keene Photography: Blog 120 80 Fall - Busy with love... Hi folks!  I know, I know.  I'm terrible at this blogging thing.  Oh well.  We have strengths and weaknesses-this is surely the latter for me!  Just wanted to pop in with a note since this is my busiest time of year and I certainly have nothing else to do!  Seriously, the fall for a photographer is like tax season for a CPA.  Crazytown!  Everyone is thinking the same thing (including me!) - it's gorgeous out - look at the leaves - we need a family photo for holiday cards!  Yes, 'tis the season for family portraits to gift grandma and of course the ever popular photo holiday card.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining.  I LOVE capturing families this time of year in this beautiful fall light.  But I'm going to let you in on a little secret!  Although my clients all know I'm aiming for that framable, perfect, grandma-giving photo, it's really the photos that showcase a families' love and relationship that I long for!  When an image pops up as I'm culling and there is belly laughter, silly faces or a classic eye roll, I LOVE it!   Right there.  My favorite of the whole session.  When people laugh at me for giving so many images to my clients (too many to choose from!) that's the reason.  I can't get rid of them--they are classic!  So here ya go folks...a few of my very favorites.  They won't make the Holiday card most likely and Grandma might not get a framed print, but they are forever on my heart!



Well, there you have it folks.  My secret is out - forgive me while I go look through all that love and laughter again -- it's good for the soul!


]]> (Carrie Keene Photography) Sat, 12 Nov 2016 01:52:27 GMT
Faster than the speed of light! So I realized today that it has been almost a whole year since I posted on my blog!!  How did this come to my attention?  Well, I just took photos of a special birthday girl turing 1...and yep, her newborn photos were the last posted pics on the blog!!  Yikes!  That was one fast year for sure.  The busier I am, the faster it seems to go!  Here's a little peek at Miss N's 1st year pics...she is a ham and so much fun to be around!  (I have a soft spot for her parents too!)

Happy Birthday to ME! Favorite pastime!

Love my daddy!

I'll stay here with momma, thank you. Oh, this old thing??


The sweet girl was starting to get tired toward the end of the session, but we had something in store for her.  She wanted nothing to do with more pictures, as you can see...


Until she spied the cupcake!!  Umm, wait, is that for me?  You are going to let me eat that?  Are you sure??


DELICIOUS!!  She wasted no time and dug in.  No texture fears here!  One taste and she knew this was worth the whole session!!

Yay for cupcakes!!   And this was the moment that mom said, "Are you done?  All done!!"  The look says it all!  No way, I'm eating every last crumb!


I think it's safe to say she loves birthday celebrations!

]]> (Carrie Keene Photography) 1st Alexandria Family Newborn Photography cake session smash year Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:24:41 GMT
Love makes a family Sweet little bundles to cuddle--it never gets old.  This little girl was super sweet and definitely competing for the title of best newborn client ever!  She didn't fuss a bit, gave me some wide open eyes and then went to sleep.  As long as that little hand could be up by her face she was happy.  I always tell clients that babies feed off the emotions of their parents and it rang true here.  Two laid back, relaxed and incredibly happy parents = super happy baby!  


Congratulations on the new love of your life.  She is just a perfect little pumpkin!






]]> (Carrie Keene Photography) Alexandria Family Newborn dad firefighter session Wed, 04 Nov 2015 20:45:27 GMT
A Big Sister at last! Do you remember this fun girl from a Milestone Session this past Spring?  She was patiently waiting for the arrival of a sweet little sister.  

And earlier this summer, the day finally came!  A beautiful little baby girl to add to this sweet family!

This family was such a pleasure to work with.   It is obvious how much the love their girls!  


And what a precious baby.  So sweet and calm.  She did a great job!  



I can't get enough of all of the little baby parts.  They grow and change so quickly.  

And what a good Big Sister she is going to be!  I have no doubt that she is going to be showing her the ropes in no time!


]]> (Carrie Keene Photography) Alexandria Family Newborn session siblings Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:45:00 GMT
Expecting! When our friends, Brian & Stacy, told us they were expecting we were thrilled!!   They are going to make the most wonderful parents!  She is going to be one lucky and loved little baby girl!  And when I was asked to photograph the shower, I had no idea there would be so many perfect little details to capture!  The hostesses went above and beyond to make this a special day.   And the momma-to-be was just glowing!  



Stacy, you are so gorgeous!!  Just glowing!


Congratulations Brian & Stacy!  So happy to be part of this journey with you!

Great party girls!!  You thought of everything!

]]> (Carrie Keene Photography) Alexandria Family baby maternity parties shower Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:22:57 GMT
A year of fun! I have had the honor of photographing this little girl 3 times now!!  You may remember she was an Easter Baby--showing up early on her momma's last day of work!

And then she showed off her precious smile for me with the Fall foliage as our backdrop...

And now, we met for her 1st birthday--she showed off all of her new tricks--standing, walking, reading, and lots of toothy-grins!  Oh, and did I mention her gorgeous parents were there too?  :)  They had done some maternity photos in Old Town and it was great to re-create some of the shots around town.  It was a packed session and we had tons of fun!


She did not like her tutu! Nothing a little snack can't fix though!




And now this family is on to their next journey--and it's a big one, far away!  They will be sorely missed, but we know they will be back and we hope our roads will cross again!  And next time we take pictures, she will have a whole new set of tricks for me!!  Safe travels friends and see you soon!


]]> (Carrie Keene Photography) Alexandria Family Milestone One year Thu, 14 May 2015 02:27:59 GMT
Big Sister in the making! I love new clients, but I also love the opportunity to photograph children over time- seeing them grow and mature.  In this case, I got to do both!  I have been photographing this sweet little girl at preschool for the last several years and her parents decided they should capture these last days of being a family of three before their next little girl arrives!  It was so fun playing and watching the family interactions.  We had a lot of time with dolls, swinging and even riding bikes!  And as it turns out she decided it was time to take off the training wheels!  Hooray!  Thanks for a lovely evening!  Can't wait to meet the baby!


]]> (Carrie Keene Photography) Alexandria Family Milestone maternity milestone Tue, 12 May 2015 20:34:21 GMT
A True FAMILY Session I have known this family for several years now and it is always fun to see how much the kids have grown and changed over time.  This session I was lucky enough to get to meet the extended family as well--grandparents, a great aunt, an aunt and an uncle-to-be!  It was a busy session trying to capture all of the relationships before the kids attention span was spent!  They were troopers though and we got tons of great photos showcasing all the family ties!  

The happy couple who started it all! Gorgeous Sisters Soon to be married! The Sweet Family

Twins! Day DreamsShe really isn't this serious, but I love catching these types of moments! Deep ThinkingJust like sister, this one is also not usually serious--quite a jokester actually!

Cutie Pie!Now this sister is the shy one, but I managed to get a few giggles out of her!



]]> (Carrie Keene Photography) Children Family McLean Milestone Northern Petite VA Wed, 06 May 2015 02:29:35 GMT
Upcoming Dates Are you interested in booking a Milestone Petite Session?  I will be offering these fun, easy-breezy sessions on a limited basis throughout the year.  Dates will typically be announced 2-4 weeks in advance.  Since Spring has sprung, I've decided to put a few dates on the calendar sooner!  There are a few openings remaining for THIS Sunday, April 19th in the late afternoon as well as Sunday, May 3rd.  If you would like to book one of these sessions or find out more details, shoot me an email -  To see some photos that came out of Milestone Petite sessions, check out the galleries link above!


]]> (Carrie Keene Photography) Children Family Milestone Petite Sessions Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:05:45 GMT
Hello World! Well, I finally decided to give blogging a try!  It seems like a great way to share information and photos quickly and easily, so I'm going to try my best to keep up with it!  I plan to share sneak peeks from sessions, information about my business and session availability as well as some highlights about my family and personal adventures.   I hope to post weekly, so come back and visit or follow me to keep up with happenings!


Cherry BlossomsSuch a beautiful day yesterday in Washington D.C.!

AmericaAmerican Flag shining brightly by the Washington Monument

]]> (Carrie Keene Photography) D.C. Washington Welcome Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:11:14 GMT