Calling all Cute Kids: 2014 Northern Virginia Cutest Kid Contest

July 2, 2014  |  children

Is your child adorable? Super-picture worthy? Fresca Photo is looking for Northern Virginia’s cutest kid! We’re giving away a complimentary photo session and a goodie bag including prints for the winner!

It’s easy to enter:
1. “Like” us on Facebook
2. Email (through Facebook) an image of your little one with their name & age. If entering siblings, please submit an image of them together.
3. Entries must be received by July 25, 2014.

The entries will judged anonymously by an un-biased party and the winner(s) will be announced August 1!

The fine print: Contest is open to children aged 6 months to 12 years as of August 1, 2014. One entry per child. Entry photos will be displayed online; please no professional images. The winning portrait session will be held in early September in Northern Virginia. Parents must agree to a model release which allows Fresca Photo to use their child’s likeness on the web and in print. No purchase necessary to enter. New clients only, but past clients, you can win a free large print if you refer the cutest kid.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

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A Lovely Little Addition: Virginia Maternity Photography

June 26, 2014  |  couples, maternity

OK, so the title is a little misleading. I was lucky enough to snag this gorgeous couple as my last photo shoot clients in Boston. Our one maternity session actually turned into two when the weather became unexpectedly rainy and cold. That’s New England for you! Did it bother these two (three)? Nope! And the timing turned out perfectly; our second shoot was planned during a beautiful bloom in the public gardens.

I couldn’t be happier that this family is now at home with their new bundle of joy!

Baby Eve: Northern Virginia Newborn Photography

May 18, 2014  |  newborn

This little angel is 6 months already! It’s amazing how time flies. Baby Eve and her mother, Bev, became very good friends with me and my new son Dean while we lived in Boston. Our little ones are only a couple of months apart in age. We’ve only been in Virginia a short time and miss them already.

Bev also makes simply lovely jewelry and hosts a wonderful blog over at her website, Linkouture. Stop by and say hi!







Goodbye Boston: Northern Virginia Photographer

April 19, 2014  |  about

The last (almost) three years have flown by! Saying goodbye to Boston and all the wonderful people that have filled our lives won’t be easy, but we’re really excited to start a new adventure with our son in the area his dad and I met, Washington D.C.

Fresca Photo will be ready to start booking photography clients starting May 1st and we can’t wait to meet you! Here’s a look back at some favorite photos from our time spent in New England.












Meet Bev: Boston Handmade Jewelry

April 3, 2013  |  portraits

One of my favorite work-remotely buddies is another arts-entrepreneur.

Bev is the owner of Linkouture, and creates modern chainmaille jewelry for women that is sold online and at local craft shows. Her jewelry combines beadwork (she has a bit of an obsession with pearls), some wire working, and most recently set stones that she has found in her travels around the world.

Why did you choose to work for yourself?

Working for myself wasn’t something I had ever intended to do until last summer when the idea got into my head. My husband and I had just returned from a five-month trip traveling around South America, and I found that it was very hard to find a job in my field (human services/educational nonprofits). After spending a few unsuccessful months job-hunting, I realized what I really wanted to do was pursue my jewelry business full-time. It’s hard work, and I find myself working more than I did when I was not self-employed, but I am so happy that I decided to take the plunge!


What do you like most about working on your own? What is challenging?

I love the flexibility of it. I really enjoy making my own hours (I’m such a morning person and I love to get my day started as soon as I wake up), deciding how I want to spend my day and what to focus on. I like deciding what to do each day, taking breaks when I want and going to a gym class in the middle of the day, and taking classes that help me with my business that I would not otherwise be able to take.

For me, the two most challenging things are having to fully run a business while dealing with an unsteady income. Being a small business owner, I need to know how to do everything, from making the products to marketing. Sometimes it can hard to balance it all and know where to focus my energy. I have found it is so easy to get overwhelmed by social media and marketing that I forget to make jewelry!

Can you offer advice for other women business owners?

Network, and connect to other small business owners. Working for yourself can be so isolating sometimes. I love being around people, but I spend the bulk of my day by myself. One of the things I love about The Boutique is doing work with my fellow business owners and connecting with people who get what I do. Networking is also great for sharing information and resources–I have learned so much from connecting with others.

What do you like to do with your free time?

Obviously I love making jewelry! But I also really enjoy reading (I’m in a bookclub I started), traveling, exploring, taking Zumba classes, blogging, doing craft projects, and spending time with friends.

Learn More

Stop by Linkouture’s blog to learn more about Bev and her beautiful handmade jewelry!

Meet Wendy: Boston Massachusetts Bookkeeping

March 21, 2013  |  portraits

Sometimes it feels like people cross your path for a very good reason.

A couple of months ago (through The Boutique) I met Wendy, the owner of Balanced Life Business Solutions. I’m a Libra, a true one at that, and I strive for balance every single day. Well the one facet of my business that I absolutely need to get into balance is my finances – and that’s what Balanced Life Business Solutions is all about – bookkeeping services for busy women.

Wendy is kind, easy to talk to, and very knowledgeable about her field, so I asked if she could tell me a little more about her business and if could take some photos of her at her home office.

Bookkeeping for Women

Balanced Life Business Solutions provides bookkeeping services for women entrepreneurs, helping them grow their freedom-based business. I often get asked, “Why only women?” The answer is that women have to do more. They have more responsibilities at home, they have to juggle the family calendar, mealtimes, activities, travel, and so on. Doing all that, with a demanding 9-5 job, is an incredible stress on the woman and thus a stress on the family. If I can help a women entrepreneur understand her business finances, so that she can grow her business, get more quality time with her family, and get a little “me” time, I want to be a part of that process.

Most business owners want to have a profitable business. You need a good set of financial statements in order to determine profitability. There are several ways I help entrepreneurs. For new businesses, I can recommend which accounting software to use based upon the business needs, then train the user how to use the software so they know how to invoice a client, enter credit card receipts from clients, and reconcile the bank statement. For established businesses, I can do monthly or quarterly bookkeeping. For all business owners, the key is how to read the Profit & Loss Statement and Balance Sheet. I can walk the owner through the financials, explaining how they can analyze the month’s financial statement, and use that information to help grow their business.

Why did you choose to work for yourself?

I launched my business to get more freedom for me and my family. After 15 years doing tax and accounting work, I wanted to live by my own deadlines, not somebody else’s, and take vacation when I wanted. My daughter is 2 ½ years old and I wanted to enjoy work and enjoy spending time with her. I wanted time off in the winter, without a snow day that I’d have to make up by working Saturday and Sunday. The first 10 years of my career, in public accounting and hedge funds, was client facing. I spent the last 5 years in the accounting department of an insurance company, and I missed interacting with clients.

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The Boutique: Boston Business Women

March 18, 2013  |  business


A photographer’s life can be a lonely one. Usually only 1/4 of our time is spent behind the camera and with clients; we mostly sit behind a computer, learning, editing, marketing or designing. When I transitioned into full-time professional photographer I found many of my days too be too quiet to handle, so I decided to take the reigns of my social life and get myself in front of other women who were in the same boat.

Making Friends in Boston

Enter: The Boutique, an online Meetup group of work-from-home or remotely-based business women located around the Boston area. So far the wonderful ladies that have joined have inspired and motivated me in ways I didn’t think were possible. Genuine connections are being made, along with real friendships and lots of fun times!

Join Us!

Do you live in the Boston area and want to collaborate with other business women? Join us or email me for more information. And stay tuned for highlights and photos of these fabulous ladies in future blog posts!

The Beauty is in the Details: Boston Photographer

March 11, 2013  |  about

How Long?!

It takes approximately 25 – 45 minutes to fully edit a portrait. Add that up in your head… 25 images x 30 mins = 750 minutes. 750 mins divided by 60 mins = 12.5 hours. A properly-edited collection of 25 images takes around 12.5 hours to complete! Yes, it seems ludicrous, but make no mistake, it’s true.


So you might think, well, speed it up, why don’t you? Think about it this way – say you’re putting together an elaborate meal. If you rush through it, it’s probably going to taste wretched, isn’t it? Each of the final photographs Fresca Photo delivers to its clients is an individual work of art. We want it to be free of imperfections and last forever, which is why we prefer to take our time to create stunning images.

Editing Magic

Take a peek at the following before & after photos. Can you see all the effort that goes into their edits?








Learning how to properly edit images takes time and truly is an art. When choosing a photographer (or editing your own images) keep in mind that you’re choosing your photographer for their skill both behind the camera and behind the computer!

We would love to help you create gorgeous portraits… call 813.431.3357 or email to set up your appointment!

Thinking Warm Thoughts: Boston Portrait Photographer

March 4, 2013  |  portraits

Ahhh, do you feel the thaw? It might only be 40 degrees here in Massachusetts, but as a photographer, 10 degrees makes a huge difference during the workday!

Spring is right around the corner and we’re already booking portrait sessions in preparation for a very busy year. This morning we did a little photo “cleaning” and collected a few of our favorite outdoor portraits in anticipation. Enjoy!




Gifts for Photographers: Boston Portrait Photography

December 11, 2012  |  products, tips

Tis the shopping season! While obviously now is the time to give to others, I can’t help myself from drooling over some of the awesome photo gear that is available right now. Do you have a photo-enthusiast in your life? Here are a few gifts I personally recommend to make their holidays a little brighter.

1. Weird but interesting: Little People in the City by Slinkachu, a London-based artist who places tiny hand-painted images of people on street corners, park benches, leaving them to “fend” for themselves until they are discovered by passersby.

2. The Photojojo Phone Lens Series. These cool little lenses attach to your phone via a little circular magnet. (I own these myself and love the fish-eye and macro!) Buy at this link and receive $5 off.

3. It looks like a regular purse, but No! it’s an Epiphanie camera bag. I have a different style in black and love how it both hides my precious equipment and compliments my outfit. (Men’s styles also available.)

4. I found these Rustic Refined frames on Etsy. They have a big selection of colors and sizes and most are made from wood scraps that were going to be burned. This size would be perfect for an Instagram print!

5. Personalized iPhone cases from TinyPrints. Use their pre-designed templates or create your own from scratch. Get your photo-enthusiast about this site and let them go wild with creativity.

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