Monday, November 26, 2012

SENIOR STYLE | Goodhart Photography, Loudoun County Senior Pictures

September October Seniors

I call this my "Snow White and the Huntsman" pose.  Okay so it's not snowing and this Potomac Falls, Virginia senior (Dominion  High School, Class of 2013) is looking right at the camera and she's blonde and there isn't a red apple in sight, but there's a scene in the movie that has been the inspiration for my climbing onto tables and ladders to shoot from above.

So I've been busy lately, between senior portraits and family portraits and the Broad Run High School Varsity Cheerleading squad in Ashburn, VA --  there hasn't been much time to actually blog.   But fortunately blog neglect is not a crime, and I can tell by the stats that people still check in from time to time, so here I am with an update.

This gorgeous girl with the auburn hair also attends Dominion High School.  She is incredibly bright, she got a perfect score on her SATs!

September October Seniors

 And here is an Ashburn VA, Broad Run High School senior, rocking the vintage hippie chic look.

High School Senior

And here are the Broad Run High School varsity cheerleaders;  I recently photographed the squad in Ashburn, VA and designed this awesome poster for them!

Varsity Cheerleaders

And last but not least, here is a high school senior from Langley High School in Great Falls.  I just love her exotic look.

High School Senior

High School Senior

And that's it for now!

Like these pictures? Interested in booking your own senior portrait session?  Visit me at my new website here or call me at 571 - 480- 1196 for more information or to schedule an appointment!

Monday, October 15, 2012

SENIORS, SENIORS, SENIORS! | Goodhart Photography, Northern Virginia High School Senior Portrait Artist

Northern Virginia High School Senior

Ah, again my neglected blog.  It is so hard to find the time in the fall to blog, when so many high school seniors and families need their portraits taken!

Anyway, isn't this Ashburn, VA High School Senior just adorable?  I don't know what we are feeding kids here in Loudoun County to make them so stunning, but high school senior pictures have come a long way since I was a senior at Herndon  High School.   This particular Stone Bridge High School senior is not only gorgeous, but is also an artist and an incredible dancer.

Stone Bridge Broad Run High School
Here we are at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, a wonderful photography destination any time of year.  Professional photographers must pay $25 in order to use the park, but it is well worth the money.

Dominion High School

This beautiful, elegant girl attends Dominion High School in Potomac Falls, VA and is a gifted musician.

High School Senior Pictures

Oakton High School  This senior (who is one of my senior models) attends Oakton High School in Oakton, Virginia.   She's a singer and theatrical performer, so her expressive dramatic eyes serve her well. 

High School Portraits

She's also an avid reader, both printed books and e-books.

Home School Senior Portraits

I'll close out with a few pictures of another senior model.  This vibrant senior is homeschooled, and is an excellent equestrian.

September October Seniors

Since I don't have a horse portrait resized, I'll end with this portrait and use the horses in another post.

Like these pictures? Interested in booking your own senior portrait session?  Visit me at my new website here or call me at 571 - 480- 1196 for more information or to schedule an appointment!

Monday, August 20, 2012

STONE BRIDGE CLASS OF 2013 | Goodhart Photography, Northern Virginia Senior Portraits Photographer

Senior Portrait Northern Virginia

Such a beautiful, down to earth girl -- I totally loved photographing her.  We were up at the crack of dawn and met at a local (Loudoun County) waterfall.  She was game for anything, sitting in a pile of weeds (after I stomped around in there making sure there were no critters).....

Senior Pictures Loudoun County

burying herself into a leafy bush (after I brushed out all the cobwebs)...

Stone Bridge High School

and just flashing me that gorgeous smile.

Lansdowne Senior Pictures

Stone Bridge High School

Senior Pictures Northern Virginia

Like these senior pictures?  Want some yourself?  Goodhart Photography is now booking for Class of 2013.   Give us a call at 703. 431. 3508

Thursday, August 9, 2012

SIMPLY GORGEOUS! | Goodhart Photography, Northern Virginia Loudoun County High School Senior Portraits

There is something I just love about the energy and vibrance of high school seniors, especially the ones around here who are ALL (Lake Wobegon move over) intelligent and beautiful and goal oriented and who are definitely going places.  The Class of 2013 seniors below represent Dominion High School, Broad Run, and homeschooling.

Booking now for class of 2013.  If you want senior pictures you'll love, give Goodhart Photography a call at 703. 431.3508

DANCE DANCE DANCE | Goodhart Photography, Loudoun County High School Senior Portraits

Years ago, when I was starting Goodhart Photography, I photographed this gorgeous dancer in the woods in Algonkian Park. You can see that post here.

 I really enjoyed seeing how much she has matured as a person and a dancer -- such beautiful lines and excellent control! She currently dances with the Joan Izzo Dance Studio in Chantilly.

 Enjoy the images! And if you'd like portraits of your own dancer, please give me (Angela) a call at 703. 431.3508

Monday, May 28, 2012

MEMORIAL DAY | Goodhart Photography, Northern Virginia Professional Photographer

These were taken a few years ago at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. I am always amazed at what a holy, solemn place the wall is, a public sanctuary in the middle of the hustle and bustle of modern every day life. Cell phones are silenced, voices are hushed, as people walk along this enormous black wall of marble, engraved with the names of soldiers who died believing in their country and in a cause larger than themselves.

This was taken years ago on a homeschooling field trip to Arlington Cemetery. My daughter was seven, and, at seeing the endless rows of headstones, spontaneously stopped to pray at a few of them.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

STARTING A PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS | Goodhart Photography, Northern Virginia Loudoun County Senior Portraits

I"ve been approached a few times asking for advice about starting a portrait photography business. So, I decided to blog about it. This outline is based on a brief presentation I gave last November at the northern Virginia NatureVisions Expo. I will eventually fill in all of these details in subsequent posts, but this will get you started.

 1. Set up legally.
      a. Small Business Development Centers in your area are your friend! The Loudoun Small Business
          Development Center has been invaluable to me. They have excellent checklists to help you through
          the process.
      b. Insurance (equipment, liability) -- one photographer was almost sued because a child tripped on a
          photoshoot and cut her lip
      c. Organize for your taxes and fees (sales tax, property tax, income tax, business licenses, home
          occupation permit if you do viewings in your home, etc...) -- get a system set up ASAP so when
          you are busy you'll be on top of things

 2. Keep improving your skills.
      a. Why? Everyone wants to be a photographer -- it's a highly competitive industry -- you have to
          differentiate yourself.
      b. Training seminars
      c. Associations and groups
      d. Competitions

 3. Be prepared to invest!
      a. Camera, lenses
      b. computer, software
      c. A web presence
      d. Marketing
      e. Growing in your area of expertise (props, etc...)
      f. Outsourcing tasks as your business grows

 4. Getting those first clients
      a. Portfolio Building  clients -- give them a killer special off of your rates
      b. network -- groups, photographic opportunities (golf tourneys, etc...)
      c. service projects -- some of my most widely read blog posts were my autism awareness posts
      d. creative marketing

5.  Business Practices
     a.   Legal (tracking receipts and expenses)
     b.  Workflow
     c.  Sales Practices, including pricing
     d.  Packaging and Presentation

 6. Growing
      a. WOM - keep your customers happy
      b. Social Media
      c. Marketing
      d. SEO
      e. Community events

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR NIGHT -- Girls Basketball | Goodhart Photography, Northern Virginia Event Photographer

An exciting varsity girls basketball game between Robinson High School and Herndon High School on Friday night!  I forgot how much fun high school basketball is to watch.  I recently saw the Wizards at the Verizon Center, and we were in the nose-bleed section and it just isn't the same as seeing the action unfold literally a few feet away from  you.

Anyway, I attended on behalf of an old friend and coworker, and had a great time.  Enjoy the pictures!