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Brittany + Juan | Leesburg Maternity Session

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Sometimes a couple walks up to your session and all you can do is try to act normal, while your inside photographer is doing a can-can, complete with high kicks because THIS COUPLE looks so rad and are so cute, you just know this session is going to be amazing from start to finish.

Brittany and Juan were that couple, if you couldn’t tell.

But even more than how ridiculously, ridiculously good looking they both were (can you say, model baby?) - it was how awesome they were that made this session so fun. We were laughing the whole time, and even kept emailing after, wondering why we hadn’t all gotten together sooner!!

Any day now, their little girl will be entering this world, and I am so thankful I got to be a part of this chapter in Brittany and Juan’s life. All the best to them as they begin this new journey as parents - and guys, JD and I here for ready to hang out as soon as you’re ready!!

5 Gorgeous Northern Virginia Portrait Locations

Traci Medlock

Virginia is such a beautiful state - and especially Northern Virginia! Having lived here my entire life, I feel like I can truly speak to the awesomeness of this area. You have urban areas like Arlington (and let's not forget we're only a stone's throw from D.C.), true suburbs like Ashburn and Sterling (holla, 703!) and then beautiful rolling mountains and vineyards out west in Purcellville and beyond. Seriously, so much variety - which gives clients a TON of options when it comes to picking a location for their photo session! So today, I wanted to share some of my favorite locations I share with my clients, when we begin planning our sessions.

Morven Park - Of course I am going to list this first on my list - it's a very special place to my heart, because this is where JD and I got married! What I love about Morven Park is that if you want a location that gives you the most bang for your buck - this is it. It's got everything: manicured gardens, brick walls, a historical home, magnolia trees and a beautiful iron gate  - look no further than Morven if you want a classic and outdoor session! 

Things to know: Morven Park requires a reservation and has a permit fee for all photography, unless you're a member - which I am! 

Oatlands Plantation - Oatlands is a stunning location, and I have been lucky to photograph a couple weddings there! I also love using their location for portraits, as there are so many beautiful locations to explore. Fountains, gorgeous gardens, giant trees, hidden nooks and crannies - it's so fun to shoot here, I always discover a "new" favorite spot at Oatlands!

Things to know: Oatlands Plantation requires a reservation and has a permit fee for all photography.

Red Rocks Park - Red Rocks is definitely a go to in the Leesburg area - look at all these fun walls!! I love the variety of stone textures, and this location works well for seniors, engagements or family portraits! There's also a super adorable covered bridge in the same area - we can usually hit both locations up for your session for additional variety! 

The Barn at One Loudoun - One Loudoun is such a vibrant area - perfect if you want a more "urban" feel without going too far into the city, but it also has some gorgeous walking paths and a cute red barn back behind the development! 

Claude Moore Park - Claude Moore is one of my favorite places to shoot at - it has beautiful open spaces but also buildings to provide shade. I love the variety of buildings here - from worn brown and grey barns to white wooden walls, it's a great background for any session!

 

Launch Day!

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This is such an exciting day for us here at the freshly minted Lock & Company (formerly Traci J. Brooks Studios). Over six months of working with the talented Mattie of Green Tie Studios has led us to this beautiful brand, website and overall next step in our business.

Nicole + Michael's Wedding

Traci Medlock

Even the hurricane and flood warnings couldn't keep the joy out of Nicole and Michael's wedding day! Their fun and colorful wedding was such a great time full of dancing and laughter - and some really great barbecue. I love how they really kept their day focused on the important things!

Taylor Swift Lifestyle Session

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As soon as Caroline said she wanted her session to feel like Taylor Swift’s 1989 personified, I knew we were going to be shooting her session in New York City, where she is attending college this fall. And wow, it was amazing. I brought my husband and she brought her friend Kat, and we would’ve made Tay Tay proud! 

Taniesha and Nicholas - An Intimate Wedding

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As soon as I met Taniesha and heard her talk about her fiance, Nicholas, I knew I had to be the one to shoot their intimate ceremony at Oatlands in Leesburg. Their love story – how they met, took a break and then ultimately realized that they were meant to be together – really resounded with the romantic in me.