corporate photography

Corporate Photography: Get High-Quality With An Experienced and Passionate Photographer

corporate photography

This article on corporate photography first appeared in July 2018 and was updated December 2023.

Unlike its flashier and more well-known counterparts, corporate photography may be one of the less-known fields of photography. However, its power to affect the perceptions of people toward a brand may spell the difference between a loss and gain.

If you don’t have sufficient knowledge of corporate photography, do not worry. The task of achieving beautiful corporate images that effectively convey your brand’s message does not fall upon your shoulders. When it comes to corporate photography, what’s important is choosing a photographer who has experience and the right skill set. Once you’ve found a qualified corporate photographer, you can relax. Your professional photographer will direct the whole process of capturing your message through corporate photography.

Choosing a Corporate Photographer

Maybe you’re ready to leave your desk and look into photography websites for the right person to handle your corporate headshots and team photos. First, hold up. These are the things you need to know when screening photographers for the job:

1.  Extensive Corporate Photography Experience

Don’t settle for just any kind of experience. Your corporate photographer must have sufficient experience in working with companies for business headshots, corporate action shots, location portraits, and studio portraits. Just because someone is adept at handling a camera doesn’t mean that he or she can tackle the lighting problems, composition, and body poses for corporate photo shoots.

2.  Essential Pro Equipment

It has been written; the tools do not make an artist. While this is very much true, corporate photography requires professional studio and camera equipment to achieve a level of quality for your images. Look for a photographer who has a studio where you can shoot in-studio portraits for individual headshots if needed and has the appropriate portable equipment for location photo shoots.

3.  Good Interpersonal Skills

A photographer must have the ability to set his or her subjects at ease, especially when directing or staging headshots or in-action photo shoots. Remember that, in corporate photography, well-lit, professionally staged photographs are useless if the subjects are tense, their smiles are strained, or their eyes reflect discomfort. Your photographer must know how to engage you and your staff to be comfortable with the camera and keep the atmosphere of the photo shoot as light as possible.

4.  Post-processing Prowess

In the ever-expanding digital landscape of photography, the truth is that a good camera and good composition are not enough for competitive corporate photography. Your corporate photographer must have premium skills for post-processing, retouching, and enhancing images to maximize the quality and potential of your photos. The resulting photographs should be appropriate for print, website and mounting on walls – whatever the corporate client needs for promote their brand.

These qualities may seem too good to be true, but they are the ingredients of an excellent corporate photographer. When it comes to corporate photography, photos are a double-edged sword. Remember that bad images can cost you more in the long run. You want to convey the message of your brand and build trust with your intended audience. Corporate photos promote a company’s stellar employees and team spirit.

Anne Lord: Your Corporate Photographer

As a corporate photographer for over 20 years, Anne Lord has the professional equipment for in-studio or location corporate photo shoots. Her extensive portfolio can be viewed here. Many companies trust Anne with their corporate photographs. Her aim is to provide the best corporate photography to enhance the brand and messaging of her client. Send Anne an email or call to start the discussion about your company’s photo shoot.


Anne Lord, The Leesburg, Virginia Photographer You have been looking for!

This article first appeared in June 2020 and was updated November 2023

Having had a passion for photography for many years, Anne Lord knew that was what she wanted to do with her life. Her passion for her art, her love of meeting people (and pets), and over 20+ years of experience in the field of photography—whether weddings, engagements, family, or corporate—are what make her a great photographer in the Leesburg, Virginia area.


An couple celebrate their engagement on a lake with a setting sun. Photograph by Anne Lord PhotographyIf you are seeking an engagement photographer, Anne Lord has the excitement and vision to bring you amazing images that showcase your personalities and love for one another. Couples are also encouraged to bring their pets to the photo session. Often times Anne likes to use an engagement session to find the best poses and most flattering angles that can be repeated for the wedding itself.


Anne offers limited wedding photography on a case-by-case basis. She has photographed hundreds of weddings in the Leesburg, Virginia/Metro DC area, Loudoun County, and the surrounding communities. She enjoys the creative opportunities that shooting a wedding allows, using her talent and knowledge to cover all aspects of a wedding and the special requests of the happy couple.

Family, Children, Seniors, and Pets

If you are looking for a fun and informal family portrait, Anne is able to bring your ideas to life. Whether in her studio or in a beautiful landscape in Leesburg, Virginia, Anne loves capturing families—immediate and extended— enjoying their time together. She is great with children with sessions that focus solely on your little ones’ individual personality and exuberance for life. Many families also like to use this opportunity to create a fun creative senior portrait for those graduating. As an avid pet lover, Anne lord doesn’t forget the four-legged members of the family! She enjoys photographing pets and capturing their unique personalities and quirks as well.

Corporate Headshot and Seniors

There are many forms of photography, including corporate photography. This type of photography is not only an art, but a science. Anne Lord uses her love of meeting and interacting with people to help put subjects at ease and produce complimentary and appropriate images of CEO’s, partners, board members, and everyone involved with the team. Applying her photography and people skills Anne is able to take headshots that reflect the message that the individual or team want people to connect with. Photographs are taken on location in the Virginia, Maryland, DC metro area.

Choose Anne Lord for your photography needs today

If you would like high quality photographs and a great experience for your photography needs, let us start a discussion of what you have in mind. Call Anne at (703) 435-5292 or email to discuss your needs, or to schedule a photo shoot.


Tips To Prepping Your Pet For Their Big Photoshoot

Pet photography is all about celebrating the moments with your pet that matter the most to you. It is a way to enjoy your pet now, as well as holding onto those special memories with your most hairy family member later. Anne Lord, as an avid pet lover herself, enjoys capturing those moments and unique relationship between pet and family member. Bringing you and your family a special way to honor your love for your special pet through her photography. 

So maybe it’s your first time having a pet professionally photographed. Maybe you’ve had it done before and loved the photos so much you wanted more. Whatever the situation, the day is quickly approaching for your pet’s big photoshoot! Here are 4 quick tips to help prepare your pet for the camera.

Tip #1  Gauge your pet’s energy

If you have a high energy furry friend getting some exercise is especially important. Taking them out for playtime, or a walk before your session can help your pet be more relaxed and focused during their photo session. However, if your pet is an older one, they may need some extra rest, maybe even a little nap, before their big moment. You know your 4-legged friend best and what would help them feel relaxed, so you can plan accordingly. 

Tip #2  A few of their favorite things

Prior to your pet’s photoshoot, take the time to collect a few of their favorite treats and toys. Some various treats to help direct your animal’s attention when posing is immensely helpful! Pick out some of their favorite toys, and maybe pick out some new ones in a color that would pop. Toys can always help encourage your pet to make some of their adorable or playful expressions in front of the camera. It might also be a good idea to bring a long your furry friends brush for grooming, waste bags (just in case) and anything else that you think best for your pet!

Tip #3  Grooming needs

Depending on your pet’s breed, grooming needs can vary. Whether you groom your furry friend at home or take your pet to a groomer, plan ahead to have your pet groomed and trimmed before your photo session. For example, if you pet has that scruffy look with hair that can cover the eyes, a trim will help frame their face, and make it easier to capture their facial expressions when hair is not in the way. 

Tip #4  Most of all have fun! 

The most important tip is to have fun with your pet! This allows to get those great shots of expression of love and joy between you and your pet. To capture your unique and special relationship with your furry friend in images that will last a lifetime!

Choose Anne Lord for your photography needs today

If you are interested in pet photography in the Leesburg, Virginia area, would like high quality photograph as well as a great experience capturing special moments with your pet, then let’s start a discussion. Call (703) 435-5292 or email for more information on pet portrait sessions.

summer weddings with your Leesburg, Virginia wedding photographer

Time To Celebrate! 7 Tips For One-Of-A-Kind Summer Wedding Photos

It is a new season in your life, you are engaged, and planning your big day with your best friend. As the bride all eyes are on your on your wedding day. After the celebration of love amidst your closest friends and family, all that remains are the special memories, emotions, and moments captured in photos and videos that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Choosing the right Leesburg, Virginia wedding photographer to help you capture these memories is of the utmost importance. Here are 7 tips to capturing each beautiful photo opportunity at your summer wedding.

1) Start bright and early

For an outdoor reception, build in some time for your photographer to take pictures of the tables earlier on in the day when everything is still perfectly fresh.

2) Have your “first look” outdoors

Take advantage of summer’s natural beauty and have your “first look” outside before a lush backdrop.

3) Step into the shade

If you are planning on doing your portrait shots outdoors, escape the summer’s harsh afternoon light by stepping into the shade to achieve a softer look. Your photographer will be able to guide you to capture the poses with most flattering lighting.

4) Work around the weather

Keep the changing weather of summer in mind when planning your pictures. Have a backup plan in case of a little shower or a summer storm.

5) Get the big picture

Leave time for your photographer to capture the beautiful outdoor space you have created for your big day. As well as any detailed close-up photographs of the seasonal flowers that bloom in summertime.

6) Steal away at sunset

Make a note of when the sun will set on your wedding day. Plan with your photographer to allow time for you and your now husband to escape the celebration and capture photographs in the golden end-of-day light.

7) Make a memorable exit

Show off your newlywed joy by running through sparklers to cap off the night and have a memorable image to remember the fun and excitement as you leave to start your new journey as husband and wife.

Anne Lord: Your Wedding Photographer

As an experienced Leesburg Virginia wedding photographer, Anne Lord loves to capture the passion, joy, and hope that every wedding exudes. You can browse her wedding portfolio to get a better idea of her work. Are you ready to discuss your big day? Contact her at 703-435-5292 or and let us talk about your ideas.

3 Tips For Feeling Comfortable During Your Engagement Photo Shoot

Engagement photos can be a nerve-wracking process, especially if you are not fond of being in front of the camera. As a Leesburg, Virginia wedding photographer with over 19 years of experience, Anne Lord has a few tips to help you feel more comfortable taking your engagement photos.

1) Feeling comfortable with your photographer

Your engagement should be about being in love, soaking up the excitement, and getting ready to start a brand-new journey together. You should take every opportunity to celebrate, and an engagement photography session is a fun, informal way to celebrate just the two of you! It also will give you the opportunity to feel more comfortable with your wedding photographer before the big day. You will get to work out all the quirks and be more relaxed in front of the camera. All while getting to know the other person you will spend your entire wedding day with.

Your engagement photographer will get a chance to gauge you as a couple, how you connect, and the best way to capture that. Some couples are quiet and intimate, while some are very energetic and vivacious. The more you know about each other, the more natural and relaxed you will feel on your wedding day.

Most couples are not comfortable in front of the camera, so this can be much like a practice run before the big day. There is so little time on your wedding day for couple shots. You do not want to spend the first half of your photo session warming up or figuring anything out. Having an engagement shoot is also a great way to have some gorgeous portraits of you and your loved one together. You could even use them for the wedding invites or your guestbook, and of course creates great social media content.

2) Wear something that is comfortable and gives confidence

It may seem silly, but if you do not pick an outfit you are comfortable in for your photo session, you could potentially spend your whole time picking at your clothes or covering yourself up. If you choose something you have not worn before, you will be worried about how you look in it or may discover it is actually quite uncomfortable. This discomfort can translate into how you come across in your photos. This does not mean you cannot ever choose a new outfit for your engagement shoot. If you do purchase something new, take it out for a test run and make sure you like both the fit and the feel. You want to choose outfits that make you feel like a million bucks. Anne aims for a casual, relaxed time and therefore suggests a casual outfit as opposed to being very dressy.  Oftentimes Anne will have the couple pose on the ground, so shorts or short skirts are generally not recommended.

The thing to remember is that these photos are representative of your own personalities, so you should feel like yourselves and dress like yourselves too!

3) Choose a comfortable location

Location can be everything, so think about what you really love as a couple and what place reflects it. That said, Anne has a perfect spot near the Potomac River that she generally uses and that works well with great photo opportunities.

Typically, Anne finds that men are more uncomfortable in front of the camera than the ladies.  She tries to keep the photo session fairly short and fun. The couple get to know her better and on the big day the groom is more comfortable having already met Anne and knowing she will do a great job in a short space of time.

Another reason for a comfortable outdoor location is Anne (being an avid pet lover) always asks if the couple have a dog they would like included in the session.  Couples are more relaxed when they have their pets with them and not all the attention is being focused on just them.

To sum up, relax and remember this next season of life is going to be one of the best!

Choose Anne Lord for your Engagement photography!

If you are searching for an experienced engagement and wedding photographer, please send Anne an email at or to start a conversation on what you have in mind call (703) 435-5292.

Couples are ­always welcome to include their pets in the session since we are pet friendly.

Has your pet ever been professionally photographed?

If you are a pet owner, then you most likely are an animal lover. Our pets enrich our lives with their wagging tails and fun personalities. Just like we want to have professional pictures of the loved ones in our lives, whether a family portrait or a wedding, having professional portraits done of your beloved pets will be a memory you can keep forever. Experienced Leesburg, Virginia wedding photographer, Anne Lord, loves to capture images of pets and their special personalities.

A professional touch

Most people take photos, but don’t think or have the skills to print images from phones, or even digital cameras. The results are sometimes iffy, too. A professional pet photographer on the other hand will ensure that you get amazing photographs of your favorite furry friend that showcases their personality and has them looking their best.  With the technique and creativity that Anne Lord brings to engagement and wedding events, you will be sure to get the very best images of your pet that you can hang with pride among the rest of your family portraits.

Get creative

As with a family portrait, you can get creative and have fun with your animal’s photography session. Decide what kind of images you want: Do you want casual outdoor photos? Would you like studio photos that will sit nicely with the kids’ school photos? Do you need show photos of your pet for their portfolio? Or how about some fun action shots of your pet playing games or interacting with your family? Anne Lord, a local Leesburg, Virginia photographer, is an avid pet lover and has years of experience producing the best images of her furry clients. If you are not sure you’d like your pet to look in the photos, don’t worry, Anne’s artistic vision will produce images and memories of your pet that will last a lifetime.

Don’t wait until it is too late

The sad fact of life is that we usually outlive our pets. When your pet is no longer with you, having professional photographs of your loved one brings comfort during the grieving process. No matter the age of your pet right now, if you have not tried professional pet photography, now is the perfect time to start. You may also want to consider a portrait of you and/or the rest of your family in the pet portrait. Having a professional picture that captures your special bond and relationship with your pet is a keepsake you will never regret having captured with a camera.

Anne Lord Photography, fun pet portrait sessions

Anne Lord enjoys photographing pets and capturing their unique personalities. Outdoor sessions in the Leesburg, Virginia area are ideal right now. Consider a pet portrait for holiday greeting cards and gift giving. To learn more about pet photography with Anne, please contact me at or 703-435-5292.

Family Portraits – More Than Just Pictures

Pictures share our stories and as the old saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

At the end of it all, what we have created and leave behind matters. Family photos are one of the most cherished treasures we can possess. They can stand in as reminders of good times and bad when our memory fades. They can connect us to those who came before us and help connect us to those who will come after.

With a focus on relationships and connections, Anne Lord, an experienced family and wedding photographer in Leesburg, Virginia, creates images that remind you of how sweet each season of life is; as well as a few reasons why to invest in family portraits.

  1. Time passes whether you document it or not

Families grow and change for reasons such as marriage, birth, loved ones passing, and others moving far away. The days when family all stayed within a few miles of each other are gone. Take advantage of the time you have together by creating a sweet reminder of life lived together with a professional photographer. Every moment that you have together as a family is priceless, so don’t forget to capture these memories with a photo.

  1. Your relationship with your family is captured forever

A great family photographer can capture the whole story of your family, and that includes you! We have all said it in one form or another, “just get the kids, I don’t need to be in them.” Sometimes family life is messy and chaotic, and it is easier to be the one behind the camera. However, with a professional photographer, you get an amazing gift of being in images of real moments interacting with your family.

  1. High quality photos to last a lifetime

While at the time you might not care about the photos of you, your family will be overjoyed to have pictures of you to remember you by. During family celebrations, whether you have gathered for the holidays or to celebrate a growing family, old photo albums tend to come out. A professional photographer will have the training, equipment, and experience to produce gallery quality portraits. With an experienced family photographer in Leesburg, such as Anne Lord, you can expect images with great lighting, details, and softness that a point-and-shoot camera or smartphone cannot. By using an experienced photographer for your family portraits, you can get finely tuned, high end, striking images that display you and your family’s personality and bond.

Anne Lord Photography for a fun family portrait session

You will always want to take your own photos of your family and friends in the moment, but for the purpose of creating important keepsakes, only a professional family photographer can bring you the quality you desire.

I am scheduling portrait sessions now for holiday cards. To learn more about your family’s photography options, please contact me at or 703-435-5292.

Plan Your 2021 Wedding – Leesburg, Virginia Photographer For Your Engagement And Wedding Photos

Times may be a little crazy right now, but for next year, a lot of couples have their weddings to look forward to! Now is the time to plan and think about engagement photos and lining up a photographer for the big day. Anne Lord, a Leesburg, Virginia photographer brings 19 years of experience in engagement and wedding photography to any couple she photographs.

Using the same photographer for both your engagement and wedding photos ensure that your wedding images are the best they can be because you have already built a rapport with your photographer. There is a comfort and trust that is built during the engagement session with your wedding photographer. Here are 3 reasons to use the same photographer for both joyous events in your life.

1.   Being comfortable with your wedding photographer

Engagement sessions are a great way to get to know your photographer, and for your photographer to get to know you as a couple. Through your session, engagement photographer Anne Lord likes to help make couples feel more comfortable and natural in front of the camera with the aim of ‘bringing out’ your genuine personalities. Knowing that you and your loved one are not professional models Anne uses her experience and skill to capture images of poses that are both flattering and natural. Discovering these things during your engagement session reduces the guesswork on your wedding day.

2.   Knowing what to expect for your wedding portraits

Every photographer works differently, so using the same photographer can help streamline your wedding day portraits. You will already be comfortable with your photographer and know the level of involvement and direction that your photographer is striving for. Your engagement session can provide a glimpse of how you and your loved one will feel being photographed on your wedding day. Having photographed many engagements and wedding days, Anne Lord of Leesburg Virginia and the surrounding communities, likes to also capture events as they naturally unfold in front of her. By having one photographer for your engagement shoot, and another photographer for you wedding day, each photographer may focus more on staging or posing moments to look genuine since they have not been able to build a rapport from a previous shoot. Knowing exactly what to expect from your photographer on your big day will put your mind at ease.

3.   Cohesive images from your engagement session to your big day

By using the same photographer for engagement and wedding photos, you ensure a cohesive style of imagery and aesthetic for all your engagement and wedding images. Some photographers like to emphasize color and high saturation, eccentric lighting, or sharp contrast in their images. By having the same photographer for both big events your photos will complement each other and have the same pleasing aesthetic. Instead of different styles and flow, they would be a natural continuation from your engagement photos to your wedding day photos.

Another advantage is that if you like what your photographer did with your engagement photos, you will have security in knowing that your photographer will take care of all your photography needs leaving one less thing to worry about on your big day. Also, if you like your engagement photographer, then you already have your wedding photographer right in front of you!

Choose Anne Lord for Your Engagement and Wedding Photography!

If you are searching for an experienced engagement and wedding photographer, please send me an email at or let us start a conversation on what you have in mind — call me at (703) 435-5292.


Note of Recognition: Anne Lord Photography would like to thank the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development for their resources and support of local businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

With COVID Restrictions Lifting, It is Time to Celebrate Your Engagement!

With restrictions lifting in and around the Washington, D.C. area, parks, scenic overlooks, and other outdoor options are now accessible for taking environmental engagement photos that were put on hold due to the Coronavirus.

Now is the time to start enjoying and showing off the new phase in your life; being engaged! As an experienced wedding photographer in Leesburg, Virginia, I have the equipment and the know-how to get the best quality photos of you and your loved one while following safety protocols that make you feel comfortable.

Schedule a time

Even though restrictions are being lifted, safety precautions are still strongly being advised. One way to follow social distancing but also getting the engagement photos you have always wanted is by planning where you would like to have the shoot ahead of time. I like to schedule a shoot for the late afternoon, early evening, just before sunset. This allows for the best light to capture your special moments. I also keep my sessions short and fun. By planning the engagement shoot ahead of time, you are expediting the process and taking into consideration what is going on around you.

Your imagination is the limit

Getting to help you create the images of your engagement is a privilege and I love seeing what my clients come up with for their photos. It is your engagement, showcasing you and your love. The sky is the limit on the poses and composition you want. Along with your ideas, as I get to know your personalities and relationship, I can help suggest ideas as well. I use my experience, skills, and technique to help pose my clients in a way that is both flattering and natural. I also like to encourage couples to bring along their pet if they have one. Pets bring an added natural bit of fun to any shoot.

Anne Lord: Your engagement photographer

I have been photographing weddings in Leesburg, Virginia for over 19 years, and the experience always moves me. The opportunity to capture the joy, passion, and love during an engagement shoot never ceases to amaze me. If you are searching for an experienced engagement photographer, please send me an email at or let’s start a discussion of what you have in mind — call me at (703) 435-5292.

How Corporate Photography Can Help Stimulate Your Business During Corona Virus

With the rise of COVID-19, it may not seem the highest priority to have corporate headshots or corporate environmental portraits taken. However, it is important to show the faces of your company’s team pulling together and the operations floor still vibrant and active, to inspire faith in your partners, clients, and any potential clients.

Corporate photography can help propel your company forward by showing the human side of your business and help to establish a connection with potential clients during these changing times. If your business is still open or opening back up soon, having some new photos to showcase your business can help bring your company back to the forefront. This makes a corporate photographer in Washington, D.C. a crucial part of helping you connect with your clients. Having a professional who can work within the safety protocols—such as social distancing, can make your team feel comfortable and natural in their headshots.

Images to reflect the message of your company

As a corporate photographer, I strive to capture the spirit of a company so as to connect with your target audience. Efficient and professional, friendly and laid back, or energetic, are the types of messages that I can convey with a single image. It is what people seeing – the human connection. This is especially important now as we are being asked to limit our interaction with one another. When COVID is under control, businesses will want to hit the ground running. As an experienced corporate photographer in the D.C. area, I have the professional equipment, understanding, and safety precautions to help streamline your photography goals once the time is right.

Showcasing efficiency

A great way to have potential partners and clients relate to your company is by showcasing images of your team at work around the office, at corporate events, meetings, and conferences – even if they are now done online through Zoom. Also, by adding corporate headshots to your online presence potential partners or clients can put faces to the people they are interacting with by phone or email. This can bring a more personal touch to your company’s image and help to bring in more business.

Sharing a purpose

As a Leesburg, Virginia corporate photographer, I take pride in sharing your company’s goals and providing images that can be valuable assets to the company. My desire is to help empower your brand by producing complimentary and appropriate images of CEOs, partners, board members, and everyone involved with the team. I want to help stimulate growth in your company!

Anne Lord: Your Corporate Photographer in Leesburg, Virginia

If you would like high quality corporate photographs to make your company stand out, you can get a feel for what I have to offer by browsing through my Corporate Photography Portfolio. When you are ready to move forward, let us start a discussion of what you have in mind — call me at (703) 435-5292. In the meantime, stay healthy and play it safe.

Pose with Confidence for Your Headshot with a Corporate Photographer in Washington, DC

Do I need to smile? Where do I put my hands? How should I position my arms? These are some of the most common questions I encounter as a corporate photographer in Washington, DC. I understand —if you’re not used to being in front of the camera, posing for your headshot can be intimidating indeed.

The ideal headshot exudes confidence, approachability, and professionalism. Trust me to capture your best side during our shoot, and use these simple tips to feel and look confident in front of the camera.

4 Ways to Look Confident in Your Headshots

How you feel during a photoshoot, whether awkward or comfortable, will reflect on the final images. Unfortunately, posing for a corporate headshot doesn’t come naturally to many people.

Over the years working with companies and professionals; however, I’ve observed a simple way to increase your confidence on the big day— come as prepared as possible. Follow the tips below:

  1. Study different headshot poses.

Try to do a bit of research before your photoshoot with a corporate photographer in Washington, DC. Tools like Google Images, Pinterest, or LinkedIn can inspire you and help pick out the headshot poses that you like best.

Also, I suggest getting inspiration from people you look up to. For instance, who are the foremost experts in your field? How do they pose for their headshots? You may pattern your own pose according to their style if you want to achieve the same effect.

  1. Practice posing with a mirror.

Once you’ve picked your favorite poses, try a few of them in front of the mirror. Not only will it help you see your most flattering angles, but practicing will also help you evaluate your facial expressions.

Furthermore, how to smile for your corporate headshot depends on the image you want to project. Big smiles and laughter will help you look relaxed and free-spirited. On the other hand, a closed-mouth smile is excellent for more formal industries.

  1. Keep your eyes expressive.

Similar to Leesburg, VA wedding photographers, I love the way eyes can tell a story. So, make sure to communicate with your eyes. A mischievous, smiling, or pensive stare can speak volumes in an otherwise still image.

  1. Relax, the camera loves you!

During the shoot, treat the camera as your best friend. To help you feel this way, expect me to interact with you, build rapport, and keep you relaxed the entire time to capture you at your best.

When you come to the shoot prepared, it will ultimately help you loosen up and feel confident. Just have fun, and it will show up in your images.

Anne Lord: Your Corporate Headshot Photographer

The best corporate headshot starts with research, preparation, and a bit of practice. Don’t worry— I’ll be there every step of the way. Let me use over 19 years of experience as a corporate and Leesburg, Virginia wedding photographer to bring out your professional side. Call me at (703) 435-5292, and let’s discuss your ideas.

4 Historic Wedding Venues in Leesburg, Virginia Beloved by Leesburg, VA Wedding Photographers

The term “Virginia is for Lovers” has been a part of American jargon since 1969. Indeed, Virginia is home to some of the most beautiful venues for engagement and wedding photoshoots. For Leesburg, VA wedding photographers, there’s nothing like taking photos that showcase both the love of our clients and our beloved state.

With so many gorgeous venues to choose from, it can be challenging to find “The One.” Couples who love history are in luck —welcome to four historical sites in Virginia where you can declare your lifetime vows in style.

Historic Wedding Venues in Leesburg, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia is an excellent choice for weddings, not just for its picturesque setting, but also for its convenience. If you have guests coming in from out of state, they can choose from three major airports in the area: the Washington National Airport (DCA), the Dulles International (IAD), and the Baltimore-Washington International (BWI). From there, getting to the wedding venue is just a smooth commute away.


Since it’s so easy to sort out transportation for Leesburg, Virginia weddings, you can spend more time searching for the venue of your dreams. The following historic places in Virginia are some of the most popular when it comes to wedding and photoshoot venues. They are dearly beloved among couples and Leesburg, VA wedding photographers for both their timeless beauty and historical significance:

  1. Bristow Manor

Looking for “something old” to complete your list? Consider having your wedding at Bristow Manor, located in Bristow, Virginia. This lovely Colonial Revival Manor House is tucked away in Leesburg, Virginia’s secluded countryside. Feast your eyes on its iconic blend of traditional Southern roots, topped with a verdant golf course. There are available outdoor and indoor event venues at the manor to fit your wedding photo shoot plans.

  1. Heritage Hunt

Heritage Hunt is a perennial favorite for spring weddings in Leesburg, Virginia, Washington, DC, and surrounding areas. It’s no wonder this enchanting venue is so popular. It features a stately clubhouse, blooming gardens, and vibrant cherry blossom trees that will bring out the magic on your big day.

  1. Oatlands Historic House and Gardens

The Oatlands Historic House and Gardens showcase a spectacular circa 1804 mansion in the Greek Revival style in the heart of 360 rolling acres. As your Leesburg, Virginia photographer, we can discuss which part of the site will work best for your wedding backdrop —whether that’s the handsome mansion or the picture-perfect gardens.

  1. Foxchase Manor

The Foxchase Manor embodies elegance in every corner. It features jaw-dropping Italian marble floors, classic architecture, and lavish ballrooms. It’s especially ideal for large wedding parties since the Foxchase manor can accommodate up to 1, 500 guests for indoor nuptials.

Anne Lord: Veteran Wedding and Corporate Photographer in Washington, DC

While these historic venues are spectacular choices for weddings, they are just a few of what Leesburg, Virginia has to offer. Let me help you find the perfect indoor or outdoor location that will elevate your engagement and wedding photos.

I have over 19 years of experience as a wedding photographer. Trust me to capture your precious wedding memories for a lifetime. Call me today at (703) 435-5292, and let’s talk about what your dream day looks like.

Expert Lighting Tips for Weddings from Your Corporate Photographer in DC

Lighting is key to successful shots. This is one of the things that I have learned in my many years as a professional wedding and corporate photographer in DC. Marrying your special someone only comes once in a lifetime, so you must make every shot count. Take well-lit photos of one of the best moments in your life. In this article, I will discuss why lighting matters at weddings and share expert tips on how to ensure it’s perfect in every shot.

Professional Lighting Hacks for Wedding Photography  

Beautifully lit photos commemorate the day you tie the knot for generations to come. Use lighting effectively on your big day with these expert tips:

• Think of timing.

Maximize the natural light of the moment. As an experienced Leesburg, Virginia wedding photographer, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to adjust the shoot timing to the current light conditions.

Determine the natural light sources of the venue. Talk to your photographer about how you’ll work with or around these light sources on the big day. Think of timing in advance so that you are relaxed, as everything falls into place.

• Choose your preparation place wisely.

When it comes to behind-the-scenes photos, the lighting in the preparation room matters. Choose a room that’s large and offers plenty of natural light through the windows. It will help your photographer capture your best angles without altering the ambiance of the space excessively.

Consider decorated spaces with windows and light-colored walls for reflective light. To save on money, look up a nice place on lodging booking sites. Choose the venue that matches the look and feel of your wedding theme.

• Consider the ceremony proper.

If you are having an outdoor ceremony, I strongly advise against doing it in the hours between 10 AM to 3 PM. Midday is not only the hottest part of the day, but it’s also when shadows can interfere the most with shots. With the sun at its peak, shadows may show up under the eyes of your guests during shoots.

Determine the period with the best lighting. A great option is to have the ceremony around 2-3 hours before sunset for a magnificent touch of light to your photos.

• Plan portraits.

Make time for portraits with your Leesburg, Virginia photographer during sunset. Dusk photos in an open field or a backdrop of breathtaking scenery make for excellent mementos. The golden hour, or the hour before the sun sets, is the perfect time for taking these shots. The warm colors will create an effect on your portraits that will make your guests swoon.

• Prepare for the reception.

Reception photos are among the liveliest in the wedding album, which is why you need to ensure on-point lighting for shoots in the reception area. Fluorescent lighting and colored LED lights often spoil photos. Find a way to keep the venue well-lit without interfering with shoots. Pay close attention to the area where the speeches will be given to eliminate the need for flash.

Get Superbly Lit Photos from a Professional Wedding Photographer

Lighting in photography could spell the difference for your wedding’s documentation. With the right use of light, your nuptial photos will surely be ones to treasure.

Create the wedding album of your dreams with Anne Lord Photography. As your local wedding and corporate photographer in DC, I will capture every detail of your special day with thorough attention and commitment. Call me at (703) 435-5292 and let’s make your big day one to remember!

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Creative Wedding Photography Hacks: 3 Tips for Outstanding Family Photos

Before you know it, you’ll find yourself cutting the cake and dancing the night away as your wedding comes to an end. Beyond shots of the bride and groom, however, creative wedding photography also involves capturing those beautiful moments between you and the people closest to you. Fill your family photo album with moments to remember with these expert tips.

3 Tips for Fantastic Wedding Family Photos

Amazing family photos don’t happen by accident. People tend to walk around the venue or become hard to locate just when they’re needed the most. The good news is that it only takes a bit of planning to ensure that everything is in place for family photos that will stand the test of time.

  • Give your wedding photographer a list of your family members.
  • It can be difficult for your local wedding photographers to organize people for family photos when they don’t know who should be included in the first place. If you have some time, kindly draw up a list of your immediate family members and anyone else you want in the photos.

    There’s nothing I’d love more than taking gorgeous photos of you and the people you cherish the most, and this helps me make sure that no one is forgotten.

  • Come up with a shot list.
  • Would you like formal shots, candid shots, or a combination of both? Would you like a picture with your father somewhere special in the venue? Is there a specific shot you have in mind with the female members of your family?

    Time is of the essence during a wedding, and I would love to know your vision for family photos so I can do everything I can to make them come true.

  • Brief your family members.
  • The more your family members know what’s expected of them, the higher the chances of securing stunning family photos. It also makes everything go much more smoothly since we want to avoid wasting time searching for family members just to get them in the shot.

    More importantly, this allows them to look as prepared as possible and make sure their hair is on point, their outfits complete, and anything else that will make them look their best for those precious family shots.

    If you’d like, I can help you come up with a well-defined schedule that includes specific shots, locations, and other elements, so don’t hesitate to call me if you think this might work for you.

    At the end of the day, it’s my job as your Leesburg, Virginia wedding photographer to take photos that represent the emotions and wonderful details of your wedding day. Trust me to be there during all the essential moments and more.

    With me behind the camera, all you have to think about is how to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event surrounded by your friends and loved ones. Please take your time going through my Wedding Photography Portfolio and get a feel for the quality of images I can take for you. Once you’re ready, feel free to call me at (703) 435-5292 to discuss your wedding photography needs.

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    Last-Minute Preparation Tips for Creative Wedding Photography: What Your Photographer Should Know

    As your wedding photographer, I have one goal— to create a beautiful memorial to your celebration of love through images. While a big part of creative wedding photography is capturing the fun, emotional, and spontaneous moments on the day itself, preparation really helps make those amazing shots happen.

    5 Things to Tell Your Wedding Photographer

    Having photographed over 400 weddings throughout my career, I’ve learned that communication is essential to getting the shots you want. If you have some extra time, I’d appreciate knowing these details before the wedding:

    • Are there any special considerations I should know?
      Does anyone in your wedding party have mobility issues? I could look for an equally beautiful but more accessible location for someone with a wheelchair. Does anybody have allergies (such as to flowers)? I’ll plan ahead to fit in garden shots while minimizing their exposure. Is there anybody who is averse to flash lighting?

      I’d be more than happy to accommodate these special considerations, and knowing in advance will help me forge calculated decisions to make things easier and more convenient for everyone.

    • Are you planning some surprises at the wedding?
      Planned surprises like a fireworks display or a foxtrot routine down the aisle add so much flavor to weddings, and I want to make sure I capture these once-in-a-lifetime moments.

      Of course, I’ll be documenting as much as I can on your wedding day, but knowing about elements like this will help me snag the best possible position behind the scenes.

    • Are there specific shots you want or don’t want?
      This is your day, so don’t be shy! Want to take an unusual pose? Is there a particular spot in the venue you want me to focus on? I want you to be absolutely satisfied with the final images, and that includes trying my best to make your special requests come true.

      If there are some shots you don’t want, please let your local wedding photographers know as well. Perhaps your groom is conscious about how he looks from a particular angle. Maybe you don’t want too many photos of the after-party. I’ll make sure to keep these in mind during the event.

    • Did you DIY anything for the wedding?
      Did you make the wedding favors yourself? Are those gorgeous seating cards your handiwork? Do the flowers in your bouquet or the jewelry you’re wearing hold special meaning? If so, feel free to ask me to pay them a bit more attention.
    • What‘s your timetable for the wedding?
      Share your wedding day schedule with your wedding photographer as soon as you can. This will allow us to maximize the day, and if necessary, build in some time for formal shots, quiet couple photos, and other things you’d like me to cover.

    The Leesburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer You Can Trust

    Having an open line of communication between couples and their photographer can make a world of difference when it comes to wedding photography.

    Here’s a glimpse of my Wedding Photography Portfolio to give a look at the kind of memories you can look forward to. Once you’re ready, please give me a call at (703) 435-5292 and let’s discuss how you imagine your wedding photos to be.

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