Erica Gaffney Photography

Erica Gaffney Photography Photography
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Working closely with my clients, I create a personalized experience for every photo shoot. More than just portraits, we are capturing moments in time for your family to enjoy for many years. A mix of candid and posed shots will preserve the unique personality of your family at every stage! Please contact me via phone or email for all of your maternity, baby, senior portrait, family, engagement, wedding and professional portrait needs in the Northern Virginia, DC, and MD area!

Spring sessions will soon be upon us. Some friendly advice from a family photographer who is also raising one of those s...
03/02/2020

Spring sessions will soon be upon us. Some friendly advice from a family photographer who is also raising one of those small children about whom nice people say things like "she's going to be a great leader someday, though" and "she has such a strong personality!"

Don't let them know you're afraid on the day of your session. Play your cards close. Tell them you're going to the park, and you might meet up with a friend who has a big camera she wants to show you. Then play with them like I'm not there. If you beg, bribe, or threaten them to behave well, they'll smell your desperation immediately. They'll see you reeeeeallly want them to smile for the camera but, since you can't hold the ends of their mouth up and still take nice photos, they have ALL the power.... For a solid hour. As your tension builds, so does theirs; and so does their understanding of the hostage situation they're enjoying.

I have played this game, my friends. No one wins. No one.

If, in a session, you find yourself at the mercy of a small child who is often described as "strong-willed," the only thing I can tell you to do is laugh. Even if you are fuming inside, even if you've already made a mental note to never give them ice cream again, and ESPECIALLY if your toddler looks you right in the eye and does the very thing you just told them not to- just laugh. Trust me, they can't tell if it's becoming psychotic. (Just look down at them for those moments, and not straight into the camera- it'll look like a fond gaze and not the woman/man-on- the-edge you really are in that moment.)

And maaaaybe, just maybe, you'll make it from photo #1 (which is still a hilarious Christmas card, imo) to photo #2, the one you can post on Facebook to remind everyone you know that YOUR kids are perfect, precious little angels and your family photo session was, of course, effortless, so this advice was completely unnecessary.

...........You're welcome.

Fun fact: It's Hoodie-Hoo day. "On this winter day, people go out at noon, wave their hands over their heads and chant "...
02/20/2020

Fun fact: It's Hoodie-Hoo day.

"On this winter day, people go out at noon, wave their hands over their heads and chant "Hoodie-Hoo." It is a day to chase away winter blahs, and bring in spring. After all, everyone in the northern hemisphere are sick and tired of winter at this point and a little crazy being cooped up inside all winter and not seeing the sun."

I'm in guys. Let's do this.

I love doing Senior Sessions! I also love how when I say that people think I mean senior citizens ---  unless they have ...
02/18/2020

I love doing Senior Sessions! I also love how when I say that people think I mean senior citizens --- unless they have a high school age kid ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Erica Gaffney Photography's cover photo
02/15/2020

Erica Gaffney Photography's cover photo

Happy Valentine's Day! โค๏ธ
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day! โค๏ธ

A fun fall #ThrowbackThursday!
01/23/2020

A fun fall #ThrowbackThursday!

Happy Birthday to the best guy around. I wish we were enjoying a sunny day at a lake winery like we were in this picture...
01/18/2020

Happy Birthday to the best guy around. I wish we were enjoying a sunny day at a lake winery like we were in this picture, but a blizzard is fine too I guess..... As long as we're together ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ

My New Year's resolution is to post more of my work- I fell off social media posts for EGP pretty hard in 2019! So here ...
12/31/2019

My New Year's resolution is to post more of my work- I fell off social media posts for EGP pretty hard in 2019! So here is a quick recap of a few of my favorite sessions from the year. Happy New Year's Eve! Stay safe out there ๐Ÿ˜˜

Happy Holidays, from my family to yours!!!!!!!!
12/25/2019

Happy Holidays, from my family to yours!!!!!!!!

Happy Monday! Here's a throwback to a warmer day just last month with this adorable little one ๐Ÿ˜˜
10/15/2019

Happy Monday! Here's a throwback to a warmer day just last month with this adorable little one ๐Ÿ˜˜

Say cheese in front of the pretty rainbow, kids!!!Elizabeth:
08/17/2019

Say cheese in front of the pretty rainbow, kids!!!

Elizabeth:

Olivia is One!
08/08/2019

Olivia is One!

My little girl is 4 today. She loves unicorns, mermaids, Barbies, princesses, bunnies, and horses. She can spend all day...
07/19/2019

My little girl is 4 today. She loves unicorns, mermaids, Barbies, princesses, bunnies, and horses. She can spend all day playing in the water. Elizabeth is equal parts brave adventurer and sweet snuggler. She loves her family & friends, and she is soooo loved. I wish she could be this little for a bit longer, but it's so amazing watching her grow. Happy birthday, big girl ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ญ

โ€œWhoever said that diamonds are a girl's best friendโ€ฆnever owned a dog." Loved doing these photos for Cait and her good ...
07/01/2019

โ€œWhoever said that diamonds are a girl's best friendโ€ฆnever owned a dog." Loved doing these photos for Cait and her good boy, Chance.

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads & Grandpas out there!
06/16/2019

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads & Grandpas out there!

The last few weeks of school get so crazy I am egregiously behind on my posts! So here's a senior session, one of my fav...
06/14/2019

The last few weeks of school get so crazy I am egregiously behind on my posts! So here's a senior session, one of my faves! (They are all my faves ๐Ÿ˜‚)

I'm loving these senior sessions! The "kids" are so nice, and I don't even have to chase them around or make crazy faces...
05/18/2019

I'm loving these senior sessions! The "kids" are so nice, and I don't even have to chase them around or make crazy faces to get them to smile ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

May the 4th be with you ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“
05/04/2019

May the 4th be with you ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“

Love seeing this photo I took a few years ago still being used โค๏ธ
04/25/2019

Love seeing this photo I took a few years ago still being used โค๏ธ

At the age of 22, Heather Troxell, the wife of LCSO Media Relations and Communications Manager Kraig Troxell, learned she had an atrial septal defect (a hole in the wall between the two upper chambers of her heart). If left undiagnosed, Heather would not have lived to see her 40th birthday.

We are happy to say that Heather will be celebrating her 39th birthday (for the 2nd time) this spring!

Join us as we celebrate #AmericanHeartMonth throughout February with the American Heart Association & Go Red For Women to help raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. #KnowYourHeart

Such a great senior session with this gorgeous soon-to-be graduate in historic Leesburg!
04/23/2019

Such a great senior session with this gorgeous soon-to-be graduate in historic Leesburg!

Loved this lifestyle newborn(ish!) shoot with gorgeous baby Lillian and her adoring parents โค๏ธ #newbornphotography
04/18/2019

Loved this lifestyle newborn(ish!) shoot with gorgeous baby Lillian and her adoring parents โค๏ธ #newbornphotography

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!!
03/17/2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!!

Erica Gaffney Photography
03/13/2019

Erica Gaffney Photography

Happy Friday! If, like me, you can't enjoy it on a warm beach somewhere... May your weekend be full of these brief momen...
03/08/2019

Happy Friday! If, like me, you can't enjoy it on a warm beach somewhere... May your weekend be full of these brief moments of sibling love and cooperation in the comfort of your own home. ๐Ÿ˜‚

This quote resonated with me last week when I first came across it, and I've been reflecting on it ever since. So many p...
03/05/2019

This quote resonated with me last week when I first came across it, and I've been reflecting on it ever since. So many people I know are in the thick of it right now; whether it's something temporary like an injury holding them back from a sport they love, or something devastating like facing the grief of a lost loved one. It helps me to stay motivated in my forward momentum when I remember the other side is always waiting for me, and I'll get there in time. Keep going, friends!

Sorry not sorry for my Feb/March snacking habits!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚
02/25/2019

Sorry not sorry for my Feb/March snacking habits!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

I love warm winter days when we can get out for a quick session!
02/17/2019

I love warm winter days when we can get out for a quick session!

Love this shot from a little nursing break at a recent newborn session- could there be a more Mom moment??? #newborn #mo...
02/09/2019

Love this shot from a little nursing break at a recent newborn session- could there be a more Mom moment??? #newborn #motherhood

Flashback Friday to these candids from a family session- I love catching these little unposed moments!
01/11/2019

Flashback Friday to these candids from a family session- I love catching these little unposed moments!

Happy New Year's Eve!!! Here are my #2018bestnine with the loves of my life- we camped, road-tripped, hit the beach, spe...
12/31/2018

Happy New Year's Eve!!! Here are my #2018bestnine with the loves of my life- we camped, road-tripped, hit the beach, spent time with family and old friends, made new friends, and laughed our way through #2018- so here's to another great year!!! ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿ˜˜

A little sisterly love โค๏ธ
12/29/2018

A little sisterly love โค๏ธ

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!!!
12/25/2018

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas Eve! โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ„ #thecutest #merrychristmas
12/24/2018

Merry Christmas Eve! โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ„ #thecutest #merrychristmas

This little cutie turns 1 right before Christmas, which might explain her love of candy canes :)
12/22/2018

This little cutie turns 1 right before Christmas, which might explain her love of candy canes :)

I'm not complaining though, I will take all the warm weather December wants to throw my way ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
12/21/2018

I'm not complaining though, I will take all the warm weather December wants to throw my way ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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Leesburg, VA
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Erica took photos of our family. Weโ€™re a large group with several children and the pictures are awesome. She did such a great job and worked efficiently so that the kids didnโ€™t get restless.
Renee Carpenter Wilson
Just PM you. Thank you