Hello! We’re so glad you’ve stopped by our blog! We are Jennifer and Mike Heffner, the couple behind the lens at Vita Images. We are located in Reston, Virginia, and provide photography as well as other visual marketing services throughout the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area. If you’re looking for wedding photography, senior portraits, capturing the special images of your family, or visual marketing for your established business, please reach out to Vita Images via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 703.915.2745.
Automatically, in the English language, when one speaks of a mother, one speaks of someone who puts others before themselves. This is also very true of picture-taking.
When you think of all those magic milestone moments of first-steps, birthday cakes, assemblies, spelling bees, dances, etc., you most likely think of mom behind the lens…
Before we begin a photo session, no matter the type of session (family, engagement, business or senior portraits), the most frequently asked question we receive is, “what in the heck do I wear?” When you’re getting your picture taken, you want to feel put fashionable, put together, and fabulous, no matter where you shop.
Our special fashionistsas have put together some tips and suggestions as well as some favorite outfits for Spring 2013 to help get your ideas flowing before your photo shoot.
We were down in Norfolk for the weekend and attended the commissioning of the USS Arlington, named in commemoration of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The USS Arlington was built in Jenn’s native state of Mississippi, and we’ve covered many stories in the aftermath of 9/11 as photojournalists, so we felt more of a connection than the average person to the commissioning.
This year Vita Images was invited by the National Guard Youth Foundation to help cover its Eighth Annual ChalleNGe Champions Gala in Washington, D.C. in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. I was fortunate to be given a chance to cover this event as a second photographer with fellow American Society of Picture Professionals member Larry Levin.
For 20 years the National Guard Youth Foundation has changed the lives of 115,000 youths in need of a second chance at a successful future. I was blown away by the speeches given by past graduates explaining how the National Guard Youth Challenge Program influenced, and ultimately changed, their lives for the better.
Vita Images had the unique pleasure of photographing Flow Blow Dry & Beauty Bar’s Red Carpet Event. Located at Plaza America in Reston, FLOW is Northern Virginia’s first blow-dry bar. What’s more fun than getting dressed up and getting your hair done, all while hanging with the girls? Everyone was welcoming and friendly, from the outgoing stylists, to the lovely manager, Anna, and, of course, the stunning owner, Samira. I found myself surrounded by beauty, elegance and style.
We’ve had quite a few Washington D.C. area wedding websites highlight our work recently – and we’d like to share their posts with all of you!
* Capitol Romance posted a wonderful piece about Lauren and Tom’s wedding, which we covered at Lee-Fendall House in Old Town Alexandria back in August. Capitol Romance is a local blog that helps other couples in the Washington, D.C. area plan a more offbeat wedding without the huge expense.
We loved photographing Lauren and Tom as they were married in June 3, 2012. They chose to wed on a perfect sunny summer afternoon in the historic gardens of the Lee-Fendall House in Old Town Alexandria, Va.
This unique couple went against tradition and created a stunning bridal party. Not only did they have four bridesmaids, in a romantic bright pink, standing up for Lauren, but Tom included three “groomsladies” in addition to his groomsman. These “groomsladies” coordinated perfectly with their effeminate grey dresses and matching ties around their waist, just like Tom’s around his neck.
Joe and Karly were married at the lovely Sunset Crest Manor, in Chantilly, Virginia. The manor is an ideal property for special occasions and weddings. It was previously used as a home to a family made wealthy by the technology boom. This family has since converted it into a space for weddings and corporate events. The site attracts an impressive view of the mountains and wide open fields of green.
I pleasantly surprised this morning to wake up and find a little snow on the ground. Plus, Fairfax County Public Schools, decided upon a two-hour school delay. My preschooler, Lauren, was delighted when she woke up and saw the snow out our bedroom window. It’s been almost two years since we received any measurable snow here in Reston.