Bella Luca Portraits

Bella Luca Portraits Professional Portraiture Photography "Celebrate the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things..."
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This season, I’ve found myself longing for time to speed up 🤦🏽‍♀️ and although patience is not my strongest virtue, I ke...
05/08/2020

This season, I’ve found myself longing for time to speed up 🤦🏽‍♀️ and although patience is not my strongest virtue, I keep reminding myself that good things take time. The same goes for you, friend: This season won’t last forever, and when it comes it will be better than you could have imagined!
What are you patiently waiting for?

I know businesses are struggling right now, and I being stuck at home a lot of us are feeling helpless as to how we can ...
03/19/2020

I know businesses are struggling right now, and I being stuck at home a lot of us are feeling helpless as to how we can help! I believe this is where creatives really shine and I am willing to help in any way I can. I believe I must support small businesses more than ever right now…and I hope you do too. How can you help a small business owner?⁣
1. Give them a shout out on social⁣
2. Refer a friend⁣
3. Buy a gift certificate or⁣
4. Write a review/testimonial.⁣

Which small business will you help today? Tag them in the comments below!

Calling all stay-at-home workers… Wait, that's all of us, right?? Can I show you a peek at my current work station?  Jus...
03/19/2020

Calling all stay-at-home workers… Wait, that's all of us, right?? Can I show you a peek at my current work station? Just look at this makeshift “office" for the day. As a photographer and now homeschool mom I'm making the most of this space and doing my best to see the creativity in it all 😉 Where are you working today?

Hi friends! How are you doing out there today? Just wanted to check in to see how everyone is feeling? No judgment here!...
03/16/2020

Hi friends! How are you doing out there today? Just wanted to check in to see how everyone is feeling? No judgment here! We all cope in different ways, so I thought it would be fun to vote for the pic that best represents you and your circle of friends that support you. Are you pic 1,2,3,4,5 or 6? After voting tell me the emotion that best describes the pic you picked😀 I will go first! I toggle between 3&5. Sometimes I am calm and my family is calm and tell each other that no matter what we have each other to get through this and then I will have moments of panic where I feel more like 5 freaking out and having to have my family calm and ease my fears and remind me it’s going to be ok! We have each other! Ok your turn! @ Mosaic

In honor of International Women’s Day yesterday and one of my favorite girl songs! ⁣“ Who run the world? Girls!”- Beyonc...
03/09/2020

In honor of International Women’s Day yesterday and one of my favorite girl songs! ⁣
“ Who run the world? Girls!”- Beyoncé 💪🏽 @ Wee Chic Boutique

I love “springing” forward in my business this time of year (like my pun?). Because it makes me excited to do more of wh...
03/07/2020

I love “springing” forward in my business this time of year (like my pun?). Because it makes me excited to do more of what I love. But let’s be real: which of the following describes your feelings towards Daylight Savings? A. Let’s spring forward, I can’t wait! B. I might remember to set my clock ahead… if I’m lucky; or C. Wait, what do you mean we were supposed to lose an hour? Tell me...A, B, or C?

“There is nothing in nature that blooms all year long, so don’t expect yourself to “- Simone Biles⁣⁣That quote has gotte...
03/07/2020

“There is nothing in nature that blooms all year long, so don’t expect yourself to “- Simone Biles⁣

That quote has gotten me through today... I had so many things on my to do list to wrap up and this lingering headache turned into a migraine which resulted in me having to lay in a dark room for most of the day with ice packs around my head. So I am giving myself grace for what I couldn’t finish and remembering that resting is just as important. So I plan on doing that this weekend so I can come back fully rested. How do you plan on resting this weekend?

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting Spring fever? 🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷This weather has been just a tease here in Northern VA! I am...
03/06/2020

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting Spring fever?
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This weather has been just a tease here in Northern VA! I am ready for spring cleaning, cherry blossoms,more daylight, not having to wear a heavy jacket....what excites you most about Spring?

03/05/2020

If you could go behind the scenes in my business, you’d see that life as a photographer entrepreneur is C-R-A-Z-Y. For example, today Ive had 2 client calls,1 in person consult, parent teacher conference then back to working on updates to my website and blog all while juggling client work edits and managing two active kid after school schedules... and all of this with no coffee 😭! How do I manage it all? Let’s just say currently my planner and notepad has become my BFF ! Life may be busy, but I wouldn’t change a thing. What use to overwhelm me now excites me! It’s all about perspective! Being busy because I am using my creative skills is what I love to do and watching my kids pursue their passions makes my heart swell with pride! What does life look like behind your door?
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Living my best life on this Leap Day! I will be heading out to collab with a fun boutique today! How are you spending yo...
02/29/2020

Living my best life on this Leap Day! I will be heading out to collab with a fun boutique today! How are you spending your Leap Day???

The ability to capture a moment in time with the click of a camera button simply amazes me. There are many once-in-a-lif...
02/28/2020

The ability to capture a moment in time with the click of a camera button simply amazes me. There are many once-in-a-lifetime memories that I love to reminisce looking through old photos. But there are some day to day moments that make my heart happy too, like this day. It was just an ordinary summer day but Bella and her friend had the giggles and it reminds me how sometimes we miss the Joy of just living in the moment. What is something that you see everyday that brings you joy?

One of my favorite things about being a Portrait photographer is collaborating with other business owners & having the o...
02/26/2020

One of my favorite things about being a Portrait photographer is collaborating with other business owners & having the opportunity to meet so many amazing people! Connections with people (like YOU) means the world to me and my business. How about you? What fills your cup (or bottle) to the brim?
📸: my wonderful assistant/hype girl Amanda Adkins (I normally would never post this bc I had no makeup on and was feeling pretty bad this day but she captured the Joy I get when I photograph clients who become friends and then family so you get a pass Amanda🤣)

Are you the wishing type? Do you blow dandelion puffs? Toss coins into fountains? When I was younger I was not your typi...
02/25/2020

Are you the wishing type? Do you blow dandelion puffs? Toss coins into fountains? When I was younger I was not your typical fairytale princess dreamer. Now don’t get me wrong I love a good fairytale romance, but Ive always been more fascinated with fairytales where the girl was the one doing the rescuing just like Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I loved that she was not the typical princess needing rescuing but really was the one doing the rescuing! I have always been fascinated by women’s stories who triumphed through adversity! As an adult now I know it takes more than wishful thinking to making those dreams come true! It takes stepping out of your comfort zone! Today I did just that, and I feel like I grew a little bit closer to those dreams becoming reality! What wishes are you working toward?

I hate to admit this but...can I get real for a long minute I have not been practicing what I preach and I am trying to ...
02/21/2020

I hate to admit this but...can I get real for a long minute
I have not been practicing what I preach and I am trying to be better
I absolutely hate being in front of the camera and I am self critical of myself! I have avoided formal introductions to this whole social media world to virtual strangers bc of how I may be perceived or judged🤦🏽‍♀️ Not a proud thing to admit, but as I have been working through some major baggage one being self critical and talking negatively of myself my life coach asked me why are you so willing to do for your daughter what you won’t do for yourself? Why do you not take your own advice?
Talk about a gut punch!
The truth is I want my daughter to see that type of example in me, I want her to grow up and know that she is worth it! To quote my favorite biz strategist @jasminestar “ I want my ceiling to be her floor” That her dreams and aspirations are attainable bc she watched her mama lay the ground work! I don’t want her example to be one of saying it is possible to achieve big dreams but really not believing it for herself! When I first started a business in photography it was always because of my kids, after all it is named after them. I wanted my kids to see themselves as I see them, beautiful lights that shine! As a photographer it is my goal for my clients to feel and believe everything I see in them, because I do believe we are all beautifully and wonderfully made! So from now on you will see a lot more on what I want this niche business to be about which is to build tweens and teens up to believe their worth!
I am currently working on a model program for tweens and HS Seniors so if you know any tag them here or share this post! My website is under construction but you can go and fill out a form with your email to subscribe when you go to my website
www.bellalucaportraits.com

The golden sun flare just makes these images a bit magical, don't you think? Thankful I got to meet this incredible fami...
09/26/2019

The golden sun flare just makes these images a bit magical, don't you think? Thankful I got to meet this incredible family with the sweetest baby!

Recently I was reading an article in The NY Times about how a girls self esteem usually plummets in the tween years... t...
07/23/2019

Recently I was reading an article in The NY Times about how a girls self esteem usually plummets in the tween years... this also is a time period where typically parents aren’t scheduling portraits for their children because it isn’t a milestone birthday like 1,2,3,4,5,10....but I feel like it is if not more important just as vital as those newborn portraits. Parents always want to look back at those fleeting moments but as children grow they want to see themselves evolve and grow as well. Studies have shown how having family portraits on the wall build confidence in children. That is the power of an image! So I say don’t skip these years schedule a portrait session for your girls! I love collaborating with their ideas and personality of how they see themselves! This is Bella & Ella, they have become fast friends in the last school year and have pretty similar personalities which is always fun! Both girls are literally born to shine and I have no doubt you will see making a difference in this world!

The wharf is such a cute place for family pics! There is so much to do there and so many cute alleys to go explore! When...
07/19/2019

The wharf is such a cute place for family pics! There is so much to do there and so many cute alleys to go explore! When is the last time you had your family portraits updated??? Don’t put it off any longer! DM for special summer rates! Limited dates available! @ The Wharf

Happy Graduation Day Catherine! I am proud of the woman you are becoming! I wish you much success and happiness in your ...
06/11/2019

Happy Graduation Day Catherine! I am proud of the woman you are becoming! I wish you much success and happiness in your future endeavors!

Happy Graduation Day Chloe!!! I  wish you much success and happiness!
06/11/2019

Happy Graduation Day Chloe!!! I wish you much success and happiness!

Congrats Emerson and Happy Graduation Day!!!!! It was so fun getting to work with you! I wish you much success and happi...
06/01/2019

Congrats Emerson and Happy Graduation Day!!!!! It was so fun getting to work with you! I wish you much success and happiness in all your life endeavors!

05/29/2019

Amanda & Brent Maternity Session

“She lost herself in the treesamong the ever-changing leaves.She wept beneath the wild skyas stars told stories of ancie...
05/23/2019

“She lost herself in the trees
among the ever-changing leaves.
She wept beneath the wild sky
as stars told stories
of ancient times.
The flowers grew towards her light,
the river called her name at night.
She could not live an ordinary life
with the mysteries of the universe
hidden in her eyes.”
- Christine Ann Martine

“She lost herself in the treesamong the ever-changing leaves.She wept beneath the wild skyas stars told stories of ancie...
05/23/2019

“She lost herself in the trees
among the ever-changing leaves.
She wept beneath the wild sky
as stars told stories
of ancient times.
The flowers grew towards her light,
the river called her name at night.
She could not live an ordinary life
with the mysteries of the universe
hidden in her eyes.”
- Christine Ann Martine

04/22/2019
I got to meet Hawthorne for the first time this last weekend and he was just so deliciously sweet and so fun! He also lo...
04/12/2019

I got to meet Hawthorne for the first time this last weekend and he was just so deliciously sweet and so fun! He also loved the camera :)

Bella Luca Portraits
04/12/2019

Bella Luca Portraits

I had the honor of photographing Amanda yesterday....Amanda is one of those people who you can not help but feel happy w...
04/12/2019

I had the honor of photographing Amanda yesterday....Amanda is one of those people who you can not help but feel happy when you around her....she exudes JOY! Her journey here has not been an easy one and I am so happy for her and her hubby that they get to finally have their rainbow baby! Her personality matches the glow this baby is giving her! :) Thank you Amanda and Brent for allowing me to document this special time in your lives!!!

04/12/2019

So its been a while since I have posted here.....I took a photography break for a couple of years and considered quitting altogether but I dipped my toe in again and realized how much I love doing this....so I am back :)

"The goal is to laugh forever with someone you take seriously" I love these people! Thank you Donny Hawthorne &@AnnaHawt...
04/09/2018

"The goal is to laugh forever with someone you take seriously"
I love these people! Thank you Donny Hawthorne [email protected] for bearing the cold with me :)

Happy Anniversary Ashley Canady! Thanks for letting me be a part of your special day!
03/05/2018

Happy Anniversary Ashley Canady! Thanks for letting me be a part of your special day!

Now that I have done the reveal I can share my new favorite image....You guys this Senior rocked her session and she was...
11/10/2017

Now that I have done the reveal I can share my new favorite image....You guys this Senior rocked her session and she was a beauty to work with! Thanks for choosing me Kristen Gravitt!!! Mary Elizabeth

No words needed...😍....All Bella wanted was photos with her dog Emma with flowers wearing a crown.This image right here ...
10/23/2017

No words needed...😍....All Bella wanted was photos with her dog Emma with flowers wearing a crown.This image right here is the essence of their relationship and the love they have for each other! Her best friend 💞💕

My newest favorite summer image! Perfect way to end the summer and begin a new season! I just love a silhouette photo. T...
09/23/2017

My newest favorite summer image! Perfect way to end the summer and begin a new season! I just love a silhouette photo. This would look great as wall art!

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