DelSignore Photography returns to the Bean Bar

DelSignore Photography is proud to announce that we are back at the Bean Bar for our third art exhibition at the Leesburg coffee shop. We returned to the Bean Bar with 13 pieces of artwork from Europe, the southwest United States as well as a few local scenes from around Loudoun County.

The Bean Bar is a beautiful, European-themed coffee shop located in the Village at Leesburg. The Bean Bar offers some of the best coffee beans in the world and was voted one of the top five coffee shops in Leesburg

In our exhibit, we feature pieces ranging from 24x36 canvas to a custom framed 27x39 print. We also hung two images on canvas that have never been included in our exhibits, “Fall in the Narrows” and “Sandfall” in color.

Be sure to stop by the Bean Bar this fall to try some of their award winning coffee and take in our images displayed throughout the shop. Stay tuned for a Meet the Artist event later this year.

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Our plans for the rest of 2018

Can you believe it is almost September? 2018 is really flying by. We wanted to take a moment to update you on our plans for the remainder of 2018.

It has been a pleasure to work with so many amazing clients over the years and we look forward to doing so in the future! If you are looking to book a photoshoot with us at any point in 2018, please read on.

First of all, we have some big news to share with you... 

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Katie and I are expecting our first baby in January of 2019! Preparation is in full swing and we are eagerly awaiting his arrival!

With the baby coming, our time this year will be very limited with the photography business. We will not be taking clients close to the holidays this  year. 

We are planning to offer 5 mini sessions only on the afternoon of November 3rd. These sessions will be first come, first served and will be available to book on our website on Monday, September 17 at noon. 

Our minis will take place on Saturday, November 3rd (rain date Sunday, November 4th) at the beautiful Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. This is the only date that we will be doing photoshoots for the rest of the year.

Please don't delay in booking these mini sessions, we will not be offering any additional sessions, full or mini, for the rest of the year. We are so excited to add another member to our family and are looking forward to what God has for us in the future. 

All the best to you and yours in 2018 - 

Tony & Katie DelSignore

 

DelSignore Photography is back at the Bean Bar!

DelSignore Photography is proud to announce that we are back at the Bean Bar for our second art exhibition. This is an exciting opportunity for us because we were able to display our artwork at the Bean Bar in 2014-2015. 

The Bean Bar is a beautiful, European-themed coffee shop located in the Village at Leesburg. The Bean Bar was recently voted one of the top five coffee shops in Leesburg

In our exhibit, we included an image from Hallstatt, Austria as well as Paris, France to go with the European vibes the Bean Bar offers. Take a look at some of the images posted to our Instagram Story on Tuesday night during setup.

Be sure to visit the Bean Bar, get a great cup of coffee and take a look at some of our newest artwork hanging on the walls of one of our very favorite spots in all of Loudoun County. 

Partnership with Pixieset Galleries

DelSignore Photography has partnered with Pixieset Galleries to bring you a brand new experience to go along with your portrait session. 

Pixieset delivers a beautiful gallery of the images from your portrait session with features like instant download, slideshows, and social sharing capabilities that will allow you to show off your portraits like never before. 

The gallery also offers a Shop that allows you to purchase your favorite images from the portrait session and have them shipped right to your door!

Take a look at the Pixieset Gallery from a recent senior portrait photoshoot in downtown Leesburg to see how it works. Pixieset gives you, the client, the ability to mark images or your entire gallery as private, favorite images and even order prints directly from the gallery page.

The Pixieset gallery is delivered via email with a password and download pin that allows access to you and only others that you share that password with for 30 days. 

We know that you will love the Pixieset gallery experience as much as we do! To book a portrait session with us, Contact Us today. 

Top 16 Images of 2016

Before completely shifting to planning for 2017, let's take a look back at some of my favorite images that I took in 2016. Last year I had some incredible photographic opportunities. 

Before I post my favorite images of 2016, I am excited to share a few of my favorite memories from the year. The highlight was our family trip to the desert Southwest in October. Hiking through the Narrows of Zion National Park was incredibly memorable and unique from anything I have ever experienced. The hike through the Virgin River offered both a physical challenge and an amazing opportunity to capture some breathtaking images. 

The next highlight of 2016 was getting to photograph Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona. The Canyons were always intriguing to me as I saw pictures of them come across my feed on Instagram and 500px, but they always seemed fake. That was, until I walked into the Canyons myself. The photography tours there allowed me to experience the Canyons in a more intimate way. 

Being able to photograph these amazing locations with my wife Katie and father-in-law Gary was especially rewarding. I also enjoyed meeting many other talented photographers along the way this year. It is always fun to connect with other artists and see how they view things on the same day.

We also were able to enjoy Disney World in the spring and numerous local hikes throughout the summer. 

Top 16 Images of 2016

My first two favorite images of the year are from the Narrows hike in Zion National Park. As we waded through the Virgin River, we came to a few small runs and waterfalls that made for awesome foregrounds as we captured the massive walls of the Narrows. 

"Narrow Flow" - Zion National Park, Utah 

"Narrow Flow" - Zion National Park, Utah 

"Fall in the Narrows" - Zion National Park, Utah 

"Fall in the Narrows" - Zion National Park, Utah 

At both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, we were able to take photography tours in the Canyon. The benefit to taking the photography tour versus the walking tour was that the photography guides were able to hold back the crowds so that we could take pictures for a minute or so without people walking in front of our cameras. 

"Chamber of Light" - Upper Antelope Canyon

"Chamber of Light" - Upper Antelope Canyon

"Sandfall" - Upper Antelope Canyon

"Sandfall" - Upper Antelope Canyon

"Lady in the Wind" - Lower Antelope Canyon

"Lady in the Wind" - Lower Antelope Canyon

The colors and light in the Canyon were truly remarkable. It seemed that every minute and every angle could present us with different images. 

Two nights in a row at the Grand Canyon, a full moon hovered over the colorful rocks, illuminating the entire Canyon. The Grand Canyon was a sight to behold during the day but seemed to be even more magical at sunset. 

 

Moonrise over the Grand Canyon - Mather Point, South Rim

Moonrise over the Grand Canyon - Mather Point, South Rim

"Lovebirds" - South Rim, Grand Canyon

"Lovebirds" - South Rim, Grand Canyon

Grand Moon - South Rim, Grand Canyon

Grand Moon - South Rim, Grand Canyon

One of my fondest memories from Zion National Park was from our final morning at the Park. We woke up about an hour before sunrise to get some unique sunlight hitting the mountains at two different locations. The very first light arose on the Shrine of Ages and later the light rose higher in the sky and illuminated the Court of the Patriarchs. 

Sunrise at the Shrine of the Ages - Zion National Park

Sunrise at the Shrine of the Ages - Zion National Park

The Court of the Patriarchs - Zion National Park

The Court of the Patriarchs - Zion National Park

Both Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, were so unique in their own way. The most difficult hike of the entire trip was the ascent to the Delicate Arch at sunset. After nearly two hours of straight uphill hiking, we finally arrived at the stunning setting of the Delicate Arch. We caught a rainstorm on the horizon just as the sun descended. A scene we will never forget. 

"The coming storm" - Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

"The coming storm" - Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

Arches National Park also hosts the iconic Turret Arch.

The Turret Arch - Arches National Park

The Turret Arch - Arches National Park

My favorite scene from Canyonlands National Park in Moab was the Mesa Arch. Traditionally photographed at sunrise, our schedule brought us to the Arch at sunset instead. I would say it is equally as gorgeous at sunset. This seven-image panoramic also caught the moon rising in the top right corner of the image. 

Moonrise at the Mesa Arch - Canyonlands National Park

Moonrise at the Mesa Arch - Canyonlands National Park

The final highlight from our West Trip is certainly not the least. While visiting Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona, we were able to stop at Horseshoe Bend twice. The first night produced my favorite image of all I had taken. We thought that we had completely missed sunset due to a time zone change. When we arrived at the edge of the Bend (2,000 feet straight down from where I stood to take this image) there was still plenty of red and pink in the sky but the water and rocks were very dark. I ended up shooting a four-minute long exposure to produce the image below.

"Time Travel" - Horseshoe Bend, Page, Arizona 

"Time Travel" - Horseshoe Bend, Page, Arizona 

There were many other favorites from the West trip but I decided to include a couple from our other adventures this year. The first was from spring break in Walt Disney World, Orlando. I instantly felt like a kid again, enjoying the fireworks over Cinderella's Castle with my family. 

"The Magic of Disney" - Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida 

"The Magic of Disney" - Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida 

The final of my favorite images of 2016 is from my favorite local spot, Great Falls State Park. I always enjoy escaping to Great Falls on a summer evening and catching the sun set. This eight-image stitched panoramic is my final favorite from 2016. 

 

"Sundown at Great Falls" - Great Falls State Park, Virginia

"Sundown at Great Falls" - Great Falls State Park, Virginia

There you have it. Those are my top 16 images of 2016. 

All of these images are available in my Shop to purchase for your home or business. 

Do you have a favorite from the 16 above? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Happy New Year!

Gift Cards now available in the Shop

Good morning, all! We hope that you are enjoying the Christmas season as much as we are. This is a joyous time of the year as we celebrate the advent of Christ. 

DelSignore Photography is excited to announce that we are now offering gift cards through our website. These gift cards can be used to purchase portrait sessions or canvases, framed prints and photo prints. 

These gift cards are a unique gift for your family or friends who would love to update their family portraits or purchase a piece of art for their home or business. 

Gift cards are sent via email within 24 hours of purchase with a unique value code, redeemable at checkout upon purchase of a product or service in the Shop. Gift cards are available in denominations from $50 to $1,000. 

Christmas is right around the corner - order a gift card in the Shop today!

Click here: DelSignore Photography Gift Cards

 

A Monumental Engagement

As a guy, you always want your proposal to be a little more grandiose than your buddies'. Admit it, it's okay! You need to impress your wife-to-be, and that's how it should be.

A few weeks ago, a friend through social media reached out and told me that he was planning to propose to his long-time girlfriend in Washington, DC. He asked me to capture the moment on camera. 

His plan was to propose in front of the Reflecting Pool in the shadow of the Washington Monument. Well done sir, well done. 

I was completely honored, of course. 

I packed up my gear after a long day at work and zipped down to DC. Finding a parking spot near the monuments is always an adventure but an expected part of the process. I grabbed my gear and scurried to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 

I kept telling myself, don't say anything stupid to ruin this surprise. 

From the moment I met Matt and Amanda, we immediately connected. That always makes the photo shoot more enjoyable when the subjects are comfortable. 

The cover plan was to take some photographs of the two around the monuments as Matt's anniversary present to Amanda. Little did she know there was a ring in his pocket. 

The happy couple posed for me at many of the scenic areas around the Lincoln Memorial. Take a look at a few of the shots:

After taking portraits for half an hour, knowing Matt's plan I suggested that we saunter down to the Reflecting Pool for a change in setting. 

After a minute or so by the water, I took a step back for a wide shot. This was Matt's cue. He glanced over and gave me the slight smirk. It was time. 

With his American flag socks showing (this guy is sharp), Matt got down on one knee and took his time asking Amanda to marry him.

Amanda flashed me a glance as to say, "You knew about this!?" 

It was so special how the admiring crowd shifted out of the way, leaving only the romantic scene, allowing me to capture one of their forever moments. 

Here is my favorite shot from the proposal:

I took a final portrait of the newly engaged couple with Amanda's beautiful ring sparkling in the golden sun. 

What an incredible occasion for the happy couple and an amazing opportunity for me to document an evening that I will never forget. Thank you Matt, for giving me the chance to capture this evening for you. Congratulations!

Behind the Scenes: Taking "The Shot"

Often times I am asked, how did you get that shot? Or, where did you take that image? As a photographer, light and location are vitally important to the success of the final product. As I begin a portrait session, I typically have a vision for what I want the finished product to look like.

For Mackenzie's senior portraits we wanted to capture her passions in her portraits. She is a budding piano player, taught by my wife Katie (shameless plug) who is an incredibly talented, classically-trained pianist. 

Lansdowne Resort was kind enough to host us for the second phase of her senior portraits, the piano session. After doing numerous portraits indoors, we wanted to get some portraits of her outdoors. The older decor at Lansdowne wasn't exactly what we pictured as the vision for this image. It was a gorgeous day and the setting was just too perfect. 

Needless to say, I was a bit apprehensive. The piano had wheels and there was a spot for it on the outdoor patio, but I was not all that excited about moving a baby grand piano. The pressure was on to get "The Shot".

We took the chance, set up and fired off a few shots as Mackenzie posed. Looking back now at the final black and white image, I think the stress was worth the shot. 

Comment below with any fun stories you have from trying to get "The Shot".

Taking the Shot

Taking the Shot

The finished Product 

The finished Product 

DelSignore Photography now displaying local art at Blend Coffee Bar

DelSignore Photography is proud to announce our next stop at Blend Coffee Bar in the Brambleton Southern Walk Plaza in Ashburn, Virginia. View and shop original art from Loudoun County and Washington, DC in a relaxing coffee bar featured in Northern Virginia Magazine, Media SavvE and the Loudoun Times Mirror. 

Blend is a beautiful, brand new coffee bar that also serves craft beer and local wine. Stop in for a delicious latte or live music and open mic night every weekend. 

Visit their website at www.blendcoffeebar.com and on Facebook @BlendCoffeeBar for address information, menu offerings and the upcoming events schedule. 

 

Blend Coffee Bar

43170 Southern Walk Plaza #120, Ashburn, VA 20148

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Red White and Blue, 19x23 Framed - $150

Historic Streets of Leesburg, 29x39 Custom Framed - $350

Reflections of the Jefferson, 19x23 Framed - $150

Faithful Steed, 19x23 Framed - $150

Floral Library, 19x23 Framed - $150