Front Porch Sessions with Sarah Marcella

Quarantine has brought about every single one of my emotions – I have laughed, I have cried, I’ve worried, I’ve over-thought, I’ve been pushed to my limit, but I have also been very grateful. I can confidently say this will, without a doubt, be a time I will never forget. This is a crazy unprecedented time that is worth remembering. Which is why I was thrilled to hear our favorite Alexandria photographer, Sarah Marcella, is offering drive-by, front step photos to capture you and your family exactly as you are in quarantine; let’s capture these beautiful emotions!


Tell us about yourself:

I’m Sarah Marcella, your local beboppin’ smilin’ photographer. You’ve probably seen me out and about shooting for local boutiques, charity events, and portraits of all kinds.


What made you decide to do this:

This idea was actually brought to me by Megan Podolsky – Stylebook member and Old Town Boutique District President. She approached me about photographing the Old Town Boutiques through our visual campaign “Community Is.” This project brings awareness to the small business community during this challenging time. Each owner shares one word of what community means to them. It was an absolute honor to capture this project.


Gina, Mindful Junkie and her family photographed for the Old Town Boutique District “Community Is” project


During this time, many families expressed interest in having their moment captured. What we are living through is challenging and scary. Families are using these shoots to preserve a moment in time to look back on and remember how resilient they are. For many, this is giving them a reason to “dress up,” several have mentioned that it’s the first time they’ve worn real clothing in weeks!


What do these photoshoots entail?

Over 90% of these shoots I shoot from my car, normally out the passenger side window and my sunroof. If I do step out of my car, I keep a distance of at least 10 feet, normally even further. I shoot with my zoom lens, 70-200mm which allows me to keep a safe distance, well within the CDC guidelines. In addition to social distancing, I wear a face mask (thank you Tulusa Goods!) and use an excessive amount of hand sanitizer.


Sarah photographing from her car


Don’t worry – me shooting from my car does not hinder the quality of my work. I’ll still tell you how to pose, to adjust your hair, and make silly jokes to get your children to giggle!


What is the cost?

The 15-minute shoot includes 5-7 edited images, online downloadable gallery, and print release for $150.


How do we book?

 Britt and her family 


It’s so easy to book! Here’s how to book your session now :

  1. Visit my website
  2.  Look for your neighborhood’s date, if you don’t see it, reach out and I’ll put your neighborhood on the list!
  3. Choose your timeslot and fill out the easy online form


Megan Podolsky & family photographed for Old Town Boutique District “Community Is” project


Why this is so awesome:

Listen, we all need something to look forward to right now. There is so much uncertainty in our lives. These shoots are fun, short, and allow you a break in your regular routine. I’ve found that everyone, including children, have been enjoying these shoots. They’re more comfortable being in their environment rather than out somewhere in Old Town such as the cobblestone (a popular family portrait location). You’ll be surprised at how painless the process is, and you’ll have your family portrait for the holidays done well ahead of schedule! You’re welcome to include your fur babies as well – I’ll even include a solo portrait of them in your shoot!

See, just look how thrilled Paisley is to have her portrait taken!


Maura, owner of Monday’s Child with her family photographed for Old Town Boutique District’s “Community Is” project


Neighborhood Schedule:
Del Ray: Sunday May 10th (FULL)*
Cameron Station: Monday May 11th
Old Town: Tuesday May 12th
Fort Hunt & Hollin Hall: Wednesday May 13th
Georgetown (D.C.): Thursday May 14th 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday May 15th: Book your neighborhood
Saturday May 16th : Book your neighborhood
Belle Haven: Tuesday May 19th


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Born, raised, and bred in Alexandria, VA, Britt Patterson is a true product of the great state of Virginia. Britt attended Waynewood Elementary (Class of ’96), Carl Sandburg Middle School (Class of ’98) , and West Potomac High School (Class of ’02), she then went on to attend Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in Business Marketing and Minored in Real Estate. Britt “officially” joined the family business as a licensed Realtor in 2008 after two years of working the political fundraising field and prides herself on her Alexandria real estate knowledge, alongside her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism as an agent and Vice President for the family business.

The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving Alexandria, VA for over thirty years. We offer professional, hardworking, detailed and friendly service and a large network of contacts and resources accrued over our many years in Alexandria real estate. Comprised of seven Alexandria locals, six of whom are licensed realtors and three of whom are accredited staging professionals, The Patterson Group is passionate and knowledgeable about Alexandria, VA and here for all of your Northern VA real estate needs. Allow us to help you find your home here and discover all that the Alexandria lifestyle has to offer.

400 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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