Fredericksburg Photographer | Retro-inspired 50th Birthday Photoshoot

A black woman in a red gown lays on black fabric for her birthday photo sessionWe have known Zakia for several years now, she was the first client that contacted us for her branding session. This time, she wanted to celebrate turning 50 with a birthday photoshoot in Fredericksburg.

We decided to ask her about her experience after the shoot.

“My dream photo shoot was Old school glam, more specifically the 1940’s. The women were so glamorous!”

Stepping in front of the camera was amazing! It was everything I thought it would be! It was a moment in time, dedicated just to me!

Being a mother of five and a fitness instructor doesn’t leave much time to herself and we wanted to make sure that her birthday photo shoot was special.

“My favorite part was the costume changes. Each change represented exactly what I felt at that moment.”

She chose 4 looks: a crushed velvet red gown, a red and black polka-dot dress, a 50th birthday shirt, and for her last look; fitness apparel.

Choosing the Right Birthday Photoshoot Location

We settled on Oddbox Studios because of its location and all of the amenities it provided. The great thing about renting the studio, they have various lighting equipment that we could use and props.

We know a lot of our clients are not used to being front and center. To loosen her up, we played music and demonstrated some of the poses for her.

Celebrate You

A black woman in a red gown poses for her birthday photo session“To anyone considering doing a birthday shoot, do it for yourself! Enjoy every milestone in your life! Celebrate YOU!

If I could do anything different, I would have worn a swimsuit as well but I chickened out. Other than that, I would have changed NOTHING!”

“The Bournes sisters have a great eye. They listened to me, gave me options, and made the vision of my shoot a reality! “

If you’re looking for experienced photographers to capture your birthday photoshoot in Virginia, DC, Maryland or beyond, fill out our contact form. You can also learn more about us or check out our portrait experience page.


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