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"These pictures are so touching to my heart. I've been struggling with some health stuff for a few years now  and it's made me feel not myself. I'm getting better slowly, and I feel strong and hopeful, but you know how it goes... I gained weight and just don't *love* seeing pictures of myself. That being said, having lost my mom and knowing how absolutely treasured pictures of our loved ones are, I have pushed myself to really embrace photos and just accept myself in them. I know I'm beautiful and all, but sometimes I just do a bit of an inward cringe and can be overly harsh. But these photos are truly so beautiful and I don't know what you do or what kind of fairy dust you sprinkle, but you have always been able to capture me and my loved ones in such a way that is just so glowy and lovely. Not only do I NOT *cringe* at myself in the pictures, I actually LOVE them and feel like they reflect the beauty I see in myself more than any other photos taken of me. You know what I mean? Anywho, I just wanted to express how grateful I am to you and your talent. And I'm so happy that you were able to capture us as we are right now. The girls are just so perfect at these ages and your pictures will be a gift to my family for ever and ever!!"

- Megan, Family Session Client

"Choosing Ali as our photographer was the easiest and best decision my husband and I made throughout our entire wedding process. It was extremely important to us that our wedding reflected our true selves, with every detail being completely unique to us. Ali has an amazing talent for capturing people's true souls and showing the inherit beauty in those things that make us unique. Instead of forcing the "perfect" shot, she acts simply as an observer, seeing you as you really are and in effect creating images that are more perfect for their natural, raw emotion than anything staged. Ali's unobtrusive style encouraged us to focus only on our love for each other, and in return we received a beautiful story of our wedding told through her amazing images. When we look back we see ourselves as we really were that day, in that exact moment, and can feel the exact emotions we felt at that moment in time. She is an artist, a creative soul, and captures the truth and beauty within everyone."

- Allie + Mike, Wedding Client

Where do I start with Ali? She was such a joy to work with and it was one of the best decisions we made during our wedding planning process. It was really important to us to hire someone who loves photography and can really capture the emotion of the wedding day. It's obvious that Ali is passionate about her job and really cares about what she does. She had a very personal touch and is so sweet and laid back. She was so easy to talk to and made us feel comfortable and at ease on the wedding day. And her photographs speak for themselves, they are gorgeous and we will treasure ours for a lifetime. We're so luck to have such beautiful pictures from our wedding day. Also, her second shooter, Lauren, was amazing as well and the two of them were virtually unseen from the ceremony on. We have been to some weddings where the photographers seem to be in the way or you hear their cameras going off all night, but Ali and Lauren were an inconspicuous pair! There are many big wedding photography companies you can choose from, but Ali will provide you a much better value and strong personal touch - she appreciates the importance of the day and gives special attention to each of her clients. I would work with her again and again! Hire her today!

-Anonymous, Wedding Client

When I first met Ali it was over the phone and just the sound of her voice put me at ease. I realized months later at the wedding that that was a key factor in a successful photographer. You want someone like Ali, who captures the day without stress, worry, or by asking you a lot of questions. Ali’s style is unique and natural, something that’s hard to find with all the Photoshop work that’s too easy to mirror a moment or day that you were not even in. She is independent and creative, using light to create unique lines and frame her characters.

Ali was very accommodating to us and switched engagement photo shoot venues due to rain from the downtown streets of Alexandria, VA to the breathtaking Great Falls National Park, MD. I only spoke with her a handful of times, yet she understood the theme of the wedding, which was rustic yet classic and fit her personality very well. Nestled in the Shenandoah Mountains, she was able to use the setting to her advantage, taking sweeping shots of the mountains using a wide-angle lens and letting the light pour in naturally behind us. The wedding included a lot of personalization and DIY which she was happy to include. She is gifted at portraits as the shots of my husband and I were the best I’ve seen out of all my friends. If I ever have a child, I hope Ali is there to catch the beauty of that period in my life.

- Lindsay + Jonathan, Wedding + Engagement Client

"It’s difficult to know where to begin when describing Ali and her work. We’ve worked together both professionally and personally and from the moment I met her I knew that she has a rare gift.  At first glance, it’s obvious that her work is amazingly beautiful, natural, and organic… but what makes Ali such a rare gem is the person behind that camera and how her love is stitched into the fabric of each and every shot.  Ali is an incredibly warm, empathic, and calming person who has a way of discreetly capturing the beauty of life without directing or making anyone feel uneasy. She’s completely unobtrusive so as to hold a space for others to ‘just be’ while making everyone feel completely at ease with themselves and comfortable having their lives being captured by her artful eye. She sees the beauty in every moment and is able to catch it quickly without awkward poses or phony smiles. The beauty is in the balance and when I saw this in her as we worked together professionally (I am a birth doula and she has photographed my clients’ births), I knew that I had to have her at the birth of my own baby.  When Ali photographed my son’s birth her presence was perfect.  She was quiet, discreet, and calmly captured hundreds of photos as his journey into this world unfolded, while simultaneously encouraging me, loving me, and offering the extra support (much like a doula!) that I needed to get through childbirth. I love looking back (with tears in my eyes of course) at our most intimate and life altering memories as time flies and our family ages. Ali doesn’t take photos of posed people pretending to be perfect (say that 5 times!), but rather sees the beauty in life’s perfect moments and somehow makes time stand still for you."


-Juli, Maternity, Birth, Newborn, + Family Session Client

"My family has had the pleasure of working with Ali for some of the most important moments in our lives. In searching for a photographer to celebrate our daughter Ainsley’s first birthday, I really wanted to find someone who could both capture the unspoken love within our family and display a true representation of who we are.

Without writing a novel, I will just say that Ali provided this and so much more!  Obvious talent aside, Ali has an amazing sense of humor, the most beautiful soul and a very calming personality. Our daughter, who is normally resistant in unfamiliar situations, was suddenly full of personality. After spending five minutes with Ali, I felt like I had known her for a lifetime. Our session was full of smiles and laughs and I knew that she would be the photographer to capture all of our special moments.

She was so receptive to all of my crazy ideas and my car full of props when we showed up for our first session (:  Each time Ali photographed our family, it felt relaxed, natural and fun, which isn’t at all how my husband and I normally feel when a camera is nearby. Fast forward three years and many sessions with Ali later, and I feel extremely blessed to be able to say that not only have I gained a house full of perfect pictures that bring me back to so many beautiful moments in my life, but I have also gained a lifelong friend in the process. We will be forever grateful for Ali’s warm heart and dedication to her clients."

-Ashley, Family Session Client

Anyone on the hunt to find the most relaxed, professional and talented photographer, look no further, you've found your girl! Ali is a true gem who completely understands how awkward it can be to get you and your significant other in front of a lens. Instead of forcing you into uncomfortable -- not to mention, stereotypical -- poses, she lets you be yourself, and she magically captures the essence of your relationship on film. My husband and I were lucky enough to have Ali photograph our engagement and wedding, and every time we thumb through our photos we're reminded of all of the love and happiness that we felt that day. Ali has an innate gift that's hard to come by, and we're so grateful to have found her!

-Jenna + Matt, Wedding + Family Client

Choosing someone to capture your love in photos on your wedding day (one of the most important days of your life) is a BIG decision and I'm SO glad we chose Ali!! Not only is she an incredibly talented photographer, but she was so wonderful to work with!! She listened to what we wanted, she was very prompt and informative when we had any questions and when I described me and my husband's personalities she truly captured it! She got a great mix of some candid moments and some amazing posed shots as well. She perfectly snapped some beautiful and loving moments between me and my husband and I can't wait to use her in the future :) She is amazing and we are so glad we chose her for our special day! We will look back on these photos for years to come! Thank you, thank you from the bottoms of our hearts!

-Holly + Dan, Wedding Clients

Having Ali as our photographer truly felt like being around a friend on our wedding day! Her laid back style made working with her so easy and fun. It was so apparent that she has a eye for natural lighting, and just capturing genuine moments. She would just seem to get a vision for a beautiful picture or background, place us there, and then go with it. My husband is not someone who enjoys taking photos a lot, but he even really enjoyed our photo time with Ali, as it was so effortless! She made us feel so comfortable in front of a camera, and we could just be ourselves, which was so important as that was a big portion of our alone time on our wedding day. We loved her style where things are not forced poses, but just more natural moments. Throughout the wedding planning process, Ali was very communicative, and really put me at ease. It helps to know you have someone who is so good at what they do! I would highly recommend her, and hope to work with her again in the future for our family photo needs!

-Anonymous, Wedding Client

"Sometimes you meet someone you just click with. And while that’s important in so many areas in life, it couldn’t be more true when hiring a photographer. Ali has the most graceful, calm demeanor – perfect for photographing my two energetic little boys.  A photo session with her feels as natural as spending time as a family on a Sunday afternoon – full of joy and capturing everything that is US!  She truly has a gift – and our family is so lucky to have photos that capture our dynamic. I will be forever grateful for her vision and artistry – she really is amazing."

 

-Kelly, Family Session Client

"Ali just has “the eye” – I could tell from the first time I stumbled across her website and kicked myself for not finding her before my wedding ;) We’ve been lucky though to have her capture bellies and babies and I’m always in tears when she sends me the pictures from our shoots. She’s that fabulous.

Ali quietly captures the most magical, fleeting moments and now they’re treasures that will forever live on our walls – reminding us of those periods in our lives that were over in a blink. Nothing is posed or stiff or rushed with Ali – the moments just flow naturally.

Couldn’t feel more grateful for finding this wonderful, sweet, and amazingly talented photographer! Looking forward to her capturing many more moments for us – big and small :)"


-Erin, Maternity, Birth, Newborn, + Family Session client

"I was introduced to Ali through a mutual friend after seeing the amazing work she did as part of a hospital room photo shoot. My husband and I were instantly impressed by her portfolio and asked if she could kindly take our family photos, the first professional shoot we had ever attempted. Keep in mind, I hate having my photo taken and my girls at the time were 3, 1 and less than 10 days old so you can imagine the anxiety I was feeling just thinking about the day! Ali showed up to our home and made us feel relaxed and authentic to who we are as individuals and as a family unit – and that is exactly what I see in our pictures which warms my heart.  I’d recommend Ali to anyone and hope that we will have the opportunity to work with her again soon."

-Rachal, Newborn + Family Client

I have been lucky enough to know Ali since college and can tell you she has been honing and perfecting her photography skills her entire life and it shows in her gorgeous pictures! She is not only beautiful inside and out, but she is the consummate professional. She made my wedding day even more special by taking the most breathtaking pictures my husband and I will cherish for years to come. She is a bride's best friend- so calm, level headed and fun the day of the wedding. We loved having her capture our special day from start to finish. Ali prides herself on her candid shots and they were some of my favorite pictures from our wedding day. I get compliments all the time about my wedding pictures. Ali is a dedicated, talented photographer who will make your wedding day pictures memorable in every way. She is very thoughtful in her approach and will put your mind at ease before, during and after your special day.

-Kate + Nick, Wedding  + Family Client

"I almost choke up thinking about the picture you took of my hand holding Julia’s and the intimate details like those. That’s what draws me to your photography the most – your attention to not only the subjects within but the tiny beautiful details that leave people breathless. Once we got in that canoe and crossed the river, I was wrapped back up in my old friend the trail, my snuggly family, and you the artist soaking up our seconds. You have such a happy but calm aura – your presence added to the already wonderful experience of going out for a family trail walk. Our shoot was so easy! I had such confidence in your abilities to produce mind-blowing photos that there was never any worry or pressure about posing. We just found natural props along our walk and let you do your thing, and the results were nothing short of amazing. The pictures of Julia and I nursing are priceless. I will always treasure them. These are the pictures that I want to share with my great-great-grandchildren, so they can see how much love and care flowed through us to our little Julia, their grandma. How cool is that? What an opportunity. Thank you for being so open with us. I look forward to another shoot with you!"


-April, Family Session Client

"When Ali announced that she would be offering sessions for creatives, I knew it was exactly what I needed at this point in my business. I had become increasingly frustrated with social media, and confused about how to show up authentically, in order to attract my ideal clients. Ali sent me a wonderful questionnaire that helped me work through clear goals and intentions. I was surprised at how much clarity I found in the process, and before the session even started, I found myself excited about the potential of social media again. Even after sending the questionnaire, my wheels kept turning. Where I had felt lost and uninspired, creativity started to flow. The session itself felt comfortable, and Ali let me talk through things in order to know how to capture images that best reflected my heart and business. The finished product is a gallery of images I'll be proud to use, and with far more clarity on how to use them. Ali is not just talented at photography, but at heart work, and the combination of those two things makes her perfectly suited for this type of session!"

-Misty, Contemplative Content for Creatives Session Client

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ABOUT ALI
Ali Hebert of Freebird Imagery is an elopement, intimate wedding, & lifestyle family photographer based in Northern Virginia and Southwest Florida. Ali also offers 1-on-1 mentoring for women in creative business.
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