I’ve been so excited to reveal the project that I’ve been working on over the last couple months!

      In January, some of the leaders of the Lake Anne Plaza Merchant’s Committee approached with me an idea that I loved instantly. Because most of the businesses at Lake Anne are owned and managed by women, the merchants proposed a photo series of those women as part of an upcoming celebration for International Women’s Day. This project would combine so many things that I love: creative portraits, courageous entrepreneurs, varied talents, and great stories. The best part of it all is that these businesses are located in my immediate neighborhood, and I’ve always been grateful for their contributions to the community. I got to work right away.

      Over the next several weeks, I arranged individual portrait sessions with most of Lake Anne’s female business leaders. I knew many of them already, but some of them I met for the first time that day. I consider all of them friends now.

      I chatted with the women to learn more about their personalities, businesses, and passions. Then I photographed them in ways that I thought best captured their unique stories. The diverse talents among these women are fascinating! We have restaurant owners, an art gallery owner, a veterinarian, a fitness trainer, a museum director, a children’s shop owner, a chocolatier, a chef, a book shop owner, a brewery owner, and so much more. These are people who share their talents with our community and help to make it such a special place to be.

      On March 8, 2019, Lake Anne Plaza, the Reston Museum, and Reston Community Center hosted a celebration of International Women’s Day, which included an exhibit of this portrait series. I had released simple teaser images to the public via Lake Anne’s social media, but this was the first unveiling of the official portraits.

      The response was even more heart-warming than I could have hoped. About a hundred visitors came over the course of the two-hour celebration, which was the largest crowd ever seen at such an event. Tons of my wonderful friends and family were there in support. I was honored to be asked to speak at the event as part of a panel of four women business owners of Lake Anne. The best part of the night, though, was seeing the reactions of the people I’d photographed as they saw their portraits in the exhibit and showed their families. My goal with this project was to make each person feel appreciated and celebrated, and I think I was able to do that. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to offer that to the people of my community.

      The next day, I moved the photos to Reston’s Used Book Shop, where they will be on display throughout March.

      If you haven’t been able to see the photos in person, here they are. In no particular order, may I introduce you to the Women of Lake Anne:

      Owner, Reston’s Used Book Shop


      Owner, Reston Art Gallery and Studios


      Owner and Chocolatier, Chesapeake Chocolates


      Owner and Veterinarian, Just Cats Clinic


      Owner, Kalypso’s Sports Tavern


      Owner, Lake Anne Brew House
      Owner, Nordic Knot


      Executive Chef, Lake Anne Coffee House and Wine Bar


      Owner, Educator, and Product Creator, Jus B Hair Salon


      Owner, Lake Anne Coffee House and Wine Bar
      Realtor, Reston Real Estate
      Market Coordinator, Reston Market


      LIZ KAMP
      Owner, New Trail Cycling Studio


      Bebe Nguyen, Director of Communications
      Pam Leary, Customer Service Manager
      Leila Gordon, Executive Director
      Karen Brutsché, Director of Leisure & Learning
      Renata Wojcicki, Finance Director


      Owner and Chief Creative Officer, Jennifer Heffner Photography


      Executive Director, Reston Historic Trust and Museum


      Owner, Small Change Children’s Consignment


      Owner, Lake Anne Deli


      General Manager, Lake Anne Coffee House and Wine Bar


      Owner and Stylist, Top Style by Kate Noda


      Advocate and Friend

      To everyone I photographed, thank you for trusting me with this project. It was a huge honor and I’m delighted with the results. Lake Anne, I love you all.

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      My photos are now a museum exhibit!

      A year of fascinating people: Some of my favorite portraits of 2018

      Another gorgeous year: Some of my favorite scenic photos of 2018

      Awards: Ten winning photos with the Lifestyle Photographers Association

      Such an honor: My photo is featured at the annual gala for Public Art Reston

      A project about the exquisite public art of Reston Town Center

      This is so cool: My photos were chosen as the wall art for the new Lake Anne Brew House

      The ultimate guide to outdoor things to do in the Reston area

      Scenic photos of Reston available for purchase

      My portfolio of small business commercial photography

      My portfolio of personal branding portraits

      All my posts about Lake Anne

      Charlotte Geary


      Lifestyle, event, and portrait photographer with a vibrant, joyful style and 17 years of professional experience.

      Located in Reston, Virginia near Washington, D.C. and available for travel.