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These adorable little guys are the sons of one of my dearest friends (high school BFF AND my maid of honor). Over the holidays, I was finally back in New York City (my hometown for those that didn’t know;-)) long enough to spend a leisurely afternoon photographing the boys and catching up with my friend. These visits are too few and far between and it makes me feel a little heartsick whenever I think about our kids not growing up together. In fact, that last time I photographed Pasqual, he was only about 6 months old. I always imagined I’d be raising my own child in NYC, but then life takes you down another path! To Washington, DC!
This photo shoot was an interesting test of my camera’s low-light ability. I decided to work with just the natural light in the living room even though it was the darkest, gloomiest day outside. In fact, it started snowing shortly after I left my friend’s house. But the soft light that was filtering in from the window behind and to the right of me was so lovely that I didn’t want to change it by using my flash.
I’m almost done playing catch up from the busy holiday season, including archiving all of the photos and files from that period. As I’ve been going all of the images, I’m coming across a bunch of fun holiday cards that I designed for my clients. I thought I’d post a handful of a some of my favorites from 2013 before I move everything to my external hard drive archive. You can’t tell on the computer screen, but the gold and white cards looked amazing printed on pearl paper. These are from family photo sessions all over the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia (the DMV region).
When I made plans with mom Tori to photograph her three young daughters, I knew just the location to propose for the family photo session. Since her oldest daughter is my son’s classmate, I thought she might appreciate the idea of meeting at the beautiful Mount Pleasant Library around the corner from their school.
I’d been eying the lovely afternoon light at the library ever since I started making weekly after-school visits there with my son back in 2012. It was one of the city’s newly-renovated branches that had been closed during two years of construction. Now there is a light-filled, modern glass and metal addition on the back side of the building that is concealed by the historic original limestone structure. The building is north facing, providing wide expanses of shaded, natural light and handsome architectural details – just the right setting for my photographic purposes.
Our plans were almost thwarted by dark, cold, and drizzly weather. But with little time remaining to reschedule the session before the holidays, we agreed to go ahead as planned hoping that the rain would hold off for us. We lucked out with the rain. And you would never know from looking at the photos how cold it was. The girls were real troopers!
Just a few more sets of family portraits to share with you before the holidays.
This family photo session features two adorable sisters, Olivia and June, in Chevy Chase, MD. Parents Matt and Erin placed the winning bid from the auction at Temple Sinai Nursery School, which was my son’s beloved nursery school. I’m pleased to be able to give back by donating to this great fundraiser and I really enjoy connecting with families who share our love and support of the school.
Our session was on a beautiful fall day in the late afternoon, which provided nice, soft natural light that is perfect for portrait photography. It was warm enough to enjoy playing outside and take advantage of this super fun swing, which proved to be a great way to capture genuine joy on June’s face. The family’s sweet backyard setup, complete with a dream treehouse, was recently featured in Bethesda Magazine where you can see more of June enjoying the swing.
I first met and photographed the “E” Family when sisters, Eve and Sonia, were just under one year old. Last year we were reunited when our kids all started attending the same public charter school and then I had the pleasure of photographing the family again. These sisters have kept me on my toes since my first photo session with them and this year at the Spanish Steps was no exception! But it was such a fun challenge and rewarding to have captured images that show their playful spirit.
I hadn’t seen this mom and older daughter since our kids were in a Miss Amy’s Music Makers class together more than 4 years ago. What a blast to be reunited after so long and meet the rest of her family. We met at the Spanish Steps for our holiday mini-session, which is as many of you reading this already know, one of my favorite spots to take family photos.
I absolutely love how mom pulled together eye-catching clothes with bold pops of color for this session. I’m alway excited when parents so successfully choose combinations of clothing and colors for their photo shoot. It makes a huge difference in the look of the final images, and is the reason why a big part of the consulting I do with parents beforehand involves clothing selection (though in this case, mom did it all on her own – gotta give credit where credit is due).
Between the government shutdown and the weather, some of my fall sessions were sidetracked. I did manage to fit in one mini-session on an otherwise gloomy, rainy day (see my previous post). For this rescheduled mini, we picked a different location and were able to meet on a beautiful weekday morning at the National Cathedral. Perhaps the one benefit of the shutdown was both parents were available during what would have otherwise been a busy workday for them. And instead of the usual Bishops Garden photo shoot where many a photographer conducts photo sessions, we opted to go to the less-frequented side of the cathedral where the soft filtered light is just perfect for portrait photography and even better than the garden (in my humble opinion). After having the pleasure of photographing this family several times over the past few years, now it’s like a little reunion every time we get together for each subsequent family photo session. We all know each other so well that there is a wonderful ease and level of trust that makes our time together so much fun. Looking forward to seeing them again in the spring when baby #3 arrives!
I woke up the morning of my first holiday photo session of the season to look out upon a gray and rainy day, but my clients reported that it was still clear in Alexandria, where we were planning to meet to take the family’s photos, so we decided to proceed as planned and rendezvous at our agreed-upon location. Unbeknownst to me, this “local” park actually falls under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. I arrived to find the entrance barricaded due to the government shutdown! And this was my backup location after realizing my first choice was also closed due the shutdown. Not to be deterred, we decided to just drive until we stumbled upon a random nice spot in Old Town, Alexandria. Luckily, Old Town has an abundance of random nice spots, so within a few minutes we found a lovely, waterfront park. The rain mostly held out for the whole session.
After photographing this family several times over the past few years, it’s like reuniting with old friends every time I see them. Thanks Dan and Kim for being such troopers! The government shutdown couldn’t stop us! A little drizzle couldn’t stop us!
Our dear friends Dan and El needed a family photo for their annual holiday cards and I was excited they enlisted my help to make a beautiful image for them. I did a quick photo shoot with them and their boys Jake and Ben last Sunday after a fabulous day included lunch up in Rockville at A & J Restaurant for authentic Chinese food on our way up to Larriland Farm to pick our own apples, find our way through the maze of hay bails, and eat kettle corn (yum). Originally we had what I thought would be a great idea to take photos at the apple orchard. The crowds at the busy farm made it tough to find an quiet, empty picturesque spot, but we were in Howard County surrounded by miles of rolling hills, farmland, and forrest so we just jumped in the car and headed down the road till we found a nice spot. What a way to end a great day. Can’t wait to make some beautiful cards with these lovely images.
I was back to take some family photos of this lovely family last weekend. Nigel and my son are friends from school and mom Nadira and I are friends from school too! It was a beautiful fall evening with my idea of perfect weather: sunny, but cool and pleasant. I teased my son that I was off for a play date with his friend and of course he wanted to come along. Sorry kiddo! Next time we’ll plan a real play date, but I can’t promise I won’t take pictures.