Snap Happy Family Photography Workshop Julie Kubal Photography Washington DC

Become YOUR Family’s photographer
with a 90-minute Snap Happy Photography Workshop

Blaming your digital camera for sub-par pictures?
Sick of settling for blurry, dim, unflattering images that make you cringe?
Know you need to read your camera’s manual but can’t make it past page 2?

Here’s the secret: it’s not about your equipment, it’s about being EQUIPPED with simple know-how. Documenting your life’s story and capturing precious moments from your children’s childhood goes beyond buying a digital camera. It requires knowing what to look for to set up a great shot, even in a moment’s notice. My clients hire me for family photo sessions and newborn portraits, but a lot of life happens when I’m not around. This workshop is designed to help you become YOUR family’s photographer and capture the moments in stunning snapshots. My Snap Happy Workshop provides practical tips that immediately improve your family snapshots.

What is Snap Happy: Photography 101?

This 90-minute hands-on workshop is designed to equip moms and dads with photography fundamentals. This allows them to capture spontaneous childhood moments with polish and prowess. The workshop translates theory into simple tricks you can quickly apply to each snapshot. All regardless of what camera model you’re working with. I’m a professional photographer who will teach you the skills you need. Together, you’ll put them into practice alongside other local parents.

Who should sign up for Snap Happy:

Snap Happy – Photography 101 is designed for busy moms and dads who want to take better pictures of their children and family. These parents have digital cameras and a desire for beautiful portraits. But perhaps struggle to find the right settings and strategies to create quality photographs.

Most parents take LOTS of photos of their kids. And most aren’t worthy of sticking up on the fridge – movement is out of focus, kids are out of frame, and you can’t help but feel that something was lost in translation. Rather than snapping thousands of images and hoping one or two are worthy, I will teach you how to hone your focus, apply the same technique used by the professionals like me, and be snap happy.

What you will learn:

  • Photography fundamentals to break free from pre-set shooting modes
  • Five simple strategies for setting up the perfect shot
  • How to work with all lighting levels
  • Key components of beautiful composition
  • How to organize and preserve your memories for headache free enjoyment

Breast feeding center for greater washingtonWorkshop Details:

  • Time: 1 PM to 3 PM (90 minutes class with extra time for practice and Q&A)
  • Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
  • Price: $60
    50% of your registration fee will be donated back to the Breast Feeding Center!
  • What to bring
    In order to participate in the Snap Happy workshop all you need is a camera (a DSLR is NOT required) and a positive attitude.

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Can’t make it to this Snap Happy Workshop, but dying to come to the next one? If so, sign up to receive announcements about upcoming events, photography specials, and photography tips straight from a pro! 

 


 

Professional Washington DC Photographer Julie KubalAbout Julie Kubal
Professional Washington DC Photographer

Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice! Learn more about Julie’s background in her recent interview with Contrario Collective!

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Snap Happy Family Photography Workshop Julie Kubal Photography Washington DC

Become YOUR Family’s photographer
with a 90-minute Snap Happy Photography Workshop

 

Blaming your digital camera for sub-par pictures?
Sick of settling for blurry, dim, unflattering images that make you cringe?
Know you need to read your camera’s manual but can’t make it past page 2?

Here’s the secret: it’s not about your equipment, it’s about being EQUIPPED with simple know-how. Documenting your life’s story and capturing precious moments from your children’s childhood goes beyond buying a digital camera. It requires knowing what to look for to set up a great shot, even in a moment’s notice. My clients hire me for family photo sessions and newborn portraits, but a lot of life happens when I’m not around. This workshop is designed to help you become YOUR family’s photographer and capture the moments in stunning snapshots. My Snap Happy Workshop provides practical tips that immediately improve your family snapshots.

What is Snap Happy: Photography 101?

This 90-minute hands-on workshop is designed to equip moms and dads with photography fundamentals. This allows them to capture spontaneous childhood moments with polish and prowess. The workshop translates theory into simple tricks you can quickly apply to each snapshot. All regardless of what camera model you’re working with. I’m a professional photographer who will teach you the skills you need. Together, you’ll put them into practice alongside other local parents.

Who should sign up for Snap Happy:

Snap Happy – Photography 101 is designed for busy moms and dads who want to take better pictures of their children and family. These parents have digital cameras and a desire for beautiful portraits. But perhaps struggle to find the right settings and strategies to create quality photographs.

Most parents take LOTS of photos of their kids. And most aren’t worthy of sticking up on the fridge – movement is out of focus, kids are out of frame, and you can’t help but feel that something was lost in translation. Rather than snapping thousands of images and hoping one or two are worthy, I will teach you how to hone your focus, apply the same technique used by the professionals like me, and be snap happy.

What you will learn:

  • Photography fundamentals to break free from pre-set shooting modes
  • Five simple strategies for setting up the perfect shot
  • How to work with all lighting levels
  • Key components of beautiful composition
  • How to organize and preserve your memories for headache free enjoyment

Breast feeding center for greater washingtonWorkshop Details:

  • Time: 1 PM to 3 PM (90 minutes class with extra time for practice and Q&A)
  • Date: Saturday, Feb 11, 2017
  • Price: $60
    50% of your registration fee will be donated back to the Breast Feeding Center!
  • What to bring
    In order to participate in the Snap Happy workshop all you need is a camera (a DSLR is NOT required) and a positive attitude.

Snap happy registration button-01

Can’t make it to this Snap Happy Workshop, but dying to come to the next one? If so, sign up to receive announcements about upcoming events, photography specials, and photography tips straight from a pro! 

 


 

Professional Washington DC Photographer Julie KubalAbout Julie Kubal
Professional Washington DC Photographer

Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice! Learn more about Julie’s background in her recent interview with Contrario Collective!

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When you have kids, sometimes it’s hard to bust out of the selfie streak to capture photos of our children. It’s easy to grab a smartphone and snap away. There’s nothing bad with that at all! One downside, however, is that it’s hard to get the whole family in one shot. Not to mention, it’s hard to replicate the clarity of professional shots. For first-time clients, Meredith and Jamie, with their two boys Jack and Ben, this was why they reached out.

 

Family of four having fun Breaking Past Selfies

How We Met

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to photograph the oldest son, Jack, during a Miss Amy’s Music MakersMusic Together class. The teacher of the class, Silvia, was moving to France and was planning to start her own Music together program there. Before she left, she asked me to take some photos of her to use for future marketing purposes.

Jack was one of the children in the class. His mom, Meredith, loved the photos I’d taken of him then. Which was why she decided to get in touch to have family photos taken.

When getting in touch, Meredith even wrote to me: “Now that we have two kids, we are looking to capture this moment in time between the two boys and us as the family that we are now. We never took any professional photos when Jack was younger and we don’t have any family photos other than a handful of family selfies. The boys are also starting to interact and it would be fun to capture these early moments.”

 

Little boy in crib for Breaking Past SelfiesLittle boy cuddling with his mommy for breaking past selfies

The Session

We had a string of days with bad weather right before we got together. So on the day of the session, we were pleasantly surprised when we lucked out with beautiful weather. I arrived at their family home in Petworth, and was thrilled to find ample locations for us to use in the photos. I captured great images in their front and back yards, in addition to their back alleyway. We also took advantage of the brick pedestal on their front porch as a fun place for Jack to sit (as you can see in the photos below). It kept him in one place long enough to capture some great images of him alone, with his parents, and with the whole family together. I also enjoyed photographing each of the boys in their respective bedrooms. As they get older, the images will surely hold special memories for them (and of course, their parents!).

 Little boy sitting on brick porch for breaking past selfies

 

The Selection

We’ve planned some beautiful framed prints for the family’s main hallway, as well as an album and New Year’s cards. We’re also planning to do some fun custom prints for the boys’ bedrooms, which include the first initial for each boy.

Little boy outside, sitting in the grass for breaking past selfies Little boy in an alleyway breaking past selfies Little boy having fun with his dad for breaking past selfies Mo and son hanging out on brick porch for breaking past selfies

 


Julie Kubal family portraits Washington D.C.

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Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!

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We have some birthday wishes to doll out today! Not only is this a session summary, it’s also a special birthday post! Today Quinn and Ada turn 7! So before we even get started, HAPPY BIRTHDAY girls! Hope you have a tremendous day!

Twin girls lay side by side for family photos and birthday wishes

How We Met

Both girls go to my son’s school, so I’ve seen them and their parents from time to time. Their father, Tom, had contacted me a while back, inquiring about doing a session. Originally, he and his wife Jordan were looking for a session to accomplish their annual photos for Christmas cards. But ultimately, they wanted to find a photographer who they’re all comfortable with so they could continue to document their family through the years.

Busy lives and schedules got in the way for a bit, but we were in touch on and off throughout the year. We finally made a point to get a session planned on the calendar this past fall.

Family of four hangs out at a fence for family photos and birthday wishesMom and daughter share a special moment for family photos and birthday wishes

The Session

I met the Fitzgerald-Frankiewicz family at Rock Creek Park. It was the day immediately after another family session in the same location, so it was nice going back to the same spot with a second family. I was able to take my experiences from the previous day to inform where and how to approach this session. The family wanted to have nice photos taken of the four of them, plus a few of just the kids, as well as a few of just the parents. Over all, they were going for natural photos (nothing too staged) that really captured the kids’ spirit.

The day turned out to be another beautiful fall day, though far less windy than the previous day. The whole session was fun, from start to finish. You can see in the photos how much joy and exuberance the twins bring into the mix. Their energy and enthusiasm is infectious, I have to admit. The family interacted so nicely together that photographing them really was a breeze. I was able to snap so many nice moments between them all. I love the big squeeze and kiss on the cheek Ada gives her dad, as an example. It’s so indicative of her personality and the joy she brought to her dad in that moment.Father and daughter cuddle in a field for family photos and birthday wishesFamily of four stand together for family photos and birthday wishes

The Selection

In addition to the holiday cards the family wanted, Jordan and Tom chose an album, and three large gallery wraps to showcase their gorgeous images. We’re already planning to do another session next year and I can’t wait to see how much everyone has changed and grown.  

Little girl stands near a field of tall dried grass for family photos and birthday wishesFather and daughter stand next to each other at fence for family photos and birthday wishesTwin girls laugh while sitting on a log in the woods for family photos and birthday wishesLittle girl leans against tree for family photos and birthday wishes


Julie Kubal family portraits Washington D.C.

About the Author:

Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!

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For first time clients, it’s always fun to gather together for our planning consultation. It’s even more exciting to discover we already know each other. Such was the case with mom, Sarah Remes. 

Family of four together Fall Family Photos

How We Met

We’d never worked together before our fall family photo session. But as it turns out, Sarah and I had recently met each other, though not by name, at Temple Micah, where we’re both members. It was such a pleasure to walk into Sarah’s home, to recognize each other and discover we already had this connection, which was unbeknownst to either of us when we first chatted on the phone. Sarah had heard about me from some other families at her kids’ school, Lafayette Elementary, and decided to contact me. She’d started a tradition several years ago of having the children, Miriam and Isaac, photographed every three years. Her motivation was to document the kids as they grow with enough time in between to show noticeable change.

Brother and sister sitting on a fence together for Fall Family Photos

The Session

As you can tell from the photographs, the day of the session was a beautiful fall day here in Washington D.C. We met at Rock Creek Park and took photos all around the area; in and around a field, a wild meadow, and in the forest. Sarah brought bubbles, which was a fun way to keep the kids moving and engaged. Miriam was behind the bubble wand, while Isaac chased the bubbles with abandon. The weather was quite windy, carrying the bubbles in every direction. While it kept Miriam in one spot, Isaac the Bubble Chaser was constantly on the move. When I could keep up with him no longer ;-), we switched things up by exploring the different areas of the park so they could climb and play. You’ll notice in the photos I’m sharing here, we found some great spots with logs for balancing, not to mention plenty of sticks for battling and playing.

Mom and son sitting on a log for Fall Family Photos

Little girl having fun on a log for Fall Family Photos The Selection

The family already has an extensive wall display from the two previous photo sessions. For this session, we designed a new layout for the current artwork so it would fit well in the prominent space the family currently displays the older photos. I advised Sarah on ways she could rearrange and make sense for the older photos. This way, they can fit them in other areas of the house as artwork inevitably accumulates through the years.

Father and daughter sitting together for Fall Family Photos Little girl sitting on a log for Fall Family Photos Little boy sitting on a fence for Fall Family Photos

 


Julie Kubal family portraits Washington D.C.

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Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!

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Happy New Year, Everyone!

As we approach 2017, I want to take a few moments to express my gratitude to all of the amazing individuals and families I’ve had the opportunity to work with this year. I’ve photographed an astounding 80+ kids and their families this year. Some of you may be returning clients. Others may be brand new. However, I consider each and every one of you to be part of my JKP family. Being a part of your lives for our brief photography interludes to capture your memories each year is truly a joy for me. It’s the reason I do what I do.

It would be impossible to share all my favorite photos from the year but here’s a small selection that make me smile.

 

Thank you for sharing your families and time with me this year and in years past. I wish you all a very Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all again in 2017. May there be many Snap Happy times and memories to share between now and then.

Warm wishes,  

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Julie Kubal family portraits Washington D.C.

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Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!

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Getting together with my long-term clients always challenges and inspires me. It’s so much fun to watch the children blossom. Not to mention, keeping in touch with all the new things happening in their lives throughout the year. This year was one of new experiences for the Erikson family.

How We Met

I’ve been photographing the Erikson family for many years now. In fact, since just before the girls’ (Sonia and Eve) first birthday! We’ve been getting together for the past several years to document the girls as they grow up. And my, have they grown!

Sonia and Eve used to attend the same school as my son. I used to run into them frequently and still see them around the neighborhood every so often.

The Session

This year, the family moved into a new home. So we spent our time together at their new abode and at a nearby field in Rock Creek Park.

With the exception of the very first session, the family has always done mini-sessions with me. However, as they’ve settled into their new home, we all agreed it was the perfect time to do a longer, full session. This way, we could focus on creating some beautiful new artwork to adorn their walls.

In addition to the new home, they also have a brand new puppy that the girls adore. Of course, they wanted to include the newest member of the family in their photos.

The girls always keep me on my toes. I’ve noticed an interesting pattern when I’m challenged with keeping up with active kids. Being creative to keep them engaged throughout the session can result in fantastic images. This session was no exception.

The Selection

The family and I selected a series of four striking images to be displayed going up the stairs. One of each girl alone, one of the girls together, and one of the whole family together.

These images are some of my favorites of the whole year, and I hope you love them, too.

Father and Daughter standing together behind hedge for photographing new adventures Family of four together with their new puppy for photographing new adventures Family of four together with their new puppy for photographing new adventures Mother and daughter stand together for photographing new adventures Little girl sits in a field for photographing new adventures Sisters hug in a field for photographing new adventures Little girl stands in a field for photographing new adventures Father and daughters embrace for photographing new adventures     

 


Julie Kubal family portraits Washington D.C.

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Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!

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It’s not every day I get to experience taking photos of a family while we represent their family heritage in the images. For the Carnithan-Choi family’s debut session, we honored their Korean heritage by allowing it to take center stage as their backdrop. Read on to find out how.

How We Met

Jennifer and Michael’s two daughters, Stella and Maggie both attend school with my son, Sasha. This year, they were the winning bidders on the photo session package I donated for the school auction. The couple had professional photos taken when the girls were both younger. However, it had been a while ago—which is why they bid on the package.

The Session

We met at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, with the intent of setting the scene within the traditional Korean Bell Garden. Developed in 2007, it’s the first Korean Bell Garden in a public garden within the US. That’s a pretty significant feat, I’d say. 

The day of the session was an absolutely gorgeous fall day. The weather was perfect and the garden was filled with visitors (and even other photographers!) all taking advantage of the last few temperate days of fall. It certainly made for a lovely afternoon, wandering around the grounds and gave us the chance to explore several different backgrounds to capture in the images.

For those of you who haven’t been there, the Korean Bell Garden is an open space without much shade. Luckily, we were able to find a nice spot in a nearby meadow from which you could see the bell in the distance. It made a terrific part of the landscape in the background, with the girls in the foreground. I love how we incorporated it into the picture without being in the harsh direct light. Don’t you?

The Selection

The family chose the beautiful image of the girls embracing, which truly signifies the special bond they share together. It will be showcased in a large gallery wrap that’s going to be a statement piece in their family room.

I’m so pleased they’ll have a lasting record of the unique relationships they’ve built with each other at this moment in their lives, as well as embracing their Korean descent in the images.

Family of four sit together for Korean Heritage Honored Little girl holding onto a tree for Korean heritage honored family photos Father and daughters stand in front of Korean Bell for Korean Heritage Honored in family photos Sisters sit together on sidewalk for Korean Heritage Honored Little girl stands by flower bush for Korean Heritage Honored Sisters hug for Korean Heritage Honored Father and daughter hug for Korean Heritage Honored Mother and daughter hug for Korean Heritage Honored


Julie Kubal family portraits Washington D.C.

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Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!

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There’s nothing better than happy family photos that turn out beautifully. This was certainly the case with the latest Best-Bellemore family session. Take a gander through the photos and I know you’ll agree.

How We Met

I’ve known the Best-Bellemore family for a number of years now. Each time we get together I can’t describe what a joy their little girl Margot is. She’s like a little sprite, full of joyful energy and happiness that shines through in every picture.

The Session

This time, we got together at the National Cathedral grounds, including my favorite spots in Bishop’s Garden. I photographed Margot and her parents in a nice variety of locations and backdrops. We spent the morning together enjoying the beautiful weather, with Margot frolicking around the garden in bare feet. I love her adorable, infectious smile in each of the photos. It’s so hard to choose a favorite. Do you have one?

The Selection

The family selected some beautiful framed prints for their home, along with gift prints, and holiday cards that will be sent out this year. As always, it was a joy to work with them and can’t wait until next time.

Little girl walking down steps for happy family photos Little girl playing behind pillars for happy family photos Family of three walking on an outdoor path for happy family photos Mother and daughter together for happy family photos Father and daughter together for happy family photos Little girl walking along a stone path for happy family photos Little girl leaning on gazebo window ledge for happy family photos

 


Julie Kubal family portraits Washington D.C.

About the Author:

Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!

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I love having the opportunity to meet new clients and photograph their family for the first time. It’s always a new adventure that presents so many fun challenges as we hunt for photo shoot locations and get to know one another.

How We Met

In the case of the Casey-Fassbach family, they were a brand-new client who had been referred to me by a colleague, Karen Leonard (thank you Karen!). Carolyn and Scott wanted to have updated photos taken of their family in honor of their son John’s first birthday.

The Session

Originally, Carolyn had contacted me during the summer. She was interested in doing photos out on the eastern shore of Maryland. Unfortunately, the timing didn’t work out, so we ended up postponing until they returned to their DC home at the end of summer. In an unfortunate turn of bad luck, Casey and Scott’s daughter Liza had an accident on the playground the day before our photoshoot. The poor adventurous little girl wound up with a black eye and we had to postpone until the bruise had fully healed.

Luckily, when we were finally able to get together at the end of September, we had beautiful weather and Liza’s portraits turned out great. We got together at the family’s gorgeous home in DC, which worked out well because we could incorporate the family dogs, Sissy Girl and Willy Dog. (Aren’t they beautiful?) Carolyn is an animal lover and has a special bond with her fur babies. Their grounds are extremely photogenic, as well as the inside of the home. My favorite is the outdoor portrait with the kids together on the bench. I love the loving smile on Liza’s face and the “we got this” chin of little John. So cute!

The Selection

Carolyn and Scott planned a lovely wall display featuring variety of the images we took. They also chose some special holiday gifts, holiday cards, and one of my signature coffee table albums for display in their home. I enjoyed meeting everyone and having the opportunity to photograph this beautiful family. I’m very much looking forward to getting together again in the future.

Father and son for Family Photo Session Mother and Daughter for Family Photo Session Family of four with their dogs for a family photo session Mother and son for family photo session Little boy crawling on grass for family photo session Father and Daughter cuddled up on a chair for family photo session Little girl cuddling stuffed animals for family photo session Sister and brother sitting on a park bench cuddling for family photo session

 


Julie Kubal family portraits Washington D.C.

About the Author:

Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!

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