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Almost ready to deliver some lovely portraits of Aurelia from her first birthday photo session and wanted to share some of my favorite photos of her and her family from our past couple of sessions including from our holiday mini-session in Rock Creek Park. I first met her family when I photographed big sis Sophia for her first birthday. It’s so nice reuniting with great clients for another family milestone! Some of you may recall that this family was featured in one of my recent newsletters. The family images (see the series toward the bottom of the post) are a good example of a well-coordinated look with a simple palette of a few colors carried through to clothing of each family member. That put-together look is an important element that really gives the images that extra little sparkle.
I just sent out my quarterly newsletter highlighting one of my recent Washington DC newborn photo sessions. I have a bit more space here on the blog to share more of the photos from the session. Tommy’s parents found this great dresser at Room & Board (one of my favorite furniture stores). I knew the moment I saw it that it would be an awesome spot for a newborn to be photographed because the scale relative to the baby would really emphasize how tiny he was at just 11 days old. Thanks again to his mom and dad for welcoming me into your home and choosing me to create your first family portraits!
One of the most popular and picturesque spots to take photos in all of Washington, DC is Bishop’s Garden at Washington National Cathedral. Many hobbyists and professional photographers alike go there for family photo sessions, engagement sessions, wedding shoots, or just to capture the beautiful grounds and architecture. Yet, for reasons I can’t explain, I haven’t gone back there since the very first time I photographed the daughter of my dear friends when she was a wee toddler. It was so long ago that I didn’t yet own a digital camera, hadn’t yet gone off to New York City for photography school, and was still just taking pictures for fun. The wee toddler is now 10!! So when a new friend Jamie, whose son Ian is in the same class as my son, suggested we go to Bishop’s Garden to do their family photo session, I was like, oh yeah!! Of course! That would be amazing! And I’m thinking to myself how crazy is it that I haven’t been back there in 10 years! As if I don’t scout out beautiful spots for taking photos for a living. Well, I am thrilled to have remedied the grave oversight and won’t be forgetting the location again. I really enjoyed spending time there again with this fun family.
Here are some snapshots that Jamie sent me of the framed pictures gracing the walls of their home. It’s so nice to see the finished results!
Reaching back into the archives to share this family photo session of Tenley with the sparkle in her eyes and her parents. She kept me on my toes to good effect. Playful and feisty and it shows in the final images!
Just a few more posts from the holiday season…
I hadn’t seen these two since I photographed them as newborns over two years ago. Such a treat to see them walking and talking and being totally cute together!
With the busy holiday season behind us, I’m sharing some of my favorites from the end of the year that I didn’t get a chance to post in 2012. This is one of my favorite families and I just LOVE the stunning, bold dress that mom Margot is wearing. It totally added WOW factor to these images. It is a blast to work with this family who I’ve been documenting since the beginning!
I first met Teddy and his parents, Alice and Joel, about a year ago when Teddy’s mom asked me to help them with a special request. They were in the process of expanding their family through adoption and needed to have some pictures taken of their family to be laid out in a short booklet for their adoption agency to show to birth mothers. It was a different kind of project than anything else I’ve worked on before, but I was excited to be able to help them prepare all the materials they needed for the process. My hope was that in addition to creating booklets to be distributed that they would keep one for themselves as a cherished keepsake. Here are some of the images from our first session together.
Well, shortly after we completed the project, Alice informed me that they were matched to adopt a baby boy who was going to be born in February 2012! I was so happy and excited for them. Then, almost a year later, Alice contacted me again to do holiday photos of the family and I finally got to meet little Stephen, the newest addition to the family!
I’ve photographed Tyler and his parents several times over the last few years. I really look forward to out sessions together – we’re like old friends meeting up for periodic reunions, getting together for fun outings in beautiful spots around the city. In past years I’ve done photo sessions with them at the Jefferson Memorial and Meridian Hill Park, The Spanish Steps, The Franciscan Monastery, and this year at the US Capitol. It’s been great watching Tyler blossom from an adorable baby into a sweet little boy.
I met baby Wesley when he was just about two weeks old. He was already super alert and was awake most of the time I was photographing him. His wide-open eyes made for some great expressions that I can’t normally capture with newborns. But the HAIR! His impressive locks rival those of only one other newborn I’ve come across in recent years. It was an honor capturing this special time and getting to know Wesley’s lovely parents.