Mother & Child Mini-Session Alert!

In early August, I had the privilege of taking part in the Breastfeeding Center’s Nourish, Flourish, Connect Fundraiser. It was a celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, as well as a way to raise money for the Breastfeeding Center’s a Better Nest Fund.

The “B” family took part in this event by participating in a Limited Edition Mother & Child Mini-Session with me. Juliana (Mom) found out about this special offering through the Breastfeeding Center when they announced the collaboration. She knew it was the perfect way to capture her sweet mother-son relationship, as well as giving back to the community. I’m so happy to have met her and had the opportunity to photograph her and her adorable son, Julian.

During the session, I learned the family is planning to move soon. Because of this, they had been looking for a way to commemorate their time in DC. While I’m thrilled to have taken these adorable photos of Mom and her infant son, I’m sorry they’re leaving the area. Julian certainly is a cutie pie and I wish I could continue to photograph him again as he gets older.

For our time together, we met at Bishop’s Garden at National Cathedral bright and early in the morning. While it might have been early by most adult’s standards, right away in the morning often works well for babies. At Julian’s age, many babies still take their morning nap. As it turns out, the time also worked well due to the summer’s heat. The day went on, it ended up very hot and humid. Luckily, when we met, the heat was still bearable. This made for a happy baby—as well as happy Mom and photographer. 😉

We finished up our session just as the sun was getting too high in the sky and we were starting to feel it’s heat. Julian was just starting to tire out as his naptime approached. Juliana knew well how to make Julian smile, and we were able to capture a bunch of great photos. Some of them were Julian on his own, as well as plenty of gorgeous mama and adorable son interactions. Some of my favorites turned out to be the images of Julian with a thoughtful or mischievous gaze. You can tell he’s going to be a curious, adventurous little man.

When we went through the images together, I was pleased to find out Juliana loved the same images I did. Without a doubt, the collection of mother and son photos we took will be looked upon with fondness for years to come. I hope the family feels that we’ve captured not only the special bond of mother and son, but took a little piece of DC to carry on with them wherever they go.

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Handsomely dressed family of 5 for What Not to Wear article

This family definitely knows style.

What to wear… I get asked all the time what a family should or should not to wear to a family photo shoot. It’s no surprise, either. Figuring out what outfits will work best for your family can be difficult. Sometimes it works best to explain what not to wear, so it makes more sense what TO wear. Here are 10 of my fashion faux pas to consider when attending a family photo shoot. Of course, these are all suggestions, but they’re also based on years of experience. Let’s check them out:

  • Something New – When you get ready for your family photo shoot, you want to be comfortable and confident. While it’s perfectly okay to buy new clothes for your shoot, you don’t want to be wearing it for the very first time. Always test out your new outfits a couple of times to make sure you feel great wearing them.
  • Saggy, Baggy Clothes – Again, you want to be comfortable for your photo shoot. But there’s a difference between comfortable and unkempt. Dressing in clothes that are far too big for you may feel comfy, but it will translate poorly for the camera. Your best bet is to find clothes that fit you properly, but still feel good to wear.
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    This little darling is dressed to impress!

    Loud Patterns – Patterns in general can cause disarray as they clash for attention. In an ideal world, your beautiful faces should be the focal point of you photo. Not your shirt. So when in doubt, ditch the loud patterns, plaids, and go for simple solid colors instead.

  • Uber Matchy – While it’s good to coordinate, you don’t want to go overboard. Having the whole family in the same outfit, or matching outfits isn’t ideal. Instead, pick 2-3 coordinating colors (or variations of one color), and find ways to blend them together.
  • Shirts with Words – Expressing yourself in your daily life is one thing. But shirts with words, logos, or any other distracting element is a no-no for family photos. You want your family to be the focal point. In this particular instance, leave the vocal shirts in the drawer. Dawn on a casual, solid color instead and let your smiling face do the talking.
  • Bright Colors – Simple, single colors are by far the best. However, you want to be careful with most loud, bright colors. The reason for this is they can compete against your beautiful faces. Try to steer clear of loud reds, yellows, and oranges. Stick with neutral, natural tones with pops of color instead.
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    Great example of color & style from this family of 3.

    Short Sleeves – Having too much skin showing can distract the eye of anyone viewing your photo. This is particularly true with staged family photos, but it can affect candid shots, too. Stick with longer sleeves when possible. If you really want to go short, make sure it fits and flatters the way you want, so you’re happy with the results.

  • Shorts – For the same reason it’s best to leave the short sleeved shirts at home, leave your shorts in the drawer. Utilizing the trick of less skin=more face time will work every time.
  • Bulky Accessories or Jewelry – Chunky necklaces, bulky accessories, or other large items can detract from your photo. It can throw off your appearance, too. Remember, less is more.
  • Glasses – This may seem a little strange, particularly for those who really do need their glasses. However, if you can help it, leaving your glasses to the side can eliminate a bunch of issues. Glasses can reflect many unwanted things from the sun, to your surroundings, and even your photographer as they take the photo. It can be both costly and difficult to remove the imperfections in the lenses. Unless your glasses are absolutely needed, consider an alternative on the day of your shoot.

 


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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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Family gathered together for Holiday Photos Taken EarlyMark your calendars, folks! For the dates of October 15 & 16, 2016, I have 3 Holiday Mini-Session Collections for you to consider. Depending on what you need, I’ll have morning spaces open on Saturday and late afternoon sessions on Sunday. So pick a timeframe that works best for your family and sign up today. Slots will fill up fast!

 

All the Details…

 

Each Holiday Mini-Session will be 20-minutes long. Afterward, you’ll be able to view 7-10 images in a private online gallery, available to you for two weeks. And you’ll be scheduled to have a Skype ordering session with Julie to guide you through the rest of the process. holiday card with photo of family in Washington, DCWhat could be more awesome than that? Check out the packages available, then book your session!

Holiday Mini-Collection A – $700
  • 25 custom designed holiday cards (additional sets of 25 can be purchased starting at $80/set)
  • one 8×10 heirloom print with 11×14 mat and frame
  • 3 additional unframed heirloom gift prints
  • All full resolution image files from your viewing session (approx. 10 images)
  • Custom Smartphone App with digital photo album of your images
  • Facebook timeline header
  • 10% off additional a la carte print purchases from mini-session images
Holiday Mini-Collection B – $450
  • 25 custom designed holiday cards (additional sets of 25 can be purchased starting at $80/set)
  • Washington-DC-family-photographer3 gift prints (any size 8×10 or smaller)
  • 1 full resolution image file of your choice
  • Custom Smartphone App with digital photo album of your images
  • Facebook timeline header
  • 10% off additional a la carte print purchases from mini-session images
Holiday Mini-Collection C – $275
  • 25 custom designed holiday cards (additional sets of 25 can be purchased starting at $80/set)
  • 1 gift prints (any size 8×10 or smaller)
  • 10% off additional a la carte print purchases from mini-session images

 

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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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We’re already talking school photos? Where did the time go? I swear, it was a few days ago when schoolphoto of boy and fence for back to school photos by Julie Kubal was letting out and we had the whole summer ahead of us. It’s flown by so fast. Can you believe we’re now a few short weeks away from the first day of school? With all the new school year preparations, it’s easy to get lost in all the commotion. One thing you won’t want to forget is to document the momentous occasion of your child switching from one grade to the next. Here are a few of my favorite moments and tips for taking back to school photos that rock. Let’s check them out.

  1. Staged – We’ve all seen the adorable pics of infants as they level up each month. You can do the same thing as your kids go up a grade level, too. Grab a cute little chalk board they can hold onto and write their new grade on it. Another option is to take the photo in whatever manner you’re looking for. Then, use an app or online program afterward like Canva to write the grade level, or date on it. You can make it look super cute with a variety of fonts and options for unique back to school photos. Little girl sitting on bench for back to school photos
  2. Constants – As your child gets older, sometimes it’s nice to see the gradual changes in a big way. Take photos of your children in front or near something you know will be a constant every year. Perhaps it’s a painting in your entry way, or the sign in front of the school. Whatever it is, pick it and stick with it. Photograph them in the same spot every year for a quick way to compare.
  3. Meet the Teacher – This is a cute photo opportunity. Take a photo of your little one meeting their new teacher for the first time. Not only will you be able to look back fondly regarding the new year, but will have a documentation of their teacher, too. When their school career is all said and done, you’ll be glad you did. It’s nice to look back and have photos of the men and women who impacted your child’s education.
  4. Gearing Up to Go – Whether your kids walk to school or ride the bus, it provides a great moment to break out the camera. Get those flashing lights of the bus arriving in, or as they climb the big steps. Snap a photo of them as they walk down the sidewalk with their backpacks on and lunchbox in hand. There’s something magical about the first day fog, or the early morning light. You definitely don’t want to miss this one.
  5. Friends Together – For older kiddos, back to school is a time to be reunited with friends they haven’t had the chance to see. If you walk your kids to school, or drop them off – round up the whole crew and get snap happy. In the years to come, your kids will love Boys together on steps for back to school photoslooking back at “how little they were” and remember the friends they may have lost touch with.

 

Julie Kubal Back to school photography portrait packages

Back to School Mini-Sessions (Limited Time Only) – $150

For those of you who struggle with taking photos during this time of year, I have a new offering to help out. Get professional portraits for your kids during the first few weeks of school with my Back to School Mini-Sessions. Check out the details:

  • When: Between August 22 and August 31st
  • Who: Children as they head back to school
  • What: Fun, 20-minute sessions evening sessions taken individually or with siblings
  • You’ll Receive:
      • 7-10 images uploaded to your own private online gallery
      • A Skype ordering session with me to guide you
      • 2 gift prints
      • A Facebook Timeline Cover
      • Facebook-ready images to post online
      • Get an additional 10% off on any ala carte print purchases from the mini-session.
    **Cannot be combined with other packages or offerings.

     

     

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It may only be August, but it’s the perfect time to think about having your holiday photos takenFamily gathered together for Holiday Photos Taken Early early. You might be saying to yourself, “I still have five months!” You’d be surprised how quickly time passes from now to the holiday season. On top of that, fall sessions book up fast and the holiday pace only gets more stressful.

Here are 8 reasons schedule your holiday session sooner, rather than later:

  1. Open Session Dates

    Late summer and fall session opening are still available for many photographers, but they won’t be for long. As we approach fall, more and more families will start to feel the pull to book their sessions. By planning now, you’ll have your pick of dates. Which means you have a much better chance of getting the time slot you’re hoping for.

  2. Holiday Cards and Gifts Ready

    There’s nothing worse than rushing to finish holiday cards and photo gifts at the last minute. PlanFamily gathered together for holiday photos taken early out your holiday photo session early, and you have more time to relax, plan, and prep your cards and gifts. Who doesn’t love to be ready for the holidays in advance?

  3. Peace of Mind

    The holiday season is stressful and busy enough. Having your holiday photos taken early means you’re able to spread out the tasks at hand. When crunch time happens, as it always does, your holiday cards and photo gifts are one less thing to worry about.

  4. Happy People=Happy Photos

    Racing around, trying to manage a hundred obligations is enough to put a damper on even the most positive person. Add to that a bunch of little people you’re trying to corral and you’ve got yourself a bunch of crabby people. When you feel more at ease, your family feels more at ease. When your family is more at ease, you’re all going to take better photos. Everyone wants that,Family gathered on steps for holiday photos taken early your photographer included.

  5. Summer Glow

    Photos taken as summer comes to an end, or as fall begins, means everyone still has their summer glow. Happy memories of summer vacations, swimming at the beach, and relaxing in the sun are still near and dear. All of this translates to beautiful smiles, happy faces, and healthy looking families.

  6. Gorgeous Fall Colors

    There’s nothing quite like fall colors in Washington DC. Some of the summer gardens are still in bloom, but beginning to change over. Trees are blazing with color. Capturing this time of year for your holiday photos also provides gorgeous backdrops for your shots. This means beautiful photos you can be proud to display in your home all year long. The period of days for prime fall foliageholiday card with photo of family in Washington, DC are limited, so booking early to reserve this time is essential

  7. Clothing Sales

    Many of my clients will hunt for the perfect outfit for each family member before a photo shoot. It might seem trivial, but all the fall clothing sales provide great opportunities to save on coordinating family outfits.

  8. Bragging Rights

    Who doesn’t love a little something to brag about? Life is hectic and crazy as it is. It’s nice when everything falls into place and you have something to be proud of. Beating the rush to have your holiday photos taken is certainly something to be excited about. Why not share the excitement?

Get a Head Start

Late fall is always a super busy time of year with preparations for Thanksgiving. Then, before you canholiday card with photo of Washington, DC family blink your eyes, Christmas has arrived. Why not have your holiday photos taken early and get your cards and gifts ready before all of the craziness ensues? Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. Give me a call today. 🙂

 

 

 

 


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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Finding a quality photographer for your family photos can feel like a long, confusing, search in the dark. You’ll have to wade through dozens of websites and photo portfolios. Sometimes, it’s a struggle to communicate what you’re looking for. Identifying what sets any one family photographer apart from the rest is a challenge on its own. Here are five steps to finding the right family photographer for you:

Step 1: Pinpoint your Location

Unless you’ve got a trip coming up, or are willing to pay a photographer’s travel expenses, chances are the right family photographer lives in or near your city/town/neighborhood. What’s the best way to find a quality family photographer in your area? I recommend starting with a simple Google search. Something along the lines of “Washington DC family photographer” or “family portraits in Washington DC.” You can also check out Google Places. It’s an excellent tool to help you home in on local businesses and professionals near you.Family of three stands together in park with the right family photographer

Step 2: Know your Style

Non-photography buffs often struggle to describe a photographer’s particular style. Sometimes they fail to recognize its importance all together. If you want to fall in love with your family portraits, style is the most important thing to focus on. In many ways, family photographers are like chefs. They each specialize in a different “cuisine”. Some cook up dramatized, heavily retouched images. Others focus on soft, natural, documentary style portraits. While the photographer may be able to imitate a different style, it won’t be second nature. They’re never going to be quite as good as someone who specializes in the style you’re hungry for.

Family of 5 gathers on a couch for the right family photographer

Step 3: Know your Photographer

After you’ve defined and identified the style of photography you enjoy, look through a few online portfolios of local photographers who exhibit that style. Visit their Facebook Page, explore their website galleries, and ask for samples of their work if you can’t find any online.

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Step 4: Consider the Cost

Quality family photography is an investment. I first wrote about it in a blog post back in 2009 – there’s just no getting around that. Settling for a family photographer because they’re the only one you can afford is a terrible idea. Paying money for a portrait you don’t love is nothing more than a sour memory and a waste of your time and money. Choosing the right family photographer means choosing the one you truly value and trust. Ask yourself what your family portraits are worth to you. Then find a way to make the investment. I also encourage my clients to keep in mind total value – rather than simply the session price. What is your takeaway value? How much of the photographer’s time do you have? Is there editing involved? How much will they assist you in making your final image selections? Will they advise you on how to display the finished product? Or are you on your own once the photos are taken?

Wall Art designed by the right family photographer

Step 5: Make Contact

Once you’ve narrowed down the search to 2-4 photographers, it’s time to make contact. Call or email your prospective photographers. Then take some time to speak with them personally. Before you describe exactly what you want and what you’re looking for, ask questions of them. Invite them to tell you about their businesses, how they would describe their work/style, what sets them apart from the competition etc. After they’ve described themselves, you should you tell them exactly what you’re looking for. Taking this approach forces the photographer to be more transparent and authentic, rather than simply telling you everything you want to hear. Ask questions, share ideas, and be open about your wants and concerns. The right family photographer will take the time to walk you through their process. Trust me, they’ll want to make sure you’re confident knowing you’ll receive a quality product from them.

Family together with the right family photographer

 

If you’re looking for a Washington DC family photographer, I’m glad you stumbled across this webpage. I’d love for us to do business together. But most importantly, I want you to make an informed decision that’s right for your family. Finding the right family photographer can be an incredibly gratifying process. Hopefully, it ends with you falling in love with your family portraits.

Do you have any questions about how to choose the right family photographer for you? Write to me in the comments section below and I’d be happy to help you in any way I can!


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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The “H” family and I had this session on the books as part of little Abby’s First Year Package. This was her 2nd session of three—her 6-month-old milestone session. Her adorable newborn session can be seen here. We had planned the session to be a bit beyond 6 months so we could ensure Abby was able to sit up one her own a little more easily. Waiting for this milestone provides a little bit more variety on positioning a baby for photographs. A few weeks before we got together, the “H” family got some extra special news! Abby is going to be a big sister!

Abby’s parents were excited to share the news about Baby #2! They had the idea of announcing the pregnancy using one of the photos from this session, which I thought was a fantastic idea! They even had a special sign made up to tell the big news—which you can see in the final shot here on the blog. On the 4th of July, they shared the photo on Facebook. Of course, the news (and adorable pic of Abby) stole the show!

Once again, this session took place in the “H” family’s home, in the yard, and in Abby’s nursery. Elizabeth planned out three beautiful outfits for Abby, along with coordinating outfits for herself and Matt. Abby was so comfortable throughout that she barely minded having her outfit changed multiple times. Normally during photo sessions of babies, I wrap up my work as nap-time approaches. But Abby fell asleep with so little fuss and so quickly, I felt compelled to continue photographing her. I was able to capture some of the sweetest images of her napping in her mother’s arms. Abby looks so peaceful and relaxed. Don’t you think?

The family’s cat, Spice, is so friendly and comfortable around Abby. Elizabeth was telling me about how Spice likes to sit on the edge of the crib to look out the window. When he ventured in as Abby was napping, Elizabeth scooped him up and placed him into the crib to show off his balancing abilities. We captured some of the cutest baby/cat images I’ve ever seen. Spice posed right next to Abby as she slept, clearly not phased in the slightest about the camera. Then, when Abby woke up and saw Spice visiting in her crib, she sported the biggest smile! You can tell by the way her eyes light up, this little girl loves her kitty!

The whole year of photos of Abby will culminate in a beautiful heirloom album that I know the whole family will enjoy for years to come. They also plan to get a series of wall prints to adorn their home—one from each session to commemorate her first year. We’re already talking about how we can combine a first-year session with a newborn session because the new baby is due a couple of weeks after Abby turns one. I’ve never photographed a newborn and one-year-old together, so that should be an exciting experience. I can’t wait to help them decide on how to show off all the new images for both children.

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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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Mini-Sessions

Limited Edition Mother & Child Mini-Session Fundraiser to Support the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington

In honor of Nourish, Flourish, Connect, a celebration of World Breastfeeding Week at the Breastfeeding Center, Julie Kubal Photography is hosting a Limited Edition Mother & Child Mini-Session Fundraiser. For every session booked, the $100 session fee will be donated entirely to the Breastfeeding Center’s Building a Better Nest Fund, ensuring that they are able to find the perfect space to flourish in for years to come. What better time to support the Breastfeeding Center’s mission to offer even more free classes and additional consultations in their NEW SPACE (coming in July 2017)!

These Limited Edition Mini-Sessions are offered for moms and their children to document the beautiful bond between them, whether it be nursing, cuddling, baby wearing, or just being together. Let Julie help you capture this special memory while you help the Breastfeeding Center reach their goal!

Dates:Book Now

Saturday, August 6 – MORNING 7:00 AM, 7:15 AM, 7:45 AM, and 8:15 AM

Sunday, August 7 – EVENING 5:15 PM, 5:45 PM, 6:15 PM, 6:45 PM

Location:

grounds of Washington National Cathedral

(exact location will be sent upon booking)

 

Your entire $100 session fee will be donated to the Breastfeeding Center and includes:

  • 20-minute session
  • 7-10 images uploaded to private online gallery for two weeks and Skype ordering session with Julie to guide you!

Then choose one of the exclusive collections below (at time of booking):

Mini-Collection A – $600
  • one 8×10 print with 11×14 mat and frame
  • five gift prints
  • All full resolution image files from your viewing session (approx. 10 images)
  • Custom Smartphone App with digital photo album of your images
  • Facebook timeline header
  • 10% off additional a la carte print purchases from mini-session images

 

Mini-Collection B – $350
  • five gift prints (any size 8×10 or smaller)
  • one full resolution image file of your choice
  • Custom Smartphone App with digital photo album of your images
  • Facebook timeline header
  • 10% off additional a la carte print purchases from mini-session images

 

Mini-Collection C – $175
  • 3 gift prints (any size 8×10 or smaller)
  • 10% off additional a la carte print purchases from mini-session images

Session fee and mini-collection fee due at time of booking.

*These sessions are for moms and children. Please get in touch to inquire about full custom family photo sessions.

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Newborn photos are some of my favorites. Especially when I have the opportunity to photograph a family before the new little one arrives, as I did for the parents Rachel and David. It always reminds me of the power in each moment and how it can change your life in an instant. Babies have a way of bringing a whirlwind of overwhelming emotions along with them. Particularly in those first few weeks when you’re adjusting to all the newness. (Not to mention, lack of sleep!)

This little boy arrived in early June. The family was excited to share lots of images along with the news of his arrival with family and friends. They were planning to send out a large number of birth announcements to welcome their new bundle of joy to the family.

The Pomerance-Berl’s also wanted some family photos of the whole family together and of the older children with their new baby brother. It was so much fun to see how excited his brother and sister were to welcome their little brother to the family.

The newborn photos turned out so lovely. He’s one handsome little man, and clearly so loved. You can see all the adoration written in everyone’s faces when they’re near him. I particularly love all the photos of his parents together with him. There were some very touching moments with Mom and Dad experiencing the rush of the emotions that comes in these early days of life with a new little one. So sweet! I look forward to seeing little Benjamin and the rest of his family again soon!

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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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Mom holding baby for Creative Photo ProjectsWhen a new little one enters your life, there are so many memories to cherish. The first year is especially chalk full of momentous occasions. With everything that goes on, one of the hardest things for parents is finding a creative way to document all the changes. Fortunately, there’s plenty of ideas to go around. Here is my list of some of my favorite creative photo projects to document your baby’s first year. Check them out!

  1. Photo a Day – Calling all you first-time parents: If you’re the ambitious type, this is a fun photo project for you. One of the best ways to document all the changes as they happen is to snap a picture every single day. We’ve all got smartphones with us, so this really is easier than it sounds. If you keep the frame of the photo consistent, you will have some fun options down the road.
  2. Timelapse – Speaking of those fun options, here’s one. Take the photo-a-day idea a step further with the dynamic aspect of video. Set to a little music, running through each of the 365 photos in a timelapse movie is sure to be a keeper. You’ll really see the incremental changes turn into monumental ones right before your eyes.
  3. Monthly Birthdays – Capture the changes, but don’t worry about the daily minutiae. I’ve seen many parents who get special shirts (dresses, or onsies!) with the number of months old their baby is. This can also be done with chalk backgrounds with the numbers, or a prop beside them. Whatever you choose, keep it consistent. Then, snap a new photo each month in the same location with the updated object/outfit.
  4. Comparisons – While we’re on the subject of monthly photos… Did your little one get a keepsake object before they were born? If so, immortalize it in a unique way by creating comparison portraits. Have your little one sit or lay with the keepsake and take a new photo each month. (This is just like the monthly birthdays.) The idea for this one is to compare how big they get in relation to the special object.Baby on sheepskin run next to a red heart plushie for creative photo projects
  5. Momma’s Arms – This is a just like the monthly birthdays, too, but a bit more family focused. Take a photo of Momma while she’s still pregnant. Then, each month, take a photo of baby in Momma’s arms. Be sure to keep baby in front her body to symbolize where they started and how far they’ve come. Keep outfits, lighting, and shots consistent for the best results.
  6. Baby Book – You know, we all go out and get them, but you’d be surprised how few baby books get filled out. This is a great opportunity to not be a statistic. Go through every page and making sure your baby’s details are written down. Complete the pages with all those updated photos it asks you to include. There’s a reason those special events are in here. Time goes by so fast. When you look back later, you’ll be happy you finished it.
  7. Calendar – Most of us have at least one calendar in our home or office. Calendars make the perfect project to create a beautiful montage that not only celebrates your baby’s changes, Room Decor Creative Photo Projectsbut doubles as something you look at every day. This makes a great gift for grandparents, too!
  8. Love Letters – Social media creates some unique and fun opportunities for photos. If you have a Facebook account, set up a baby “Scrapbook” to post your love letters to them. Take a photo, then add your letter to the side using Facebook’s own editing software, or utilizing another program like Canva or Rhonna. This turns the adorable picture you take from a picture to a love letter meme you can all look back on in the years ahead.
  9. First Year Package – For a polished project, you can also go the route of hiring a professional to craft your photo project. I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least mention what I offer my clients. With my First Year Package new parents receive three photo sessions geared toward documenting baby’s first year. It all starts with a newborn session, then a six-month session, and of course finishes up with a 1-year-old session. At completion, parents have an heirloom coffee table album and one wall print from each of the 3 sessions to adorn their walls. No mess, no fuss. I make the magic happen and you relax and take in all the fun with that little one.Heirloom Coffee Table Album - Creative Photo Projects

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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