Now that you’ve likely worn yourself out with digital snapshots from the holidays, it’s time to print your photos and put them on display. Digital photographs have their advantages, but far too often the most beautiful images never make it out of the computer file and onto the wall where your family can truly enjoy them. I’m a professional photographer and I know I’ve fallen into that trap myself. However, I also know that when I make a little bit of effort to print out my pixels, everyone that steps into my home can enjoy the images I love.

The good news is that you don’t have to settle for the run-of-the mill picture frame and nail setup. In fact, there are numerous creative ways to display photos throughout your home or office and all of them help you easily access your favorite memories.

 

5 Creative ways to display photos

Here are some creative tips for how to create a photo display that won’t break your budget or your spirit.

Construct a Photo Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are focal points that generally feature large-scale images and cover a large space, whether it’s down a stairwell, over a sofa, or throughout a hallway. Start collecting picture frames of all sizes, spray paint them a uniform color, or leave them as-is and create a mosaic of mixed-matched frame sizes. Picture walls are ideal for wide open spaces that allow viewers to stand back and marvel at the overall effect, but that also lets them come in close to admire the details.

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Create a DIY Photo Clipboard

I discovered this simple technique in a blog article and thought it could be such a great solution for my clients who enjoy taking regular family and child portraits. With every new portrait that is taken and printed, simply unclip and rotate out the old look. Or, keep it around and create a time-lapse row of your child and family, showing off how everyone has changed throughout the years. If you’re concerned about the clip damaging the print, place a thin sheet of glass or plastic film on top to protect it.

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“Pass Around” a Photobox with Prints

Anytime new photos come in the first thing we love to do is “pass it around!” But before you know it the image is smudged or gets wedged between the cushions and disappears forever. With this redesigned photobox your prints are mounted on mat board and stored in a beautiful custom container that keeps all the images safe and sound. Pass them around to your hearts content and then store them safely on the coffee table or bookshelf. These mounted prints can also be placed on a small easel – perfect for a rotating display in small places like bookshelves or mantles.

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Work your Photos into Mural

If you’re feeling particularly creative, a painted mural can be the perfect way to incorporate portraits into a room’s landscape. Hang frames from hooks or attach using adhesive strips, just make sure that you’re able to easily remove and swap out images as you like.

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Explore Photo Canvas Printing

Custom canvas photo prints are the newest trend in photography displays. They are printed with archival-quality ink on an artist canvas and allow you to achieve a more modern, minimalist look by creating picture canvases that are entirely borderless. Canvasses can be framed or hung as-is and offer a durable, long-lasting alternative to the standard high gloss paper option.

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Finding creative ways to display photos is an essential way to truly get the most out of your children’s portraits and family’s snapshots. Resist the temptation to stay in digital darkness and select just 5-10 images to print this month. Once you’ve found a system that works for you, you’ll love swapping out images and mixing up your display techniques. Just be sure to share pictures of what you’re up to in the comments section below!


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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!

 

As a professional child and family photographer, it’s a great pleasure to stumble upon clients who become friends and to find families that allow me to document their history throughout the years. The Price family is one of those rare gems.

I first met the Price family several years ago when I had the pleasure of photographing their firstborn child, Vivienne, as a newborn. That same year we began a lasting relationship together by creating holiday cards and one-year-old portraits. But we didn’t stop there. With the birth of each successive child, we have documented the family’s milestones and captured each child as he or she grew up throughout the years – from tiny wrinkled toes to bright, toothy smiles.

This family of five – parents, Margot and Adam, and their children, Vivienne, 4, August, 2, and Eleanore, months – joined me recently for some family photography at my home. This particular mini session marked our TENTH photo shoot together and our 11th is just around the corner, which will be in honor of Eleanore’s first birthday.

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If you’ve worked with me in the past, you know that I am a mom myself and that I am wildly supportive of any mother who can manage to scoot her family out the door on time and looking their best in order to meet up with a family photographer. It is no easy feat and one that is certainly worthy of recognition. Well ladies, Margot sets the bar very high. Throughout the years we have worked together, she has always put a great deal of thought into the wardrobe of the whole family. Seemingly without effort she constructs a cohesive family look that rings of elegance and class, while at the same time allowing everyone’s individual personality to ring through.

The images we created were used for the Price family’s holiday cards, Christmas gift prints, and were also compiled into a keepsake photo album to keep at their family home. With Eleanore’s birthday coming up in March, I can look forward to spending another afternoon with this family again soon. It’s a rare treat for a family photographer to accompany a family throughout the years in this way. Watching Margot and Adam’s joy as they celebrate their children is a great pleasure and even though I’m on the other side of a camera lens I am still able to feel up close and personal with this beautiful, growing family.

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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!

 

Wilding Family

 

One of my favorite aspects of being in the Washington DC family photography business, is the pleasure of spending an afternoon with a local family that I never would have met had it not been for the camera in my hand. The Wilding Family is just one of those families and they welcomed me to witness their playtime and capture every hug and giggle with a silent click of the camera.

The Wildings were the winning bidders on a Julie Kubal photo session, which was auctioned off by the Temple Sinai Nursery School at their annual auction. Janice, the mom of the Wilding clan, shared with me that the family had just moved into a new home and that the bare walls were in desperate need of some great new artwork to bring a bit of warmth and life into their new surroundings. In the following days, Janice and I worked closely together to nail down the family’s wardrobe selections. She wanted the kids to be clothed in outfits that were true to their personalities, but that also looked a step or two up from the usual school-day wear. So, we tossed around ideas from one inbox to the other until we were confident that everyone would look and feel their best in the pieces she had selected.

Alas, just a few days before our originally scheduled session date, daughter Caroline, age 4, fell down while playing and wound up with some significant scrapes and bruises. As a mom myself, I know that boo boos and bang-ups come without warning and so we decided to postpone the Washington DC family photography session until Caroline was happily healed up.

And when that time came we decided to rendezvous at a large field in Rock Creek Park, a beautiful green space that bisects the northwestern urban areas of Washington D.C. The park has plenty of space for the kids to run around and explore, but also a number of beautiful permanent features that gave us infinite inspiration for new poses to uncover. We used everything from weathered wooden fences to massive old trees, large logs and piles of crispy fall leaves. The park’s natural props each provided nice visual anchors in the photos.

Given the Wilding’s recent relocation and the vast amount of empty wall space in their new home, it could have been overwhelming to decide where to hang their family portraits. Having consulted with numerous families to solve similar decorating dilemmas, I was able to help Janice and her husband Peter identify one great location in their living room on which to focus. When we had our viewing session, I showed them some different options, but it was easy for us all to agree that two large matted and framed prints in the living room space was the ideal choice.

When it comes time for twins Caroline and her brother Ben, 4, to renew their family portraits, or when Janice is itching to fill up another of those empty walls, I hope they’ll give me a call and we can rendezvous in the park once more!

 

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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!

 

I recently paid a visit to my friend, Rachel Rosenthal, and her super sweet 7-year-old twin daughters, Ellie and Marin, at their home in Bethesda, Maryland. The purpose of the session was two-fold: to update the family’s photos as well as to create some lifestyle photos that could help represent her growing professional organizing business, Rachel & Company.

Rachel and I first met briefly several years ago in a networking group for women entrepreneurs and our paths crossed again more recently when we both became members of another organization, Her Corner. Her Corner is a community for women business owners looking to collaborate with others to help grow their businesses. About a year ago, we ended up in a smaller peer group together within the organization where we’ve gotten to know each better during our bi-monthly meetings.

Recently Rachel’s business has been featured in various media outlets such as the Washington Post, and Better Homes and Gardens. She was in need of updated images she could distribute for publication as well as for her own marketing collateral showing her as a mom and as a professional, with and without her daughters at her side. I’m pleased Rachel came to me for help to create high-caliber, professional photographs that could flawlessly represent her brand.

To give Rachel’s portraits versatility, we worked our way through a number of different scenarios, outfit changes, and settings throughout her home. Her girls, Ellie and Marin, couldn’t have been in better form – they were naturals in front of the camera, whether embracing mom or each other. As for Rachel, she easily conveyed the cool confidence of a seasoned business owner.

I’m excited to see how Rachel will work these newly-polished images into her business, website, and beyond. And I can’t wait to see the photo artwork that she’ll incorporate into her own lovely home.

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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!

 

If your home is anything like mine this week, you’re stuffing your child’s backpacks with Valentine’s Day cards and sweets to take to school. Often that’s as far as the festivities go and we let the perfect family photoshoot opportunity slip right through our fingers. Finding the perfect Valentine’s Day photo ideas for your family and kids comes down to two parts playfulness and one part advanced planning. Today I want to share with you a few of my favorite ideas in the hopes that they’ll inspire a little happy snapping in your home this weekend.

Pick up some photo props

For themed photo sessions, such as a a cute Valentine’s Day family photo shoot,  using props is a great way to communicate the sentiment of the season.  If that sounds like a headache waiting to happen, remember that practically anything and everything can be used as a photo prop – there’s no need to spend a ton of money or spend sleepless nights fashioning one-time-use toys. Take a peek at Pinterest and you’ll see numerous Valentine’s Day photo ideas that use items such as large cardboard letters, streamers, confetti, and balloons.

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This is perhaps the easiest way to create a Valentine’s Day photo that you’ll keep on your wall for years to come. Valentine’s Day is about celebrating the people in our lives that love and support us, the people we keep close and wrap our arms around. Rather than primping and pruning for the perfect family portrait, forget about perfection and scoop everyone up into an impromptu bear hug. Snap a few pictures staring straight at the camera, but then snap a few from behind. It may sound quirky, but the resulting images will be understated and truly heartfelt.

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Collect some sibling hugs and kisses

Nothing is sweeter than witnessing two children sharing a peck on the cheek or walking hand in hand. That may be true, but every mom knows that between the ages of 4 and 15, “sibling cooties” make that idea nearly impossible to negotiate. If that’s the case, grab a few of your favorite shades of lipstick and plant a few kisses on your children’s cheeks. Then, get snuggly with the whole family in one frame, share a kiss with your spouse, and snap a family portrait before anyone gets the chance to run off.

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Create an impromptu cupid costume

If you’ve got a little one in the house, nothing is more adorable than strapping on a tiny pair of white angel wings and creating a spur of the moment cupid costume. Whether you’re dressing up a newborn, toddler, or child, you’re sure to create some spectacular snapshots. In case your cupid is running around at high speeds, remember to adjust your camera’s shutter speed (or use continuous shooting mode) to ensure your images don’t come out blurry.

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Cut out heart shaped lights

This is an adorable Valentine’s Day photo activity that every member of the family can enjoy. It involves a simple little trick to change your camera’s lens shape and manipulate the way it filters light. Technically speaking this is known as a Bokeh, or blur, and it can be manipulated to create any light shape that you like. All that’s required is a piece of construction paper, some scissors, and tape. For a step-by-step tutorial about how to create this lovely effect, visit DIY Photography.net

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These are just a few Valentine’s Day photo ideas to get you started. Pitch the idea to your family and kids and I’m sure you’ll find enough playful inspiration to fill up an afternoon of photography fun. Just make sure to share your images with me in the comments below or on my facebook page. I’d love to see what you’re up to!


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Before the new year sweeps us all away in a flurry of activity, I wanted to share with you some more of my favorite images from another holiday family portrait session. A past (and current) client, Meg, was kind enough to refer Myra and her family to me and it was my pleasure to host a family portrait mini session for them at my home in Washington D.C. Together the four of us created the family portraits that would soon become her holiday gifts and greeting cards.

Parents, Myra and Fred, and their daughter Margot, age 3, followed my every lead as we romped around the yard – striking poses and capturing the cuteness every time Margot cast those big beautiful brown eyes at the camera. Margot has an infectious smile and is a real charmer, even at such a young age. She was remarkably mature for a 3 year old and was a breeze to photograph.

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Aside from Margot’s bubbly demeanor and willingness to go along with a variety of different poses, one of the things that stands out most in my mind is her remarkable head of soft brown curls. As soon as I sat down to edit the images from this portrait session, the first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful interplay of textures: Margot’s wispy curls, the folds of her plaid jumper, the handful of red petals, and mom’s hand resting gently on her shoulder. A beautiful combination of elements.

The “B” Family’s family portraits were crafted into gift prints and became holiday cards. I hope to host them again soon as Margot prepares to heads off to school in the coming years and as Mom and Dad continue to surround her with big hugs and lots of love.

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Photography has become so consumer-friendly that the vast majority of amateur photographers never venture beyond the safe default setting of “auto.” In fact, I would go so far as to say that thousands of people live with “auto mode addiction,” in fear of their digital camera’s manual (both the book and the mode) and unable to take the quality pictures they desire.  Understanding the rest of your camera’s modes is an excellent place to start if you’re just taking your first steps out of auto-mode addiction. With warmer weather in the forecast this weekend, it’s the perfect opportunity to get out your camera to learn and experiment with your camera’s various shooting modes.

Most of these settings are carefully designed to be highly intuitive and easy to understand, but still it is helpful to understand what benefits you can expect from each turn of the switch and why no mode is ever a guarantee of success. No camera – no matter how pricey – is able to flawlessly adjust to its surrounding environment or to give instructions to models about how to smile or which pose to strike. Mastering how to use a camera is just one of the many aspects of photography that makes it such an engaging profession and hobby.


 

The Basic Preset Camera Modes

Here is the lowdown on some of the most popular digital camera preset modes (most point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras will have these modes):

“Easy” or “Auto” Mode

This mode is built for the beginner and amateur photographer who simply prefers to keep everything on cruise control. Chances of failure are relatively low and there is little need to learn about things like ISO, white balance, aperture, shutter speed, flash, and focus. Why? Because on Automatic Mode your camera will do its best to sense the surrounding environment and adjust to all those elements in order to give you a nice result. However, because you’re not telling your camera what it is that you want – a close up of a flower petal, or a panoramic urban landscape – it’s going to give you a kind of “one-size-fits-all” image that may or may not hit the mark.

Portrait Mode

In portraiture the protagonist should become the focal point, allowing all other details and settings to drift away in the background. Portrait mode does just that: it provides sharp focus on the central object and blurs out the background, giving the image a subtle sense of depth and a powerful sense of what is important.

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Landscape Mode

Landscape photography captures a wide sweeping view of objects at varying distances from the camera. In landscape mode the camera will use a small aperture to gain depth of field, allowing the entire image to appear in sharp focus rather than blurring out everything besides the focal point.

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Night Mode

When light is dim or in short supply, your camera’s shutter speed must slow down to let more light in and to ensure that the image appears in crisp focus. Night mode will increase exposure time to allow you to capture the visual details and may occasionally use the flash to illuminate nearby objects. Because the exposure time is increased, a steady hand is particularly important for capturing nighttime images.

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Action Mode

The faster your subject is moving, the faster your camera will have to act to capture the action. Unlike in night photography when the shutter speed slows down to capture more light, action shots require a quick shutter speed and higher ISO  to ensure crisp images and sharp detail.

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Macro Mode

Ideal for capturing minute details or small objects, Macro Mode gets you an up close and personal look at your subject matter. Your camera’s depth of field will be very narrow in this mode, meaning that slight movements will cause blur and that only a very small surface area will be in focus – as opposed to Landscape Mode. If you’re struggling to get vivid, crisp images in this setting, simply set yourself up with a sturdy tripod and you should see great improvements.

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If you’re a beginner or amateur photographer who is just starting to handle a camera with confidence, learning the inner workings of these preset modes is an excellent place to start. Sure, they’re quite intuitive, but the more you understand the variables and functions that go into creating a variety of different photos, the more you’ll be able to manually adjust those functions when the time comes to do so.


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On a beautiful fall day I had the pleasure of conducting a family portrait session with a new family. Mom, Awo, shared with me that she would like to do periodic photo shoots with her kids as a way of marking the time in their childhood. A short while later, Awo and Bob introduced me to their son and daughter, Austen and Caroline, and the five us spent an afternoon together, enjoying some of the final days of the autumn season.

The family portrait session was held at their family home in Great Falls, VA, a beautiful place approximately 30 miles outside of Washington DC. After conducting a long string of sessions in my own backyard, hitting the road came as a welcomed change of pace and a wonderful family was waiting for me the moment that I arrived. Thankfully the weather was on our side and we were able to shoot in their expansive grassy yard. Many large trees lined the perimeter and provided us with shade and vibrant fall colors – the kind that make me wish for winter to delay its first frost.

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With all the excitement of the end of the school week, Austen and Caroline were full of Friday-afternoon energy and focused on everything but holding a pose. At some point Awo and I made eye contact and through a little bit of mom-to-mom intuition I could pick up on her concern that they wouldn’t slow down long enough to the capture the moments she had envisioned. Which is why it was all the more satisfying to share with her all the great images I had photographed. In fact, the moment I sat down to edit our collection of images, I knew that we had stumbled upon the kind of family portraits that easily stand out in our memories. The kids were sweetly smiling, and the chemistry between mom and dad was simply palpable.

Together we designed 3 photo gallery wraps that the “G” family will prominently feature in their living room. The galleries will display individual images of both Austen and Caroline, as well as one of the whole family together. Not to mention that we also put together a beautiful photo album, because with so many great images – how could we not?

With their first family portrait shoot already hanging on the wall (I hope ;-)), the G family is gearing up for another session in the spring. With children at such young ages, taking regular family portraits is really the only way to document the rapid growth and change that takes place in early childhood. I hope to continue working with them in the future and to adding some precious images to their ever-growing collection of family photos.

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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!

As a Washington DC photographer, I can generally anticipate that every winter I’ll be dealing with a very white, very cold, winter variable: snow. And as lovely as those little white flakes may be, they do present a bit of a photography challenge.

Though to the human eye snow appears crisp and white, camera lenses have a tendency to see things quite differently. It’s not uncommon snow to appear bizarrely blue in photographs, or for snowflakes to blur across the screen, or for images to be shrouded inexplicable shadows. Rather than simply relying on your digital camera’s settings to “to the best they can” in snowy conditions, read through a few of my snow photography tips. I rarely get to practice these tips myself because I don’t often have a willing participant to experiment with (ahem, dear son). I have yet to convince my 6-year old to go out and model for me during some of the snow we’ve had so far this season, but I dug back into my archives to find a couple of examples to share here. Trust me, apply just one or two of these suggestions and you’ll notice your pictures improve with each click.

5 Tips for Stunning Snow Photography

Use a relatively fast shutter speed for falling snow.
Capturing large, chunky snowflakes on film requires a quick shutter speed, otherwise falling snow tends to appear as indistinguishable white streaks across the frame. Try setting your shutter speed to 1/250th of a second and adjust it from there. Not to mention that if you’re trying to capture your children sledding, skiing, skating, or slinging snowballs – quick shutter speed is absolutely essential for those classic action shots.

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Aim for a cloudy day.
In a recent blog post we talked all about photography lighting tips and why cloudy days actually make for better photography conditions. That’s particularly true when there’s snow on the ground. Highly reflective snow cover can overexpose your images or cause strange contrasts, so keep an eye on the forecast and practice your photography skills on those overcast days.

Overexpose on purpose.
Even though snow is remarkably bright, it is not uncommon for amateur photographers to wind up with dingy, dark images shot on a clear day. Though it seems counterintuitive, you actually want to adjust your camera’s settings to allow more light in, which will likely correct this inexplicable shadow. If you’re frustrated by dark images, switch from Auto to Manual mode and adjust your aperture accordingly. Most digital cameras have an “exposure compensation” button that will allow you brighten things up a bit.

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Don’t trample on your shot.
Unless you’re interested in capturing footprints in the snow, be sure to snap your landscape pictures before taking another step! You only get one shot at photographing freshly fallen snow and as soon as you touch it there’s no going back.

Keep your camera cold.
It’s true, extreme cold is harmful for camera equipment and battery life, but the more imminent threat is extreme changes in temperature. Hopping from hot to cold environments can cause condensation to build up inside the lens and may even break some of your digital camera’s electrical components. Don’t keep your camera inside your coat in hopes of keeping it at body temperature, or place it next to a heat source in hopes of “warming it back up.” When you get home from a winter shoot, put your camera in a cool part of the house and let it warm up slowly. This will help you avoid condensation buildup.

Photography snow and practicing your winter photography skills is an excellent way to learn more about your camera’s settings and to capture candid family portraits that may otherwise be lost in our memories. Encourage the kids to get bundled up for a walk in the woods, initiate a snowball war, dig out the family’s toboggan – whatever it takes to enjoy these frigid winter days. Just be sure to have a camera on hand and these tips in mind so that you can make the most of it.

Ready for a challenge? I want to see your winter snow images! Pick a snow photography tip from the list above, put it into practice, and share your work in the comments section below. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!


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With all the snow this week, I thought I’d take the time to share some of my fave holiday mini-sessions from the past season. The holiday mini-session season got off to a promising start thanks to the Wick Family and a beautiful fall day. I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with parents, Kim and Dan, and their two children, Sophia, 4, and Aurelia, 2.

As a family photographer, my goal is to create images that help families track the passage of time, and that allow us to pause and say, “I remember when…” Therefore, a happy side effect of my work is that I am able to accompany families through different seasons of life and to create lasting relationships along the way. The Wick family is the perfect example. It was my work that initially brought us together, but over the years we’ve become good friends.

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I first photographed their daughter, Sophia, when she was about a year old, then Aurelia when she was almost one, and I’ve photographed the family every year for the holidays. Though the pressure to send out holiday cards is enough to frazzle every parent’s nerves, it does ensure that the whole family stands together in front of a camera at least once every year. And though once a year may seem like a low bar to set, it’s remarkable just how often we forget to gather together for a family portrait.

This particular holiday mini-session was hosted at my home in Washington DC and we were able to capture some beautiful shots outdoors as the autumn colors provided a picture-perfect backdrop. Because Kim and Dan are now seasoned clients of mine, they have long since learned how to navigate a family photo shoot: they were able to stay relaxed and calm as we shuffled from one setting to the next. Sophia and Aurelia did their best to be patient and went along with all my little tricks to keep them engaged throughout the session. The results were some truly lovely natural interactions and smiles.

I look forward to photographing the Wick Family during the next holiday season and to documenting just how fast these two little girls are growing up. I also have great expectations for the adorable ensembles that mom puts together for next year’s holiday mini-session – this year the girls were outfitted in the cutest coordinated holiday dresses and next year I’m sure she’ll raise the bar even higher. No pressure. ;-)

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