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I first met and photographed the “E” Family when sisters, Eve and Sonia, were just under one year old. Last year we were reunited when our kids all started attending the same public charter school and then I had the pleasure of photographing the family again. These sisters have kept me on my toes since my first photo session with them and this year at the Spanish Steps was no exception! But it was such a fun challenge and rewarding to have captured images that show their playful spirit.
I hadn’t seen this mom and older daughter since our kids were in a Miss Amy’s Music Makers class together more than 4 years ago. What a blast to be reunited after so long and meet the rest of her family. We met at the Spanish Steps for our holiday mini-session, which is as many of you reading this already know, one of my favorite spots to take family photos.
I absolutely love how mom pulled together eye-catching clothes with bold pops of color for this session. I’m alway excited when parents so successfully choose combinations of clothing and colors for their photo shoot. It makes a huge difference in the look of the final images, and is the reason why a big part of the consulting I do with parents beforehand involves clothing selection (though in this case, mom did it all on her own – gotta give credit where credit is due).
Between the government shutdown and the weather, some of my fall sessions were sidetracked. I did manage to fit in one mini-session on an otherwise gloomy, rainy day (see my previous post). For this rescheduled mini, we picked a different location and were able to meet on a beautiful weekday morning at the National Cathedral. Perhaps the one benefit of the shutdown was both parents were available during what would have otherwise been a busy workday for them. And instead of the usual Bishops Garden photo shoot where many a photographer conducts photo sessions, we opted to go to the less-frequented side of the cathedral where the soft filtered light is just perfect for portrait photography and even better than the garden (in my humble opinion). After having the pleasure of photographing this family several times over the past few years, now it’s like a little reunion every time we get together for each subsequent family photo session. We all know each other so well that there is a wonderful ease and level of trust that makes our time together so much fun. Looking forward to seeing them again in the spring when baby #3 arrives!
I woke up the morning of my first holiday photo session of the season to look out upon a gray and rainy day, but my clients reported that it was still clear in Alexandria, where we were planning to meet to take the family’s photos, so we decided to proceed as planned and rendezvous at our agreed-upon location. Unbeknownst to me, this “local” park actually falls under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. I arrived to find the entrance barricaded due to the government shutdown! And this was my backup location after realizing my first choice was also closed due the shutdown. Not to be deterred, we decided to just drive until we stumbled upon a random nice spot in Old Town, Alexandria. Luckily, Old Town has an abundance of random nice spots, so within a few minutes we found a lovely, waterfront park. The rain mostly held out for the whole session.
After photographing this family several times over the past few years, it’s like reuniting with old friends every time I see them. Thanks Dan and Kim for being such troopers! The government shutdown couldn’t stop us! A little drizzle couldn’t stop us!
Our dear friends Dan and El needed a family photo for their annual holiday cards and I was excited they enlisted my help to make a beautiful image for them. I did a quick photo shoot with them and their boys Jake and Ben last Sunday after a fabulous day included lunch up in Rockville at A & J Restaurant for authentic Chinese food on our way up to Larriland Farm to pick our own apples, find our way through the maze of hay bails, and eat kettle corn (yum). Originally we had what I thought would be a great idea to take photos at the apple orchard. The crowds at the busy farm made it tough to find an quiet, empty picturesque spot, but we were in Howard County surrounded by miles of rolling hills, farmland, and forrest so we just jumped in the car and headed down the road till we found a nice spot. What a way to end a great day. Can’t wait to make some beautiful cards with these lovely images.
I was back to take some family photos of this lovely family last weekend. Nigel and my son are friends from school and mom Nadira and I are friends from school too! It was a beautiful fall evening with my idea of perfect weather: sunny, but cool and pleasant. I teased my son that I was off for a play date with his friend and of course he wanted to come along. Sorry kiddo! Next time we’ll plan a real play date, but I can’t promise I won’t take pictures.
The Care for Kids fundraiser to benefit Children’s Hospital starts today and I’m pleased to be participating once again this year. Buy your Care for Kids Card and get 20% off at over 200 area restaurants and retailers (including Julie Kubal Photography) during Care for Kids Shopping Week – Oct 18-27. Cards on sale NOW from yours truly for $50 with 100% of the proceeds going to the hospital.
For those of you who do not know, when my son Sasha was born in 2008, we had a medical scare that brought us to Children’s National Medical Center for treatment over the course of his first six months of life. We had nothing but amazing care during every visit so supporting the hospital is personal for me.
How the program works:
- Purchase a Care for Kids Card for $50
- Participating merchants offer a 20% discount to card holders
- Use your card as often as you like during the 10-day shopping period (Friday, October 18th, through Sunday, October 27th, 2013)
- 100% of the card sale proceeds go to Children’s National Medical Center
How I’m participating:
- You may purchase a Care for Kids Card from me directly (or from many other locations).
- All photo sessions purchased during the 10-day shopping period (Friday, October 18th, through Sunday, October 27th, 2013) will be discounted 20%.
- All current clients who have previously placed orders may use the Care for Kids Card to receive 20% off re-orders of any prints or products (this includes holiday cards and gift albums!) during the 10-day shopping period.
How you can help:
- Purchase a Care for Kids Card
- Shop at participating merchants
- Help spread the word by forwarding this information to all your friends
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to book your session or make holiday gift purchases and help a great cause!
There are an enormous number of stores, restaurants, and vendors in DC, Maryland, and Virginia participating in this fundraiser. To check out all the places you can shop and dine using the Care for Kids Card and for more information about about the program, go to www.careforkidscard.com or call 202.476.4275
Baby Madeline was born in August to one of my favorite longtime clients, Angie, who recently moved from DC up to Baltimore. I’ve been photographing the family and big brother Tyler for many years and it was wonderful to reunite with them to photograph their new addition in their new home. Their “first baby” Molly even got in on the action.
I was happy to share this top image for the first ever “Best of Local Family Photography” post on the DC Tots blog. If you haven’t checked out their site yet, they have a great app you can download to get quick and easy access to all kinds of activities and events going on around DC for 0-5 year olds and their parents.
Just delivered some lovely prints to this lovely family who I photographed at the beginning of the summer. Even though I love meeting up with clients in scenic spots around Washington, DC, it’s not necessary to go far to make beautiful portraits. I looked for locations near this family’s home with wide open shade along with nice looking foliage. We were able to use both the backyard and some the surrounding sidewalks for the outside part of the photo session. Since we were close to home, I was then able to take photos of the foursome inside along with photos of each child in their bedroom. The result is a nice variety of indoor and outdoor shots that include the W Family Home.
This family photo session was the result of the winning bid from the Bethesda Elementary school auction. I donated a custom family photo shoot and print to the school’s big yearly fundraising event. The auction was actually held in the spring of 2012, but when lucky winner, Beth, called me in the winter and told me she’d like to get her two kids together with her brother’s kids to do a session with all the cousins, we decided to wait until warmer weather so we could head outside. This foursome (and their parents) are super close and with one set of siblings in Bethesda and the others in Leesburg, they live close enough to spend plenty of quality time together. (I’m so jealous!) We were finally able to get everyone together on a beautiful summer day and managed to capture both families before the two youngest cousins escaped on their bikes. It was a fun, whirlwind session!