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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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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!

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.

Holiday Mini-session with the "AW" Family

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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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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Tis the season of New Year’s resolutions and if you’re anything like me, January is filled with all the best intentions. For amateur photographers looking to hone their skills in the new year, there are lots of simple ways to improve technique behind the camera and the images that you create. If you’re in the market for photography-related New Year’s resolutions, I thought I’d help inspire you to focus your attention on the skills and strategies that give you the most bang for your buck.

These are resolutions you’ll actually enjoy following through on, and I promise – not a single suggestions requires getting on a treadmill.


 

New Years Resolutions for Photographers

#1 Take out the camera every week.

“Take more photos” is a little to vague. Get specific and keep your camera handy in the family room, kitchen or mud room. Take it out each week and snap a few shots of daily life around the house. By the end of the year you’ll have hundreds of stunning candid shots to cherish.

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#2 Pair it with a hobby.

Photography pairs fantastically well with other passions and when you combine interests your photos become more fun to take and keep around. Are you and the kids outdoors enthusiasts? Check out nature photography tips. Can’t tear yourself away from the kitchen? Research food staging techniques. Love to be active? Learn all about high speed shooting and motion effects.

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#3 Snap Socially.

Connecting with other photography enthusiasts is one of the best things you can do to fuel your photo fun. Take a peek at Meetup.com and search for photography groups in your area or start your own. Practicing photography maybe the main focus of the social gatherings, or it may become the perfect excuse to enjoy new friendships.

#4 Find a new style. 

In the professional photography world, there’s lots of talk about style. As a photo enthusiast the best thing you can do is explore different techniques and determine what your preferences are. Do you like documentary/ journalistic storytelling? Does color saturation make you swoon? Can’t get enough black and white? Are you drawn to dramatic lighting, natural backdrops, action shots, close-ups? Find a theme and explore it throughout the year.

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#5 Keep your camera clean.

Many people today invest in fantastic photo equipment and digital cameras but skip over maintenance that keeps everything running smoothly. If you’re not sure where to start, check out this camera cleaning guide.

#6 Learn to edit your own work.

One of my favorite (free!) photo-editing tools for amateur photographers is a little program called Picasa. Picasa is far more user-friendly than Photoshop, allows you to easily edit images, while always saving a copy of the original on your hard drive. You can even share them on Google+ with friends and family if you like.

#7 Tame your photo files.

Are you staring at a pigsty of digital photo files made up of hundreds of indecipherable dates and “Camera Dumps” that simply don’t have a home? Try dividing files by year and creating folders with date and content tags. For example: 2014-09-08 Emma 10th Birthday. This is the same format I use to name all the photos in my own archive.

#8 Set a monthly memory card download date.

In nearly every house on the block, memory cards have become this techie version of the household junk drawer – equally chaotic yet small enough to fit into your pocket. Create a calendar date with yourself to download photos, organize them into files, and wipe your memory card clean for the next month.

#9 Create a convenient backup system.

A single mishap can result in a decade’s worth of photos down the drain. Choose a reliable external hard drive (or multi-drive enclosure), or cloud storage options. Just make sure to familiarize yourself with the software and get into the habit of backing up every time you download photos onto your computer.

Still looking for ways to take your family photography out of the dark ages? Stay tuned to my blog for news about upcoming Snap Happy Workshops and I’ll share with you trade secrets and help you conquer your digital camera conundrums in the process!

 


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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!

Grace at 8 Months

Grace’s second portrait session gave me the chance to create some stunning images of the Tindale family and their now 8-month-old baby daughter. My friendship with Christina and Greg goes back many years and this is the second of three family photography sessions that we will do together with Grace – held at 4, 8, and 12 months old.

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We met at Bishop’s Garden at Washington National Cathedral, a beautiful setting on the south side of the Cathedral. The space is enclosed by a stone wall and contains a small collection of herb gardens, a rose garden, and a meandering stone path that connects it all. It is a stunning space and has long been cherished as one of Washington DC’s gentlest horticultural areas. Not only is the garden a beautiful space to spend a quiet moment in the midst of nature, it is also the site where Greg proposed to Christina and a site that will always hold special significance for their family.

Even though we’d had a string of cold autumn days leading up to the baby portrait session, many flowers were still in bloom in Bishop’s garden. Grace’s darling dress played beautifully off the colors that surrounded her and the family looked great in every setting and pose that we tried throughout the morning. I particularly loved the way that the window of the gazebo framed them so sweetly in the soft light of the day.

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It is not uncommon for parents to book me for multiple portrait sessions in their baby’s first year in an effort to capture all the shockingly quick changes that take place during the first twelve months of life. Just take a peek at Grace’s first photo session with me and already you’ll see how her little body has grown, how her expressions have changed, and how her awareness of the world around her is beginning to shine through. When I stopped by to deliver their first gallery wrap, a large wall print of the image below, little Grace had just started walking and I am so looking forward to seeing how she continues to grow, develop, and explore the world that is (quite literally) at her feet. It’s a little breathtaking, isn’t it?

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That’s exactly why the Tindale family will be displaying these baby portraits in a series of photo gallery wraps that will hang on the walls of their home. When all 3 sessions are complete, we will also be crafting an heirloom coffee table album that will document our time together during Grace’s first year of life. Until next time, I’ll see you soon little Grace!

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There comes a time when professionals of all kinds – from entrepreneurs to artists, managers to employees at every level – will need to take, retake, or renovate their headshots. Professional headshots are frequently used for social media profiles, personal websites, speaking engagements, resumes, security tags, and all manner of marketing materials.

A professional headshot lends a level of credibility, professionalism, and polish that the homemade snapshot simply fails to deliver. Rather than standing against a bare wall in the living room and asking your son or daughter to “do their best,” I recommend all my clients seek out a professional photographer, even if it’s only for a mini session. That’s why Michelle, and so many other parents, give me a call when it’s time to update their look. In practically no time at all, I work to capture my clients’ zest – the spark, the aliveness.

I had the pleasure of photographing Michelle and her family five years ago, when her son was less than a year old. So when she contacted me for a professional headshot mini shoot in October, I was more than eager to help her out and create some great looks for her career.

Michelle and I met up at her office on K Street, in downtown Washington DC. Our first stop was the conference room, an ample space with a full wall of windows that provided plenty of natural light for us to play with. Then we stepped outside and did several shots in the alleyway to provide an urban feel and wandered into a nearby park to take advantage of the season’s greenery and soft natural edge.

Creating professional headshots is an additional service that I offer to parents who I know from family photo sessions. In fact, so many parents have requested headshots and professional profile pictures that I created a mini-session package to cater to this need.

As for Michelle, I greatly enjoyed seeing her again and getting reacquainted after all these years. She’s a mama with a mission and I’m confident that these headshots will support her professional goals.

 

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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!

 

With little ones running around, the tension can run high at family portrait sessions. Here are some tips to help you keep your cool when the camera is on.

With so much pressure to walk away with perfect portraits, it can be difficult for parents to keep things fun and relaxed during their family holiday photo shoot – particularly when the holidays are only a few days away. You’re worried about the kids not paying attention, the outfits getting stained, the weather cooperating, and what you’ll do if you’re not happy with the end result. That’s a lot of worry to manage in just a few hours and my experience as a family photographer in Washington DC has taught me that inner turmoil has an unfortunate way of expressing itself in portraits.

That’s why it’s so important to keep calm and find your “Zen” during family photo shoots. And if you’re thinking that it requires you to run off and do a 15-minute meditation, or pop into the yoga studio, that’s not the case. There are however, some simple tips that can help you take the tension down a few notches and ensure that you wind up with family portraits that you love.

1.  Work with a professional

Professional photographers are made up of 2 parts experience, 1 part artist, and 1 part circus wrangler. Those of us with successful photography businesses have learned the fine art of reading people and managing to steer our subjects away from meltdowns and into the perfect positions. We’ve dealt with screaming babies, rainy days, crabbiness and everything in between. Trust our input and let us support you throughout the shoot.

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2.  Have a plan, but hold it with a loose grip.

In the past I have worked with parents who have Pinterest boards laden with every pose they’d like to capture and how they want each family member to sit, stand, dress, and breathe on photo day. I love capturing unique shots and working on specific goals, and I also know that holding onto “the plan” with white-knuckled intensity tends to rob families of candid images and fond memories of spending time together. Focus on how you want to feel when you look at your family portraits – not whether or not they are up to Pinterest’s standards. If you do, I guarantee you’ll be happier with the result.

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3.  Give everyone a voice.

To help keep everyone engaged and to replace tension with enjoyment, invite all your family members to make suggestions about poses, props, and outfits. Perhaps your youngest will want to wear his magic converse, suggest a family pyramid, or want to capture a photo of a piggy-back ride on daddy’s shoulders. Give the kids a voice and they’ll feel like they’re a part of the day – rather than feeling like they’re simply along for the ride. And who knows, they may just come up with the day’s winning shot.

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4.  Don’t forget to breathe.

During photo shoots we have a tendency to suck in our stomachs, lock our knees, and utterly forget to breathe. Locking your knees reduces blood flow to your brain and in extreme cases can cause you to pass out. Therefore, in between poses and when the photographer changes his or her lens be sure to take in a few deep breaths.

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5.  Enjoy the experience.

When you look back on the images that result from your family photo shoot, you’ll not only remember that particular moment in your family’s history, you will also remember the experience you had on the day of the shoot. That’s why it is so important to do everything you can to remain in the present moment and let yourself enjoy the gift of professional photography. Find things to be grateful for – the funny face your daughter made, the way your son grabs onto your hand, the garden that seemed to bloom just in time for the shoot. Keep focused on the positive and let yourself have a wonderful experience and the wonderful memories that result.

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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!

The “B” Family

In September I had the pleasure of conducting a family portrait session with the “B” family at their Washington DC family home. This shoot included parents, Helen and Mark, as well as their daughter, Deena, 12, and their son, Sam, 10. Several months ago I donated a family portrait session to the annual auction at the synagogue I attend, Temple Micah in the Washington DC area. Because my family is new to the congregation, we don’t know many of the families yet, particularly those with older children. Helen and Mark placed the winning bid  and in late September I had the pleasure of meeting them for the first time. Helen and Mark shared with me that they hadn’t had any professional photos taken of their children since they were in preschool, and while they had some beautiful close-up photos from those earlier days, it was certainly time for an update. And so we had one very specific mission in mind: to refresh their family portraits.

The images we created will join those that already adorn their staircase wall and we also planned a large framed print of the two kids to showcase in the family dining room. And as a bonus, I was able to help them get a jumpstart on the holiday season by making their annual holiday card.

For the family portrait session we primarily utilized the sidewalk right outside the family home, where lots of beautiful foliage and tall grasses grow along their fence line. With the early fall afternoon light and the temperate  September weather, we had the perfect setting for a beautiful shoot.

I don’t frequently get the opportunity to work with older children and this family portrait session was a nice change of pace that gave me the chance to use some different skills – no need for baby squeaky toys, or a corralled area to make sure everyone stays together. Deena and her brother Sam followed my every lead and listened to each instruction with the kind of attentiveness that school teacher’s daydream about. In the end we were still able to achieve that same warm, candid feel that brings each image to life.

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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!

At last, I have come to the end of my back to school mini-sessions and the “C-D” family helped me to start the fall season on a very high note. The photo shoot featured parents Stevan and Nadira, their son Nigel, 6, Stevan’s former spouse, Jametta, and their daughter Alexis, 8.

This blended family came together, in perfect color-coordinated harmony. The adults wanted to make sure that the children could have some beautiful photos and keepsakes of all three of their parents so we all got together on a lovely afternoon to enjoy a family photo session outdoors. 

Nadira and I have been friends for a few years now, ever since our sons both entered pre-K at the same Washington, DC public charter school. That year I had the pleasure of photographing the family and crafting some unique photographic pieces for Nadira’s home and office. Today the fruits of that labor are gracing the wall in the family’s dining room. I was more than happy to photograph them again to add a few new photos to mix.

We conducted the family portrait shoot at my Washington DC home and I was half expecting my son to sneak out of the house at any moment and beg for a play date with his pal, Nigel. Thankfully, Nigel and his sister were champs and managed to stay engaged throughout our whole time together…and my son didn’t sneak out of the house until the very end of the shoot.

These family photos will be added to the “C-D” family photo collection already displayed at their family home. As young Nigel and Alexis enjoy many more back-to-school years and eventually venture off to college, I know they’ll love looking back and enjoy reminiscing over these photos. I hope to photograph them all next year and continue this wonderful tradition!

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With years of experience working as a family photographer, I work with my clients to create uniquely beautiful portraits to feature on the family’s holiday cards. Thanks to Google and shows like Ellen, we’ve all been entertained by some truly horrible family holiday cards. This year, ensure that you and your family have a truly happy holiday (and never end up on Ellen’s list!) by following these four simple tips for taking great holiday card portraits!

Mistake #1: Not planning ahead

Before taking your holiday card photo, bring the whole family up to speed regarding where and when they need to meet. Agree upon a color scheme and specify whether you are seeking a formal or casual vibe. If you’re taking the photo yourself, make sure the camera, battery, memory card, and tripod are all in proper working order. If you’re working with a professional photographer, touch base a day or two before the shoot to clarify the mission and to confirm that everything is in place.

With this family, we made arrangements in advance to meet at their home and then drive to the location together to simplify the logistics.

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Mistake #2: Trying to plan everything alone

You have a lot on your plate during holiday season and the last thing you need is the added stress of micromanaging your upcoming holiday photo shoot. That’s why I recommend that you put your photographer to work for you. We are experts at what we do and can be far more better sources of information than you might expect. Rather than googling local locations or wasting hours on Pinterest looking for the perfect portrait style, simply call up your photographer and ask for a minute to discuss your upcoming shoot. Personally, I am happy to make suggestions regarding planning, posing, time of day, locations and more.

For this photo session at the family’s home, we discussed the specific locations in their yard and the best time of day to take a beautiful family portrait.

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Mistake #3: Getting lost in cluttered backgrounds

Resist the urge to construct gaudy displays of poinsettias, stuffed snowmen, blow up nutcracker dolls, or any of the like. It’s sometimes tempting to try to capture the minute detail of your holiday decór, but it generally results in cluttered, busy-looking photography. If you’re taking your holiday card portrait at home, tune up your family’s look by toning down the holiday cheer – that is, in the material sense. Eliminate distracting backgrounds by stepping your subjects into the foreground, shooting with a shallow depth of field, and tucking away some of the excess holiday decorations.

This photo is a great example of using shallow depth of field to keep the focus on the mom and baby.

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Mistake #4: Problems with punctuation

During the holiday season, everything is done in a hurry and proper punctuation is probably the last thing on your mind. Once your prints are ready and you’re fine-tuning the holiday card design, take a minute to edit because a misplaced apostrophe or typo can put a damper on even the most beautiful holiday cards. I have to admit that even I have had to have cards reprinted due to an unnoticed stray period, but the benefit for clients working with me is that they can have complete confidence any issues won’t become their problem to deal with and that I will care of it immediately so that their perfect cards can be sent out in plenty of time to arrive before the holidays.


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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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In between portrait sessions, you’ll probably want to host a photo shoot of your own and put all our snap happy lessons to the test! Today I’d like to share with you some of my favorite photo-friendly locations in Washington DC to help set your child and family portraits up for success.

As a professional child photographer Washington DC, I serve families throughout the city and surrounding greater metropolitan area, as well as the beltway and beyond! Most of the locations I know best are right within the city limits. Here are some of my favorite photo-friendly locations in Washington DC for staging a photo shoot with your family.

#1 – Bishop’s Garden at the National Cathedral

This garden is adorned with beautiful flowers most of year and has gorgeous expanses of grass for the kids to run around on, a gazebo, as well as plenty of shady spots to enjoy.

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#2 - Meridian Hill Park

If you’re interested in keeping the kids entertained for several hours, Meridian Hill Park makes for a wonderful backdrop and place to spend a leisurely afternoon. The park design was inspired by an Italian aristocrat’s private residence and it seems that around every corner there is something to explore: over a dozen giant stone fountains, pools, historic architecture, and more.

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#3 - Mount Pleasant Library

Washington DC’s historic Mount Pleasant Library is the third oldest public library still in use in the city and is stunning to behold. The building faces north, meaning that the majestic stone facade and stairway are always bathed in soft, indirect sunlight – a photographer’s dream. Not to mention that when you’ve finished snapping pictures, you can step inside and visit what I believe is one of the best children’s book collections in all of the city!

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#4 – Your local playground!

Neighborhood playgrounds are familiar turf and they generally make your kids feel comfortable as they engage with their surroundings. As soon as you see your children settling into their natural rhythm of play, take a step back and start snapping away. Personally, one of my favorite spots is Westminster Playground, an urban greenspace settled into a gorgeous neighborhood.

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Know before you go:

Before heading out to any of these photo-friendly locations in Washington DC, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind.

  • Double check that your camera is fully charged
  • Be sure you have a safe place to store your purses/ bags so that your hands are as free as possible to manage the camera
  • Avoid places with construction or other hazards that your children could wander into

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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