Getting ready for a newborn photoshoot can be a challenge for new parents. With all the new changes a baby brings to the family—not to mention the lack of sleep—it’s not at all surprising when parents aren’t sure what to include for their photoshoot. Of course, the highlight is always the new little one, but it’s fun to dress up the photos a bit, too. You may be surprised, a little goes a long way.

Here are my favorite props to include in newborn photoshoots. Let’s check them out:

  1. Family Heirlooms

    Does your family have special heirlooms that have been passed down through the generations? Did great-grandma have a special nick-knack? Is Dad a baseball fan with an heirloom from a game? Whatever the case, family heirlooms make great photo props to tie the generations together in a beautiful image.newborn photoshoot with baby and baseball

  2. Stuffed Animals

    Babies bring out the stuffed animal lover in all of us. Why not include them in your newborn photoshoot? Not only will it show appreciation for the gift, but it may serve as a wonderful way to view your child’s growth throughout the years. Especially when used as a comparison from year to year.baby next to heart for newborn photoshoot

  3. Cherished Blankets

    Another gift often received when a newborn arrives on the scene happens to be baby blankets. Some of them are nothing less of gorgeous. Many are thoughtful, beautiful, handmade gifts from relatives and friends that will be cherished throughout the years to come. Include them in your newborn photoshoot to bring a touch of color, texture, and warmth to your little one.

  4. Family Pets

    Including pets in newborn photo sessions can be a wonderful way to introduce your new little one to the family. Big or small, I’ve shot them all with the new little people in their life.Newborn Photo Shoot

  5. Comfy Rugs

    There’s something adorable about a little one on a sheepskin run. I love it. If your family has comfy rugs, blankets, bedding (or would like to use mine), they can bring added texture and dimension to some of the photos.

  6. Seasonal Mementos

    A wonderful way to tip your hat to the time of year your little one was born is by bringing in seasonal mementos. This could be in the form of fall leaves, a Christmas ornament, or even a Valentine’s heart. Put on your thinking cap and get creative. There are tons of ways to honor the season by incorporating it into your next newborn session.baby with fall leaves for newborn photoshoot

 

 

 


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Business professionals need headshots taken of them for various reasons. In Ledio Cakaj’s case, our session was planned for his exciting upcoming publishing venture. (More on that to come. Keep reading.)

How we met

I originally met Ledio through my son’s school. Ledio is the father of one of his classmates, and is also the coach for their soccer team. So our families have gotten to know each other well over the years. At the end of the school year this past year, and just as summer began, we hosted a party at our house for the soccer team and their families. While the Cakaj’s were over, I spied Maria, Ledio’s wife, trying to capture a cellphone photo of Ledio. They half-jokingly admitted it was for his new book, When the Walking Defeats You.

We all laughed, but I’ll be the first to admit, I had to tease them a little. I said, “Guys! Come on, you need a professional portrait for this. Publishing a book is huge! Let me know if you would like my help.” I was thrilled when Ledio got in touch with me a few weeks later to book a session this past August. It’s so important to be represented with a polished, professional image for the publication of something this important.

The Session

The day of the session was fairly hot, but luckily we got through it quickly since he was in more formal attire. We took a few headshots with and without his suit jacket; and some with and without his tie. In the end, we decided the jacket gave the most distinguished appearance appropriate for Ledio’s needs. What do you think? Which photo is your favorite?

Not only will these professional headshots be used for his book jacket, but also for his author website. I think everyone will agree they turned out better than a cellphone photo, even if smartphone photography has come a long way. 😉

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Little Girl in Tree for New Photographer tipsDelving into the world of photography can be as surface or as deep as you want it to be. As a new photographer, there’s a ton of information to absorb. It can be intimidating at first. Through the years, I’ve discovered there are three areas new photographers should work on before they advance on to harder elements. By mastering these elements, your work can and will be taken to new heights. You’ll build outward upon them and be able to more effectively break the rules of photography as you move forward.

Let’s check out the three elements you need to focus on as a new photographer.

  1. Light – I’ve discussed lighting often. It’s also a critical part of my SNAP HAPPY courses too—and with good reason. The right lighting can truly make or break a photo. This however, doesn’t mean you have to stick yourself into the “golden hour” box and never get out. (Though, I highly recommend spending some time playing with photos in this special light.) Understanding the temperature or tone of the light, the intensity, direction, and the contrast it creates will guide you Little girl on fence for new photographer tipsto the best image possible. Through careful observation, a new photographer can make just about any light source work for them, instead of against them. There’s definitely good reason photographers obsess over lighting—and why you will too. Take the time to truly understand the element of light and the way it affects your subject matter.
  2. Composition – Being able to place items of interest within an aesthetically pleasing position is crucial for photos that wow. For beginners, learning and utilizing the Rule of Thirds is a great place to start. This rule basically breaks up your frame into nine equal squares (or two horizontal lines and two vertical). By placing your points of interest on the lines, you can capture a much more visually interesting photo. Our eyes will naturally find the subject in any image. Centering them in the frame is actually pretty boring to the viewer. By utilizing the Rule of Thirds, you’ll set yourself on the right foot to be able to later build upon this rule and even break it when the images call for it. Smartphones and cameras these days give you the option for setting up your grid to be seen as you take your shots. I highly recommend you use it until you can comfortably find your thirds without it.Little Boy in sandbox for new photographer tips
  3. Perspective & Focus – While these are technically two different elements, they go together nicely. Understanding how to take a photo from a perspective slightly different from our own can turn a nice photo into a spectacular one. Experiment with perspective when lining up your shots. Zoom in, zoom out. Get lower, or go higher. Play with your focus. (See how I slid that in there?) Change your depth of field and know where your focal points really are.

BONUS TIP!

  • Snap Photos Daily – You can’t master something unless you put in the time. It’s been said you need to put in upward of 10,000 hours into learning and practicing a new craft before you become a master. Photography is no different. This why it’s so important to make a daily ritual out of taking photos and perfecting your style.

 


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Twin girls with mom posed for Excellent Holiday Card PhotosExcellence is often in the eye of the beholder. When it comes to holiday card photos, it seems those with a more adventurous spirit are the ones we tend to admire most. This may be because we secretly admire those who get creative and even take a bit of risk. Our attention and interest are piqued when something catches our eye in a unique way. In essence, this means taking the risk to do something special, unique, and just a little bit different from those around us. I have 10 great tips for you to consider when setting up your next photoshoot to take excellent holiday card photos. Let’s check them out:

  1. Incorporate a theme – One great way to maximize your holiday photo is by incorporating a theme. This can take shape in many forms. Try a picking a scene from your favorite holiday movie or book, a color theme, silly expressions, or something from your own imagination. Giving yourself creative boundaries can be a fun way Washington DC Family together on sidewalk for Excellent Holiday Card Photosto make your family holiday photo a fun success.

  2. Pick a pose – Family portraits can be a bit bland when everyone uses the same old poses and backgrounds. Why not try something a little bit different to shake things up? Do a twist on a family pose by doing a pretend jail lineup (Santa, we can explain!), or have the whole family tangled in lights. Pick a silly, different pose and have fun!

  3. Choose the right time of day – A smart way to get excellent holiday card photos is to make sure the whole clan is happy. Baby being licked by puppy pug for Excellent Holiday Card PhotosChoosing the right time of day is not just about getting the right light (which is important), but also the right time for your family. If you have little kids, those ideal light times of early in the morning or late at night may not fit into your schedule. Make sure to plan your photoshoot for that happy medium to capture happy people, regardless of the time of day.

  4. Get casual – I know from experience, lots of families like to dress fancy for their holiday photoshoots. This is totally great! However, if you want to make an impression, why not start by getting a bit casual? Dress for fun, with laid back coordinated outfits and I promise you won’t be let down.Little boy reading for excellent holiday card photos

  5. Different perspectives – Don’t be afraid to try a new look on the same old picture. Capturing your family from a new angle might be just the way to tell your family’s story while bringing in a bit of whimsy.

  6. Involve an activity – For families who would like to have a more candid feel to their photos, pick an activity for everyone to join in on. Perhaps a game of Candyland, or decorating the Christmas tree? You could even pile onto the couch for storytime while Dad reads the Night Before Christmas.

  7. Let your humor shine – Don’t be afraid to let your family fly their freak flag (just a little)! Being silly and goofy can be just the thing you need to create fun, lasting memories and stellar family photos.

  8. Zoom in – Get close and personal! Even if you’d like to incorporate some of the other tips here, this one can still be applied. Rather than a typical family shot, have the image cropped in close to see the family’s smiling faces in a new way.Family huddled together for excellent holiday card photos

  9. Make the card stand out – Having awesome photos isn’t the only way to make your holiday card stand out this season. There are actually some great holiday card cuts to consider. Rather than the typical square, or rectangular cards, consider a special die cut. I’ve seen cards cut in the shape of holiday ornaments, or with special beveled edges. You could even make your card awesome by adding glitter effects, 3-D aspects, or even making the card yourself!

  10. Family together at base of a tree for excellent holiday card photosBe creative, not awkward – It’s one thing to be creative and goofy, and another to be way awkward. Before choosing a new direction to take your holiday cards, make sure everyone in the family is on board. When you try to force it, you’ll often find the one with the idea looking relaxed and the rest of the family is quite the opposite!


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6 Photography Myths to Forget

Family on the street for photography mythsThere are really hundreds of photography myths out there. You’d be surprised how much emphasis people put on them, too. This is particularly true for new photographers, as they start out on their photography learning adventure.

Being a photographer has its ups and downs. As artists, we are constantly learning our craft, honing our skill, and working toward making every image better. So we hunt of the tried and true ways to make that happen. Sometimes, this means latching onto information that may have guided us in the beginning, but now use as a crutch.

Here are six photography myths that amateur and professionals alike can kick to the curb:

MYTH 1: Stick to the ‘Golden Hour’

It’s true, you can compose some brilliant images during that special time just after sunrise (or just Camera for Photography Mythsbefore sunset). However, it doesn’t mean you should limit your photography to only this timeframe. There are many different photography subsets and the ‘Golden Hour’ can be more or less useful depending on the type of photography you engage with. Lighting is absolutely important, there’s no denying that. But there’s really no such thing as bad light. Great photographers know how to make the most of the lighting they’re working with so their photos can be composed with maximum impact.

MYTH 2: A better camera = better photos

Until you learn to compose your images, set up shots, and work with your subjects (getting kids to cooperate comes to mind! Ha!), a more sophisticated camera will do you no good whatsoever. First you need to put in the time to learn the basics of photography. This can be done through schooling, Little boy next to toddler bike for photography mythsor by being self-taught. Whatever route you take, as long as you put your whole heart into the process, you’ll start seeing better photos. Guaranteed.

MYTH 3: Post-processed photos are fake

Some post-processed photos take editing a bit too far. But that doesn’t mean they’re all fake. The truth for this myth really lies in the middle. Using a post-production software to enhance a photo can bring it to its fullest potential. However, a photographer should never rely on Photoshop or any other software to save poorly composed photos.

MYTH 4: Compose every photo with the rule of thirds

The golden ratio, the rule of thirds, keeping the horizon level – all of these rules are guidelines meant to help us. However, they shouldn’t be a considered a mandate. Every photo will have its own Little baby sitting next to Christmas Tree for Photography Mythsunique set of circumstances. As photographers, we need to be able to distinguish those differences, and know when and how to break or bend these rules.

MYTH 5: More shots will mean more keepers

Sure, taking a ton of photographs might help you capture a few diamonds in the rough. In reality, what this really means is more work. It’s far better to work on your artistic eye and learn all you can about better composition. This way, you take less shots and still end up with amazing photos.

MYTH 6: Photography is easy

Anyone who’s ever claimed photography is a piece of cake clearly hasn’t tried photographing a large family, with a toddler or two in the mix. Ha! In the modern age of smartphones, taking photos is easy. Being a photographer, not so much. Let’s not confuse the two. Having the dedication it takes to learn all that photography encompasses can be a big enterprise on its own. Family sitting on steps for photography mythsThere is always a way to make your photos better, your composition tighter, and your images stand out more. It helps to have a little patience and sense of humor, too. 😉

With any myth, there’s usually a kernel of truth hidden inside. Photographers should always rely on their own artistic integrity and intuition to guide them. This goes for both amateurs and professionals alike. Let your style of photography take you where it wants, and don’t let any of these photography myths hold you back.

 


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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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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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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!

Location: Sessions will be held in the outdoor space of a private home in NW DC in the 16th St. Heights neighborhood. Exact location and details will be sent to those who register.

 

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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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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.

 

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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.
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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?

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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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