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In the midst of the cold, I had some great indoor photo sessions at the homes of some of my favorite clients this winter. One of the families I photographed I’ve been working with for over four years! The beautiful, smily Maddie is their new addition. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is going back and seeing a baby bubbling with personality who I photographed (seemingly yesterday) as a newborn and to see her brother Tyler, who I first met when he was just 6-months old, and treats me like an old friend of the family. He even said he couldn’t wait for me to come back so he could jump on the bed again (see below). I’m so grateful to have so many wonderful families that return to me year after year.
Want to take better pictures of your own family?
Most parents I encounter take LOTS of photos of their kids. It’s easy to get excited about photography when your kids are growing before your eyes and you want to preserve every heartwarming moment. You may hire me, the professional photographer, for an annual family photo session or to mark a significant milestone like the birth of a child. But when I’m not around, the snapshots you take are an important part of capturing all the everyday moments. Over the years, many of you have shared your frustrations about your own photos and have asked me for tips to improve your skills, so I’ve decided to put all this advice together into a fun, 90-minute workshop to cover all the basics.
Announcing a new Intro to Photography class taught by yours truly!
SNAP HAPPY: Photography 101 with Julie Kubal
TIME: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
DATE: Sunday, March 30th, 2014
PLACE: lil omm - community yoga center at 4708 Wisconsin Avenue NW (3rd floor space, NOT main studio)
Register online here. SPACE IS LIMITED!
Is this Photo 101 Class for you?
Do you want to take better pictures of your own family? Have you ever wondered what the secrets are to capturing “the” moment? Then this Snap Happy: Photography 101 is just the class for you! I will share with you some simple strategies to get you happy with your snapshots (hint: understanding lighting is KEY!), and we will even have the opportunity to practice the skills you learn in the class. We will touch on the following topics:
* organizing and preserving your memories
* discovering the Five Steps to getting Snap Happy
* learning to find and utilize natural lighting
* composing an amazing shot
All you will need is a camera (a DSLR is NOT required) and desire to create beautiful family memories!
The class is designed to help amateur photographers get better snapshots shots to tell their life’s story. You will walk away knowing how to like what you see on the back of the camera a whole lot more!
Tags: Snap Happy Class
These adorable little guys are the sons of one of my dearest friends (high school BFF AND my maid of honor). Over the holidays, I was finally back in New York City (my hometown for those that didn’t know;-)) long enough to spend a leisurely afternoon photographing the boys and catching up with my friend. These visits are too few and far between and it makes me feel a little heartsick whenever I think about our kids not growing up together. In fact, that last time I photographed Pasqual, he was only about 6 months old. I always imagined I’d be raising my own child in NYC, but then life takes you down another path! To Washington, DC!
This photo shoot was an interesting test of my camera’s low-light ability. I decided to work with just the natural light in the living room even though it was the darkest, gloomiest day outside. In fact, it started snowing shortly after I left my friend’s house. But the soft light that was filtering in from the window behind and to the right of me was so lovely that I didn’t want to change it by using my flash.
I’m almost done playing catch up from the busy holiday season, including archiving all of the photos and files from that period. As I’ve been going all of the images, I’m coming across a bunch of fun holiday cards that I designed for my clients. I thought I’d post a handful of a some of my favorites from 2013 before I move everything to my external hard drive archive. You can’t tell on the computer screen, but the gold and white cards looked amazing printed on pearl paper. These are from family photo sessions all over the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia (the DMV region).
When I made plans with mom Tori to photograph her three young daughters, I knew just the location to propose for the family photo session. Since her oldest daughter is my son’s classmate, I thought she might appreciate the idea of meeting at the beautiful Mount Pleasant Library around the corner from their school.
I’d been eying the lovely afternoon light at the library ever since I started making weekly after-school visits there with my son back in 2012. It was one of the city’s newly-renovated branches that had been closed during two years of construction. Now there is a light-filled, modern glass and metal addition on the back side of the building that is concealed by the historic original limestone structure. The building is north facing, providing wide expanses of shaded, natural light and handsome architectural details – just the right setting for my photographic purposes.
Our plans were almost thwarted by dark, cold, and drizzly weather. But with little time remaining to reschedule the session before the holidays, we agreed to go ahead as planned hoping that the rain would hold off for us. We lucked out with the rain. And you would never know from looking at the photos how cold it was. The girls were real troopers!
Just a few more sets of family portraits to share with you before the holidays.
This family photo session features two adorable sisters, Olivia and June, in Chevy Chase, MD. Parents Matt and Erin placed the winning bid from the auction at Temple Sinai Nursery School, which was my son’s beloved nursery school. I’m pleased to be able to give back by donating to this great fundraiser and I really enjoy connecting with families who share our love and support of the school.
Our session was on a beautiful fall day in the late afternoon, which provided nice, soft natural light that is perfect for portrait photography. It was warm enough to enjoy playing outside and take advantage of this super fun swing, which proved to be a great way to capture genuine joy on June’s face. The family’s sweet backyard setup, complete with a dream treehouse, was recently featured in Bethesda Magazine where you can see more of June enjoying the swing.
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!