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.

Family photo with parents and two young daughters sitting on a bench outside

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. 😉

Holiday Mini-session with the "AW" Family

Holiday Mini-session with the "AW" Family

Holiday Mini-session with the "AW" Family


Julie Kubal family portraits Washington D.C.About the Photographer and 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!