I gathered with the Price family in Bishop’s Garden at National Cathedral in honor of Vivienne’s fifth birthday. This shoot constitutes the 11th family photography session I have shared with parents Margot and Adam, and their three children, Vivienne, August, 3, and Eleanore, 1. This was a special shoot for the Price family and me, as it not only represented a milestone in our professional relationship, but it was also the fifth anniversary of my first time working with Vivienne.
I first met Vivienne when she was just a few weeks old, photographing her newborn portraits. Since then we have reunited several times, capturing annual family photographs and commemorating the arrival and birthdays of her and her two younger siblings. I look forward to every session with Vivienne and the Price family, catching up on their year and seeing how everyone has grown.
Prior to each session, Margot and I discuss the focus and expectation for the shoot. In the case of a birthday, we’ll decide to feature one child, while continuing to incorporate the entire family into the mix. We also always consult on clothing coordination. Every time I meet with the Prices I know I can expect an impeccably well-dressed group, as Mom is a meticulous planner. Per usual, Margot succeeded in selecting darling outfits that allowed the kids personalities to shine.
The day of the shoot we planned to meet in the early evening, hoping to embrace the beautiful light and mellow temperatures that accompany late June in Washington D.C. To our delight, the night turned out beautifully. The mild temperatures and low humidity allowed everyone to feel comfortable, and we all enjoyed the lush garden and gorgeous summer evening.
The Price kids are a lively and energetic group, and managing to catch them all in one frame proved challenging. As my goal is to always create authentic images that illustrate a child’s true personality and style, I embraced the energy. Focusing on one child at a time allowed me to capture them individually, showcasing each one in their own element.
Over the years I have worked with Margot and Adam to develop custom wall art featuring the family photography I have created for them. The couple has managed to artistically and authentically incorporate the work throughout their space. However, the family is now approaching a big move to a new home. Once they have settled in, I look forward to working with Adam and Margot again, utilizing the images from our many sessions together to outfit their new home with beautiful family portraits.
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!