After a cold, rainy April, we lucked out with a spring-like day to take photos of the Bernstein family. I originally met Teresa when her son Walt and my son were at Temple Sinai Nursery School together. Teresa booked me to take family photos when Arabella was just a few months old. We really hit it off and have stayed in touch over the years. When she was pregnant with her 3rd child, Bode, she consulted me about doing a newborn photo shoot and in the end, we crafted some beautiful newborn memories for her family to cherish.

Photo of young brother and sister sitting on stone path in a garden

In the past, I’ve worked very closely with Teresa to design artwork from their photo sessions. Recently, the Bernstein’s have built an addition on to their house and everything got rearranged into new spaces. We went back to Bode’s newborn session to add an additional gallery wrap to complete the new arrangement. At that time, Teresa started talking to me about wanting updated family photos now that Bode is a toddler and running around. I had just announced my new Mini-Session Mixer offering, where friends can get together and have a photo session at the same time. It sounded like the perfect way for us to accomplish getting the updated family images she envisioned. Teresa invited two friends and their families to partake in the mixer and all three families booked the session together.

Photo of young girl holding a flower sitting on stone path in a garden.

For this session, all three families and I got together on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. While the 3pm sun in Washington DC isn’t always an ideal time for taking portraits, there was plenty of beautiful shady areas around the Cathedral grounds to make use of. I had even scouted out the grounds the day before and found a new spot to use as our backdrop, since it had plenty of shade to make up for the position of the sun at that time of day.

Photo of boy sitting on a stone wall in a garden.

It can be hard to get toddlers to sit still long enough to be photographed, which was certainly the case this time. However, we managed to get some cute pics of Bode with his older brother and sister and Teresa’s choice of clothing worked fantastically together. Wouldn’t you say? I love the blues and the pop of green that Arabella brings to the mix.

Photo of mother with three children standing on a walkway in a garden.

I’m looking forward to our continued relationship and adding to the beautiful collection of family photos that Teresa has affectionately dubbed, “The Julie Kubal Wall.” 😀

Photo of toddler boy crawling on stone path in a garden.


Professional Washington DC Photographer Julie KubalAbout 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!