I recently asked a friend’s parents if I could photograph them together because I was so moved by how they looked at one another and always sat holding hands. They warmly welcomed me in to their new nest [the day before his big birthday which was perfect timing!] and inspired me with how they live, and I quote, “in a state of radical gratitude.” May we all be so lucky to live with this outlook and to be in love for 45 years!
Don’t miss the last image…one of my faves.
If you checked our FB page last week then you saw one of the more spontaneous images from our fabulous event at tabula rasa - but there is more to share! There were so many interesting women offering and enjoying cool services which made for a really dynamic evening. While guests were shopping, getting tended to and sipping bubbly my favorite Make Up Chic, Suzanne Kahn, worked her magic to get those who signed up camera-ready. Some women wanted more professional shots for business but we also got some fun ones in there. Our very first “client” was waiting for her mama and did not need any make up whatsoever.
Here’s to a new tradition for Mother’s Day Weekend!
I am so excited to be a part of this one of a kind event this Saturday at the most elegant of event spaces: tabula rasa! Here’s the scoop on Hello Gorgeous: make-up+glamourous photos+prosecco+shopping = a unique and fabulous night on the town!
Feeling camera shy? Then reserve your spot for make up and hair touch ups to feel your best or just come hang out, sip & nibble while you shop and meet with experts of all kinds from a wellness professional to a stylist and wardrobe consultant.
Space is limited and registration is required.
You can find all the juicy details on the flyer below. Please do pass it along to friends and neighbors and don’t forget your mom!
Spring is finally here which means warmer days for my favorite sundresses have suddenly arrived! Clients often ask for recommendations about what to wear for portrait sessions and now I really do have some expert advice to share thanks to Ellie, manager at Dawn Price Baby. We spent a fabulous morning together creating outfit inspirations for spring. The mannequins were very cooperative and surprisingly quiet as you’ll note in the images below.
Trends Ellie sees for spring: rompers are not just for baby anymore – older toddler girls also have great romper options from Tea Collection, Mimi and Maggie and Mayoral. There are also bold prints and plenty of orange [I am biased here I will admit! I LOVE orange and it mixes well with blues, browns and purples too]. Luckily, we are on the same page when it comes to outfits for portraits: go for color and prints and no matchy-matchy khakis and white oxfords!
PHOTOPIA always recommends : Textures, textures, textures, bold color, prints and patterns and layers for cool mornings – and this goes for all ages.
Here’s the scoop on what you’ll see below: the first three images feature Tea Collection with Pink Chicken stripey pants thrown in the mix. Tea Collection is really my go-to for kids’ portrait sessions. Don’t worry about mixing patterns with Tea! All their prints coordinate with each other so mixing stripes with florals or bold patterns not only works, it is recommended! Tea Collection carries over colors in both their boys and girls collection which make it a great option for coordinating siblings.
Other favorite lines with funky prints and patterns [again what I love!]
This is just the beginning of our seasonal styling for portrait sessions so keep an eye out for other summer highlights and a fall preview. Enjoy!
The two shots below feature Mayoral - from Spain, with elegant European styling, classic look similar to Catamini but for a fraction the price. Great for more traditional styling and easy to pair with parent outfits too.
Here’s a fun combo for a boy and girl – both rompers. On the left is a real beach-ready stripe from Mayoral with Le Top on the right [race track ready?].
On the left below is a cool little outfit from Monster Republic - hipster boyswear from L.A. I often hear that there are fewer cool options for boys clothing but look no more. Between Tea and Monster Republic you are in good hands. On the right is the same romper from Le Top.
Even before having girls of my own, I was fascinated with the age twelve, such an incredible time in the process of becoming a young woman. Of course, I never imagined my “baby” would be twelve so soon!
This year Lucinda wanted a “not-spa” theme of skin care and nail painting followed by cupcakes for her 12th birthday. Like in most families, birthdays are a big deal in ours and mean months of planning for our always-at-home parties. We enlisted our favorite make up artist extraordinaire, Suzanne Kahn, to come lead a mini-workshop with the girls. They had fun learning about healthy skin care, trying out masques and learning how to do make up that is middle-school-appropriate for dressy occasions. So sweet!
It’s feeling a little more like spring every day and the wonderful neighborhood phenomenon of running into people I haven’t seen in months has begun, so I know winter is really nearing it’s end.
While photographing outdoors is what I love chilly months are a great time for me to work inside. I was delighted to photograph the Capitol Hill Community Foundation Honorees again this year. You can see the group together below when we photographed them here in the studio. The individual portraits will be unveiled in the Awards Dinner program in April so you’ll have to wait a little longer to see those.
Kudos to Francis Campbell, Bill Phillips, Elizabeth Nelson and Nick Alberti for their dedication to making Capitol Hill the wonderful neighborhood that it is!
I love my clients, I really do. I feel so lucky to really enjoy spending time with everyone I work with. And I feel really special when said lovely people send their fabulous friends my way. To all of you on this Valentine’s Day 2013 I want to say Thank You!! And thanks to J+M for letting me share the image below from their engagement session. More faves from this super fun session will be featured on my new website so check back or get on the PHOTOPIA list to stay in the loop. By the way, that list just got word of an early booking springtime special too!
And if you feel like spreading a little more love today please vote for me in the City Paper Best of DC Poll for Best Photographer [under Services]. Thanks again for all the support and keeping my biz growing strong the past ten years!
I just spent an amazing week in Atlanta for ImagingUSA, a huuuge conference sponsored by Professional Photographers of America. The first three days I was happily consumed by an intensive workshop with only 25 others. I met some truly amazing people, not only talented photographers but genuinely kind and interesting people too. We were then let loose into a series of one or two hour classes and the massive trade show with about 12,000 other photographers! I think I really am a photo geek since my favorite classes were about software and work flow.
Between the workshop and the trade show I have so many new ideas and some really exciting new products for the spring! Oh, the gorgeous albums. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the inside scoop and new website ahead in February too – weehoo!
Lastly, “Be It Known” that I have two merits for afore mentioned workshop. I’ll let you know when I know what that gets me but I’m pretty happy to have this pretty Certificate of Merit for now.
Photographing couples of any age is always such a treat for me. This was such a fun engagement session on many levels – this Capitol Hill duo wanted to capture their DC neighborhood which I love doing so we strolled the Hill and laughed like crazy the whole two hours! And then I kept laughing as I looked through the images again and again. What joy! Keep your eyes out for more highlights from this session on my new website next month too.