Posts Tagged ‘DC family photographer’
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.
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.
Springtime in DC has been quite a teaser this year…..not sure if I’ll be wearing my gloves to a session or sandals!?! I bike to as many DC sessions as possible and have been grateful for those not too chilly mornings when I can peel of the layers and warm up in the sunshine as I photograph. The azaleas and dogwoods were truly in our favor for this session, as were the gorgeous kids, family and grandma too! Love those blue eyes and all the great patterns amongst the textures outdoors….
I first photographed this gorgeous mama her beautiful newborn baby last year – now he’s a walking, babbling, bubbly personality! We lucked into a gorgeous day in January at the Yards Park, one of my favorite new spaces in DC. Since I’ve had PHOTOPIA’s tenth year and pre-digital beginnings on my mind, I brought my old box camera and shot a few frames of film as well. So fun and especially meaningful as these two are so dear to me.
One of my favorite clients, whose family I’ve photographed in many great DC locations for the past several years, recently wrote to me saying she wanted to do “something different” for this year’s portrait session, yet still generate some images for holiday cards. After a few email exchanges we came up with a plan for a mini “day in the life” type session. We started at home in the kitchen, where they normally hang out Saturday mornings, then strolled over to Eastern Market, one of their favorite weekend destinations. It was a spectacular fall day and really so much fun…..and I’m so excited about the images that came out of it. Here’s to “something different!”
This has been a wet fall to say the least! I am thankful for the amazing weekend weather we’ve had but I’ve been caught in more downpours, camera in hand, than usual this time of year. Luckily, I’ve spent alot of time with this wonderful family so we were perfectly comfortable crowding together trying to stay dry during the sudden deluge mid-portrait session. Here are some faves of from the morning – thanks for braving the weather with me!
When I meet with clients for their pre-session consultation I always ask where they spend time as a family and what would make for a meaningful location for their portrait session. Well, this lovely couple actually had their wedding at the Jefferson Memorial a few years ago [how cool is that!?] and wanted to return for family portraits. It was such a spectacular setting and was made all the more memorable by knowing that this was where they were married. Such joy!
I have more images from Maine to share! Interestingly, like my last post, this portrait session was also right before a move, though this time we focused more on capturing the home that was dear to my clients. Details of their lovely house, interactions with a beloved neighbor, favorite rooms and so simply, the front stoop, one of my favorite urban locations for portraits.
Isn’t she a delight? I love seeing both the quiet, contemplative moments and bright, smiley ones.
While I sit under the fan in my air conditioned studio and the temperature outside is pushing 100, I am dreaming of last weekend in Maine…when 85 degrees didn’t feel too hot and I got to dip my toes into the chilly waters in Kennebunk.
I had an amazing time with some very dear to me clients who so graciously welcomed me into their home again. The teeny new baby of two summers ago is now a headstrong two year old and the “big girls” are moving onto college and new jobs.It was a perfect time to update the collection of family portraits.
We took advantage of the gorgeous end of day golden light for the portraits then I shared in their delicious family meal [with the best corn I've had yet this summer]. While the little girls were sleeping and the grown-ups relaxing with their books, I edited the images and prepared a presentation for the morning. It was a treat to get to share the portraits with everyone right away before we all went our separate ways….from the Midwest to Mid-Atlantic.
I had a tough time narrowing down the ones to post here!
In my room….love the Home Sweet Home pillow…..
If you look back to my posts from Maine, you’ll see these guys walking together on the beach but holding two of the three girls because they were so little!
I was lucky enough to share some quiet moments with this sweet baby and his gorgeous mama recently – isn’t he amazing!? He’s two months old here….becoming more alert and smiley every day. Every time I look into his eyes I just melt.
Since this portrait session I’ve been busy photographing high school seniors – fun in an entirely different way. Check back next week for sneak peeks!