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In honor of Mother’s Day….

We are gearing up for our Mother’s Day portrait gift certificate season! To celebrate, we are offering one free lifestyle or studio portrait session for one lucky mom and her kiddos.  In order to win, simply go to our facebook page and hit “like” and then comment under the post with this photo with your name or nominate a mom you would like to see win.  So often, moms are the ones behind the camera – let’s get them SEEN in photos!  Good luck.

Leesburg, VA Mother's Day Portrait Gift Certificate

Leesburg, VA Mother’s Day Portrait Gift Certificate

Washingtonian Mom Magazine

I’m so delighted to see my work in print in the latest issue of Washingtonian Mom Magazine. I had the honor of photographing the fabulous Catherine Merrill Williams (President and Publisher) and Kate Bennett (Editor-in-Chief), along with their cute kiddos. We could title these portraits laughter and love – two of my favorite photographic ingredients. Be sure to pick up the summer issue, which is full of great mom material (including an article where I give a few of my best tips on looking your best in family photographs).

Top 5 Photography Tips for Moms

ONE: Whatever you do, don’t say “smile”! That’s right, just make your little ones laugh by being silly or joking around. I know you are invested in getting the “right” look from your child, but authentic laughter will make the best photographs every single time. On top of that, you’ll create fun memories of taking family photographs – not the painful fake-smile kind of memories.

TWO: Step away from the wall!  Why do we all have a tendency to line people up flat against a wall? Inevitably, there are picture frames or windows that create lines going right into the heads of our subjects. You’ll want to create distance from your backdrop (ideally out of focus) for a beautiful portrait. Even just moving a few feet away from the wall can make a big difference.

THREE: Hit your knees! Photographing your children from their eye level makes a much more intimate portrait , so if they are little that means getting right on the floor with them. Great eye contact with the camera is an essential part of a powerful portrait and that’s the best way to achieve it.

FOUR: Look for the light! Beautiful natural light really makes a portrait stand out. If you are inside, try moving your subject close to the window. If you are outside, try backlighting your subject with the sun or find a spot to photograph just at the edge of open shade.

FIVE: Tell a story! Often we have an idea of how our photos “should” look, but the most beautiful photographs often unfold naturally by letting your kids be themselves. So just try a few photos where you let your kids give each other funny looks, keep their favorite stuffed animal in the photo and focus your attention on capturing their little personalities.

For more in-depth photography tips and to build solid camera skills, just email me for upcoming photography workshop dates at  julie@shootphotoinc.com.

 

I love the natural laughs or these precious sisters!

I love the natural laughs or these precious sisters!

 

 

Snow Art

One of our favorite places to go for a quick hike is Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Park in Leesburg, Va.  I am constantly amazed how a location with such a tragic history can hold such beauty and peace.  Amazed.  Hope you enjoy my “Snow Art” from today’s hike. Image

Executive Portrait, Leesburg, Va.

I had so much fun photographing Kelley Sanabria, the founder of the amazing women’s business and blogger networking group Femworking. We wanted to come up with a few fabulous looks for her professional profile and I think we did it! With the Femworking Blogger and Small Business Conference fast approaching on October 26th (www.femworkingconference.com), the timing for a professional portrait was perfect. I encourage you to learn more about Femworking (meetup.com/femworking) if you are a female business owner or blogger in the DC/NOVA area.  I’ve really enjoyed being a member & meeting fabulous women like Kelley.

Sand Art

Sand Art

Little Levi

Levi was just the sweetest sleeping baby for our whole session. His dad’s a musician, so hoping he’ll love the keyboard shot.

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