Family Pictures in Your Home Gets Kids More Relaxed — Family Portrait Photographer Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland

I recently had the pleasure of photographing the Stitt family in their lovely home in Virginia this month. It’s always great reconnecting with friends/clients, and this reunion was even more special because they welcomed a new baby girl to the family a few months ago.

I kid you not, she was such a baby doll! Made me (almost) want to have another child. Ha ha. 🙂 Here are some of MY favorite pictures from the session. Their oldest daughter is such a cutie, too! And it was so great photographing her in her element because I think we got some really memorable shots! Don’t you think so??

Like a lot of moms, we want to make sure our kids are comfortable enough when it comes to taking great pictures. What better way to make them at ease in front of the camera? Photograph at home! I’m available to travel to your home, just contact me at and let’s chat!

Stitt Family, thanks again for the opportunity to photograph you and thanks for welcoming me into your home!

Spring Family Portrait Session — National Harbor, MD

I had the privilege of photographing the Huggins clan at the National Harbor, Maryland on the waterfront recently. In fact, we photographed on probably one of the busiest days — Mother’s Day!

All I can say, it was extremely crowded on the waterfront when we started our shoot around 6:00 p.m., but we made it happen anyway! The Huggins are troopers. And I’m sure they felt like mini-celebrities as we maneuvered through people to stop for poses along the pier and waterfront.

I managed to get some great shots of the family (see slideshow below), despite the challenging environment. The kids, having just woken up from naps on the car ride over, were still a little groggy and (as most kids are) weren’t as excited as I was to take pictures. So I encouraged mom and dad to take them for a little stroll to get them warmed up for our shoot. [Read more…]

Indoor Versus Outdoor Portrait Session? Thoughts from a natural light photographer

When you’re deciding to take family or individual photos and you’re looking for a qualified portrait photographer, you’ll come across primarily two options in your search: a photographer who shoots in a studio and those who primarily use natural lighting and shoots outdoors.

When I first started in the photography business, it just so happened to be in winter and I didn’t own a studio. I had to get creative and find indoor locations that didn’t impose restrictions. Boy was it tough! Thankfully, I found a couple of spots (which, by the way, no longer allow commercial photographers on the premise unless under certain circumstances) that enabled me to shoot my clients indoors free from the elements.
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My Top 5 Family Portrait Photography Tips

family portrait photography session at the Gaylord, National Harbor MDAs I head into a busy photography season, I thought I’d share some of my favorite tips for preparing for your family portrait session. Photographing with kids at just about any age — whether you have a toddler or pre-teen — can present several unexpected challenges.

My first and foremost advice is to be flexible! If your child isn’t feeling up to taking family photos, let me, the photographer, take the lead. Sometimes kids are more likely to let their guard down in the presence of a friendly photographer. I have my way with kids, ya know!? LOL Actually, as a photographer with two young kids of my own I’ve had tons of practice with my own two little ones getting them to cooperate when mommy is trying to get the best shot. Trust me — I know a thing or two about getting kids to cooperate and it doesn’t always include tooth-decaying bribes. 🙂 [Read more…]