Sending Christmas cards to family and friends is like an unspoken tradition across the United States. It doesn't matter where you live, many people look forward to receiving christmas cards from family members and friends you may not have seen in a while. This is especially exciting for military families, as we are typically servicing (OConus or Conus) in areas away from our immediate and/or extended families. Have you taken your family's portrait to send out your latest Christmas card?
I'm excited to announce The Headshot Marathon on January 10 in Northern Virginia. The headshot marathon is luxury event designed for the busy professional. Experience a full branding makeover for your business. In today's social media market, brand management starts with YOU.
It's amazing to see how fast this year seems to be going...it's Thanksgiving next week. What are your plans? Will you cook an extravagant meal with a Turkey and all the fixins for your family? If you're a military family, will you be traveling back home to spend time with your extended family?
I'm thrilled we'll get an opportunity to experience the new F.A.O. Schwarz during this holiday season in New York City (see video below); as well as all the other things/places New York City has to offer for the holidays.
For today's Friday Fives, I wanted to share five reasons why I'm thankful. Just a quick glimpse of the news and it's a quick reminder to be grateful and thankful. Here are my top five reasons I'm thankful.
A Salute to Military Veterans
On this Veterans Day, I want to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who has served and is currently serving. This country honors and thanks you for your service. In 1918, World World I came to an end and Veterans Day became a national holiday to honor all of those who give of themselves. As the daughter of a Veteran, a Veteran myself, and a spouse of an Air Force Officer, I honor you!
List of Veterans Day meals and deals; here.
Fall Family Portraits in Northern Virginia
Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year especially in Northern Virginia. It’s my favorite because when you step outside you feel the crispness in the air and the smell of wood burning in the fireplaces. In addition to the crispness, the color on the trees come to life with beautiful oranges, reds, browns, and yellows. When the wind blows, leaves begin flying in the air making for an amazing family portrait.
National Adoption Month
Did you know November is National Adoption Month? Many of you may not know, but I'm an adoptive Mom. Yes, my husband and I adopted our youngest son almost ten years ago. Like many couples we struggled with infertility. From the start of our marriage, we always wanted to adopt a young child, but wanted to have our biological children first. However, God had other plans.
Location...Location...Location for Family Portraits in Northern Virginia
Location...Location...Location. Did you know many of the parks and Federal land in Washington DC and Northern Virginia require photography permits?
This includes Private Gardens, Fairfax County Parks, and all Federal land like the National Mall. Permits can range from $50 up to $250 per session.
5 Reasons to have your Family Photographs in Washington D.C.
In this week's Friday Fives, I'll discuss five reasons why having your family pictures taken in Washington D.C. is a wonderful idea. Living this close to Washington D.C. has its privileges; especially when it comes to taking family pictures.
Washington D.C. is such a beautiful place regardless of the time of year. When it's spring the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom and make for a beautiful background for your family's spring portraits; and during Autumn, the foliage on the trees are amazing. If you're a part of the military community, having your family's portrait taken in Washington D.C. will also be a great way to remember you were stationed in the Washington D.C. area.
"My child won't last an hour, so mini session is a better fit"
Have you ever made the statement “My child won’t last an hour, so a mini session works best for us” or “all we need is a one picture”? At first glance, a mini portrait session may seem like a wonderful idea. Especially since you may see or hear so many other families requesting the same thing. As a matter of fact, this seems to be very common request made by many parents in the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area. However, once the session is going well; time is up.
The biggest challenge for families and mini portrait sessions are the ability for families to connect with the camera and themselves in a quick amount of time. The overall goal of hiring a professional photographer is to get beautiful quality family portraits. As these pictures will become a loving remembrance of your family's current stage. One of the biggest issues being overlooked is the ability for the child to warm up and connect with your family's photographer.
Which Portrait Session is Best?
If you’re in one of the local Northern Virginia mom or parenting groups on Facebook, I’m sure you’ve seen the numerous requests for family photographer who are offering mini sessions. Many have become condition to hearing these words than many don’t know or understand the difference between the different types of portrait sessions. As the name suggests, a mini session, is a smaller version of a full customized portrait session. Many families use mini session to capture a milestone or to offer to clients who only have a limited budget.
For this week's Friday Five, i'm detailing five things that make a customized family portrait session different from a mini portrait session.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, owner of Tamieka Smith Photography. I would love to help you plan your family's sunset portraits in Northern Virginia (or surrounding area) or photograph your military ceremony — possibly both. Working with families and military members is my specialty. I hope you'll look at my recent work and all that’s available for you. I hope we're able to work together and I’m able to document your family’s history.