Tamieka Smith Photography is Coming to Northern Virginia
Did you happen to see the live announcement made last Friday on Facebook? I will be traveling to Northern Virginia/Washington DC to photograph all the beautiful families that have been wanting to be photographed by my studio this spring. Washington DC and Northern Virginia is such a beautiful location in the spring for family pictures. With the Cherry Blossoms and other beautiful blooms it's a great location for that magical picture.
Have you been wanting to get your family's picture taken, but you've been hesitating or resisting because you've picked up a few pounds during the Covid-19 quarantine? I got you! As a Mom, myself, I understand we can be insecure about our appearance and weight. So, I'll pose you so you'll be comfortable in your skin and ready to let your inner self shine through.
Happy New Year
Are you happy 2020 is over? You're not alone. With Coronavirus, the election, job loss, evictions and more disturbing news, I'm definitely ready to start a new year.
Many, including myself, were extremely excited about the start of a 2020 - new year and upcoming possibilities of what the year would bring. Let along the numerical number 2020, I heard many say it was the year of vision. A year that many would see great opportunities. As a photographer that's new to the Los Angeles area, I was definitely looking forward to the possibilities of photographing families in my new state and local area. Since moving from the Washington D.C. area, this was going to be my first full year in LA and I was making plans to serve many families by photographing their memories.
Family Welcome Packet and Magazine
This year, I have been building, changing, and shifting my overall client experience. As the year draws to a close, I've been looking for ways to improve the overall experience for my family portrait clients have from the time their family pictures are booked until the date of their portrait session.
So I began searching for welcome guides / welcome packets and how to package them. I saw several different templates, but I feel in love with the design from Design Aglow. I'm so excited to be sending these new welcome packets to my clients booking family pictures in 2021 and beyond.
Beautiful Family Picture Keepsake
Have you hired a professional family photographer recently? If so, how are you enjoying those family pictures? Did you have intentions to have your family pictures printed, but time got the best of your schedule and they were never printed?
I understand...life happens. My portrait studio exists to help the busy family create beautiful family imagery to display the people you love most. I'm here to help you. I begin with the end in mind; meaning I want to learn about your family and how you would like to enjoy your portraits. One of the most popular products clients tend to gravitate to are the Story Boxes (pictured below - 11x14 Window Story Box). As you can see, these boxes are luxurious and gorgeous. They would make for a beautiful display piece in your family's living or family room.
Museum Quality Framed Canvas
My clients know me for luxury products. For the last few months, I've been looking for a luxurious canvas vendor since my previous vendor stop offering them. So I asked several of my fellow photographers who they used and I kept getting a resounding answer.
So I decided to give this new vendor a try and I can say I am extremely excited and impressed with the quality of their work and know you will be ecstatic to have this canvas displaying in your house. The outcome is a wonderful piece of art and it's breathtaking.
The picture above is what's used to make the handcrafted framed canvas in the video below.
Branding Portraits for Fast Signs
A few weeks ago, I attended a networking event via Zoom for a networking group here in Torrance. I meet several business owners and entrepreneurs. After attending the meeting, I received an email asking if I could photograph the management team and if I could photograph them later that week.
Beautiful Story Box
Oh yes! I love this Story Box and so do many of my family clients. It's no secret, I'm a hug advocate of family's printing their pictures. We have countless pictures stored on our smartphones and computers, but how many of you can say you have a gorgeous collections or prints of the people you love?
How to Get Real Genuine Smiles
Photographing kids can be a challenge whether you're a seasoned family photographer or a newbie. They will want to become comfortable before they show any personality. As a family photographer in Los Angeles and Northern Virginia, I work hard to make kids laugh and show their authentic personality. Kids are full of energy, but they are completely unpredictable. They can be so adorable and easy going and laughing uncontrollably one minute, and the next minute, turn that charm off completely. Have you noticed, they will typically smile for you all day long until you put them in front of a camera, then they freeze up like a deer in headlights. As a family photographer, I want to help Moms and Dads avoid the gritted teeth and bug-eyed forced smiles during our portrait session.
My Story...Pregnancy and Infant Loss
October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. August and December are two of the toughest months of the year for me. These months are the toughest because these are the months two of my sons became angels.
Yes, unfortunately, I am counted in the statistics of infant loss. Please bear with me as I write this. Fifteen years ago, I was ecstatic to hear I was pregnant with my second child, only to hear a few months later my little angel was exhibiting signs of hardship and was probably going to die shortly after birth. As a person of faith, I prayed and hoped what I was hearing was untrue. I continued to carry my angel, but a few hours after birth he died. It was one of the toughest moments of my life. Of course, I went thru sadness and loss; honestly, it was rough.
Top Los Angeles Locations for Family Pictures
Selecting a family photographer in Los Angeles can be a overwhelming task. Then attempting to find the best location for your family pictures can take you over the edge. Especially since Los Angeles has so many different beautiful locations for pictures. In an attempt to help, I have complied a short list of possible locations for family pictures.
As a Los Angeles photographer, I've had the privilege of photographing many families in amazing locations. However, my favorite locations are Santa Monica Pier, Madrona Marsh, and Disney Hall.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a family photographer in Torrance, CA and Northern Virginia/National Archives Promotion Ceremony photographer in Torrance, CA. I am happy you came to visit the blog! I hope you find inspiration and helpful tips. In addition, to a peek into my life as a family photographer.