Let Me Introduce Myself
Happy Friday! Welcome to #IntroductionFriday. I currently live in the Woodbridge, Virginia (a suburb of Washington D.C.; in Northern Virginia), but I was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, AL. Yes, the home of the Alabama Crimson Tide. I am married, since December, 1994. I have four sons (two are angels). Traveling and new adventures are definitely two of my most favorite things to do. This is the main reason I joined the United States Air Force after graduating from high school. I wanted to see as much of the world as possible. Photography is my full time job, and I couldn't be happier. I enjoy meeting new people and helping them document their legacy for future generations; also the smiles. As I love to laugh and smile.
Choosing your Fall Portrait Location
Choosing your family’s location for fall portraits in Northern Virginia is one of the most important factors when preparing for your photo session. The location you select will be the backdrop to set the stage for your family’s entire session and will be an essential piece of every picture, pose and, ultimately, the finished product. I recommend picking a location that’s special to you, either a location you love, somewhere you frequent or a place that best represents your family. The family pictured below looks beautiful sitting on and standing next to a piece of history in the Manassas Battlefield Park in Virginia.
Family Portraits at Potomac Shores
I love working with clients again and again over the years. This family may look familiar as I photographed them last fall in Northern Virginia. The Logans contacted me to schedule their family's summer portrait and wanted to be photographed in a beautiful new community named Potomac Shores in Dumfries, Virginia.
Navy Promotion Ceremony at The National Archives Museum in Washington D.C.
What a day filled with excitement - two Navy promotion ceremonies at The National Archives. Yes, not only was it a promotion ceremony for Captain Juergens, but also Commander McCandless. They both arrived in Washington D.C. for their military ceremony.
Congratulations are in order for Lieutenant Colonel Ono. He is one of the Air Force newest promotees. Yesterday morning, Major Ono and his family arrived at the National Archives Museum in Washington D.C. for his promotion ceremony and greeted their friends and guests.
Happy Friday everyone! Did this week go as fast for you as it did for me? It seems like it was just Monday; at the beginning of the week, I was in the middle of preparing for the arrival of hurricane Florence. Now I’m planning and looking for things to do in the Northern Virginia area with my family. I’m on the countdown to the new fall season of television shows. This is a list of the top 5 shows I’m looking forward to returning this season.
Can you believe the leaves in Northern Virginia are already beginning to change colors? Where has the year gone? While driving the streets of Woodbridge, I noticed several trees in my neighborhood were changing to yellow and red. Northern Virginia is such a beautiful and scenic area during the fall season; it's makes for a majestic location to take fall family portraits. With the monuments in Washington D.C. and the beauty of fall trees, no place is the same.
This is the time of year; many families contact their favorite photographer to schedule their family for updated family pictures. Of course, you’ll want to have the absolute perfect location for your family pictures; you won't be disappointed with any of the locations listed. This blog discusses some of the most beautiful fall locations for family portraits in the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area.
Do you love your spouse or your children? Is there a time where you say "I must take a picture of this moment"? I'm sure you do. We all have those times when we want to capture every possible moment. Let me ask you, when was the last time you printed a picture of your loved ones? Has it been more than 12 months ago? According to the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), 53% of Americans stated they haven't printed a picture in 12 months or more; 42% of Americans stated they no longer print photos at all. That's a significant amount of people. Now can you imagine twenty years from now and not being able to look back upon your younger years. No childhood pictures, no young adult, no pictures of your parents or grandparents.
Do you rely solely on your cell phone, social media, or online store companies to store pictures? Are the walls of your home bare and in desperate need of love?
For this Friday Five, I want to talk about five ways to prevent being a part of the "lost" generation.
What a beautiful family! The Defors gathered at The Special Event Entrance of The National Archives Museum in Washington D.C. for a Commander DeFor's Navy Promotion Ceremony. For many that live in and near the nation's capital know we're in the middle of a heat wave, because of this, we decided to take family portraits before the ceremony. Although we couldn't run from the humidity, we walked to the top of the stairs to avoid the sun and captured this beautiful family portrait.
Happy Labor Day...my office is closed today to enjoy the beautiful countryside in Northern Virginia. However, i'll be back in the office tomorrow to answer emails and take calls.
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.