Last Updated: July 27, 2023
Taking family photographs in a studio are a great way to capture memories. However, if you live in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C., better known as the DMV; there are many outdoor locations and famous sites where you can take pictures for family. Here are 10 of the best places for your next family picture.
(Please Note: taking professional photographs in Washington D.C. requires a photography permit, which costs $150 per day for 2-10 people. You can read more about portrait session permits and guidelines here.)
The results are in!
The Shoot and Share Photo Contest opened for portrait submission at the beginning of the year and I wasn’t missing out this this time. I put on a brave face and submitted several of the portraits I took in 2016. I was so in love with so many images I took last year that it was hard to narrow it down to just 50, but I did it and was all in for 2017!
Raise your hand if you've ever planned a kids' birthday party? Or perhaps a surprise party for someone? Bridal Shower? Baby Shower? Reunion? Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Shall I keep going? Planning a party is a lot of prep work and so often includes many details that we think of after the fact.
All too often I am asked, why hire an event planner? My answer is always the same; to be able to be a guest at your own event. Even when I got married, I still hired someone to take care of the details the week leading up so that I could sit back and relax!
So, really, why hire a professional event planner? Here are four reasons…
Why are Mommy and Me portrait sessions important?
The bond between a mother and her child(ren) is unlike any other, one that can be beautifully captured with a camera. But if you’re anything like me, you’re always the one behind the camera in family photos and hardly ever in them. That's why I hire a professional photographer myself to have my own professional family portraits taken and I attempt to relax and enjoy the portrait session. Traditional Family Portrait session also tend to focus more on the kids and I hardly ever get to capture moments of us being ourselves.
We finally got our first and probably our last BIG snowfall for the year in Northern Virginia. Some people got as many as more than a foot of snow. So why not capture your kids in the beauty of a winter wonderland. Forget the white seamless paper – use snow to create an amazing portrait of your child(ren). Snow can serve as a great backdrop for this, but it must be evenly lit and most importantly, WHITE. One of the biggest things I hear about snow portraits from fellow moms is the snow was yellow or blue.
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