Last Updated: May 30, 2020
Top 10 Places to Take Family Portraits
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 photos of your family. Here are 10 of the best places for your next family portrait.
(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.
Where did the warm days go? We thought we were going to have an early spring heat wave. It seems we were tricked. Because of the cold snap, The National Park service has pushed the peak bloom of the Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C. back another 5 days.
This year's bloom was initially expected for March 14-17 -- but now the National Park Service is thinking it'll be more like March 19-22.
Last Updated: May 10, 2020
Tips for Photographing Your Vacation
Photographs are as much of a family vacation tradition as postcards and souvenir T-shirts. Whether you're using your cellphone, a user-friendly point-and-shoot or a professional camera with all the bells and whistles, these photography tips can help you take memorable family pictures that capture all the magic of your upcoming vacation. Spring break and summer vacation is just a few weeks and months away. Are you ready to capture those great memories?
What to Wear for Spring Portrait Session | Northern Virginia Photographer | Woodbridge Family Photographer
Spring has arrived in The Northern Virginia area. If you've taken a ride or walk around your neighborhood, you will notice a lot of white and red blooms on trees (and tulips in my neighborhood). Just yesterday, The National Park Service in Washington D.C. released the Peak Bloom dates for the Cherry Blossoms. Do you know what that means? It's time for warmer weather and we get to begin adding lots of fun and vibrant colors to our wardrobes again.
As a family photographer I'm often asked for clothing recommendations, so I've decided to blog and suggest a few recommendations for upcoming spring portrait sessions in the Northern Virginia area. I'm always happy to assist and provide guidance on clothing recommendations. We can schedule a consultation to discuss your wardrobe ideas or you are welcome to call my studio.
National Park Service Has Released Cherry Blossom Dates | Northern Virginia Photographer | Woodbridge Family Photographer
The National Park Service has just announced the peak bloom prediction for the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossoms. They are predicting March 14 - March 17! For the full schedule of National Cherry Blossom Festival events, visit here.
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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.
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