Capturing Everlasting Moments in Timeless Photographs
Family pictures tell stories; the story of our family. Yes, words do the same, but pictures capture important moments along with the emotions being – for the lack of better words – emoted. In the age of smartphones, everybody takes pictures of the smallest moments. This includes food. Let’s think about it, you care what food you ate at 15 years ago? I know I won’t. However, the way your child smiles will be something you will always want to remember. Especially when they have teeth missing.
Gray Velvet Album
It's time to do away with the traditional boring album. Are you always looking for ideas for family pictures and how to store and showcase them? Well this album is a great way to store your family pictures for Christmas or any family portraits.
As a family photographer, I am thrilled to share this new album with you and the families that trust me to photograph their pictures. This Velvet album is luxurious and gorgeous. It is one of the most recent album additions to Tamieka Smith Photography product line. I can't sing the praises of this album enough. Once you see and touch it you'll understand why.
Touching this album, you'll become memorized by the softness and smoothness.
Beach Portraits at Laguna's Table Top Beach
The South Bay in California has several exquisite beaches and Table Rock in Laguna Beach is one that will not disappoint. This beach is the perfect location for a family portrait session or a wonderful place to watch the sunset. As a family photographer, I was pleased with the different aspects of this location.
Luxurious Story Box
Every time a client orders a Story Box I get really excited for them; because I know they are going to fall head over heals when they receive this luxurious box full of family portraits. The story boxes are beautifully designed wooden box with a luxurious soft touch material on the interior with chrome hinges. The quality of the build is phenomenal. When I received this Story Box I was excited and can't wait for Major Day and his wife to receive this beautiful box.
Fun Summer Activities for Kids
It's a new month and if you're like me, you're on the prowl for things to do with your children during the summer months. I've been looking for several different activities as my boys don't enjoy the same activities. This list will definitely help to avoid hearing the dreaded "I'm bored" statement from your children this year.
Here's list of summer activity possibilities for families in both Northern Virginia and Los Angeles.
Beach Family Portraits at Leesylvania State Park
Family photographers like to plan everything in advance (day/time/location/etc.) when it comes to family pictures to ensure we have an idea of what our clients want. However, I like to leave a little wiggle room in my schedule just in case there is a last minute emergency or a need for a last minute change for family's portrait session.
A few Saturday evenings ago, I was contacted about my availability for a last minute beach session. Unfortunately, the family had to make last minute photographer arrangement and contacted me to have their family pictures taken. They selected Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge as their location for portraits. As you can see from the portraits the location is amazing for cool and unique portraits.
Especially in the Washington D.C. area, there is limited beach access, so this location is perfect for the fun summer family beach pictures. From the pictures below, you can see how amazing the location is and the beauty of this amazing family.
Family Portrait Published in Toffee & Honey Magazine
I know it's been a while since my last blog post...but, it's been for good reason. As many of you know, I moved to the Los Angeles area earlier this month...moving is part of the military life. However, before I moving to Southern California, I received great news from the Editors of Toffee & Honey Magazine. One of the last family portrait sessions I photographed prior to leaving Woodbridge was featured in their Mother's Day Edition. In addition to being featured and published, it's a full spread (pages 48-49) in the magazine.
Cherry Blossom Family Portraits in Washington DC
It's hard to believe the Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC have already bloomed and are not gone. Each year, I look forward to the arrival of spring and the blooming of these beautiful flowers. This year's Cherry Blossoms were a marvelous sight and a wonderful opportunity for amazing family portraits. Despite the chilly breeze, the pink and white blooms were breath taking. Yes, spring has sprung.
As a parent, we don’t know how our kids will interact with strangers especially when it comes to taking pictures. However, these little kiddos where excited and ready to have their portrait taken with the symbol of spring for Washington DC; I even had a creative director.
Protecting Your Family's Portraits
When selecting and hiring a family photographer to take your portraits, many don’t consider the importance a professional photographer takes to protect your family pictures. Unfortunately computers don't give us advance warning when it's about to fail and they can fail at any time, so I take extra care to protect your family images to ensure you receive delivery of your beautiful family portraits. Thankfully, I’ve never lost an image due to computer failure or corrupt memory cards. This is due to the necessary precautions I take to minimize this from happening and the process I use to ensure you receive your beautiful retouched portraits.
Here are the steps I take to protect your family’s pictures:
Tips to Look Thinner and Confident in Pictures
Having your portrait taken can be overwhelming. After considering what to wear this spring for your family portrait, the next thought is how will I look? I’ve have had many clients express to tell me “I look fat” in pictures.
Before, we get started, I must confess, I’m not always a huge fan of my pictures. In addition, I’m always looking for ways to look best and hide the flaws I don’t like. As a woman and professional photographer, I know many of us women are self-conscious about the way we look and want to look thinner and beautiful in our pictures especially the pictures with our family. I thought it would be helpful for you ladies to share a few helpful tips for your next portrait.
1. THE RIGHT CLOTHES.
This isn’t a posing tip, but it’s so necessary to include in this post! The clothing you choose makes a huge difference. Avoid bulky or sheer fabrics and choose fitted items (not too tight or loose). Ladies please avoid strapless and sleeveless tops — although they might look great in real life, they probably won’t translate well to the camera.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a Los Angeles family photographer 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.