Spring time is on the horizon and that means many parents are looking and hoping to have their child(ren) photographed with the animals that are synonymous with spring…baby chicks and bunnies. Or the number one question asked in many Northern Virginia Mom groups is “will you have real live bunnies at your spring mini sessions?” When the answer is “no” many are upset and then there’s a big exasperation. I just saw one a few hours ago and the post was quickly deleted.
After conducting several portrait sessions over a few decades with live bunnies and rabbits, a photographer in Georgia experienced a barrage of complaints and even death threats because of the way the children handled baby chicks and bunnies during their sessions. This is what brings me to this blog post. I would like to detail the top 8 reasons why I don’t offer portrait sessions with bunnies, chicks, and other fury “spring” animals.
Everyone likes to receive digital images from their family photographer, but did you know you’ll love the Canvas Wraps that are offered. Tamieka Smith Photography is proud to design and offer professional museum quality gallery wrapped canvases. Each canvas is Museum quality canvas and is a stunning way to display your family’s favorite portraits in your home. They are the perfect décor for your home because it not just art…it’s your family.
When I got married over 23 years ago and had children, my husband and I realized we had to do fun family things for Valentine’s Day. As a military family, we didn’t have family living nearby to drop our children off with, so we had to be creative. While living in Northern Virginia things haven’t changed. At this point we have created a system of different ways to celebrate this love holiday together.
Since Valentine’s Day is on Wednesday this year; instead of a date night, my husband and I have a date lunch. Even if we can’t go and have lunch at a fancy restaurant, just sitting together eating a sandwich and chips is romantic. Because we don’t have to yell at any of our children; it’s just us two. However, as a family photographer, I know you’re probably looking for ways to celebrate your family on this holiday and document the memories you’ll create.
Let’s discuss a few awesome ideas you can do with your family and make memories that will last generations.
Now my eldest is the king of this game. It has taught him how to be strategic and think several moves ahead. It’s to the point where no one wants to play because we know we’re going to lose…I know it’s sad.
Another one of our favorite family games is Trouble.
We love all these games, because they’re appropriate for children and adults of all ages.
When it’s time for family pictures, are you a Mom that says not me, just the kids? One day your children and grandchildren will look for photos of you and what will they find? Do you become self-conscience of your looks when it comes to photographs and hesitate to take family pictures? As a Northern Virginia family photographer, the most common response I hear is “I need to lose weight”.
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.