Updated: September 5, 2022
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.
What to Wear for Spring Family Pictures
As a professional photographer in Northern Virginia, “What to Wear” is a commonly asked questions when families are planning their family portrait session. I totally understand receiving these questions, because everyone wants to look their best, and styles and color trends are consistently changing. I share these posts as I want to make things easier for my clients. In addition to sharing these helpful tips, I also let my clients know, I’m willing to come to their home to help create a style/wardrobe for their family pictures.
Updated: December 19, 2022
Venues for Military Ceremonies
Who would have thought the National Archives Museum books up so quickly. However, it's Fall 2022 and they're already booking into summer 2023. Many members wanted to have their promotion or retirement ceremonies at the National Archives Museum in Washington D.C. Now many are wondering what other locations can be used for their military ceremony. This week’s Friday Fives list is a helpful list to give you some ideas and possibilities.
Being in Washington D.C. there are so many wonderful locations to have as a military ceremony. This is a quick list of five different possibilities if you are not able to schedule your promotion or retirement ceremony at the National Archives Museum.
Updated: December 7, 2021
Best Northern Virginia Fall Portrait Locations
Can you believe the leaves in Northern Virginia are already beginning to change colors? Where has the year gone? Oh, I remember; COVID (for almost two years now). 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 fall season; it 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 pictures. Of course, you'll want to have 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.
Updated: October 1, 2022
Schedule National Archives Museum in 2023
The National Archives Museum in Washington D.C. is the home of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights and it is one of the prized locations for military members and their families for promotions, reenlistments, retirements, or commissioning ceremonies.
However, many military members and families are unsure who to contact to schedule the Rotunda for their upcoming military ceremony. If you are in the Washington D.C., Maryland, or Northern Virginia (DMV), and would like to know who to contact, how many people can attend the ceremony, and how far in advance to contact the museum, this is the blog for you.
Updated: April 27, 2020
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and finding the perfect gift can be difficult and extremely challenging especially since we're in the midst of a pandemic. Many of our favorite local restaurants are not office dine in options or may not be open at all.
There isn’t a go-to guide that says buy this gift and Mom will love it. However, here are a few recommendations that will bring a huge smile to Mom's face and warm her heart. If you’re looking for something outside the box, here are a few ideas.
Updated: January 4, 2023
Quick Chocolate Chip Cookies
Here in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland the weather has been brutal. Today, the kids were released early from school because of the cold temperatures and freezing rain. The College Football National Championship game coming on tonight and it's a perfect time for some quick cook.
I usually bake these cookies when I want something sweet yet quick to bake and eat. Tip: Use a small ice cream scoop to form balls of dough, and they'll bake into gorgeous, perfectly round cookies every time.
Updated: December 7, 2021
Military Photography at The National Archives Museum in Washington D.C.
Living in Northern Virginia and being so close to Washington, D.C., means military members and their families have so many great options and possibilities to have a military ceremony. As a veteran and Air Force spouse in Northern Virginia, I know many friends who are always on the lookout for a great venue to hold a reenlistment, promotion, or retirement ceremony.
The National Archives at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., is an astonishing location to hold any military event. Many military members will find this to be a desired location because the Archives is home to the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Public Vault. If you select the National Archives as your venue for your ceremony, you and your guests will be pleasantly surprised. You’ll enter through the Events Door to access the museum.
Updated: November 26, 2022
It's time for that infamous question.
If you’re in the military or have married into the military lifestyle, there is one statement that ranks high on the annoy list than another “are you coming home for the holidays?” Thanksgiving and Christmas time seems to be the most popular time of the year when this question is asked, and most military families will tell you this question alone brings up a collective groan.
As you can imagine, military members and their families are stationed all over the country and around the world. In addition, military members deal with deployments and temporary duty in other locations. So, to hear “are you coming home for the holidays” can be a huge burden especially if they have a spouse and children. Depending on where the military member is located, hearing this statement can be overwhelming and potentially cause a serious financial strain. In addition, many military couples and families are from different states and/or city than their spouse. Which makes it even more difficult and expensive to visit multiple locations within a holiday season or even within a one year timeframe.
Last Updated: November 22, 2022
Top Photo Locations in Northern Virginia in 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.)
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