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: May 6, 2020
Venues for Military Ceremonies
Who would have thought we would be in the middle of a pandemic and need to look for alternatives to hold a military ceremony. Once military members return to work, many will be looking for new places to have their military ceremony. 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: May 10, 2020
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? 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 the fall season; it's 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 the absolute 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: May 29, 2020
Schedule National Archives Museum in 2020
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 to have a promotion, reenlistment, retirement, or commissioning ceremony.
âHowever, 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 ceremonies, 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.
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.
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.)
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?
Photography is no easy subject and interviewing a wedding and portrait photographer. Regardless of if you are hiring Tamieka Smith Photography or another studio, we have created a list to help find the perfect photographer to capture your special memories.
1. Are you a member of PPA?
Being a part of PPA is not a sure fire way to determine if the photographer is a right fit for you, however, it indicates the photographer is connected to an organization that encourages good business practices and continuing education in the photography industry.
2. Do you specialize in a particular type of photography?
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a Los Angeles 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.