Things to do for Spring Break
We made it to Friday...spring break is here!! Many families and children are excited about spring break next week in Woodbridge, VA and the surrounding area. Living so close to Washington DC offers a lot of different activities and places for our children to visit during this break from school. If you decide to avoid the beaches next week and looking for things close to home to keep your children entertained this is the blog for you. For this week’s Friday Fives, here is a list of five possibilities for spring break destinations for families in NOVA and how to keep your family entertained.
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.
Tips For Visiting The Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C.
We’re getting closer to the peak bloom of Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia. Which means there will be an influx of visitors and an increase in traffic in the surrounding area for the Cherry Blossom festival. Seeing photos online of the pictures of the Cherry Blossoms doesn’t give the beauty of these flowers’ true justice; they must be seen in person. After several years of visiting the Cherry Blossoms in D.C., I want to share my experience with those traveling into the city. Below you’ll see some helpful tips to see the D.C. Cherry Blossoms as well as how to schedule your 2019 Cherry Blossom family pictures.
You’ve scheduled your family's fall portraits with your favorite Northern Virginia Family Photographer, Tamieka Smith, and now it’s time to determine what everyone will wear for your pictures. I totally understand this is hard work and there are a lot of things to consider when selecting the best outfits. However, this should be one of the most fun parts of scheduling your family’s pictures.
Do you remember the 90s, when everyone was matchy-matchy? Yes, those are the days of the past. Your family pictures are a great way to show off your individual personality and family’s unity. This blog post will highlight some tips on how to select your family’s clothing for this fall portraits.
It’s summertime and that means many families are amid family vacations. Whether you’re at Walt Disney World or San Francisco, you’ll want to take pictures of every possible moment. To look back at your vacation memories, you’ll want to ensure you have the best tips to photograph the adventures. As a professional photographer, I have an extensive amount of camera equipment to photograph a lot, however when I’m on vacation, I’m like you. I don’t want to take a lot of cameras or lens. The most important camera I have on vacation is my cell phone and my Canon Powershot ELPH 190.
This list of tips will help you improve your family vacation pictures while on your next family vacation.
It’s Monday afternoon…the first Monday of June. Which means the kids in Northern Virginia are getting out of school and are ready for summer vacation. This is the time of the year when many families are looking for activities and places for our children to go during the day while we’re at work. I’m excited to share this post, because I was looking for fun activities for my children to do this summer as well as looking for a location for our summer vacation. Being a part of the military community, I know many of my readers will be able to assist and provide valuable information about the topics I will be sharing today.
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. However, many military members are unsure who to contact to schedule the Rotunda for their 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.
The Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C. have all fallen off and it’s spring, and we all know what spring brings…unpredictable weather. It can be cold and rainy one day and dry and warm the next day. It can be difficult to schedule and plan family pictures with unpredictable weather? These are some tips that will help you plan a unique indoor session you’ll love.
Living in Northern Virginia we can experience unpredictable weather at a moments notice; what if you can’t take family pictures outside? Or what if it’s pouring down rain? What is the next recourse? It’s time for an alternative strategy that will be fun, practicable, and allows you to create family portraits you will love and adore to have on the walls of your family home.
Christmas is right around the corner and only a few other holidays have as many wonderful and timeless treats that represent the season. The fragrance of cakes, cookies, tarts, candy canes, and more saturate the air everywhere you go. I feel like I’m gaining 10 pounds just thinking about all the great food!
During this time, if you’re like me, many families look for delicious and creative desserts to have for Christmas Lunch/Dinner or for your office holiday parties. It’s better if you can have delicious desserts and not have to bake or cook them yourself.
Well, you don’t have to look any further. Let me introduce you to Jasmine Hardin of Jazzy Cakes. For the last few weeks, I’ve been seeing videos and pictures of her cakes on Facebook. I decided to contact Jasmine to learn about her and her business. After meeting Jasmine, I was fascinated by her story and how she began her business in April 2016. She articulated, her and husband enjoy cooking and baking. Jasmine enjoys baking cakes for her family, but one day her husband purchased a bucket of fondant for her to experiment with. Her eldest child’s birthday was approaching, so Jasmine utilized the fondant to decorate his cake; which was a Monster Car cake. Being proud and excited about the work she created, Jasmine took to Facebook to share pictures of her creation. As you can see, her first cake was beautiful. From there, many of Jasmine’s friends loved her creations as well and was interested in her creating something for them.
Helpful Hints for Happier Holidays
Have you ever had a stressful holiday, or a family gathering that didn’t end well? If so, you are not alone! The social and family parties that dot your calendar from November to January can be wonderful times of conversation, laughter, and warm memories. But they can also be tense and uncomfortable.
Schedules and diets are different. Vacationing kids get bored easily. Time to exercise can be sparse. When all this comes together, tempers flare and relationships become strained. Add in the fact that family visits often expose old, unresolved pain, and you have a recipe for stress.
“Families are like fudge – mostly sweet, with a few nuts” – Les Dawson