Did you grow up singing this jingle?
I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys R Us kid they got a million toys at Toys R Us that I can play with. I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys R Us Kid, they got the best for so much less, you really flip your lid. From bikes to trains to video games, it’s the biggest toy store there is. I don’t wanna grow up, cause maybe if I did, I couldn’t be a Toys R Us kid…more games, more toys, oh boy! I wanna be a Toys R Us Kid.
Is it spring yet? The calendar says it is, but weather says not quite yet. Well it’s spring break for the children in Woodbridge, Virginia and many of the surrounding school districts in Northern Virginia, so I’ve been on the hunt for kid-friendly activities and places to go within the Washington DC area to take my children to keep them entertained and engaged (without electronics). Before school was dismissed for the break, I’ve been searching spring break activities my kids would enjoy, but it would still be fun for the adults. Here are five ideas spring break ideas for family Northern Virginia that doesn't require reservations or a lot of pre-planning; perfect for spring break or a no school day. Don't forget to bring your camera to take pictures of the fun.
Living in Northern Virginia, puts us in the middle of a lot of history and endless things to do.
1. Washington D.C.
The nation’s capital is a great place for kids and provides countless sightseeing and attractions. There are so many things to do and see in Washington D.C. that it would take a few weeks (maybe even months) to see it all. However, I’ve narrowed it down to some highpoints that we want to see, and the kids always enjoy visiting. There are so many interactives museums and great places to eat. If you're planning a trip to Washington D.C., some of the top museums to visit is The National Air & Space Museum, The Newseum, National Museum of Natural History, and the National Postal Museum. We also want to take the kids to the latest Smithsonian Museum that recently opened – The National Museum of African American History and Culture. Since opening, the museum has had a serious interest in the amount of people wanting to visit. Therefore at this time, many people aren’t able to obtain access to the museum. However, did you know if you're a military family, you can show your military ID (or dependent ID) and receive access in the museum with a small group. Here is a quick list of some off the beaten path places to visit in the Washington D.C. area:
Fun Family-Friendly Fall Activities
There are only like a billion things that make Fall one of our most favorite seasons! We are not sure whether it is the weather, the color of the season, or it is the crisp smell in the air which makes us want to spend more time with our families.
Wanting to spend time with our families and actually figuring out what to do during that time are two very different things. Keeping that in mind we have got some super fun activities that you can do this Fall to make the most of your family time.
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?
We are now scheduling sessions for the upcoming fall. Don't hesitate to schedule your session today.
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Location of this portrait: Shenandoah Mountains
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I was recently contacted to photograph a family and one of the first questions asked was how many pictures will you take and I receive. Photographer X will charge $150 for a mini-session and I will receive 100 images.
Well may I ask a question? What is more important, the amount of pictures you receive or their quality?
Compared to many photographers, Tamieka Smith Photography offers a select amount of portrait to display to our clients during their ordering/viewing sessions (reveal). This allows us to look at all the images taken during your session and edit only the best, rather than take give you 100 images that are low in quality (eyes closed, blurry, etc.).
Custom photography: an investment in the present for the future. Custom photography is more of a luxury product than your entry level cookie cutter photography chain store experience. Custom photography truly is not for everyone, it requires a level of commitment, investment in time and money, forethought and planning on the part of the subject/client and requires a larger time commitment for the photographer as well.
Clients who enjoy taking a more active role in the creation of their families’ memories have the desire to have portrait art that is truly personalized. These more discerning clients have been known to budget and allot time for a custom photography session. Many clients opt for it to be a once a year special experience, some opt to have custom photography sessions done to record their child’s stages in life. Having said this, it is clear that custom photography is not in everyone’s budget, it is something that most families save for to splurge on from time to time to memorialize their children as they really are (not posed and primped in the cookie cutter studio setting).
For a few months now I’ve been driving myself and my husband crazy going back & forth on changing my business model to IPS (In Person Sales)… the fear of the unknown gets me every time. I had so many questions circling in my head, like a Ferris Wheel gone berserk, and I was paralyzed by the fear. I have worked very hard and my family has sacrificed so much for me to follow this photography dream it seemed like too much to ask to make such a major change in my business plan. What I’ve been doing has been working, actually I’ve been fairly successful, and I have many loyal clients who I love, so why “rock-the-boat”? But still this desire to take my business to the next level still existed and repelled me to push beyond my fears.
So I researched, and researched, and researched, and researched… you get the idea… for the last few months. I want my clients to have prints of the stories I captured for them to hang on their walls in their homes… great big images, printed from my professional lab with love and care… giant canvases that would showcase the story they had entrusted me to tell for them. I didn’t want all those beautiful stories on a custom flash drive or disc stuck in some forgotten junk drawer somewhere in their home with discarded mailers and broken crayons.
I want to be able to offer my clients an experience… a full-service, all-inclusive experience to remember and products to treasure for a lifetime. My clients are special and they deserve an experience that allows them to feel that way.
But still the fear of the unknown….
What if I lose my clients?
What if my market can’t bear the increase in price?
What if clients don’t understand the change or want it?
What if I have to start all over again?
Then a few weeks ago I read a blog post by another photographer that showed up on my Facebook news feed, you may have seen it on yours… it was shared, re-posted, pinned, and tweeted quite heavily…
… and something just finally clicked! This photographer was saying everything that had been thinking...and he was right!
Technology does change, all the time. Phones become out-dated, all the time. File types that were supported yesterday may not be supported tomorrow. They are already eliminating DVD drives on computers… USB drives can’t be far behind the same obsolete status. So, the time had come… I opened that future marketing plan folder, brought out those files, researched pricing again, re-did the math, and took a deep breath and set a date for rolling out the new business model for Tamieka Smith Photography, LLC.
On January 3, 2016 the new business model will begin! I’m very excited to offer this all-inclusive service and can’t wait for all of you to have a special experience to remember. Not only will I tell your story but now I can help you preserve your story for generations through attractive session and print packages. Yes, you can still have access to digital files and there are payment plans available for everyone. Sessions will include a ordering/viewing appointment catered to you where we can sit down and look at your images together for the first time. You’ll be able to view samples and a slide show of your images. I will walk you through the ordering process and answer any questions/concerns you may have. No hard selling techniques (I’m a photographer, not a sales person) just a full-service experience that you deserve and should have. * Sessions booked prior to
January 3, 2016 will be honored at the pricing given at the time of your booking *
I love my job, I love my clients, I love photography… and I BELIEVE in photography. I believe that photography can evoke emotions and memories like no other media can. I believe photography is the best “historian” your family can have. I believe that photography remembers what the years forget. I believe photography should be protected, cherished, and passed down throughout the generations.
Are you recently engaged or planning to become engaged during the season of love we call Valentine's. If so, this is the perfect opportunity to schedule an engagement session. Tamieka Smith Photography is offering a special portrait session.
A Couples Valentine
It's the perfect gift for your special someone (especially if you're engaged or getting engaged). The session includes:
For $225 plus taxes and shipping.
There are only 7 spaces and will be on a first come first served.
Entire Digital Images Files Gallery may be purchased for an additional cost. Location of shoot will be announced.
For a limited time only!
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