Choosing your Fall Portrait Location
Choosing your family’s location for fall portraits in Northern Virginia is one of the most important factors when preparing for your photo session. The location you select will be the backdrop to set the stage for your family’s entire session and will be an essential piece of every picture, pose and, ultimately, the finished product. I recommend picking a location that’s special to you, either a location you love, somewhere you frequent or a place that best represents your family. The family pictured below looks beautiful sitting on and standing next to a piece of history in the Manassas Battlefield Park in Virginia.
After you’ve narrowed down the list, it’s important to think about some key logistics: are there restrooms? You never know when someone may need to take a break, or you can use it to change outfits. Is the distance from the parking to the actual shoot location far? If so, pack comfy shoes for everyone! Will there be places to change outfits, retouch hair and makeup and relax between shots? (i.e., easy accessibility to restrooms) Will there be crowds nearby—and, if so, are you comfortable having your family’s pictures taken in front of others or having people in the background of your picture?
The most important part of your portrait session with your location are the colors that you and your family will be wearing. Do you have lots of blues in your living room where you'll be displaying your portraits? Then make sure to include those colors! Visit here for a list of the top ten Northern Virginia locations to have your family's pictures taken.
I’ve seen amazing sessions everywhere from backyards to baseball fields, lakes to open meadows. I’ve travel all over the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area and can help make recommendations based on your family’s unique needs, personalities and inspirations.
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Hello, I'm Tamieka, owner of Tamieka Smith Photography. I would love to help you plan your family's sunset portraits in Northern Virginia (or surrounding area) or photograph your military ceremony — possibly both. Working with families and military members is my specialty. I hope you'll look at my recent work and all that’s available for you. I hope we're able to work together and I’m able to document your family’s history.