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Urban Photo Session With Kids

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At this time of year, most of the families calling me for fall family portraits are looking for peak fall foliage and the beautiful settings at the many parks in Fairfax County. I am happy to shoot at any of these places, but sometimes it’s fun to switch it up and let the colorful outfits […]

For Colorful Fall Family Portraits…Try an Urban Setting!

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When I first started out with portrait photography I didn’t need to look far for some of my first models. Luckily I had two adorable little girls living just around the corner and a family who appreciated having a photographer in the neighborhood. This is still one of my favorite photos and I’ve promised them […]

Another Special Senior…And Client From Long Ago


I often get questions or comments from parents who would love to have their child’s portrait session but are afraid because “they are at that age…” the age of stranger-anxiety or clingyness, or just not being such a “good listener.” I say forget all that. This session started out with a warning from the mom […]

Is There a Bad Age for Portraits?


It started with a kiss…the dad planted one on the mom and the kids hid their eyes.  Thus started a tradition in the annual family photo shoot. One thing I treasure about being a family photographer is the chance to watch a family grow up and share in annual traditions that include the family photos.  […]