1.16.2017

How to find the perfect indoor winter family photography location in the Washington, D.C. area


It was a dreary winter weekend in Washington, D.C. and the perfect weekend to go scout a new indoor  family photography location.

I packed up my models (a reluctant toddler + husband) and we headed down to the National Gallery of Art East Building. Boy, did I hit the jackpot! This place has everything you could want in an indoor family photoshoot location in the Washington, D.C. area.

Here are the top 5 things to look for when choosing an indoor photo location for your family photography in Washington, D.C:

1) Light! Light! Light!
The number one ingredient to great photos is lots of light. The east building has tons of light due to large windows and a spectacular atrium.

2) Wide Open Spaces
Kids need lots of room to run around and have fun on my family photo shoots.  It's important when choosing an indoor photography location that there is lots of room for kids to just be kids. With that being said, it is also important to make sure you are not intruding on anyone visiting the location. The east building had lots of wide open spaces that allowed my toddler to run, jump, and have a great time.

3) Interesting Backgrounds
It's always important to pick an indoor location that allows for various backgrounds to spice up your photos. The east building has a vast collection of modern art and fantastic architecture which allowed for endless opportunities.





4) Avoiding the Crowds
An indoor location can have great light, tons of backgrounds and spaces, and lots of interesting backgrounds, but unless you want tourists in your photos, it is important to go during off peak hours.  If you are choosing a very popular location such as the National Gallery of Art East Building for your family photoshoot, it is important to get there very early. Getting to any major location as soon as it opens allows lots of "VIP" time before the crowds start to file in.

5) Ease of travel
Getting your family ready and on time to an on location family photoshoot is marathon event, so things should be as easy as possible when you finally arrive.  It is always important to when picking a location that there is access to parking or public transportation. I typically book my shoots very early in the morning  and this usually allows for more street parking opportunities before the crowds come. Another bonus at the east building is that it has a COAT CHECK! The coat check put this location at the top of my 2017 indoor location list. Being able to check everything at the door will allow you to  relax and explore the location with your family and photographer.

1.15.2017

Washington D.C. Valentine's Day Mini Session

I'll be hosting pop up Valentine's Mini Sessions this year.

Click on this link to book your session or email me to get your spot! Limited spaces available.


1.12.2017

New Year New Memories | Bethesda Family Photographer | Washington D.C Family Photographer | Arlington Family Photographer

New Year New Memories | Bethesda Family Photographer | Washington D.C Family Photographer | Arlington Family Photographer

I hope everyone had an incredible holiday season. I feel like I'm finally back in the swing of things and I saw a really inspirational quote yesterday.  I loved it so much I thought it was a great thing to share with all of you and showcase some highlights from 2016.

"There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind" - CS Lewis

As my daughter continues to grow up (despite my pleading to stay little), this quote made me realize that as she grows older, there are so many incredible things she does as she graduates from each stage of life.  So, instead of spending the next year mourning her inevitable growth, I'm going to try to celebrate it more.

Below are some of my favorite images of 2016 of a very specific set of clients. They are clients that I have watched their children grow up throughout the years. As I mourn the growth of my own daughter, I also keep watching their children grow up. I always joke it is like being in a time machine every time I see them.  So instead of whining "but they used to be so LITTLE", I decided in 2017, I'm going to exclaim " I love how BIG you are getting!"

Enjoy and Cheers to a bright and memory filled year.







11.27.2016

How to use photos to decorate for the holidays | Washington D.C. Family Photographer | Bethesda Family Photographer | Arlington Family Photographer

Deck the Halls | Washington D.C. Family Photographer | Bethesda Family Photographer | Arlington Family Photographer
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We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend filled with family, food, and tons of great memories.  The halls are decked and we are ready to kick off this holiday season.

One of the ways that I love to incorporate family photos into my holiday decorating, is to create "photo" ornaments that don't break the bank. I simply print out various family photos on photo paper and then use a hole punch and some ribbon to add them to the tree. This turned out to be a very toddler friendly way to decorate our tree this year.

Another tradition I started after we got married, was to save every holiday card and turn it into an ornament as well. We spend so much time creating the perfect holiday card every year, I love getting the chance to display it year after year.

Here is a sneak peek of our tree and decor this year. :-) We got a "Concolor Fir" tree this year and it smells like oranges and has super soft needles.

Hope all of you had a wonderful weekend an upcoming season of warm moments and cherished memories.

Dottie





11.03.2016

Fall Foliage Toddler | Arlington Family Photographer | Bethesda Family Photographer

We took a few mins before daycare dropoff today to capture peak fall foliage fun with her baby bear "cheesecake".









10.23.2016

Gulf Branch Nature Center Family Photoshoot | Arlington Family Photographer

Gulf Branch Nature Center Family Photoshoot | Arlington Family Photographer | Washington D.C. Family Photographer | Bethesda Family Photographer

I discovered a new gem of a location a few weekends ago - The Gulf Branch Nature Center in Arlington, Virginia. If you are looking for a woodsy and rustic location for a family photoshoot then look no further.

So happy to feature one of my favorite families. As usual, their smiles reflect the warmth and love of their family. I'm so lucky to get to capture their memories every year.







10.19.2016

Washington D.C Family Photographer | Bethesda Family Photographer | Arlington Family Photographer

Washington D.C Family Photographer | Bethesda Family Photographer | Arlington Family Photographer

I took my little owl out for a "hooting" good time.