Fall Mini-Sessions 2013 | Bethesda Arlington D.C. Family Photographer

It's that time of year again. The air is crisp, the pumpkin spice lattes are flowing, and it will be time for the holidays in the blink of an eye.  I can't wait to see all the returning smiles and meet many new shining faces. Happy Fall Everyone!

P.S. I will update this graphic as days sell out. Updated Sept 27 at 8:31pm.

There are no weekend slots available. Life happens and people have to cancel all the time so if you are interested in being on a waiting list, please let me know.

I do also offer weekday shoots at 8:30am and 4:30pm at the National Cathedral Bishop's Garden.


Tom and Lindsey | Engaged

Two years ago, Tom got a birthday present he never expected. As he celebrated with friends at a restaurant in downtown Bethesda, an unexpected guest, Lindsey, turned out to be the best birthday present he could have ever hoped for.

Two years later, Lindsey and Tom are engaged and I couldn't be more excited. Lindsey is one of my very best friends and I have been waiting for this day *almost* as long as she has. :-)

We took advantage of the early morning light this morning at Glen Echo Park and got some really special images. Glen Echo Park is not only one of my favorite locations to shoot, but it is also incredibly special to Lindsey and her family. She grew up just a few blocks away and spent her childhood celebrating her very own birthday there, riding the carousel, taking pottery and painting classes, and even attending ballroom dancing. The park has been an integral part of her life and it is seemed suiting to bring Tom there to mark another milestone- her impending marriage.

Tom and Lindsey,
I am so excited for the two of you and I wish you nothing but joy and laughter over the next few months while planning your wedding. I know it is going to be beautiful and full of love. It makes me very happy to know that in addition to the biggest party you will every have-- your wedding -- you will be celebrating many more birthdays together for years to come.

xoxo, Dottie


Who Says You Can’t Wear White After Labor Day? | Bethesda Family Photographer

Summer and childhood are all too fleeting. Bright and vibrant, they represent an unbridled joy and sense of wonder that’s difficult to hold onto as long days turn into long nights and flowers fade from sight. Yet the power of a summertime family photograph is in its ability to capture both the season and our childhoods indelibly. Seasons come and go, but a photograph is forever.

That’s why I love the plucky defiance of the Barber family, who milked this past Labor Day for all the bit of summer it had left, wearing their best seersucker—complete with summer hats and floral bows.

I love the symbolism of seasonal shoots because the environment lends a sense of delicacy and urgency that complements the subjects. Just look at the shot of 4-year-old Lucy: Her close-up skin is as soft and new as the wildflowers she is savoring, her baby blonde hair like wisps of summer grass. And what about the exuberant portrait of 2-year-old Andrew, his smile as bright as the blooms in Bishop’s Garden?

A snapshot in time. Like summer, those childish visages will grow and change and even harden like the seasons. But in the corner of a home—on a wall, a piano, or a desk while the clock ticks and the snow falls—a slice of childhood and piece of summer will shine on in the background waiting to be rediscovered.