Fall Mini-Session Round Up- Part 1

Contrary to what my Facebook or Instagram feed might imply, I do take pictures of people other than baby Eleanor on a daily basis. :-)

This fall 2014 family photography season was a whirlwind in the most amazing way possible.  I know I have said this before, but I seriously feel honored to watch all of my client families grow up. Each season I get to see little babies take their first steps and then "poof"- 4 years later they are running and laughing and winning games for gummies. The best part is they are about as excited to see me (most of the time) as I am to see them.  

Here are a few images from this season's family photography mini-shoots.  More to come next week!


Happy Halloween!! | Maryland Virginia D.C. Bethesda Arlington Family Photographer

Today is baby Eleanor's first Halloween and she was lucky enough to rock out quite a few costumes with her friends!


When Gray Skies Make for Sunny Smiles | Arlington Alexandria Bethesda Washington D.C. Family Photographer

Look at any interior design publication today, and you’ll see that gray is the color of the moment. It’s easy to see why — everything just pops against it. As an Alexandria family photographer, I’m always amazed at how gray, rainy days often make for the best pictures. For the Lee family, the cloudy skies were definitely the silver lining on what turned out to be a very brilliant photo shoot at Jones Point Park in Alexandria.

While fall naturally brings a vibrant palette to the table, Ting Lee’s carefully chosen outfits really made a splash. I’ve been photographing the Lees since their oldest, 4-year-old Parker, was a baby, and Ting always picks the best clothes. Today, she knit her family into a quilt of coordinated colors and textures — her yellow skirt matched to Parker’s jacket and 2-year-old Skyler’s little teal leggings harkening the hues of husband Brad’s knit sweater were the perfect unifying motif for their shoot. That’s probably why my favorite shot is of the family playing in the leaves — against the gray backdrop, the the colors — and the fun — just soar.

As an Alexandria photographer, I love seeing first-hand what children bring to each on-location photoshoot. Puddles aren’t problems but playthings to 2- and 4-year-olds, and a chance to wear chunky boots is an invitation to romp to their hearts' desire. During their visit to Jones Point Park, the Lees had the world at their fingertips to play and make memories — and the smiles that we captured were brighter than any sunny day I’ve seen.


Laugh Often | D.C. Family Photographer Bethesda Arlington

“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” Walt Disney


Memories are Meant to Be Shared: Introducing Portrait Parties

The happiest times are the ones spent with loved ones. It’s no surprise, then, that they’re also the times that we like to document most. From family birthdays to neighborhood gatherings, there’s something picture-perfect about a party — and no one is complete without a camera!

Last month, I got to photograph one of my favorite things.... a Portrait Party! A Portrait Party is an opportunity for you to bring together between 6 and 12 of your favorite families and host a playdate. Each family then takes turns having their family photos taken.

I love love love how much fun everyone has and it is always such a pleasure. Portrait Parties are scheduled on weekends in May and September every year. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in hosting one this spring!


Jones Point Park | Spotlight Location

Jones Point Park is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to shoot. The architecture of the bridge, the waterfront, and the wooded paths make it a perfect spot for some amazing images.


She's Here! Meet Baby Millwater

Rob and I are excited to announce the birth of our little girl, Eleanor Ann!! She was born on July 23rd at 7:27am and weighed 7lbs 12oz. We are delighted to be new parents and I can't thank Tonya of Tonya Teran Photography enough for capturing her first days with us. We will cherish these photos forever.


Summertime memories | Bethesda D.C. Georgetown Arlington Family Photographer

I really feel like you don't need a big family outing to make a big family memory. So happy to see generations of family at my shoots and love knowing that on this day, at that time, they all had a blast and some great images to always remember their fun morning in the garden.


Every Summer Has It's Own Story | Bethesda Georgetown Family Photographer

Every summer has it's own story and  my favorite little "supermodels" ended up having a blast this warm sunny day!


Countdown to Baby Millwater | 3 more weeks!

As our due date approaches I thought it would be a perfect time to showcase my BEAUTIFUL maternity photos by Marian Lozano Photography. I love them so much and I am so grateful she was able to capture this special time in my life.