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!