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

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










10.09.2016

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It seems like yesterday I was pregnant and waiting patiently for baby Eleanor to come into this world. I have such a new respect and excitement for expecting moms now and I was so happy to spend the afternoon with this gorgeous mom-to-be.

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9.20.2016

Lake Linganore Bethesda Washington D.C. Family Photographer

It was one of the hottest and most humid days of the year the morning of our portrait party at Lake Linganore, but you would never tell from these smiling faces!

It is a little out of the way from the D.C metro area, but this was such a beautiful location that I think I might offer some mini-sessions here next fall.






8.24.2016

Our Little Polish Princess | Bethesda Family Photographer

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It is multicultural week at daycare and the kids are supposed to dress up in a costume from their heritage. I'm pretty sure that our little polish princess girl is going to have the BEST costume on Friday.  I'm going to bring the kids in Pierogi to eat (potato & farmers cheese) Luckily, we have an annual Polish Party every October for her to sport her look again.