Washington Capitals newborn session | Washington D.C. newborn photographer

This adorable little guy is ready to hit the ice to follow in his daddy’s footsteps as a professional hockey player!  He is clearly already rockin’ the red, and looks just darling in a tiny hockey uniform.  (Look how little he looks in comparison to his dad’s hockey gloves!)

As a hockey mom myself (and a Caps fan, of course!), it was so much fun to create a Capitals-themed photo session for this sweetheart!  I love the opportunity to be creative, and also to incorporate personal items into newborn sessions to make them even more special.
It was such a treat to capture these images for this cutie’s mom and dad, and I couldn’t be happier for their family!

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    Potomac newborn photographer | newborn and big brother studio portraits

    I thoroughly enjoy each one of my newborn portrait sessions, but it is always so special when I photograph a client’s newborn, and then the family returns to me a  few years later to capture their second (or third or fourth) baby.  I love seeing my clients again and helping them document their growing family, and it is such a treat for me to see “my babies” again as toddlers and watch them embrace their new role as big brother or big sister.   As I think is evident in the images below, this particular big brother was one of the most loving and proud I have ever photographed – such a sweetheart!

    I photographed new baby Z at just under two weeks old, and he was just perfect — such a good sleeper, just like his big brother was for his session.  He allowed us to capture lots of different poses and expressions (it is always exciting as a newborn photographer to capture both a yawn AND several smiles in the same session)!  This sweet little guy is so very loved (as you can see from the following photos), and I am so happy for  his beautiful family!

     

     

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      Washington, D.C./Bethesda, Maryland newborn photographer earns Bronze medal at the Professional Photographer of America’s 2021 International Photographic Competition

      The Professional Photographers of America (“PPA”) is the largest and longest-standing nonprofit photography association, and a valued and reliable resource for education, professional development, and community for more than 30, 000 professional photographers from more than 50 countries around the world.   Among other events, the PPA hosts an annual International Photographic Competition.  (I’ll be honest — it can be a bit nerve-wracking and agonizing to participate in photography competitions.  Nevertheless, I have found that the benefits gained from participation — critique-driven refinement of photography techniques and attention to detail; honed editing skills; an appreciation for image presentation aesthetics;  and, with any luck, recognition of one’s work — ultimately outweigh any downsides.)

      With respect to the PPA International Photographic Competition specifically, photographers may submit a total of four images to be judged by a panel of esteemed professional photography jurors.  If each one of a photographer’s four entries receives a merit award from the jury, the photographer earns a Bronze medal.  During PPA’s 2021 International Photographic Competition, only 58 photographers were named Bronze medalists, and I am incredibly honored to be among them! I was disappointed not to be able to attend PPA’s Grand Imaging Award ceremony this year to see my images exhibited in person (this was the first time in many years that PPA’s annual conference and exhibition was held in the Washington, D.C. metro area!), but I am very grateful for the recognition, and am excited to be one step closer to my Master of Photography degree. 😊

       

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        Potomac newborn photographer | newborn studio portraits in Washington, D.C.

        This gorgeous little girl was 10 days old when she came to my studio for her session, and she was just perfect, as you can see from her images! I just love her sweet little smile in so many of her portraits, and how she looks so content and serene when she is sleeping.  And check out those cheeks and that adorable little hair whorl!  (Did you know that that is the official term for the circular hair swirl?  Always happy to drop some knowledge on you all in addition to sharing photos of gorgeous tiny humans! ;))
        I also think that the mint and blush pastel tones that her parents selected for her session really complement her fair complexion (though she rocks the violet color equally well).  Given that this sweetheart was born in the fall, however, we also just had to incorporate some autumn-inspired images to pay homage to her birth season.  And, honestly, who doesn’t love an autumn floral crown?
        Which color is your favorite?

        I just love the pose below because of those peeking toes!

        Look at that adorable little smile!  Is there anything cuter?

         

        Doesn’t she look so peaceful?

        Which image was your favorite?  Drop me a comment below!

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          Bethesda newborn photographer | Beautiful baby girl studio newborn portraits

          Ok, I have a confession to make…I have been very neglectful of this blog in the last two years.  It’s not that I don’t want to share my beautiful clients with you (I really do do that on a regular basis on Facebook and Instagram!), but I am generally just super busy with photographing my little clients and editing their images. . .and with life (having two teenagers means that I spend a loooooot of time chauffeuring ????)!    But I am going to do my best to try to carve out some time each week to share more of my sessions here because, seriously, couldn’t we all use a dose of adorableness?
          The session I am sharing today is one of my favorites from the past year.  This gorgeous little girl was *such* a good sleeper —  I don’t remember her waking up at all during her session! — and she was very smiley as well, as you can see from the images below.  I was also super excited that this sweet girl’s mama loves autumn tones as much as I do, and I think there is no disputing that they look perfect on her!   Which color is your favorite for this cutie?

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