Ava

I got to meet Ava and her parents over the summer in their absolutely beautiful home in Washington DC.  Ava’s mom is a designer, and her style is just amazing!  I’ll let the photos speak for themselves – but I will say that this is just a dream nursery – the perfect room for a little girl to grow up in!  It was so much fun to photograph :)

Washington DC lifestyle baby photography

Washington DC lifestyle baby photography

Washington DC lifestyle baby photography

Washington DC lifestyle baby photography

Washington DC lifestyle baby photography

Thanks for welcoming me into your beautiful home, S family!

 

 

 

Fall Mini Sessions!

So, here is an exciting announcement: I am opening a few slots for fall mini sessions this year.  These mini sessions are the perfect opportunity to update your family photos and get some great images for holiday cards!

Here are the details:

  • Sunday, October 13
  • Meadowside Nature Center in Rockville
  • Four slots ONLY: 3:30, 4, 4:30, and 5 pm
  • Rain date: October 20
  • Price: $200 (must be paid in full to book)

Here’s what you get:

  • 20-minute session
  • Your choice of two high-resolution images chosen from a gallery of 5-7 images (additional high-res images can be purchased for $75 each)
  • A custom Facebook timeline cover photo
  • Photo print release so you can have your images printed wherever you’d like
  • Custom holiday cards are available a la carte

These slots are sure to fill up quickly!  If you’d like to book a mini session for your family, you can email me at info@julieblumphotography.com or use the ‘Contact’ tab above!

 

A Cherry Blossom Session

Waaaaay back in April (I am way behind on blogging – sorry!), I met one of my favorite little guys and his parents in downtown DC on the peak day of the Cherry Blossom Festival.  The weather was perfect, and there was hardly anyone there!  (That was a lie – there were people every.where.  Haha.)

Beautiful mama and her little boy!

mother and son at cherry blossom festival

I loved the hazy light filtering through the blossoms!

family at cherry blossom festival

And just look at these two boys <3

father and son at cherry blossom festival

See you soon, F/H family (I hope)!

Six months already?

I met up with my little buddy Thomas and his parents last weekend for his six month photos.  Thomas is one of my milestone plan babies, so I get to see him every few months!  I seriously can’t believe how big he is getting – and how quickly!  I feel like his newborn and three-month (okay, well, four-month) sessions were just a few weeks ago!

 

I met Thomas and his mama and daddy at Brookside Gardens, and we had a nice stroll.  I just love getting to know families over the course of their ‘milestone’ year!  Thomas is just the happiest little guy – full of smiles!  And his blue eyes are amazing (I guess he gets them from his beautiful mama)!

 

Smiliest little guy ever!

I just love this one – his expression is so sweet!

It was so good seeing you again, R family!  Looking forward to seeing you again very soon!

Blog Circle – Close-Up Portraiture

January’s topic for my monthly Clickin’ Moms blog circle was close-up portraiture… and who better for me to focus on (omg, focus on.  Total camera nerd pun.) than my two favorite little people in the whole world?

 

The thing is… my boys don’t like me to take their picture.  Not even a little bit.  They see my camera pointed at them, and they run the other way.  Or bury their face in the couch cushions.  Or just stick out their tongues.  So I pulled out all the stops for a bribe.

 

I offered them a dollar.  And here is what I got.

close-up little boy portrait

close-up little boy portrait

close-up little boy portrait

close-up little boy portrait

close-up little boy portrait

close-up little boy portrait

close-up little boy portrait

close-up little boy portrait

close-up little boy portrait

close-up little boy portrait

close-up little boy portrait

 

I think I got my money’s worth – do you?

 

Now head on over to the lovely Anna Hollister’s blog to see how she views close-ups.

 

 

The Way I View… Dress-Up

I am so very excited this month to be a part of a blog circle with a group of suuuuuper talented ladies!  This is how it works: every month, each of us writes a blog post on the topic of “The Way I View… something.”  This month’s “something” is dress-up, to coincide with Halloween.

 

As the mom of two boys, there isn’t a ton of dress-up happening in our house.  There is plenty of acting like ninjas and Spiderman (both of these involve jumping off the couch into a pile of pillows in order to save the world, obviously) and pretending to have “creature powers” like the Wild Kratts – but none of these things really require costumes.  So the only time my boys really do dress up is on Halloween.

 

I thought for a long time about what they should be for Halloween – they are still at ages (2 and 4) where I can persuade them to be something theme-y and matching.  They have been pretty obsessed with the Winnie the Pooh movie this year – we’ve watched it probably a hundred times.  The movie is actually really cute and clever, so I don’t mind that much.  Plus, my younger son has a stuffed Pooh Bear that he is really attached to.  He even brought Pooh to the hospital with him last month when he had pneumonia (my poor little baby).

 

So… I thought the boys could be Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh.

 

Thanks in part to that hospital visit documented above (thankfully all is well now and my little boy is back to his healthy, sweet self), October somehow flew by and I didn’t get to take the boys outside in their costumes for photos.  When I realized a few days ago that it was the next-to-last day of October and I still needed to get these photos taken, the ground was still a muddy, cold mess thanks to Hurricane Sandy.  So I made do with an indoor setup.  I’ll still try for outdoor photos whenever I can since outdoor photos are more my style, but I kinda love these just the same!

And this one makes my heart happy – I just love how much these boys love each other!  I love that they are best buddies.

Now go check out the crazy-talented Anna Hollister Photography to see how Anna views dress-up!

Gorgeous family, gorgeous light

I met up with the L family a couple of weeks ago at a park near their home in Potomac.  It was a beautiful setting, and the weather and early autumn evening light was perfect – until I got into my car to leave!  That’s when the clouds rolled in – talk about perfect timing!

 

Also, talk about CUTE kids!  Gavin and Gardiner were so funny and well-behaved – they were some of the easiest-to-photography kids I have ever worked with!  Gavin was so sweet to his little sister.  It was easy to see how much this family loves each other – there was a lot of laughter and hugs during this session!

I am in LOVE with this shot of this beautiful mama and her kids!

L family, it was lovely meeting you all!  I had a great time with you and can’t wait to see those kiddos again!

 

Happy Fall, Y’all!

I don’t know why I said “y’all” just now – I am not a southern girl.  In fact, I grew up in western Pennsylvania – and that’s where I went this past weekend.  My boys and I packed up the car and headed to my hometown, which just so happens to be the Autumn Leaf Capital of the WHOLE WIDE WORLD.  True story!  We do get some pretty fall colors here in the DC/Baltimore area, but nothing quite like the ones back home.

 

I had grand plans to get a gorgeous family portrait with amazing autumn evening light filtering through the perfect backdrop of autumn leaves.  Buuuut… it rained all weekend.  And it was cold.  But I couldn’t leave without getting at least a few pictures of the leaves.  They really were gorgeous, even if they were wet.  So I snapped a few shots while I made my family wait in the car for me on the side of the road.  Yes, I am crazy like that.  Thankfully, they love me anyway.

 

Here are a few favorites:

Now, who’s in the mood for a pumpkin spice latte?

 

An evening full of laughs

My session with the O family was originally supposed to happen back in June, when it was 110 degrees outside.  Thankfully, we decided to reschedule, and we had the most perfect evening last weekend for our family session in McLean.  This family with their three boys was just so much fun and a real pleasure to work with!  Oh, and also?  The mom is gorgeous – like, supermodel gorgeous.

 

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The boys were seriously so funny and well-behaved (I mean, what pre-teen boy likes having his photo taken?  But they did great!) – and how handsome are they?  I won’t mention which one of them ended up falling in the pool though :)

 

O family, thank you so much for inviting me to your beautiful home and letting me spend time with you all!

at the library with my loves

One of the things I am desperately wanting to get better at is documenting everyday moments in my boys’ lives.  I take my camera with me when we go on big trips, but I hardly ever carry it during our everyday errands.  I am also totally guilty of begging my kids to look at me with pleasant expressions on their faces… and while that makes for cute photos (sometimes, anyway – I mean, it rarely works since my kids are so.over.it.) – it’s not them.  So today I took them to the library.  I let them explore.  I hung back and watched them and let them be themselves.  And - I brought my camera.  Here are some of my favorite shots from my morning with my very favorite people in the world.

 

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