DC Family Portrait Photography: I’m so lucky

“You make your own luck.” Sage words from Tyler of Wirken Photography.  Tyler has been my mentor at two different workshops and I just can’t say enough good about the man, his photography, and his motivation to get that shot.  I was so glad to spend 3 beautiful days in Kansas City (what a great town–who knew, except the people that live and have been there) honing my skills and listening to a host of some of the most talented and forward-thinking photographic minds on this continent.  And of course, spend a little time with Tyler.

You make your own luck.  You have to be there at the right place at the right time, but with intuition and listening, you can be there.  Great photography doesn’t just happen.  It doesn’t just happen when you buy an expensive camera and gorgeous lens.   You need patience (thank you Candice Cusic for the reminder).  You need to know your equipment, and be ready.  And you need to listen with your ears, eyes and heart (thank you Still Motion) to the families and people you are with.

I am inspired and can’t wait to watch Meghan and Mike say their vows tomorrow in Baltimore.

Before I left I had a few photo sessions with some beautiful families.  Here they are.

Carson & Cooper.   I was warned in advance that Cooper was very shy with strangers.  As it turns out, he isn’t shy with a stranger that nibbles on his toes and rolls around on the floor.  He thought that was A-OK!  Carson has grown up beautifully, and he is quite the Jedi fighter and cowboy, depending on the props in hand:

RestonVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography
RestonVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography
RestonVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography
RestonVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography
RestonVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography
RestonVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography

Caleb & Dylan. John and I became great friends while I was still working as a CPA in NYC. John lived across the hall from my roommate, and then me. He is so easy to be with, and the memories I share with him are some of the best I have in NY–he was as flexible as I was. I can’t say enough good about him, his kindness, his easy laugh, and his love of his family. He met his beautiful wife Kim shortly after I left and now has adorable boys. I was so glad when they came to VA to visit my family (and get some great pictures)!

NorthernVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography

NorthernVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography

NorthernVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography

NorthernVirginiaFamilyPortraitPhotography

Sydney: I met Sydney one year ago and was welcomed into their warm home. Sydney, now walking sometimes falling, is simply stunning with her big blue eyes, sweet smile, and happy-go-lucky demeanor. They were so easy to be with, and I loved being a part of their morning:

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MarylandPortraitPhotography
MarylandPortraitPhotography
MarylandPortraitPhotography
MarylandPortraitPhotography
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