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WOW. I would say that’s all I can say about this trip, but I’m about to write a whole blog post, so that is obviously NOT all I can say haha.  My parents flew into Ankara last Friday as a surprise for my 32nd birthday! Sean knocked it out of the PARK and helped them […]

Winter Trip To Cappadocia

iPhone Photos, Personal, Travel

February 13, 2022

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Sometimes it just feels like pure chaos in a house with two toddlers. It’s not something I want, but it’s the reality on a regular basis. Once my kids start to act wild, it turns into a spiral of loudness, flailing limbs, and general acting out. I wish I had a magic potion that would […]

5 Tips for Controlling Toddler Chaos Through Connection


connecting with toddlers

January 9, 2022

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Welcome to The Weekend What To Do!! Each weekend I’m going to walk through a real life situation of mine where I snapped a few photos – and one of the decisions I made to make the pictures the best they could be! Just snapping a photo is GREAT to capture the memory, but there […]

Weekend What To Do: Clean vs Blocked Light

Personal, Photography Tips

December 5, 2021

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Traveling with toddlers can be quite the daunting task, but I’ve found the best way to calm your nerves is to be as prepared as possible! After moving to Ankara, Turkey this past summer, and just doing our first visit back to the states, I’ve compiled some tips and tricks that have worked best for […]

Tips for International Travel with Toddlers!

Personal, Travel

November 28, 2021

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This family is our home away from home. Dustin was Sean’s Platoon Leader in Afghanistan in 2010-2011, and our families have stayed close ever since. They live just outside of Pittsburg, and we try to get together a few times year. I have to say, for a long distance friendship we do an excellent job […]

A Mid-Afternoon Family Session | Gore, VA

Families, Personal

June 27, 2020

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To spare you of the absolutely mundane, technical details… I have a new website, with a new blog. My old blogs were not able to transfer, but I couldn’t care less. There weren’t many anyways (I think I blogged maybe 5 out of 120 sessions in 2019, whoops)! SOOO here we are… welcome! My name […]

A New Virtual Beginning for Dana Graham Photography | Manassas Battlefield Family Self Portraits

Families, Personal

May 18, 2020

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I think COVID-19 has forced most people to get outside the past 6+ weeks more than ever. Northern Virginia has been swamped with some of the heaviest rainfall we’ve had in years, which has made some of these days less than ideal. We’ve taken advantage of any sunshine we could find, but where do you […]

Northern Virginia Hiking Trails

A Curated Cloud, iPhone Photos, Personal

May 1, 2020

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Hello again! Having someone comb through your family photos with a fine tooth swipe is pretty personal, so I want to make sure the knowledge goes both ways! I’d love to virtually introduce you to my little family. Sean and I met in college, and have been married 8 years this summer. He’s the fun, […]

The Graham Fam

iPhone Photos, Personal

The Graham Family

April 24, 2020

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WHAT are you doing with the thousands of personal photos on your phone and computer? Are you planning on “doing something” with them someday? Well, let’s do it! Hi! I’m Dana, a newborn and family photographer in the DC metro area. The beginning of this COVID-19 crisis was quite a shock and immediate halt to […]

A Curated Cloud

iPhone Photos, Personal

April 17, 2020

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