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As a mom, and a lover of Christmas cards, I LOVE the photos where my whole family is looking and smiling at the camera. I love them, and as a photographer I know how important it is to get a few in each location of photos JUST like that. And to be honest, when I […]

Why Emotional and Connection Photos Are Just As Valuable as “Christmas Card Photos”

Photography Tips

January 7, 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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A sunset family session with lots of tips for photography at golden hour!

A Golden Hour Session Full of Glow | Sandy Spring, MD

Families, Photography Tips

December 29, 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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Everyone LOVES a photo in portrait mode. The technology behind it, especially with the latest apple update, is pretty incredible. That being said, there are a lot of features that are available in portrait mode are kind of unnecessary. I personally just use the natural light portrait mode setting – so that’s what we’re going […]

iPhone Portrait Mode Tricks

A Curated Cloud, iPhone Photos

April 26, 2020

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We’re all know the iPhone is a serious piece of technology, and the photos they can take a pretty dang amazing! Now don’t get me wrong, I would never trade by “big camera” for one, but I also can’t always carry by big camera around. Mainly because… well, because its a BIG camera haha. iPhone […]

3 Lighting Tips for Better iPhone Photos

A Curated Cloud, iPhone Photos

April 25, 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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