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4 Things I Would Love for You to Know About My Photography Business for 2016 | Washington DC Maternity and Baby Photographer

1. My studio... well, it's kind of amazing.

I am in love with my new studio. It's my happy place. It's pretty and gets gorgeous light. It has everything needed to make beautiful sessions. The space is inspiring and I'm constantly finding new ways to use every nook and cranny.  It's the perfect place for every session, whether I'm photographing a little newborn baby or a family of five, it's the perfect backdrop for my clients' families.

2. Fine art prints & albums are my favorite... ever.

I go all out when researching the best possible products to offer my clients, and when I found an opportunity to offer the very best museum quality fine art prints and albums I literally jumped up and down I was so giddy about them. The prints are amazing and gorgeous. Thick beautiful museum quality textured prints that render color beautifully and will last for decades. And the albums are to die for with beautiful thick heavy-weight pages and solid binding. 

3. The studio wardrobe is gorgeous.

I started investing in the studio wardrobe last year and I am so in love with it. Every single piece is gorgeous, fits moms beautifully, and photographs like a dream. It's so hard to figure out what to wear for a session, and I'm so happy to be able to take the guesswork out of it for you. Having something beautiful to wear is another way I enjoy pampering clients and it's so much fun to play dress up before we begin.

4. Less is more.

This is true in several areas of my business for 2016. My style is returning to one of simple muted neutral colors, without a lot of fuss or props. This style isn't for everyone, but it makes my heart sing. I'm also trimming back on the number of sessions I take each month. I love you all and I would love to photograph every baby in the world, but it just isn't possible. This year I'm striving for balance.  More chances to connect with my husband and son, because I never want to miss out on time with them. Inspired by that, I'm also exploring new ways of giving other moms the same, with beautiful simple portraits with their children and babies.

It's going to be a wonderful year. I can't wait to find out what's in store next.

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Kate Juliet Photography specializes in natural maternity, newborn, and family portraiture in the Washington DC and Northern VA area.
Contact me to begin planning your custom portrait experience.


What Would You Save in a Zombie Apocalypse? | Washington DC Baby Photographer

Not my usual subject line, right? But I promise, it has a point.

Sometime last year I did something pretty unexpected: I got completed addicted to The Walking Dead. Now, I totally understand if it isn't for you - it wasn't really for me either - but stick with me, I have a non-Zombie related point to make.

In the beginning of the series, way way back in season one, the main character, Rick, is trying desperately to find his wife and son. The city has been abandoned, zombies are everywhere, it's treacherous to travel, things are bleak.

The good news is, he did find them eventually (it was a very heartwarming moment in a show filled with zombies). But when he finds her, his wife asks him,
How did you know we were alive?

You know how he answered?
All of the photos in the house were gone.

In the middle of the zombie apocalypse, when she was rushing to escape with her son, to find safety, when she knew she would never be back again, she took her family photographs with her. Albums, portraits from the wall, they were all gone because they were that important to her.

When I saw that it struck a chord with me. Sometimes we forget how powerful images are. How much of a person is left behind in the photographs we have of them. It's how we remember the little details of how they were. It's how we see how they aged over the years. It's how we get a glimpse into their relationships and see how they smiled and looked at the people they loved the most.

With any luck (knock on wood) we won't be facing a zombie apocalypse anytime soon, but what if there was a fire? Or what if you had to suddenly move to a smaller place? My guess is you would save those photos at any cost.




I don't take these photos just for you | Washington DC Newborn Baby Photographer

It's been a whirlwind around here lately. I love photographing mothers and babies, so many gorgeous families, but I think it's time I confess something that might change the way you view what I do:

I don't take these photos just for you.

I love showing moms how beautiful and gorgeous they are. They, you, are my client and I will always take the opportunity to show you how amazing and wonderful you are with your children. But the honest truth is, I don't do it just for that.

I take these images for your children and grandchildren to have one day.

I take them so one day you can share stories with your children of how they were when they were small. So they know how you were with them. So they can see how from the very beginning they were loved so very much.

I do it so your grandchildren know what their parents looked like. To show how all of you have the same color hair, that dimple in your right cheek, or the same eyes. These images are proof that you were young once, just like them, and that you too were a parent who had no idea what you were doing, but you loved them so hard that you tried everyday to do better than you did yesterday. 

I do it because photographs aren't just images to be looked at. They are stories that you share. They are memories and shared histories.

They are how we remember and are remembered.

And I think that's worth capturing.



Dear Jackson | Letters to My Son | Washington DC Family Photographer

Dear Jackson,

You're turning two tomorrow and I'm already forgetting things. I'm forgetting how big you were when you were six months old. I can't remember when exactly it was that you first said "mama" or "dada." I can't for the life of me remember when it was that you got so big.

It's true what they say: the days are long, but the years are short. Having a child has been the most life-altering experience of my life. More than getting my first job or getting married. More than owning a home or graduating college. And I won't lie to you, it's been hard. I miss having free time and not worrying that the house isn't toddler-proofed.

But even with the chronic sleep deprivation, it has been so wonderful. You are amazing and so so sweet. And now, you're not a baby anymore. You're a little boy. You climb on everything. You sing songs. The first time we heard you sing we stopped and just listened to you. You get shy when you realize someone is listening, but I think, also proud. You like that we stop to listen. Your favorites to sing are Wheels on the Bus, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and your ABCs. You've recently discovered Elmo, so we already have half a dozen Elmo books ready to read at any given moment. If your current infatuation is any indication, I have a feeling Elmo will a prominent figure in your childhood.

I can't believe another year with you has passed. It feels like I was just coming home with a brand new squirmy baby, unsure of what I was doing. I wish so many things for your future. I want you to be happy. To be kind. To remember that you are luckier than most, and to pay it forward. I hope you never let go of your persistence, even if it does sometimes make parenting harder, because it's so important to shoot for the moon and never ever give up.

Happy birthday baby boy.

Love you bunches,
Mom

 Washington DC Toddler Photographer | Kate Juliet Photography
I Believe in the Tangible | Northern VA Fine Art Maternity, Newborn, & Motherhood Family Photographer

I believe in the tangible.
What we can hold. What we can feel.

Technology moves fast.
One day those digital files will be obsolete.
Or lost. Or destroyed. Harddrives crash. Sites are hacked. Discs are lost.

Remember VHS tapes?
And Nintendo?
And floppy disks?

Did you ever replace those movies and games and files?

But what about those prints you have?
Of your grandparents. And your parents. And of you when you were young.

What about the images from the days of film?

I bet you still have those.

In thick albums stuffed with so many pages they're about to explode.
Tucked away in a closet. On a bookshelf. In frames on your wall.

Prints exist for you to look back on, flip though and hold.
You can point out old swing sets that you played on, share memories of people pictured but who are no longer here.
See freckles and old friends and pets and faces before they became wrinkled.

Prints don't become obsolete.
A hundred years from now, they will still be here.

That's why I include prints with every order,
and always will.


 Washington DC Fine Art Portrait Photographer | Kate Juliet Photography