Why printed artwork is so important | Northern VA Newborn and Maternity Photographer

Anyone who has ever worked with me knows the value that I place on printed artwork. I want every client who works with me to walk away with something tangible from their session - something they can hold and touch and feel. Something they can hold in their hands.

I know sometimes when the images and experience are fresh and brand new, it’s hard to understand why this is. Photography is a unique art form in that it often can’t be fully appreciated until years after the image is captured and the moment has passed.

Because years down the line is when our memories fade, our children have grown, our faces have more wrinkles. It’s not until years from now that you’ll be able to look back on an album or framed print and think

“wow, my baby was so small”
”I can’t believe how young mom and dad were when I was born”
”I barely remember that happening, but I’m so glad I can look back on it now”

It takes the distance of those years to realize how much things change and how quickly it goes by. It’s only by having something you can hold that those reminders come to us. When we look up on the wall and see the portrait that’s been hanging for years, or when we pull out the album that’s been on the shelf for what feels like a lifetime. Because when we flip through those images and pages, we get to look back into the past and what life was like for us. And our children get to see what life was like for us and them too.

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Kate Juliet Photography specializes in natural maternitynewbornbaby, and family portraiture in the Washington DC and Northern VA area.

All studio sessions include access to the studio wardrobe for mothers and babies to borrow clothing for your session. 

Contact me to begin planning your custom portrait experience.


The best age to photograph a baby | Northern VA Photographer

First, it has to be said: it's never "too late" to photograph your baby. I recommend holding newborn sessions within the first 2 weeks after delivery, but don't feel like you've missed out if that window has passed you by. If you want images of your baby at her smallest, schedule your session as soon as possible. If you're open to holding your session when your baby is a little bigger (or want to capture milestones as your baby grows), this post is for you.

So when is the best age to photograph a baby? Between 7-8 months. Here's why...

1 - Your baby can sit up on her own now. Many baby babies are still in the "sit, lean, fall over" phase when they're six months old. By 7 or 8 months, she can probably sit up all by herself, and is happy to keep herself there for awhile. But she's not too big to lay down, do tummy time, or be held. It's a great way to capture a lot of variety about what she's up to in a single session.

2 - She's expressive! By this age babies are full giggles, smiles, and all the big personality you want to remember.

3 - She isn't quite mobile yet. She might be moving around a bit on her own, but isn't walking or running around on her own. She still depends on you to get around, so it's a great time to capture images of you together. Which leads us to the next reason...

4 - Moms are usually feeling more comfortable in their post-baby body by the time baby is 7-8 months old. Now that you're feeling like you have your body back again, it's a great to capture images of the two of you together.

5 - You can capture all the sweet baby rolls, chunky thighs, and cottage cheese tushies you want. It's a great opportunity to celebrate your growing baby by highlighting how much she's grown since her newborn session.

There is never a wrong time to photograph your baby (usually the best time is right now!), but when possible I recommend scheduling a session for when she is 7-8 months old. Another perfect time after that is around a year so you can see how much she’s grown so quickly.

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Kate Juliet Photography specializes in natural maternitynewbornbaby, and family portraiture in the Washington DC and Northern VA area.

All studio sessions include access to the studio wardrobe for mothers and babies to borrow clothing for your session. 

Contact me to begin planning your custom portrait experience.


Katie and Zach's first look | Fairfax VA Motherhood Photographer

There are certain rules with photography. When people ask me how I first became interested in photography I usually answer that I like having rules. I like knowing that if I follow a few simple rules - proper exposure and composition - then I can properly capture an image. But rules are rules, and art is art. Art doesn’t follow rules, it has heart. And learning to be an artist, not just someone who takes photographs, means breaking those rules. For portrait photographers there are so many rules that you should follow, but my love is in capturing the heartbeats in front of me. Breaking all the rules to get it exactly perfect.

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Kate Juliet Photography specializes in natural maternitynewbornbaby, and family portraiture in the Washington DC and Northern VA area.

All studio sessions include access to the studio wardrobe for mothers and babies to borrow clothing for your session. 

Contact me to begin planning your custom portrait experience.


Washington DC Newborn Baby Photographer | Welcome to the World Crosby


Kate Juliet Photography specializes in natural maternitynewbornbaby, and family portraiture in the Washington DC and Northern VA area.

All studio sessions include access to the studio wardrobe for mothers and babies to borrow clothing for your session. 

Contact me to begin planning your custom portrait experience.