Sneak Peak: Baking Cookies Candid Mini Session

The Lartey family decided to bake and decorate Christmas cookies for their storytelling mini-session. It made for some great photos though I’m sure Grace ended up having a sugar crash later that afternoon!

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Location Scouting: Anacostia River Trail and Kingman Island

Summer is for location scouting! Over the past month, I've found two great locations for outdoor sunset shots. 

The Anacostia River Trail at the Melrose Skate Park

This spot has beautiful light at sunset and several awesome spots for photos. Bonus is that it's super accessible from the Brookland neighborhood! 

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Kingman and Heritage Islands

Another awesome spot with river and sunset views--just make sure you wear bug spray! Parking is also easy since the entrance is at one of the RFK stadium lots. 

June Favorites

June marked the second month of my 365 project to take and post one personal photo per day. I haven't missed a day yet! This month, I experimented with freelensing (shooting with the lens removed from the camera to create a tilt shift effect), still life, and documentary techniques. Here are some of my favorite shots!

 

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Jill's Maternity Photos

One of my best friends is due in a couple weeks and we had so much fun shooting this amazing maternity session. We wanted sunset maternity photos outdoors as well as some indoor nursery and bump shots, so I slept over and we had a multi-day photoshoot party. I had so much trouble picking favorites so I put together a grid so I could share as many as possible. 

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May Favorites from My Personal Collection (Washington DC Family Photographer)

I started a 365 project in May, aiming to take, edit, and post one personal photo per day. You can follow along and see all of my daily images on instagram (www.instagram.com/kellybellphoto) and I'll be sharing the highlights each month on my blog. These images weren't all selected as my photo of the day for instagram, but they are the ones that stood out to me as I scrolled through all my photos for May. 

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Sneak Peak: The Sutton Family (Washington DC Outdoor Family Photography Session)

These guys braved some serious heat last weekend for a fun photography session at the Franciscan Monastery in Brookland. I'm loving the color images from this session because you can really feel summer in them. Check out the sneak peak video, and a couple of my favorite shots from below!

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Sneak Peak: Tommy (District of Columbia In-Home Newborn Photography)

I love repeat clients because it's so much fun to watch a family grow. Last week I got to photograph new baby Tommy and his big sister Grace. I'd previously photographed this family when they were just three--Grace and her parents. It was a lot of fun to reconnect and meet the adorable Tommy! The slideshow and a couple of my favorite images are below. 

 

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365 Project: My First Week (Washington DC Family Documentary Photography)

I've recently started a 365 project and will be challenging myself to shoot and share one personal image per day, every day, no matter what. My goal for the project is to continue documenting our days, even when the weather isn't perfect and the house is a mess. I'm also using the project to try out some new techniques, and maybe eventually perfect them! This week, I got to try some panning with my niece on the swing set. Panning is when you move your camera in motion with your subject using a low shutter speed, so the subject is clear and the background is blurred with motion. 

 

 Day 1. A shot of the storm through our window. It's rare for me to take a picture without people in it but I love the mood and glow from the gas station in this shot.

Day 1. A shot of the storm through our window. It's rare for me to take a picture without people in it but I love the mood and glow from the gas station in this shot.

 Day 2: She was so mad at me for making her come inside for dinner that she stood here wailing for a good ten minutes. 

Day 2: She was so mad at me for making her come inside for dinner that she stood here wailing for a good ten minutes. 

 Day 3: She loves her pears. 

Day 3: She loves her pears. 

 Day 4: First time in the shower without screaming but she still isn't 100% on board.

Day 4: First time in the shower without screaming but she still isn't 100% on board.

 Day 5: Golden hour at Grandma's house. I'm a stickler for early bedtime but parents, keep your kids up late one day a year to get some magical golden photos.  

Day 5: Golden hour at Grandma's house. I'm a stickler for early bedtime but parents, keep your kids up late one day a year to get some magical golden photos.  

 Day 6: Bounce house shenanigans at my niece's birthday party.

Day 6: Bounce house shenanigans at my niece's birthday party.

 Day 7: Swinging with Bria. 

Day 7: Swinging with Bria. 

 Day 8: My aunt Rita in her apartment.

Day 8: My aunt Rita in her apartment.

Sneak Peak: Harper (Washington DC In-Home Newborn Photography)

Last week I got to photograph Harper, another baby that I first photographed in mom's belly :). Harper was as sweet as can be and put up with me for about an hour and a half with minimal wailing. One of my favorite moments was when I photographed her crying her heart out in mom's arms and then literally less than a minute later took the same picture again but she was peacefully sleeping (both shots are in the slideshow below). It sums up life with a newborn so well. 

Harper also has a big fur-sister, Zoe, who is adjusting to life with a newborn like a pro. She loved being near the baby and would come running to give her kisses anytime she started to cry. It was too adorable.

Here is Harper's newborn session slideshow and a couple of my favorite images. 

 

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Sneak Peak: Darling Charlotte (DC Family Photographer)

We planned to shoot this session at the Franciscan Monastery, but when we arrived last weekend, we realized they were having their annual plant sale and there were hoards of people and long line to get in. Luckily, I noticed this awesome spot (outside the Howard University School of Divinity) while looking for parking near the monastery. It's only a couple of blocks away but was completely quiet and serene. I loved the cool architecture and there was also lovely spring greenery to use as a background as well. I think Charlotte was a fan! 

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Sneak Peak: Riya

Last weekend I got to hang out with baby Riya and big brother Ravi for some playtime and outdoor exploration. I love how natural the whole family was in front of the camera and how I was able to just hang out and make photos of them doing their thing--these are my favorite kind of sessions! Check out Riya's slideshow and a few of my favorite shots.

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Sneak Peak: Oh Suzanna

I first photographed this little one when she was still in the womb! Welcome to the world, little Suzanna. I met Suzanna's parents at their home and we took some photos in her beautiful, light-filled nursery, then headed over the the Franciscan Monastery for the outdoor shots. Check out her slideshow (these now come standard with all sessions) and a couple of my favorite images below!

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