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!
The Miller family chose to read books for their storytelling mini session. I love that we were able to get a variety of shots, even with a quiet and calm activity. Also, how amazing is that polka dot wall?
I recently got to meet and photograph two beautiful new families. Lily was an angel during her newborn session and slept for most of it. Isla gave some great eye contact and expressions right from the start. Enjoy both of their slideshows below!
We had beautiful weather and perfect light for fall family minis last week. Here’s a sneak peak of some of my favorite images!
I’m so far behind on blogging, but here are my favorite personal photos from July and August.
My location scouting efforts definitely paid off for this shoot. We caught some beautiful light and of course, having beautiful models doesn't hurt! I had so much fun at this shoot and just love how the images turned out.
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!
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.
Jeanette and her son were in town last week from St. Louis and wanted to do a session at a unique DC location. We chose to meet up at Union Market and had a lot of fun exploring the murals, alleys, and market. I love the variety available at Union Market and feel that the urban architecture adds to the photos. Here are some of my favorite shots.
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!
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.
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.
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!Read More
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.
A couple of weeks ago a I met up with Nataki Lee on the met branch trail to take some fun, natural headshots. She's a postpartum doula and wanted a photo for her website and brochure that showcased her personality. We met up at sunset and got some awesome shots!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!