Late 2012 in Review – Family Photos

Photo of two boys sitting on pumpkins at a farm in Northern Virginia

I apologize in advance for the incredible number of photos in this gallery!  If you made me choose between doing newborn photography and family photography, I’m sure I couldn’t!  I just love them both so much! When I moved out … Continue reading

Saturday in the Park | Arlington, VA Family Photographer

There’s no better compliment than having a past client ask me to take their family photos again!   So excited to work with the Gates family again!  Beautiful, happy children and super fun parents to go with them!  We had a blast (again!)!!

I took this photo about three minutes into the session.  I turned to Judit and Kevin (the parents) and laughingly said, “Okay, we’re done!”  Love this shot SO much!

But glad we didn’t stop because it just kept getting better…

Near the end of the session, an ice cream truck pulled up and we decided to go with it!

So much fun!  Thanks to the Gates Family!  I can’t wait till the next one!

Wanted to quickly remind everyone about my photo contest that runs through 7/3.  You still have lots of time to enter and you can vote daily!  For those of you who just had or will be having a session with me soon, you will get free photos on your wall – just for entering!

Flight of the Bumblebee

Those of you who read my blog often know that I’ve become a bit of a broken record (yes, that’s a pun) about how busy I’ve been.  So busy that, though I’ve been taking lots and lots of personal photos, I haven’t spent any time actually going through them.  So I spent Friday night doing just that.

It was really great to sit back and look at all of the photos I’ve been taking of my family and play around with some split-toning and color saturation effects.  Thought I’d share a few of my favorites since it’s so rare that I get to show my own family!

My two children, Chase and Clara, checking to see what’s going on in the neighborhood.

Clara under a cherry blossom tree this spring.

Clara trying to turn on the water fountain.

Chase and Clara notice their reflections in the water fountain.  I love how Mark is curled around the right side of them, too!

Clara after her first dance recital.  So cute!

My two favorite men. 🙂

Clara at swim class.  Chase is in the background with the teacher.

The first shot I took with my new camera when it arrived at the end of March!  That’s my dog, Treble.

And second shot with my new camera.  I love love love the full-frame sensor!

Lilac blooms in my back yard.  Still playing with the new cam.

Another flowering bush in my back yard (have no idea what it is called, but I love how the light was skimming over the flowers!).

Chase being his usual silly self!

And more photo fun with the soccer net!

Despite being so busy, I’m glad that I’ve still taken the time to record what we’ve been up to.  What great memories!

I love to laugh

The most recent issue of Arlington Magazine features some photos that I took of the Holroyd family for the article “Parents Gone Wild,” which is about parents who lose control at their children’s sporting events.  When I put out a call for models, I was thrilled that Kat Holroyd offered up her children (and allowed me to persuade her and her husband into being in the photos, too).  The reasons that they are so perfect are that 1. They are among the least likely people I know to go crazy on their kids or a coach, and 2. Kat is a member of a really fun adventure club where the women try out new and exciting challenges each month.  (You must read her blog about it!) So I knew she wouldn’t bat an eye when I mentioned that I needed to duct tape her mouth in some of the photos.  Don’t worry, baby powder has a really great way of taking away 95% of the stickiness of duct tape (didn’t want my models’ agent to complain, after all!).

I have to tell you, this session was a riot!  The whole family really got into it, and we could not. stop. laughing!  Somehow we managed to keep our composure for some really great expressions.  Here are some of the ones that were not used… including the duct tape ones.

 To see the ones that were selected… well, you’ll just have to pick up an issue, won’t you?!

I thought it would be a lot of fun to share some of the outtakes with you, too.  Here are some photos of the family trying best they can not to laugh.  I hope they bring a smile to your face!

Julia went first and her whole family is standing behind me trying not to laugh.

Kevin tries the over-dramatic bit, then starts laughing…

Chris could hold his expression, except that the smile would creep in.  Like this one where he’s punching his hand, but you see him with a grin in the background.

But oh my goodness, I have sooo many photos of Kathleen laughing and trying to keep from laughing.  She kept apologizing, but I loved it!  So much fun!

Ha ha ha!  I hope you enjoyed! 🙂

When I See You Smile

Meet Gwyn!  She’s only one year old, but this girl has a lotta spark!  We met on, literally, the coldest day of March, but she could have cared less. She totally worked the camera and soaked up all of the attention.  Loved her!

I love how she threw up her arms right when the goose did!

I love this outtake shot.  Dad was, very successfully, getting her to laugh while mom used the distraction to fix her hairband.  Cuteness!

Here’s one of my favorites.  The whole beautiful family…

I’m headed to another photography conference this weekend – all about Photoshop!  So I’m going to work on a photoshop-themed blog for next week where I’ll show you some before and after images.  Fun!

Celebration!

Thank you so much to all of my fans for helping me to reach and far surpass my goal of having 500 Facebook fans by February 5th!  At the time of writing this, I’m at 649 fans!  I couldn’t be more thrilled!  😀

I have two winners for free photo sessions!  The winning comments were chosen using the random.org random number generator.  There were 46 comments (plus 3 pingbacks, skipped and not included) and the winners made the 20th and 28th comments.  

Starting at the first comment made by Heather T., I counted down to the first winner who is… Wendi Mayhew!!!  I kept counting down to comment #28, and that winner is… Jen Clark!  🙂  Thank you so much!  I will send each of you an email so that we can coordinate our calendars for your sessions. 

Noone goes home empty-handed though!  Each person who entered will also receive an email from me within the next week with a $50 gift certificate toward your next session!  Woot! 

Also, keep an eye out on my Facebook for details on Cherry Blossom mini-sessions coming in March/April.  I’ll only have room for 4-5 sessions, so feel free to leave a comment or send me a note if you are interested, and I’ll send you a heads up once I post the details in a few weeks. 

Well, I can’t let this post go without adding a few photos!  Here are some photos that I took of the Newell family this fall.  🙂

Cute! 😀

Sisters

I know it’s a month past Christmas, but I thought I’d go ahead and share that one of my own personal holiday traditions is that I always sit down by myself every year and watch White Christmas while I wrap gifts (promptly followed by Holiday Inn because I have so many gifts to wrap… and I usually stop to watch all of the musical numbers).  The second song in White Christmas is called “Sisters,” and it’s pretty funny, especially when Bing and Danny Kaye lip sync it later.

The song makes me think about my own two sisters.  We are very close in age (all born within three years), and my younger sister and I shared a room until my older sister went to college, which made us very close (many times too close for comfort!).

Here we are circa 1979.  Strange that my hair looks almost the same now.  (God bless that photographer.  Tracy looks like she was about to jump out of the shot.)

I am so grateful for my two sisters –  my oldest, Karen, whom I always admired growing up for her fashion sense and knowledge of the world awaiting me, and my youngest, Tracy, whom I always envied for her searing wit and sense of humor.  I wish that I was able to see them more often, but I can always count on their support and love when I need them, which is such a gift.

Here are some photos that I took recently of two very cute sisters, Annie and Sophie (and their little brother – not pictured here, but who is in many other cute photos!), on an incredibly chilly morning in DC.  I chose to extract just the sister photos for this post because they exhibited such a beautiful bond that reminded me of what I feel for my own sisters.

These photos use the “Purple Grunge” texture from French Kiss Textures, and I love how it goes so well with their adorable Matilda Jane dresses!

By the way, if you haven’t yet entered my contest for a free photo shoot (I’m giving away TWO), you still have time to do so!  Click here to enter!  Winners will be selected on Sunday evening, February 5th!

When You Say Nothing At All

My husband and I used to have monthly “State of the Union” talks to go over our finances and plan the month ahead.  That was before we had kids.  Now, he’s lucky to get me for 10 minutes while I’m making dinner.  But we did make time on New Years Day to sit and talk about our goals for the year, and it was wonderful!  I am so jazzed about this year and everything that awaits us!

I want to make it good for you, too, so read on to learn about a new contest I’m hosting.  You could win one of TWO free photo shoots!

But before we move forward (keeping you in suspense), I want to go back and show you some of the photos I took at the end of 2011.  The fall was wonderfully busy for me, so I got a little behind on sharing photos of the families I had the good fortune to photograph.  It’s probably going to take a few weeks to get them all up for you, but I’ll post some here and some on Facebook, so check in when you get a chance!

This is the Carter-Minnemeyer family.  I photographed them in November with their 3-month old son, Rowan.  I really love these photos because they just wanted everything simple and relaxed.  We used only their bedroom comforter, a black blanket, an heirloom quilt and a boppy to give these photos as natural an air as possible.  How’d we do?

Love the silhouette!

Okay, I know you’re thinking… didn’t she say something about a contest?!  Yes!  Here goes!  It’s the “500 Fan Frenzy!”  I want to get to 500 fans on Facebook by February 5th.  If I do, I’m going to give away $500 in prizes (two photo shoots worth $250 each – covers the session fee and a $25 gift certificate to use on prints!).  If I don’t, I’ll still give away one session, so there’s going to be at least one winner!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Go to http://www.facebook.com/rebeccadanzenbakerphotography and click the “Like” button.  Then come back here and leave a comment that says something like, “I liked your page!.”  (or “I already liked your page!” if you’re already a fan.)

That’s it!  Well, that was simple!  Once I get 500 fans, I’ll count up all the comments, go to random.org and “draw” the winning comment.

Hey, want to earn an extra entry?  Sure you do!  Here’s how:

2. Change your Facebook status to something like “Help @Rebecca Danzenbaker Photography reach 500 fans by February 5th and you could win $500 in prizes.  Check out http://www.lyricalphotography.net for more info.” (What’s with the @ symbol?  If you type it in (instead of pasting it), it will link to my fan page to help your friends quickly “like” it and get us closer to our goal!)

3. After you do that, come back here and leave a separate, second comment saying something like “I posted your contest on my status.”  This second comment is your second entry.

Thank you so much and good luck!

P.S. As if FREE wasn’t incentive enough to enter for a photo shoot, here’s a heartbreaking true story shared by a fellow photographer about how valuable family photos are.

P.P.S. Ahh, forgot a few minor details.  I will contact the winner via email.  Session must take place before July 30, 2012 and be within the Greater DC or Richmond area.  This contest is not sponsored by Facebook.