How I started 2015....yes 2015

It has been a disgustingly long time since I blogged (yes I used the word disgusting)...I love this blog and feel so sad for its neglect. Esp, since I have so much to share! I have to say, Instagram is such a quick easy way to send updates I have been much more dedicated to that over the past few months....since I can do that from bed, ha!

 

What a busy year this was.  I am aiming not to glorify "busy" in my life...but my excuse for not blogging so much was because of all the time I spent shooting and focusing on my clients!  So, can't complain about that. However, I vow to keep my blog updated from here on out.

I wanted to start by sharing how I began 2015....I partnered with an amazing children's store in Georgetown called, Little Birdies to shoot some of their best clients. I got just about 5-10 minutes with each of them and look at their darling faces!

It was so fun! I loved it! I urge you to check out the store - great products and run by the sweetest woman

Onward!

2014-What a Year!

Thank you all for making 2014 our best year ever!!! The business grew in leaps and bounds and there is a ton of momentum going into 2015….

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In 2014 I had the joy of working with repeat clients, families I watch grow year after year. It is a marvel and so much fun for me. I love working with children each year as they grow, and I find I develop a special bond with them. I love coming up with creative plans for shoots with my repeat customers so that no two shoots are exactly the same.

Meeting new families is so exciting! I met so many new and wonderful families in 2014 and appreciate you all letting me enter your world and entrusting me to capture your special moments.

I have to admit in 2014, I fell even more in love with newborns! I had the best experiences helping families welcome their newest members. In 2015, I hope to gain even more newborn clients as well as hopefully some hospital shoots. Spread the word!

During the year I introduced new products and technology, which helped you, the client, get your photos off the computer and into your hands and onto your walls! I especially enjoyed creating gorgeous heirloom albums for clients.

And, 2014 was the year I entered the fine art world as well. Something I always had my eye on but didn't know where I fit in. Then, I found my niche and launched in. An exciting new part of my business that I hope to nurture and grow in the coming years.

Looking ahead to 2015

I am entering 2015 with so much momentum and excitement. Good things are happening. Let me share some of it with you….!

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I am happy to announce I will be partnering with The Scout Guide and will be the official photographer for The Scout Guide Washington DC which will begin production soon. This has been a goal of mine and I could not be more excited that this is becoming a reality. Follow us on instagram

I am doing a workshop with a renowned photographer in April, which I know will help me grow tremendously. I am counting the days!

I have lots of new location ideas for 2015! New and innovative ideas. As my clients know I don't like using the locations everyone else uses. How about the East Building of the National Gallery? (The atrium is open even during the renovations.) Cool, right? Let's make your shoot an adventure! I am planning to offer more travel and on-location shoots to clients during the vacation months! Watch out for these announcements.

More than anything I am just so excited to build on the momentum gained this year and make 2015 bigger and better!

xo,

Claire

Happy Mother's Day!

For Mother's Day, I requested a picnic lunch. We found a beautiful tree on the Mall right next to the Capitol. Under the trees the weather was perfection. We ate our lunch, played ball and talked. Heaven. I had one goal for the day .....actually I had two goals for the day... 1) try to relax and not rush, hurry or worry and 2) of course had to do with photography....GET IN THE PHOTO....

My inital reaction when reviewing the lot was, how do I look? But, when I edited them tonight, they all just made me smile and made me so happy, so so so happy. Even if I didnt look good, my children were so happy, we were happy together and this makes me happy. THIS is the point of being in the photo, my friends! I understand it now! Not just to say, oh, look here we were here, blah blah.... But, to see this side of it, to capture that happiness together. Capture and keep those memories and those feelings forever and ever and hold them near and dear.

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On then there was this little fashion statement of a 2.5 year old, ballerina, princess, prescious girl. 2014-05-13_0009.jpg

I Love Looking Back

I am looking back through my 2013 files to come up with my "best of 2013". It is fun and rewarding to reminisce although I should have filed away my favorite DURING the year, not wait until it is a huge project at the end of the year, eerrrr beginning of next year. Alas, January is the perfect down month for photographers were we get all sorts of projects completed and prepare for the new year. And, tonight, I was lucky enough to come across this beauty.....

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This Post Is About Light & Hair

Editing this and just so excited. I knew it was going to be good. I have not had good light lately. I have been getting some dull light, which in some respects is great and then you get an afternoon like this.....AND....hair like this and a little cute button like this it is MAGIC. This makes a photographer happy!

Just a few samples!

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Newbies Are Awesome! | Washington DC Area Family Photographer

Yesterday on the blog I featured a family I have worked with for 4 years. Today I am featuring a new family. As much as I love my repeat clients I also love getting to know new families!!! When I go to a shoot with a new family I get SO excite because I know I am getting to add to "my family". When I meet a new family there is always something that catches me right a way. With this family it was the gorgeous mama, the amazingly beautiful toddler with stunning eyes, long eyelashes and angelic face, and the sweet daddy caring for his daughter. I was lucky enough to get to shoot this darling girl on her 2nd birthday!!! 2013-11-21_0003.jpg 2013-11-21_0002.jpg 2013-11-21_0006.jpg 2013-11-21_0005.jpg 2013-11-21_0004.jpg 2013-11-21_0007.jpg

Oldies are Goodies! | Washington DC Area Family Photographer

...And when I say, oldies, I mean my repeat clients!!! One of my more favorite things each year is to catch up with "my families". Even though I may only see them once a year, it seems as if we just saw each other (....except the kids have a year growth on them!).

This family, one of my all time favorites. We have so much fun when we get together each year. We have gone from crying babies to best friends, I am happy to say. This year was the most fun with these kiddos, we chatted, rode scooters, discovered lots and lots of cool leaves....they are to eat!!!! The kids...not the leaves.....

And you should see the two of them togerher. So sweet, best friends. They even spontanously held hands at one point during the shoot....heat melting.

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You are one Funny Dude

These days you like to say:"Drumroll Pleaseeee!!!"

These days you like to sing: "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean", which Papa taught you. You say "....Bring back my BODY to me, to me....." gets me every time

You take care of your sister and tell me you are doing so

You LOVE discovering things and showing me. Like little "rolly pollys" (sp????) or little bugs or animals or anything hidden. and you LOVE to hide from people!

You love sweets all too much and you tell me how much you love candy everyday

You are the gosh darn best worker man I have ever met and I sure do LOVE you

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Oh My She's 1.5!

Oh me oh my! She is one-and-a-half-years old! Busy, sweet, talkative, loving, spirited, beautiful, sparkly, tomboy, into everything, eater, wants to play with the big kids, loves to cuddle, won't sleep alone, loves to laugh, loves her daddy, precious one!!! You are LOVED! 2013-05-29_0001.jpg

I'm Lucky! I'm Thankful!

I'm so lucky to have such beautiful clients! And I'm so thankful for them....and for them excusing how behind I am this season! Here is you preview finally and the photos are on their way, I promise!

....I think you'll agree.....I'm lucky....

Happy Fall! I so dont want it to end....

So Long.....So Many Posts to Post....

I think daily about new posts but time is just not on my side. I am very far behind, it has been a busy spring with lots of fun but also lots to do. I have been trying to do too many things at once.... Focus on the happy, wonderful things in front of you! Take each day one at a time and savor the small moments that bring you immense happiness.