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conquering winter blah

 I’m almost ready for winter break, fulfilling last orders and looking forward to decorating the tree, Christmas cookie baking, staying at home a lot with warm slippers on, sipping on a hot tea, getting lazy… But it does come at a cost – it’s not easy to get out of this winter stagnation and start working with a fresh eye and tons of creativity later on. So why not challenge myself during the cold months of winter and rediscover things that I love. This comes with a little help from Marta Locklear – Thank You!
This week it’s an exercise in hue and texture – color brown (one of my favorites). I was doubly challenged – I love to shoot outside but was stuck at home for over a week with a bad cold so had to shoot at home with less light:(-  but I’m up for any task. Here are my browns:

Melissa - I saw these on Marta's blog! Love these… they're beautiful!

gina - so fluid, like silk, beautiful!

kristin brown - oooh those are so abstract and beautiful… love them!!

Malina Stanczak - Thank you for your kind comments ๐Ÿ™‚

family | alexandria va family photographer

It was way overdue – our last family picture was taken by me 3 years ago. So being in drive from all recent mini sessions I decided to get everybody ready, set the date and time and use the beautiful weather that this fall’s been spoiling us with. It all worked pretty well except for the fact that my remote shutter release stopped working and I had to run back and forth to press the button on self timer… it was fun anyway… and no, the pictures are not perfect and I could swap heads forever in photoshop but I’m not going to do it – just leave it as it is ๐Ÿ™‚

.E. - Your family is gorgeous and I love this photo… would love to see more hint hint..

Julia MacInnis Photography - LOVE this — the colors, quality of light and sweetness of the family dynamic.

Julia MacInnis Photography - okay, of YOUR family dynamic! awesome!

Malina Stanczak - Thanks! @E. – cannot share more yet – they go on our Christmas cards
@ Julia – Thank you – you are so sweet – so hard to catch any dynamic when you are trying to catch your breath from running back and forth..hahaha

Julie - What a gorgeous photo and I love your outfits!!! You chose such beautiful colors and styles! Love it!

mini sessions | alexandria va family photographer

I love it when a mini session turns out like this one. I love shooting boys and since my own doesn’t really like the idea of being “shot” – except in video games:) I’m really grateful for other families to bring their boys for me to photograph. And when it yields pictures as beautiful as the ones below I’m happy. I really have the best job in the world!