Sunny Family Picnic Themed Session {Waldorf MD Family Photographer}

It's always so exciting to meet new clients and photograph them for the first time - getting to know who they are and what connects them, seeing their love for each other and cuddling with their babies. 

gorgeous candid family portrait by fotos by nadine

Wan and Ryan love Old Town - and even though their home is in Southern MD - we of course held their family session in the heart of Old Town - in the park of the beautiful Carlysle House.

family of 3 outdoor portrait session by fotos by nadine.jpg

What a crazy coincidence that their session date - carefully picked in September so that the chances for a little bit of a cooler day were higher - ended up being the hottest and most humid day of the entire summer of 2014. 

All 3 of them - especially their 5 month old little baby girl - were not impressed by that at all and were being complete pros in front of my lens - such a blast to photograph! 

make up for mom before the session fotos by nadine.jpg

We worked the weeks before their session to get it all perfect - from mom's make up (done by the amazing Bridgette of Bridgette Chavis Make up Artistry) to the pretty setup with the picnic blanket and basket - it came out wonderful and the beautiful evening light did the rest. 

Please enjoy this little preview to hold you over until your big session premiere!  

Kids Lunch Ideas - Free Printable/Download {Waldorf, MD Family Photographer}

When school started about 2 weeks ago here in Maryland I was dedicated to make this year more organized and easy for my kids and my family.

I was extremely excited when I found our new lunch boxes and the containers to fill them with - and as hesitant as I was at first to purchase new ones - I am so happy I did - they have made our lives much easier.

See below for the details on them. I got them at Target (but I saw them on as well - Lunchblox by Rubbermaid).

Well, as easy as the bags and containers were to use...I still had to come up with new lunch ideas that will 1. fit in them 2. my kids like 3. are easy to unpack and quick to eat.

So I created a sheet with all things that I could use and printed it out.

It's hung up in my kitchen so I can go ahead and mix and match stuff each morning while packing their bags. It's a great help for your weekly shopping list as well.

Free printable - Kids lunch ideas - get yours below! 

Free printable - Kids lunch ideas - get yours below! 

FREEBIE - I love it so much that I made it available for you to download and use as well. All you need to do is print it, fill in your lunch ideas and hang it up in your kitchen (I like to hang these up inside a cabinet so that they don't clutter up the kitchen) - find the download at the end of this post. 

Kids Lunchboxes and Lunch Ideas

Kids Lunchboxes and Lunch Ideas

The stand up which was important to me - my kids throw them around and don't care if the containers end up sideways inside...with these everything stays the right way up - no risk of any leaks. 

The containers stack and interlock - genius!

The containers stack and interlock - genius!

Here is what goes inside now: These containers come in different shapes and sizes but they all interlock...even the reusable icepacks do! It's so genius - nothing is just flying around on the loose within the lunchbox! It saves a ton of space as well. 

Here is the finished product - all is neatly stacked and locked and stays cool. 

Here is the finished product - all is neatly stacked and locked and stays cool. 

Finished lunchbox - neat and clean, cool and light! Love it! On the left outside pocket I put their water bottle and in the one on the right goes their thermos container with warm food - DONE! 

Dreams and Schemes {Alexandria, VA Senior Photographer}

I had the great pleasure to photograph an incredibly gorgeous young lady a few weeks ago. Adventurous Rachel has just graduated from High School and has big plans for her future.

I spent the afternoon with her and her family and we had a great time getting her Senior Photos done! 

{Each of my exceptional senior sessions begin with a fun styling day at 3 Sisters in Old Town Alexandria a few weeks ahead of time...Rachel had a blast and chose 3 cute outfits to wear during her session - how awesome! This is only the beginning....the day of her session she had her hair and make up done by one of my outstanding make up artists, Naowshaba Ferdous - she did an amazing job and brought out Rachel's beautiful features even more}

High School Senior writing journal outdoor senior session by Fotos by Nadine

Rachel loves to read and write. Old Town Alexandria is the perfect place to hang out for this! 

young lady with a beach cruiser in old town alexandria high school senior outdoor glam session

I just love the relaxed series we captured with the lovely teal Beach Cruiser (courtesy of the amazing '3 Sisters' on King St in Alexandria)

candid senior session at the National Harbor and new Capital Wheel 

We moved on to one of the hottest locations of our area - the National Harbor with its 2 new attractions The Capital Wheel and The Carousel! Both offer amazing photo opportunities and Rachel and I had such fun capturing these stunning, glamorous and classic images! 

lovely summer evening at the national harbor - senior outdoor session with fotos by nadine
senior session at the carousel at National Harbor, MD by fotos by nadine
senior girl in blue dress and orange accessories from 3 sisters - fotos by nadine
gorgeous summer senior session at the national harbor by fotos by nadine

All dresses and accessories are from the wonderful 3 Sisters (213 King St, Alexandria, VA)   

coffee break - high school senior at the national harbor - session by fotos by nadine


behind the scenes of a senior session at national harbor with fotos by nadine

behind the scenes of a senior session at national harbor with fotos by nadine

Rachel, I hope your session was fun and unique - I totally enjoyed hanging out with you and your fun family!

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