'Style Me' Wednesday {Candid Family Photography and Style Tips for Mom from Fotos by Nadine}

It's Wednesday - Style Me-Wednesday. You made it halfway through the week - yay!

style me wednesday inspiration by fotos by nadine

Here is this week's style and jewelry, so excited about my new navy blue leggings (I really was never a huge fan of navy blue anything...but here lately since I got my awesome new Stella & Dot 'How does she do it' purse I am falling more and more in love with this color. Check out today's mommy approved style:

navy blue leggings (oh so comfy), cream colored sleeveless tunic, canvas shoes, multicolored scarf, Bracelet: 'Renegade' by Stella & Dot

navy blue leggings (oh so comfy), cream colored sleeveless tunic, canvas shoes, multicolored scarf, Bracelet: 'Renegade' by Stella & Dot

And here is it on me - love how comfy this is ;) 

Nail Polish: 'Dress to Kilt' by Essie

Nail Polish: 'Dress to Kilt' by Essie


Essie Nailpolish:

Tenacious, Invincible, Brave {Custom Photo Session at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD}

Being attacked by a swarm of mosquitos, walking the completely empty US Naval Academy campus and finding the one sailor who was not at the football game....

It was a fun session full of new memories for me and the 3 sisters I photographed. 

amazing location shoot with fotos by nadine
candid waldorf md family photography by fotos by nadine.jpg

Dressed to kill - these beautiful ladies had their wardrobe stunningly coordinated - gorgeous! 

You may remember one of them - I photographed Rachel a few weeks back in National Harbor for her Senior Portraits. Find the post here.

Navy blue is starting to really grow on me. Their mom had picked out the location (OMG so excited to shoot at the Naval Academy in Annapolis) and coordinated the wonderful wardrobe for them - it was a huge success.

naval academy custom portrait session by fotos by nadine

We did find the one sailor who was not at the football game (Navy vs. Rutgers) that was going on that afternoon...so of course we had to ask if he was willing to be in a picture. Not a bad looking guy...the girls' giggles confirmed it ;) I did take photos of a sailor in uniform before (at a homecoming) but this was definitely a fun moment that I will remember. 

gorgeous sunfilled sisters session in annapolis, md with fotos by nadine
candid Outdoor Family Photography in Waldorf, MD by Fotos by Nadine

These two look like they are coming straight out of a magazine or clothing catalog. Lovely location with the navy sailboats as a backdrop. 

annapolis harbor shoot with fotos by nadine

Cropping Guide for your printed images {Tips and Tricks to better photos by Fotos by Nadine}

You have probably ordered or printed an 8x10 before and wondered 'why does it look so different from the original image?'

The answer is: the crop ratio changes with each photo size.

This means that a 5x7 image will look different than an 8x10 - there will be a slight crop on two sides (top and bottom for portrait orientation and left and right for landscape orientation) of the image. 

Sometimes it is hard to explain this so I decided to give you a visual tool to understand this better. It will help you when you get prints done at any time. 

To visualize this you can use the graphic below as a reference. This chart compares a 5x7 print as the original cropping ratio to the rest of the sizes and showcases how cropping would occur. 

When you order from me I will manually crop for you to ensure that cropping does not alter with the image's original composition and I will also let you know if an image is not suitable for a certain print size/ratio. 

However when you order prints from a website or a print store you need to be aware that cropping may just occur in a different place than what you had envisioned. Please contact me if you have any questions about crop ratio. 

crop ratio explained - shown in comparison to a 5x7 image. 

crop ratio explained - shown in comparison to a 5x7 image. 

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!