One of the questions I am asked the most is, “How should I prepare my children for our session?” Most kids don’t naturally pose for pictures – and that is what I love about photographing children! They are honest and raw with their emotions and as a childhood photographer in Northern Virginia, I strive to capture the genuine smiles and that sense of wonderment.

See examples from my sessions on my blog, here.

Blaire is an internationally published family and childhood photographer in Northern Virginia. Based out of Loudoun County and serving the entire Washington DC-metro area.

The most important thing is for me to be able to connect with your kids. I will do this by asking them to talk to me about school or even play a game with me. I may encourage them to be really silly. Occasionally, I may even ask a child to come with me away from the group – some kids just respond better when there isn’t a ton of pressure or a crowd watching them.

If you have a toddler, they are the boss! As a parent, I have learned to be really adaptable. We will follow their lead and move around as needed to keep them engaged and interested. For older babies and younger children, please bring a favorite toy or something to help them feel secure. If your child loves music, put some favorite tunes on your phone to play while we’re together.

Treats like stickers or candy typically end up on your kids (and in your photos) so it’s best to save them for the end.

All of my clients receive a copy of my exclusive What To Wear guide, and I can also provide you a list of fabulous hair and makeup artists. My goal is to help you look and feel your very best so you are comfortable and able to enjoy yourself during our photo session.

Ready to get your session scheduled? Please email me to receive a copy of my Welcome Guide, which has everything you need to know about what to expect before, during, and after our session.

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I can’t wait to hear your ideas and plan your next photo shoot! I have photographer permits for Morven Park in Leesburg and all Fairfax County parks.

Know someone looking for a childhood photographer in Northern Virginia (or anywhere in the Washington DC metro area)? I always appreciate referrals <3