Family Friday | Lovettsville VA Family Photographer

I bet our 4 month old can beat up your 4 month old.  Not that she wants to or anything. But at 4 months, 17.5 lbs and over 25 inches tall is she 99% for weight and 92% for her height.  Yep. She looks more like a 7 month old than a 4 month old.  We got the green light from the doctor to start solids. So, yesterday was our first solid food experiment. The order of the day? Rice cereal. We’re not sure of the final digested to face art ratio, but I’d say by the end of the meal she was certainly enjoying herself!

Belated Family Friday | Northern VA Baby Photographer

Houston we have a problem. Our tiny newborn has been replaced by a chunky monkey! I’ve been wanting to capture some pictures of Miss Brie in her birthday suit for a few weeks now. All of her rolls, folds, and chunk are just too cute for words. And those cheeks. Oh my! They sure do get lots of kisses from mommy and daddy. My apologies for the belated post. I wanted to get these pictures in just the right light so her shoot was postponed until this morning. I hope these were worth the wait!

16 weeks | Northern VA Baby Photographer

She turned 16 weeks yesterday. Not sure where the time is gone or how we got here. But we sure are having fun along the way! Her personality is really starting to shine through. Right now her hobbies include: smiling, eating, putting everything in sight her mouth, puffing out those chipmunk cheeks, and kicking her feet as much as she possibly can. And, since I missed Family Friday this week I thought I’d share some of the shots I was able to capture of our growing girl over the weekend.

Your Momtography Questions Answered | Northern VA Photography Class

So far the response to Momtography 101 has been great and I am thrilled to see raffle entries and registrations already coming in! I can tell this first class is going to be a huge success and can’t wait for February. I’ve also been answering many questions this  past week about the class and what to expect.  So, I thought everyone could benefit from the Q&A and below is the Momtography 101 FAQ.  Feel free to add any additional questions you may have about the workshop by leaving a comment to this post.

Don’t forget…there are only 3 more days to enter to win a free spot to the February class. Click here for all the details and to register your entries. I’ll be announcing the winner this Friday on on the blog so come back then to find out who the winner will be!

Do I have to be a mom to attend Momtography 101?

No! Anyone is welcome to attend this course. Dads, grandparents, singles, teens. However, the class is geared toward taking better pictures of children so please attend with that in mind. The technical skills can be applied to many photography situations though so anyone looking to learn about their dslr can leave learning something!

What is a DSLR camera?

Most consumers are familiar with compact cameras such as your pocket sized point and shoot. However, DSLR cameras are increasingly becoming much more popular and prevalent amongst the general public.  DSLR stands for digital single-lens reflex. The two most commonly seen brands on the market are Nikon and Cannon.  But, that doesn’t really help explain what a DSLR is or what the advantages are of having one. Let’s dig a little deeper:

  • With a DSLR camera, you see exactly what the lens sees and you typically view through a view finder (no LCD screen display)
  • You can change the lens on a DSLR
  • DSLRs have large image sensors that produce high-quality photos
  • A DSLR in the right situation has a near-zero lag time, and is ideal for action photography
  • DSLR cameras are versatile.

Do I have to have a dslr camera to attend Momtography 101?

Yes. This is a firm requirement. The technical details we will be discussing will be much more applicable to those with DSLR cameras. We will spend a majority of our time together disscussing manual functions, beginner settings, and lens options. Even though some of these settings are available on compact cameras they are not as sophisticated and do not always function in the same capacity as a DSLR.

What can I expect to learn at Momtography 101?

A little of everything! We’ll begin with the basics of taking better photos from composition to framing to lighting and location. From there we’ll dive into using the camera on a more technical level with basic manual settings. We’ll explore what settings work well in various situations and also discuss the advantages of different camera lenses.  Participants will also be given the chance to ask questions, participate in a hands on shoot with models to practice what is learned, and enter to win prizes and giveaways at the end!

How many participants will you be accepting for this class?

The class is designed for no more than 25 participants.

My wife (friend, coworker, daughter, son, mom, dad…) would really enjoy this class! Can I buy them a gift certificate?

Yes! I am happy to customize a gift certificate just for you.  A spot in this class would be a great gift for any holiday or special occasion.

I can’t attend the class on the date you’ve set. Are you planning to offer another in the future?

This Momtography class is one of what I hope to be many more to come. If the response is positive for this class I will definitely plan to offer another class during the Spring or Summer of 2011.  However, I also am happy to offer private small group classes either in your home or mine (for you and 3-7 of your friends), or one-on-one private lessons. Contact me for details if you are interested in either of these options.


Momtography 101 | Northern VA Photography Class

As you may have read Wednesday, I am absolutely thrilled to be adding Momtography 101 classes to Be Young Photography. And I am even MORE thrilled to announce that I’ll be giving away a free spot to the February workshop to one lucky reader! See below for the when, where, and how you can be a part of the first Momtography 101 class and then keep on reading for all the details on how you can enter to WIN and attend the class for FREE.


Are you excited yet? Space is limited to allow for plenty of time to answer individual questions and incorporate hands-on activities during the class.  We’ll be spending the afternoon at the gorgeous Trump National Golf Club Washington DC in Potomac Falls, VA.  Mark your calendars now to make sure you don’t miss out on this fabulous opportunity to learn, have fun, and meet other moms interested in photography.

And, if you’re interested in attending for FREE you’re in luck. I’ll be giving away a free spot to ONE lucky reader.  Here are 4 ways you can enter to win:

  • Leave a COMMENT on this blog post by scrolling to the bottom of this post and clicking on the comment link. In your comment answer this question: What do you hope to learn by attending Momtography 101?
  • JOIN the Be Young Photography fan page on Facebook by clicking here and “liking” us. Then come back here and leave a comment letting us know you are a fan.
  • SIGN UP for the brand spankin’ new Be Young Photography mailing list by clicking here. You’ll kept in the loop with information about promotions, mini sessions, workshops and more! Then, come back here once again and leave one more comment letting us know you’ve signed up.
  • SHARE this opportunity with others (via Facebook, Twitter, or Email) by using one of the share buttons at the bottom of this post. Then, come back here and leave one more comment letting us know who you’ve shared the love with.

You can earn up to 4 entries by doing each of the above tasks between now and December 15th. I’ll be using your blog comments to pick a winner at random on Friday December 17th and announcing it here on the Be Young Photography blog. Good Luck!

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