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National Arboretum Mommy and Me Session

I told you. August is my blog month, so here I am covering my March National Arboretum Mommy and Me Session with one of my favorite families! So here’s a quick thing about planning a National Arboretum Mommy and Me Session (or any session really), there is a heftier fee to use the arboretum than most places, AND you can only have sessions on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays. So… when planning, make sure you keep that in mind. The staff was amazing to work with, but the schedule is a bit hard to reschedule if you have a weather issue, and they DO limit the number of photographers who are in a certain area at once.

That said, it is a GORGEOUS venue. I love photographing this family, and I’m so excited they’re going to be at my National Mall Minis with dad this Saturday. Mom is a photographer herself, so she gets my style and the types of images I love: emotion, connection, love. Poses are great, but smiles with connection are even better in my book. Her kids are the exact ages of my crew, so we did games and I let them just be and documented them.

We used the columns first, and then moved the National Arboretum mommy and me session to the blooming trees. The arboretum is really the way to go if you want spring photos and don’t want to fight the crowds at the National Mall. The only downside is it’s even more to pay to go outside of hours, and the lighting can be tricky if you don’t know what you are doing at 8 a.m. when they open.

I just loved this session. I have just a few 2021 openings, and I tend to book about three months out now. I’m going to be more forward about the dates I am scheduling sessions, so be sure to pay attention and if you have a 2022 date you want on my calendar, don’t hesitate to reach out. (Yes, I said 2022!) Head over to my contact page and shoot me a message! And moms, consider giving this to yourself for your birthday or mother’s day! I am thinking I need to schedule one for me and my three kids next year.

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Meet Teresa


Hi. I’m Teresa. While photography is a part-time job for me, documenting your stories doesn’t ever get treated like it’s not important. My full-time gig is teaching high school English, journalism, and photography at an all-boys’ school in Washington, DC. Journalism is my favorite subject to teach because it is as much about writing as it is about the art of observing the world, and I became a photographer because of my experiences in photojournalism.

You’ll see in galleries with my families, children, newborns, or weddings, my style definitely is more about documenting connection and trying to create real moments. I love a good portrait, but my heart is happiest when I get real smiles from people loving on and playing with each other.

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