7 Tips for Your Summer Family Photo Session in Northern Virginia

May 28, 2019

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Here are some insider tips if you have not scheduled your family photos for this summer yet. The good news is that it’s not too late, there is still availability to get it done.

Mother and daughter laughing
Family playing games
Family and girl holding flowers

Here is why I think it’s a great time to do your family photo session: 

  1. Days are longer, so sunset pictures can take place during the week, in the evenings, making it easier to schedule
  2. Your family has that sun-kissed glow from already spending time outside
  3. Life, is less hectic, and kids are rested (no school)
  4. So many beautiful locations here in Loudoun County, from Ashburn to Leesburg, to Purcellville. We can choose from flowering fields to estate gardens, shaded walking paths, dirt roads with rolling hills in the background, and so many vineyards!
  5. Summer clothes are always fun!
  6. Weather is less rainy
  7. Flowers are blooming, the trees are green, and the skies are blue. Sure the brown tones of fall can be pretty, but I love the beautiful colors of summer!
Family portrait session in NOrthern Virginia
Mother and daughter with a dandelion
Family having fun for their portrait session

And here are a few additional things to keep in mind during your family photoshoot:

  1. My sessions usually start around 7:30pm in the summer, so it might be challenging for little ones. However, with a little nap and additional preparation, it’s definitely worth it.
  2. Temperatures can be pretty warm. But it’s definitely cooling off later in the day as the sun starts to set. For those really steamy days, I find that freezing a bottle of water and carrying it can make a big difference. Just holding it or placing it on your pulse-points can help to cool you down. And definitely bring fluids to drink. We will play games and have fun, and the session will go so quickly.
  3. Opportunities for locations such as splash pads. Imagine having pictures of your little ones running through the sprinklers or splash zones, or sliding down slip-and-slides!

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I’m a Loudoun County, Virginia photographer for families, newborns, and businesses. I’m dedicated to listening, to making a difference, and to reminding people that their story is important.

I'm Jenny Sessoms.