The last T-ball game…

Child Photography, Stephanie Dulli Photography, Tball

My son has been crazy about baseball since way before he was old enough to play T-ball. This Saturday marked the end of his time as a T-ball player as he moves up to Machine Pitch in the fall, it was also Huckleberry (my four year old’s) first time on the team, he split his time between batting and playing in the sandbox. But he did pose for some pictures.

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Coach Zach (their dad) and I want to thank the T-ball Nats for a great season!~

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Family Session, The O family.

Child Photography, DC, family photos

I first met Jennifer when she auditioned for Listen To Your Mother D.C. a show that I direct every year. She walked in and told a story that made my producer Kate and I laugh and cry. We quickly cast her and she killed it at the show. Jennifer is the editor and founder of Mom Babble, I ended up contributing several pieces to her site, she and I just clicked. We have similar parenting philosophies and both can crack a joke at lightning speed. I dig her. Sadly she is moving away. Harumph. When Jennifer asked me to take her family photos I jumped at the chance.

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They’re a pretty cute bunch, dontcha think?

Maggie, what a gorgeous girl!

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And Liam, I mean honestly.

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We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day at the National Cathedral. This is one of my happy places.

Thanks O family for a fun day and don’t worry, I’ll be stalking your guest room down south. Just think of the pictures!

The K family welcomes baby Ryn

baby photography, Child Photography, Newborn Photography, Stephanie Dulli Photography

The greatest compliment a photographer can receive is being hired repeatedly, so I was honored when the K family whom I had shot for the Holiday season announced they were having a new baby girl and asked me to capture those newborn moments.

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The cheeks on this baby were absolutely edible.

Ryn joins big brother Ridge and big sister extraordinaire Riley. If I know one thing, it’s that Baby Ryn is in good hands. The only thing greater to me than seeing a new baby is seeing a new baby be lavished with love by bigger siblings. Personally I’ve had one baby who couldn’t wait to be a big brother and one who, really was put out and came to love his new baby. Whatever the journey siblings take it’s such a special one and I love when big siblings want to get in on the fun.

Sure, I was there to shoot baby Ryn, but am I really going to turn away this?

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Never.

 

Grandma had made Ryn a darling blankie and asked if I might take her photo on it. This is now my new favorite thing, incorporating gifts or family heirlooms to newborn photos.

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Baby Ryn was not only welcomed by mom, dad, Ridge and Riley but both sets of grandparents were there to help love, feed, change and oh yes, snuggle her.

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This little angel is going to be just fine. And I can only hope I get to be there to see her celebrate her first with a big old cake smash session!

 

My own children…like herding cats.

Child Photography, family photos, holiday photos, toddler

You know how they say the Preacher’s children are always the wildest? Well, sometimes that applies to the photographer’s children as well. Most of the time my kids are really good at being in front of the camera, I take their picture almost every single day, they are the guinea pigs for every new light, lens or photography realated toy I get!

But when mama wants pictures, say ones for Christmas Cards? The boys get crazy! And it’s a blast. Like many shoots sometimes the out takes end up being my favorites.

What is this thing on my head?

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Take my picture like this, Mommy! 

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Sometimes the crazy ones are so precious, they end up being the one.

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I adore these because while they aren’t the “perfectly staged everyone is looking at the camera” pictures, they capture my children’s personalities perfectly. That’s my ultimate goal as a photographer. The best comments I’ve ever received are “Oh, that is so my sweet little boy!” “You captured her firey spirit perfectly!”

And this? Is my sweethearts.

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And lastly, the ellusive REAL smile on a 5 year old. It’s like the Holy Grail sometimes, isn’t it? Especially when Mommy is behind the camera. They know all my tricks which work on other children. Luckily for me, my husband is a physical comedian of John Ritter skill. When in doubt? Pratfalls. directly behind the camera.

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Like many moms, I don’t love to be in the picture, which coming from a former actress might seem a silly thing to say. But all I see is the flaws. I decided to hand the camera off to my husband and he grabbed this of the boys kissing me.

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I am trying not to focus on the flaws, inclusing the mid-kiss expression which makes me look a bit like the joker and focus on the fact that, my God, we love each other.

Oh, these pictures make my heart smile. I better get editing! I’ve got a Christmas card to make!

The S family, Jessica, Robbe and (move over every Disney star) Tuck.

Child Photography, family photos, holiday photos

Jessica is one of those people I’ve “known” on line for such a long time it’s like we know each other, and yet despite living about 20 miles apart we hadn’t met! I was thrilled when she booked a Holiday Mini Session and even more thrilled when they showed up and it was clear this shoot, was going to be FUN.

Tuck tried to play it off like he was shy but then he just got right in the middle of the set up and turned on the charm. And it worked, Tuck? I love ya.

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With such a cutie for a daddy and a hottie for a mommy you can see where Tuck gets his good looks.

My favorite photos are always the ones where you can see the love. There’s a lot of love in that photo.

Every mama needs a headshot.

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Happy Holidays from the S family. Trust me, they spread cheer wherever they go.

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The T family; Anthony, Nonie, and little Stella

baby photography, Child Photography, toddler

Every Saturday this summer my best girlfriends and I parked our booties at the shallow end of the pool and oohed and ahhed over Baby Stella. I mean, seriously, the ruffly swimsuits? The swim diaper waddle? So cute. So imagine my surprise when Stella showed up for a shoot! All that time, I never got their last name and there she was! The T family has three of the sweetest kids ever and did the camera ever love them! This was such an easy shoot for everyone but Daddy T…Stella kept him on the GO!

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The L family; Kaylin, Lauren, and baby Finley.

baby photography, Child Photography

I may be a little biased because these are my little cousins and I love them like crazy, but we had a great session in Ohio in July (again, catching up here). I took about 75 pictures of Kaylin, Lauren and new baby Finley. I mean really…that means we have a Huck and a Finn in the family. I dig that.

Don’t worry, I won’t make you look at all 75. How about 4?

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I am really looking forward to seeing them at Thanksgiving. I always wanted a big family and now I have one. And luckily they like being in front of the camera.