Posted on April 1, 2009
Caitlin asked me to take some personal senior year photographs for her, as opposed to what she had gotten done for her yearbook. I leaped at the opportunity, as seniors are so self-assured, have a personal vision, and are pretty well across the board excited to be in front of the camera. Caitlin was super easy to work with, and the camera loved her. Despite our freezing cold morning, she stayed calm and looked great.
Leave it to me to go down to the cherry blossoms, where folks are traveling from all over the country to see them, and put Caitlin under the 395 overpass as our first location. What can i say? The light was better! But I’m sure she was thinking “doesn’t this girl know that there are really pretty flowers over there???”
A sneak peek of a few of my favorites:
Posted on March 31, 2009
Despite a consistent drizzle, our Mini Sessions on Sunday, March 29th were a total blast. As usual, the kids brought their own spark to the session, and you parents were great at staying relaxed and easy going as the beautiful white Easter dresses and party shoes got covered in mud. yikes. The obvious upside being that with all that mud around, barely a bribe was needed to keep everyone interested in being photographed for the full session. The soft light and lack of tourists didn’t hurt either.
This post is part one of the day, more to come soon.
Posted on March 29, 2009
Last night I shot the huge fundraiser, Fashion for Paws, working with both Andrea Rogers of Ask Miss A, and Barkley Square owner, Kristina Robertson. The fashion show featured the fundraisers (raising over 250,000 for the Washington Humane Society) and dogs in tow, dressed in couture alike.
Posted on March 27, 2009
Thanks to the rains yesterday, we had gorgeous morning light for our first Mini Session this morning! Such fun and adventurous personalities showed up and shone for the camera. Family photography is a blast for me because every shoot is different from the next. As I was saying in an earlier post, portraits are about people and great light. As you can see below, although each family was only photographed for 20 minutes, and in the exact same spot as the next, the results could not be more distinct. That’s because of changing light, and changing personalities.
Tyler in the early morning fog – 7:50am
Adriana and Nicolas at 9:50
Thanks to all the families who came out today, and for being so flexible with a flooded riverbank and muddy grass. It was a ton of fun regardless! I’m really looking forward to our next Mini Session on Sunday…stay tuned.
Posted on March 24, 2009
Some of you may know that in my previous career I was an environmental health community organizer at the Center for Health, Environment and Justice. Until 2008, I worked with individuals living in contaminated communities, to empower them with the tools and confidence they needed to take on City Hall. Those working in the streets, fighting for healthy and just communities, dedicate of their lives so that we all benefit. I am truly honored when some of these good people ask me to shoot for them.
Yesterday morning I was working with the great organization, the Children’s Environmental Health Network in the capacity of photographer, as opposed to coalition member, which was how i first met their amazing Executive Director. Here is a shot of Laura, their newest staff member. She’s from Chicago, so I call this her “hey mom! I’m here in D.C.!” headshot.
And a few weeks ago, I was so excited to work with the Greenlining Coalition, the nation’s oldest and most influential multi-ethnic coalition of African American, Asian American, Latino, and low-income organizations. They came from all over California to meet with Federal Chairman Ben Bernnake at the Federal Reserve. The influence and access that this coalition has built is so empowering. They are not a coalition built on money or ties to huge corporations, they represent the interests of some of the poorest communities in the state. And I’ve got to tell you. I have been in their shoes, meeting with people in positions of power. It’s scary. These folks, not scared. Totally empowered. Because they know that what they are saying is right and just, and they seem to embody their one operating principle: “Our communities are mutually dependent – if we stand together, learn together, and educate each other, we will prosper together.”
In this time of economic crisis they were meeting with Bernanke to discuss how the government can protect the poorest communities. I won’t say anything else here, because I’ll probably mis-quote Fed. Chairman Bernanke and the Dow will tank.
Posted on March 23, 2009
Well, within 24 hours, the Cherry Blossom Mini Session exceeded all of our expectations. With the first hour of announcement, the first day was full, and within 24 hours the next three dates we added were full as well. Unfortuantely, those cherry blossoms don’t hang around too long, so there are no other dates we can add this year.
Fortunately, great portraits are about great light, and great light happens everywhere. Two of my favorite spots are the National Zoo, and the fantastic Buzz Bakery on Slater’s Lane, in Alexandria.
So I have added two new dates that will leave enough time to order prints for Mother’s Day:
April 25 – Buzz Bakery
April 26 – National Zoo
The PDF’s with all of the information are available on my website: www.staceyvaeth.com (click Families, then click What’s New?)
If you would like to reserve a time slot on either of those days, shoot me an e-mail, or give me a call with your time and date preference. We’ll be holding mini-sessions at 20 minute intervals between 7:20 am and 10:20 am. First come, first serve.
We will do our best to accommodate all that are interested, and so look forward to meeting you soon!
Posted on March 20, 2009
An update on the Cherry Blossom Mini-Sessions. Yesterday we sold out April 4th in under an hour, and then April 5, March 27 and March 29 were added. All of those dates sold out in just 12 hours. Thank you to all of you for your interest in these really fun family portrait sessions!
I am adding two Spring Mini-Session dates, April 25 and April 26 for anyone still interested who could not get into the Cherry Blossom schedule. The location is still to be determined, but I am thinking either Rose Park, on P Street in Georgetown, or by Pierce Mill in Rock Creek Park. If you are interested, send an e-mail to infoATstaceyvaethDOTcom.
more to come,