About Maisi Julian Photography:

Welcome to my blog! Thanks for stopping by. I am a Family photographer in Alexandria, Virginia specializing in children and newborns. My style is edgy, modern, sophisticated & fun. I enjoy finding outdoor locations to shoot kids (well, you know what I mean!) in the northern VA and Washington, D.C. area. In addition to photography, I love all things related to design, food, and crafty stuff! So I'll be posting lots of different photos and topics here. Please leave a comment, and check out my website for more info!

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  • Archive: ‘black & white photography’

    Snow in Alexandria

    Sunday, December 15th, 2013

    I have just finished packaging and mailing out my last orders of 2013!  Now it’s time to get ready for Christmas and take some pictures of my own kiddos.


    We’ve enjoyed the snow and cold weather.  Sometimes it’s fun to just cuddle up and stay inside!


    copyright Maisi Julian Photography

    copyright Maisi Julian Photography

    A Cold, rainy day.

    Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

    The end of February/beginning of March is always so hard to get through!!  It feels like spring will never arrive!  I love snow, so I wish it would either snow a lot or just warm up and be nice enough to go outside and play.  Today it was rainy and sleeting/raining.  I love this shot.  Kind of pensive and quiet.  Just how I was feeling today.


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    Summer Family Portraits

    Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

    Family Portrait

    How beautiful is this family?  Had so much fun following them around while we walked, blew bubbles, and did some posing for GORGEOUS portraits in Old Town Alexandria.  Don’t you just love the little girl’s dress??  The mom said she got it at www.shrimpandgritskids.com  Just love the big bow, too.






    little girl photograph

    child portrait brother and sister

    black and white portrait boy and girl

    little girl portrait




    Old Town Alexandria Children’s Photographer

    Friday, June 1st, 2012

    I call this one “Refreshing”

    Reminds me of the beautiful quote:

    “Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

    This photograph pretty much sums up my son at five:  he can’t just take a sip.  He has to get his whole wet!

    Black & White water fountain little boy



    Baby and Big Sister Portraits {Alexandria, VA}

    Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

    I had the pleasure of photographing this baby girl when she was just a few days old.  Now she is already six months!  She is so beautiful with those sparkly brown eyes.   And her big sister is pretty gorgeous, too!

    baby girl portrait

    baby girl black and white portrait

    baby with mother portrait

    little girl in chair

    little girl at gate

    little girl blowing dandelion


    baby with daddy

    mother baby black and white










    New Baby Girl

    Thursday, April 12th, 2012

    It is so fun to see a new baby come into a family.  This beautiful little girl has two big brothers!  She is so lucky to have them (and they are lucky to have her, don’t you think?).

    newborn with two brothers B&W photo

    newborn portrait

    Newborn black & white photograph

    mother & baby black & white photograph

    newborn in basket photograph

    little boy black & white photo

    black and white photograph of little boy



    Spring Is In The Air!

    Thursday, March 8th, 2012

    I’m so excited that spring is {almost} here!  It was a little chilly on the day of this shoot, but this beautiful family was so fun that we hardly noticed!   Some of my favorite photos from this session are the ones where no one is looking at the camera.  Doesn’t the oldest boy remind you of George Clooney?    The little one looks like a J. Crew model, and the sister is just gorgeous. . .I feel like the B&W of her gives a glimpse into how she will look as an adult.  Love it when that happens!  I also love the blue.   If you are thinking about what to wear for your family portrait session, think about bold, solid colors like blue!

    three children portrait

    sibling portrait

    boy portrait laughing

    little boy portrait

    little girl portrait

    family portrait

    three kids portrait

      mommy & son kiss on cheek portrait

    mom daughter portrait

    Family Black & White Portrait


    little boy standing portrait



    Newborn Sweetness

    Monday, March 5th, 2012

    This little boy was such a gentleman!  He’s only 8 weeks old, but already has a charming personality and such a twinkle in his gorgeous blue eyes!  And I could just nibble on those  little rolls of fat on his chubby legs and arms.  .  . don’t worry, I didn’t!!   But I did snap lots of pictures of them, and got lots of his tiny toes, too!


    newborn baby feet

    newborn portrait

    black & white mother and baby photograph

     black & white newborn portrait


    newborn baby feet

    newborn with dad photograph

    Summer Fun {Alexandria, VA Family Portraits}

    Thursday, August 11th, 2011

    Dad throwing daughter in the air

    You can’t tell from these family photographs that it was 100 degrees outside and felt like a sauna!  We were all dripping by the end of the photo shoot, but it didn’t stop us from having a blast.  We went down to a little stream to throw rocks and cool off.  I love doing candid shots as well as traditional, posed family portraits.  This was my favorite shot from the session.  I just love the glee on the little girl’s face as her daddy gets ready to toss her up into the air!  I love black and white, and usually I feel that black and white captures emotion better because you are seeing just the play of light dark/highlight and shadow.  But this one looks so amazing in color!  Love that vibrant green.  Here are some more from this family’s portrait session:

    family portrait, Alexandria

    mom and daughters

    Dad & Daugher photograph

    BW photograph mom and daughter

    Little Girl sitting by stream

    Newborn Photos {Alexandria, VA}

    Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

    Oh, there is just nothing better than holding a brand new baby.   Color photographs are great, but there is just something about black and white that is timeless, dramatic, and soulful to me.    There is a quotation I love by Ted Grant that says, “When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes.  But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls!”  It’s so true!
    This daddy could not get enough of his new son. . .I loved seeing the bond they already share.  

    So what do you like better:  color or black & white?  Do you have a favorite black and white photograph?

    Black & White Newborn yawning

    newborn photograph, dad kissing baby

    dad holding baby foot

    black & white photograph newborn in dad's arms

    black & white photograph, dad kissing baby boy's head

    black & white newborn photograph, baby in dad's hands