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: ‘D.C.’



    Fall Photographs in DC and VA

    Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

    Fall is my favorite season.  What’s not to love about sweaters, boots, crunching through beautiful fall leaves and the smell of chimney smoke in the air?  Throw in a pumpkin spice latte, and I’ll call it a perfect day!!

     

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    Summer Along The Potomac

    Sunday, July 14th, 2013

    Summer is so fun in Washington, DC.  These photographs were taken in Lady Bird Johnson Park along the Potomac River.  The statue is the Navy-Merchant Marine Memorial of Waves and Gulls.

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    Potomac Monument May-7     Navy Merchant Marine Memorial

    Navy Merchant Marine Memorial

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    National Capitol Family Portraits, Washington, DC

    Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

    It was a chilly day, but we had a great time capturing some fun family moments at the Capitol in Washington, DC.  These kids were so funny and fun to photograph!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Inspiration for Children’s Portraits {Washington, D.C.}

    Sunday, June 19th, 2011

    Recently, I went to the Capital Portraits: Treasures from Washington Private Collections at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.   I’ve always loved going to museums.  I’m always inspired when I leave, and this visit was no exception.  There was one portrait in the exhibit that really caught my eye.  It was this painting, entitled “Hildegarde” by Lilla Cabot Perry:

    portrait of little girl

    I’d never heard of Lilla Cabot Perry, so I did some research when I got home.  She was an American artist who studied under Monet in Giverny, France.  Many of her paintings are of children and women.  I love how she captures a moment in time in her paintings. Often, her paintings are of nothing particularly special.   Like Mary Cassatt, Cabot Perry’s paintings depict every day scenes that might not have interested the art collectors of the day.  In the late 19th and early 20th century, paintings of women interacting with their children wouldn’t have fetched a high price in an art gallery (or even be displayed in a gallery).

    This painting shows a little girl sitting, holding a stuffed animal.  It is timeless, really.  Even though the clothing dates the portrait, it really could be any child, in any country, at any time.  I love that the little girl is not smiling.   A lot of the portraits I take of children show them with a natural (non-smiling) expression (although I love smiling pictures, too!).  I also really like the contrast in this portrait between her white dress and black tights, and how her legs fall out of the scene.

    I was also drawn to this portrait because it appeared to follow the “rule of thirds.”  This is a rule of thumb in design linked to the ancient “golden ratio” of the Greeks.   It states that if you imagine a grid on top of a photograph (or painting, etc.) that divides it into 9 even boxes, the important part of the painting, photograph, etc. should fall in on one of the dividing lines or intersection points.  So if you look at this painting with a grid on top, it looks like this:

    example of rule of thirds on portrait

    I was thrilled to see that the little girl’s face falls exactly in the intersection between the two lines in the top third of the painting.  I might try to copy this in a photograph!

    Here is another painting by Cabot Perry that I love:

    mother and baby portrait

    I love the texture in the mother’s dressing gown, and that the mother’s face isn’t shown.  But despite that, you can really feel the interaction and tenderness between the mother and her baby.   And again, the faces are in the top third of the painting.  The colors in this painting are also gorgeous.  There is depth between the dark background and lightness in the baby’s white dress.

    I could spend days in the museums in Washington, D.C.!!  I’m looking forward to going more this summer to get more inspirations for my portrait photography, and to learn about other portrait artists.

    Photographing The President of the United States!!!

    Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
    President Obama shaking hands at the White House Easter Egg Roll

    President Obama

    My family had the privilege of attending the White House Easter Egg Roll yesterday.  This annual event has been a tradition since 1878 when Rutherford B. Hayes invited local children to the White House Lawn to celebrate Easter.   The National Archives has a wonderful history of the White House Easter Egg Roll if you’re interested.

    While we were standing near the White House, we saw Secret Service agents clearing out the area, so I positioned myself near the fence close to the White House in case it was the President.  It was!!  President Obama came right up to us, patted my daughter on the head, and shook my husband’s hand.  A few minutes later, Michele Obama walked right by us!!

    President Obama at the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll

    President Obama

    It was really a once in a lifetime opportunity!

    Michelle Obama walking with Malia at the White House

    Michelle & Malia Obama

    My kiddos at the Easter Egg Roll:

    children at the White House Easter Egg Roll 2011

    My kids