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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    Welcoming a Baby Brother

    Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

    We did this photo session in the family’s back yard.  The morning light was gorgeous, and I loved capturing photos with the dog.  You can tell how much big sister loves her new baby!!


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    Family of Four, Old Town Alexandria, VA

    Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

    I had so much fun in Old Town with this family.   They made having four children look easy!  I love photographing big families.  It’s neat to see the connections between the siblings, and also between the parents and each child.  I always love to get a photograph of each parent with each child so that the child has it as they get older.  I love my job and the fact that people let me see the love they share for one another.










    Family of Three {Old Town Alexandria Photo Shoot}

    Monday, July 9th, 2012

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    We had a perfect photo shoot!  This family  of three was so fun, and we had grogeous weather and a beautiful Old Town Alexandria setting to take pictures of their gorgeous 6 month old little girl.   And we were able to fit in some great family shots, too!  I did this sweetie pie’s newborn photos, and it was fun to see how much she has grown.

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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.






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    Taking Portraits of Your Own Children

    Saturday, May 5th, 2012

    Both of my children were born in April.  So every year near their birthdays I try to do a “real” photo shoot with them.    Taking pictures of your own kids is NOT easy!   This particular shoot was full of lots of yelling, screaming and pouting. . .and that was just from ME!!!!!

    Our own kids know how to push our buttons, and they get bored easily when we take pictures of them.   It can be difficult to get them to smile naturally for us or listen to directions.

    In fact, after I was finished taking these, I went home and didn’t even look at the pictures for a few days because I was convinced nothing came out.   But I did manage to get some cute shots that I think capture my kids’ personalities.  And it *looks* like we had a blast, full of balloons, smiles, and laughs!  (P.S., most of the smiles were a result of lots of potty humor and bribery).   Hopefully my kids will remember this as a fun day, not one where I was yelling, “Stand still, stop touching your sister. . .hug your brother. . .no, not that hard!!” (Don’t worry, I don’t ever yell at my clients’ kids 🙂 ).

    One thing is for sure, my kiddos really do love each other!  Even if there was A LOT of bickering and teasing going on during the photo shoot, these pictures will help me remember the love and affection they feel for one another.

    So here are my TOP SIX ways to get photos of your own kids (I was going to do five, but couldn’t edit it down!):

    1) SET UP the camera settings and your location BEFORE you bring your kids over to take the picture.  Move clutter from the background if you’re inside, set up a chair or pick a good spot outside,  turn your flash on or off, focus, etc. so that your kids aren’t waiting for you to set up the shot.  Time is of the essence!!

    2) DON’T “SAY CHEESE!”  Try to think of funny things that you know will make your kids laugh.  For my kids at this session, I sang “Old McDonald had a fart. . .with a stink, stink here. . .etc.”  They were shocked that I said it and it made them giggle.  Of course, they probably went to school and sang it to their friends (and then their friends went home and told their parents).  But hey, at least I got them to laugh!  Think of a silly song you can make up for your kids and then surprise them with it!

    3)  BRIBE.  Buy them a little present at the dollar store and wrap it.  If you really want to get a good picture, ask them to help you out and tell you that it means a lot to you.  And tell them if they really try their best, they can have a special treat or little present.

    4)  BE SILLY and let them be silly!  mix up running around/having fun shots with “posed” shots.  Kids need to move around!  Try to capture them moving as well as posing/smiling.

    5)  THINK OF A LOVED ONE and tell them that the picture is for them.  Sometimes if I tell me kids that the picture is for Grammie or Daddy, they instantly think of that person and I get a great smile from them!

    6) LET THEM BE IN CHARGE for part of the shoot.  Ask them where they think they could sit, or how they could pose.   Involving them makes them want to participate more.  The shot of my son sitting on the tree stump was totally his idea, and I just love it!

    Do you have any ideas that help you when photographing your kids?  Please share!  I’m always looking for new ideas!


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    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!

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    Old Town Alexandria Family Fun

    Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

    We had a great time in Old Town doing this family portrait session.  The daddy is leaving for a deployment in Afghanistan, so I was thrilled that they asked me to take some family pictures before he leaves.  His sons could not be any cuter.   I hope being able to look at these photographs makes his time there a little better.  What a beautiful family!! Don’t you agree?  Remember:  Maisi Julian Photography offers a 10% discount to all active duty military families.  Thank you for your service!

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    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!

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    Family Photo Session {Old Town Alexandria, VA}

    Thursday, January 26th, 2012

    I love it when you can feel a family’s energy and love.  This family had that. . .and I think it shows in their photos.  The kids are three years apart – – the same age difference between my daughter and son – – so it gave me a glimpse into what it might be like when my kiddos are older.  I love the interaction between them, and tried to capture the connection between the parents and kids, too.

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    A “Coldie” But Goodie!!

    Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

    This adorable brother sister duo was so much fun to photograph!  We had a blast doing our photo shoot in Old Town Alexandria.  It was COLD COLD COLD, but they were troopers and took off their coats so we could get shots in between shivers!   It’s obvious how much love each other; reminds me of how I ADORED and looked up to my three brothers!  I was able to get a few shots with their beautiful momma, too!

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