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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    Fall Family Session Alexandria, VA

    Thursday, November 6th, 2014


    I had the pleasure of photographing this family when big brother was just a baby!!  Now he’s a big boy, and his little brother is such a handsome addition to the family.  We had fun running around the woods and walking around a gorgeous garden in the Fall afternoon light!  My favorite time of year!!!!

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    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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    Newborn Love {Alexandria, VA Family Photographer}

    Saturday, August 11th, 2012

    I’ve been going through my computer files and organizing them.  It’s my least favorite thing to do, but I came across these two recent newborn pictures, and I love them so much I wanted to post them.  They make me happy : )

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    Old Town Alexandria Family Photo Shoot

    Thursday, July 5th, 2012

    I always enjoy photographing kids!  Especially at this age when they are so fun and eager.  Babies and little ones are fun in different ways.  But something magical happens when they hit five, and they are old enough to listen to directions, but still young enough to pretend, be silly and have fun.  So I loved photographing this family.  I had a blast following the children around, capturing their sweet interactions and personalities.  They have such a tender big-brother-little-sister relationship.  And don’t you just love lil’ sister’s beautiful flower headband?  I want one!

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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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    Baby Collage

    Friday, June 29th, 2012

    I love doing collages of little baby parts like dimples, chubby feet, hands, and tiny noses.   This one turned out great, so I just wanted to share it.

    Five Generations

    Sunday, May 27th, 2012

    I had the privilege of photographing five generations of this beautiful family.   Love the shots of grandma with her great, great grandson!  Aren’t they both so beautiful?   The baby was this happy and charming the entiring time. . .even when he was sleepy!

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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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    Spring Fun

    Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

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    Sweet childish days, that were as long As twenty days are now. ~William Wordsworth, “To a Butterfly”

    My April Babies

    Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

    April is a special month for me because both of my children are April babies.  I always like to photograph them a lot in April to document their growth.  Plus, spring is such a pretty time of year to take pictures.  These were just some fun shots I took at my parents’ house in their front yard.

    Perfect photographs they are not, but they capture my kiddos and I love how these turned out.

    Every year I also ask them questions, which I write in a Mother’s Diary.  I ask the same 9 or 10 questions like:  What’s your favorite thing to have for dinner?  Who’s your best friend?  What is your favorite song?  etc.  It’s fun to see how they change.  For instance,  at three my son’s favorite song was “Bah, Bah Blacksheepf” (he always added an “F” to words ending in “P”!) and now, at five, his favorite song is “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5.

    Can you think of other fun questions to ask your kids on a yearly basis to see how they change?  Do you have any other ideas for documenting your kids’ change and growth on their birthdays?  I always love new ideas!


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