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: ‘Silhouettes’

    How To Take a Silhouette Picture

    Friday, August 19th, 2011

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    silhouette picture

    OK, if you are interested in having me make a silhouette portrait of your child, here’s what you need to do:

    1.  If you have a girl with long hair, put her hair up in a pony tail or bun.  It looks better if the neck is showing.

    2.  a shirt with a collar is good for a boy, but not necessary.

    3.  Pick a place in front of a window that gets good light.  You want your photo to be back lit, so the light is coming from behind them and they are looking to the side.  I took these pictures at my parents’ house because their dining room gets good afternoon light coming right into the window.

    4.  It helps if your kids have something for them to look at.  If you can, play a movie or have them watch something on the computer.  I took the pictures of my kids while they were looking at the computer.   It’s o.k. if they are looking up or down a little bit, but not too much.

    5.  If necessary, BRIBE THEM!  Unless your kids are really good and don’t need to be bribed, think of something you can give them to make them sit still and let you take some pics.  Pretty much every good picture I have of my kids was taken because I bribed them.  My kids don’t love having their pictures taken!!!  So I say they can have a lollipop, watch t.v., whatever will work!!

    6.  TURN OFF THE FLASH on your camera (usually there is a button with a lightning bolt on it; press that button until it has a slash going thru it; that means your flash is off!).

    7. Take a few pics.  If possible, try to get the eyelashes.  You want to try to fill up the frame of the camera so I can see the detail of the profile (forehead, nose, chin, etc.).  Try to get the shoulders and neck in the picture.

    8.  If you have more than one child, try to get the pictures to be the same size (i.e., you need to be standing in the same place so the pictures are about the same size).

    9.  Email me the jpeg and I’ll do the rest!!

    I also need to know what colors you would like for the oval background.



    Friday, August 19th, 2011

    Boy Silhouette Maisi Julian Photography

    I’ve always loved Silhouettes.  When I was a teacher and taught colonial Virginia history, we made silhouettes in the class using an overhead projector.   It was fun for the kids to see what their profiles looked like.  Silhouette cutting is an amazing art;  it astounds me that someone can just use scissors and paper to capture someone’s image in profile with all its detail.   Silhouettes were used before photography so that you could have an image of a loved one on your wall or in a locket.  Imagine not having a photograph of your children or spouse, only having a black image of their profile!!   Sometimes I imagine what it must have been like in the past when people never had a photograph of their baby. . .it’s so easy to forget how your little ones looked when they were young because they change so fast.  If I didn’t have photographs of my children would I forget all their cute little details:  what their eyelashes looked like, their cute baby teeth smiles, their soft chubby cheeks?  Photographs are wonderful for keeping memories alive.  But there is something special about a simple silhouette.  A profile can capture so much, and it’s neat to see your child’s little nose, forehead shape, and lips silhouetted on a background.

    Contact me if you’re interested in having a silhouette portrait of your child.  I can’t cut it. . .but using a photograph I can make a silhouette for you like these.

    Girl Silhouette Maisi Julian Photography