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    The Gift of Family Portraits

    A beautiful portrait of your family hanging on the wall can help turn a house into a home. It is something personal, something you can’t purchase at Ethan Allen or Pottery Barn. Your family, the people you love most in the world, looking at you and showing you their unique personality and beauty. It has the power to make you feel a sense of warmth and connection every time you look at it. And yet, so many families do NOT make the time for family portraits. Maybe Dad is too busy for that “nonsense”. Maybe the three year old has a tantrum every time he sees a camera. Maybe Mom wants to lose a few pounds or get her hair done first. Don’t let these reasons cheat you out of beautiful family portraits! A professional photographer can wrap up a family portrait session in as little as 30 minutes, posing everyone in a flattering way and getting toddlers to look adorable. And if all else fails, there is always photoshop 🙂 Time is fleeting — families grow and change. Give yourself the gift of this moment and reach out to Goodhart Photography today. Your future self will thank you.

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    4 Mistakes to Avoid When Photographing Your Kids

    This picture from almost 10 years ago makes me laugh now, but at the time I admit I was frustrated. I had a new camera and was excited to practice photography on my kids. They, as you can see, were not as excited to be photographed! I ended up deleting most of the pictures from that day, but I kept this one because it is just so ridiculous, how mercurial the moods of children can be. Literally the minute I set down my camera the scowls and tears disappeared and they ran off laughing. Anyway, this photo serves as a good reminder of the 4 mistakes I used to make when photographing my kids:

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    3 Tips for Beautiful Family Reunion Portraits

    Northern Virginia is a popular destination and meet-up location for families, with it’s proximity to Washington D.C. and lots of fun things to do. It makes perfect sense to hire a professional photographer to capture the memories with beautiful family reunion portraits. At Goodhart Photography, we have been delighting families with portraits since 2009. Here are 3 tips for beautiful Family Reunion Portraits! 1. Choose the right clothes. Clothiing that looks harmonious makes for a beautiful portrait. Everyone’s clothing should be in the same basic color tones – all warm (browns, oranges, rusts, etc..) or all cool (blues, greys, blacks, etc..) Everyone does not need to dress identically, but clothing should go together nicely. Avoid busy prints and patterns, and logos and cartoon characters, as they will attract attention and distract from the overall effect of the portrait. To look slim, remember that darker clothing tends to emphasize the face and slenderize the body. Exposed skin can make a subject look larger. If children are young, do your best to make the clothing comfortable! If children are uncomfortable in their clothes, it will show in the pictures. 2. Choose the right photographer. There are so many wonderful photographers in the…