I know Christmas was a few weeks ago but I’m just getting around to posting some of the images from our holidays. One of the hardest/best things about being a family portrait photographer in the Washington DC area is that our fall season is absolutely packed and insane. Between holiday card photos and the fact it’s peak foliage season coinciding at the same time, it creates a super busy fall which inevitably blends into the holidays. It’s busy and fun and exciting and needed and lovely and crazy at once. It always makes my holidays that much more special – both because I get to share in the experience with other amazing families and make their spirits bright, but also because at a certain point in mid December it is all done, and the last images have been mailed out to families, and I turn around and get to be super present and focused with my own family once again.

Each year I’ve had my kids do their annual Christmas tree photos and it’s been a lesson in patience for sure. The kids are wiggle worms and want to do everything except listen to night time instructions on how to pose and stand still. This year they seem so grown up to me, and it’s been so fun to see them progress year after year through these images. I love looking back through the years as these two grow, and it’s such a joy to be able to photograph a bit of their holiday magic together. Enjoy these annual Christmas tree photos of my children!

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I love getting to photograph high school seniors and these senior twin sister/brother were amazing for their session. I have known these two senior twins since they were little kids, and it’s been amazing getting to watch them grow up into such beautiful and interesting young adults. These Linganore high school seniors of the class of 2018 had such an amazing session on their parent’s farm, in the midst of Fall foliage and colors! The grass was still a bit green, the leaves on the trees were starting to turn, and we even got to hang out with their pet donkeys. I loved their outfits as they totally reflected their personality, and having the session on their farm was the best spot. They are naturally so photogenic but they’re also the total package – smart, funny, kind and driven.

My favorite moment was photographing miss L here with her favorite donkey. The donkey was amazing and flashed me this funny smile while being adorable. He kept trying to lean against me but I forgive him because he was so dang cute. These two have big plans for the future and I cant wait to see what graduation has in store for them. They are so incredibly amazing on so many levels and are going to do such great things in life. Enjoy the sneak peeks of these amazing high school seniors!

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I have loved photographing this beautiful family every Autumn for the past 5 years or so now. Each time somehow they up the wow factor and bring their A game. This year we decided to choose a Northern Virginia reservoir which gave us a mix of gorgeous rustic grasses, some cool boulders, a beautiful backlit tree line, and a stunning lake. They always wear the perfect outfits – coordinated but not too matchy, and they are all so beautiful. Their kids are so sweet and love having their photos taken, and I love getting to do it!

I was laughing because I got there early to scout out the new spot, and a park ranger pulled up and we had a bit of a stare down. I had checked to make sure photographers were allowed there (as that is a huge concern around here – have to make sure to get permits when required!) and it appeared to me that we could photograph without one in this case. The ranger had his arms crossed as I walked up to him to see what was going on, and I was nervous he was going to give us the boot. When I got up to him he just smiled and said he loves photography and wanted to see what we were doing, that we were free to proceed and just not to start partying there. Ha! So crisis averted we began our session and chased the light right into the golden last drops of sun. This mama here is a photographer herself and she had a bunch of great ideas for locations and backdrops – the boulder at the end in the water was her idea and it was my favorite of the day!

It wouldnt be a photographer’s family session without some Autumn golden hour glow! So excited to share their sneak peeks with you all! Enjoy!

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Since opening my studio in downtown Frederick this past March, I knew I wanted to host a day of magical Santa mini photosessions. I wanted an opportunity to let children meet the one and only Santa Claus in a peaceful and beautiful space, without the madness and lines of the mall. I wanted to hear softly playing Christmas music in the background, with laughter and bells and candy canes and christmas books. Kicking off the Christmas season with such sweet excited faces meeting Santa for both the first time, as well as the 8th for some kids, was magical.

I advised families to wear Christmas jammies if they wanted, or festive or neutral outfits to get into the holiday spirit. We saw Santa Claus read books to the kids, hand them candy canes, give high fives and lots of hugs. We had one girl ask Santa for a “Rapunzel tower attached to her house” and one boy brought in a whole toy magazine to show Santa exactly what was on his list. We had kiddos from 8 weeks old up to 9 years old, and several of the older kids who visited told their parents upon leaving that they were on the fence about Santa before, but now they know this is the REAL Santa. That kind of magic made this holiday season so exciting and special for these families (and for myself!)

These Santa mini sessions turned out more beautiful than I had ever imagined, and totally kicked off my holiday spirit. There is something special about being in downtown Frederick over the holiday season with their twinkle lights, parades, carriage rides and hot cocoa stands, and this added to the season perfectly. I had some special gorgeous custom holiday card designs, framed prints, and custom handmade wood ornaments on display as well which were so pretty! Here are some sneak peeks of these two amazing days – and I’m already getting creative on ideas for next year! Enjoy and happiest holiday from our family to yours!

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Shey Detterline specializes in newborn, baby, child, maternity and family photography in the Frederick, MD and Washington DC area.

Since opening my studio in downtown Frederick this past March, I’ve had in mind the idea to host a studio holiday mini session date. Typically families come to me for outdoor sessions in the fall for their holiday cards, or they do annual photos at outdoor locations throughout the year. I knew that having an easy mini option for families to pop in quickly for a fast family session – despite any weather elements – would be really nice for holiday cards.

I set up clean, minimal holiday decor with a simple classic evergreen wreath, and then let the white classic studio backdrop speak for itself. Some families chose to pick items from my studio wardrobe, where I had procured several deep and white red dresses and skirts, as well as gorgeous evergreen wreaths for hairstyles. These mini sessions turned out more beautiful than I had ever imagined, and totally kicked off my holiday spirit. There is something special about being in downtown Frederick over the holiday season with their twinkle lights, parades, carriage rides and hot cocoa stands, and this added to the season perfectly. I had some special gorgeous custom holiday card designs, framed prints, and custom handmade wood ornaments on display as well which were so pretty! Here are some sneak peeks of these two amazing days – and I’m already getting creative on ideas for next year! Enjoy and happiest holiday from our family to yours!

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