Friday, December 21, 2018
By Newborn Photographer - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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Haven't thought yet about what to do with your beautiful newborn photography once your session has been completed? The one thing you should NOT do is to put your priceless newborn photography out of sight and out of mind on a computer hard drive or thumb drive or CD. What a waste that would be! Instead, celebrate with our beautiful, heirloom-quality art products, and begin a photographic legacy to be passed down and cherished for generations.


In this post, we're spotlighting one of our newborn photography clients' favorite ways to enjoy their artwork: wall portrait love groupings.


New to wall portraits? A wall portrait is simply a physical art piece that by itself, or in a series, is large enough to fill a wall space. We can print your wall portraits on canvas, metal, or traditional photographic paper, and then custom-frame them or mount them for a frameless display. Group three or more wall portraits together and display them on a single wall, and you get what we call a "love grouping."


When considering love groupings, think of where you would hang your wall portraits. Areas of your home that you spend significant amounts of time in are ideal.


Our newborn photographer knows that there can be so many options in terms of size, layouts, and even where you hang them in your home, and that can be overwhelming. That's why we offer our newborn photography clients a complimentary home design consultation. Simply send us cell phone photos of your rooms, and we'll drag and drop your favorite newborn portraits onto your room photos. They'll be calibrated to scale, so that our newborn photographer can change wall portrait sizes, layouts, and frames before your very eyes so you can envision all the options and see what you like the best before making your final selections!


Pictured here is one of our favorite asymmetrical, frameless love groupings. With total dimensions of 56x42, this love grouping is perfect for hanging over a standard 55" long crib.

Friday, December 14, 2018
By Creative Boudoir Photographer - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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What are your hobbies? What are his hobbies? What do you enjoy doing for him? What do you enjoy doing together? Incorporate a theme into one or more of your boudoir photography setups to truly personalize your boudoir photos. Here are 3 examples of what some of our awesome boudoir photography clients have done to make their boudoir photos 100% their own.


Props: Painting canvas, easel, palette, paintbrushes & paints


Other prop ideas: finished paintings to decorate the background


Other paintress ideas: Body painting


Props: Books, apples, pencil for the hair, reading glasses


Other professora ideas: Pick a favorite literary series and use props that go with the series


Props: Cowboy hat, guitar, boots


Other prop ideas: beer bottles, whip, spurs


Other cowgirl ideas: Wild West theme, anyone?

Friday, December 07, 2018
By Maryland Family Photographer - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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"I googled 'family photographer germantown md' and came across you. Our last family photography session was more than 7 years ago. Our kids are now 8 and 11 years old. I recognize it's been a very long time. We were really good about getting professional family photography when the kids were younger.
We did like our last family photographer. That last session was all outside, with lots of 'free-moving', candid images. For the most part, we weren't posed, and the images didn't look restrictive - we didn't look like we were in a firing line. However, that family photographer was in Northern Virginia, and we don't even have her contact information anymore," Stacy said.


1 1/2 months flew by, and the date of their Bethesda fall family pictures at Cabin John Regional Park arrived. And were the kids in high spirits - boisterous, rambunctious, and chock full of energy! Ah, the joys of youth! Later, at their "photo reveal"/ordering appointment, they chose their 12 favorite fall family pictures for two separate wall portrait groupings - one destined for the first floor staircase, and a second for the family room. We also designed a custom set of holiday cards (see below) for them to share with friends and family. Enjoy some of my favorites from their fall family pictures, and check back for photos of the finished wall portraits!


This Maryland family photographer thrives on rambunctious kids' personalities. Bring it on!

Friday, November 30, 2018
By Pet Photographer - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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It was the Art Director of Golfdom Magazine who e-mailed about their 2019 "Underdogs of Turf" pet photography calendar. They had just selected their dog (Darby) for the calendar cover and needed a pet photographer to travel to the Westpark Golf Club in Leesburg, Virginia to photograph her.


Darby is the superintendent's dog, and he and his family were just so very excited that Darby had been chosen to grace this year's calendar. Enjoy some of the outtakes from our Leesburg pet photography session with Darby, as well as the finished calendar cover artwork!

Friday, November 23, 2018
By Newborn Photographer - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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There is no bigger honor for a newborn photographer than having the privilege of photographing a family from the time there were only two to when there are three (and eventually more), and it has been this newborn photographer's privilege to have followed this young family from pregnancy announcement session to maternity photography session to, finally, Baby Kylie's newborn photography session!


"Thank you so much for coming on this journey with us! The pictures from start to finish have been amazing and will be in our family for generations." -- Beth, Baby Kylie's Mom, Gaithersburg, MD


In planning for Baby Kylie's newborn photography session, our brainstorming with Kylie's mom & dad brought us to three different themes in addition to the family portraits: a mermaid theme, a flower theme, and a fall theme. I do believe the mermaid theme ended up being my favorite, because, don't you agree that these mermaid newborn portraits could not be any more precious than they are!

Notice the ring in the second flower photograph below? That's Kylie with Grandma Anne's ring, which has been passed down from Kylie Anne's great-great grandmother to the first girl in each generation. "Grandma Anne would be so proud," said Kylie's mom.

Don't let your memories of your newborn baby's precious first breaths fade with time.

And, a heartfelt thank you to Kylie's mom for writing this awesome review of our pregnancy announcement photographymaternity photography and newborn photography services on Yelp a few days ago!

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