Before you know it, your innocent child will be a teenager and off to the craziness that is college. Cherish the present and, better yet, have something to show for it. The famous saying proves true, “A picture is worth 1,000 words,” especially when they’re grown up and come home to share memories with mom. With an abundance of talented photographers in the D.C. area, it’s time to put your blurry digital camera photos and pixelated iPhone images on hold. Don’t underestimate the power of a professional photographer, hire someone with a passion for exposing the smiles, character and candidness of your child or family. Start here.

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Emily Weiss Photography
(202) 270-4424

Price: $250 weekdays/$300 weekends/$400 head shots

Emily Weiss discovered her love for photography after a photography class in the seventh grade. Her impressive portfolio is extensive, so don’t hesitate to come to her with odd requests. When booking a portrait session with Weiss, prepare for a good time because she makes shoots playful and relaxed for all customers. Read Weiss’ rave reviews on her website under the “Kind Words” section, where happy customers have nothing but praise for her work. One woman said Weiss’ ability to capture her sons left her weeping, and considering her willingness to really get down on kids’ levels, it’s no surprise when she produces stunning images.

Karen Becker Photography
(571) 242-9606

Price: $200 to $250

A member of the Professional Photographers of America, Karen Becker is an experienced photographer serving the D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland areas. Her portfolio ranges from young children to families, and she specializes in high school senior photos. Becker uses Canon digital equipment and has a vast knowledge of lighting, making it possible for her to shoot any time of day. Visit her in-house studio during the week, or she’ll shoot at a specified location, inside or out. When shoots are complete, clients receive a password to view proofs online.

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Lori Love Photography
(301) 437-3931

Price: $250 signature/$350 styled session

Lori Love’s lifestyle photos are modern and candid. She was voted Best Photographer by City Voter Washington, D.C., in 2006 and her customer satisfaction has only increased since. While Love, based out of Bethesda, is a credited wedding photographer, she also does portraits and documents the sweet, unforgettable laughter of children so well. Love also works with families on an individual basis and can customize a package just for you.

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R. David Original Photography

Price: $225 classic session/$250 family or sibling session

Ruthi David is the brains behind R. David Photography. David understands how to work with kids’ personalities, adapting to score you the perfect shot. If you are unsure of an appropriate location, and do not want to shoot in your home, David recommends locations based on prior shoots and the client’s vision. Expect to pay a consultation fee of $50 when purchasing orders. R. David offers a variety of packages, including digital collections and a la carte prints.

Suna Lee Photography
6712 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 760-4988

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With a bachelor of fine arts in photography, 35 years of experience and years of studying photography, Suna Lee has run a studio in Northern Virginia since 1981. Lee’s services include family and couple photoshoots, newborn, baby and children’s photos, or family storybooks. Call for a personalized estimate, and allow Lee to help your family create long-lasting memories.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Follow her on Twitter at @kellyfrancess. Her work can be found at