She turned 6 • Personal ongoing project

For the past 4 years I've been doing a personal project documenting my kids growing up. On their birthday month, I take 1 photo a day for the whole month and print them in a book (I use Artifact Uprising).
Because I can't commit to a 365 project (where you take a pic a day for a year), I thought this would be a nice idea to work on and push me to CREATE something tangible. It feels less intimidating and something I can totally do for 1 month. One year I decided to shoot black & white only but I try to keep it simple and to put not too much pressure. The goal is to portray my daughter/son in their daily activities and remember the places, the toys, the clothes, the friends, the activities they liked...

Getting the photo-book in my mailbox totally makes my day and I love to see all the little books stacking up. 

Mommy and me Petite Session • Princeton, New Jersey family photographer

"Because I have tens of thousands of images of my son alone or with my husband, but almost none with me!  The last time was in 2013."
It was about time to update those pictures of Lisa and her son, at home doing their favorite things. She wanted to remember this stage of life when her 7-year old still let her cuddle him.

Boom.
Done.

Moms: exist in pictures. Be part of your kid's life in photographs! I must confess i didn't do it for a while but that's on top of my to-do list. Next post will be a picture of my kids and I (hopefully). 

To new adventures • family photographer Takoma park

Returning clients are the best compliment I can get. I mean it, there are so many photographers out there that I feel very fortunate to meet again with "my" families. We started this session looking at a deer in the neighbor's front yard across the street. The little man was making dog sounds which was hilarious. We kept going with their daily routine of dressing him up, going to the nearby park. Nothing forced, just the ordinary. But in the eyes of a 13 months little boy, every thing is a great adventure. 

So here is to new adventures this year! Enjoy the moments, be in the present. 

Happy 2017 to all from my family to yours. 
Juliette xo

Want some awesome family pictures? Don't wait until it's warm again, we can have fun in the snow! I run a special promotion until March 31, 2017 where a 1 hour photoshoot is only $500. Hot chocolate included!!

Inspiring maternity session • Maternity photographer Washington DC

I am very happy that my clients refer me to their friends (of course, who doesn't!) and that I got to meet Laura, who is expecting twins! And you're going to see a lot of her and her family as I'm going to photograph them all year long until the kids turn 1! How exciting!
She's due December 25 but it's likely the twins will be out sooner than that. I am looking forward to meeting with them soon with their grand-parents. 

We met in a beautiful park in DC a few weeks ago. The weather was warm and the place just perfect. I felt very inspired by Laura, the light and the surroundings. 

I keep you in my thoughts Laura,
Juliette xo


Are you expecting? let me capture you before everything changes ;) I love maternity sessions as they are very peaceful and quiet. 

Exist in pictures! And one day your kid will want to know and see that belly he used to be in. Seriously.

The post about holiday cards and real life • Documentary photographer in Maryland

October and November are the busiest months for photographers as people are getting ready for the holiday season and want family shots to send to friends and families. As I love sending and receiving mail, I'm very excited about that time of the year. I am thinking hard about mine for my own family and we'll see if we end up being the 4 of us in 1 frame. Just the thought of dragging the kids into this is making me nervous a little... Being the photographer and the person photographed is not easy ;) 

Especially if you don't want the so-called "perfect shot" of all of us looking straight at the camera and cheese-smiling. I want genuine and natural expressions so I will try to make an image where I FEEL something. Even if it means there will be only one of us on the front! It is actually the same approach I have with my client work and why people hire me for. Even more so with the "Real life sessions" where I spend half a day with the family, capturing their everyday life as it unfolds organically. 

Here is the session of my friend Christine, a few months ago when I visited them in Baltimore for their daughter's first birthday. They wanted to do something simple and intimate, just the 4 of them, at home (second child problem??!). I couldn't be happier about that. The session was relaxed: we ate brunch, the baby went to sleep, they played outside and celebrated the little Miss. More than just  a pose and a smile I really aim to take pictures for the family's history. I hope in a few years, the grown-up kids will show their own children their life at that particular moment and remember how it felt like. That they were cared for and loved deeply. And I love to show to the moms the incredible work they do, even though sometimes it is not as rewarding as we think. It reminds me this quote from the French poet Jacques Prévert "Plus tard ce sera trop tard. Notre vie c'est maintenant." (Later will be too late. Our life is now."). So let's remember this day forever.

And send me a Christmas card. I won't judge your cheesy smiles (it's better than nothing). 

Juliette xo

Read what Christine said about her experience: "Having a +4 hour session, Juliette was really able to capture our everyday moments from cooking, eating, reading, just being with each other. I know when I look at the pics years from now It will bring back such a feeling of our life at that moment. Truly irreplaceable. I am eventually going to make a photo book with the pictures. I love them so much!"


If you would like to book a Real life Session with me, contact me and we can discuss how to make that happen. I offer a special discount for the first clients who book a half or full day with me. See the details in the Shop

REAL LIFE IS AWESOME. MAKE THIS DAY LAST FOREVER.

 

 

Paula, Daniel, Bernardo & Vinicius • Princeton family photographer

You will probably recognize the sweet faces of this lovely family I had the chance to photograph several times already. They are from Brazil and I love to see them growing as a family. We always ended up shooting in their house because they bought it recently and wanted to capture that (and also maybe because it felt less intimidating than going outside). But this time was different: we stayed just enough time playing around the house and documenting the first steps of Vinicius before heading to to the nearby park they go to as often as they can. 
It felt natural. Like an afternoon you spend with friends, catching up and chatting about being a family of 4 and raising bilingual kids. At the end, Bernardo felt asleep on mommy like he always do. I am glad we froze these moments to remember for ever. 

sweet morning at Union Market • Washington DC family Photographer

Last Mother's day, I did what I love most: taking pictures. I feel so lucky to have a job that I am passionate about and that doesn't feel AT ALL like a job :) This is one of the good things that came with my cross-Atlantic move and I don't regret that decision for a minute. 

I spent 2 hours with this lovely family and fellow photographer Winnie Bruce (check her work here!) for a lifestyle family session wandering around Union Market and Dock 5 (that you can rent for a party). To end on a sweet note, we wanted to buy ice cream from the Dolcezza Factory but unfortunately they were closed. We found some good waffles inside the market even though the disappointment for the beloved ice-creams was real... 

Life is hard!
 

Contact me to book your next family session. I would love to capture your uniqueness through my camera.

My next availabilities are:
Washington DC Area • September 17, Nov 5 + 12
NJ + NY + PA • September 10 + 24 - October 8, 15, 22, 29 - November 19, 26

I am available for travels. Ask for my travel rate! bonjour@juliettefradin.com

Have a great Summer
XOXO

Introducing "Real Life Sessions" • Documentary photography in Maryland and New Jersey

REAL LIFE IS AWESOME. MAKE THIS DAY LAST FOREVER.
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I think the hardest thing about being a photographer is to find your own voice and style. This is something very intimate as your personality shapes what you are drawn to. I knew from the beginning I wanted to photograph families so I started doing what everybody else was doing: picking a location, dressing up my clients, buying props, suggesting activities, bringing a blanket... And even though it was pleasant, my heart was not into it and I wanted more. Something was missing. I wanted connection and raw moments and found they were easier when I WAS NOT IN THE WAY. I had to let go of the control I had on my clients in order to photograph them as truly as possible. 

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I want to capture what your life is really like. Down the road, I think that a series of pictures that tell YOUR unique story with YOUR perfectly imperfect life is far more engaging than a posed portrait where you may look like any other family. It won't bring up the same memories. The ability to freeze time on a particular day will transport you back to that year and show your unique personalities and lifestyle that are evolving throughout time. The walk to your neighborhood playground might seem ordinary today but will become a treasured memory in a while.  

I am now offering longer sessions to do just that: document the big and tiny moments that cannot happen in a 1-hour session. I am introducing "Real Life Session" that will last 4 to 5 hours (half day) or 10 to 12 hours (full day) from breakfast to bedtime stories. Real life or "Day in the Life" sessions are a new genre that is quickly breaking through and becoming the new rage in the photography world. You may also have heard of it as "Family photojournalism" or "Documentary photography".  

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My approach of capturing your family during a Real Life session at home is far from poses, props and coordinated outfits. I won't tell you to stand closer to the light or to act again for the camera. It's pretty much the opposite: I let go of control over outfits, activities, timing... all you have to do is live your normal life and be yourself as much as possible. I try not to change your environment in any way: my job is to make the experience as natural as possible, as if we were hanging out together except I am taking pictures along the way. You might certainly catch me laughing about the silliness of the situation or I might observe the activity from afar. The kids don't have to sit still and smile or behave for the camera but rather the opposite. I don't have any expectation except a meltdown at some point that I will totally embrace. I am part of your life for a few hours to document it and it might includes meeting with your kid's favorite plush toy, sharing a cup of coffee at breakfast, or sliding at the park. I am shooting 70% of the time and interacting with you the other 30%. 

Family Documentary photography New Jersey

Home has a special meaning for me who is living in a foreign country. Eight years ago, when I moved to the US from France I had a new environment to discover. Knowing nobody except my beloved husband, I had to built my nest from scratch, far from family and friends. Home became a refuge, a safe place where I could go back and be myself. I found comfort in the rooms I made my own with our memorabilia and artifacts from here and there. Then, 2 kids later, home became the space where the most joyful and intimate moments happened, along with a few tears and pouting faces (and maybe slamming doors - let's be realistic). That experience has played an important role in the way I approach photographing families. I want the location to be a subtle element in and of itself, almost like a family member, and a place where my clients feel safe and comfortable. It helps to relax, you don't have to be stressed about time, travels or the kids misbehaving... I am here for you, to keep track of your daily rituals and the rhythm of your life at home so you can remember it to its fullest.

Real life sessions

So just relax, enjoy, love your family and let me capture just that. You will get my own perspective on your family life with the complete gamut of emotions. They will reflect you and only you: no 2 families are alike. I am a sucker for snuggles, tantrums, warnings, and picking noses! Parents have the hardest yet most rewarding job in the world but I pay special attention to the moms who are often missing from the pictures as they are often the ones behind the camera. But they deserve better than the occasional phone selfies. Anyhow, family life is certainly not easy and I feel fortunate I can show my clients through beautiful photographs how much love there is in their home.

Nothing better than someone else talking about her experience so here are Jessica's words (that made me blush): "When I finally saw the pictures I was in LOVE! Juliette captured beautiful pictures of my family doing all of the things that we normally do, and as a mom, having pictures of myself with my family was such a gift: cooking with my eldest, nursing my youngest, my husband and I together talking in the kitchen getting dinner ready (those are probably the first professional pictures taken of just the two of us since our wedding!), playing at the playground. We had pictures that made us (my husband and I) get all mushy and talk about needing another baby and then later literally laugh out loud - when we say DITL we mean it - 3 year olds do pick their nose! I think this entire concept is just amazing and could only really come from a fellow mom and wife." Jessica, mom to 2 boys, 2 corgis and 2 cats.


REAL LIFE IS AWESOME. MAKE THIS DAY LAST FOREVER.

I am really excited to start this new project that is really close to my heart and that I worked a lot for in the past few months. I feel like it is a normal evolution of the work I have been doing and that it respects who I am. I cannot wait to see some more families at home through my lens. And to keep the ball rolling I offer special discounts for the first 3 clients who book a "real life session" half or full day. 

 

REAL LIFE - HALF DAY
$1100 instead of $1600*

What's included?

  • a 4 to 5-hour session at home (from breakfast to lunch or afternoon to bedtime),
  • immediate family members,
  • hand-edited images (around 80 images) with a print release,
  • all high resolution files with immediate download through an online gallery,
  • all 4x6 prints.
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REAL LIFE - FULL DAY
$2200 instead of $3000*

What's included?

  • a 10 to 12-hour session at home (from breakfast to bedtime stories),
  • immediate family members,
  • hand-edited images (around 200 images) with a print release,
  • all high resolution files with immediate download through an online gallery,
  • all 4x6 prints,
  • 11x8" hard-cover photo book with a selection of the best images. 

 

*Offer available for the first 3 clients who book a session and sign a model release. I will take only 1 Real Life session per month.

Prints and products (photo-albums, bamboo mounted prints, frames) can be purchased directly from the à la carte menu.
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