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Home, a sense of belonging • storytelling family session in Princeton, NJ

I recently realized that a good chunk of my clients (maybe 80%?) are foreigners. They come from Brazil, Germany, France, Australia... or they have traveled the world, or lived in a different country, another culture. This always leads to interesting conversations about raising bilingual kids, traveling back to your native country or how to raise kids in a different culture.

If you are in that situation (well first hola, bonjour, guten tag, ciao, Asalaam alaikum, ni hau...) I highly recommend reading the book "Third Culture Kid (TCK), growing up among worlds" that explains the challenges of kids who live parts in their parents' culture like at home or through the school, and parts in the culture in which they are living. They develop a third culture that is a mix of everything but they make it their own. They have to deal with specific challenges like identity and how to cope with grief. The worst question you could ask to a TCK is: Where are you from? 

The concept now broadens to include cross-cultural situations like ethnic minority parents, immigrant parents, mixed race parents, parents who move often from one region of the U.S. to another...  This is probably one of the reasons why I shoot what I shoot. After 10 years in the U.S., home is everywhere and nowhere : I feel like a foreigner when I wander the streets of Paris and I will never perfectly fit in America. But I need a sense of belonging and reassurance that HOME provides. Your house is an intimate place where LIFE happens. Home is the epicenter of family life as I like to say. 

This family is no exception as the mom is American but dad is German and they navigate between families here in the States and across the pond in Europe. We bonded over "vacationing for weeks at your in-laws".... because seriously... who is looking forward to that? :) As they say, you are happy when you arrive and happy when you leave! 

This is a favorite topic of mine so share your thoughts, readings and tips anytime. I'm all ears. 

You can see another in-home family session here  (with twin boys!).


I am a documentary family photographer. I love to photograph families at home, the epicenter of family life, where childhood memories are formed. I will capture your story when you are fearlessly you: when you do the things you love to do in the places you love to be. I catch glimpses of your family's personality when you are in the moment enjoying the simple fact of being together.

I love to document the love (and tears) that goes into family life, or during a sweet reunion, or when you are managing your small business. My style is far from standard posing and cheesy smiles. Instead I capture a feeling, an emotion, a connection. My clients demand something different, something honest and true to real life. Let's get in touch. 


A beautiful ordinary morning at home • Maryland family photographer

Enjoy the highlights of my time with this family of 4. It was the second time I photographed them and they just wanted to be in their own element, especially for the girls.
From the mom: "Juliette, These pictures are absolutely stunning!  They so beautifully capture our family.  You really got both of the girls' personalities.  Thank you for freezing this precious moment in time for us!!  I am so grateful to you."

Also, can we stop and admire the perfect curls from the 3 ladies in the family? 
Yes we can. 


I have a documentary approach for photographing families so they can just slow down and enjoy the simple moment of being together. If you would like to see more of my recent family photography, head over to my Instagram account. I love to document the love (and tears) that go into family life, or managing a small business or a sweet reunion. Subscribe to my newsletter, I would love to have you there. xx


Storytelling family photography for a year with twin boys!

A year!! I photographed this family for their first year of being a family of 4. Laura asked me to document their family life in 2017 (the boys were born in December 2016) starting from a maternity session. I captured the first breast-feedings and the family visiting from Italy and Brazil (what an awesome mix), the first steps (and also lots of drooling) and the boys turning 1! 
Here are some pictures of our last session together at their home where Matteo and Lucas loved peeking through the window (as they always does). They got LOTS of reactions from passerby! 
Mom also asked if I could take some pictures in the shower because this is something she, obviously, cannot do by herself and I loved the idea. It is unique and entirely them, the boys loved it. 


Juliette Fradin uses a documentary approach for photographing families so they can just slow down and enjoy the simple moment of being together. If you would like to see more of her recent family photography, head over to her Instagram account. She loves to document the love (and tears) that go into family life, managing a small business or a sweet reunion. Subscribe to my newsletter, I would love to have you there. xx

 

 

K Family • Baltimore, MD family photographer

Juliette Fradin photography is a storytelling photographer based in Hyattsville, Maryland and serves Washington, DC + MD + VA and NJ + NY. Juliette photographs families, maternity sessions, newborns and a few weddings a year. Her style is far from standard posing and cheesy smiles but she rather captures a feeling, an emotion, a connection. Her clients demand something different, something honest and true to real life. 

I would love to chat with you about your custom lifestyle or documentary session. Please feel free to look around the site. All pricing can be found under Pricing



Juliette Fradin uses a documentary approach for photographing families so they can just *be* in the moment and enjoy the simple moment of being together. If you would like to see more of her recent family photography, head over to her Instagram account. She loves to document the love (and tears) that go into family life, managing a small business or a sweet reunion. 
 Let's stay in touch. Contact her for more information.

Sasha • Maryland lifestyle newborn photographer

Juliette Fradin photography is a storytelling photographer based in Hyattsville, Maryland and serves Washington, DC + MD + VA and NJ + NY. Juliette photographs families, maternity sessions, newborns and a few weddings a year. Her style is far from standard posing and cheesy smiles but she rather captures a feeling, an emotion, a connection. Her clients demand something different, something honest and true to real life. 

I would love to chat with you about your custom lifestyle or documentary session. Please feel free to look around the site. All pricing can be found under Pricing


This little girl was just 2 weeks old at the time of the photoshoot and her parents happily welcomed her into their life after months of trying. She is now their little princess and they are very touching by the way they carefully take care of her. It reminded me of the birth of my daughter: the worries as new parents, the changes in what used to be your normal life, in my body... 

One week after the session, the mom had an health emergency and had to stop breastfeeding cold turkey. Everyone is doing fine now but I am so so glad I caught these moments for them. You never know what life will throw at you. Embrace the NOW. 

xoxo


Juliette Fradin uses a documentary approach for photographing families so they can just *be* in the moment and enjoy the simple moment of being together. If you would like to see more of her recent family photography, head over to her Instagram account. She loves to document the love (and tears) that go into family life, managing a small business or a sweet reunion. 
 Let's stay in touch. Contact her for more information.

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!!

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.