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. 

D Family • Washington DC 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 Information < 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.


I think my daughter went to school no more than 5 days in February. Ok maybe a little bit more, I lost count but all those 2-hour delays and snow days got me. It is nice and fun to have the kids at home but forget about work! 
For what I hope will be the last day of snow, I took my camera with me in her little sleeve and we ventured outside braving the snowstorm by 28°F / -2°C. We made a day out of it with a snowman, snowball fight and finally a hot chocolate and some board-games by the fireplace. 

Continue the blog circle by visiting Tiffany Roberts from Tiffany Roberts Photography. 

Win a free mini-session!

I am very excited about my new business and i want to offer a free mini session! This is a perfect opportunity for new clients (family, couple, maternity…) who want to discover my work and get beautiful pictures. I give 10 web-sized images to choose from an online gallery with a print release. The session must take place before Sunday, May 3rd and within 30 miles of 20781. 

It started today Tuesday, February 24 and ends in a week on Monday, March 2nd at midnight! It is simple, you just have to like my Facebook page and comment on the post for a chance to be chosen. Only 1 entry per household. 

A lucky winner will be randomly selected and emailed 48 hours after the end of the sweepstakes. I cannot wait to pick a winner! Share the good news with your friends. 



My typical client is often a family of 3 or 4 with young children so it was with a little bit of nervousness and excitement that I shot this family session with 6 adults. But the circumstances were not to be missed: it is the first time they have been all together at the same time in 6 years! They live all over the globe: Andrew and his newly wife is in Seattle, Erica in Manhattan and Alyson in Belgium. Lots of travels for the parents ;)

They wanted to remember this unique occasion of being together with photographs. We picked the perfect last luminous Saturday of the year, headed to a park nearby and we had lots of fun!